Into Skies Diving
This album was recorded over a four day retreat to a small ranch-style wood cabin nestled on the edge of where the plains of southern Idaho meet the vast mountain ranges of central Idaho. They left the day after the prez elections. All clocks were covered up or buried in travel bags. All phones were turned off or unplugged. The playing was inspired, honest and fun. Breakfast was mostly eggs, bacon and toast. They were in Idaho, remember. ...into skies diving... captures oracle shack in a place and a mindset in early November 2004. known for being an exciting band to experience live, to dance and get crazy to, oracle shack is captured here in a way that maintains that energy and that excitement while featuring some of the more listening-focused aspects of their music. This album effectively provides a cross section of the sonic pallette that oracle shack has to offer while maintaining a continuity that makes it all make sense together. This album is about sound, it's about biorhythm, it's about Idaho and it's about the fun to be had outside of normal routine. This is road-trip music. This is music to escape your to do list by. this is music recorded by a band called oracle shack using these instruments: electric bass, electric and acoustic guitar, piano, various synths, organ, wurlitzer, melodica, short-wave radio, drums, steel pan, congas, hand claps, voices, delay pedals, tube screamers, whammy pedals, wah-wah, phaser, microphones, cow bell, pots and pans, dishes, counter tops, utensils and glasses. Also propoganda and communication skillz. Sometimes oracle shack gets asked who some of it's major influences are. That's a tough question to answer. Honestly, we feel that it's hard for us to really even know when we consider all the ways that we are stimulated on a daily basis. Be it food, radio, tv, books, periodicals, music, people, landscapes, architecture, sound, etc etc etc. Nonetheless, here are some artists and thoughtisticians who we think may have influenced Oracle Shack in one way or another (subject to change): Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, Zong Amin, Peteris Vasks, Billy Bragg, The Slip, Modest Mouse, Sonic Youth, !!!, Mt. Egypt, Groove Armada, The Rapture, Wilco, Radiohead, Built to Spill, Dire Straits, Halo Benders, The Who, Sun Ra, Dan Maher, The Album Leaf, Rusted Root, The Sweatshop Band, The Cure, Dan Bukvich, The Poets of Rhythm, Nightmares on Wax, Steptoe, The Transients, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Disco Biscuits, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Caribou, Two-Play Color, The Last Melting Man, Peter Gabriel, My Morning Jacket, Old Man Winter, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Fela Kuti, Lightning Bolt, John Cage, Miles Davis, The Orb, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tortoise, Devo, Uncle Tupelo, Genesis, Lisa Simpson, Ween, Stranger Neighbor, Steeping Orion, GUNT, Milo Duke, Galactic, Parliament P-Funk, Sonny Rollins, Little Feat, The Motet, Dr. Vladamir Smirschitskd, BeeCraft, U2, The Sacred Dice, CIOP, The Lymbyc Systym, Laurel Brauns, REM, Ozric Tentacles, Max von Mandrill, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Paul Simon, Claude Debussy, Nathan Moore, The Microphones, Tom Petty, Mad Professor, Ryan Adams, Lee Perry, LL Cool J, Capt. Vortex, Catpower, Ratatat, Tom Robbins, Brad 'the amuser' Watkins, talkdemonic, Charles Bukowski, Little Wings, Tosca, My Bloody Valentine, mum, Kevin Shields, Son Volt, breadgirl & eugene, Moments of Clarity, Pearl Jam, Animal Collective, Drums and Tuba, Ralph Nader, Brothers Johnson, Joel Grabenstein, Smoking Bill, Counting Crows, Travis Silvers, Albert Einstein, Smashing Pumpkins, The Seldom Scene, Del McCoury Band, Bootsy Collins, They, Wugettes of Ewokia, James, Pythagorus, Rachmaninov, String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper, Ryan Mansfield Furniss, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alpha Blondy, John Larkin, Joseph Melior, Evy, Nirvana, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Kraftwerk, INXS, Allison Krauss, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, House of Hoi Polloi, No Doubt, Max Gash, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ravi Shankar, Bob Marley, Weezer, Madonna, Janet Jackson, DJ Food, Dear Nora, That One Guy, Bernie Worrell, Indigo Girls, Gary Larson, Howard Zinn, Hector Berlioz, Erik Satie, Ani Difranco, Blackalicious, Mirah, Bill Watterson, The Samples, Spiral Squid Squad, Salvador Dali, The Bad Plus, Missy Elliot, The Ventures, themselves, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Bill Laswell, Saul Williams, Bryon Bain, Hank Williams, Steve Earle, Professor Longhair, Jaka, Woody Guthrie, Ritmano, Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Hugh Masekela, Shadowbuilder, Ry Cooder, Poison, Bruce Hornsby, Hayden, Ghandhi, Beth Orton, Marvin Gaye, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Yoda, Bill Frisell, Modern Jazz Quartet, The Cars, Guns 'n' Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Tony Furtado, Del da Funkee Homosapien, Bjork, The Blue Rags, Aceyalone, Ala Zingara, The Streets, ThaMuseMeant, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Pointer Sisters, Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, Firesign Theatre, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Smith, Ernest Ranglin, David Grisman, Dan Bern, The Police, Willie Nelson, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marty Robbins, Bela Fleck, moe., Critters Buggin, Giant Ground Sloth, Coeurimba, Josh Ritter, The Be Good Tanyas, Calvin Johnson, Living Daylights, Ghazal, Jeremy 'tapeworm' Martin, Leftover Salmon, Johnny Cash, Minus the Bear, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Sole, Thievery Corporation, Dr. Augustus Pueblos, Stever Miller, Justin Horn, The Doors, Lucas, Nick Drake, Fun Lovin Criminals, Del Cardo Bay, Brother Broseph, Broken Social Scene, Vibes Alive, New Order, Faith No More, Gillian Welch, Al Green, Sun Kil Moon, Roger Miller, Jerry Garcia Band, Santana, Chubbs Toga, Dave Brubeck, Michael Jackson, Turing Machine, Violent Femmes, The Flaming Lips, Cohen & Denton, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Toots and the Maytals, Lystra's Silence, Battles, Sufjan Stevens, The Arcade Fire, Architecture in Helsinki, M. Ward, The White Stripes, Paulo Coelho, Thich Nhat Hanh, Medeski Martin and Wood, Beck, The Beastie Boys, Metallica, Boston, Four Tet, Jurassic 5, Tribe Called Quest, Mod Laser, Oh My God Oh My God, The Rolling Stones, Cake, Tangerine Dream, The Pixies, Brian Eno, Severed Hand, The Church, Blondie, Peter Tosh, The New Deal, Oliver Mtkudzi, Rush, John Hartford, The Velvet Underground, The Faint, Thelonius Monk, David Bowie, Neil Young, Neutral Milk Hotel, Anticon, Trans Am, Outhud, Prince, The Clash, Frank Zappa or...