John Corbett's Unheard Music Series presents an outlandish excursion in out-rock, improvised noise & experimental sounds -or as Starship Beer called it, NUT MUSIC- from a great, little-known upstate New York trio, formed at the dawn of the '70s. THIS Starship was heavily influenced by Captain Beefheart and creative jazz- but concocted its own uniquely demented, completely charming music. The group included well known artist Pat O'Brian (whose work graces the reissue), and music journalist Kevin Whitehead, author of NEW DUTCH SWING (Billboard Books) and the jazz authority on NPR Radio's "Fresh Air." Our UMS release compiles the entirety of their sole long out-of-print LP, NUT MUSIC: AS FREE AS THE SQUIRRELS, originally released on the Land Mammal label in a single batch of 1000 in 1979. Legendary saxophonist & fellow upstater Joe McPhee has been a fan of the record since it was issued, and he gushes: "Pure ambrosia! Starship Beer flies you to the moon and lets you play among the stars." NUT MUSIC has been lovingly remastered from original master tapes, and packaged with it's original cover, in-depth context-laden liner notes by Whitehead, a rare period photo of the band, and some new cartoons by O'Brian. Also included: almost another entire record's worth of bonus tracks, all previously unreleased, which include the twisted C&W death song "10-4 Big Buddy", plus a later collective improvisation that fans of Japanese noise will definitely need to become intimate with! User Directions: Put 1 pt. Cream & 1 pt. Anthony Braxton in a blender. Add dashes of Kurt Schwitters liberally. Set to puree, and presto: Starship Beer!!!