DISCOGRAPHYw/Reviews

NOTE: Early Recordings from late 60's thru mid 70's such as SPROTON LAYER and EMPOOL have since been released in the 1990's and 2000's.

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SPROTON LAYER   1968 - 1971 (and 2013)  Acid Rock

Roger Miller: bass and lead vocals
Ben Miller: guitar and harmony vocals
Laurence Miller: drums


WITH MAGNETIC FIELDS DISRUPTED ----------------------------------------------------------------- released 4/91

13-song CD / cassette / LP

New Alliance Records (subsidary of SST)

 

LOST BEHIND WORDS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 4/91

3 - song  45 rpm  7” on clear vinyl

New Alliance Records


WITH MAGNETIC FIELDS DISRUPTED ----------------------------------------------------------------- re-released June 2013

13-song CD / LP
World In Sound Records (Germany)



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EMPOOL 1976-1978 (reformed in 2018) Experimental Existential Psychedelic Noise Rock
Laurence: composer, guitar, vocals, misc. found sound, and soundtracks
Andre Cynkin: Farfisa organ, guitar
, and bass
Mat Smith: Light-man (homemade color organ key triggered light system)
Benjamin: composer, guitar, alto sax, bass, drums, and soundtrack
Roger: drums, bass, guitar, and occasional voice
Rick Scott: electric piano
ADDITIONAL MEMBERS;
Peter (last name?): drums
Eric (last name?): drums
Tom Rizer: "prepared" guitar
Martin Swope: guitar
Bob Banta: bass
David Swain: tenor sax
Leslie Orlin: viola

EMPOOL DOES; Do, Did, Done --------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  July 27th 2018  

6-song 33 rpm 12” LP

Feeding Tube Records



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DESTROY ALL MONSTERS   1977 - 78   Punk Rock 

Niagara: Vocals
Cary Loren: Guitar, vocals
Ron Asheton: Guitar, vocals
Micheal Davis: Bass, vocals
Ben Miller: Alto Sax, vocals
Laurence Miller: Guitar, vocals

Rob King: Drums, vocals

D.B. Keeps: Booking Manager
George Christman: Personal Manager
Hiawatha: Equipment Manager

 

 MICHIGAN DAILY / A2 (June ’77):  “…musically 3 dimensional; drugs, decadence and death…”

 

YOU'RE GONNA DIE  b/w  BORED --------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  2/78  

2-song 45 rpm 7” single

IDBI Records (re-issued in 1979 on Cherry Red Records)

 

NOVEMBER 22nd 1963 b/w MEET THE CREEPER ---------------------------------------------------- released  4/79

2 - song 45 rpm 7” single

Cherry Red Records

 

DAYS OF DIAMONDS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released 12/78

5-song 33 1/3 rpm 7” E.P.

Black Hole Records

 

NOVEMBER 22nd 1963 / SINGLES & RARITIES ------------------------------------------------------ released 12/89

8-song 33 1/3 rpm 12” L.P. and CD
Revenge Records

 

NOTE: Many various D.A.M. recordings with Laurence and Benjamin Miller have been released over the years on Cd and vinyl.



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XANADU 1979   Art Rock

Cary Loren: Guitar, vocals
Ben Miller: Alto Sax, vocals
Laurence Miller: Guitar, vocals
Rob King: Drums, vocals
Dauna Sevakis: Additional vocals


DAYS OF DIAMONDS  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released late 78

4-song 33 1/3 rpm 7” E.P.
Black Hole Records

BLACK OUT IN THE CITY  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  1/79

4-song 33 1/3 rpm 7” E.P.
Black Hole Records
NOTE:  4 yr. old Tara Sevakis heard "counting off" the song, NO CHANGE

REISSUE of both E.P.'s on Third Man Records ------------------------------------------------------------- released  early 2018



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NONFICTION   1981 - 1985    Avant-Angst-Pop

Ben Miller: guitar, bass, alto sax, vocals
Laurence Miller: guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Bill Frank: drums, vocals


CRUZIN' ANN ARBOR  (12 band Ann Arbor Music Project Compilation) ----------------------------------- released 12/82

featuring his song “Walkie Talkie”
12-song 33 1/3 rpm 12” L.P.

AAMP Records

WALKIN' SIDEWAYS TALKIN' BACKWARDS --------------------------------------------------------------- released  1/84

11-song L.P. cassette (half  “live”,  half  “studio”)
Neoteric Records (re-issued 9/84 with Laurie Anderson bonus cut “Oh, Superman”)

Detroit Metro Times: “…best local release of the year!..”



