I’d still like to do another NYC show in July and one in the first half of August before I go on tour in the Midwest. If you’re putting something together and need an experimental solo bass thing (and really, who doesn’t?), give me a shout at TooBigToFailBlog-AT-gmail-DOT-com.
I was crushed to hear that Mark Linkous took his own life Saturday. I had the great honor of playing with Sparklehorse on a 1999 European tour. Mark was always kind and gracious and that tour will always be a highlight of my career. His songs have a aching emotional intensity that still leave me gasping, the kind of songs that make you feel you’d been confided in, that someone has left themselves nakedly vulnerable to make you understand what they are trying to say. I love the way he sang, tuneful but free of unnecessary ornamentation. Our world is sadder and less beautiful without him.
Um, I haven’t done a very good job of keeping up my twice-a-week blog post regimen. Just not feeling it lately.
The good news is that I’ve been busy with music. I’ve been writing material for a solo bass thing I call unFact. I’ll be playing at the Neon Marshmallow festival on August 21 at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago. I’ll also play a few shows here in New York over the summer and will book a little tour to Chicago and back in August. Look for a 7″ in a few months.
I’ve also been writing songs and working on a couple of collaborations that might morph into bands, and there’s a couple of invitations to work on other people’s albums in the pipeline.
Also, the Jesus Lizard is working on a book to be published by Akashic Books. So, I’ll be sending out a call for photos and scans of set lists, ticket stubs, fanzines, and anything else that might be cool in a book about the Jesus Lizard.
So, yeah, music and the book, that’s what I’ve been thinking about lately, and the blog got the short end of the stick. Please know that what we’ve had is something I will always cherish. Let’s get together for coffee some time. You will always have special place in my life. I mean that. What?
If you’re in NYC tonight, you should swing by the Issue Project Room to see Peg Simone and Wrekmeister Harmonies. Here’s some additional information, laboriously cut-and-pasted from the venue’s web site:
Peg Simone, out of NYC, employs the slide to bone-chilling effect, fracturing raucous rock choruses and sepia-toned ballads into ghost images with its off-tuned eeriness & pure blues tones stuttering across hectic post-punk rhythms. Her upcoming release “Secrets From The Storm” is due in February/March 2010 & will be released on Table of the Elements. Peg is also a guitarist in Jonathan Kane’s February and collaborated with Kane on the upcoming album for their own 22 minute version of When The Levee Breaks titled “1927/Levee” with intro narrative written by Holly Anderson.
Chicago-based sound artist J.R. Robinson has been creating live, ambient tonefields in museums around the US and Europe over the past two years-including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and The Art Center Berlin.
Robinson has injected these recordings into collaborations with some like-minded heavy hitters from the noise, post-rock and jazz worlds such as David Yow (Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid), Mark Shippy & Pat Samson (US Maple), Azita Youssefi, John Herndon & Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Keefe Jackson, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Ken Vandermark. The result (dubbed Wrekmeister Harmonies), is a distinctive hybrid of sound art and avant-garde musics, evoking the essences & influences of masterworks like Joe McPhee’s Nation Time, Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music and the sound collages of Stockhausen
Some people have asked if the New Year’s Eve show in Chicago was definitely the last show by the Jesus Lizard. The honest answer is, I don’t know. We don’t have any plans to play any more shows right now, but who knows what might happen. I’m a never-say-never guy to core of my being. If somebody asked us to take a big bag of money to play shows in Japan and Australia, we’d probably grab that bag with both hands. Hell, I’d probably go to those places for free.
People have also asked about how to get their hands on the shirts and posters that were on sale at the 2009 shows. The t-shirts are easy: use the power of the World Wide Web to go to the Kung Fu Store and purchase the three attractive designs shown above.
The posters are a little trickier. A few of them are on sale at the Secret Serpent Store. If you can’t find the poster you want there, search for the artist’s web site. I tried to note the artist where I had the names, but I probably let some slip through the cracks. Sometimes the artist name is in the text of the post, and sometimes you can see it by mousing over the image. If there’s a poster you want in a blog post that doesn’t have the artist’s name, post a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll try to track it down. Finally, we’ll also have an online store of our own up in a few weeks that will have some posters.
There were 12 tribes in ancient Israel, six on the National team and another six on the American team. The menorah holds nine candles, with each flame representing one of the nine tribes that anyone cared about. Sincere apologies to the tribes of Levi, Dan and Expos. Maybe you should have worked harder on your bullpens.
QUESTION #4: DO JEWISH PEOPLE REALLY JUST WISH THEY CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS?
No, but Jewish people do wish they celebrated Easter instead of Passover. Consider the contrast between chocolate bunnies and unsalted matzo, and try to convince an eight-year-old child that he’s one of the chosen people.