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EXTRA CLASSIC: The Promo Photo Archive

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Welcome to Extra Classic, a semi-regular series on the Secretly Canadian blog that we’re kicking off today in hopes of digging deep into the SC vaults to retrieve those lost gems and stories that make up our modest, but rich, history.

And friends, it doesn’t go much deeper than Bloomington’s own The Japonize Elephants, whose 9-member tribe was fabled as being “steered by the Emperqq of Zorlock through a catacomb of musical styles at hyper speeds only a Zorlockian could function at,” So, there’s that. And then, there’s the very clear, very concise directive that begins the one sheet (penned by SC founder Eric Weddle) for The Japonize Elephant’s classic, Bob’s Bacon Barn (SC005): “String the banjo. Lick the reeds. Pack the bowl.” And with that, we’re off on a wild, Appalachia-by-way-of-the-Middle East hyper-speed gypsy caravan that’s as baffling as it is inspiring and hilarious. The Japonize Elephants truly embody what it means to lead a creative life in the midwestern oasis of Bloomington, Indiana.

Listen to “Fuck The Farmacia” from Bob’s Bacon Barn

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AUDIO

Falling by Here We Go Magic
Ordinary Feeling by Here We Go Magic
Fixations by Gardens & Villa
Everybody by Gardens & Villa
Not You by Steven A. Clark
Moony Eyed Walrus by Cayucas
Gazelles In Flight by Suuns
Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

VIDEOS

Can't Have by Steven A. Clark

Falling by Here We Go Magic

Fixations by Gardens & Villa

Moony Eyed Walrus by Cayucas

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Steven A. Clark
The Lonely Roller
CD / LP
Here We Go Magic
Be Small
CD / LP

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