ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO POST
Last updated March, 2017
I'm hitting the road again for a bit: traveling up to Green Bay, WI, and Atlanta, GA, for about a month. Though I plan to keep up my blog when I return, I'll have no new projects out for some time (except the upcoming 156 Good-Bye, Bed-Stuy, Ten Times cassette / booklet, due out this summer). Still, I wrote some great music pieces for No Echo, which they will post throughout the next two-three months, so check them out until I return to regular posting.
The Memento Mori EP is still available. The new EP by 156 was mastered by James Plotkin for, both, the vinyl and digital release. The digital version is available for download on 156's Bandcamp page (for $8), otherwise contact me to purchase the bone-colored 10" vinyl version, which is limited to 489 copies ($20 postage paid in North America, $30 for the rest of the world). Physical copies come with a liner note placard, along with a postcard, and a free link to the digital download. Nine tracks, playable at two speeds, with all the music being made using only human bones, or breath passing through human bones.
A music video has been uploaded for the first track, "Kokoro", off the Memento Mori EP.
have been sporadically recording since 2012, due to the scarcity of the instruments,
which include skulls, femurs, vertebrae, bone whistles, and Tibetan thighbone
trumpets (kangling). While still in the spirit of the early industrial of Einstürzende
Neubauten, Test Dept, and Z'EV, this release is 156's most primitive in sound.
The record was released to serve as - for those who cannot obtain one - the
skull's replacement in the ritual room where a scholar contemplates death in
the rite of ars moriendi ("The Art of Dying").
You can read reviews here or here, as well as a short piece which appeared in Metro here. Also, a track off Memento Mori premiered on episode #225 of the :zoviet*france: radio show, A Duck In A Tree - click here to listen.
Though I was keeping
ownership a playful secret, the word is out enough for me to admit that the
t-shirt company, A Bold
Revelation (aka Illuminetwork),
is one of my many artistic endeavors.
Sly slogans on
shirts for (or against) a New World Order. With new designs by more artists
out soon, and more color shirts and sizes upcoming as well.
Also, we are still giving away shirts to those who qualify for one. Click here to find out more about that.
I've been having a lot of fun writing about music for No Echo; from bands and styles, to records and media. I've written about the hatred against the early punk scene, the co-optation of underground ideas, postmodernist thought in contemporary music, plus brief histories to the Luk Thung music of Thailand, the transgendered in music, phantom records, and of a pre-metal Ronnie James Dio.
There is so much
more to check out at the No Echo music website, plus I have other pieces
posted there as well - a feature on the first gang to lay it down on vinyl,
my photo journal of last year's Tompkins Square Park Riot Show, and three of
four backpatch collections from my visits to the Maryland Deathfest. You can
find all of my pieces on one page: check that out here.
I hope to keep contributing work, so do drop by often.
I had an ongoing project at Razorcake Magazine's website: The Backpatches of NYC.
While I've been
collecting pictures of battle jackets at Maryland Deathfest for the last several
years, I rarely took any in my current hometown of New York City. Well, that's
all changed now!
Here is a complete list: The Backpatches of NYC.
My new fanzine, titled Exscind, was only recently released (in a limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies), but all copies have sold out.
It contained all
new, tantalizing material, including writing, art, and photography. 36 pages
collecting much of my writing from the last five years, a full color cover and
photos within, plus art and poetry, all protected by an acetate sleeve. You
can read a review of it here.
I'm already working on issue #2, so check back soon.
My hardcore-punk outfit sound4sound had a limited edition cassette tape out, Making the Right Ear Jealous. Pressed in an edition of 100 copies, they have recently sold out.
five song Rat Bastard-recorded EP, as well as six songs off the first two demos,
and one unreleased track; equaling 12 songs of CroMags-meets-Turbonegro punk
rock / hardcore madness.
The entire release is still available in MP3 or FLAC on the S4S Bandcamp page, where you can pay what you like.
My poetry chapbook, Throne Out, which collects some my favorite "throwaways", is now sold out.
The book contained
56 unedited, stream-of-consciousness doggerels filled with emotional wordplay,
and indifferent pleasantries. It was released in a very limited quantity of
hand-numbered copies, and entirely produced to recreate the spirit of the original
Each came with 55 printed poems, and one unique, handwritten throwaway penned especially for that particular copy.
I recently released a free newsprint fanzine, titled Auspex, but all 2000 copies are now gone. Many thanks to all who picked up, shared, or distributed copies.
a small slice of my work throughout the years (featuring older and newer articles,
photography, and poetry), which unfolded to reveal a beautiful 23" by 33"
(58.4 x 83.8cm) poster.
It was a manifestation of the cyclic nature of one man's soul - from birth to death, and back, like a bird's seasonal migration - with the added bonus that you can hang it on your wall.
I'm still working on my feature-length documentary about NYC subway buskers. Want to help, or be interviewed? Please contact me.
If You Like Saxophones is now off the air.
It's been a fun run, and thanks for a wonderful three years airing on Brooklyn Public Network!
You can still see select episode on the Brooklyn's Alright YouTube page.
Here's another YouTube account with some videos posted, which are related to me.
new projects are always in the works.
From music and magazines to books and art, so check back often.
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