The Death of Finbar McGrath follows Redemption,
5Koans, and Happier Days in the Finbar
McGrath years. In this rare, late collection of raw studio takes and laptop recording sessions, we can hear
Finbar and Laramie sing together, and put together the songs.
There's also a growing trove of ephemera from Finbar's estate, which he had willed to Open Source with a CC license: studio files, album artwork, photos, and hand-lettered song sheets.
The track Cheesecake and Apple Pie is a spoken word piece by Wend Elsen. Finbar built up some loops, then played bass while Wend performed her piece.
The track Attitude was recorded at Greg Goedwaagen's studio in Weathersfield, VT in November of 2013 with Laramie on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Greg on lead guitar.
There was also an opera made about Finbar's earlier life, written by Laramie Crocker, also in the Finbar Years series. Go to the homepage of Redemption, the Acid Gospel Tarot Opera to find album tracks and opera production dates and cast.
Now from the curator's blog ::
Jan 30, 2012 DeConstruction Begins! We begin the end for Finbar. The new album, The Death of Finbar McGrath, is begun. Above are tracks as they exist for each song, most of these are demos--which is to say, placeholders for people to learn parts until a recording is done with a live band and choir. But, in this digital age, as the album is un-earthed, Finbar lives! So check back every once in a while to see the progress on the tracks. Currently, all but two songs have some kind of recording, and a few are real performances, even if recorded on Android or GarageBand. All the tracks for It's Time will be rolled into one monster acid-gospel pop hit. It's not easy saying goodbye to your alter-ego, but he always said he was just in it for the fame. Time will tell if he lives or if he will come back to us.
Here are the Fragments we have so far, for the monster hit, It's Time. Mid-deconstruction, it's still too early to say with any clarity what Finbar will ultimately cook up from the Fragments. We will keep you posted as we un-earth more of these "garage tapes..."
Nov 8, 2013Archive photos for "People of the L.I.E." These photos have been discovered in the archive, documenting Finbar's trip to Long Island and Fire Island in October of 2011. These undoubtedly correspond to his song "People of the L.I.E." which we now understand to mean the "Long Island Expressway". You can see Finbar's chart with the lyrics.
The only other notes we have found are in Finbar's hand:
"This song is my love-letter to Long Island, whose central highway, the L.I.E., serves as my central metaphor."
Dec 15, 2013Mix Archived, CD Release, Archive letter posted. The curator has posted this letter, addressed to Laramie from Finbar, on Dec. 15, one day after the Cowboy Lounge where Finbar presented the album release, and performed songs from the album with Ralph Granich on drums, Eve Graham and Barbara Griesau on vocals.
Thanks for a fab party! Good to sing with you again. Hope you like the new mix!
Dec 16, 2013Archive letter posted. The curator has posted this letter, found 16 Dec 2013 with no date on it.
You leave me notes.
You leave lyrics lying around.
You leave mixes and songs on my hard drive.
You post songs to my websites
using my passwords.
What am I supposed to do?