Today Crow Crash Radio convened at Daniel Humphrey's Montclair, CA studio to record some demos. I think that we got about four or five usable takes of tracks. Mixing will reveal that answer to that question.
The process felt really comfortable to me, and it was fun to get wacky and weird with my pals Brian Strang and Andrew Joron.
Above: Brian tunes up
Above: Andrew demonstrates his technique for Daniel
Stay tuned to see how our recordings see the light of day!
Last night the men of Cloud Shepherd convened at Crow Crash Radio leader Brian Strang's house for a Christmas party/Solstice jam. Howling basement psyche/folk ensued. Melissa snapped this "candid" photo. Brian's neighbor Peter also participated. Whatever holiday it is that you celebrate at this time, have a great one. Joy and music to the world. We need them, now and always.
This gig was sort of last minute for me, as I had been unable to attend the rehearsals, due to illness. Janina sent me an email a few days before the gig, and suggested that we convene a few hours before the gig, work up arrangements of some tunes, and go for it. I think Janina is great, so, of course, I agreed.
Above: Cloud Kit trance!
It was a fun show. The band, consisting of Brian Lucas on guitar, Michael Lowe-Grandi on guitar, along with myself on Cloud Kit, played somewhat quiet, trance music behind Janina's esoteric incantatory songs.
Above: Janina invokes, Michael concentrates
Below: Guitarists in repose
It was great fun to jam under the liquid light display, and to see old friends.
Thanks to Melissa for taking the pics, and to Janina for letting me participate!
I guess the lesson for me from this gig was: soldier on. Despite feeling ill from a cold that I just can't shake, and getting a bit perturbed by the street noise from Broadway, along with the blasts of cold air that would hit me (the drums were directly parallel to the front door), the audio evidence suggests that Crow Crash Radio played fine. We were pretty loose, ragged but right, I guess. That fits our dynamic, though. People seemed to enjoy the tunes, too. Yeah, soldier on!
Many thanks to Chris, the Awaken Cafe sound tech, for going the extra mile.
Crow Crash Radio will be bringing our Space-a-billy Blues to Awaken Cafe in Oakland next Wednesday, 12/12/12!
Awaken Cafe is located at 1429 Broadway in downtown Oakland. Crow Crash plays two sets, starting at 7PM. See you there!
The men of Cloud Shepherd are pleased as punch at the release of our CD Unknown, out on A Beard of Snails Records. Please consider buying a copy!
A million thanks to all members of Cloud Shepherd and A Beard of Snails!
Last night the men of Cloud Shepherd crammed ourselves into a tightly packed Poetry Annex at City Lights Books in SF, as part of the Carnivale Pataphysique in North Beach. The event was originally scheduled to take place in a large basement, but Hurricane Sandy prevented the owner of said basement from making it to San Francisco. The staff at City Lights graciously allowed the show to go on in their space. Fantastic!
Above: Cloud Shepherd invokes
Below: Brian and Mark interactive
We responded to the close quarters with what I felt was a very good set, two pieces, both of which started out somewhat quietly and then proceeded to lift off into more frenetic spaces.
Above: Andrew, Brian, and Joe
Below: Andrew dances
Above: More Shep
Below: Poetry Annex Flight!
After our set, a great poetry set and puppet show followed. All in all, a very Pataphysical event!
Thanks to Melissa for taking the pics!
Last night Cosmists had our debut public performance at Oakland's very friendly and cool Studio One Arts Center, located in Temescal District.
We opened the ceremonies with a very quiet (Andrew said he could not hear me at all!) piece, setting the stage for wonderful poets Michael Leong and Dora Malech. They are both very talented writers. Their books are available: grab them!
Above: Micheal Leong orates.
Below: Dora Malech describes her travels
After a short break, Cosmists delved into our louder side, doing a short, 11 minute set. I felt somewhat self-conscious; it's quite and abstract approach, just theremin and percussion! That said, Andrew said he was happy with it, as did a few friends. Hopefully it wont be that last time that Cosmists appear in public.
Above: Cloud Kit, prepared
Below: Andrew reads
Andrew closed the evening out, reading four of his poems, including my favorite piece of his, which describes cubic forms and linear time.
All in all, a fun night! Thanks to event MC Robert Andrew Perez and event organizer Casey McAlduff and the great staff at Studio One Arts Center!
First Fridays presents Andrew Joron, Dora Malech, and Michael Leong, plus a
special performance by Cosmists— Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM
Join us on Friday, November 2nd for an All Souls
Show of poetry and music with poets Andrew Joron, Dora Malech and Michael Leong!
