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Podcast Episode
Season
Ten
number
479
Type
Album Review
Post Date
3/17/2020

Hamell On Trial

Choochtown

Label
Such-A-Punch Media
Release year
1999
Producer
David "Dare" Riegler, Hamell, Phillip Nowlan, William J Nicgorski

On his 1999 album Choochtown, Hamell On Trial invokes punk rock swagger and 1970s NYC sleaze with little more than an acoustic guitar

Edward James "Ed" Hamell, better know as Hamell On Trial, has been writing, recording, and touring for over thirty years, bouncing from major labels to minor labels to his own, with either a studio or live album out almost every other year. While production values have shifted, the fiery anti-folk and spoken word approach has remained constant, and his 1999 album is definitely on the lower end of the recording quality spectrum. That doesn't impact the performances or songs, as Hamell On Trial makes stunning use of his Gibson acoustic guitar, plucking out staccato rhythms on one track before leading a dirty blues romp on the next. All of it adds up to a uniquely singular performance and vision, one that can definitely split opinions on what worked and didn't work.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Hamell's Ramble
  • 17:56 - I'm Gonna Watch You Sleep
  • 24:07 - The Lottery
  • 28:10 - Nancy's Got a New Boyfriend
  • 35:18 - When Bobby Comes Down
  • 46:30 - Shout Outs
  • Outro - Bill Hicks

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