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Realistic Barnyard Friends (2008)

The Rubaboo musical ensemble of Lotusland have completed our debut "concept album" Realistic Barnyard Friends, which exposes the "Sinister Conspiracy" of Farmer Joe "Old McDonald" Brown and the revolutionary response to his manipulative machinations by a cabal of communist cocks and hens, and explores the intervention of a helper monkey friend from Africa and his mystical god-pal the Secret Goat. It is perhaps far more intuitive than conceptual in terms of approach and structure, yet there are "thematic elements" unifying the individual "works of music." We utilize spontaneous ritualistic "improv" techniques to create elaborate "sonic sketches."

Cascadian Diaspora (2009)

Rubaboo has just completed their follow-up to the Amor de Cosmos In Lotusland EP: Cascadian Diaspora :their entry into the 2009 RPM Challenge and their third album of recorded music in a year! Rubaboo’s debut recording project Realistic Barnyard Friends, an organic, lazily conceptual psych-folk operetta about revolting chickens rising up against a tyrannical farmer, was completed in February 2008 as part of the annual RPM Challenge, in which musicians attempt to record an entire album during the short month of February. Cascadian Diaspora finds the artists this time split apart by the Rocky Mountain Trench, with half the band daydreaming in their hazy Victoria Lotusland, and the other half shit-kickin’ roughnecks in Calgary chinooks (nah, more like We’t Coast hippies searching for home on the oilpatch at the commencement of the “Second Great Depression.”) A pastiche of melancholy + wistful sentiment: a faded photo album, perhaps, evoking dusty memories of a vaguely sad past: memories worth preserving for their therapeutic value, yet tempered by punctuations of sunny optimism and a reverence for love and human connection. Quiet, lo-fi, mellow, moody psych-folk songs seamlessly bleed into gently-cacophonous ambient raw-emotion infused sound art collage dreamscapes as the artists traverse the Continental Divide. Cascadian Diaspora is perhaps a search for love, friendship, understanding, and sunshine, in the face of loneliness, madness, depression, the ennui of postmodern existence, geography, economy, history… it recognizes the beauty in imperfection, and celebrates every ray of light while engulfed in darkness. Cascadian Diaspora is [perhaps] [a] [languid contemplation over life’s mores whilst sharing warm herbal tea with a thoughtful friend, snug indoors on a rainy winter afternoon] [b] [a heartbreakingly loving embrace from a long-forgotten relative at a funeral] [c] [a sepia-toned snapshot of an abandoned rural whistle stop overtaken by weeds, a site, you romantically muse, haunted by ghosts of the Industrial Age] [d] [a page of a Golden Age comic ripped out and set upon a dry prairie wind, rolling through ditch-beds of dusted chamomile in the hot morning sun] [f] [a shadowy belladonna delusion drowned by Seroquel, recalled and expressed in a blue-hued oil painting during an absinth binge] [g] [an oasis: green space, a park: sheltering urbanites (temporarily, semi-effectively) from the din of the surrounding metropolis: a beautiful cedar grove bruised by the detritus of consumer culture: a mushroom growing on a discarded banana peel] [h] [homemade art: folk art with avant-garde sensibilities informing genuine, soul(-ful or –wrenching) expression: a document of human feelings, situated within its natural context of place and time in our culture and history] 1. Po' Boy (Living on the Dole) 2. The Hermitage 3. Searching the Badlands 4. King James Revisited 5. Camping On A Clearcut 6. Last Call For Seroquel 7. Wild Hose Country (Scared & Lonely) 8. You Too Can Draw Maps on a Napkin 9. Trickster’s Mask Of Wisdom 10. A Bemused Hipster-Indie Outfit 11. Happiness is Sunshine

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Nate Rogers

Huang-Yinjing

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Sunil K Chopra

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BIOGRAPHY

Rubaboo is a fractured experimental folk group based in Victoria and Calgary.

BAND MEMBERS
jody franklin, Stefan Kunz, Cousin Nelle, Chels, Clay

YEARS COMPLETED
2008,2009

GENRES
Experimental,Unclassifiable

OTHER BAND SITES
http://radio3.cbc.ca/bands/Rubaboo
http://www.myspace.com/rubaboo


Completed Albums

Realistic Barnyard Friends(2008)

The Rubaboo musical ensemble of Lotusland have completed our debut "concept album" Realistic Barnyard Friends, which exposes the "Sinister Conspiracy" of Farmer Joe "Old McDonald" Brown and the revolutionary response to his manipulative machinations by a cabal of communist cocks and hens, and explores the intervention of a helper monkey friend from Africa and his mystical god-pal the Secret Goat. It is perhaps far more intuitive than conceptual in terms of approach and structure, yet there are "thematic elements" unifying the individual "works of music." We utilize spontaneous ritualistic "improv" techniques to create elaborate "sonic sketches."


