Coz the Shroom LP release and Hoot Night etc.

Hey you guys –
We are touring the US in April and May with AMT. but this upcoming local show is a pretty big deal for us, to wit:
Carousel Lounge ATX
Thursday March 12th
(blue circle), Rural Isolation Project and Cruxshyanx Music are proud to offer you “Bum Henry Adams and Craig Stewart’s Prince”, the first ever full-length vinyl LP release from longtime cassette underground genius and former ATX mainstay Coz the Shroom! Limited to 200 hand silk-screened and numbered copies, the tracks (from cassettes Coz issued between 1986 and 1989) were curated by Craig Stewart and planned for release on Emperor Jones initially in the 90s. Better late then never, we say, and present the record along with a number of ATX musos performing Coz’s songs LIVE! Coz himself, or at least his peripheral, is expected to Skype in from his current home in Alamogordo, NM to contribute a song or two to the proceedings. Featured performers will include:
(Doors 7 pm)

Seven Inch Stitch 7.30 pm
Ignatius Telles 8.00 pm
Marimba Fury 8.20 pm
Cinders Ensemble 8.30 pm
Qatar 9 PM
Qatar with Chris Hackstie (my education) 9.20 pm
Abigail und Hansel 9.30 pm
ST 37 10.00 pm
Coz the Shroom Skype-in appearance 10.30 pm
The Concerned 11pm

***Bob Bechtol will be strolling the crowd at selected points during the evening performing their versions of cover songs that Coz recorded
***DJ Moray Eeels will be spinning their favorite Coz the Shroom selections throughout the evening
***LPs will be on sale for $12 at the venue with all proceeds going to Coz and his family.

To understand the impetus behind the project, more info below (from the LP liner notes):

Coz the Shroom


(blue circle) GI 108

Rural Isolation Project RIP 005

      This record is a tribute to the genius of two remarkable individuals: Coz the Shroom and Craig Stewart. Of course, the songs are pure Coz, but the concept and impetus behind the project came purely from Craig.

     Craig Stewart and I have both been huge Coz the Shroom fans from way back. As far as cassette underground Austin TX  1980s-90s weirdos went, Coz and Daniel Johnston were leaders of the pack. Daniel got all the acclaim, however, and Coz remained (for the most part) defiantly obscure. Coz, like Daniel, was prolific, and his output soon outpaced our ability to keep up. My own label, (currently (blue circle), then known as SPASMS Cassettes), attempted to help out both artists by issuing a Coz cassette (Instant Osmosis) (CZ 46, 1988) and, as a benefit effort with Daniel’s permission, a Johnston reissue (Yip/Jump Music) (SPASMS 1992).

     Craig seized upon the idea of issuing a Coz The Shroom “best of“ compilation on his label Emperor Jones. He got with me, and we exchanged dupes, dubs and burns of our burgeoning Coz collections, digitizing the covers and duly noting the track listings as we progressed, but it soon became evident that the task was beyond our scope. Coz just kept releasing more and more material, we kept getting behind, and we got distracted with brutal reality…

     So, finally, here in 2020, Craig and I, along with the essential and invaluable assistance of Matt Turner of Rural Isolation Project and Quttinirpaaq, attempt to present to you the fruits of our efforts. Matt and I decided the world could use a Coz the Shroom LP, as he has innumerable cassettes, CDs and a few 7” singles, but never a proper licorice pizza. Craig painstakingly listened and re-listened to a number of Coz releases, as did I. Craig made extensive notes on everything he listened to. He graded everything on a scale of 1 -10. I took the top-rated tracks and selected them for this compilation. Consider this a retrospective of Coz’s early years, specifically, the six cassettes that Craig’s surviving notes covered, which were:

Rocketship Rolter –  early 1987

Destroy All Monsters –  mid 1987

Bride of Mars; or, These Are the Last Days of Doc Vomit and the Shithead Gang on Earth –   later 1987

Instant Osmosis –  earlier 1988

Throat Gorge –  later 1988

A Ghoul in a Gum Factory –  late 1989

The Blood Gusher –  later 1989

  The one exception is “Tiger Bay”, which I chose to replace Craig’s original selection of “Go Insane”, from “Rocketship Rolter”, because the songs are essentially identical except for the lyrics, and I selfishly believe the version I released on “Instant Osmosis” is better! (Liner notes: SL Telles)

All tracks written by Coz the Shroom and copyright Cruxshyanx Music. This compilation copyright (blue circle/Rural Isolation Project/Cruxshyanx Music 2020.

Side A)

1) I hate my heart     2.58

2) Destroy all monsters     3.35

3) Rock and smoke     3.25

4) Devo Freevow     2.21

5) Decorator tornado     3.01

6) Mole men from Mars     2.03

7) Jackie     5.03

Side B

8) Badseas ballet     2.14

9) Hoverin’ light     1.37

10) Lovers don’t ever go home     4.20

11) The love gusher/Robot martyr     2.58

12) Chris    2.00

13) Leatherface     0.43

14) Rosewood     4.34

15) Tiger Bay     3.12

Recorded by Coz at home in the years specified above.

Assembled and compiled by Craig Stewart, SL Telles and Matthew Turner

Mastered by Dylan Cameron

Labels designed by

Package design by Wendy Ryan


(blue circle):  Rural Isolation Project:

Coz the Shroom/Cruxshyanx Music:

Limited Edition – First Pressing – #__________ of 200
Hope to see you there, and if you’ve read this far, mention the code word HECTOR to me for a free LP!
yer pals at
ST 37

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