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Got some more Conjuror dates in the next few months, and some other shows I’m not playing in the works too; I’m going to be involved in doing more programming at Arts & Literature Laboratory, a new gallery/arts space in Madison. The venue situation was getting pretty dire, so I’m excited to have a new space to work with.
First up is another show at Mickey’s Tavern with Philadelphia’s Hallowed Bells and Boston’s New England Patriots on April 14th. Should be a weird show but if you like psychotic noise rock AND analog synth vibrations you can get both of your tickets punched at this one. Also going to be playing an opening set for Son Lux and Xenia Runibos at the Frequency May 18th, which will also be a weird fit for me but will hopefully give me a rare chance to play through a huge PA and freak out some unprepared concert-goers… Just saw Acid Mothers Temple there last week and it was probably the best I’ve seen them in a while, with their fresh-blood new rhythm section & some different jams in their set list- don’t think I’ve ever heard them do “La Novia” live before, and their cover of Sabbath’s “The Wizard”made the packed house totally flip out.
Other great stuff I’ve seen lately: Chris from Coordinated Suicides, one of my favorite Madison bands, held his annual birthday bash and the line-up was totally stacked with amazing bands: Chicago’s guitar-less heavy metal power trio DEN, Columbus’ finest crew of punx swapping out instruments for Bloody Show & Raw Pony (BS’ cover of “Final Solution” slayed), Toupee (incredible as always, plus they played one of their songs at half-speed, which really showed off how good their songs are), Richard Album & the Singles’ fragile Johnathan Richman-esque offbrand power pop, and the return of Chris’ grunge-sludge trio Dharma Dogs were just the bands that I caught halfway in to the show. Big round of applause to that guy for pulling off a huge show like that with no duds.
Got to Wume return to Chicago a while back, and I’ve been missing out- intense drums & modular synth journeys like a modern Silver Apples. Simulation (Whitney of Matchess & Lulu of Gel Set) opened and were also pretty brain-melting… wish I could get down to Chicago more often, there’s so much great underground music bubbling up there these days.
More shows (Conjuror and otherwise) announced soon.
Some new Conjuror gigs in the works, I’m getting back in the swing of playing a gig every month again. I’ll be playing this show next week with some of my favorite local metalheads: heavy & slow death creeps Ossuary and “Drunkthrone” power couple Tubal Cain, plus Wyrding, the new project of my dear friend and collaborator Troy Schafer.
January 24 I’ll be playing at the new Arts & Literature Laboratory with AZHA (Andy Fitzpatrick & Kathleen Baird) and Spires That In the Sunset Rise.
Also, the line-up isn’t finalized yet but I’ll be playing a free record release show for the “Mesmerized in Madison” compilation February 13 at Mickey’s Tavern with Vanishing Kids, Dos Males, Cave Curse, and Red Museum. It’s gonna be a stacked bill of Madison heads & probably going to be packed.
Stop out if you’re in Madison, hopefully will have some out-of-town gigs in 2016 too.
Every once in a while I get someone asking me about how to get their hands on old Cryptids releases, and the time has finally come where I can upload them to bandcamp. Head over to the Cryptids page, I’ll be slowly going through old cassette & CD-r releases and digging up some old unreleased tracks as well. And it’ll all be free/name your price since everything’s just been collecting dust otherwise. So far I’ve got the cassette releases Veil and Empire of Crime up, neither of which has ever been in digital form before and were both released in severely limited editions, the CD-r releases In the Act of Adoration Before the Master of the Universe and The Seven Sisters of Sleep, plus the never released final album Misanthropic Oscillations, originally planned to be a split with Yellow Crystal Star, wherever he may be.
Also, it’s a little hard to find but the fine Ilse label still has a compilation track of mine “Hex” online which is one of my favorite Cryptids recordings, entirely recorded with a malfunctioning microcassette player.
More coming soon (plus the cover art that I need to scan).
I’m playing a few Conjuror shows this month, Tuesday 7/7 at Mickey’s Tavern in Madison with Chuck Johnson and Tar Pet, and July 17th at Bluelight II Festival in Highland, Wisconsin with a millions other cool regional projects. Both are definitely worth checking out, might be the last live shows I do for a couple months.
I talked with Scott Gordon of Tone Madison a while back about the new Conjuror album, you can read the interview on their website, which has been doing the best arts coverage in town for a while now.
Speaking of which, I’ll be playing a Conjuror show next month with Kyle Landstra and Gardener. Stop by if you’re in Madison, it’ll be a fun one.
Happy to announce that the second Conjuror album is out on Golden Cloud Tapes! “Black Velvet, Dead Flowers” contains four deep synthesizer drone baths recorded January-February 2014 on my battered Korg Mono/Poly and features cover art by Kjersti Lande. I have a few copies available, $6 +3 s&h via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org (ask first about foreign shipping).
You can listen to the first side via soundcloud, but of course they sound better on tape: