Work: Part Two

Walter Salas-Humara

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I'm very happy to announce the completion of the next volume of the Work series, the new album "Work: Part Two". It's produced by the amazing Rich Brotherton.

It features Rich on guitar, mandolin, dobro, 12-string guitar and cittern, Jonathan Rundman on piano and accordion, Mary Rowell and Maddy Brotherton on violn, Amy Allison along with Rich and Jonathan on supporting vocals, Kathy Brotherton on Piano and EJ Jones on flute.

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Explodes and Disappears

Walter Salas-Humara

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Walter rocks a sweet Spanish melody, swings a sexy jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a funky number chronicling three American misfits searching for peace of mind and headed for disaster on the shores of Mexico -- all skillfully blended into a seamless flow. Original release April 12, 2016 - Sonic Pyramid.

Produced and Mixed by Walter Salas-Humara. “Don’t Tear Me Down” Produced and Mixed by Vincent Gates. Mastered by Dave McNair. Recorded by Franz Sonnauer, Vincent Gates, Konrad Meissner, Joe Reyes, Jonathan Rundman, Rod Hohl, Andrea Wittgens, Steve Hamilton, Tom Freund, and Walter Salas-Humara. Design by Sheila Sachs. Photography by Ignacio Salas-Humara and Amy Daggett.

Working The Waterfront, The Best Thing, Don't Tear Me Down, and Penelope were written at The Steel Bridge Songfest.

Special thanks to the Executive Producers who generously supported the making of this album: Rich Bailen, Sophie and Josie Bassett, Steve Brown, Joe Kempler and Ellen Miller, Ron and Julie Kern, Mickey, Nikki, Eve and Aaron Martin, John C. McCulloch, Scott Robinson, Bill Sifer, Larry and Amy Young and Friends.

Musicans: Walter Salas-Humara, Jonathan Rundman, Joe Reyes, Maex Huber, Philipp Knaap, Scott Garber, Andrea Wittgens, Brad Bays, Ryan Williams, Konrad Meissner, Rod Hohl, Liv Mueller, Mark Dixon, Vincent Gates, Jimm McIver, Tarl Knight, Greg Roteik, Sarven Manguiat, Tom Freund, and Paul Cullum.

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  1. 1 Diner by the Train 06:29 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Working the Waterfront 05:00 Lyrics
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  3. 3 The Sunshine and the Moon 03:14 Lyrics
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  4. 4 The Best Thing 03:47 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Don't Tear Me Down 03:32 Lyrics
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  6. 6 I Will Remember You 04:25 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Penelope 03:14 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Shitload of Cash 03:26 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Another Fairy Tale 04:00 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Sea of Cortez 04:48 Lyrics
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Work: Part One

Walter Salas-Humara

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The first in a series of albums showcasing acoustic versions of my best songs. This album spans my songs written in the 80s. Produced by Richard Brotherton, and performed by me, Richard, Mary Rowell and Amy Allison. Original release December 1, 2015 - Sonic Pyramid.

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Richard Brotherton. Mastered by Dave McNair. Package Design by Sheila Sachs.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Richard Brotherton, Mary Rowell, and Amy Allison.

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Curve and Shake

Walter Salas-Humara

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Curve and Shake is all about the struggle to sustain hope and remain available to possibility even as our lives “twist, bend, curve and shake.” The ephemerality of so much that we want to believe is permanent about our lives is beautifully captured in the floating musical landscapes that Walter conjures for this album. -Anthony DeCurtis ROLLING STONE. Original release August 12, 2014 - Sonic Pyramid.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara. Mixed by Walter Salas-Humara and Ryan Williams at Studio Double You. Mastered by Dave McNair at Dave McNair Mastering.

Recorded by Walter Salas-Humara, Pat Kearns, Gar Robertson, Steve Drizos, Jason Victor, and Aaron Victor.

Painting by Walter Salas-Humara. Photograph by Andy Goodwin. Design and Layout by Sheila Sachs.

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  1. 1 Counting On You 04:01 Lyrics
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  2. 2 The Craziest Feeling 06:03 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Curve and Shake 04:16 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Satellite 02:49 Lyrics
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  5. 5 What We Can Bring 05:17 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Hoping For A Comeback 04:29 Lyrics
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  7. 7 I Love That Girl 02:43 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Uncomplicated 03:32 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Way Too Heavy To Float 04:56 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Two Inches Two Hours 03:49 Lyrics
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Florizona

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FLORIZONA - THE SILOS The 10th studio album by The Silos. A swan song to the memory of the late Drew Glackin, The Silos' well loved bassist who passed away in 2008. This beautiful album was originally released in 2011.

