Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cloud Shepherd will play Berkeley Arts Festival, Sat., 12/3/2011!

Master violin player India Cooke will sit in with us. We're STOKED!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dance of the Malletears

Sometimes music can be a channel for sadness. This is one of those times.
http://soundcloud.com/mark-pino-on-drums/dance-of-the-malletears

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Old Million Eye vs. Infinite Plastic Internal





Brian Lucas and myself, getting Avant-Garage-ey in the summer of 2011! Note several friends' art work.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Tense Verb

A tribute to Han Bennink, the great Dutch Free Jazz Master!
http://soundcloud.com/mark-pino-on-drums/a-tense-verb


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cloud Shepherd-IAMINDUST Festival, the Lab, S.F., 11/11/11

Cloud Shepherd's end of the year spate of shows continued at the Lab in S.F. on World Psychic Day (I have the hand out as proof), as part of the IAMINDUST Festival.
It was great to play with so many amazing drone/ambient/noise bands! Very fun and cool, and a quite freaked out Mission crowd!
Above: Andrew and Joe take in the Lab's ambiance.
Above: Headliner Helios Creed surveys the Cloud Kit.

Our set started out with a bang. I felt a sense of urgency, as we only had 30 minutes to play. I wanted to get to "the space" as quickly as possible.  It seemed like we got a good response from a relatively large audience.


Above: Cloud Kit
Below: Joe's gear

Above: IAMINDUST organizer Yuri, and his amazing pendants. Thanks, Yuri!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Cloud Shepherd/New Leaf Society, 11/6/2011, Musicians Union Hall, SF

Last night Cloud Shepherd shared a bill with New Leaf Society, at the Earl Watkins Memorial Hall of the San Francisco Musicians Union. It was under the auspice of the SIMM Series, which is organized by Rent Romus. Rent is a tireless supporter of S.F. Bay Area music, and should be acknowledged. He's also really friendly.
New Leaf Society played first. They are a very string-oriented band, led by their guitar player Michael. Very spacey free improv is their specialty. I was particularly impressed by their percussionist, who played electronic percussion. He was great.

Above: Joe, Brian, and Andrew set up for our trip into the Clouds
Below: Cloud Shepherd in severe mood! 


After a short break, Cloud Shepherd played. We performed one long piece. I felt like it was a very primordial, raspy, churning piece. I was happy with its primitive feel.
Thanks to all who attended!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cosmists-The Impossible Room


The title of this recording, and those of its tunes, come from Andrew Joron's poem of the same name, published in the 1992 book Science Fiction.

Missing Link, 1988!


Getting all Hardcore and shit! Thanks to Josh Sullivan for putting these shots up on Facebook!
 Note the Marginal Man t-shirt, one of my prized possessions at that time.
I was stoked on that day. An actual SHOW! Wow!