Save no one but yourself my dear Be your own savior 'cause I cannot
I cannot be anybody else’s hope… Because I have failed you and everyone but myself over and over again I’d keep hope that more than lies can keep us together I see us wholly apart raised through the dark
Of course you realize Of course you realize… I will not survive your doubts the same I will not be the same
For a while there, it was kind of a shaky proposition, the possibility that this blog would continue.
Slowly but surely, you 20 ‘Followers’ that we have have made your way into this corner of The Internet, and our hearts. Well, we appreciate your patience while some restructuring occurred. A lot of things have been holding us back, and there still might be plenty to get in our way in the upcoming future.
However, compared to months ago, it looks like we stand a half chance of making it through. The goal is still to be able to start getting some things out in analog releases, but for now, digital content will pop up from time-to-time in the form of pictures and demo tracks.
We added Disqus commenting on the posts a while back, so you’re 100% free to comment on anything here, and you can always Ask us about nearly anything (though do let us know in a separate message if you want your question and our answer to stay private or not, otherwise it will be entirely up to our discretion!).
In the meantime, Fearless Leader is bursting with emotion and a renewed sense of purpose, and you’ll sometimes see those things addressed more specifically (when they don’t involve the rest of us) over on his own blog (which we hope you’ll check out from time-to-time).
Thanks for being great, and for giving us the benefit of the doubt. Even through a few of you being around, it seems like we’re the Popular Kids, only without the expectation to appear at Prom (¡it’s all about the Afterprom, obviously!).
Early cut of the first session. Quick-and-dirty audio balancing was done, no mastering or effects. Already corrected a couple of problems. The MySpace for that band (see link) has this quick rough mix up already, as well.
Recorded by Karthik Kakarala on 7/16/2010, mixed (briefly) on 7/20/2010 and 7/24/2010. 224 kbps stereo encoding.
and then click “Listen” for the stream, as the improvisation “Duet with Denton Traffic” is transmitted via phone to a radio station in Carbondale, IL, and then sent out over the FM airwaves for a short distance, and Internet stream (the “Listen” link in question) for everywhere else.
March 13th, 4a.m.: Denton, TX/Carbondale, IL (Possible phone-in radio appearance on WDBX 91.1 FM in Carbondale [“Listen” link is at the page.]
March 13th: Denton, TX— NX35: Asthmatic Kitty Presents Unusual Animals
March 14th: Little Rock, AR (A.C.A.C. house [900 S. Rodney Parham Road])
March 15th: Home-sweet-too-much-work-home.
Fearless Leader will be lifting heavy things, being the calm head in the vehicle, and taking pictures, some of which will be gorgeous, some of which will be passable, and many of which will be attrocious. Fearless Leader has a Boss this week, whose schedule is this schedule (with the one possible exception).
Wait... ¿are you saying that having a Tumblarity of "0" wasn't GOOD, and we weren't WINNING?
Here we thought that “lower was better” for that number. Well, not really, and it’ll take as much as a week for people to be remotely certain about whether it’s 100% gone or just taking a hiatus of some sort, but we here completely support this streamlining. Now we can see all of the numbers that actually matter on the side.
Anyone who follows us and these sporadic posts matters for reasons other than Tumblarity, then, now, and until we break the Internet again.
The main curator’s breathless description of today:
"WEDNESDAY is our kickoff. Like the start of a roller coaster ride after being secretly slipped some psychedelics; get pumped and hold tight.
4:30 – 6:15: ALL TOGETHER NOW takes over the INTERNATIONAL LOUNGE, showcasing Photography, 2-D and more by Jason Wonnell, John McCowen, Bridget Ryan, Kaley Venable, Photogenesis and more! 6:30-7:00: we will break into the student center auditorium for the OPENING RECEPTION/PERFORMANCE: SIUIU (Improv unit) with DUAL KIT DRUMMERS MATT LIND and SAM from INFINITY WIZARD and POETRY by DAVE NELSON. 7:00-7:15: INSTRUMENTAL TRANSITION by James McKain or Brandon Beachum with PSYCHEDELIC MASHUP PROJECTION 7:15-7:25: AMBER GIRADO reading/DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION of EPIPHANY FERREL’S “Last Person on Earth” with zombie mashup PROJECTION 7:25-7:35: KEVIN FLINN POETRY set to a DEREK SMITH PROJECTION
7:40-7:55 INTERNATIONAL LOUNGE INTERMISSION: GET SOME DINNER!
