Whirlaway

by Tadpoles

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Whirlaway (1999) is the fourth and final full length studio album released on CD by Tadpoles and is the first Tadpoles' album to be released by a label other than the band's own Bakery Records. Australian independent label, Camera Obscura Records, licensed and released the album worldwide. As a promotion in 1999, an edited MP3 version of the song "Whirlaway" was given away free from by Camera Obscura Records through their website. Additionally, this was the first studio album by Tadpoles not produced by Mark Kramer (Shimmy Disc) at Noise New Jersey, although Mark Kramer did record the album's final track, Horse and Buggy at New York City's Knitting Factory. The album was recorded by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio and features a cover version of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes classic, You Ain't Goin' Nowhere.


Reviews -Whirlaway
...among the finest realities of last lustres American psychedelia, a solid quartet able to change their expressive valence in the course of a few chords, roaming from the wildest space-rock to the utmost visionary country folk...ROCKERILLA (Italy) on WHIRLAWAY

...not only masters of the pop song idiom, but also willing connoisseurs of the absinthe of psychedelic excess...THE BROKEN FACE (Sweden) on WHIRLAWAY

...undeniably psychedelic...but also unquestioningly fresh and modern, with a full blown-3-dimensional sound filled with swirls and eddies of criss-crossing leads from guitarists Nick Kramer and Todd Parker, brilliant effects, hypnotic rhythms from drummer Adam Boyette, and keening bass lines from David Max...JERSEY BEAT (USA) on WHIRLAWAY

...an altogether solid work, with a scattering of infectious euphoria throughout...PITCHFORK.COM (USA) on WHIRLAWAY

...a candid enunciation of what is universal and eternal about psychedelic music: not the drugs, but the bounded creativity, the flight of the caged soul...SCARUFFI.COM (USA/Italy)
on WHIRLAWAY

...Investigating large expanses of time and sound, they are without a shadow of doubt, the defining psychedelic sounds of now ...ZEITGEIST (Scotland) on WHIRLAWAY

Rating:9...a modern psychedelic masterpiece...ALL MUSIC GUIDE (USA) on WHIRLAWAY

A Day Late: Tadpoles—Whirlaway Tadpoles—Whirlaway
An absolute must have. Beginning with the 1-2 punch of the galloping “Frances the Dancer ” and the heavy “Lyman Bostock” right through to the end, it’s a solid, smoky buffet of sonics. All Tadpoles releases were hazy gems, but on Whirlaway it all comes together to make, for me, their signature disc. If you follow Ptolemaic Terrascope or have yearned to attend Terrastock (like me ...), then this has your name all over it. Comparisons don’t do justice, especially when it’s as fully baked as this, but if you get into, say,
the Bevis Frond, or dreamed about a faster, fuzzier 7% Solution, then grab that dog-eared issue of the Terrascope, get out some snacks and have a seat. It’s time to go for a ride.
Many of the neo-psych groups your assailed with rely on coughing up old touchstones from some simulacrum of pastoral, quirky Englishness. Tadpoles get their cue not from the English fields or their misty woods, but rather from some musty hillock buried in the garage drip fed Nuggets. The Tadpoles are decidely American. And that sets them apart by rooting Whirlaway in good old rock. It smokes. Or rather it’s in a state of perpetual slow-burn. That rough, deceptively shambolic rock base and a firm grasp of melody set them apart from wandering noodling contemporary minstrels. No twee, whispy vocals here either. The often cracking vocals and semi-impenetrable lyrics coupled with the smoky, druggy guitars and bubbling bottom-end give the whole affair a very natural, organic weave. You can digest Whirlaway just as surface candy if you want, but if you go in for the long haul, the payback is far more filling: consumate musicianship, great production and mix, stellar layering of details, good drawn out crunchy rock and a throbbing locomotion gauranteed to see you all the way over to the other side. And they’ll get you there without relying on the ferryman to get you across the river. Tadpoles will drive you there themselves. In a GTO. Even if they promise a “Horse and Buggy” at the finish line.
Kevin McFadin - Mr. Atavist Blog (Sep 29, 2009)

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released August 1, 1999

©1999 Tadpoles/Bakery Records

Whirlaway was engineered and mixed by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio in 1998 and 1999. Additional overdubs and mixes were done at Jolly Roger Studio in Hoboken, NJ by Gene Holder (the dB's). Album artwork and design was created by Ann Manca. Mastered by Todd Parker 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: Frances The Dancer
A see saw lets you float up

