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G-E-T-L-I-V-E aaaight! [Jun. 18th, 2009|06:10 pm]
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As I promised in my last lj update (3 1/2 months ago) I now have recorded, download-able music available here to you on the internets:

www.myspace.com/canidsounds

I'm currently on my "Venues Within a 20-minute Drive from House" Tour. 7 shows, 3 venues, 3 weeks, 0 hotels.

4 of these are at Artomatic, an annual DC-area unjuried arts exposition. 9 storeys of 2- and 3-D visual art plus 3 music stages, film, theater, poetry, stand-up, tattooing, and firespinning. I'm doing 2 solo shows and 2 collaborations. One is with my friend Chethan who specializes in doom, feedback loops, and using a vibrating massager like an E-bow. The other was with a guitarist and a tabla-player in which we alternated psychedelic improv with equally psychedelic rants about history and current events.

2 are at Silver Spring's Pyramid Atlantic, a papermaking/bookbinding/printmaking/digital imaging studio with gallery space. It is also host to Sonic Circuits, DC's experimental music consortium. Being able to play Sonic Circuits shows is a pretty momentous step to me. It feels like I've "made it" (although I really won't have until I get that call from Terry Gross).

One - the one this Saturday - is at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, MD. As I mentioned, I've been playing at the New Deal's weekly open-mic since the beginning of the year. A few weeks ago the cafe shut down due to disputes between the co-op board and the head chef. It has now re-opened (after I had to move a show I had put together to Pyramid), and I've booked another show. I'm really excited to be playing with Janel and Anthony. They are an amazing entry to the list of romantically-involved musical collaborators. He plays guitar, she plays cello, and they both use a shit-ton of pedals and effects. The result is a sound that ranges from gentle folk to heavy psychedelic rock to droning noise. They're wonderful to listen to and, frankly, cute as hell. They used to live around here but have now moved to Brooklyn. But given their connections to the scene, they're still in DC from time to time. I hope to book them again in the future.

OK, there's a lot more I could talk about here, but I'll just list to bigger concerts I've been to in the past few months:

5/12 - Mastodon, Kylesa, Intronaut
Kylesa: OK, Mastodon & Intronaut: fucking amazing. Mastodon is on top of the metal scene right now and totally delivered. Intronaut (who I first saw in San Francisco last summer) fucking killed and were super-nice when I talked to them after the show.

5/17 - Dan Deacon + ensemble, Teeth Mountain, Future Islands
Holy shit. You read that right: ensemble. 3 drum sets, 4 synths, 2 xylophones, 2 guitars, bass, and saxophone. Oh, and DAN DEACON, all at once! I was unwilling to bring my digital camera to this show because I knew it would get fucked up, so I bought a bunch of disposable cameras that I've yet to get developed, but that will great when I do. Also: Meat Loaf (the singer) + Bette Midler + Bruce Springsteen + Kraftwerk = Future Islands.

5/20 - Opeth, Enslaved
I got headbutted in the face several times, one of which left a mark. I drank heavily this night and can only say that it added to the experience. Swedish melodic death metal is pretty ridiculous at the outset, but when you're drunk and banging into a bunch of dudes who are all really into it, it rubs off.

6/8 - The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Robyn Hitchcock
'The Hazards of Love' is a modern psychedelic prog-rock masterpiece and the alto guest singer is a fucking beast, 'nuf said. Also, the Crane Wife is a wonderful album. Also, Andrew Bird is a whistlin' fool.
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From: kiriloti
2011-04-13 09:36 pm (UTC)
This article was vey helpful to me. It helped me to be informed and more aware. The details were such a blessing, thanks.

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