Tall Tale Medicine Machine

by Blacktop Megaphone

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Over 2 1/2 years, Blacktop Megaphone assembled the audio components and connected the creative pieces of a concept that he hallucinated at a jazz club in Europe. Tall Tale Medicine Machine is a genre-bending, and collaborative project that brings together a diverse group of 25 instrumentalists, vocalists, and lyricists from around the US, to harness their combined inner chi and existential rage in order to create a sonic experience that is truly unique.

April 29th 2014, Blacktop Megaphone released Tall Tale Medicine Machine, which presents a glimpse into the boundless nature and elastic sense of genre and form that the project represents.

Collaborations with vocalist Joie Rainbeau span the course of the album, and set the tone for the project as a whole. Blacktop Megaphone also enlists a variety of other vocalists to bring voice to the record. "Shoe String Theory", the collaboration with Dirty Science MC Denmark Vessey made waves around the internet in early February, landing coverage on dozens of music & culture sites including: The Source Magazine, DJ Booth, and 2DopeBoyz. Other features on the album include SAVEMONEY representative Kami de Chukwu, Sidewalk Chalk's Rico Sisney and Tyler Berg who are fresh off the release of their album Leaves, as well as jazz-soul vocalist Angele Anise.

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released April 29, 2014

Composed – Produced – Curated by Blacktop Megaphone

Co-Produced - Recorded – Mixed – Mastered by Doug Saltzman @ The Coach House



The Team

lyrics/vocals – Joie Rainbeau

lyrics/ vocals – Kami de Chukwu

lyrics/vocals - Angéle Anise

lyrics/vocals – Denmark Vessey

lyrics/vocals – Rico Sisney

bass/synthesizers – Blacktop Megaphone

drums – Tyler Berg

organ/rhodes – Ben Hoffmann (1,4,8,9,10)*

guitars – Adam Paulson (3,4,5,8)*

guitar – Dan Gianaris (7)*

violin – Sofia Cardozo

viola – Tom Morrison

cello – Mike Corson

cello – Eric Russell

trumpet – Tully Olson

french horn – Ian McLean

trombone – Owen Thayer

bass trombone – Garrett Seesing

tenor sax/ e.w.i – Phil Maher

clarinet – Kristen Engebretson

flute – Jonathan Green

flute – Ceri Hofferber

vibraphone/tam tam – Jon Barnea

percussion – Peter Manheim

royal dudeness – Logan Foret



Lyric contributions from David Emmett Alford (7)*

Electric & Acoustic Guitar recorded by Adam Paulson (3,4,5,8)*

Additional recording at Tranquility One Studios & Planet 10 Studios

Assistant drum engineer Matt Lavelle (7,9,10)*

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Blacktop Megaphone Chicago, Illinois

BLACKTOP MEGAPHONE HAS BEEN FORGING TECHNICOLOR SOUNDSCAPES & CONSTRUCTING BIZARRE COMPOSITIONS FOR OVER 10 YEARS NOW. AN INHABITANT OF THE MARVELOUS AND MUSICALLY-FLOURISHING CITY OF CHICAGO, MEGA STRIVES TO BRING HIS CITY'S SPIRIT AS WELL AS AN UNCONVENTIONAL AND FAR-OUT NATURE TO HIS PSYCHEDELIC FRAGMENTS OF AUDIO. ... more

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