Thursday, March 31, 2016

Surplus 1980 plays this Sunday evening!

And yes, I do meaning evening! Early show, starts at 7PM. Details:

Surplus 1980/Perfect Loss/Otzi
Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St.
SF CA 94109

If you're in SF on Sunday evening, please consider attending!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Failure Cock digital release!

Recorded live at Noisebridge Hackerspace, 3/12/2016.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cosmists-Studio Grand, Oakland CA; 3/21/16

Not that anyone's asking, but I'll be the first to say that Cosmists seems like a somewhat tough band to listen to. The combination of theremin, trumpet, percussion, and drums is not exactly an easy one to digest, I'll admit.
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

Cosmists play this Monday evening!

Cosmists will play this Monday, 3/21, at Studio Grand in Oakland!
Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave., Oakland 94610
Also on the bill will be Sound Effekt and Jamal Moore.
Cosmists will be presenting pieces based on graphic scores by Collette McCaslin and myself.
Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Failure Cock live video footage!

Video shot by Grux, 3/12/16, SF CA. Thanks, Grux!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Crow Crash Radio tracks up at Bandcamp!

Raw, rough and reckless!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Failure Cock-Noisebridge Hacker Space, SF CA; 3/12/16

One thing's for certain: Failure Cock's willful lack of subtlety worked to our advantage today at Noisebridge Hacker Space. Some of the other bands on the bill, ones with more quiet feels worked into their sounds, had to deal with a guy that decided to work on framing his new space while they played. It was a bummer to have to see long time musical innovator Tom Nunn and his compadre Paul Winstanley have to fight with the sound of this dude's hammering. Just sayin'.
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

Above: Failure Cock live shots, courtesy of Sandra Home. Thanks, Sandra!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Failure Cock this Saturday!

Failure Cock is happy to being playing another Godwaffle Noise Pancakes show!
Saturday 3/12
Noisebridge Hackerspace
2169 Mission St.
SF 94110
$ 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!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Surplus 1980 live footage!

From Salt Lick, 2/20/16. Shot by Kevin Brown. Thanks, Kevin!