Saturday, November 30, 2013

Upcoming shows!

Next week will be busy, what with two shows!

First up, Cloud Shepherd will be playing at the Luggage Store on Thu., 12/5. We will be playing with Cartoon Justice and the Pascucci/Oppenheim Duo. The Luggage Store is located at 1007 Market St. at 6th St. in San Francisco, and the show will start promptly at 8PM.

Next, on Fri., 12/6, I'll play percussion with the Janina Angel Bath Group at Harmonia in Sausalito. We will be playing with Black Cobra Vipers and French Cassettes. The show starts at 8:30 PM. Harmonia is located at 2200 Bridgeway in Sausalito. JABG will play at 8:30 or so.

Now, I've got some practicing to do. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mountain vs. Building-Luggage Store, SF; 11/21/13

Last night Mountain vs. Building set up our expanded, two drum set edition within the airy confines of SF's venerable Luggage Store.
I have to say that I was really stoked to be playing the composition "Spirals: Dumb as a Box of Rocks" last night. It went OK, but perhaps a bit shortened. Maybe due to nerves? Things seemed to start off well, but the energy kind of flagged towards the end. Ah, well. I had fun trying. I really liked the kit that I cobbled together: kick/snare/hat/ride/rack tom/gong/bongos. Simple, stripped down, and perfect.
We only played for a scant thirty minutes at best, a fact which seemed to irk a few folks who came out to support. Sorry folks! Hopefully next time we'll jam out a bit longer.

Above: Mountain vs. Building and Erors set up
Below: my rig from last night, a very enjoyable kit to play!

Many thanks to Outsound for giving Mountain vs. Building a venue in which to play. We appreciate you guys immensely.

Below: live shots by Eugene Koontz. Thanks, Eugene!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mountain vs. Building will play the Luggage Store!

Mountain vs. Building is pleased to be playing at the Luggage Store this Thursday, 11/21! I am particularly excited, as we will be debuting the composition Spirals: Dumb as a Box of Rocks. I started writing this piece for Barney Cauldron in 2009-10, and we had one hilarious rehearsal of it, but never played it live. Brian, Michael, and Sheila have been very accommodating in their suggestions and help as we've rehearsed it, so much so that I really will have to give them credit as co-writers at this point.
We will be playing with Erors, and the show starts at 8PM sharp.

The Luggage Store
1007 Market St. (at 6th St.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Barney Cauldron-Live at Zambleta, SF CA, 2010 ; Filmed by Sandra Home

This show was bizarre and fun. Barney Cauldron basically played inside of a large gym within a larger building on 22nd St. in the Mission.
A very old lady danced to our music, and a young man with Down's Syndrome played along with us on a conga drum. Both can be seen in this video. The old woman's movements give this clip a particularly surreal vibe.

Thanks to Sandra Home for filming this show!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Crow Crash Radio-Love to Lou; Live recording

This is Crow Crash Radio's tribute to the late Lou Reed, recorded live at 19 Broadway on 11/3/2013.
RIP to a guy who inspired so many, myself included.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Crow Crash Radio-19 Broadway, Fairfax CA; 11/3/13

This show had a very weird vibe. I was reminded of my times touring with Birdsaw. To wit, drive to some town, deal with whichever logistical changes to have been inevitably made, watch locals go through their own rituals, watch locals beat a hasty retreat as you begin your set, and then drive away.
Still, I feel like we played well, given the challenges. Our Lou Reed medley was particularly fun.

Above: Andrew in green light
Below: Brian reps Oakland to drunken Marin-ers
Thanks to Melissa for taking the pics!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mountain vs. Building-Delta of Venus Cafe, Davis CA; 11/1/13

Delta of Venus owner Lee told us that the previous night's Halloween festivities had had the place packed, and Davis did have an exhausted feel when Mountain vs. Building rolled into town last night. That did not stop us from bringing our Kosmiche jam tunes out for display.
We did three long sets. I felt like it took most of the first set to gel. Good sounds started to emerge for me during the second and third sets. At one point, Michael's life-long friend Wesley joined us on melodica.
My favorite musical part of the evening was figuring out how to incorporate a wall of bamboo trees into our sound. Windy!

Above: Michael tunes, Sheila rolls, drums in a pile
Below: Brian enjoys the AMAZING Jamaican food at Delta of Venus: HEAT

Below: two live shots, courtesy of Eugene Koontz. Thanks, Eugene!