Once again your rockin’ writer felt the need to resurrect his “Listen Again” series. For those of you just joining us, the “Listen Again” series is a series in which we revisit albums that for one reason or another didn’t receive the attention or acclaim they deserved when they were originally released. Whether it was the recording was ahead of its time, broke away from the artist’s usual style, was poorly publicized or initially misunderstood, the “Listen Again” series urges music fans to listen again. This time we revisit John Tabacco’s It’s Out There Feeding On Itself.
For those of you who still haven’t perused the previous pieces on the man, John Tabacco is a New York-based performer with an experimental L.A. attitude. He’s a composer, a recording engineer, a graphic artist, a multi instrumentalist, a producer and a singer. He’s also CEO of It Iz What It Iz Music Publishing and specializes in the genres of alternative, experimental and pop music. According to Tabacco it’s “the 20th anniversary" of It’s Out There Feeding On Itself which is his “homage to Frank Zappa”.
Of the 19-track release Tabacco states: “98% of the pieces in this collection were realized sometime between 1993 (and) 1994. It was a very productive time for me.” The CD features Tabacco (vocals, keys, drum programming, “occasional wimpy guitar; produce (and) all stages of veggineering”) and some folks regular readers have heard of including Jim Dexter, Marci Geller, Nick and Gian DiMauro and Anthony Pomes among others.
(Please view the list to learn more about Tabacco’s tunes.)