Experimental musician Eric
Copeland of Black Dice and Terrestrial Tones lives as a longtime Cossa enabler, enourager, co-conspirator and confidante. Here he chooses his ultimate collection of Benji Cossa
classics. Eric served as the drummer in Benji's fabled 24 Karat Band
trio in the mid 00's. His choices reflect a man with a taste for life's
"I dug deep, pulled out some old tapes and went through, trying to avoid the easies... so some are not a stretch, but
hopefully some will surprise you too."-Eric Copeland
1.It's Coming to You (4 track) NY1, 2000
2.So Glad (Live 24 Karat Band at Stinger) - a bar somewhere in Williamsburg 2001-2?
3.Like A Fool (4 track) Sacramento 1999? Omnis Cossa
4.The Roly Poly Unholy Ponies (4 track) Sacramento 1999? Omnis Cossa, a
failed project where I, as lead singer, ride on the back of obese
5.Milk and Honey (4 track) Sacramento 1999? Omnis Cossa, the C side of
the Roly Poly Unholy Ponies release - a failed project where I, as lead
singer, ride on the back of obese musicians.
6.Into the Mouth of a Maneater (4 track) NY1 2001? I dreamed this one
while I was hanging on a ledge above dark water swarming with
7.Back Again (Live from a place called Free Radio or Radio ...something -
2002? in Williamburg by the bridge. Devin on 2nd Guitar/Christy Karacas
(of Superjail and Cheeseburger) on bass/Joe on drums)
8.Living Like the Dead (24 Karat Band) recorded at the Magic Shop
9.Sundae (Live Tuff Duxx) in my basement at 95 Morgan Ave - I think we
called ourselves the Tuff Duxx 2002? Kevin Umbricht on bass? Joe on
Drums/ Sebastian on 2nd Guitar.
10. Bad Times are Killing Us (4 track) NY2 2002-3? Omnis Cossa.
11.For the Big Guy ( 24 Karat Band) Recorded@ the Magic Shop
12.Who Took the Rebels (4 track) Omnis Cossa Sacramento 1999.
13.No Tomorrow (4 track) We dumped this into the computer for Between
the Blue and the Green and redid the vocals. Most of the performance is
the same. We could could call it a "raw" version. NY2 2003? Omnis Cossa.
14.Say Goodbye (4-track) Rebecca is on this one so it must be end of
2003/early 2004 in 95 Morgan, Bushwick. Eric calls this the Only to
Return version because that is what his tape was called. I don't recall
if this was because it came after I came back from the west coast or
because it followed The Lost Years - Omnis Cossa sans Rebecca vox.
15. Superlow (Vault Vol II Version with Rob Barber's exquisite master)
16. Love is Like Lightning (slow intro?) (4 track slowly) Providence 1997? Omnis Cossa.
17. Last Weekend (24 Karat Band) recorded at the Magic Shop.