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Robert Schipul

The American Scene

Belton Circle
Responsible
Into the Villa
Sling In My Hand
Schoolyard
Storm in August
Dead Dreams
Aqua Marine
Oh Well
Declaring the Attack


Swing
Sonata One
Sonata Two
Sonata Three
Sonata Four
Sonata Five
Sonata Six
Sonata Seven


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12-page booklet with lyrics,
in Warm Series digipak.

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ASCENSION ROBERT SCHIPUL Incarnate 7 inch vinyl 45
ROBERT SCHIPUL Cute-Core album
ROBERT SCHIPUL Cute-Core sheet music
1997 Teenbeat Sampler compilation album
1998 Teenbeat Sampler compilation album
1999 Teenbeat Sampler
2000 Teenbeat Sampler
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
2010 Teen-Beat Other Music Sampler compilation album
Teen-Beat Holiday Card 2010/2011 compilation album
ROBERT SCHIPUL The American Scene CD album
ROBERT SCHIPUL
The American Scene
compact disc
original edition
ROBERT SCHIPUL The American Scene CD album Warm Series
ROBERT SCHIPUL
The American Scene
compact disc
The Warm Series® edition

LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Robert Schipul, vocals, Steinway Grand Piano


GUEST PLAYERS

James Herstatt, violin

D. Trevor Kampmann, synthesizers

Mike Marques, acoustic drums

Mark Robinson, synthesizers, guitar, percussion


PRODUCED BY

Mark Robinson,

and D. Trevor Kampmann


MIXED BY

Mark Robinson,

and D. Trevor Kampmann

at pulCec 11th & P, Washington, D.C., USA


PIANO RECORDED BY

Bing Delyos (of WMUC radio),

and Mark Robinson,

at Tawes Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
April, 1997


DRUMS RECORDED BY

Jean-Christophe,

at Raw Recording, New York, USA

VIOLIN AND VOCALS RECORDED BY

Roger Arnold,

at Horizon Studios, West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Robert Schipul


COVER DESIGN

Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica


ET CETERA

Bing Delyos was hired from the college radio station WMUC-FM to record the session.

For cost reasons, the digipak package was recycled from the Uncle Wiggly album "Jump Back, Baby". The Uncle Wiggly album had not sold well, so 300 digipaks were spray painted metallic silver in the backyard of Teen-Beat 267. The discs were inserted and then the case was sealed by an American Scene label which had the song titles et cetera. A 12-page booklet with lyrics was place inside. After the initial 300 copies had sold, the CDs were packaged in The Warm Series digipaks with the same sealing sticker.


Thank you to:

Mark and Evelyn,
Trevor,
Bing,
Alice,
Mike,
James,
Seann,
the entire Teen-Beat roster,
and the many bands who have influenced this record.


RECORDING NOTES

The American Scene was intended to turn out much differently than what you hear on disc. I was listening to hardcore pretty heavily at this time in my life. It was 1996-97 and there was a huge revival of the genre especially in New England (Connecticut, where I was living at the time, seemed to be right in the center of it all). You can almost pick up some of the chug-chug influences of metalcore bands like Unbroken at the end of "Dead Dreams". The drums we recorded for the album were pretty heavy and I remember turning in all the overdubs to Mark R. and hearing him say "I'm not really into this." That's when I got back a remix of "Storm in August" which used a retro drum machine and looped live rim shots to carry the beat (along with Trevor's keyboard overlays). It sounded like a real radio-ready pop song to me - that's what I was really trying to create - and I realized that my social group was over-influencing where I wanted to go musically.

I couldn't be happier with how the record turned out. A lot of the minimal pop stuff that's popular now sounded so fresh back then - and Mark had an ear for this record that seemed ahead of its time. There's also an interesting dichotomy between man and machine, with the piano/violin and the keyboards/drum machines. I think that was a perfect analogy for the teenage years that are reflected in the lyrics of the album.
- Robert Schipul, March, 2010


ROBERT SCHIPUL, Tawes Hall, University of Maryland, College Park

RELEASE DATE

July 6, 1999


FORMAT

compact disc


LENGTH

71 minutes, 25 seconds

18 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 261


DETAILS

500 pressed.


PACKAGE:
The first 300 copies were packaged in Teen-Beat 185 digipaks spray-painted metallic silver. Latter copies were packaged inside of Teen-Beat's The Warm Series digipaks.


ADHESIVE LABEL:
black ink on glossy white labels.


LABELS:
metallic silver and blue ink.


Catalogue:
Teen-Beat 1999 catalogue update No.2 included, black ink photocopied on white paper (first 300 copies).


Booklet (and decal?) printed by
ASAP, Arlington, Virigina


Pressed by
?


DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Incarnate [as Ascension]


ALBUMS

April
Live on WXCI
Cute-Core
6 Songs
Puffy Paint
The American Scene
Winter
Everything Stays the Same, the More You Want It to Change
Walking on a Wire
A Safe Way to Sound
Water & Light
Spiralling
Robert Schipul
Chemical Constellations
Summersky
Plays songs of The National
Dream Theft


COMPILATIONS

1997 Teenbeat Sampler
Cooler Than Empty Vee
1998 Teenbeat Sampler
Pixies Tribute (not released)
1999 Teenbeat Sampler
2000 Teenbeat Sampler
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
The Unlike Label Sampler 2002
2010 Teen-Beat / Other Music Sampler
Teen-Beat Holiday Card 2010/2011
We Believe You (His Name is Alive tribute)


ALSO

UNREST: Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary
Teen-Beat Checklist Cards


SONGS

A Century of Fakers
A Sadness Lasts 1000 Years
Aqua Marine
As Evening Sets In
Ascension
Autumn
Autumn Serenade
Baby Fish Mouth
Beautiful Day
Beautiful Nothing
Belton Circle
Better Off Unknown
Black Magic
Black Sunday Rain
Blind
Bloodbuzz Ohio
The Blue Falls Down
Blue Spring
Brilliantly
Change From the Offering Plate
Close Your Eyes
Could U Even Love Me
The Country Church
Crossover
Dagger
The Darkest Days
Dead Dreams
December
Declaring the Attack
Deserter
Electionation
Everything I Touch Gets Ruined
Evil is Live Backwards
Expectations
Fly Away
Foundation Day
The Friendly Beasts
Frost Covers Everything
Further Away
Gleaning What the Reapers Sow
Good King Wenceslas
Grapefruit
Grey Mind
Hallowed Groundings
Halloween
Haunted Streets In the Early Morning
The Herald Angels
Here You Can Dream
The Holly and the Ivy
How Could You Possibly
I Burn Myself
I Could Find You If I Really Wanted To
I Still Come Back for More
Ice-Pulse
In a Grave
In Comes April
In Orion
Incarnate
Into the Villa
Introduction
It DoesnŐt Get Any Worse Than This
ItŐs Too Late Now, Baby
January (Pool of Ice)
Land
Landscape Painting
Letters for Ellen
Little Earthquakes
Live In My Heart
Lost
Maps
Mary
Mistaken for Strangers
Moon Beach
Moon Over Boston
Morning Gold Light
Night Terrors
No One Special
Not Even Breathing
Not Everyone Has a Home
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Holy Night
October
Oh Well
On the Radio
Past the Mission
Patriotic Up Rise
Piano Sucks
Promenade
Punk Rock Child
Red Hot Air Balloon
Religion
Republic
Responsible
Return Policy
Round and Round
Schizophrenia
Schoolyard
Scratchings
Send My Face
Severed Hand
Shrapnel From the Carpet
Silent Night
Silver and Gold
Sling In My Hand
Slow Show
Snoozer
Sonata 1
Sonata 2
Sonata 3
Sonata 4
Sonata 5
Sonata 6
Sonata 7
Sorrow
Sounds In the Street
Spiralling
Spiralling (7Ó Pop Edit)
Spit in Half
Spittle
Spring Near Cornwall
Stem
Storm in August
Sugar
Sunday Smile
Super-Connected
Swallowed By the Moor
Sweater Off
Swing
Takeaway
Teething Brute
Thankful 4 U
There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Tightrope
Too Far Too Long
Treasure
Turn Out the Lights
Turn the Light Off
Twisted Spires
Underground
Underneath the Moon
Untitled
The Visiting Clientele
Waiting For Snow
Wash Me Out
The Wassail Song
Waterwheels
Wexford
When Heroes Fall Down
Where Is My Mind?
The Wind Over the Water
Winter
Witch
The Witching Hour