The songs on Florizona are sparse in the manner of Raymond Carver short stories, unspoken ellipses like makeshift sutures holding their insides intact. The personas Walter Salas-Humara employs tease at autobiography, which merely creates intermediate levels of narrative. And like the best who’ve come before him -- Lou Reed, Bob Dylan or whoever you'd care to insert here -- his songs and albums function best as installments of a single continuous body of work, much as the details of “Sister Ray” or “Heroin” spill over into Coney Island Baby or Street Hassle, or “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” circles around to Desire. Florizona continues in that fine and honorable tradition.

Walter Salas-Humara and the moveable feast of Silos belong in the company of those musicians whose work partakes as heavily of the literary tradition as it does of harmony and rhythm: Lucinda Williams, carrying on the family business from her poet-laureate father Miller Williams; Alejandro Escovedo, as likely to be found these days in theatrical venues as on a concert tour; slumming poets like David Berman of Silver Jews or Stephen Malkmus of Pavement; sweeping historical Pointillists like the Decemberists; or novelist Jonathan Lethem, with whom Salas-Humara has released one album’s worth of songs and spoken-word material under the name I’m Not Jim and is finishing a second. Original release: March 2011 Sonic Pyramid.

Produced by Rod Hohl and The Silos. Recorded by Don Piper, The Silos, and The Silos Family. Mixed by Mario McNulty. Mastered by Dave McNair.

The Silos: Walter Salas-Humara, Konrad Meissner, Rod Hohl, Jason Victor, and Bruce Martin.

The Silos Family: Amy Allison, Michelle Anthony, Sam Bisbee, Randy Franklin, Mike Hoffmann, Steve McAllister, Jeff Muendel, Charlie Salas-Humara, Gary Sunshine, Whit Williams, and Dan Wilson.

Cover Photos by John Eder. Band Photo by Delissa Santos. Drew Photo by Debbie Williams. Package Design by Sheila Sachs.

This album is dedicated to the amazing life, extraordinary times, and everlasting memory of Drew Glackin.

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  1. 1 Coming From The Grave 04:18 Lyrics
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  2. 2 On Your Way Home 03:44 Lyrics
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  3. 3 White Vinyl 03:38 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Gravity 03:34 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Teenage Prayer 04:32 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Hold You In My Arms 03:13 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Getting Trashed 03:24 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Election Day 03:07 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Never Lost The Sunshine 03:00 Lyrics
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  10. 10 The Ring Of Trees 04:36 Lyrics
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I'm Not Jim

I'm Not Jim

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Meeting at a Silos gig in New Orleans, and bound by mutual admiration for the other's craft and life's work, acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem and genre-bending bandleader Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos set out to pen some songs together. Within two inspired days, they had crafted an entire album's worth of material. They then doubled their collective, by enlisting the musicianship and production prowess of the Elegant Too, who took the rudiments of each song and enveloped them within a completely new musical and sonic context. The results are staggering. This is an unprecedented artistic collaboration between a renowned author, a great American songwriter, and acclaimed, ground breaking musicians.

Jonathan Lethem is the best-selling author of seven novels, including You Don't Love Me Yet, Motherless Brooklyn, and Fortress of Solitude. Walter Salas-Humara is the stalwart leader of the Silos, the critically-acclaimed progenitors of the roots rock and Americana movements. The Elegant Too are the music production team of Chris Maxwell and Phil Hernandez, who have handled remixes for P-Diddy and the Lox, and have produced such noteworthy artists as Yoko Ono, Ray Davies, John Cale, They Might Be Giants, and Blues Explosion. Original release: September 2008 Bloodshot Records.

Produced by Rod Hohl and The Silos. Recorded by Don Piper, The Silos, and The Silos Family. Mixed by Mario McNulty Mastered by Dave McNair

I'm Not Jim is Jonathan Lethem and Walter Salas-Humara with Chris Maxwell and Phil Hernandez. Additional Musicians: Mike DuClos, and Danny McGough.

Cover Art: Kent Matricardi. Cover Design: Sheila Sachs.

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  1. 1 Mr. October 02:56 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Towtruck 02:04 Lyrics
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  3. 3 After Mild Winter 02:21 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Howard 01:38 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Amanda Morning 03:23 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Drink "Til I'm Sober 01:33 Lyrics
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  7. 7 The Pitchers Gave Up 02:47 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Walks Into 03:58 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Uncomplicated 03:06 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Elevated Plane 03:44 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Lonely Gains 03:52 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Missing Persons 02:12 Lyrics
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  13. 13 Meter Running In A Crashed Cab 01:24 Lyrics
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  14. 14 Hoping For A Comeback 03:25 Lyrics
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Come On Like The Fast Lane

The Silos

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Come On Like The Fast Lane buzzes with rock energy reminiscent of the proto-punk lower East Side legends like The Velvet Underground and Television, punched up with pop melodies that resuscitates a sound that never went out of style. The songs on Come On Like The Fast Lane play out like minimalist short stories framed by the spacious, guitar-heavy arrangements the band is known for. Original release: April 2006 Blue Rose Records, Germany. Original US Release: February 2007 Bloodshot Records.

Produced by The Silos. Recorded by Mario J McNulty at Looking Glass. Mixed by Dave McNair at Walnut Crescent. Recording Assistant: Rob Demar. Bonus tracks recorded by Don Piper at Between The Trains and Mixed by Rod Hohl at Harmony. Mastered by Andy Horn at The Red Room and Dave McNair at Unity Mastering NYC.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Drew Glackin, Konrad Meissner, and Rod Hohl.

Cover Art: Chris Kelly. Cover Design: Sheila Sachs.

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  1. 1 Behind Me Now 03:54 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Fall On Your Knees 04:39 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Tell Me You Love Me 03:19 Lyrics
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  4. 4 I Won You Won 03:06 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Keeping Score 04:53 Lyrics
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  6. 6 People Are Right 04:17 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Come On Like The Fast Lane 03:02 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Top Of The World 02:53 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Days Gone By 03:25 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Sunset Morning 02:55 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Never Leaving 02:54 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Out of Our Way 03:30 Lyrics
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  13. 13 Kickass 01:29 Lyrics
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This Highway is a Circle

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This is a hi-fidelity multi-track recording from their 2006 European tour with many new songs and lots of classics from your favorite rock trio. See and hear Walter, Drew and Konrad in an intimate setting working their asses off. The CD features 15 songs; the companion DVD (available at The Silos Online Store) includes the entire 105 minute show of 22 songs, and the packaging is as gorgeous as the music and video. Original release December, 2006 Blue Rose Records, Germany.

Recorded live at the Red River Saloon in Heilbronn, Germany on April 20, 2006. Mixed and Mastered by Andy Horn at The Red Room, Berolzheim, Germany.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Drew Glackin, and Konrad Meissner.

Cover Art and Design: Jurgen Peschel.

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When The Telephone Rings

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Most great bands evolve and change, building up and tearing down their sound. The Silos have a history. This album is both a departure from the purely stripped down trio recordings of late and a return to the richly textured intricacies of albums such as "Cuba." We find an incredible cast of characters buoying the key components of Walter Salas-Humara, Drew Glackin and Konrad Meissner. The trio’s still working, and the support staff is back: Mary Rowell, Amy Allison, Richard Lloyd, Dave Boyle, Mary Lee Kortes, Dennis Cronin, Don Piper, and Paul Wallfisch. The sound of the album, then, is immediately familiar. These are the Silos you remember. You know it from the first song’s downbeat, and by the chorus you realize: a good friend has come home to visit. Original Release: September 2004 Dualtone Music Group.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara. Mixed by Dave McNair at Jarvis. Mastered by Ray Kennedy at Zen Masters. Recorded at Studio Double You, Joe Blaney’s, Between The Trains, The Boyler Room, Jarvis, Steve McCormick’s and Dave Bassett’s.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Drew Glackin and Konrad Meissner with Richard Lloyd, Amy Allison, Mary Rowell, Tom Freund, David Boyle, Mary Lee Kortes, Bruce Martin, Dennis Cronin, Jason Victor, Dave Bassett, Don Piper, Dave McNair and Paul Wallfisch

Cover Photo: Delissa Santos. Cover Design: Tanya Hotton.

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  1. 1 The Only Love 05:38 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Whistled A Slow Waltz 02:37 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Ready For Anything 03:44 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Holding On To Life 03:33 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Innocent 03:13 Lyrics
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  6. 6 When The Telephone Rings 04:03 Lyrics
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  7. 7 The First Move 04:12 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Don't Wanna Know 02:57 Lyrics
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  9. 9 15 Days 03:05 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Dumbest On Parade 03:53 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Take A Hit 07:18 Lyrics
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Laser Beam Next Door

The Silos

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During two years of extensive touring The Silos created the songs from Laser Beam Next Door. Roadtesting them with audiences, editing and rewriting, the band reduced them to their essence and eschewed all but the core emotional sequences. The band distilled itself to a trio with each member expanding his own repertoire of musical talents while restricting himself to using these talents in service of the lean, mean musical machine The Silos have become. Laser Beam is a "HUGELY ROCKING" album that still maintains The Silos penchant for deep grooves and melodies you find yourself humming throughout the day. Original Release: March 2001 Checkered Past Records. Re-release: April 2004 Sonic Pyramid.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara. Mixed by Dave McNair at Cowboy Technical Services and Nebulous. Mastered by Jim Wilson at Yes Mastering. Recorded at Dubway, Nebulous, Albert Hall, Hideaway and Big Sky

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Drew Glackin and Konrad Meissner with Arthur Luckower, Marc Benning, Shawn Barton and Anne Tache

Cover Art and Design: Ted Jenkins.

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  1. 1 Satisfied 03:13 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Drunken Moon 04:25 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Sangre Y Lagrimas 02:55 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Where Ya Been 03:07 Lyrics
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  5. 5 I Believe 03:48 Lyrics
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  6. 6 The Title Of This Song 03:14 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Four On The Floor 03:04 Lyrics
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  8. 8 One World 03:26 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Disfruta 02:45 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Jean-Marie 04:18 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Wooky Do 02:46 Lyrics
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Woozy

Woozy

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Woozy is music that reads between the lines, feels beneath the skin, and sees beyond the naked eye. Songs that listen as well as they sound. Songs that defy the void between pop culture and pop music. Woozy successfully pushes the envelope of sonic exploration while still delivering solid hooks to hang on. From the hypnotic, minimalist, techno-fueled "I Stay Quiet" to the earbending guitar driven pop of "Ride Over", Woozy refuses to pigeonhole itself and instead embraces every opportunity to explore every avenue it staggers down.

A collaboration of two diverse individuals, Woozy is half New York City based Walter Salas-Humara, best known for his leading role with The Silos, and half Dave Bassett, an established Los Angeles songwriter. Together they create an intoxicating blend combining Salas-Humara's raw and unbridled vocal style with the more pure and pop sound of Bassetts's voice. Each song tells a story, an increasingly rare phenomenon in the current landscape of popular music, and is elegantly crafted and evocative, drawing the listener in and then spinning the tale through layers of 70's drum machines, swirling leslies, circular guitar lines, moody moog swells, tribal tom-tom beats, classic electric piano, and boom box lo-fi, all while delivering a shitload of great melody.

The end result is a complex and groundbreaking melange, a post-modern exploration of influences, and a testament to the skill of two gifted songwriters and musicians.

First release: April 1999 Last Call Records, France.

Produced and Recorded by Dave Bassett and Walter Salas-Humara at Chateau Relaxeau.

Musicians: Dave Bassett and Walter Salas-Humara.

Cover Art and Design: Tanya Hotton.

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  1. 1 I Stay Quiet 03:31 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Ride Over 02:52 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Miles Of Roses 03:52 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Russians In Chinatown 04:40 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Across The Evening 04:50 Lyrics
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  6. 6 I Walk The Mole 03:32 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Pack Of Dogs 03:21 Lyrics
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  8. 8 This Is My Moon 02:52 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Four On The Floor (Woozy) 03:14 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Earning You 03:23 Lyrics
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Cooler

The Silos

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As an Analogue World gives way to a Digital World, The Silos decide to release a Re-Mix version of their latest album Heater. Entitled Cooler, this album features re-mixes by The Elegant Too, Rick Butler, and Ryan Hedgecock. It also features two instrumental tracks Walter Salas-Humara created for the film "I'm Not Jim" by Jim Fealy.

Originally released 1999 Normal Records.

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Heater

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It has brooders. It has sonic landscapes mixed with guitar drone and hard back beats. It has stories of life after heartbreak, life after prison, and life after death. The casual greatness of Heater coasts nonchalantly to the shore on the froth of the latest art/roots wave like Boticelli’s Venus, only leaner and tanner. It soaks up successive waves of contemporary culture and grows like a sponge. Heater secures The Silos preeminence over the pretenders who’ve been bobbing in their wake since Cuba.

First Release: September 1998 Checkered Past Records. Re-release: September 2002 Sonic Pyramid.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara. Mixed by Dave McNair at Chateau Relaxeau. Mastered by Dave McNair at Cedar Creek. Recorded at Studio Double You and Chateau Relaxeau.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara and Gary Sunshine with Daren Hess, Dave McNair, Chuck Prophet, Mary Rowell, Amy Allison, Dave Bassett, Walt Vincent, Al Wolovich, Phil Tagliere, Sanford Stein, Allison Silver and Erin Williams

Cover Art: Ignacio Salas-Humara. Cover Design: Terry Durbin.

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  1. 1 Prison Song 03:56 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Northern Lights 03:54 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Thanks A Million 03:19 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Front Porch 03:52 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Eleanora 03:08 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Angels 03:48 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Arms Of The Sea 04:33 Lyrics
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  8. 8 I Like You 03:35 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Stoplight 04:18 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Mom Out Dancing 03:13 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Cold Hands Of Fate 04:55 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Away 03:14 Lyrics
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Radar

Walter Salas-Humara

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The second Walter Salas-Humara solo album. Nasty, scrappy and angry on one side and beautiful, honest, and tragic on the other. Written and recorded in a 1912 mission style bungalow in old Hollywood, this album is as raw as it gets. Unpolished and proudly experimental, this album marks a return to the Indy credibility of the first Silos album.

