Thursday, March 24, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
However, I love playing with Andrew and Collette. They're my leaders, and I feel very inspired by their respective uncompromising stances re: aesthetics. Neither of them are fucking around. They play what they mean; in doing this, they are teaching me good lessons. Thanks Collette and Andrew.
Last night's show proved to be a pretty good one. After great, inspiring sets from Jamal Moore and Sound Effekt, Cosmists carried forth with our plan of playing from graphic scores. The set started with a very short improvisation, followed by two graphic scores from me and one from Collette. Our sound seemed somewhat quiet, mostly by design, or, in Collette's words at rehearsal "...a little bit of sound goes a long way...."; I figure that may have had also to do with playing near midnight on a Monday. That said, it featured what seems to be emerging as Cosmists' aesthetic: a bit more reflective in nature, and slightly bizarre and "difficult", full of percussion, trumpet blasts, and theremin flights. These are not bad aspects for me. Again, Cosmists ain't easy. It was nice to get props from a few people. Thanks to those that stuck around. I look forward to a projected recording date in May!
Below: live Cosmists (photos courtesy of Rent Romus. Thanks, Rent!)
Friday, March 18, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
We certainly did not have that issue to deal with. Our set was LOUD and NOISY. I played a continuous roll on two suspended cymbals, sometimes punctuating with hits on a big floor tom and snare drum. Scarp stuck to coaxing high pitched scrawl out of a shop vac. New Failure Cock member Eli Pontecorvo blasted away on his specially strung six string electric bass, pumped through a very large cabinet. All of these approaches were based on a painting that I've used before, with ebolabuddha. Its three elements, black, circles, and thick lines, were assigned to each player in our newly minted trio. Eli was the black, Scarp the circles, and me the straight lines. It felt glorious to me, and I had a blast sweating my way through about fifteen minutes of continuous pound.
As usual, I like Failure Cock to be loud and obnoxious. Does anyone enjoy it? I don't know! I do know that Scarp and I are really happy to have Eli on board.
Below: Failure Cock drums, and painting
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2169 Mission St.
$ for Noise and pancakes
Also on the bill will be Dyemark, Eurostache, Music for Hard Times, and Mas Coad.
Failure Cock is happy to have Eli Pontecorvo on board for this show! If you're in SF on Saturday, swing on by!