The water lets you slide

One after another

Get in line for the other side

And your time is up

Put away your tin cup

Breathe in the sweet air

And take it in and feel it there

It's alien

Good times

Just teach yourself the subjects

The moons are in your reach

Get out your favorite colors

Give all your sands a beach

And your time is up

Put away your tin cup

Breathe in the sweet air

And take it in and feel it there

It's alien

Good times

The ocean's getting deeper

From the drains you had to waste

The desert's just a little colder

From the nights you tried to chase

When you taste the bitter

Taste that they left behind

Sip your favorite water

Refresh whats in your mind
Track Name: Lyman Bostock
Begging with a borrowed hand again
Burning bridges, swimming rivers
Building and breaking and fixing things
You can never run from the devils in you

But you can beat a path to my door
When the running gets the better of you
Rest yourself a while, sit a spell
And you know that tomorrow is a new day

It's all in how you harvest me 
It's all in how you harvest me
It's all in how you harvest me
It's up to you, how you harvest me

Betting on a borrowed hand again
Desert sands in your barren palm
Your rivers dried out into the seas
Brother, don't you curse my name
I haven't made peace with parts of my past
Or with those ghosts with halos round their eyes
And you hope that tomorrow is a new day

It's all in how you harvest me
It's all in how you harvest me
It's all in how you harvest me
It's up to you, how you harvest me

It's all in how you harvest me
It's all in how you harvest me
It's all in how you harvest me
It's up to you, how you harvest me
Track Name: Crash Of The Bug
You're driving in your car

Not going very far

A sunday sunny drive

Feels good to be alive

Your friends are in the back

Ask you where you're at

Some take the wrong turn

The moonlight tavern burns

At the bottom of the hill

A wooden house is filled

You've got to climb the stairs

Your friends are unaware

Just make one more call

To the pictures on the wall

This dream will come to pass

You'll sleep in beds of grass
Track Name: Jimmy Colored Glasses
Never thought that you'd feel so sad

Never wanted anything you had

And its time that you learned to see

It's enough to just believe

We all will pass this way

No one makes us stay

If there's any way to make it good

I think that you should
Track Name: Whirlaway
From temperate climes, through rain, set sail

Ribbons of water, they sparkle and spangle

In the coming sun, falling through liquid streets

Into the jungle and out of the rain
Steal into dreamtiger eyes and slowly leave behind

Domino days of time, inches of distance

Slip past the double-edged sword of building

The cost of building more, or of just maintaining

Feel the dreamtigers prowling free and easy

But ribbons of memory still tumble and tangle

And turn into questions, "Can your friends trust you now?"
Only dreamtigers never have a need to change

In time, as night declines, fleeting and fading

Ribbons of laughter, they jingle and jangle

And all the dream-tigers retreat back into the trees

With green, smiling eyes, at the coming of the day
Track Name: Dusty Baker
When you are feeling low

Let the juices flow away

When you are moving slow

Take a ride down the drain
I don't have the time to wait for you

And I don't care if you stay

Just don't hang around and blow my brain

Can't you break the clock today

When you are feeling low

Get down on the grass and lay

The snake is gold and he follows you

The poison takes your cares away
When you are feeling low

Let the juices flow away

When you are moving slow

Take a ride down the drain

Down the drain

Down the drain

Down the drain
Track Name: You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Clouds so swift

Rain won’t lift

Gate won’t close

Railings froze

Get your mind off wintertime

You ain’t goin’ nowhere


Whoo-ee!
Ride me high

Tomorrow’s the day

My bride’s gonna come

Oh, oh, are we gonna fly

Down in the easy chair!

I don’t care
How many letters they sent

Morning came and morning went

Pick up your money

And pack up your tent

You ain’t goin’ nowhere


Whoo-ee!
Ride me high

Tomorrow’s the day

My bride’s gonna come

Oh, oh, are we gonna fly

Down in the easy chair!

Buy me a flute

And a gun that shoots

Tailgates and substitutes

Strap yourself

To the tree with roots

You ain’t goin’ nowhere


Whoo-ee!
Ride me high

Tomorrow’s the day

My bride’s gonna come

Oh, oh, are we gonna fly

Down in the easy chair!

Genghis Khan

He could not keep

All his kings

Supplied with sleep

We’ll climb that hill no matter how steep

When we get up to it


Whoo-ee!
Ride me high

Tomorrow’s the day

My bride’s gonna come

Oh, oh, are we gonna fly

Down in the easy chair!
Track Name: Smile If You've Crossed Over
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Sunrise Ocean Bender
Nothing to believe in

Nothing worth seeing

It's ok

The dunes are frozen

Throw rocks in the ocean

The waves are astounding

The heart keeps on pounding

It's ok

Your arms are golden

Your sunlights are broken

When night is falling

You hear me calling
Can you tell me how to see

Can you tell me how to look

I can't find my way inside

I haven't read the book

It's ok

The sunrise ocean bender

The sunrise ocean bender
Track Name: Horse And Buggy
(Instrumental)