Here’s the live set I played with THEE OBSIDIAN GONG, an ongoing drone orchestra experiment. We were fortunate enough this time to get to feature Kathleen Baird, from Spires That in the Sunset that Rise.

After this show, my buddy Becky sent me a gchat excerpt she had had that morning. Here’s anonymous feedback on this recording:

wait lol, i think i experienced the most surreal experience last night me: whattt Charles: i went to see a friend of friend’s band at muchmore’s last night and before they played, maybe the first opener was called thee obsidian something (i forget the last word) and it was improv drone music basically, two keyboard players, playing one chord at the same time, hooked up to a delay pedal a guitarist finger tapping with their volume off flute player, also w/ mic out hooked up to a delay pedal just for like 20 minutes

Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” on a racquetball court.

Excerpt from the show I played last night. Writing a lot of stuff for piano/keyboard lately.

"I was on your side/nailing clouds to the sky/in a twin bed"

I’m gonna be playing my entire new record on humongous movie theater speakers in the dark. Seat-rumbling, glorious, full of joy.

Poster is a sneak-peak at what the LP jackets are gonna look like. Photos from 2 years of playing music out in the world.

Seen in my new good tonight. Played a great show, saw some good buds. Feeling good.

I recently came into possession of two of these bad boys.

ENDLESS CASSETTES. THEY LOOP FOREVER.

Excited to melt into these forever.

granulator:

Prototype - September 26th - October 31st at Buoy Gallery

Opening reception Friday the 26th, 6 to 9pm

Here is some early writing on the subject:

This “linear time” thing has always seemed dubious to me. Our rotation around the sun creates a cyclical, three dimensional sequence of changing events, not a linear progression of time. What if everything in the universe went to absolute zero, no atomic motion? Wouldn’t time stop? What would Otzi the Iceman have to say about this?

Right Now I’m making things that embody specific motions, gesture and traditions by transposing ancient (neolithic, paleolithic and otherwise deeply BCE) forms with new, highly manufactured materials: Poly Vinyl Chloride, Stryofoam, Nylon, Flourocarbon, High Density Polyethylene, etc. etc. These petrochemicals speak of a complex Here and Now and will last for tens of thousands of years. By merging these industrial materials with deeply traditional human forms the resulting objects hover in a non-time space.

Fuck yeah, I love Buoy Gallery!

This album is crazy good.

I once played a show with Stephen in a parking lot of a health food store in Santa Barbara years and years ago.

I’m back in New York City. It feels good. The Internet is fast and the city is full of interesting smells, bodies, skin feelings, and sounds.

Hi buds - I’m going back to New York very soon.

Here’s Rachel’s website.

hopeforthetapedeck:

Brooklyn native Ben Seretan (FB - Tumblr - Bandcamp) has finished up his debut solo album and it’s a banger. Some would argue that the guitar in modern-day indie ‘rock’ is dead but Ben & co. completely disagree. Purists will revel in the delightful guitar tones, crunchy licks and wilderness-driven jams. But don’t think we’re talking Dinosaur Jr. here, Ben possesses a spiritually emotive voice and the album is completely dripping with charm - two tracks predominantly feature instruments belonging to his beloved grandmother and the first single, Light Leaks (listen here!), even features a choir. Music aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a classier, more lovable dude!
Ben Seretan is now up for pre-order on solid red tapes. There’s only 100 copies and, like always, the first 22 orders get screenprinted slipcovers so don’t shuffle about! Vinyl hounds can show their support by grabbing the double LP from Ben’s Bandcamp page!

Tape version of the record, tight

hopeforthetapedeck:

Brooklyn native Ben Seretan (FB - Tumblr - Bandcamp) has finished up his debut solo album and it’s a banger. Some would argue that the guitar in modern-day indie ‘rock’ is dead but Ben & co. completely disagree. Purists will revel in the delightful guitar tones, crunchy licks and wilderness-driven jams. But don’t think we’re talking Dinosaur Jr. here, Ben possesses a spiritually emotive voice and the album is completely dripping with charm - two tracks predominantly feature instruments belonging to his beloved grandmother and the first single, Light Leaks (listen here!), even features a choir. Music aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a classier, more lovable dude!

Ben Seretan is now up for pre-order on solid red tapes. There’s only 100 copies and, like always, the first 22 orders get screenprinted slipcovers so don’t shuffle about! Vinyl hounds can show their support by grabbing the double LP from Ben’s Bandcamp page!

Tape version of the record, tight

Richard and I are playing a show in Sitka, AK.

This show came about because a couple weeks ago, some buds we met at a music festival were playing. We walked in and they said, “Oh, we don’t have an opener. Do you guys wanna play?” So we both played.

Later, I went back there for a beer. The lady serving us and I got to talking and I mentioned that I had played recently. She said I ought to play a full show. I said, “How’s Monday?” And now the show is happening.

Bene snapped this rad pic of me swimming yesterday at Whale Park. Not pictured: the tangy coldness of the salty water, the hundreds of tiny cuts I got climbing back out of the water across sharp barnacles.