Welcome to a Darker Figure #69!
There is a joke to be made, but I am not the kind of person who makes it, but if you are you can fill it in. It is 630 in the morning and it is way too early to be up on a day off, but I had a weird dream about fighting off an attacker who was shooting up a school and that has me a little shaken up - not like panic, but more slow burn terror. Which seems to be the course of things these days. It feels like a lot more has happened in the last 6 months than any year that I remember, but maybe now I am just paying attention?
I had a conversation yesterday for a special project where the person said that every song that they have written was an incantation to take them to a higher place, and that it has worked every time. I asked them if it they meant that creating it was the ritual, or was the completed product, going out into the world, being taken in by others more important and he said yes to both. I don't practice occult/witchy/religious things myself, but I do find them interesting. The key for me in this was the intent. This person intended to put something out into the world that they believed lifted them up in a way and wanted to share with others. Sounds pretty simple, right? I feel like every few months we, collectively as society, have this conversation of "well, they're just playing a character (as a musician) on stage, and they're actually a pretty cool guy," and it always ends the same way. People apologizing for fascism and hate they think is just part of the show. Old news now, but all music is political and a message is important to someone whether you want it to be or not. As an artist, and a person, you have responsibility and beliefs that you are communicating. If you think this isn't true you are acting blindly or in bad faith, which is worse. Go with intent, even if it just to create something ridiculous that people will laugh at - because we need to laugh too!
The show that I produced last Sunday was super fun! There were a lot of people that I had not seen out before and that was really awesome. The bands were all great people and they all put on a great show. Really happy about it. Neybuu was very fun to watch, she has a way of making weird beats and tribal stuff that seems to connect with people. I was telling someone that I think she would do well opening for iVardensphere, for obvious reasons, but also because they both play in many genres at once. Pleasure Curses is just a fun band. Period. Their show is high energy and gets you moving. It is very funky, and catchy, but when you see it live you just get sucked in. I would see them again any time. Technophobia were awesome as well, the show as interesting to watch and good quality! We interviewed them in my car after the show. That episode will be out Monday on the Talking to Ghosts website and iTunes/Stitcher/etc.
On Saturday, I did a live dark ambient thing for Volt Divers. It was my first time doing something like that live - something completely from scratch, without a real rhythm section to hide behind, and something with live looping. It went well! I was pretty uncomfortable with it, to be honest, but I think that is a good thing. People said they liked it. You can check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/product-pdx/sky-symbol-ritual-live-at-volt-divers-61017
Still reading Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti, it is still very good! I also picked up Bitch Planet, which I have been sleeping on, from a co-worker who didn't like it. I have been meaning to get into it, but didn't have the space in my comic buying schedule. So many good things!
We have a The Blood of Others Open Practice for the next two Mondays at The Lovecraft from 8pm-10pm. Stop buy! The bar is open like normal, we will just be fucking around trying to get Sophie ready for the Seattle show on 7/7/17. It is free. Just stop by :)
After that we are on the road to Terminus Festival in Calgary! I finalized some of the details last night and am starting to get really excited.
Thanks for reading!
Welcome to a Darker Figure #69!
I am producing a great show in Portland, OR at The Lovecraft Bar:
Technophobia from Washington, DC is a wonderful female-fronted Darkwave/EBM band that uses hardware and analog synthesizers, and of course, some heavy sampling. They have a full-length album out now on Working Order Records called Flicker Out that I highly recommend checking out. Working Order Records is a non-profit that works to "bridge the gap between musician ideology and social impact. Created by socially-conscious music lovers, vinyl collectors, and musicians."
Pleasure Curses, originally from Washington, DC - now live right here in Portland - are a dance/electronic group with a great new EP out on May 16th called Screens.
Neybuu I saw do an incredible performance at Volt Divers here in Portland and knew that she would be perfect for this show!
I have also added Cari Gummer as a video projection artist to this show!