14 Feb 2015

Shit and Shine go JAZZ on 'Chakin'

Shit and Shine's Jazz Tuesday Jazz Chat was the highlight of teh week for the time it ran. The band doing live improv jazz/kraut grove outs direct to YouTube. Well the Jazz label Monofonus Press has compiled these great jams onto a cassette and it is available now. The press release reads:

Shit & Shine on a jazz label? Yes indeed. This is THE Shit & Shine with a brand new tape “Chakin” on Astral Spirits. We couldn’t be more excited about it. Craig Clouse has gained notoriety over the years for wide arrays of stylistic moves from long­form repetition & noise rock to his more recent dance/disco output on labels like Diagonal, Gangsigns, Rocket Recordings, Load, Rock is Hell, Riot Season and more. He’s worked throughout the years with many different collaborators but the list on “Chakin’” is stunning, here Clouse is joined by Ingebrigt Haker­Flaten (The Thing, Atomic, Icepick, etc), Pete Simonelli (The Enablers), King Coffey (Butthole Surfers) & Nate Cross (Marriage).

The music on “Chakin’” is true to the spirit of Shit & Shine as we see repetitive loops but with a focus on improvisation overlayed onto the grooves…layers of Wurlizter and Rhodes electric pianos, assorted percussion, acoustic bass and more permeate throughout. Half the album was recorded live in the “Chak” and some may even recognize bits from the amazing Shit & Shine Tuesday Jazz Chat series on YouTube.

“Denim Do’s and Don’ts” is the real masterpiece here though. A 17 minute free jazz meets krautrock and all zones in between journey complete with narration from Pete Simonelli & bass playing from Ingebrigt Haker­Flaten. A truly epic Shit & Shine track that builds off past accomplishments but also looks toward the future, as Clouse always tends to do.

“Chakin” is out February 10, 2015 in an edition of 250 tapes w/digital download.

Buy from here: Monofonus Press

And don't forget, Rocket are releasing a new Shit and Shine album '54-Synth-Brass 38 Metal Guitar 65 Cathedral' on 16th March, listen to the track Electric Pony 2 here: