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The Ladybug Transistor

Led by vocalist/guitarist Gary Olson, a onetime string stretcher and key inspector at his family's piano factory, indie pop unit the Ladybug Transistor debuted in 1996 with the LP Marlborough Farms, titled after Olson's Brooklyn-area home recording studio. After a lineup change that left only Olson and drummer Edward Powers remaining from the Ladybug Transistor's original roster, Saturnine guitarist Jennifer Baron and her bassist brother Jeff were recruited prior to recording 1997's Beverly Atonale, issued on Merge. After completing the LP, Powers exited and was replaced by Individual Fruit Pie drummer San Fadyl. The group's wonderful third album, The Albemarle Sound, which featured new member Sasha Bell on keyboards and vocals, followed in 1999. Both Bell and Jeff Baron were also members of neo-psych band the Essex Green at this time, as well as the alt-country outfit the Sixth Great Lake.

The Ladybug Transistor's next album, Argyle Heir, with its indie kitsch stylings, was released in spring 2001. After losing Jennifer Baron and gaining Julia Rydholm, the band decamped to Arizona to record its next album, The Ladybug Transistor (2003), with Calexico producer Craig Schumacher. More lineup changes followed as Bell left the band and Jeff Baron became more of a satellite member. The band stayed fairly quiet for a couple years as the lineup sorted itself out, and Olson spent time producing other artists. They returned in 2006 with the Here Comes the Rain EP and followed up with the excellent Can't Wait Another Day, which was released in June 2007 by Merge. The lineup for the album added keyboardist Kyle Forester and guitarist Ben Crum of Great Lakes.

Sadly, mere weeks before the release of the album, drummer San Fadyl, a beloved figure in the indie rock community, passed away due to complications from severe asthma. Before recording its next album, the group's lineup shifted again with guitarists Michael O'Neill and Mark Dzula and drummer Eric Farber added to the core of Olson, Rydholm, and Forester. The band's seventh studio LP, Clutching Stems, was released in June of 2011. ~ Jason Ankeny & Tim Sendra
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Clutching Stems

1. Clutching Stems

2. Light On The Narrow Gauge

3. Fallen And Falling

4. Ignore The Bell

5. Oh Cristina

6. Caught Don't Walk

7. Breaking Up On The Beat

8. Into The Strait

9. Hey Jack I'm On Fire

10. Life Less True

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Track List: Can't Wait Another Day

1. Always On The Telephone

2. I'm Not Mad Enough

3. Here Comes The Rain

4. Terry

5. This Old Chase

6. For No Other

7. Three Days From Now

8. In-Between

9. So Blind

10. Broken Links

11. California Stopover

12. Lord, Don't Pass Me By

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Track List: The Ladybug Transistor

1. These Days In Flames

2. In December

3. 3=Wild

4. Song For The Ending Day

5. Choking On Air

6. The Places You'll Call Home

7. Gospel

8. Please Don't Be Long

9. NY - San Anton

10. Hangin' On The Line

11. A Burial At Sea

12. Splendor In The Grass

13. The Last Gent

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Track List: Argyle Heir

1. Fires On The Ocean

2. Echoes

3. Perfect For Shattering

4. Going Up North (Icicles)

5. Wooden Bars

6. Catherine Elizabeth

7. Nico Norte

8. Words Hang In The Air

9. Fjords Of Winter

10. In A Certain Place

11. Brighton Bound

12. The Reclusive Hero

13. The Glass Pane

14. Caton Gardens

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Track List: The Albemarle Sound

1. Oriental Boulevard

2. Six Times

3. Meadowport Arch

4. Today Knows

5. The Great British Spring

6. Like A Summer Rain

7. The Swimmer

8. Cienfuegos

9. The Automobile Song

10. Oceans In The Hall

11. Vale Of Cashmere

12. Aleida's Theme

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Track List: Beverley Atonale

1. Here Is Your Space

2. Rushes Of Pure Spring

3. Windy

4. The Swedish Libra And You

5. This Order Is Tall

6. Music For Tennis Courts

7. Your Wagging Tail (Single Space)

8. Stuck

9. Forest Marching Song

10. The Occasional

11. It Will Be A Lifetime

12. Thoughts Of You

13. The Swedish Libra ll

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Track List: Always On The Saxophone (Single)

1. Always On The Saxophone

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Track List: Here Comes The Rain

1. Here Comes The Rain

2. Girl On A Swing

3. Empty Bottles

4. Everybody's Missing The Sun

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Lol, bobonnit i think this is decent... the vocals arent THAT bad... maybe we got a different song
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paulcampagno l i
Made me smile!
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This band is horrible. Depressing, devoid of talent and one of the worst vocalists (if you can call him that) I have heard all week.
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Imagine being a string stretcher in a piano factory.
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love this song
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Nice! Really great stuff.
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ericolson21
At least all of those grueling hours in the piano factory paid off for one of us.
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selly1976
sounds a lot like Rilo Kiley. Love Essex Green
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I checked out Ladybug Transistor after falling in love with The Essex Green, since the lovely Sasha Bell lends vocals for both and they both have (or had, in Transistor's case) a love of 60's folk/pop/roc k pastiche. I won't lie; I was a little disappointed with this band, but upon reflection I now know that I simply went in with the wrong expectations . Ladybug Transistor simply offers a more subdued complement to the power-poppin g Essex Green. Argyle Heir is my definite favorite of the bunch.

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