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A Darker Figure #74: Terminus Festival Prep, Marrow Island, The Big Sick, Pharmakon

Welcome to A Darker Figure Newsletter! We are moments away from Terminus Festival! It is really a week away, but it sure feels like moments when I think about all of the things that I still need to do and the amount of driving that will be taking place. 

Speaking of Terminus Festival, here are all of the Talking to Ghost podcast episodes that we/I have done at Terminus in the past:

And here are a list of this year’s bands that we have already interviewed: 

We are definitely planning to do some interviews while we are there! Everyone at Terminus is always awesome and I love it there. This will be my third time and Sophie’s first time, which is very exciting.

Reading Corner: Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith

I finished the audiobook version of Marrow Island this week - which is a book set in the Pacific Northwest that deals with a reporter returning to the island off the Washington Coast that she grew up on, but that also had a large earthquake-related accident that caused not only her father to die, but the environment to be really fucked up. She returns to touch base with an old friend/childhood lover, but finds that the religious cult-like commune that she lives in on the island has a lot more problems than they are letting on. It gets pretty crazy. At the end of the book I was pretty confused for a minute because with the audiobook it seems like it kind of ends inappropriately early, but a trip to Powell’s this morning confirms that this is how the book ends. After thinking about it for awhile, I like it. It was a good book.

Movie Corner: The Big Sick

There is probably a good chance that I have talked to you about this already, whether it is through Facebook, or Slack, or some other method - I have definitely been praising it to as many people as I can because, not only do I love it, I feel a little bit like my distant friends made a movie about their lives and that they did such a good job. I want to make it clear that I, in no way, know Kumail or Emily at all, but I consume a lot of their collective media (Stand up, podcasts, books, etc) and I believe that they are good people. If you aren’t familiar: The Big Sick is the real story about how Kumail and Emily met, started dating, and then she went into a coma for like 10 days. It is really funny, really sad, and really well done. It was clearly not only a labor of love, but one of experience and honesty.

Go see it in theaters. Go see it tomorrow. It was great.

A Show: Pharmakon

Sophie and I went to the Pharmakon last week and it was super good! We were not sure what to expect from the live show because noise shows very pretty wildly in performance style, but usually I know it is going to be something either weird, or impactful. Caustic Touch opened the show and did a more rhythm-driven set than I thought she was going to, which is definitely what I prefer in noise shows. Pharmakon was a little late coming up from California, but she came right in and set up and then proceeded to kill it completely. It was intense, and interesting to watch, and super angry. It was awesome to see this kind of unassuming blonde woman - who looks fairly normal by Portland standards - just brutally beat people down with sound and physical intensity. She would run through the crowd and crawl on the ground and trip people up with the mic cord. If she is coming to your town and you like noise music, I would definitely suggest it. Very inspiriting.

I also read in an interview that she is a big nerd for books, so I gave her a copy of Shelter in Place (you know why.) I didn’t get the chance to talk to her about it because she left right off the stage, but the merch guy seems stoked about it. 









A Darker Figure #69: Podcasts, dark ambient, and TBOO Open Practice

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: 

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!