℗ 2021 Aimless Records marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers
Released April 23, 2021
Duration 35m 18s
Record Label Aimless Records
Genre Folk (Singer/Songwriter)
 

First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder

Todd Snider

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1.1
Turn Me Loose (I'll Never Be the Same)
Todd Snider
3:44
1.2
The Get Together
Todd Snider
2:39
1.3
Never Let a Day Go By
Todd Snider
3:15
1.4
That Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Todd Snider
3:41
1.5
Handsome John
Todd Snider
4:38
1.6
Sail on, My Friend
Todd Snider
3:13
1.7
Battle Hymn of the Album
Todd Snider
3:01
1.8
Stoner Yodel Number One
Todd Snider
4:07
1.9
Agnostic Preacher's Lament
Todd Snider
3:06
1.10
The Resignation vs. The Comeback Special
Todd Snider
3:54
Todd Snider has described the First Agnostic Church of Hope And Wonder - the namesake for his remarkable nineteenth studio album out on Aimless Records / Thirty Tigers - as a house of worship presided over by "a preacher who's full of shit, and when everyone starts to realize it, he asks God to help and God does, proving once and for all that God is hilarious." With this premise, the groundwork is laid for Todd's one-of-a-kind writing style to thrive - irreverent humor, somehow seamlessly woven with intricate and poignant storytelling. In the case of the First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder (a concept derived from Todd's Sunday livestreams throughout the pandemic), much of that profundity comes in the form of remembering friends and mentors lost too soon. Snider offers "Handsome John" as a tribute to the great John Prine ("nobody had ever been kinder to me, more vulnerable with me," Snider remembers) and "Turn Me Loose (I'll Never Be The Same),” which is an off-the-cuff one-liner once shouted by his late hero Jerry Jeff Walker. Other friends who have sadly passed, like Colonel Bruce Hampton and Neal Casal, serve as inspirations throughout the record, and "Sail On, My Friend" - the album's lead track - is dedicated to the late Yonder Mountain String Band founder Jeff Austin. In the midst of the touching remembrances and off-the-wall character creation, Snider manages to explore a completely fresh slate of musical territory - working with Midland drummer Robbie Crowell and multi-instrumentalist Tchad Blake (who is perhaps best known as one of music’s leading engineers, but here plays piano, flute, tuba, guitar and much more) to capture the “fatback” rhythms made famous by the funk and reggae stars of the 60s and 70s. The sound, described as "funk in back and busking up front," was driven by "something idiosyncratic, without any reference to other records...we were trying to get drum sounds and grooves that made their own kind of sense." In that respect, it stands as singularly in the musical landscape as Snider himself.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Aimless Records Studio Masters
Track titlePeak (dB FS)RMS (dB FS)DR
Album average
Range of values
-0.87
-3.33 to -0.60
-14.11
-19.54 to -11.62
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7 to 9
1
Turn Me Loose (I'll Never Be the Same)
-0.60-11.907
2
The Get Together
-0.60-13.778
3
Never Let a Day Go By
-0.60-14.819
4
That Great Pacific Garbage Patch
-0.60-12.787
5
Handsome John
-3.33-19.549
6
Sail on, My Friend
-0.60-13.678
7
Battle Hymn of the Album
-0.60-11.627
8
Stoner Yodel Number One
-0.60-12.907
9
Agnostic Preacher's Lament
-0.60-14.689
10
The Resignation vs. The Comeback Special
-0.60-15.419

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