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Born in Texas, raised in Kentucky; David Pajo is a musician. His name is not in common parlance, but Pajo has been involved in much of the greatest music of the last two decades.

He first played out in the early 1980s. He went on to instant infamy with the group Slint (1986-1990). During the 1990s, Pajo played with King Kong, The Palace Brothers, Stereolab, Royal Trux, The For Carnation, ... Read more in Amazon's Papa M Store

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  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00001T3BM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. A. Styles on 6 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This really is a beautiful album. Very different from what I expected. Dave Pajo is a very unique guitarist, who makes gorgeous music from all kinds of stringed instruments. The centrepiece track 'i am not lonely with cricket' shows that in the right hands, the guitar is an instrument that has by no means had all its ideas exhausted.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
Dave Pajo appears in a new 'M' guise, and he's toned down his act to the bare minimum. The acoustic guitar playing is magnificent, and the sparse 'vocals' really add to the atmosphere that Pajo creates. After a few listens the previously inaccessible melodies start to wind around in your brain and you'll need one more listen to satisfy yourself. Basically Pajo is one of the best guitarists working at the moment, if only he'd tour a bit more!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moonchief on 28 Oct. 2008
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This is a wonderful album that showcases what a great guitarist can do. More in keeping with the 'experimental' guitar tropes of Robert Fripp rather than pyrotechnic speed-riffing of Satriani et al. However, just because you are a fast typer, it does not follow that you are going to write a good book. Extended metaphor over.

David Pajo is probably more renowned for his influential work in post-rockers Slint. And probably more famous (to his chagrin) in the ill-fated Zwan with Billy Corgan. A wonderfully talented guitarist, who has gone on to produce more vocal, folky albums.

Bookended with the stark and autumnal Arundel, 'Shark's Cage' starts as it means to go on. Hushed, wordless vocal refrains are sketched throughout this mainly instrumental album adding to its ghostliness. Roadrunner is a lovely little chime tied to a somnambulistic sequenced loop. Drunken Spree is the kind of Raga/Dustbowl groove that the Doors started with The End, only this time you are spared Jim Morrison's tortuous walk through the ancient gallery. The wonderful centrepiece, I'm Not Lonely With Cricket, is a fifteen minute live guitar disintergration using liberal use of a delay pedal.

Well worth a listen.
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By Mr. G. Scott on 25 Feb. 2015
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Beauty all over itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
the next "pink moon"? 17 Nov. 2000
By Jonathan J. Casey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was stunned and amazed to catch part of "Plastic Energy Man" in a television commercial recently. It's subtle but it's there.
My first encounter with Papa M was at a Stereolab show in December 1999...never heard of 'em, wasn't paying attention...until this song that had been going on and on caught my attention. I went in to get a closer look and stood transfixed for the remainder of their set. What I'd heard was "I Am Not Lonely With Cricket" which is a fifteen minute minimalist masterpiece (it takes up the entirety of the third side of the LP). I bought this record at the show and listened to it that night in a drunken haze, and have loved it ever since.
This is wonderful, mostly instrumental indie-rock in the vein of Tortoise and Rachel's, deserving of a close listen but not bad as a backdrop to conversation, either. Never before has the electric guitar been treated so carefully and gently, as can be heard in the opening and closing "Arundel," which has a thick, metallic sound but still manages to work as a lullaby. Various electronic sounds weave in and out of the different guitar textures, not to mention the vocals of "Drunken Spree" and some answering machine messages, among other things.
Beautiful and original sounds abound throughout, proving there is still life to guitar music. No- it isn't rock'n'roll- but it's much more organic than the digital-domain ambient music that's so popular with the kids these days...anyway, listen and enjoy...there's a lot to like here.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Blissful Journey 30 Jan. 2000
By chris landry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
David Pajo has done it again. Recalls his finer moments with Tortoise and various Palace incarnations while establishing his own identity. Instruments hum and pulse like a river beneath a frozen sheet of ice. Unlike Tortoise, which sometimes seems to get a bit lost before they reach their destination, these songs amble along yet always have a thread to keep stragglers from getting lost. The mellifluous sounds here should please any fan of Tortoise, Can or Faust. The lonely, spacious sounds here are what you SHOULD listen to whilst driving on a lonely stretch of road during a gentle rainstorm when the entire world is gray and appears through your windshield to be melting away, leaving just you and the music. Or it might be the music you possibly COULD hear while gliding through the clouds over the African savannah; the music trickling down from heaven, if such a place exists. A gentle, blissful journey. If you need further proof, listen to tracks two through four.
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M M Good. 14 Feb. 2000
By "santoslhalper" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Papa M is the latest musical project of the brilliant David Pajo (ex- of Tortoise, Slint, The For Carnation etc.)-- his last project was called Aerial M, which also recorded an incredible album. If non-pretentious, non-avant garde guitar soundscapes are your thing, definitely check out "Live from a Shark Cage." I would most certainly recommend this record to Mogwai fans as well-- Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite counts Pajo among his heroes. As for the next incarnation of the M project, I vote for Auntie M.
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a slow burner 17 July 2002
By F. H. Payne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As soon as you put this one in your discman, you know it's not in a hurry to get anywhere. But for that very reason, it has become one of my favorites. It seems that any CD I immediately fall in love with tends to get old almost as fast. I was not immediately impressed with any track. So what's it all about? Mostly the basics, guitar, bass, and drums. Halfway through the cd you might start to think it's all sounding the same but that's not a bad thing! How many bands (and even some Dave Pajo stuff) throw in a bunch of extra garbage and "found sounds" just for the sole purpopse of making a song start differently from the last track? Sure, they throw in some non-traditional sounds here and there but they always lend something positive to the song instead of making you look behind your back because you think a truck is backing up. What you get here is honest music; guitar chords that make you want to read a music theory book. Drums that make you listen intently for every little hi-hat pulse. Every little reverb and echo takes me inside the studio, wondering if the floors were made of wood or carpet. Beautiful music.
And if I get a hold of you today George, you're gonna regret it. 18 Nov. 2010
By thesurveillance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is upbeat, and pleasant to listen to. It is also subtle, dark, and heavy.

This was made during the phase/craze of going to thrift stores, finding answering machines, removing the micro cassette, and incorporating the incoming messages into one's song. You will not hear a better example than track 7 on this album.

You've got the son, and daughter, calling about the insurance claims and table saw. You've got the pastor of the church, calling to check in. The hospital. You've got the irate wife/girlfriend calling and making weird threats, about money and territory. Mostly, you've got his best friend, calling to invite him for a cup of coffee, unflinching and undeterred at never being called back.

It's sad, and fatal, to hear the voice mails he never received. The unending love of those who kept calling him, for whatever reason. "Hey George, this is Jimmy, well, give me a call when you get a chance, we'll go, and have a cup of coffee". "Hey George, are you there?" "You're little game is up George, I'd watch your step now". (the mistress)

Mostly, it's creepy to hear these voice mails painting a picture of a guy who is dead, set to beautiful music, wondering about the guy and his life, what he did all day, and how he passed.

But the tone and sincerity of those calling him, who don't know yet, brings me to tears every time.
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