The Cutout Bin

A collection of discarded or otherwise forgotten music.

-My fileserver is free, and you get what you pay for... so try rightclicking the mp3s and selecting "save link target as". You may have to do it more than once.

-Please see post #1 "Begin the begin" (3/24/06) for the raison d'etre for this blog. If you object to your music being posted here, email me and I will remove it.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

The A.M.

For my first entry, I will engage in a shocking display of nepotism and post my own band.

Tripp Cox: Guitar
Jason Hooker: Drums
Reid Johnson: Guitar, Vocal
Lobsterman: Bass

Home: Raleigh, NC

The A.M. morphed from a band known as the Pet Rocks which included Reid on guitar, Tripp on bass, and a different drummer. After Hooker and I joined in 2001, it became clear we had a different band.

There have been several interpretations of the name, including the obvious radio and "before noon" references, but also including "The Asshole Motherfuckers" and the view taken by booking agents that the band would only play after midnight. The truth is that when searching for a band name, Tripp and Reid favored calling the band "The Mops". Hooker and I were adamantly opposed, and named our faction "The Anti-Mops"- thus, "A.M." I wish it were a cooler story, but there it is.

These songs were recorded live in our practice space one night, except for the vocals (and dialog clips on "Take Out Your Heart"), which we recorded the next night before mixing. I think Reid and I only killed 6 beers between us during that process, so it went pretty fast. All the songs were written by Reid.

Recorded May 2002

Wastin Time.mp3
Take Out Your Heart.mp3

Eventually the band split up in early 2003, and Reid and Tripp turned their attention to the poppier, much less rocking but much more commercially successful Schooner (see links section). Very much worth your time to check them out.

Begin the begin...

Hello, and welcome to The Cutout Bin. The concept here is to post mp3s of hopelessly obscure music, using the power of the internet to give it the exposure it has so cruelly been denied. Oh, who am I kidding- the only people who will ever see this are my friends and the band members who stumble across their own names. Anyway, here are the ground rules:

1. If anyone objects to their music being posted here, let me know and I will delete it. Simple as that- no need for a lawyer, you aren't getting my dog anyway.

2. The focus is on obscure music- most never commercially released, or at least no longer in print. I'm not trying to take money out of anyone's pocket.

3. I'm also focusing on bands I either knew personally, or at least saw live.

4. A lot of this stuff is being transferred from cassette, so fidelity will be lacking at times. If this causes undue bother, feel free to pick up a Britney Spears CD and shoot yourself.

5. I will attempt to update with a new band weekly.

6. There will be NO rule #6.

7. There will be exceptions to all these rules at some point, save #1.