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RADIO SILENCE   1982 - 1984    Punk-Jazz

Laurence Miller: guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Don Rimmer: bass
John O-Rielly: drums


RADIO SILENCE Self Titled   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 1983 (Fall 85?)

20-song Double LP Cassette (half "live", half "studio")

Tip-Toe Tapes (100 copies?)


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ROGER MILLER
as NO MAN    1986    Experimental Rock

Laurence did not perform with Roger, but rather made guitar and clarinet contributions  to two of Roger's songs on this record, as did his twin bro, Ben Miller (sax and guitar).

NO MAN IS HURTING ME ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released  5/86

10-song 33 1/3 rpm 12” L.P.
Ace Of Hearts Records



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LAURENCE BOND MILLER (1 of 3)  SOLO WORK 1985 - 87  solo-singer-songwriter

Laurence Miller: vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, drum machine, tambourine 

A slew of low budget cassettes released on his own Tip-Toe Tapes

               

THE VERGE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released Aug 85

Ambient Soundscape (2 Versions)
Tip Toe Tapes (6 copies)


LAURENCE MILLER self titled --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released late 85

10-song cassette

Tip Toe Tapes (6 copies)


LAURENCE MILLER self titled (Re-Release) --------------------------------------------------------- released spring 86

10-song cassette (two new songs in exchange for two others)

Tip Toe Tapes (10 copies)


MANILA MOON ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  released Aug 86

7-song cassette

Tip Toe Tapes (15 copies)

MANILA MOON Reissue (better EQ Mastering) ------------------------------------------------------  released Feb 87

7-song cassette - zippotone cover

Tip Toe Tapes (5 copies)


LARGER THAN LIFE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released Sept 86

2-song cass-single

Tip Toe Tapes (10 copies)


LARGER THAN LIFE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released Nov 86

4-song import cass-single (Semaphore Records submission)

Tip Toe Tapes (2 copies)


LARGER THAN LIFE E.P. The Generic Sessions ------------------------------------------------------- never released ...

Recorded Mid May thru Mid August 1986 


AU NATURAL ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released Nov 86 or more likely Feb 87

3-song cassingle

Tip Toe Tapes (7 copies)


WIDE AWAKE UP ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released Jan or Feb 87

8-song cassette

Tip Toe Tapes (20 copies)


YOUR BEAUTIFUL MESS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released Nov 87

8-song cassette

Tip Toe Tapes (12 copies - 5 w/kiss 7 w/out)


Laurence Bond T-Shirts ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 15 printed in 1988



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THE EMPTY SET   1985 - 1992   Alternative Pop Rock
Laurence Miller: guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals

Ron Devore: bass, vocals

Bill Frank: drums, vocals
NOTE: Additional studio musicians as well, including Ben Miller on Alto Sax 


WANDERING IN WONDER ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 11/86

4-song  33 rpm 7” E.P.
LALA Records (500 or 1,000? pressed)

LOST IN A RYPTIDE ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 10/88

10-song 33rpm 12” L.P.
LALA Records (2,000 pressed)
Detroit Metro Times “....a ten song work of art...”

EMPTY SET T-Shirts ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 printed in 1988


DOWN ON THE STREET  b/w  ROMAN HOLIDAY ------------------------------------------------- released Feb 92

2-song 45 rpm 7” on transparent orange vinyl
Sympathy For The Record Industry


THIN, SLIM, AND NONE/ FLUNKIE
 
----------------------------------------------------------------------- released 1996

Ron Asheton/THE EMPTY SET  18-song CD
Birdcage Records through TWA


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LARYNX ZILLION’S NOVELTY SHOP   1987-1997 Discordant Avant Camp Rock

Larynx Zillion: guitar, the mosquito, and vocals (and backing tracks w/drums and keyboards)
Chip Reed: bass
Buzz Amerika: guitar
Chris Smith: trombone and slide cornet

Earlier band mates include:

John F$!#king Kennedy: keyboards and backing vocals
Home Slice: trombone
Poriah Dog: drums


ANN ARBOR OBSERVER / A2  “...Larynx Zillion (a.k.a. Laurence Bond Miller) has successfully impersonated an entire band singlehandedly, and has 5 records to his credit. 
His assemblage of warm bodies for his real-life version The Novelty Shop, could be defined as  -  artfully discordant guitar based Rock & Roll with odd time changes and a twisted sense of humor...”



