An American Album of Familiar Music (2017 Remastered​/​Expanded Edition)

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about

Ah yes, yet another CLASSIC Orchidales remaster.

Not even gonna lie, the first time this album hit the internet (and whatever CD-R's I could find laying around) in November 2013 it sounded like absolute shit. I was living in DC at the time, strung out and scrambling to release a follow up album, and the end result was not good. Much like the first album, I was around 22 - 23 at the time and didnt know what the hell I was doing (this seems to be a recurring thing)... only difference was, I was now living far from home and being consistently careless about well... pretty much everything. Needless to say, the big city swallowed me AND my little album whole.

To be honest, I couldn't even stand to listen to this record until I started remastering it, which actually proved to be more exhausting than the actual recording process. To make sure everything was done right, I started from scratch (scrapping all of my previously saved "work") and spent a good year or so trying to get everything to sound how I originally intended it to back then. This remastered/expanded edition is the end result.

Its nowhere near perfect, but anyone familiar with the original release will immediately notice a huge difference. Everything is now in Stereo (with the exception of "Through My Window" and the demos, which unfortunately couldn't be altered due to the master copies being on cassette), and that annoying/unnecessary compression has been lifted in order to give the tracks room to breathe.

I tried my damndest to fix some of the muddier basslines by tinkering with the EQ, and fixed the clipping that previously marred some songs to the best of my knowledge. The tracklisting has been rearranged to give the album a better flow, and Yvette (who appears on the cover of the original release) was nice enough to lend another one of her photos to us for updated cover art.

In addition to all that stuff, I've included THREE previously unreleased bonus tracks (hidden, but available upon download). The first is a demo of "Blue Moon" from sometime around Fall 2010, when I was just finding my footing as a musician, and the other two are demos of "Above the Clouds" and "Emily" from the same cassette/time period. If I'm not mistaken, my buddy Sam Mitchell played drums on the latter.

With ALL of that said, I hope you guys enjoy these remasters... whether you're already familiar with the album or just now discovering it. I want to give a big thank you to Lane, and everyone else who got me off my duff and back to working on music. Oh, and of course you guys on bandcamp for listening/downloading. I'm personally a lot happier with this record now, and I hope some of y'all will dig it too.

- John

credits

released June 13, 2017

(Originally released November 5, 2013)

- All songs written by yers truly except for "Electro", written by Dave Sea and originally performed by Dave & The Strange.

- Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 were recorded between February and October 2013 at the Playhouse in Washington, DC. The rest were done back at home in my bedroom between 2010 - 2012.

- All songs were recorded using a Fostex MR-8 (with the exception of Through My Window and the bonus demos... which were done on a Tascam 488 MKII) and mastered using Sony Acid 7. The only thing I used the program for was adjusting the levels of each instrument... no pitch correction, quantization, or any of that bullshit. Enjoy.

John O'Donahue - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Slide Guitar, etc, etc.

Cover photo: Yvette Yser

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Orchidales Belmont, North Carolina

"...three dudes from Belmont who finished high school a few years back and, well, didn't leave. Their surfy, trash-fi translation of Brian Jonestown Massacre well reflects the kind of nihilistic, hard-drinking slumming that takes place among the young and disillusioned - as do their rowdy, equipment failure-plagued live shows." - Corbie Hill, Creative Loafing ... more

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