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DEPARTMENTSTORE SANTAS

AT THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE NINETEEN 100- YEAR LIFETIMES SINCE

SUPERIOR VIADUCT


Format: LP
Cata No: SV095
Barcode: 857176003478
The Departmentstore Santas’ LP is a underground rock
classic of the highest order—from its carnivalesque front
cover to the sixteen home-schooled tracks contained inside.
Information about this mysterious band has been as scarce
as original copies of their self-released album, yet purveyors
of lo-fi pop esoterica have whispered about the Santas’
raison d’etre for the better part of the past three decades.
Recorded in the early ’80s in La Mesa, California, At the
Medieval Castle Nineteen 100-Year Lifetimes Since features
quirky sing-alongs, wide-eyed lyrics, echoey instrumentals
and outsider folk-punk à la Daniel Johnston. While
bandleader Joseph D’Angelo’s unique charm may not fit
comfortably in any one style, his preternatural world is
united by the warmth and grit of these bedroom recordings.
Out of step with other music of its era, Departmentstore
Santas uncannily anticipated the 4-track movement of the
’90s. This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of
Television Personalities, Guided By Voices and Cleaners
From Venus.

Tracks:

1. Bactol
2. Bank Acct
3. Surfboards, Convertibles, and Dark, Lonely Beaches
4. Hey (What?s Going on Here?)
5. Kids on a Merry-Go-Round
at Eucalyptus Park
6. Play in the Sun
7. R. Joseph D?Angelo Theme
8. An Open Letter to
Seniors From Mackenzie
9. Jewel of the Hills
10. Photo Album of Baby
11. Lost at Sea
12. Egypt
13. W
14. A Song for a Sunny Day
15. Monkeys and Organ Grinders
16. Kaleidoscope

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