“SOUTHPAWS UNITE!” ( Larbard-Mix) ------------------------------------------------------------------ released 6/90

1-song sampler ~ transparent blue picture-disc flexi  w/ special postcard included
Collector’s Edition preview for upcoming E.P.,  “Southpaws Unite!” (The Collection) 

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music (1000 pressed)

RHINO GAZZETTE / Austin Texas: “...according to old folklore, being left-handed is a sign of the devil, and this band, composed entirely of lefties, is definitely possessed...”
Music Scene ~ CURRENT / A2:  “...the perfect gift for anyone who thinks Ann Arbor has grown boring and artisticly safe...”
Hit WCBN’s Top Ten Favorite List of 1990


“SOUTHPAWS UNITE!”
(The Collection) --------------------------------------------------------------- released 2/92

6-song   9” mini-L.P. flexi  w/lyric sheet and “No Right Turn” sticker included
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music (1000 pressed)

DECONTROL / Deluth Georgia:  “...might best be described as Disneyland on fast forwards, spinning out of control...”
CURRENT ~ Local Music / A2:  “...an incredible, twisted work that will probably not be understood by the American listening public until late in the 21st century...”
Hit WCBN’s Top Ten Favorite List of 1992

 

SONGS OF RECOVERY ~ From Anything or Anyone ------------------------------------------- released 9/92

2 - song  45 rpm 7” single on transparent yellow vinyl
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music (500 pressed?)

ANN ARBOR NEWS ~ Rock Beat / A2: “....maniacal and absurd, this delightfully bizarre music sounds as if the town psycotic became the conductor of a

carnival band - real wierd carnival music played at the wrong speed - somehow just what you wanted to hear....”
RHINO GAZZETTE / Austin Texas:  “...QUEEN jamming with THE RESIDENTS...”
CURRENT ~ Local Music /A2:  “...this laughs in the face of CD technology as well as artistic convention by Ann Arbor’s only true genius...”


“SOUTHPAWS UNITE!” (The Complete Collection) ------------------------------------------- released 1995

8-song   cassette 
Farfetched Records & Bond Voyage Music (very small handful manufactured)
Never submitted for review...


QUEEN OF QUEENS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 5/96

4-song “special-mix” E.P. cassette

Preview for upcoming full-length double-feature, “Hotter Than The Dickens!” not to see the light of day until April 2016!

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music  (very small handful manufactured)

ANN ARBOR NEWS ~ Rock Beat / A2:  “... **** - David Bowie at his most glam and experimental...”
AGENDA ~ The View From Nowhere / A2:   ...if there is any music that will survive us after the collapse of civilization, when wild bands of post-nuclear winter-tribes roam the earth,
it would have to be the complex, intense, other-centuries-to-come creations of Ann Arbor genius/legend/artist Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop.  Steve Reichian time signatures
and stereo headphone
freakouts, and science fiction psycho ward confessions of a religious vision with a band that crashes the wall at 180 MPH.  In a world where most “R&R” bands
are more concerned about THE BIG RECORD DEAL, Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop is a cause for celebration...”
JAM RAG ~ Outsite / Detroit: “...Ann Arbor’s Mothers of Invention...while the Novelty Shop is open, step inside - you could walk away with something as valuable as Penn & Teller’s Invisible Thread...”


“SOUTHPAWS UNITE!” (the Totally Complete Collection) --------------------------------- never officially released (early 2016)

13 - song  CD  featuring special mixs, bonus cuts  (Zillion’s Epitath, We Thee Toy Tin Soldiers)

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music


“HOTTER THAN THE DICKENS!”  Volume One ------------------------------------------------------- released April 2016

FarFetched Records

Never submitted for review...


“HOTTER THAN THE DICKENS!”  Volume Two ------------------------------------------------------- released April 2016

FarFetched Records

Never submitted for review...


"You're Driving Me Crazy!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released April 2016

3-song 45rpm Single

FarFetched Records (300 copies?)

Never submitted for review...