8:00-8:25 Back to the AUDITORIUM as Dave X orchestrates WORLD PREMIERE OF JOHN CAGE score KNOBS 8:25-8:45: KARTHIK KAKARALA SOUND/PERFORMANCE ART 8:45-9:15: PREGNANT TONGUES (formerly cloud cuckoo) performing to LIVE PAINTING 9:05-9:15: SURPRISE DANNY BROWN JAM 9:15-9:40: BLACK ON BROWN performs to PROJECTION 9:40: PEACE OUT TILL THURSDAY!”
Further updates will occur as they become available, particularly in relation to any possibility of a show springing up in St. Louis or Urbana in relation to Oct. 31st-November 3rd.
If you are near one of these locations, come check this out. Rob Jacobs is himself an experience, Dr. Responsible continues to get better, and you wouldn’t believe that Withershins has been out on tour for very long from their sets.
There have been a lot of things that have interfered with proper updates and recaps on some critical shows, and they will persist for a little while longer. However, we want to properly start up something that we’ve been intending on doing, for a while:
Gratuitous Photo Of Your Artist Thursday (GPOYAT)
At the very least, it will guarantee that there’s at least one post a week, which might *GASP*… ¡lead to more frequent posting here in general!
Anyone who’s worried about getting sick of posts from here should probably go ahead and leave, promptly.
and this is how it was promoted (lifted again from one of the verbose Facebook Event Invites):
Adam comes in with his two-person backing band, along with two local solo sets, following a whirlwind (or low-key, depending) Labor Day weekend.
Adam Faucett Joe Davolt Of Course You Realize…
To simply call this “folk” would only BEGIN to scrape the compositions to be experienced.
A plaintive voice drifts over the plains. Even though it looks like you’re alone, you just KNOW that Adam Faucett is here, and because of that, there’s a chance that you’ll finally find home. After this night, you’ll hear him in every aging leaf, every time that bustle of the modern world stops for even an instant. Every time that croon springs a well of sadness in the heart of a listener, it’s apparent that there might be at least one person in the room rooting for you to continue onward. The planks and stones of the buildings will harmonize, and time will forget the speed at which it’s supposed to progress.
Joseph Davolt has been frequently playing with his band, The Davolt Revolt, and drumming for These Magnificent Tapeworms, but tonight, we’ll get to experience him solo without it being an Open Mic night. Songs recall powerpop and 60’s rock n’roll without the pretension, but retaining all of the fun and heart. Containing this all within the intimacy of a one-man performance has become natural for Joe.
Of Course You Realize… Karthik Kakarala plays music, even if it doesn’t resonate with an mp3 era. Heartfelt concern for others gives way to immersion in a collective isolation. Holding the songs together by force with a weakened voice, his whispers give way to a howl about the Pre-Apocalypse, with distance and dissonance providing ample warnings. See his set because you want to hear something new. Listen to his music because you want to feel safe or don’t want to be safe anymore.
More Adam Faucett pictures to be added. I won’t be selling CDs at this show, because I want you to spend money on Adam Faucett’s stuff. We aim to end fairly early for a Carbondale show, so you can either continue your night or go to sleep with equal ease afterwards, as per your preference. Help us out with that by showing up closer to on-time, because I’m infamous for being really damn serious about doing that when I have a heavy hand in a show.
Don’t let the fact that I’m playing deter you from hearing Adam Faucett live: Check out his music.
Work meaning that it’s going to proceed further along in relation to the artwork that Rob Jacobs sent in recently, including a whole lot of picture posting for our dear beleaguered digital photographer that will probably be simultaneously occurring. If all goes according to plan, we should be able to show you a little peek of it fairly soon, and definitely a picture of the man.
Bad news: The 4 SSR CDs coming out won’t be ready in proper quantities by tomorrow. This is mostly okay, as Adam Faucett will be the headliner, and we don’t really like taking money that could go to the touring act if we can avoid it at all. Hard work’s going to go down in order to move that along, though, as those funds will be definitely desired for Rob’s disc.