Original release 1995 Watermelon Records. Several songs from this album were later added to re-releases of The Silos' Hasta La Victoria and Susan Across The Ocean.

Musicians:

Three, Two, One And More:
Violin – Mary Rowell
Vocals [Additional] – Dave Bassett
Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums – WSH

Be Honest With Me:
Bass – Tom Freund
Violin – Mary Rowell
Vocals, Guitar, Drum Programming – WSH

Evangeline:
Bass, Vocals [Additional] – Michael Ward, Tambourine – Dave McNair
Vocals, Guitar, Drums – WSH

Letter To Send:
Bass – Tom Freund
Guitar – Kevin Salem
Organ – Jeff Muendel
Vocals – WSH

The Light From The Box:
Bass – Tom Freund
Organ, Vocals [Additonal] – Lisa Mednick
Vocals, Guitar, Drums – WSH

Star:
Bass – Greg Asfar
Drums – Daren Hess
Tambourine – Dave McNair
Violin – Mary Rowell
Vocals, Guitar – WSH

One More Dance:
Bass – Tom Freund
Guitar – Kevin Salem
Organ – Jeff Muendel
Slide Guitar – Ron Rogers
Vocals [Additional] – Amy Allison
Vocals, Guitar, Drums – WSH

I Won You Won:
Bass – Tom Freund
Guitar – Kevin Salem
Organ – Jeff Muendel
Vocals [Additional] – Amy Allison
Vocals, Guitar, Drums – WSH

Rejuvenation:
Bass – Tom Freund
Organ – Jeff Muendel
Vocals – Janas Hoyt
Vocals, Guitar, drums – WSH

Ride:
Bass – Michael Ward
Organ – Jeff Muendel
Vocals [Additional] – Amy Allison
Vocals, guitar, Drums – WSH

Get Out:
Bass – JD Foster
Mandolin [Octave] – Ryan Hedgecock
Vocals [Additional] – Amy Allison
Vocals, Guitar – WSH

Design [Package] – Number Seventeen
Photography By – Ignacio Salas-Humara

Produced by WSH
Mixed by Dave Bassett, Dave McNair and WSH
Mastered by Chris Bellman

Recorded By – Dave McNair (tracks: 6), Greg Anderson (5) (tracks: 11), Paul Mahern (tracks: 9), Tom Dube (tracks: 4, 7, 8), Walter Salas-Humara (tracks: 1 to 5, 7 to 10)

Recorded at Studio W : 1 to 5, 7 to 10 Recorded at Playtime : 4, 7, 8 Recorded at Control Center : 6 Recorded in a basement in Bloomington, Indiana : 9 Recorded at World Studio : 11

Mixed at Chateau Relaxeau : 1 to 5, 7 to 10 Mixed at Doug Messenger's : 6 Mixed at Studio Dee : 11

Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering

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  1. 1 Three, Two, One and More 04:07 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Be Honest With Me 04:06 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Evangeline 05:13 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Letter To Send 03:48 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Light From The Box 01:55 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Star 03:21 Lyrics
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  7. 7 One More Dance 04:23 Lyrics
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  8. 8 I Won You Won (Radar) 04:30 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Rejuvenation 05:14 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Ride 03:47 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Get Out 05:58 Lyrics
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Susan Across The Ocean

The Silos

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Recorded and mixed start to finish in 18 days by a band who had tested the material for months before live audiences, this is the 1993 Silos in all their glory. Mary Rowell had returned on violin and Manuel Verzosa added his effervescent personality, gorgeous voice and dogged work ethic to leader Walter Salas-Humara’s thoughtful songwriting and world weary pipes. This album burns with the hard won integrity of experienced musicians lurching forward through a blinding epiphany of new found purpose and is highlighted by the drop-dead beautiful title cut and bone-crunching rock workouts like Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around. And if the original songs weren't enough, the band shows it's impeccable taste by covering songs by Lucinda Williams and Jonathan Richman.

First Release: March 1994 Watermelon Records. Re-release: April 2003 Sonic Pyramid.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara. Mixed by Dave McNair at Doug Messenger's and Chateau Relaxeau. Recorded by Sally Browder at Doug Messenger's and Control Center and Dave Bassett at Chateau Relaxeau. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Mary Rowell, Manuel Verzosa, Daren Hess, Scott Garber and Tom Freund with Joe Simon, Jon Dee Graham, Michael Ward, Greg Asfar, Kevin Salem, Dave McNair, Lisa Mednick, Jeff Muendel, John McKnight and Caitlin Von Schmidt.