NEW CD set for release late 2018

FarFetched Records



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GORDON GIGAGNTIC   1994 - 1995   Alternative Power-Pop

Laurence Miller: guitar, vocals
Rich (last name?): bass, vocals
Tony Archer: drums 


GORDON GIGANTIC (Self-Titled)  --------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 5//95 

5-song cassette

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

 
ANN ARBOR AGENDA / #4 of 10 ”Best  of 1995!”  / A2:  “...if there is any one greatest injustice on the local music scene, it’s the fact that Laurence Miller,
the guiding force behind this five-tune release, isn’t world famous by now.  From the original lineup of Destroy All Monsters, to his other-planet ravings
of Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop, Miller has proven to be another one-of-a-kind performer of world-class talents and brains...”    Alan Goldsmith


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LAURENCE BOND MILLER
(2 of 3)   1996 - 98 solo-singer-songwriter

Laurence Miller: "Live" / Guitar (electric & acoustic), vocal           "Studio" / guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, drum machine

Ann Arbor Observor:  “...veteran local postpunk singer song-writer who writes angular, sometimes bitingly beautifull introspective songs that have been described as Robyn Hitchcock meets Sylvia Plath...”


LAURENCE w/a “U” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released 11/96

10-song cassette -- later procured in Cd format in 2003

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

PLAGUE OF LOVE (Love, Lust & Lunacy) -------------------------------------------------------------- released on cassette 2/97

Simulated “full-band” multi-track / alternative power-pop-rock
11-song cassette
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

Jamm Rag:   “...The original purpose to these recordings was to flesh out new song ideas as they came to me in the studio. 
This gave me the unique opportunituy to discover how they might sound in a real ‘band’ setting, as well as getting them out of my f#!$king head...” LBM   

“...Miller can really play all these instruments?  Musical masturbation at it’s finest?...”   LC



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M3    1989 - 2001    Experimental
Roger Miller: Keyboards, bass, drums, found sound

Ben Miller: Guitar, violin, drums, found sound

Laurence Miller: Drums, keyboards, found sound

M3 (self-titled) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ released 2/93

8-song CD / cassette
New Alliance Records

The American Music Press / S.F. CA  “...I began to like the CD more and more but, my finger always hovered over track button six ( my piece :) with the temptation to depress and place on replay...”

UNEARTHING --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released  2001

Reviews uploaded shortly


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MISTER LAURENCE and his PLAY MONEY BAND 1999 - 2009 Kids Music

Mister Laurence: "Live" acoustic guitar and vocals along to prerecorded backing tracks
The Play Money Band: Prerecorded Backing Tracks w/drums, bass, keyboards, etc

THE MISTER LAURENCE EXPERIENCE  2009 - 2013 
Kids Music
Mister Laurence: Electric guitar and vocals
Ms. Princess Melinda: Keyboard and vocals
OSO the Drumming Bear: Drums w/attitude
The Play Money Band: Prerecorded backing tracks (additional drums, bass, keyboards, vocals, etc)


MR. LAURENCE & MS. ELIZABETH  2018 - Kids Music
Mr. Laurence: Electric guitar and vocals
Ms. Elizabeth: Tambourine and vocals
The Play Money Band: Prerecorded backing tracks (additional drums, bass, keyboards, vocals, etc)



FLAGHORN  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 1999

12-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


TUGBOAT TOW ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2001

14-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


SWEET DREAMWORLD (The Verge) -------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2001

1 hr. instrumental CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

FLAGHORN Reissue  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2002 ???

?-song CD -- combining the best cuts from Flaghorn and Tugboat Tow
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music (Several hundred manufactured...)


BUBBLELAND -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2002

15-song CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music (Several hundred manufactured...)


PURE GIBBERISH ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2003

14-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music


RECESS FOREVER! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2005

14-song CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

HOLIDAY STOCKING -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2007

15-song CD

FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

MARMALINE (My Music Machine) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- released fall 2009

12-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

Version One: Musical Adventure Story (sound effects and narrative)
Version Two: Soundtrack (songs only)

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released fall 2011

CD Prerelease CD Single
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music

 

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released February 2012

12-song CD
FarFetched Records and Bond Voyage Music



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LAURENCE BOND MILLER (3 of 3)  2003 - THE PRESENT solo-singer-songwriter

Laurence Miller: "Live" / guitar (electric & acoustic), vocal                    "Studio" / guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, drum machine


DEMONSTRATION (Demos from YesterYear)  ---------------------------------------------------- released 2003

CD Collection of "the best of" my '80's tapes

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music


HAPPY THOSE IN VALENTINE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released 2006

14-song CD

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music

"...a violet by any other name..."  ------------------------------------------------------------------------- released Feb 2009

14-song CD

FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music


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THE ACCORDION PIPER  2013 - THE PRESENT

Laurence Miller: ACCORDION performed along to his original backing tracks

ICE-CREAM DREAM  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- released Feb 2017