Machine In The Ghost (private)
This album was made over the course of the last year with a variety
of instruments and recorded and mixed by me in all its crude glory;
Chopped Yamaha - pf10 (thanks to Kevin Zoernig) run through
pedals that were given/loaned to me by John Dieterich of Deer-
hoof (Electro Harmonix Frequency Analyzer), BearFoot FX
(Fuzz, Distortion and Tremolo) and Analog Outfitters (Super
Sarge Guitar Tube Amplifier, and their vibrato scanner, both
made from old Hammond Organ parts). The album is in two
halves (with interwoven themes). The 1st half is with vocals
and the 2nd half a variety of approaches to the blues. The
last three titles of the album are from a quote by Ella Baker.
Machine In The Ghost (premaster):
"An intense and virtuosic keyboardist"
- Time Out, New York
"A black caldera bespattered with beautiful madness"
- Tom Djll, Signal To Noise
"A mix of expertly crafted dissonance"
- Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene
"Fluid keys pulverization"
- Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine
- Ernie Paik, Chattanooga Pulse
"Drenched in many musical traditions, he makes
an original brew." - Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly (Holland)
"Unreal Linear Explosions"
- Greg Burk, LA Weekly
As a keyboardist and vocalist Thollem has released albums with a wide array of musicians including: 'Thollem/Cline Trio' with Nels Cline of Wilco; 'Hand To Man Band' with Mike Watt of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Iggy and The Stooges, John Dieterich of Deerhoof and Tim Barnes from SIlver Jews; '10,000 Tigers' with Arrington de Dionyso of Old Time Relijun and Malaikat Dan Singha; 'Whistling Joy Jumpers' with Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jad Fair of Half Japanese; 'Conformity Contortion' with Sara Lund of Unwound, Corin Tucker Band, Hungry Ghost; 'Tsigoti' with members of Jealousy Party, L'Enfance Rouge and Motociclica Tellacci (Andrea Caprara, Jacopo Andreini, Piero Spitilli and Matteo Bennici), Gino Robair (Tom Waits) and...