Blue songs in a blue wrap. Crafted slowly and lovingly over 1998 and 1999 with Ed Smith presiding over the board of the reestablished Lufthansa Garden in Pasadena, California. Initial tracks were recorded by Burning Sofa No. 10/Burning Softies bandmates, Hamma (guitar), Ed (bass) and Lindsay Glover (drums). Faerie dust on 'The River Guest' by another Softie, Corey Granet, who also played some country rock licks on 'The Waves'. Jerry Zinn played guitar on 'Can I Shimmy?' and brought miscellaneous noisemaking implements.
The first four songs completed - 'Fate Maps', 'The Captives', 'False Things' and 'The River Guest' - were originally planned for an EP but when Elsinor Records stepped up to the plate and offered to release a complete album, David decided to keep recording.
Heidi Nelms played bass for the last half of the record, everything after 'Can I Shimmy?' which Chris Kidd played trombone on. Chris also contributed some great guitar to 'The Cove' and 'How To Move A Piano' which he played organ on.
Aside from producing the whole thing and playing bass on five of the tracks, Ed played some slippery noise guitar on 'Fate Maps' and worked the disorienting organ on 'The Waves' and also used it to warm up the groove on 'Nature Fiends'.
Lindsay not only kept everything in groovy time but played the piano on 'False Things' which is worth the price of admission right there.
released September 28, 1999
HOW TO MOVE A PIANO
David Hamma: vocals, guitar, Casio (3), percussion (1, 6)
Ed Smith: bass (2–6), organ (2, 5, 8, 9), guitar (2)
Lindsay Glover: drums, percussion, piano (4)
Heidi Nelms: bass (7–10)
Chris Kidd: organ (10), guitar (7, 10), trombone (6)
Corey Granet: guitar (5, 8)
Jerry Zinn: guitar, percussion (6)