Good news: Oblive is going to be stopping in, and there’s likely going to be some recording happening as a result. This one will be digital, but this will be the start of something great.
The visual artists, other than the live painters (who did a swell job for a communal effort and doing it on-the-spot, by the way!), did not end up showing for the event. Quite bizarre. Solar Shadows ended up doing a regular-length set under the main pavilion to ruin people’s days and dissolve families, doing a renewed rendition (sadly, sans guitar) of his infamous “What Makes My Music Noise?” typewriter set.
Perplexing many, angering a couple of people outright, thrilling the faithful, the set was considered a success by most people already interested in noise.
¡But calamity struck!… he didn’t hit the “Pause” button on his trusty cassette stereo to start up the recording until he was halfway through the set already. A local badass by the name of Christopher Lee, whose apparent tendency to document shows is probably only matched by his prowess with women after-hours or his single-handed repulsion of the alien invasion that almost happened last week, apparently recorded the set.
He had this to say via the Internet,
"I enjoyed your set even more when I re-listened to it. My recording almost did the performance justice, I think. I must get your copy to you as soon as possible."
We here at SSR are thrilled beyond our ability to do a short Internet blog.
Thanks to everyone that attended, especially those that stuck around during my set, particularly those organizing it, and SUPER especially Howard Steeley. The poor fellow was losing his voice HARD as the evening went on, and he was last spotted heroically drinking PBR as if the Pabst Brewing Company needed assistance in fending off The Recession, but he earned every can.
The only reason that you would want to be in Carbondale today
is to witness Fearless Leader unleash a Sonic Ambush upon the pop bands of Carbondale at Evergreen Park. Oh, that 30-minute set was ever-so-cute. I’d say more, but I want to go back and see what FL has in store for his third hour.
I was going to make some crack about how we’ve entered the late 90’s, but I’d already started trying to unlearn a lot of technical skills that I had picked up a little too easily and wouldn’t have been able to redefine parameters in those days.
is a wonderful thing that UPS and FedEx have yet to squash, and I hope that they never quite succeed at that.
I love mail normally, ¿but when it’s artwork from none other than upcoming SSR artist Rob Jacobs for the official version of his release? The smile was hard to contain, even in spite of various issues, real and imaginary, with the SSR performances of this weekend. That doesn’t even count everything else wonderful that happened in between Friday and now.
It’s going to be an exciting month.
As long as I can survive half-reasonably, little moments like this are why I want to release records that aren’t always created by me.
Mavis Concave’s shows went fairly well: St. Louis made FANTASTIC tour-opening money through donations (picture of the VCR that SSR snagged to come) from people grabbing stuff that Mavis was getting rid of, door money, CD sales, and shirt sales. The show ended fairly early (in that it was a weekend show that ended properly before midnight, despite a 5-act power-packed bill), even though Of Course You Realize… took a dinosaur’s age to set up, as usual.
We got back from Belleville on Sunday, but Fearless Leader is still beaming as if he’s a rockstar, as of this writing. Pictures and more commentary to surface as time goes on: We will always have something to write about, even if it ends up being old.
Recorded primarily on August 21st, 2009, takes (incidental sound) from another earlier recording come from the same vein, and were used on this short sampler version of an overall piece to be played solo on Friday (by Of Course You Realize… on the 28th), with accompaniment on Saturday (Siege Circuit, on the 29th in Belleville), called “Out Into The Woods.”
Mixing occurred on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009, midday into mid-afternoon, with all tracks recorded at night. No sounds were captured by microphones, no sounds were recorded indoors. All sounds went through the pickup on an old short-scale Teisco (for lack of a better idea of its brand-name origins) bass guitar modified to be fretless, lending itself to a certain murkiness expected and relied upon for this recording exercise. As this is not a full demo of the piece, the title lyric is heard upon the dropping out of the other audio at the end.
is an exceptional friend to this label and to myself, and the mastering of the four live recordings (to be released officially early next month) owes a large debt to him. I would highly recommend him to anyone, especially if you wanted a drum machine to specifically benefit from his touch (he is very easy to work with, in terms of communicating what you want out of him).
As he is important, he will be mentioned from time to time on this blog.