Video for “Rabbit Paw” by Torn Humorist, from the 4-way split 7” with Reighnbeau, Light Light and I. Coming out on Family Time Records this month, or get a copy from me in person on tour.
new video for upcoming 7” song “rabbit paw”
My new split 12” LP with Former Selves is now up on bandcamp for full streaming below, and two test presses are available for anyone who wasn’t able to get one at the west coast tour dates.
I will be on tour for the rest of the year, performing pieces from this record synchronized to new visual projections. There are about 100 shows left, almost all of which are with friends Big Waves of Pretty.
You can RSVP on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/606771602687598/
If you can help with any date that doesn’t have a show listed, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
YO we got jet skis, boats, kayaks, Pomeranians WHAT ELSE DO WE NEED GUYS
pissin in San Francisco tonight https://www.facebook.com/events/483158378425903/
WOW, new Places We Slept video from their “Peeled” LP with a great ending! Played with these guys in Omaha last year, they’re one of the BEST bands going, everything about them is perfect!! So pumped to see em again in Seattle when my tour crosses paths with them, Gossimer, l’île pica and Sandy City in one of my favorite cities. WAY TOO MANY BUDDIES IN THE SAME PLACE, if anyone on here lives in Seattle and isn’t at this, shame on you: http://www.facebook.com/events/593232157377581/602157333151730/
The PWS vid has dropped!
12” release party, July 11 @ Human Resources, Los Angeles : http://www.facebook.com/events/614073221945187/
Kevin Greenspon / Former Selves
"Betrayed by the Angels" b/w "Apropos of Golden Dreams" 12” vinyl LP
10 songs | July 2013 | Los Angeles, CA / Oakland, CA
For their second split release together, Kevin Greenspon and Paul Skomsvold have written and recorded a pair of miniature albums that seamlessly fold into each other, serving as the definitive work by both artists. Together, the two halves embody the spirit and structure of classical scores and film soundtracks using the vocabulary of ambient, new age, harsh noise and the various other experimental genres the artists have operated within for the past several years.
Featuring artwork by Samuel Partal.
Limited to 500 12” vinyl records with metallic silver labels, packaged in extra thick heavyweight jackets with matte UV finish. Includes digital download card.
More info, videos, and ordering information: http://www.bridgetownrecords.info
Wrote this review of the first new album in nearly half a decade by one of my favorite musicians out there, out now on pretty much the best label out there. First heard this project nine years ago and something about his artistic voice stuck with me ever since… that self-titled release is still top shelf for me after all this time.
Since 1999, Tyler Whitney has been somewhat of an elusive character that emerges from a fog of invisibility every few years only to release an unexpected album of pure singer-songwriter brilliance as Chauchat and disappear once again before the word gets out. His obscurity is one that transcends the digital age of our modern epoch: zero web presence, a string of cryptic tapes and LPs that pose more questions than answers, no tours and rarely releasing a lick of music on any label other than the nomadic Unread Records, whose xeroxed tapes are more likely to include a physical address that is long since out of date than anything else.
Despite the mystery that shrouds his sporadic output, Whitney’s genius has made dedicated fans of people far beyond the perceived reaches of the home-taper underground; bands such as Bright Eyes and the Mountain Goats have cited the importance and powerful nature of Chauchat’s lyricism. A natural storyteller with a soft but resonant voice, Whitney channels the essence of his personal failures into earnest vignettes that are easy to relate to, but impossible to imitate.
"Trails" is his first album in four years and seems to serve as a radical departure from his past recordings. While previous releases were bathed in 4-track hiss and a sweet disposition towards his stories, “Trails" is brimming with a fervent punk energy and urgency that dominates almost every song on the album. The musicianship is tighter and his lyrical blows to the heart are rarely softened by pleasant reverb the way they once were. Punchy basslines drive these arrangements into a more rock-oriented territory, peppered by the tortured howls of ominous guitar squall and brooding instrumental collages. While lyrical content seems to be in line with his past, the overall tone conveyed by the music has a dark tinge that could have only come with four more years of feeling this way.
It’s great to see a tape that comes with a complete lyric sheet these days, especially one packaged in a multi-colored silkscreened j-card with a 6-panel foldout. Like every other Unread release, “Trails” is a prime example of how to sincerely execute the trash punk visual aesthetic. The oversaturated, high contrast design looks like the sort of thing you’d find in the filing cabinet in some forgotten Rust Belt town, replete with capital letters, crooked typography and words that barely survived their way through the predecessors of copy machines.
I personally made some attempts to track him down last year in hopes of playing a show with him on my own travels. The paper trail steered me away from major population centers across Pennsylvania, his whereabouts were confirmed at an abandoned candy factory where this album was recorded. A night in Omaha with Unread caretaker Chris Fischer indicated that correspondence regarding his residence “on some swamp near Williamsburg, VA” may be as accurate as hyperbole can possibly get. We managed to briefly meet in Richmond. If all signs point in the right direction, we’ll meet again in Michigan, and hopefully I can get him to play these songs live this time.
Chauchat’s “Trails” is a 14-song album released in June 2013, and is available in an edition of 100 hand-numbered cassettes with hand-screened artwork from Unread Records.
posted by Kevin.
The new Hausu cassette has been added into the Summer Batch, the debut album by one of my favorite bands on the planet.
Hausu - “Total”
Hausu’s unique identity lies not in a desire to emulate or imitate those who came before them, but is instead constructed by slicing up the tiny details throughout the wide scope of rock music’s history that have shaped them as individual people, and re-arranging them into a collage: the focused totality of what it means to be a Rock Music Performance Group.
Their restraint and attention to detail is increasingly rare in a world plagued by short attention spans and the lust for instant gratification. “Total” is the Portland quartet’s very first release after several years of existence, the product of patiently taking time to refine their message, delivery and musical skills. The result is a collection of 10 songs that are tightly wound into a braid that draws deep from the well of hardcore and punk, but is executed with an aesthetic more akin to post-punk, emo or even 90s alternative rock.
While the range of styles and musical complexity exhibited throughout “Total” appears jarring and dissonant on first impression, these variations serve as crucial elements to the multi-faceted nature of having four people in a band following four different paths to their singular vision. The final work is smooth, accessible and complete within the context of itself.
Featuring artwork by Neil Gregerson (Naomi Punk) & Hausu. Recorded & mixed by Dylan Wall. Mastered by Ben Greenberg (of The Men, Hubble, Zs).
Limited to 150 pro-duplicated cassettes with full-color labels and doublesided printing on heavyweight gloss stock, includes digital download card.
CD version available from Hardly Art Records
Order/listen at http://www.bridgetownrecords.info