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Manik Digressions (1991​-​1995)

by Manik Myk Thompson

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Nyod 02:10
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Shaman 01:11
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Crossroads 04:24
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Green 00:56
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City 02:34
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I Want You 03:12
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Room 222 01:01
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Child's I 01:05
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Room 13 01:20
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Pipeline 00:28
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Loose Cannon 05:34
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about

I heard "Manik" Myk Thompson before I met him. An ex-girlfriend of mine had a brief relationship with him shortly after ours, and it was through her that I got a copy of his 1994 cassette "Beyond Dysfunctional". His works were intriguing enough to overcome my natural aversion to an ex's new boyfriend, and I soon drafted him into my latest project, initiating an occasional working relationship and a friendship that continues to this day.

Myk also started to make me jealous in a way that has nothing to do with girls. Like me, he was making strange, funny, smart home four-track creations, but unlike me (and like another influential friend, Andrew "File 13/Full Dimensional" Aldrich), he had the drive and vision to compile entire cassettes of this material, package them and give them out to people. I just sat and hoarded mine, too unsatisfied and self-conscious to share, waiting for some undetermined day in the future when I could professionally record and release my music. For several years in the nineties, Thompson was releasing a new 60 minute album every year, and it is from these that this compilation derives.

While Myk is best known in the open mic night circle that he still haunts for laugh-out-loud folk songs of the political and observational stripe, I have intentionally eschewed this material in favor of his more esoteric efforts. Tape manipulation, samples, skewed poetry, cosmic humor and his always outrageous guitars come together to produce a sound world that is uniquely "Manik". There's even a few bona fide (if slightly left of center) songs.

Myk asked me to compile this, and I'm glad he did - it gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to the lesser known side of a talented friend. So sit back, relax and enjoy nearly eighty minutes of Mykadelia! - Brian Andrew Marek, 2009

credits

released December 31, 1995

tracks 1 thru 4 from The Formative Years
tracks 5 thru 11 from Subliminal Hearing Loss Tape (1991)
tracks 12 thru 19 from Dysfunctional (1993)
tracks 20 thru 23 from Beyond Dysfunctional (1994)
tracks 24 thru 44 from Naked in Bohemia (1995)

ripped from cassette and compiled by Brian Andrew Marek

all tracks written by "Manik" Myk Thompson
except "Somebody Else" (Marek)
and "Strychnine Ache" (Marek/Thompson)

all instruments and vocals by "Manik" Myk Thompson except
drums on "I Want You" by Matt Venn
guitar on "Tomorrow's Gypsies" by Don Duncan
bass on "Tomorrow's Gypsies" by Johann Eberhart
drums on "Tomorrow's Gypsies" by Jeff Schmidt

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