Hola amigos, Ben Taylor here, Minister of Logistics and Low End Theorist. A few years back, as a dry-run for Uptown World Domination, I recorded a solo album entitled “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time” under the name B. Taylor/SomNoSom. Playing bass, guitar, keys, bass clarinet, programming drums, and singing, I hashed it out at home with Apple’s Garageband software, before turning it over to my main man (and former Beat Down Sound compadre) Scott Craggs for more playing, mixing, and mastering, and then my lovely wife Emily (whose handbag designs were just featured in the Style section of the New York Times!) designed the cover and packaging.
It featured a few tunes that ended up in the JCBUS live set, whether as staples (Berry Please) or deep cuts (Straight Lines), and I was happy to press it up and give it away to friends and family.
Fast forward a few years, and I was truly stunned to learn that TapeOp Magazine ran a review of SLAGIATT in the Sep/Oct 2010 issue, and TO editor-in-chief (and Elliot Smith producer) Larry Crane had some really nice things to say:
“It’s a goddamn compelling album with a real variety of styles, lots of fun sounds and a treat to listen to. One of the really standout discs I’ve heard lately…”
Need to get it up on iTunes, but in the meantime, you can check out some tunes over here. Limited-edition, hand-assembled CD’s are $10, and there’s a free bonus dub track available to whoever wants it, just e-mail somnosom at yahoo dot com.
We might even work another cut into the Uptown set, stranger things have happened.