Parade Dust Mischief (Pecan Crazy)
Reviewed by Greg Beets, Fri., Nov. 25, 2016
If Attic Ted was something you could eat, it would strike pie holes with the what-the-hell discombobulation of raw oysters and grape jelly. With a $20 Hammond chord organ serving as sonic fulcrum, the San Marcos collective warbles and groans like a living Rube Goldberg device hopped up on ergot alkaloids as they belch forth a bouquet of Eastern European shortwave signals and corn dog-scented sturm und twang. This latest multicolored vinyl missive captures Attic Ted in full flower thanks to producer/engineer Paul D. Millar's 16-track analog prowess. Lead instigator/mask-maker Grady Roper corrals Benny Hill bleats and a cowpunk beat to drive swirling opener "Next Time." A twisted take on Bob Wills' "Take Me Back to Tulsa" steers Western swing down the rabbit hole, while 1919 sheet music smash "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?" gets debrided by Roper's exaggerated falsetto and a synthetic rhythm cribbed straight from Tex and Edna Boil's Organ Emporium. Coupled with Roper's elaborate worn visuals, Parade Dust Mischief undulates a life all its own.