Before Dan Deacon moved to Baltimore from New York in 2004, the aspiring musician burned compilations of his home recordings onto blank discs to distribute at shows. He never viewed them as actual albums.
“It was more just like, ‘Oh, let me see how much I can fit on a CD-R, and I’ll try to sell it at the merch table,’” Deacon said on the phone recently. “When I got out of school and I moved to Baltimore, my entire life changed in a very metamorphosis kind of way.”
Released in May 2007 by Washington’s Carpark Records, “Spiderman of the Rings” was Deacon’s first full-length album as a Baltimore resident, and essentially the starting point of his career.
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