Release Date: Aug 18, 2009
Record label: Paw Tracks
Genre(s): Rock, Experiemental
To paraphrase Nate Dogg, if you smoke like Eric Copeland smoke, then you're high like every day. And at some point on that Möbius strip, the routine transmissions of life-- TV chatter, street chatter, radio chatter-- morph into otherworldly assaults, mounting evidence of a conspiracy against human peace. Hippies called this "turning on." But pop art proved that there were ways to embrace the noise without surrendering to it.
The tougher-eared amongst you may know Eric Copeland as one half of Brooklyn’s hyper-hip, DFA-signed experimental electronic types [a]Black Dice[/a]. This is his second solo effort and one of the seven songs – sorry, ‘pieces’ – is entitled ‘Reptilian Space Beings Shapeshifting Bloodsucking Vampires’. That’s as good a description as any of the weird-noisefest contained within.
Since Eric Copeland is one-third of the sonically abrasive Black Dice and an occasional collaborator with critical darlings and noise-pop group Animal Collective, you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Alien in a Garbage Dump. The title itself is a dead giveaway. This collection of two previously vinyl-only EPs shows the workings of a mind that was lost either in paranoid schizophrenia or an obtuse psychedelic experience or somewhere in the middle.