Cover Photo: John Eder. Cover Design: Tanya Hotton.

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  1. 1 Let's Take Some Drugs And Drive Around 04:17 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Upside Down Instead 03:36 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Shaking All Over The Place 02:56 Lyrics
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  4. 4 All She Wrote 03:46 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Wanna Ride 02:36 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Susan Across The Ocean 06:10 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Change The Locks 04:11 Lyrics
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  8. 8 The Sounds Next Door 04:29 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Start To Burn 03:47 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Nothing's Gonna Last 03:08 Lyrics
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  11. 11 I'm Straight 05:20 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Fallen Angel 03:33 Lyrics
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Lean (Live at The Cactus Cafe)

Walter Salas-Humara

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Live Concert in 1993 at one of America's greatest acoustic listening rooms - The Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas. Joining Walter are Richard Brotherton - guitar, Manuel Verzosa - voice and percussion, Scott Garber - bass, Kris McKay - voice, and Ignacio Salas-Humara - maracas.

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  1. 1 Find Someone 03:26 Lyrics
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  2. 2 The Sounds Next Door 04:20 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Margaret 03:44 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Caroline 03:10 Lyrics
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  5. 5 All She Wrote 03:45 Lyrics
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  6. 6 All I Know Is Your Name 04:03 Lyrics
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  7. 7 The Only Story I Tell 02:43 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Find A Way 04:39 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Upside Down Instead 04:07 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Susan Across The Ocean 06:27 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Going Round 04:38 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Tennessee Fire 07:56 Lyrics
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The Setters

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They were never supposed to be a band. Michael Hall had attended the Berlin Independence Days Festival and wanted to return the following year, but the festival had a rule against performers playing two years in a row. In a desperate phone call to the Festival booker, he insisted he had a new band with his friends Alejandro Escovedo and Walter Salas-Humara. The booker liked the idea and asked what was the name of this new band. Michael mouthed the first two words that came into his mind, "The Setters". Upon hanging up with Berlin, Michael called his two buddies and asked if they wanted a free ticket to Germany. The concert that resulted earned the trio a record deal with the German indy label Blue Million Miles, and a producer in Gurf Morlix. The recording that resulted is raw and stripped down, with Walter using boxes and random household items for drums, and the sessions were mostly in a barn at Loma Ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas with the guitar amps outside in the open air.

First Release: September 1993 Blue Million Miles Records, Germany.

Produced by Gurf Morlix. Mixed by Gurf Morlix and John Hill at Loma Ranch. Recorded by John Hill and Ben Blank at Loma Ranch and Ben Blank Audio

Musicians: Michael Hall, Alejandro Escovedo, Walter Salas-Humara, Scott Garber, Lisa Mednick and Gurf Morlix.

Cover Art: Eric Jackson. Cover Design: Jessie Jones.

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  1. 1 Shaking All Over The Place 03:24 Lyrics
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  2. 2 It's Hard 04:13 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Don't Love Wisely 03:21 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Susan Across The Ocean 05:13 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Let's Take Some Drugs And Drive Around 05:11 Lyrics
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  6. 6 She's Got 02:03 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Nothing's Gonna Last 02:57 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Helpless 02:47 Lyrics
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  9. 9 River Of Love 04:55 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Tell Me Why 03:57 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Hook In My Lip 02:26 Lyrics
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  12. 12 I Wanna Be Your Dog 07:03 Lyrics
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  13. 13 A Better Place 03:58 Lyrics
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Hasta La Victoria

The Silos

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Hasta La Victoria was written in a bay window in Hoboken looking across the Hudson at the piers and skyscrapers of Manhattan, during a voyage across the country that included bat sightings in Texas as well as blackjack in Vegas, and finally in a small office on Hollywood Boulevard looking across an alley at a mural of Bogey, Bette, Marilyn and Gable. It spans broken marriages, lousy love affairs, futile attempts at auto body repair, the LA Riots, the LA Smog, the LA Transvestites on Santa Monica Boulevard, and fuses the Atlantic and Pacific into the next musical horizon.

First Release: March 1992 Normal Records, Germany. US Release: March 1994 Watermelon Records. Re-release: April 2003 Sonic Pyramid.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara. Mixed by Barry Rudolph, Dave McNair, Huey Dee, Dave Bassett and Walter Salas-Humara. Recorded by Mike Fennel, Barry Rudolph, John Rosenberg, Jamie Prober, Huey Dee, Paul Mahern and Dave Bassett. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Mary Rowell, J.D. Foster, Brian Doherty, Kenny Margolis, Tom Freund, Jon Dee Graham, Daren Hess, Scott Garber, Amy Allison, Sally Norvell, Sanford Stein, Peter Rauh, Jonathan Stork, Marlo Fisher, Janas Hoyt, Michael Ward, Dave Bassett, Jeff Muendel, Manuel Verzosa and Victoria Williams.

