Far Out

by Tadpoles

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Far Out (1996) is the second full length album released on CD by Tadpoles. The album was recorded by the core trio of Todd Parker, David Max and Nick Kramer after drummer, Michael Kite Audino and guitarist Andrew Jackson Shapiro left the group. Guest musicians Edward Odowd (The Toilet Boys / Psychic TV) and Steve Savoca (The Werefrogs) perform drums and percussion on the album. Additional lap steel guitar was provided by Jeff Passifiume (Hank McCoy and The Dead Ringers / The Lost Continentals). "Ride The World Around The Sun" is a re-recording of the song, "Sunshine" from the Tadpoles' Superwhip cassette-only album from 1992. "Old Dirty Mushrooms" was included as a bonus track on the CD version of the album and was not included on the cassette version. "Old Dirty Mushrooms" was recorded in 1991 and features just Todd Parker and drummer, Michael Kite Audino, along with sax by Raj Seshu. Far Out is notable in that it received a 4-star review from Rolling Stone Magazine, a rare feat at the time for an independently released CD.


“ “★★★★” Taking the approach of all great psychedelic rockers,Tadpoles & producer, Kramer, treat
the studio like a playground, crafting mini symphonies from layers of weird guitars, six-string fuzz bass and impressionistic vocals. Its a heady mix that deserves to disorient a much wider audience.”
–ROLLING STONE (Jim DeRogatis, May 30, 1996) “ ...like a kinder, gentler Monster Magnet touched up with a bit of classic Doors-like themes”
–MAGNET (Gina Bittner, #24, ‘96) “...a psychedelic trio from Hoboken, NJ, who have released two killer indie guitar albums”
–GUITAR WORLD (May 1997)
“...this Hoboken band takes out the tricks of Sonic Boom,Wayne Kramer, and even something from the Strawberry Alarm Clock to mold a guitar geek’s landscape of mesmerizing chords and pulsing rhythms..” –CARBON 14(Kevin McDonough, #9, ‘96)
“Far Out is an almost flawless psychedelic album on which every song is about as good as the next one...one of the better American CDs of ‘96” –CROHINGA WELL (Belgium-#13 ‘May 1997)
“With the Lilys giving up the Loop drone for early Syd Barrett psycho-pop,Tadpoles may be the American claimants of the space-rock crown.” –FACE MAGAZINE (Seth Berner, Feb. 1997)
“the full on execution makes them more Blue Cheer than Love, and the quieter space rock passages give up a countrified nod in the direction of Up on the Sun era, Meat Puppets and Syd’s Pink Floyd...they get further and further out to an alternate universe where Kramer produces million-selling records and Gibby is president.” –EXCLAIM! (Neil Exall,Toronto, Oct.‘96)
“If Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch bought a vintage theater, enveloped the giant screen in fuzz, cut the lights, and put Tones on Tail, Syd Barrett, the Swans, and the Jesus and Mary Chain on the balcony- then handed out the shrooms-you would be close to experiencing the Tadpoles.” –EYE (Lisa Crosby, #9 ‘97)
“Far Out by Hoboken-based Tadpoles is the latest gem wearing the Shimmy Disc producer’s imprint. Thrashy psych abounds with Spacemen 3 and 13th Floor Elevators influence just winning on points” -MOJO (UK, June 1996)
“Tadpoles specialize in stoned-out psychedelic jams...” –OCULUS ( Frank Tantilla, June 1996)
“remind me of Syd Barrett doing doughnuts in the grocery store parking lot...” –JERSEY BEAT (Greg Matherly,August 1996)“

“Their sound is at times almost erotic, yet intimately fierce and always mesmerizing...a modern day continuation of a Barrett-run Floyd” –BRAIN DAMAGE (Jeff Jensen, Nov. 1996)
“pure old-school guitar psychedelia-loud electric psych...it is hard not to be floored by the sheer wall of fuzz bass and droning, wah-wha-ing guitar that one is confronted with on Far Out” –POP CULTURE PRESS (Matt Murphy, #59 July ‘96)
“guaranteed to swirl in your head long after your buzz wears off...” –UNDERBELLY (Nov.‘96)
Various - Far Out Reviews- Highlights (1996)
"4 STARS" - Tadpoles - Far Out

In these days of alternativerock mania, when groups that have played three gigs sign million-dollar deals, the bands that labor on indie labels come in two varieties: those doing something so perversely unlistenable that no one else will release it and those less interested in careerism than in following their own quirky muses. The Hoboken, N.J., trio Tadpoles fall into the latter category.
There's a timeless quality to the band's second do-it- yourself album: Tunes such as "Feel Like a Freak" and "At Least I'm Not Like Jonathan Carver" are equally influenced by Syd Barrett, the 13th Floor Elevators, My Bloody Valentine and the Flaming Lips. Taking the approach of all great psychedelic rockers, Tadpoles and producer Kramer (Bongwater, Galaxie 500) treat the studio like a playground, crafting minisymphonies from layers of weird guitars, six-string fuzz bass and impressionistic vocals. It's a heady mix that deserves to disorient a much wider audience.
Jim DeRogatis - Rolling Stone (May 30, 1996)

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released March 1, 1996

©1996 Tadpoles/Bakery Records

Far Out was produced and mixed by Mark Kramer (Shimmy Disc) and engineered by Steve Watson at Noise New Jersey Studio in 1994-1995 with additional recording at Waterfront Studio in Hoboken, NJ. Album artwork and design was created by Ann Manca. Mastered by Dave Steele at dbs digital in Hoboken, NJ.

