This ambitious Kickstarter came close but failed last time . . . so this is a fresh, prime opportunity to redeem yourself if you didn’t chip in last time. Craw were one of the greatest noise/math rock bands of all time . . . and certainly were (and still are) an inspiration to me. This needs to happen.
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.
A Kickstarter campaign just went live today for a box set reissue of the first three recordings by one of my favorite ’90s noise rock bands Craw. Journalist Hank Shteamer (who I’ve known since those ’90s noise rock days) has planned an ambitious reissue for this Cleveland band’s long out-of-print material: a 6-album box set, limited to a release of 100, with some very nice incentives for serious fans of the band. Doing something like this is so expensive, so if you were ever a fan of this band, I urge you to go help out. There’s a nice overview of the band for those who aren’t familiar with all the excellent, darkly noisy, totally unique music that they produced.
Also, the latest batch of flash fiction from The Five Hundred is now up. This is a writer’s group I’m in, where we get a prompt each month that we respond to in 400-600 word submissions. This month’s prompt was “It slipped my mind.” My response is Recentering. Once again, my favorite stories were from my friends Matt Wilson (the beautiful White Walls) and Stephen McClurg (the excellent Like The Ones I Used To Know).
In celebration of my release of Joyless Noise, the first volume in a series of noise releases, competitively-priced at $1 . . . ALL the music on my Bandcamp site is now available for download for the same low price. I would appreciate your support, as I work toward two new releases looming on the horizon. I’ve finished up a new drone release called Endless Tunnels, due out on Montreal’s GBS Records (who also released I Wonder What Ever Became Of Me and Without Hope) later this spring. And I’m well on my way with work on Joyless Noise, Volume 2.
This weekend, my trio No is heading to Sarcophagus Studios in Auburn, AL to record three new songs with Jamie Uertz, who we worked with on our last release Scum Commodities. And Baghouse, the improv trio that I play guitar with from Athens, GA, will be playing at this year’s Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, Aug. 2. Details on all of this are soon to follow!