The Blow is a band comprised of Khaela Maricich. Formerly known as Get the Hell Out of the Way of the Volcano, The Blow has toured around the country and the Northwest, playing shows of stories and songs made up beforehand as well as right there on the spot. Bonus Album is a collection of songs that are outside the context of the Blow’s more theme-based, operatic live pieces.
These songs have a playground feel; some are made-up for entertaining oneself while leaning against the chain link at the far edge of the field, others are singing games where the notes get woven between a pair of singers or a roomful. These odds and ends are like the collection of artifacts that you find in the bottom of your purse, items that are small and necessary and reminiscent of something important, including a very suave take on Wolf Colonel’s “Jet Ski Accidents”. The black sheep of this assembly of songs is “Watch the Water Roll Up”, which starts out as a lonely observation of the kids at recess, and turns into a post parade jumble of bands and orchestras (all mixed up on the sidewalk and spilling onto your yard) party song. It was produced in collaboration with Phil Elvrum. Phil is returning the favor, as Khaela has assisted him on numerous “The Microphones” recording sessions.
The Bonus Album ends with the “Little Sally Tutorial”, a party game instructional.
Khaela recorded Bonus Album in her private recording cave at the Dub Narcotic studio, Olympia, Wa.
released October 1, 2002
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