Holy Fuck, a lot of people choose ignorance as a lifestyle. Wow. Just… wow.
Marla and I concur.
Fuck, now Joni Mitchell’s in a coma?
I know, I know. It’s serious.
I’m happy to see our country slowly destroying itself in a variety of disturbing ways.
Wait, not happy. What’s that other emotion? Devastatingly depressed?
I’ve got nothing to say.
This may answer the mystery, Marla.
I don’t get everyone’s obsession with Nicolas Cage.
This was pretty fuckin’ fun.
OH SHIT! I almost forgot: Jeremy C. Long, who tirelessly helped arrange the show at Plew’s Brews, and who ran sound / helped wrangle the bands for the evening. This was the kickoff for his Experimental Friday’s series at Plew’s, every last friday, so make sure to support him in all that he does! An the album he gave me as a gift is pretty fuckin’ solid, to boot!
Here is a collection of animated gifs I made of all the bands from this weekend. You’ll have to click-through to see them, as FB does not like animated gifs. But if you do, then this is for you.
A super extra special thank you to my fiancee and partner in everything, Marla Pemberton, who not only makes my life a good and beautiful place to live, but supports me in ways that make these kinds of events possible. She is the love of my life, and the best thing that’s every happened to me. Thank you.
This last weekend was the official release of The Shindig Shakedown, a Digital 7″ by Blasphuphmus Radio. Soon I’ll be making announcements about ways you can pick this up if you missed the show, but in the meantime, you can stream all the tracks from both discs on our Bandcamp page. Thanks again to everyone who picked up a copy. There’s some pretty sweet stuff on here.
Equipment, locations & support provided by Plew’s Brews, The World Famous Kenton Club, Jonathon Boober, Tunacan Jones, Kiisu Dsalyss & Miss Rikki. What a team!
Unsung heroes: Ryan A Ray & Eric Danko, and James Trash as part of the elite film crew that helped document the night. I’ve seen a few snippets of other videos and photos, and cannot thank ya’ll enough for helping me document this event. Ya’ll rule.
And, please don’t feel bad if you could not make it. You are a stand-up person with a complicated life, and there were four other things all happening this weekend that I wanted to go to as well. But you are incredible, you mean a lot to me, and I hope to see you very soon. Take care.
I am exhausted. I have not slept. And yet, I must also thank: Michelle Pecchia for hosting a place for me to stay, and Jonathan Christ for designing the covers for the Shindig Shakedown. It could not have been better.
The gift of music. You People are amazing.
Miss Rikki, Nil Jones, Doug Theriault, Tiffany Lee Brown, Eric Hausmann, Mike Mahaffay, Kamal Sabran, Overdose The Katatonic, Ricardo Wang, Ryan A Ray, Tony Mancill, Jesse Ransom Burkett, Chris Brooks, Eric S. Gregory (and the rest of The Welfare State), Colin Hix, Slap Chaplan, Kiisu Dsalyss, Joe Peg, Nikolas Sanow, (and the rest of Xiphoid Process): ya’ll rock the fuckin’ house.
Jennifer Callison: what’s the story behind your honey? (Aside from the summer of 2012-ness of it.) I didn’t get to ask you last night.
I love you.
Continue the party with The Welfare State!
Anyone else take any photos?
The show last night at Plew’s was a lot of fun, and I thank everyone who came to see the bands and say hi. At noon I’ll be engineering sound for a live performance of Overdose The Katatonic, as seen last night in this photo. Tune in to What’s This Called? To hear this burst of sonic bliss.
There’s a show tonight, yes, but also tomorrow too! The Nervous, The Welfare state, /root_DIR & Xiphoid Process. If you like fun, you should come.
100 copies of The Shindig Shakedown.
According to NPR, everything “turns out” to be something else.
Unwound & The Wipers were Bob Dylan to me.
Are you ready for The Shindig Shakedown?
The only thing that make’s not having a child to bring on “Bring Your Child To Work Day,” better would be to not have to go to work that day, too.
Tell me about your adulthood?
As a child, I believed I would become an astronaut.
I’m still a little sad that it didn’t work out.
You mean the Internet to me.
The Shindig Shakedown, a digital 7″ that will only be available at the shows this weekend, is looking pretty impressive. Over 80 artists, with video, ‘zines, music and more, all in excellent packaging. One more reason to come out this weekend and rock the fuck out. Don’t miss out; I only made 100.
Do you have a digital video camera? Do you live in Portland Oregon? Would you let me borrow your camera in exchange for some form of compensation this Friday and / or Saturday?
Talk to me.
