Thinning the Heard

by Larry O. Dean

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One of Larry's favorite record stores in San Francisco was Streetlight Records in the Castro. Not only was he able to find the albums he wanted (as well as many he didn't know he wanted!), being a regular customer he struck up friendships with a few of its employees. The manager, Steve Shaw, had a small project studio in his apartment next door, and it was there that the earliest recordings by The Fussbudgets took place; see Room 26 Sessions (ZB033). Around this same time Larry got his own Fostex tape machine, but he still relished the idea of “going to the studio,” and enjoyed working with Shaw, so while his co-songwriter in The Fussbudgets, Chris Lehmann was away at grad school in upstate New York, he returned to Room 26 to record. (Lehmann, who was back in SF for the holidays, plays searing lead guitar on one of the songs here.)

Two years later, Dean was back to overdub and mix with Shaw. Included in these sessions (recorded initially at home) are covers of songs by former Michigan bandmates from The Tenants and Stress Babies.

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released December 9, 2014

Recorded April 1986 and June 1987 at 473 A Studio and Room 26, San Francisco, CA; overdubs and mixing (tracks 1-6) December 1986 and June 1987, Room 26. Produced by Steve Shaw and LOD; engineered by Steve Shaw. Mastered October 2014 by Wally Sound, Oakland, CA.

Larry O. Dean (guitar & vocals, bass, percussion), Steve Shaw (keyboards); with George Friend (guitar), Chris Lehmann (guitar).

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Larry O. Dean Chicago, Illinois

Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His numerous chapbooks include I Am Spam (2004), a series of poems “inspired” by junk email, abbrev (2011), and About the Author (2011). A full-length collection, Brief Nudity is forthcoming in 2013. He is also an acclaimed songwriter whose most recent CD release is Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties. ... more

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