Rabbits Full of Magic

04 January 2010

 

Ben Eberbaugh Tribute



Chad Radford has written a nice bit about the
Ben Eberbaugh Tribute CD that includes a download of the full album. Ben was the original guitarist for the Black Lips, and was killed by Jennifer Dawn Swierzynski going the wrong way on a highway in Atlanta just days before their first tour. David Matysiak put together this tribute album and a tribute show to help pay funeral costs.

I only knew Ben for a few short years but David hits it on the nose in the above interview. He was like a cool big brother, always hanging out, always a joy to be around, always down for making up some crazy music in the room in the Die Slaughterhaus where people would pick up instruments at random and jam out for hours on end, mostly in altered states. The first time I ever heard David Bowie's Low was his vinyl copy the morning after staying over during a robotrip.

My band Tabitha included a song called "Mexico". Though later released on the Kiwis album Beware of Falling Rock, at the time it was a Tabitha song and we made a decision to record it at the second Die Slaughterhaus. I handled the entire production for this song. We were mainly doing psychedelic punk things at the time but after laying down a good rhythm track at Pedro's house Dunwoody we decided the the DSH basement was the best place to do overdubs. I came up with a Phil Spectorish arrangement, with plenty of natural reverb and multiple keyboard overdubs.

Julie Hines (Georgiana Starlington, Wet Dreams) is singing the bit at the beginning and playing bass. In Tabitha at that time were also Andrew Nicholson (writer/singer/guitarist), Ben Crum (lead guitar, electronics), Brent Nicholson (drums), and me (Farfisa organ). Jack Hines was by that time the guitarist for the Black Lips but he may have been around when we were doing this because he was a guitarist for Tabitha's sister band the Kiwis. He and Andrew sing on the Beatles cover on the tribute CD. Anyways Mexico is still one of my favorite things I've ever worked on.

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Comments:
really nice .....hoping to see more from u...:)
 
Important information you shared about "Ben Eberbaugh". This is really wonderful tribute.
 
nice and important information is here...very good...
 
The Kiwis album Beware of Falling Rock" is actually a rocking song indeed.It's composition is just incredible.
 
Nicely written . I very much appreciate . Hope your next post is better than this .
 
Appreciate your work and give credit to you for sharing this among us.
 
My band Tabitha included a song called "Mexico". Though later released on the Kiwis album Beware of Falling Rock.
 
i was listening Chad Radford when i was younger and i found a special message in all albums .
 
Ben Eberbaugh really deserves the best in the world. And your article today you wrote is a great gesture of you.
 
really nice .....hoping to see more from u...:)
 
I never thought that these blogs could be so informative. I appreaciate what you are doing here for us man.
 
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