Cover Photo: Walter Salas-Humara. Cover Design: Olaf Meyer.

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  1. 1 Miles Away 04:20 Lyrics
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  2. 2 All I Know Is Your Name 03:56 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Your Last Life 02:43 Lyrics
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  4. 4 My Big Car 03:13 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Nobody But You 03:22 Lyrics
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  6. 6 All Night 06:30 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Henrietta 03:00 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Sometimes When I Come Over 02:24 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Find Someone 03:33 Lyrics
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  10. 10 All Spring All Summer 04:51 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Try Tomorrow 04:52 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Find A Way 06:30 Lyrics
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Live at KCRW

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On April 18, 1990, shortly after the release of their self-titled third album, The Silos performed about 75 minutes of music for the SNAP alternative music radio program. Broadcast on KCRW in Santa Monica, California, near Los Angeles, it features versions of all but one song from that third album, as well as selections from their earlier pair of records. Hosting the SNAP program is the legendary LA deejay Deirdre O'Donahue. The complete broadcast is presented here in digitally remastered sound.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Bob Rupe, Graham Maby, Brian Doherty, and Kenny Margolis.

Recorded at KCRW Radio Studio. Silos Live Engineer: Joe Chinnici

Photograph by Jim Fealy

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  1. 1 Tennessee Fire (Live at KCRW) 07:27 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Caroline (Live at KCRW) 02:52 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Conversation 1 (Live at KCRW) 00:26
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  4. 4 She Lives Up The Street (Live at KCRW) 03:39 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Commodore Peter (Live at KCRW) 03:22 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Conversation 2 (Live at KCRW) 00:45
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  7. 7 Take My Country Back (Live at KCRW) 02:09 Lyrics
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  8. 8 (We'll Go) Out Of Town (Live at KCRW) 02:49 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Conversation 3 (Live at KCRW) 00:46
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  10. 10 Heart + Soul (Live at KCRW) 05:08 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Conversation 4 (Live at KCRW) 00:49
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  12. 12 I'm Over You (Live at KCRW) 04:49 Lyrics
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  13. 13 Conversation 5 (Live at KCRW) 02:53
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  14. 14 Anyway You Choose Me (Live at KCRW) 03:59 Lyrics
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  15. 15 Just This Morning (Live at KCRW) 03:04 Lyrics
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  16. 16 Conversation 6 (Live at KCRW) 01:29
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  17. 17 The Only Story I Tell (Live at KCRW) 02:19 Lyrics
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  18. 18 Picture Of Helen (Live at KCRW) 03:24 Lyrics
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  19. 19 Conversation 7 (Live at KCRW) 01:09
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  20. 20 Porque No (Live at KCRW) 03:32 Lyrics
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  21. 21 Conversation 8 (Live at KCRW) 00:26
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  22. 22 Memories (Live at KCRW) 03:19 Lyrics
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  23. 23 Don't Talk That Way (Live at KCRW) 03:22 Lyrics
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  24. 24 Conversation 9 (Live at KCRW) 00:54
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  25. 25 All Falls Away (Live at KCRW) 04:48 Lyrics
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  26. 26 Conversation 10 (Live at KCRW) 01:27
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  27. 27 Here's To You (Live at KCRW) 01:01 Lyrics
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The One With The Bird On The Cover

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Recorded in a small town theater in Gainesville, Florida, The One With The Bird On The Cover exists as a beacon of the power of pure sound. No sound processing of any kind was used on this album. The band played live and used the many spaces of the theater building, the stage, the hallways, the lobby and bathrooms for different room sounds, not effects boxes in a studio after the fact. The One With The Bird On The Cover was wildly critically acclaimed and led to an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Its spacious, organic quality made it seem out of place in 1990; however, looking back at the album from within the alt-country glow of the decade's end, The One With The Bird On The Cover resonates like the work of visionaries.

First Release: March 1990 RCA Records.

Produced by Peter Moore, Walter Salas-Humara and Bob Rupe. Mixed by Peter Moore at Eastern Sound. Mastered by Peter Moore at M.D.I.. Recorded at The Florida Theater, Gainesville by Peter Moore and Peter Yanilos.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Bob Rupe, J.D. Foster, Brian Doherty and Kenny Margolis with Amy Allison, John Francom, Art Jennings, Helen Kirklin, Julian Knight, Dan Rupersburg, Bill Stephensen, Moe Wozniak and Garo Yellin

Cover Design: Ria Lewerke.

