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HEY by The Black Penguins

HEY

This is a live DEMO from The Black Penguins / Band Practice Archive. All tracks were recorded with using a Zoom H2.

al “NO! Inc.” carter – drums
david “NO_BEARDO_NO” emmert – bass
eric “eroctech” toledo – guitar

Special thanks for SUPER and all my SUPER PEEPS for the loves and support and your HEY art. I see every SUPER tile as a piece of art worthy of being in any museum. SUPER is a unique place of empathy rarely found online. CHECK IT OUT the iOS & Android app here http://super.me

This video a celebration of the early days of THE BLACK PENGUINS and SUPER. This entire project was possible because of SUPER. This was not planned out months in advance it just kinda happened. I found the untitled song and a post here and post there and HEY I think I got something. The goal was to just put it out there. Keep things raw. GET IT DONE. So hope you enjoy.

I highly recommend watching this video by James Victore about “Feck Perfuction”. Inspiration for us all: https://youtu.be/SVw5e6EYFUg

Recorded on 11-11-2010 HEY (original file name SR052-untitled-dec-11) is the 3 time we all three met together to jam. This song never made our debut album “Mark it Zero”. No edits except the intro & outro nonsense (tails out). Also TIP – we recorded our practices using Front & Back stereo pairs mics then summed down. Try headphones for that in the room vibe; as well as blasting it on some speakers with low end.

VIDEO of “The Shack”. The room were the magic happened:

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Original File Name: SR052-untitled-dec-11 / TBP-VAG-SR052

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DEBUT ALBUM MARK IT ZERO (FREE): theblackpenguins.bandcamp.com/album/mark-it-zero

TBP016-SR052 Mark it Zero (demos & outtakes)

Frames by The Black Penguins

Frames all started out as a jam and then in a few hours turned into a song with lyrics. Totally off the cuff lyrics. One of those golden moments of inspiration. Back in 2011 one day I sat down to just record myself jamming with no preconceived ideas. Then this riff began to brew. Frames (demo) is the first or second stereo recording on my Zoom H2 of guitar and vocals. Then I later put it into Ableton Live and added some parts but kept the original recording intact no overdubs.

Then it just sat on my computer until about 2013 when I made the “final version” of Frames. But let it sit on the shelf again. Finally in 2015 I decided to spend some time with this song and put together this single with four versions total. This is the first Black Penguins song with vocals.

MY THIRD EYE – The Black Penguins

“MY THIRD EYE” by The Black Penguins

Take a journey into the consciousness of it’s creator eric “eroctech” toledo the mastermind behind ‪The Black Penguins‬. Each song is linked to a time, place, or emotion in his life.

MY THIRD EYE is a psychedelic, experimental electronic album with some guitars, laced with flash backs from ‪The Dude‬.

*Lots of goodies included for those who download the whole album!


Credits

eric “eroctech” toledo
guitars, keys, programing, recording, and mixing using ableton live & pro tools

“Nopales (Mix 2)”
remix of the single “Nopales”

“Animal (Ghosts of San Francisco)”
remix from “Mark it Zero
al carter – drums
david emmert – bass

“Whales & Salt”
live stereo demo recording
sf anonymous – drums

“Canelo”
canlelo – paws on wood floor

CC BY 3.0 – some rights reserved

Review

Out of all the shadowy outfits prowling in the fast flickering eye of the electronic storm and psychedelic lo-fi manifesting across CA, some are as obscure and as overlooked as [ The Black Penguins ]. The confounding maker Eric Toledo, has released several titles to essentially few basic recognition or critical acclaim in the last half decade. A sad event so to say, for “MY THIRD EYE” the most recent in a chain of release, is so solid and so different in comparison to [ The Black Penguins ] previous titles that it’s almost impossible to believe they all emerged from the mind of one shrouded outfit. But make no mistake as every album since the first, “Mark it Zero” when [ The Black Penguins ] had a drummer & bass player, Eric’s music were built mainly with the use of electronic beats and keys while flirting around various elements to create electronic pieces. And while majority of Eric’s albums are shape around electronic output [ The Black Penguins ] also swift outside its comfort zone integrating few guitar based songs with electronic drums. The album “Moods” has no guitars at all while all the “Mixtape” albums are heavy on the electronic side. “MY THIRD EYE” on the other end is the culmination of [ The Black Penguins ] electronic work. It’s probably one of the most cohesive results to date.

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MY THIRD EYE - Back Cover - The Black Penguins

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Malaika (live demo) – The Black Penguins

This is a live stereo demo recording of the song “Malaika” in the process of being made from around 2011. This was probably the second or third time we ever played it. I took that stereo recording then added some subtle keys, intro nature sounds, and the various video clips along with their audio as well.

Ben Colbeck – Guitar
Al Carter – Drums
eric toledo – Lead Guitar, Keys

Video edited by eric toledo using Final Cut Pro. Original footage by Wyatt Smith aka bIONIX and eric toledo. Plus random clips.
*I do not own the rights to some of the video footage used.

About Malaika

The chords and riff were written by Ben as well as the name of the song, “Malaika”.

Malaika is a Swahili song. Malaika generally means “angel” in Swahili. As is the case with many Swahili words, it is ultimately derived from Arabic. An alternative Swahili meaning is a “baby” or “small child”, hence at least one particular traditional version of the song is commonly used as a lullaby throughout East Africa. One of the better known versions is possibly the most famous love song in Kenyan pop music, as well as being one of the most widely known of all Swahili songs.

Hear more music by The Black Penguins @ http://music.theblackpenguins.com/