The night will also feature theremin
and drums duo Andrew Joron and Mark Pino--AKA Cosmists.
The event begins at 7:00 PM.
Beverages and snacks will be
Special thanks also to our emcee for the evening, Robert
**please note that this reading will start @ 7:00 PM, rather than our regularly scheduled time of 7:30
Andrew Joron is the author of Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010). Joron’s
previous poetry collections include The
Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom
(Black Square Editions, 2003), and The
Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008). The
Cry at Zero, a selection of his prose poems and critical essays, was
published by Counterpath Press in 2007. From the German, he has translated the Literary Essays of Marxist-Utopian
philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998) and The Perpetual Motion Machine by the
proto-Dada fantasist Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011). Joron plays theremin in the dark ambient group Cloud Shepherd as well as in the instrumental rock trio Crow Crash Radio.
Dora Malech was
born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981 and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She
earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale College in 2003 and an MFA in Poetry from
the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2005. She has been the recipient of
a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship from Yale, a Truman Capote
Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the Writers’ Workshop, a
Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award, a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri
Center in Italy, and a 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. The Waywiser Press
published her first full-length collection of poems, Shore Ordered Ocean, in 2009 and the Cleveland State University
Poetry Center published her second collection, Say So, in 2011. Her poems have appeared in numerous
publications, including The New Yorker,
Poetry, Best New Poets, American Letters
& Commentary, Poetry London, and The
Yale Review. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa; Victoria
University’s International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, New
Zealand; Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Augustana College in
Rock Island, Illinois; and Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga,
California. Her paintings and drawings are available at the Chait Galleries in
Iowa City, Iowa. She lives in Iowa City, where she writes, draws, teaches, and
coordinates the Iowa Youth Writing Project, an arts outreach program for
children and teens.
Michael Leong is the author of two books of
poetry: e.s.p. (Silenced
Press, 2009) and Cutting Time with a
Knife (Black Square Editions, 2012), which won a "Face Out"
grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. He has also
published a translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, I, the Worst of All (BlazeVOX
[books], 2009). He is the recipient of a 2012 &NOW Award for his
chapbook The Philosophy of
Decomposition/Re-Composition as Explanation (Delete Press, 2011), and
his newest chapbook, Words on Edge,
was chosen by Rob Fitterman as the winner of Plan B Press' 2012 Poetry Contest.
He is a lecturer at Rutgers University where he completed a dissertation
on the contemporary long poem and the archive.
Mark Pino began
playing the drums at age eleven. Previous to that he had loved listening to
music, and his parents’ catholic tastes in music opened up his ears to many
different styles. Pino began playing publicly in the SF Bay Area in the early
1990’s, and since then has played regionally and nationally in many different
bands. Mark considers himself a band player; the interaction with other
musicians remains important to him, as does the act of manipulating physical
instruments for sound and music making. Over the course of his career, Pino has
played with all sorts of people in all sorts of settings, and is grateful to
all of them, as well as to his teachers who shared their knowledge with
Andrew Perez lives in Berkeley, California with two biologists. Unlike
most poets, he is literally rolling in the dough, working for a deep
dish pizza company not in Chicago. He holds various other odd jobs,
including but not limited to mobile DJing for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs
and miscellaneous aca-drone for the English departments of UC Berkeley
and Saint Mary’s College (where he earned his BA and MFA, respectively).
He is also the blog manager for the Underpass Reading Series and an
associate editor for speCt!, a book arts letterpress poetry imprint,
both based on Oakland. He is the recipient of the Lannan Prize for Saint
Mary’s College and a Lambda Literary fellow. His recent work can be
found in publications such as The Cortland Review, Writing Without
Walls, and The Offending Adam.
Last night Cloud Shepherd was happy to play the annual NorCal Noise Fest at Sol Collective in a lovely neighborhood in Sacramento. While CS's noisiest bits are WAY less noisy than the most quiet bits by groups on the bill such as Liver Cancer or Bastard Noise, the NorCal Noise Fest organizers asked us to play and we are grateful to them for that.
I feel like I played a bit frantically, dare I say noisily, as I felt the need to compensate for Andrew, who was not able to play the gig due to illness. And, after all, it is the NOISE FEST! All in all, a fun time, an interesting gig, and a chance to hear and see some interesting, noisy acts.
Above: Brian's got moves
Below: Joe Noble, happily making noise
Below: Cloud Kit, post freak
Below: Cloud Shepherd, Power Trio Version 3.0
Above: Cloud Shepherd in amber. Thanks to Marc Schneider for this pic!