expand 3 November 2011

Firecrackers & Airplanes

For those of you who aren't British, Guy Fawkes was an Englishman who tried to blow up the House of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder on November 5th 1605. He was part of the "Gunpowder Plot", a failed assassination of King James I of England in an attempt to restore a Catholic monarchy to the land. Dude was eventually caught, tortured and hung. Every subsequent November 5th since then, folks all over Great Brittania go buckwild and celebrate "Guy Fawkes Night" by setting off fireworks, lighting bonfires and torching effigies of Mr. Fawkes.

So in honor of Guy Fawkes Night, we give you 46 minutes and 33 seconds of "Firecrackers & Airplanes." Recorded on July 4th 2011 in Seattle, WA using a Marantz PMD222 portable cassette recorder (using the built-in condenser microphone) onto a Maxell XLII 90 tape. It may be the most satisfying audio experience since "Reign In Blood."

Oh, and those "V for Vendetta" masks our peoples have been rocking at the Occupy protests? Those are actually Guy Fawkes masks. Better ask somebody.

Guy Fawkes

The Gunpowder Plot Crew during happier times