Tales from the Skinny Apartment
Painted Faces is the long
(strange/trip) running voyage of weirdo David Drucker, began in Florida in 2009
and decamped to NYC in 2011. It has sometimes been a loose band in the past
with a revolving lineup of outsiders and interlopers (known as The Freak Band),
but is usually a solo endeavor, and the bulk of the recordings have been done
as such. PF has always been a home recording solo project, one-man-band style
heavy on psychOdelic/outsider folk/noise/experimental vibes. He started
self releasing CD-Rs in the early days and quickly jumped to tapes on a variety
of labels including Already Dead, Lava Church, J&C, Null Zone, Tall Tapes.
A "legendary" CD compilation on Gulcher Records and an LP from
Already Dead and Almost Halloween Time in Italy brings us to the here and now. Tales from the Skinny Apartment is
somewhere around the 20th or so Painted Faces release...he has long lost count.
Drucker runs/curates gigs (and records at) the Skinny Apartment, his dwelling place in Ridgewood Queens, which some folks have called the "realest DIY zone in NYC." He also rips in Dead River Company, Big Hiatus, Shecky, Canyon River Blues, and countless other unknown subterranean improv zoner outfits. "Ripping" involves keeping it freaky and weird and ripping sets wherever/whenever, i.e. always being down to perform, whether in a kitchen or a packed ballroom....no diva bullshit, just plugging in (or going sans electricity) and playing...always giving it your all...Ridgewood Rippers are the crew of artists that populate Ridgewood and the loose "scene" around the Skinny Apartment...much of it is in jest, a self-inflated mythology of nonsense which is pervasive in all rock and roll "scene" histories. As a student of rock/pop history, Drucker is fascinated by the loose associations that connect folks from various zones together...i.e. Miles Davis and The Grateful Dead...it's all the same though, the labels and genre distinctions are completely arbitrary. We're all in this together, now more than ever...to be a "ripper" is simply to "rip"...no nonsense!
Painted Faces has toured all over the USA and Canada numerous times, spreading the ripper gospels, and is gearing up for the second European tour with fellow ripper Anura. He is known for falling apart on "stage," with performances heavy on humor, horror, stoned digressions, and cathartic bouts of therapy, part performance art/part standup comedy, eradicating the lines between performer, performance, and audience one show at a time.
1. Chicks That Are into Beefheart (and Jandek) 3:24
2. Florida Bat Salad 1:05
3. Nightmare on Drucker Street 4:37
4. I Took Too Much Acid in 7th Grade 4:22
5. Island of Tragedy 3:04
6. Follow Me Down on Instagram 1:58
7. Seafood Special 3:59
8. My Mom Was a Hebrew School Teacher 4:14
9. Massachussetts Is a Magical Place 4:21
10. The Ridgewood Ripper 5:18
11. I Don't Want to Listen to Your Tape (Cellar Dweller) 8:23
Total time 44:35
All Music Written & Recorded by David Drucker at The Skinny Apartment in Ridgewood, Queens, 2017
Featuring Mike Green (Mezzanine
Swimmers) on guitars on "I Took Too Much Acid in 7th Grade"
Cop Funeral on electronics on "Seafood Special"
Chris “Mr Transylvania” Shields on background vocals on "Massachussetts Is a Magical Place"
Eva “Nighttime” Goodman on violin & backing vocals on "The Ridgewood Ripper"
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