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More Napkins, once more

Out-of-this-world party planned for reissue of instrumental work

Supplied</p><p>Tim Hoover (a.k.a. DJ Co-op) hopes to introduce more people to his hour-long musical work, More Napkins, and use its re-release as a launching point for creating more music.</p></p>


Tim Hoover (a.k.a. DJ Co-op) hopes to introduce more people to his hour-long musical work, More Napkins, and use its re-release as a launching point for creating more music.

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This article was published 18/4/2019 (528 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Eight years ago, Winnipeg musician Tim Hoover — better known by many in this city as DJ Co-op — released More Napkins, an hour-long beast of an instrumental track, broken up into five distinct, yet clearly related, movements.

It’s melancholy and moody; a layered piece of psychedelic, wordless hip hop that pulls from numerous influences, inspirations and samples. It took Hoover one year to put it together.

At the time, Hoover celebrated the release of the More Napkins cassette with a listening party at the Planetarium, accompanied by a visual experience created by the projectionists who worked with the Manitoba Museum. He sold or gave away every copy of the tape he had.

Lamenting the decision not to keep one for himself, Hoover is reissuing More Napkins with a limited run of 50 cassettes, which will be available at a re-listening party he is hosting Saturday, April 20, at the Planetarium. Well, 49 tapes will be available, after Hoover finally snags one for himself.

The reissue is one of two main reasons Hoover has decided to revisit More Napkins nearly a decade after he first released it.

"Eight years on, part of me was a little bit hesitant to revisit it and dwell on the past, but I’m still really proud of the music on it, and in conversations with people when I mention that... a lot of people know me for DJ-ing, but a lot of people don’t know I also produce music, so I thought it would be to reintroduce, or introduce this music to folks for the first time, by reissuing it," Hoover says.

"For this reissue, I certainly considered remixing or reimagining it, but I didn’t want to spend another year. I just decided, ‘No! The reissue will be as is.’"

Once again, the listening party will be an immersive, 360-degree experience with stock images and space footage pulled by the projectionists at the museum. Mixed in with the astronomical imagery will be vintage images of Winnipeg.

"I gave them a copy of the music and they are combining the images they have and synced them up generally to the music," says Hoover, who will be spinning the entirety of the album, live, along with the images.

"It was really fun last time and will be really fun this time for me to see what they’re doing and how they’ve interpreted it, because it’ll be my first time seeing it while I’m at my laptop spinning the music."

But perhaps the biggest reason why Hoover wants to launch More Napkins into the world one more time is to help find a bit of closure with this piece in order to open the doors to future musical projects. This will be a milestone year in his personal life — in August, Hoover not only turns 40, but will get married to his partner, Karli — so it seems appropriate to push for a milestone year professionally, as well.

"I haven’t really made much music in the eight years since that came out. I’ve dabbled here and there and done a few remixes for people that I’m happy with, but I really feel like I need to make more music and I’ve been trying to figure out how to do that, so I think that my hope is, and I think it’s going to work out, that I’m going to feel the motivation to create and use this as a jumping off point to push me forward. Put it to bed and then move on," Hoover says.

Songs and ideas are already milling around in his head and sonically, what he’s working on will likely be quite different from More Napkins. Hoover is working on lyrics and vocals, something he’s wanted to do for a long time.

"The feeling of it is going to be very positive, upbeat, whereas More Napkins, folks who listened to it would say it’s pretty moody, melancholy and at times it’s energetic as well but always with a more of a down-tempo, sombre feeling. I really want to turn it in the opposite direction stylistically. There won’t be a lot of similarities between the two albums I don’t think," he says.

"There will be some kind of encore (Saturday night), hopefully some kind of preview of the new stuff, but what that’s going to look like is anyone’s guess," Hoover says with a laugh.

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Erin Lebar

Erin Lebar
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Erin Lebar is a multimedia producer who spends most of her time writing music- and culture-related stories for the Arts & Life section. She also co-hosts the Winnipeg Free Press's weekly pop-culture podcast, Bury the Lede.

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