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Medicine Show

Todd Tobias

Released: 04/26/2012
Format: CD
Label: Hidden Shoal Recordings
Catalog #: HSR091
Country: Australia
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 16
Front Cover
Pressing Details
Vinyl Color # Pressed
N/A 200 
From the Hidden Shoal Recordings site: Beginning with the dark groove of ‘Night of the Club Foot’, through the gaseous synths of ‘Pre-Dawn Visitation’, evoking a hallucinogen-fuelled walk among a misty moon-lit forest, to the visceral lurch of ‘Manatoc Enters The City / The Long Fall’, Medicine Show plays out like the soundtrack to a Terry Gilliam movie starring Tom Waits, each song a totally immersive scene, leading inexorably into the next.

From Todd Tobias: Medicine Show is a graphic novel in music form. The story takes place on the border of history and pre-history, and involves a fellow named Manatoc who was raised among a hill tribe of hunting nomads. An invading army of "civilized" men appear and build a walled city, and then go about doing what civilized men do, which is to enslave the local primitive population or else hunt them down for sport. Manatoc serves as a scout for the invaders' army in order to get to know his enemy. In the meantime he has become something of a messiah among his people, including those living inside the fortress city serving as slaves. His adventure leads him to the city itself, where he is double-crossed by his hosts, and meets a sad and dramatic end. It's by no means a cheerful tale, but remember the words of Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

Additional Text from Todd's Bandcamp page: "Some humans were harmed in the production of this album, but no animals were injured."

Limited Edition CD release of 200 copies.
Medicine Show
1.   Night Of The Clubfoot 2:35
2.   Manatoc Is Born 2:24
3.   Half Animal 1:51
4.   Pre-Dawn Visitation 2:21
5.   The Children Follow 2:30
6.   Clubfoot's Return 1:46
7.   Shadows With Teeth 3:18
8.   Flesh Interval 1:28
9.   Asmodaeus And The Unlucky Traveler 1:26
10.  The Pathfinder 2:40
11.  Burial Mound 1:53
12.  Medicine Show 1:33
13.  Manatoc Enters The City / The Long Fall 4:27
14.  Death Watch 1:23
15.  Fanfare Of The Impalers 2:56
16.  Prayers To A Blind Sky 2:17
Total Length: 36:48
Album Credits
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Sleeve Design Stuart Medley
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Instrumentation And Noises Todd Tobias
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Engineer Todd Tobias
Mastering Chris Keffer
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Copyright 2012
Publisher Visible Man Music
Songwriter Todd Tobias
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Additional Album Text A Hidden Shoal Recordings Release
Additional Album Text Http://Music.HiddenShoal.Com