Phil Thompson

  • marginally brilliant master of mediocrity
  • unassumingly pretentious BS artist
  • a man of very, very few words, and shit
  • and don't forget humble
  • I'm all about the humility up here

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BV was my first major production, and for the longest time my "baby." Recorded in July 1989; Mike Weaver lent me his equipment for a month, I took as much leave as I could afford, and voilà! One 38-minute-long, two-track instrumental. The only work the copyright of which I've ever bothered to register with the Library of Congress.

Those are my then-new drums and my Yahama VSS-30. The rest were Mike Weaver's goodies.

The bass lines make me cringe; recorded before Claypool opened my eyes, I plucked (picked) all the bass parts.

Some kind of message will go here. Wait... you're not supposed to see this yet.

The first time ever I saw your face.

Project K    (1991)

If you find trip hop even remotely interesting, and can bear the < $250 budget quality (not an exagg), this one's for you.

Having returned to the States from Panama, but not yet having most of my equipment (still in transit), I bought a Casio SK-5, and with my trusty Yamaha VSS-30 recorded dozens of ideas into a JVC boom box.

Always fond of this project, I never thought of it as more than a bank of unusually creative ideas for future stuff.  However, the more I get into Amon Tobin, Four Tet and the like, the more I realize many of these recordings were prescient trip-hop.

You go to Project K now.

Made in March 1991, this obscure album preceded the pioneering work of DJ Shadow by two and a half years.  But be warned: it's not exactly hi-fi.

Project K.

Penis Envy Man    (2007)


You go to PEM now..

(PENIS ENVY MAN, 2007)  Goofilan .


My brother, Casey, is a phenomenal guitarist, and one night in '98 he and I (on bass) improvised several songs into my trusty 488. After burning through two 90 minute tapes (22.5 minutes each on the Tascam), we switched instruments and nearly filled up a third. We'd not yet recorded anything together, and for some reason we decided to call ourselves Huh.
We covered Pink Floyd's "One of These Days," and Crystal Ball was a song Casey had previously written on guitar (I made up that nifty bassline on the spot). Everything else was improvised (on guitar & bass). OH… and when the guitar work takes a noticeable dive toward cheeseville, yeah…. that's me.

(HUH, 1998) My brother Casey

Casey Flynn

Cable Crossing    (December 1989 - January 1990)

Nom de Plume

You go to the Cable Crossing now..

(CABLE CROSSING - 1989, 1990) Squiggly


Mohawk    (July 1998)

Dan and I shred

You go to Mohawk now..

(MOHAWK, 1998) My brother, Dan, and I

The second time Dan and I

Panama    (1990)


You go to Panama now..

(PANAMA, 1990) Dan Holmes and his digital get up.

As far back as 1990 you could go digital without being rich

Orphans    (2007)


You go to Orphans now..

(ORPHANS, 2007) Includes such greats as Chaff and Sunrise.

The first time I put together a cogent, multi-instrument album was this.

 7 a.m. Records


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