The Extra Action Marching Band
by Dan
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Fat Sexy Guy

You should know this about me (not many do): I love parades. And not in a casual way, either. I seek them out. Strangers waving at you, mini-cars, slightly off-time choreography. And marching bands.

This, however, is not a regular marching band, as you can hear. I can't imagine them marching. Rather, circling. like predators.

I saw a picture of them at Burning Man, and I immediately felt like my life was missing something by not having seen that show.

Both tracks fade in, as if the band's always been playing and these are the most song-like portions of their chaos. (though these are probably just samples of larger tracks)

This band, while I would listen to them on their own, could be magic backing up another band (which, hopefully, they will).

[both tracks are available at their site]


elsewhere: David now has web radio. a playlist of his choosing. a nice replacement to (R.I.P.) cbcradio3 (though they still put up all their radio playlists, and host the magazine's archive, which is a lot of music)

Posted by Dan at April 25, 2005 4:08 AM

You know, once you've been in a marching band, not some weird high school thing, but a college marching band, you have to go cold turkey, you have to cut yourself off. Or you end up like this, older and threatening innocent bystanders with dented brass. Living inside the parade is so addictive. It's aggressive, attack music that travels and takes itself with it.

Listening to this is like holding a cigarette for the first time in 20 years. Man, baby never lets you go. Thank yourself you've only got a whiff of it, never sat down with the whole pipe, or you wouldn't just be throwing this up there for anyone to stumble across.

Posted by LeeAnn at April 26, 2005 1:03 AM

I remember seeing them at Burning Man..... they were vomited out of the belly of the Contessa, the full size pirate ship that would roam the sea of sand that is the playa..... it was pretty mind blowing.... thanks for giving me a taste of the memory.... :)

Posted by Nik at April 27, 2005 3:02 AM

I have a friend who has seen them numerous times around SF - including a drug-infused halloween party in a warehouse that sounds pretty wild...

Posted by heath at April 27, 2005 10:48 PM

there are all new song clips up at

Posted by dirtytuba at May 2, 2005 10:40 PM

great site

Posted by alveo at May 5, 2005 5:04 AM

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