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Mad Conductor

Mechanical Claw

(Members of No-Cash and the Original Sins)

Dan's House 1

Released on December 25, 2005

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Ex "No Cash" singer Chris Tray joins forces with producer Dan McKinney in "The Mad Conductor's" first EP-length release, "Mechanical Claw". Hip hop and dub meet rock, punk, and stoner strangeness.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 11 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Intro  4%
2 Louisiana Truth Potion And The Human Thought Recorder Voted #2  25%
3 Tomb Diggin’ Shovels Voted #1  32%
4 Troubles In The Sewer  14%
5 Marifasa Lupina Voted #3  21%
6 Nairobi  4%
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Efren from Long Beach, CA 
Apr 21 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Great. nothing like no cash. mixes of reggae. funk. and techno. intellectual lyrics. great rhythms. great cd.

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Alex from West Olive, MI 
Jan 8 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

there are some good tracks on here. this is a really strange band. they are pretty original. i have their full legnth too. there are some songs on here that kinda suck. best song is "tomb diggin shovels". they play rap, reagge, rock-ish, and just a good mix of stuff. pick this up if you can, but i say get the full legnth, its better and has more songs anyways.

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David from East Fremantle, Australia 
Feb 27 2007 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Very different, a little obscure however certainly individual

Not sure what genre you would put this under!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone to there own but not me

I've given it a 3 for individuallity

Peace out

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Dan from Center Valley, PA 
Feb 7 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Theo - If you expected to hear a No-Cash style punk band on this album, then I can imagine how you'd be disappointed. Unless, of course, you're open enough to let something different in. Remember, it's possible to like BOTH the MC and No-Cash - just know that they're two different beasts.

I think if Chris was only interested in "taking your money", he'd have revived the No-Cash name and slapped it on a new CD. That would have GUARANTEED a decent cash flow! The MC release guaranteed nothing but raised eyebrows. Anyhow, this is what Chris is doing now, and if you don't like it, fine. Just remember to listen to the mp3 preview before you buy another release from a "favorite" artist before you complain about being gypped.

I think the cool thing about this stuff is that it draws from so many different sources - hip-hop, reggae, punk, rock, jazz, gospel, noise, electronica, cartoons, muppets...references to classic rock, '80s pop, TV shows, current politics, old movies, all strung together with wordplay so dense that it takes repeated listenings to get to the heart of what's being said.

There will be punk nazis for whom this is not punk enough, and hip-hop nazis for whom it's not hip-hop enough. Jazz, rock, and reggae snobs will all be equally horrified. The safe route would have been to stick to one formula or the other, but I get the feeling that Chris is simply having way too much fun rolling all this stuff up into one big sloppy ball. And I have way too much fun listening to it to wish he'd stuck to the old goblin-throated, pissed-off punk of a few years ago.

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Evan from Winnetka, CA 
Feb 6 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Why you should buy this album, by Evan Avery

First off, don't listen to Theo. He didn't like this CD, and that's fine, he's entitled to his opinion, but he's looking at it from the wrong perspective. He was looking for another Crack Rock Steady styled sound, which this is definetly not. However, this is not "mindless". This is different. They take equal parts reggae, hip hop, and rock to make a new sound, seeing this band live was proof enough of this. That said...

After a weird dial up intro, the cd breaks into its first real song featuring a heliumed-up MC Devlin (aka Big C, lead singer of No-Cash)over some ambient bass and an odd piano solo, but the song really kicks in about a minute and a half into it when record scratch switches the song into its second half, some straight up reggae with some sick rapping over it.

The third track, Tomb Digging Shovels, is my favorite. It features a much slower reggae beat than the previous track, and a very catch chorus. This song has a great groove with an interesting tribal breakdown in the middle.

Trouble in the Sewers features MC Devlin rapping, as well as TJ Backwards, a member of Mad Conductor's live band. This song's production is definetly reggae-influenced again, but it sounds like it's being played through a calliope, giving it a weird circus side show vibe.

The penultimate track Marisafa Lupina would be the closest thing Mad Conductor would have to a wide-ranged audience pleaser... if the lyrics weren't about eating bloody, shit covered fetuses in an omelette and fucking Lois Lane in the Daily Planet broom closet followed by a celebratory vacation to Mexico with Bill Cosby... the lyrics in this song are ridiculous, but they work, and the piano-looped southern rock production is fun to bump.

Finally, Nairobi sounds like some garage produced Long Beach gangster rap circa 1992, with an extremely catchy Cajun influenced choruses and hooks and aquatically apocolyptic lyrics... a fun song, although a mellow way to end the album.

All in all, this is an amazing album, if you have an open enough mind to receive it. Definetly trippy hip hop reggae with a punk behind the pen; Couple this with hilarious samples from cartoons and kids movies throughout, and you have yourself an original sound unlike any other. Check out this band's website, and if you ever have the chance, see them live! 5 stars.

Key tracks: -Tomb Diggin' Shovels- -Marisafa Lupina-

Evan Avery

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Theo from Manchester, MA 
Feb 1 2007 Rating: 1/5 Stars

I am a huge fan of Choking Victim and No-Cash. But this is mindless trash solely created to take your money. What is happening to the punk scene? Don't bitch at majors -etc - we have a bigger problem in what alot of the indies and quality bands are releasing now. UGGH.

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Jack from Mt. Top, PA 
Jul 11 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I've tried to think of several ways to describe this cd and nothing i think of can really hit the nail on the head, so i'll just break it down the best i can. It is like a psychedelic reggae dub hip hop sound. If any part of that description appeals to you i say go for it. It is really nothing at all like no-ca$h, except for the jamaican mucical influence, which is quite obscure in no-ca$h but extremely prevalent here. The intro is useless, #2 is a sound collage two-part song, the first part being a mellow rap and the second being a reggae groove. #3 is a trippy reggae/rap song with a weird ghost-like chant with drums in the middle of it. Song four is like a funky horror-show ska tune. Track 5 has a piano riff that reminds me of sweet home alabama(the song, im from pa) and mc devlin raps over that with some really weird ass lyrics and the last song is like an odd rap song that is kinda hard for me to explain, except for the fact that the chorus reminds me of a mo-town song a little bit. The lyrics thus far are mostly non-sense as far as i can tell, so either they are unpenetrably poetic or they are just words that sound really cool togther and for some reason get stuck in your head. This music has been lodged in my brain since i first listened to this a week ago and is probably altering its chemistry as we speak. I really dont know what else to say about this even though feel really compelled to say more. Ummmmmmmmm, buy it.

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Alex from Virginia Beach, VA 
Jun 26 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Well, I have no idea how to describe this album. It's fucking wierd. But, that doesn't mean it's not good, because it's one of the best albums I have heard in a while. When I read the description, I laughed in disbelief at the combination of hip-hop, dub, ska, and punk...but my god, that's exactly what it is. It's so fucking good too.

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Dan from Bethpage, NY 
May 15 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

this cd is goddamn nuts. i seriously have never heard anything like it, but its great. gotta love the mad conductor and their weird fuucked up hiphoppunkskareggea whatever!

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Ann from Mechanicsburg, PA 
Apr 26 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

wow just wow. this has to be the coolest cd ive listened to in a long time and i dont even like rap ( except for public enemy ).i just cant figure out what big C doesm i thought he would sing, that would be great but mc devlin's pretty cool too. ( it would be better on vinyl in my opinion )

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