A TapeSNotRecords joint, Master Cylinder (a.k.a. Silk Cut) consisted of myself an old pre-Ragman high school buddy, Tim Bennett. Tim was a couple years ahead of me and was the hotshot trumpet player in the East High band when I first started there, and I ended up sort of following in his footsteps in that regard. We hung out quite a bit the couple years we went to school together, got into “alternative” music together (mainly by way of Tom Halverson), came up with dumb song parodies and radio play type things, overall much the same kinds of things I did with my other main high school buddy Seth Thomson.
These recordings are from well after high school; most of it was recorded in one night of drunken goofballery. The “album” proper manages to hit on some semi-coherent ideas and songs early on, but overall ends up being pretty much the sound of two guys with some instruments getting progressively, embarrassingly drunker.
The last few tracks were recorded much earlier, somewhere around 4 AM some random night on a karaoke machine in Tim’s apartment, and originally released on a cassette compilation called “The Lost Sessions” that I put together. These include the original version of “You Gave Me Your Dog,” which was later picked up by Bludy Noz, and then No Consensus. That same session also brought about the Flight Attendants piece “Cell Damage,” much of which I recorded after Tim fell asleep, adding further overdubs on 4-track at a later date.