Lost High Desert Tortoise - Mile Noise 19: Thee Lost Tape


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A long time ago...in a place called Huntington Beach, there was a blues band that lasted all of perhaps 9 months.. but it was a fun 9 months, and what immediately followed the implosion of that blues band, was Instagon.

...but this story is about that blues band.....

LOST HIGH DESERT TORTOISE was a band that evolved out of a regular weekly sorta jam among friends around a small backyard fire pit. We were a group of friends that had been to some concerts together (mostly Grateful Dead shows), had some musical talent (or so we thought) and liked to get together on the weekends for beer and some jams. The jams started out acoustic...around the campfire...and then we got the itch for electricity and the Tortoise was born. The band grew and added a keyboard...practiced for a month or so and then started playing out at parties. I think we played 2 or maybe 3 parties...but never really a club or bar gig ever...and then we broke up When the Lost High Desert Tortoise played is was like Canned Heat had a baby with Mudhoney...it was pure rockin' boogie blues..but POWERFUL and loud and in your face. I am proud to say that it was like no other blues project that I know of or can think of happening ever.

A friend of mine (Chris Tm from the sound art project MILE 97) at the time (1992) had a cassette label (remember those) that he was releasing mostly noise and experimental titles with, it was called MILENOISE CASSETTES. Just before the Lost High Desert Tortoise called it quits, I had convinced the guys in the band to let my friend release a cassette of us on his label, and we decided on a selection of songs from recordings I had made...we prepared the tape and gave it along to my friend to see how he felt. He took one of our tracks, "Tortoise Boogie" and added a noise/experimental remix of his own to the end of our tape.. and told me he would be releasing it sometime in the coming months, it would have the catalog number of being MILENOISE019. But life took interesting turns for my friend and soon he had to move, and put things into storage, and then CD's came, and cassette labels were a novelty of the past. Our tape never saw the light of day...until now.

This recording has been digitally remastered from the original Milenoise Master cassette that was found recently in Thee Instagon Foundation archives.. I have included the original "noise remix" by Mile 97, just as the original release was intended to be.

this is an artifact from the past.. the recording quality is not that great.. it was done originally on cheap Sony Walkman like cassette recorders, using multiple machines to do editing. .the fact that this tape has survived and was able to be presented is simply amazing in itself.. this tape was thought to be lost..but here it is.. found and preserved for you to enjoy.

Perhaps we can find and unearth more recordings of Lost High Desert Tortoise in the future.


released April 20, 2015


LOB - vocals & harmonica
JOHN PYCIOR - keyboards/organ

all tracks originally recorded live and edited by Lob for Milenoise Cassettes in 1992.
Digitally restored, edited, and mastered by Lob in 2015 for TIF.
Cover art by Scott Lindsey. layout by Lob

all tracks by LHDT, except where noted.

MILE 97 appears courtesy of Milenoise Recordings






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Track Name: Tortoise Boogie
yeah check it out
it's comin' down here
it's a tortoise boogie
and it's in your ear
it's in your eyes
it's in your face
it's a tortoise boogie
from outer space

it's a tortoise boogie
tell all your friends
it's a tortoise boogie
it's never gonna end
it's a tortoise boogie
and your hearin' it now
it's a tortoise boogie
i said HOLY COW!

if you wanna feel special
until the end
just get in a circle
of all your friends

I said check it out
it's comin' down here
it's a tortoise boogie
and it's in your ear
it's in your head
it's crystal clear
it's a tortoise boogie
now grab a beer
tell all your friend
tell them all
it's a tortoise boogie
and it's time to crawl
We're getting out
outside in the rain
it's a tortoise boogie
and it's in your brain

it's a tortoise boogie
throw off those shoes
it's a tortoise boogie
what choo gonna do?
Let's have a good time
let's have a good time
it's a tortoise boogie
let's have a good time

lyrics by Lob
Track Name: Ain't It Groovy
Check it ain't it groovy baby
let it get into your mind
yeah check it ain't it groovy baby
the best groove you can find
check it ain't it groovy baby
let's take it outside..

it's a groove that you can't control
it's already this way.
it's a groove that you can't ever hold
no matter what you say
check it ain't it groovy baby
get outta the way..

(c)1992 LHDT

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