Rise Of The Cock: The Dawn Of A New Age
The Helper Monkey Friend From Africa
Plight Of The Flightless Fowl
Bolshevik Chicken (Is Coming To Town)
Realistic Barnyard Friends Subvert The Dominant Paradigm
International Chicken Workers Union Local 23 Meets Behind The Henhouse
Old-Fashioned Barnyard Revival Meeting
Chickens Are Revolting
Rise Of The Cock: Preparation For War
The Helper Monkey's Odyssey To The Realm Of The Secret Goat
Battle Of Brown Holler
The Mystical Lament Of The Secret Goat
Peace, Love And Kittens
Ballad Of The Realistic Barnyard Friends
Rise Of The Cock: Twilight On The Barnyard

Cascadian Diaspora(2009)

Rubaboo has just completed their follow-up to the Amor de Cosmos In Lotusland EP: Cascadian Diaspora :their entry into the 2009 RPM Challenge and their third album of recorded music in a year! Rubaboo’s debut recording project Realistic Barnyard Friends, an organic, lazily conceptual psych-folk operetta about revolting chickens rising up against a tyrannical farmer, was completed in February 2008 as part of the annual RPM Challenge, in which musicians attempt to record an entire album during the short month of February. Cascadian Diaspora finds the artists this time split apart by the Rocky Mountain Trench, with half the band daydreaming in their hazy Victoria Lotusland, and the other half shit-kickin’ roughnecks in Calgary chinooks (nah, more like We’t Coast hippies searching for home on the oilpatch at the commencement of the “Second Great Depression.”) A pastiche of melancholy + wistful sentiment: a faded photo album, perhaps, evoking dusty memories of a vaguely sad past: memories worth preserving for their therapeutic value, yet tempered by punctuations of sunny optimism and a reverence for love and human connection. Quiet, lo-fi, mellow, moody psych-folk songs seamlessly bleed into gently-cacophonous ambient raw-emotion infused sound art collage dreamscapes as the artists traverse the Continental Divide. Cascadian Diaspora is perhaps a search for love, friendship, understanding, and sunshine, in the face of loneliness, madness, depression, the ennui of postmodern existence, geography, economy, history… it recognizes the beauty in imperfection, and celebrates every ray of light while engulfed in darkness. Cascadian Diaspora is [perhaps] [a] [languid contemplation over life’s mores whilst sharing warm herbal tea with a thoughtful friend, snug indoors on a rainy winter afternoon] [b] [a heartbreakingly loving embrace from a long-forgotten relative at a funeral] [c] [a sepia-toned snapshot of an abandoned rural whistle stop overtaken by weeds, a site, you romantically muse, haunted by ghosts of the Industrial Age] [d] [a page of a Golden Age comic ripped out and set upon a dry prairie wind, rolling through ditch-beds of dusted chamomile in the hot morning sun] [f] [a shadowy belladonna delusion drowned by Seroquel, recalled and expressed in a blue-hued oil painting during an absinth binge] [g] [an oasis: green space, a park: sheltering urbanites (temporarily, semi-effectively) from the din of the surrounding metropolis: a beautiful cedar grove bruised by the detritus of consumer culture: a mushroom growing on a discarded banana peel] [h] [homemade art: folk art with avant-garde sensibilities informing genuine, soul(-ful or –wrenching) expression: a document of human feelings, situated within its natural context of place and time in our culture and history] 1. Po' Boy (Living on the Dole) 2. The Hermitage 3. Searching the Badlands 4. King James Revisited 5. Camping On A Clearcut 6. Last Call For Seroquel 7. Wild Hose Country (Scared & Lonely) 8. You Too Can Draw Maps on a Napkin 9. Trickster’s Mask Of Wisdom 10. A Bemused Hipster-Indie Outfit 11. Happiness is Sunshine


Po' Boy (Living On The Dole)   Download
The Hermitage   Download
Searching The Badlands   Download
King James Revisited   Download
Camping On A Clearcut   Download
Last Call For Seroquel   Download
Wild Hose Country (Scared & Lonely)   Download
You Too Can Draw Maps On A Napkin   Download
Trickster's Mask Of Wisdom   Download
A Bemused Hipster Indie Outfit   Download
Happiness Is Sunshine   (preferred)   Download