“It’s the same series of signals, over and over again!”

Disc #7 in the #LastDayAtAKA Series is 1999’s EEVIAC: Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices by the Alabama surf-rock group Man or Astro-Man?. Like several others before it in this series, I chose this disc based solely on the album art concept. Without any prior knowledge of the band, I suspected based on the album art that the music would be electronic, and possibly of a retro variety akin to what I might have heard on the Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music boxed set, had ever bought it.

The album’s short title, EEVIAC, obviously evokes ENIAC, which is often recognized as the first modern electric computer. CAD drawings on the front and back covers appear to be of vintage reel-to-reel computer tape drives. Several of the disc’s long titles contain computer jargon. Most strikingly from an album art perspective, its short title, EEVIAC, is spelled out in 53 small holes that have been literally punched, in true punched card fashion, through all of the liner notes’ six pages. At half off the used-CD sticker price of $2.99, there was no way I could have gone wrong with this purchase.

Not as electronic as I had suspected it would be, the music on this disc is an abrasive surf-rock with samples of vintage-sounding voices between the tracks. I didn’t really like it at first, in the context of pulling weeds from my Pop-pop’s front garden down the shore. Coming after Tame Impala’s Currents, which is excellent garden weeding music, I didn’t really have a place in mind for this disc. Returning to it a couple years later in a different context, the music is pretty epic and earns the Tim G. seal of approval.

Interstellar Hardrive opens the disc with a bang. I know what a “hard drive” is, but I’m not as sure what a “hardrive” is. 🤔The title is an obvious play on Pink Floyd’s classic Interstellar Overdrive.

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