Finally got a cell phone.
Who put the dog responsibly in the side yard? (Who!? Who?! Who!?)
This time of year we gather to watch all the classic holiday programming, like Friday and The Big Lebowski,
Friends: I am becoming entirely irrelevant on Friday and Saturday of this week, as my odometer ticks over to four uh-oh.
Your presence would only improve the party x10.
If you like music and bars and good people, please come out. I promise you few long-winded excuses, but instead a whole lot of fun. Let’s hang out.
I love you.
This is how Salem OR celebrates today’s holiday.
This place smells awful, and makes me sad.
After a 7:30 AM dental appointment and an aggravating start to the work day, this had better be a three-blunt holiday with cocktails in-between when I get off work. #MyTeethHurt
Cyrano de Bergerac was great live.
Super-Secret Special Guests can now be announced! No birthday party would be complete without a surprise, and it is with that in mind that I can now announce that Eric Hausmann & Tiffany Lee Brown will be performing together at Plew’s Brews on April 24th! This is likely to be the last time Eric will be performing in the United States for some time, and together with Tiffany they may well veer into their “Easter Island Project” music. Regardless, they are both fantastic performers, and I am very excited to have them on the bill for this show. Friday is gonna rule…
Ladies & Gentlemen! I am proud to announce that Marla Pemberton, Zlatko Altandziev and I are in a hilarious sequel to the animated film, Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache! (The new one is called “Bubble Bubble Meows and the Lame-O Baby Jib.”) We screened it for our nephew, a genuine five year old, who thought it was pretty funny, and had both of us in stitches, too. Thanks Matt Orefice, our director! We had a lot of fun doing voices for the film. You should check out the movie, if you can.
I miss the days when my only problem was actual monster trolls trying to kill me, instead of metaphoric trolls trying to kill my faith in humanity.
Mail Art. (Colin Hix, Kiisu Dsalyss, Alli Tripp, Zlatko Altandziev.)
I made more money this year than I ever have, and it is still a piddly, embarrassingly small amount. #CollegeDegreesRule
I’m rethinking my performance on the Inter-Web-A-Tron.
There is so much terrible techno music, I would like to do my part toward making the world a better place, and lead by example. I will be genuine and honest with everyone, and assume everyone means well in all they do. We all suffer from derivative dance music, and the sooner we can bond together on this, the better.
There’s gonna be a lot of great live music at the party, so here’s a listening guide to all the artists that will be playing that night. You can read about them, and listen to samples of their tunes. Get ready, get pumped.
As I having been plugging away at it periodically this weekend, I want to remind everyone that the Shindig Shakedown compilation is coming together quite nicely, and will only be available at my 40th Birthday Party. Amazing music, great multi-media packaging, and contains hours of music, video and text to read! Pick up your copy at Plew’s Last Friday Experimental Music Series: The Country Mouse & The City Mouse: Austin’s 40th Shindig (Day 1) and Two Sides To Every Party: Austin’s 40th Birthday Split LP (Day 2), April 24th & 25th. The Shindig Shakedown. Are you ready?
Are you an artist / writer / musician / person who makes creative expressions that you like to share with the world? There is still time to make a last-minute submission to The Shindig Shakedown, and digital compilation of work commemorating my 40th birthday, happening very soon. There’s a lot of cool stuff as part of this collection, and I would love to include your work. Let’s make some art!
The sounds of trains and rains and goth records are filling me with a power I had not known before. As I sit, contemplative, I imagine a group of us, sitting around, enjoying each other’s company, sharing beverages, and revealing ourselves in surprising ways. Let’s make this real, soon.
I love you, man.
I feel as if there are a number of friends suffering right now, from any number of problems. I want so badly to hug all of you, take you all to a huge party with dancing and beautiful friendly folks, and show you the good time we all desperately need. I love you. Let’s chat. Please, be well, all of you.
Were you ever on the radio? Did you ever make recordings of your show? Are they available for anyone to hear?
My rock and roll weekend has been pretty great already, but I’m pushing for another night in PDXcellent. That is how predictable I am.
Please message me if you would like to see me tonight or tomorrow. I will be in Portland, and I miss all of you beautiful people.
Also on the bill: Jagula, containing some former members of The Hellcows. Old fashioned noise rock the way Portland used to make. They are pretty fantastic, and I’m quite excited to see them, and you should be, too.
More Dead Air Fresheners madness! I am performing again with them at Mothership Music tomorrow evening at 8 PM. You should drop by, and enjoy the performance by the two openers, too. This will be fun.
I can now restock my wardrobe.
This may be the most important book written in the last decade.