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  1.  (8869.1)
    milk, water, pockets.
    cinnabar hills.
    aerospace folktales.

    "hush! caution! echoland!"

    would love to collaborate with any likeminded persons out there.
    • CommentAuthorThomDunn
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2011
    My friend Mike recently put out a full-length album under the name "The Backyard Committee," which he tends to be an ever-rotating musical collective for live performances. I'll be playing keyboards with them for certain dates in the New England/New York area.

    You can download the entire album for free at It's a pretty solid album, especially recommended if you enjoy Americana/folk-flavored indie rock.
    • CommentAuthorNezzit
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2011
  2.  (8869.4)
    the f&s tapes have all gone so here they are for free download

    2010 marked the 10th Anniversary of Frenchbloke & Son and we decided to mark this occasion with something.
    As it was our 10th anniversary, we decided to grab the bootleg/mashup by it's ankles and smack it's arse several times and gave it the name of Mississippi Concrete.

    Société de Radiodiffusion de l'homme et du fils Français - Bruit dans l'intéret de Musique

    you can read / download the liner notes that accompany the physical release here (they would make Paul Morley proud)
  3.  (8869.5)
    My latest instrument which i'm proud of...
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2011
    S.F. Bay Area Whitechapel-ers--My bar band, Brothers Horse, is playing this massive gig tonight with the Hubba Hubba Revue, at the DNA Lounge.
    375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco, CA. $15 at the door. Say hi if you can make it.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2011
    @celan - I hope it went well!
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2011
    @Jeff - Thanks! It was off the hook! A packed house despite the DRI show next door at Slim's. People dug us but the Hubba Hubba Revue is a really great burlesque whenever we play with them, there is always an element of "Okay but BRING ON THE NAKED LADIES NOW PLEASE!"
    How was the Minibosses gig?
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2011
    @celan - Everyone likes naked ladies. And if they don't, shame on them! The gig was awesome! All of their fans were really nice to me, and playing those songs is even more fun live than in practice (of course).
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    I did some thinking and experimenting and realized that limiting albums to about 20 minutes has been super successful.(creatively, not financially, but I image it would be as well) Wish I had come to this conclusion sooner. I hope the idea helps someone else. I have a lot of thoughts on why it works and specifics, but that's tl;dr, csb and I highly recommend just trying it!
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    Yes, I know what you are saying. One of the bands I currently play in has an "EP only" policy for various reasons...both creative and financial. Creativity is not hindered by narrowing one's focus necessarily (of course).
  4.  (8869.12)
    My latest noise/drone/ambient offering is here:

    Vulpes Sonitus - C411

    Good for drifting off to/getting lost in/losing track of time in etc.
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2011
    Are there any group blogs run by musicians? I mean where a group of like minded musicians talk about things that are relevant to them, review/promote other people's music, discuss process, and so on. It would be more sustainable than with writers because you already have a way to make money - your songs! Click the authors name and boom bandcamp buy. Interesting content would also be better promotion than anything else I can think of online, short of a friend recommending music to me. (Never would have listened to Julian Cope without his site!) Something like get 10 bands and post weekdays, each person would only post twice a month leaving plenty of time for the actual making of music. Members of bands with multiple people would have even less posts to make. Throw in a tasteful amount of microblog-style link spam and get the members to snap a photo of something every once in a while too, maybe. Frequent enough updating? Too frequent? It could be a real and meaningful way for record labels to exist on the net! Thoughts?

    @celan Yeah, I used to be guilty of trying to fill that 74min space on CDs, mostly just because it existed....that was bad for my creativity :). Recordings and especially something as long as the 70 minute cd is a weird/novel concept for enjoying music anyway. Also, I did some more "research"(not scientific, sorry) and I'll point out that Lady Gaga put out EPs and it didn't hurt her(sales). I personally think it probably helped, but who can say. Any kind of expectations about how long an album should be will most likely be phased out naturally as CD sales plummet even further regardless.
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011 edited
    oops sticky fingers made two posts here's the info:

    The players from invisible left to right Hunter Vaughan - iphone and kaosolater, Narsen Osutei- drums, Mark vanSyle- bass, Mike Parsons -trumpet. Just an odd note, Hunter Vaughan, the eldest of the group and a hippie from way back, used to have a bag of hand made percussive instruments, flutes, and a sax then one day he shows up with these two little computers leaving all us young cats in the dust ...
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011 edited
    and here's the vid...
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
    @ HEY APATHY: far fucking out man. that video was the best 12 minutes of my night.
    • CommentAuthortoby
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
    For anyone in Portland, my punk-ish band, Gender Roles, is playing at The Knife Shop (Kelly's Olympian) tonight as well as the Twilight Cafe on Friday.
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
    Hey people, I'll be in London 27.2.-11.3. so any of you fine folks feel like a collaboration? I'll be travelling with my guitar and laptop gear, so that's all sorted. The only downside is I'm also charged with feeding certain cats, so I'm sorta stuck in the London area...

    I'll also be looking into booking maybe some gigs while there, so if any of you know clubs, cafés, galleries, libraries or livingrooms where various ambient-ish things would be welcome, give us a shout, yeah?

    (This is what I do.)
  5.  (8869.19)
    There's surprisingly quite little i've found in the way of ambienty/droney promoters in London. Only places I can think of looking into are Miles of Smiles and possibly The Slaughtered Lamb?

    If i've time we could make noises! You could be our honorary member of our drone/noise group Commit Suicide for Loose Change! EvolutionsquadXII Attack the Gas Station. But that's only if we have time/space to do it in!
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2011
    Y E S !

    I hope I can coax some band or whatnot to lend their rehearsal space for a bit, or something.