Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop) returns with new album called With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven, uses up most of my precious headline quip space!

Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop) returns with new album called With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven, uses up most of my precious headline quip space!
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If you’re reading this article right now, you’re probably thinking the same thing I am in this moment, so let me just get this bit out of the way first: “GAWD, I miss Sun City Girls!!!” (Feel better? I do.)

Now then, great news: we officially don’t have to miss Sun City Girls quite as much anymore! Because Alan Bishop — the big boss of Sublime Frequencies Sun City’s resident sun god — is back on the experimental folk-rock scene with a huge new album. Comprised of 35 (!) brand new songs recorded in Cairo between 2014 and 2017 — and featuring members of The Invisible Hands, The Spoils, Master Musicians of Bukkake, The Dwarfs of East Agouza, and Climax Golden Twins — this new jukebox of megajams is entitled With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven (who’s hungry?). It’s due November 3 as a 90’s-nostalgia-ready double-CD via the Abduction label, and it comes with a “24-page booklet with artwork, lyrics, and credits.” Wow, B., Wow!

Okay, case closed, right? All you gotta do is pre-order the little bugger here, track down working CD player, and begin enjoying your life again! End of TMT news post. That’s all, folks!!!

…OH WAIT. Nope. I sorta forgot to mention: because this is Alan Bishop we’re talking about here (and because you might not be able to find a working CD player after all), the album is ALSO coming out as three separate LP’s, each with its own release date and title. Volume 1, SUB-entitled Natural Wonder comes out on October 6; while Volume 2 (A Mark Twain August) hits on October 20, with the final volume (Heathen Folklore) following on November 3. Got all that?

Good. Then there’s absolutely no need to watch the trailer/explanatory video embedded below for more information! (I’ll just go ahead and stick it down there anyway — along with the 2-CD version’s cover art and tracklisting — but, seriously…DO NOT WATCH IT. I’ll totally know.)

With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven (double-CD version) tracklisting:

Disc 1

01. Natural Wonder
02. Yellow Dog Prairie
03. Open
04. Their Words Disappear
05. Zion the Rocket Ship
06. Smokin’ to Live
07. The Fort
08. Central California Nightmare
09. The Valley
10. Sentimentalitis
11. The Reason
12. Big Mystery
13. Mark Twain August
14. Dark in My Heart
15. Obelisk
16. Are You Sure?
17. Locust Rain

Disc 2

01. Fine Line
02. Me & Me
03. The Devil’s Spine
04. Some Kind of Difference
05. Trains
06. A New Humdinger
07. If You’re Gone
08. ILL
09. Crackled Witch
10. Icicle Pillar
11. I’ll Carry Your Dwarf
12. Green Thumb
13. GPS
14. Cantaloupe Brain
15. Mandolyne
16. Suitcase Handler
17. Take the Veil Down

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