Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made

Asthmatic Kitty
Release date
17 Feb 2009
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Believers 3:59 4,847
2 No Wedding Cake free download 3:34 8,866
3 You and Your Sister in Jericho 5:56 3,473
4 The Idiot 3:06 3,730
5 Red Skies Over Garden City (The Ballad of Donna Donna) 4:08 3,068
6 Winter, That's All 4:20 3,664
7 Cable TV free download 3:03 1,643
8 Please, John, You're Killing Me 4:33 3,098
9 The Longer U Wait 5:17 2,994
10 If Tuesday Comes 3:30 3,088

About this album

The Story of Fol Chen:

Traffic was thick, thick, thick and Samuel Bing was unwell, strung out on the latest psychotropic fads: sleeplessness and feeling crummy. The Northern State was crawling like a funeral procession for Robert Moses. Above the overpasses, the clouds were lined with gristle. Even the horizon seemed to be sinking. So, it came just in time when Donna Donna transmitted her message over the open radio waves – a phantom broadcast from a station whose signal had long since dissolved into static. You could barely hear her voice between the Crazy Eddie ads, but Samuel Bing had his radio loud. She spoke backwards for security, but Samuel Bing understood each word. “Initiates in the society of Fol Chen,” Donna Donna whispered, “Let’s get to it. While you sit in traffic, John Shade is busy spreading his black mischief. Here’s the Screamer of the Week: ‘Birds Fly’ by Icicle Works.” Samuel Bing turned off his car and opened his trunk. No one was moving, so no one bothered honking. His trunk was filled with what looked like garbage, but this wasn’t just any piled crap — Every object was a module in a greater, yet-to-be-created whole. Samuel Bing fished out a cassette tape and a broken ice-scraper. He inspected the sides of each, found the hidden grooves, snapped them together. He grabbed a faded Polaroid, an old paperback romance, a polyester potholder, and a pair of drugstore sunglasses. He snapped each edge to edge.

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  • JeFantastique

    My daughter got me into this band when she heard it on the radio and started dancing, and asked me what it was called. She's 2 1/2! Kids are so hip these days.

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Gelade

    I accidentally an asthma attack.

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ceskus

    the video for "no wedding cake" is truly fantastic!

    13 Feb 2009 Reply

    I like it. Release date?

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • mattdine

    like what I'm hearing, Fol Chen reminds me of Architecture In Helsinki, groovy

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
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  • murdocloch

    Props to Asthmatic Kitty for a Last.FM Exclusive!

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • tytusjasz

    no włacha...!! toć to inny jazyk mjuziczny jest....

    12 Feb 2009 Reply

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