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Tadpoles Hoboken, New Jersey

Tadpoles, based in Hoboken, NJ, disbanded in 2000 after releasing 4 critically acclaimed studio albums, 1 live album and 1 E.P. all on their own Bakery Records label (except for their last studio album, Whirlaway, which was released on Australia's Camera Obscura Records.) The group was formed by vocalist/guitarist, Todd Parker and original drummer, Michael Kite Audino in New York City in 1990. ... more

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Track Name: Race You To The Mustard Patch
Drop down and see it fall away

Climb up catch what they say

Drop down and be there fall away

Get up race you to the day

The only way

Get a little closer to the tone

Vibrate for everyone you know

When you stop you've never been away

Get up race you to the day

The only way
Track Name: At Least I'm Not Like Jonathan Carver
Aren't you tired of coming down

You want to float not be around

Aren't you tired

Aren't you tired

Aren't you tired like really wired

His name appeared in lights that day

Her neon dress began to fray

Don't you know what its like

Don't let it be an oversight

When you're lazy lying on some grass

Following all the dusty paths

You watch the sky slide past your face

When morning comes you've won the race

Then parachute land on the floor

You hit the ground feeling sore

Your knees buckle but you give it more

Step inside your first balloon

Blow it up and make it bloom
Track Name: Nazareth
Nazareth

you're taking my mind

you're taking my money

you're taking your time


Nazareth

you're baking my mind

you're making me funny

you're making me blind


Nazareth

you're just like a train

thats going insane

thats leaving today

Nazareth

can you spare me a dime

i wanna get high

if i can't i might cry

Nazareth

c'mon make me a deal

i wanna feel real

for that i would kill


Nazareth

i love all your lights

they really shine bright mon

you're right out of sight


Nazareth

i'll take you to bed

a dream in my head

until i am dead


Nazareth

you're taking my mind

you're taking my money

you're taking your time
Track Name: Ride The World Around The Sun
Ride the world around the sun with me
Pack all your things
Your ticket to ecstacy
Ride the world around the sun
Checking it out you're gonna have fun
Ride the world around the sun with me
Check it out and see what you can be
Track Name: 4D
I am the confluence of many rivers come before

And i have noted million things or more

I've seen the mighty mississippi run through my hands

I've seen you slip away and seen you come back again

The time to leave was yesterday my love

Now its today and its already too late

Guess that I am stuck here for awhile

You make me feel like thats alright

My violent mind has seen everything come true

My silent eyes have watched all I've thought was done undo

I've washed my hands in the rain from the clouds of my friends

I've seen them slip away and seen them come back again

The time to leave was yesterday my love

Now its today and its already too late

Guess that I am stuck here for awhile

You make me feel like thats alright

Once we packed that bowl we knew we couldn't lose

One ray of moonshine to chase away my blues

I know of places where I can hind my mind

I could've slipped away but I never really had the time

Guess that I am stuck here for awhile

You make me feel like that's alright
Track Name: Feel Like A Freak
You're fuzzy in the daylight dawn

Believing the will is gone

Just another day is done

And thrown into the sun

When you pick up with the scent

You drop and hit the floor

One more icycle melts

It slips you through the door

The words they say are like open sores

You're drowning in the puss

Just paint them like Picasso would

You know you've got the buzz

Feel like a freak
Track Name: Chunky
Voices calling on the phone

Can you answer are you home

Make believe that you are free

Can you tell me what you see

The look in her eyes

Made me realize
She's gone again

Tomorrow night in a dream

Dance with color jellybean

Can you tell me what you see

C'mon along and dream with me

Just get inside

And start to realize

She's gone again

Tomorrow night in a dream

Just get inside

And start to realize

The look in her eyes

Will tell you why
Track Name: Clea
Nothing can replace you near me

I live in my mind so much sometimes I forget

Nothing can replace you near me

Puncture my body lest I forget

The hardest walk I ever took was to you

Now I can never go home again

The hardest walk i ever took was to you

Now I'm afraid to be alone again

I feel your eyes when you don't even see me

You've never seen the blackest part of me

I feel your eyes when you don't even see me

You omni invoke the warmest part of me
Track Name: Old Dirty Mushrooms
Old dirty mushrooms tend to make you feel

A whole lot better than a box of pills (like Gerald mouse on a spinning wheel)

Pull the bright red wagon

Drop by the fire dragon

Feel your body warning

God your hair is burning

Old dirty mushrooms tend to make you feel
Like a bunch of raisins on a banana peel (like Gerald mouse on a spinning wheel)
Pull the bright red wagon

Drop by the fire dragon

Feel your body warning

God your hair is burning