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  1. 1 Caroline 02:55 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Picture Of Helen 03:24 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Commodore Peter 03:22 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Anyway You Choose Me 04:06 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Maybe Everything 03:27 Lyrics
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  6. 6 I'm Over You 04:58 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Take My Country Back 02:11 Lyrics
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  8. 8 We'll Go Out Of Town 02:45 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Don't Talk That Way 03:23 Lyrics
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  10. 10 The Only Story I Tell 02:17 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Porque No 03:21 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Here's To You 04:49 Lyrics
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Lagartija

Walter Salas-Humara

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The first solo album by Walter Salas-Humara. Sonically, the follow-up to The Silos' debut About her steps. Later the 2 albums were compiled as "The Silos/Walter Salas-Humara - Ask The Dust".

Originally released in 1988 by Record Collect.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Bob Rupe, Kelly Lafferty, Carey Crane, Russ Hinton, Jim Fealy, and Ed Balko.

Recorded by Ed and Linda Bair at Bairtracks, NYC

Cover Photography by Ignacio Salas-Humara

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  1. 1 Carol 02:12 Lyrics
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  2. 2 About Her Steps 02:55 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Two Voices 04:07 Lyrics
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  4. 4 September 01:37 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Cuba 04:10 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Promises 03:46 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Bridge 02:33 Lyrics
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  8. 8 You Look Like Sheila 02:49 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Don't Go Home 03:21 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Nobody's Business 02:42 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Heartbeat 02:26 Lyrics
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Cuba

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Cuba is one of those albums that, in the years since its release, has become a kind of talisman among true music fans. Its mention elicits nods of approval and agreement from like-minded souls, and kicks the next phase of the conversation into enthusiastic high gear. When you meet people of taste who are unfamiliar with it, the prospect of turning them onto it becomes a palpable pleasure. Because you know that Cuba exists inside everyone, and this extraordinary album can take you there. It's a journey filled with longing and loss, warmth and wonder - and whether everything happens for a reason or not, albums like this are a document, a memory map, of why we want to think so. - Anthony DeCurtis. Original release: July 1987 Record Collect. Re-release: March 1994 Watermelon Records. September 2002 Dualtone Music Group. April 2007 Sonic Pyramid.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara and Bob Rupe. Mixed by Don Sternecker, Bob Rupe and Walter Salas-Humara at Mix-O-Lydian. Recorded by Don Sternecker and Bob Rupe at Mix-O-Lydian and L-7, Dave Pearlman at his house, and Mikhail Liberman at St. Paul's Church. Re-Mastered by Dave McNair.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Bob Rupe, Mary Rowell, John Galway and John Ross with Rick Wagner, Dave Pearlman, Dan Fredman, Marylin Coyn, Michael Levin, Francine Post, Mary Wooton and Jonathan Stork.

Cover Photo: Anonymous

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  1. 1 Tennessee Fire 05:36 Lyrics
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  2. 2 She Lives Up The Street 03:12 Lyrics
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  3. 3 For Always 04:15 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Margaret 03:09 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Mary's Getting Married 03:52 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Memories 03:13 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Just This Morning 03:46 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Going Round 04:12 Lyrics
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  9. 9 It's Alright 02:32 Lyrics
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  10. 10 All Falls Away 04:45 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Get Back My Name 03:30 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Maybe Everything (Cuba) 03:20 Lyrics
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  13. 13 Head Party 04:00 Lyrics
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About her steps.

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In November of 1985 a tiny New York label, Record Collect, whose mantra was "Compren Discos Independientes", released the debut album from a "band" called The Silos. It consisted of an eclectic array of songs performed by fourteen musicians in various configurations under the guidance of singer-songwriter Walter Salas-Humara. Some cried, "Independent," some cried, "Alternative," some just cried. A new dawn had risen. Original Release: November 1985 Record Collect.

Produced by Walter Salas-Humara. Mixed by Walter Salas-Humara and Bob Rupe. Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masredisk. Recorded at Studio Double You, L-7, and Ardent.

Musicians: Walter Salas-Humara, Bob Rupe, Mary Rowell, Wayne Cloughley, Bob Wlos, Robert Ray, Dave Glennon, Genie Wheelwright, Bill Carey, Lena Carlstrom, Helen Kirklin, Kelly Lafferty, Sandy Guthrie, and Russ Hinton

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  1. 1 Shine It Down 03:34 Lyrics
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  2. 2 4 Wanted Signs 02:25 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Susan 03:34 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Start The Clock 06:01 Lyrics
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  5. 5 A Few Hundred Thank You's 03:46 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Now That I've Lost You 03:00 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Seeing Blue 02:47 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Heart + Soul 04:39 Lyrics
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