“SONG FOR EWE”
with MARK SHIPPY of
US MAPLE
& SHORTY

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“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest was part of two amazing bands out of Chicago in the 90s – Shorty and the almost indefinable but definitely incredible US Maple. Part Magic Band, part Scratch Acid – they put out some fantastic records on the cartoonishly ace Skin Graft Record label, including the album “Long Hair In 3 Stages” which I reviewed in the original VS fanzine from a cassette promo. My jaw was on the floor since I hadn’t heard anything quite like it. The metallic plucking, the stop start staccato, the almost improv jazz punk – it blew my mind. They also loved a bit of ZZ Top, and put out a 7″ of AC/DC covers with Skin Graft Gumball cat style accompanying comic strips, on a split with Shellac, Brise-Glace and Big’N which was amazeballzy (I have literally never used that word until now). Circa “Sang Phat Editor” I had a chance to interview both Mark Fischer from Skin Graft and then this guy for VS, so it’s ace to get him bak on the reprised, revitalised VS – Mr. Mark Shippy!

In a second Skin Graft “song for ewe” in short succession (after the well read Flying Luttenbachers one with Weasel Walter)…

WEASEL WALTER from THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS – Song For Ewe

it’s great to get Mark on here…but before we do here’s a quick look at one of my favourite record sleeves of all time – the fully plasticated, blue CD jewel case covered “Sang Phat Editor”…(a quite apposite record name too!)

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Enough blah-blah though, it’s over to Mark for his “song for ewe”…

“The song “Questions” by Annette Peacock, is one of those songs that can immediately trigger nostalgic feelings…. perhaps as a pre-teen in the late 1970s: riding the ten-speed out to the lake on a hot, muggy day in summer…sitting under a small park pavilion during a rainstorm and watching the sheets of rain against the surrounding boscage…or sitting on a hill overlooking a birch swamp at sunset….it could be a scene shot by Vilmos Zsigmund or Tak Fujimoto.

The lyrics allude to the unknown status of an adult relationship, but the song itself is just a great song for being reflective in general.”

CHEERS MARK!