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Old Punch Card

Sam PrekopAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Sam Prekop is known to most as the singer and songwriter of The Sea and Cake. He is a painter of some renown, a photographer and in addition he has released two solo albums of pop songs infused with his own blend of African and Brazilian guitar rhythms. Old Punch Card, his first solo effort since 2005, takes a dramatically unexpected turn away from either of these paths. Prekop described the ... Read more in Amazon's Sam Prekop Store

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  • Audio CD (September 7, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B003WTO656
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sam Prekop is known to most as the singer and songwriter of The Sea and Cake. He is a painter of some renown, a photographer and in addition he has released two solo albums of pop songs infused with his own blend of African and Brazilian guitar rhythms. Old Punch Card, his first solo effort since 2005, takes a dramatically unexpected turn away from either of these paths. Taking inspiration from early music concrete and electronic music, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Nuno Canavarro, Raymond Scott, David Behrman, and free improvisation, Old Punch Card is a beautifully noisy, jagged yet stately album of synthesizer music. The ideas and implementation of Old Punch Card (the album title alluding to the electronic, faintly mechanic origins of the music) were the result of an entirely new challenge: to do something completely different from anything else he's ever created. To facilitate this end, Prekop implemented a series of strict guidelines for the recording of the album. No vocals, no guitar (though he slipped in this regard on one track), and no beats. CD version comes packaged in a four panel mini-LP style gatefold package with the first 1,000 copies featuring hand painted covers by Sam Prekop, each copy unique.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars for old punch card June 13, 2011
By chrissy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had this cd for about 3 months and listened to it quite a few times to let it sink in before giving it a fair review. First off I give Prekop credit for doing kind of a 180 here and experimenting and trying something pretty different. Afterall its the versatility in his songs, sounds, songwriting that has made The Sea and Cake and Sam Prekop one of my top favorite artists/bands ever. He is one of the most superbly talented and underrated musicans I have ever listened to.

I very much liked his electronica songs from Two gentlemen, as well as random songs from him like The Afternoon and Prefuse 73...and even random instrumentals from SAC are all fantastic. But as another review pointed out its electric music really...not electronica music-slightly different. While by no meas is this a terrible album, its mostly dull and forgettable. Considering Prekops insane talent, I found it overall somehwat disappointing and if you have listend to most if not all of his music you know he is capable of so much more. If you are a Prekop fan you will buy the album anyway and find out the hard way like I did. I will always take a chance on a Prekop album.

I found the songs brambles and silhouetes to be pretty cool, interesting songs on the album ...but no real cohesion and fluidity in the majority of the songs--pretty much the whole album. Tell work is a song which I found interesting too. A few of the songs are just dowright boring, flat, and do not draw you in at all. I mean I find it hard to believe that he listened to most of these songs through before putting them on the album. And that he worked on and off to complete these songs for several years. He just gets too cutesy with the sounds, the static , chirps, bangs, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning (Nuno Canavarro fans take note) October 28, 2010
By danmmr
Format:Audio CD
Those looking for indie rock should stop now and leave this page. You will be extremely disappointed if you purchase this CD. For those looking for a tour de force of musiqe concrete, experimental electronic (not electronica!) and improv then buy this immediately. This is a challenging listen but one that will reward you over and over again. I cannot begin to explain the contents of the CD but given time they will create complex textures and worlds of sound.

Finally, there is an interview somewhere out there (from a few years ago) in which Sam Prekop states his admiration of Plux Quba* by Nuno Canavarro. It is fairly certain that this album is a reaction to those sounds. In some ways, Old Punch Card is a homage or a modern follow-up to Plux Quba.

Just stunning.

*I believe this is now out of print but it was re-issued on CD by Jim O'Rourke in 1998.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Would"nt it be cool if we ????????? September 8, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
The answer if NO!!!!

No, It would not be cool if we created a bunch of semi-random set of timed sequences, repeated the sequence in sets, assigned the sequences a value in a tone generating device and see what came out the other end!!!!

Is it Art?, Ask Sam Prekop, only he can say

Craft?, Assuredly

Creative? By definition, It exists.....now

Imaginative? In a way

Intellectual putsuit? I'm sure it was

Music? Ehh. While this creation and music do share the characteristic of being audible,, You have to draw a line somewhere, I vote no, but I'll let you decide for yourself. For all I know, all of the secrets of the universe are encoded into this one download, but I wouldnt bet on it...

On the other hand, if you've been looking for that one special set of sequences that will end a party when you want to go to bed...I think this is for you.

2 stars, 1 for effort
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