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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.
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.
There’s lots of amazing underground activity going on in Japan, and it’s always been near-impossible to figure out what the hell is actually going on, but with the internet we can catch live sets from some amazing performers and combos. One of the most mind-boggling is Guy Unit‘s recent set with Jojo Hiroshige of Hijo Kaidan notoriety. First of all, there’s eleven people playing on stage (including Kawabata Makoto). Second, it’s really fucking tight for an improv set of eleven people playing all at once. Eleven, for fuck’s sake!
Next up is a combo that I’ve wanted to hear for a while but never got the chance, Tangerine Dream Syndicate, which is pretty straight-forward in how it’s going to sound. Heavy line-up, though: Fukuoka Rinji of Overhang Party with heavyweight noise cats Fumio Kosakai & Ryuichi Nagakubo (of C.C.C.C. and all them other harsh combos) making minimal psychedelic earth drones… also on the bill that night was Urabe Masayoshi playing solo alto sax, and it’s hard to find words for how utterly breathtaking this set is. It’s like he boiled all the toxins out of Kaoru Abe‘s discography and distilled all the transcendent elements you can find in a free improv sax solo.
Finally, here’s a classic volatile Hijo Kaidan set from 1989. Not for the faint of heart.
The Left Hand of the Conjuror got named as one of Art Extract’s top 20 Madison releases of the year, alongside some great records by Aquarelle, Tar Pet, Panther, Julian Lynch, Lens and Spiral Joy Band. If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, it’s available on bandcamp as a digital download.
Lots more to come in 2014, see ya next year…
Howdy, folks, there’s a new Taigheirm 3″ cdr out on Shifting Sands Congregation, culled mostly from a very intense, uvula-stretching recording session I did with Mr. Xavier Kraal last year. You can listen to a snippet over yonder.
Finally, I’ve been working on a lot of new sounds as Conjuror, and have put up a few things on my soundcloud.