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Half-handed Cloud
Learning About Your Scale

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 25 Tracks: 23 Minutes, 57 Seconds
Street Date: October 9, 2001

In the vein of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Two Virgin's, nothing has really, for the most part, done much trend-setting. Well, without further ado, I'd like you to meet Half-handed Cloud, or John Ringhofer. A quirky Tennessean, he has taken his peculiar live set to the pearly fields of Cornerstone and toured with indie geniuses The Danielson Family. With Learning About Your Scale, get ready.

In Learning About Your Scale Ringhofer uses everything but the kitchen sink (I shouldn't say that, because it might give him an idea for his next project). He utilizes toy instruments, bird chirps, air conditioners, phone calls from friends, and much, much more throughout. The sad part is, that this is an amazing album. But wait, I know what your thinking, "Anybody can find an air conditioner and make music," right? Well maybe, or not, but Half-handed Cloud also knows how to make the perfectly crafted 3 minute pop tune. "Those People We Made? We Love ‘Em" and "Can't Even Breathe On My Own Two Feet" sets Ringhofer apart from the mass of people trying to be "different." Ringhofer is different and the same in one fatal swoop of the musical chopping board.

If you could put into words what Half-handed Cloud does, I'd tell ya your lying. All I can know for sure though, is, that you need to pick up Learning About Your Scale. This is one of my favorite albums, probably, of all time. I think that we could all learn a little something from Mr. Ringhofer; if not about Jesus, then about being ourselves, even if that's a quirky ambient artistic creature.

- Review date: 5/7/02, written by Blake Garris


. Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records / Sounds Familyre Records
. Album length: 25 Tracks, 23 Minutes and 57 Seconds
. Street Date: October 9, 2001
. Buy It:

1.Worlds In Speech, Now In Reach
2-5. Those People We Made? We Love ‘Em!
*Let's Build A Planet
*Look How We Made These People
*Eating Bad-Bad Fruit
*Serpent Head Crushed
6. Baby Moon
7. If Before We Were Coughing
8. Can't Even Breathe On My Own Two Feet
9-13. Sooty Insides Need Your Cleanliness
*Hope For Clean Theme
*Stew Burny-Burn
*Don't Want To Be Dirty
*Make Us Clean
*Put A New Life In Me
14. Rewire My Desire
15. We Must Be Ploughed-Up
16. So Busted Before Your Righteous Throne
17. Tanning Beds To Shine Your Love
18. Holy Pouch Shoe Guidance
19. Make Me All Petered-Out
20-22. Three To Guide Us Where We've Never Been
23. The Body Binds Us
24. Secret Christ Costume
25. To Love Like The Father & Son Love Each Other



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