ALSO AVAILABLE as part of the 14 track CD included with "Midnight Shining Sun"
Release Date: January 19, 2009 (digital only)
1. The Wheel 4:10
2. Madonna Of The Evening Rose 6:25
3. Darkest Before The Dawn 3:39
4. Fellowman Blues 3:06
5. The Darkness 5:57
6. House Of Light (Live) 3:26
7. Behind Closed Doors 4:58
About Love & Coffee Tapes - Volume 1:
Written, recorded, and performed by Aaron Berg, these seven songs represent volume one of the ‘Love & Coffee Tapes’. In 2008 after touring over 12,000 miles from the coast of North Carolina to California’s Pacific and back four months later to the very same beach for where he began, Aaron returned to his native South Carolina where he began to record alone in a two-room garage apartment. The resulting tracks combined with live road tapes, rap remixes, and the occasional thread-bare hotel demo make up the 'Love & Coffee Tapes' bootleg series from which these seven songs were taken. On the song, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, a chorus of crickets can be heard roaring through the windowpanes from the garden outside. The piano used throughout is a 19th century carved upright grand passed down as a family heirloom. On 'Madonna Of The Evening Rose' a mono drum loop sampled from former/studio Heavy Love drummer John Byce is remixed with an M2 parlor-sized Hammond organ resulting in a cosmic folk rap remix building to an extended razor-edged fuzz guitar solo by Berg at the end.
This foot-stomping version of 'House Of Light' is from a live tape recorded during a brief stop in Berg's hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Also included in this volume are several of Aaron's most striking social commentaries ranging from the short but anthemic 'Fellowman Blues' in which he quotes the Declaration of Independence, The Dharma, and Walmart inside of three minutes to the nearly six-minute collesium scaled monologue 'The Darkness Coming On'.