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New music from my Baghouse bandmate buddies Jeff & Andy and their massive group :lovesongs…

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Revisiting…

A successful foray into the void, where a film (that I cannot recall) was playing minus sound, which we instantly provided, forgetting where we came from and not worrying about where we were going to.

Baghouse visits Dr. Thoss…

Take a visit to author Thomas Ligotti’s mysterious doctor with Baghouse. This is a deeply weird, noise-laced, massive session from 2013, and is one of my favorites that we’ve done. Recorded live with no overdubs. Free to stream and download, so enjoy!

https://baghouse.bandcamp.com/album/thossian

Baghouse & Craw

Baghouse mockup

Nope . . . it’s not a law firm. Just two bands. One that I play with. One that I’ve always loved seeing live and listening to.

I’ve got a new recording with the Athens, GA trio Baghouse out now on Bandcamp. It’s called Lirpa in Gripple Grapple, and it was recorded exactly a year back from the release date of April 13. It was all done live with no overdubs, like all of our recordings. Its dense and weird, and definitely bursts out into uncharted space on every piece. I play the Moog guitar and do some intensive live looping with the Echoplex Digital Pro. I hope you’ll give it a listen when you have the time. It’s a free/pay-what-you-want download as well.

Also, the Kickstarter campaign spearheaded by journalist Hank Shteamer for reissuing the first three recordings by the awesome Cleveland band Craw is 8 days away from finishing . . . and is not even halfway to raising the funds needed. If you were ever a fan of this killer band, I really hope you’ll give this all a look and lend your support. There are many nice incentive packages, and you can pledge as little as you want. I hate to see this great idea and great effort fail. Please help, if you can.

Baghouse release and performance…

Baghouse - Kenney Ridge CoverOne of two new Baghouse releases is now available on Bandcamp. The first one is called Live From Kenney Ridge, It’s Saturday Night. This is a 20-minute piece recorded at a recent show in Athens, GA, and I think it is a really strong, successful improvisation. I focused mainly on created large scale drone sheets with the Moog guitar, while Jeff and Andy completely locked in, beautifully laid it down and quickly launched things into outer space. A great night. It’s a free/pay what you want download, so go give it a listen, if you’re so inclined. We’ve got another intense session from last year set to be released soon, too. I will keep you posted. 

By the way, Baghouse will be playing this Saturday night, March 8, in Athens, GA at Hendershot’s, so come on out and get folded along with space and time, if you’re in the area. We’ll also be playing on WUOG’s Live In The Lobby in Athens on April 24, where you can tune in live to the broadcast. More soon!

Of improvisation & dream guitars…

baghouse athens gig posterThis weekend I will be improvising. Every day, moment to moment, I improvise, of course . . . but this weekend is my favorite sort: musical improvisation. And I get to do it on a guitar that makes the experience like playing in a dream . . . the Moog guitar.

The Moog guitar allows me to do many things, but primarily, and most simply, it can sustain notes forever. It’s like being in a permanent sweet spot onstage with loud amps. Of course, it can also be the exact opposite, with its electronics sucking all the energy from the strings until it feels and sounds like playing a fretted-out alien banjo. Improvising on the guitar is such a satisfying and mind-emptying experience. I live for the moments where I can do just that, dropping all thought, just listening to the sounds, the other players and trusting myself. I feel taken-over with no-thought, and I just let whatever happens happen.

This weekend’s show is in Athens, GA (one of my favorite places) with my friends in Baghouse, who are a real telepathic joy to play with. We recently started making music together again for the first time in nearly 12 years, and it felt like we had never stopped, the three of us easily jumping into an improvisation and taking things into the stratosphere with very little discussion–and with more skill now than we had before, in my opinion. The evidence of this get-together is documented here.

I think about improvising as if I’m pulling a human-sized panel up out of the floor. This panel, when fully-exposed, is covered with the most beautiful, intricate, sometimes nightmarish designs . . . some of which I immediately recognize–and many others that I can trace no origins of. On a good night, I can keep this panel up for lengthy periods, adding to it, exposing more depth and detail and, if I’m lucky, amplifying it to the point where it completely obscures me and enters/affects watchers and listeners. I always strive for this, but I can’t say that I’m always successful. Sometimes, I feel like I’ve struggled and failed completely . . . only to hear it back at some later date (I try to record as many improvisational performances as I can) and think that I was completely wrong feeling that way.

The weeks leading up to a live improv performance usually find me down in the basement late at night, tweaking knobs and tones and loops and drones until I am delirious with sound. All in anticipation of pulling that panel into existence as fully as I possibly can. This weekend perhaps it will happen.