27th January 2014
Chris Madak at Corsica Studios
Presented by BleeD
28th January 2014
Chris Madak at Berghain
Presented by CTM and eMego
Okay, so a ton of news at once! I’ve got a new 12” forthcoming on Room40; two loooong new cuts featuring guest vocals from Autre Ne Veut and Katherine Brady! Cuts are happening now and we’re likely on course for a mid-summer release. In the meantime, you can catch an excerpt from the A-side, “Vaporware”, here.
In related business, I’ll be coming to New York, the west coast, and Australia in June. Itinerary as follows:
As usual, there’s a ton of other nonsense in the works that I may or may not remember to mention here, including spinning recs with Headboggle on Radio Valencia sometime before the gig on 6/10 and a lot of sitting around being stupid from jet lag. See you there!
Oh, and speaking of “see you there,” Voice of the Valley 2012 is locked for August 17-19 at Indian Meadows Campground, Pentress, WV. Whole cohort jamming as usual.
Finally, because as of right now it’s the only sort of internet presence I can seem to wrap my head around with any regularity, I should point out that I’m on Twitter. Right before tour would be a great time to get up on that if you like pictures of vanity plates, pithy complaints about airports, and me shrugging in response to questions about set times.
Two quick notes: first, anyone who missed my performance at The Bunker back in December (or anyone else for that matter) can check a deep stretch of it in the current edition of their podcast.
Second, the legendary Form a Log reconvenes in Philly on March 21, with Bee Mask also on the bill. More news as it arrives!
Beautiful mix, and big thanks to Jamie for including one of my tracks. Check it if you haven’t already, and while you’re on the early afternoon mix grip, I should let you know that Finn Johannsen’s all-electro ssg special is a total ripper.
Okay, back into the work abyss; new full length shaping up nicely, ableit slowly. For those of you in/around Philly, I’ll be taking part in (which is to say “stumbling blearily through”) a panel discussion on the legacy/influence of the Sonic Arts Union, immediately prior to David Behrman’s performance at International House, Saturday 1/21.
Okay, so more thanks in order, to Free Form Freakout, Brion at The Record Exchange, Exclaim.ca, and Kuedo (whose Severant was one of my own 2011 favorites) for featuring Elegy in their year-end lists, to Boomkat for picking both Elegy and Canzoni for their Top 100 Albums, and to Simon Reynolds for including Canzoni in his 11s for 11!
Addendum: thanks also to Will Bankhead for featuring Canzoni in his Boomkat chart!
Thanks to Geeta Dayal (for Frieze) and Dennis Cooper for immensely flattering 2011 nods! Apropos of the former, while I’m trying my best to stay out of the listing/retrospecting business this time around, this might be a good opportunity to recommend these posts, highlighting some of the farther-flung implications of the “I Feel Love” riff, which were among my favorite pieces of music writing encountered this year.
A couple more quick notes: huge thanks to Lawrence English for giving Elegy the year-end nod and to Nick Cain, Jim Haynes, and Nick Richardson for featuring Canzoni in The Wire’s 2011 Outer Limits A-Z!
So…assorted small updates time. First, thanks everyone who came out to hang at the Bunker and SUNY Purchase this past weekend, and thanks especially to Bryan at Beyond Booking and to Keith, John, Ricardo, Koen, Brandon, Ren, Erika, Brendan, and Jay for turning in immense sets all night; No Way Back is up there in the firmament next to Voice of the Valley on the short list of best things I did in 2011.
Third, it’s that time of year again, so thanks are due to Boomkat for featuring “Scarlet Thread, Golden Cord” on their 14 Tracks: The Best of 2011 Part 2 compilation, to Pontone for featuring Elegy on their Tones of the Year 2011: 50 Best Albums mix, and to Mimaroglu Music Sales for featuring both Elegy and Canzoni on their best of 2011 list.
Finally, speaking of it being that time of year, I’m headed back into a studio hermit zone for the next couple months to wrap up the next full length Bee Mask release, plus a few other odds and ends slated for early 2012, about which more soon.
Very happy to announce that my guest mix for the amazing mnml ssgs is now available to stream/download here. 70ish minutes of new and old favorites from the trade pile. Thanks to the ssgs for the invite! Track list to follow shortly.
HUGE GIG! Beyond Booking and Interdimensional Transmissions present No Way Back at The Bunker, Brooklyn, NY, featuring Cheap & Deep, Ectomorph, BMG, Erika, and Patrick Russell in the front room and Keith Fullerton Whitman, Mountains, Outer Space, Bee Mask, Ricardo Donoso, Container, Spinoza, and Nihal Ramchandani in the back room. Friday, December 2nd. Sets from 10pm-6am; COME HANG!!!
Also, Hudson Valley chillers, check Bee Mask at SUNY Purchase on Saturday, December 3rd!
In the combined interest of cleaning house and raising cash for forthcoming projects, I’d like to take a moment to introduce Gem Feast, an online shop for weird/rare debris associated with Bee Mask and my other projects.
This is probably not for everyone, and not the place to go if you’re looking for the retail editions of my records; plenty of distros, mailorders, and bricks/mortar shops already do a wonderful job on that tip. Instead, Gem Feast will feature a rotating assortment of single-copy stock and small-run editions, artwork, test presses, and other curiosities to be announced.
Speaking of test presses, there are a grip of them featured in the inaugural batch, along with a set of reference lacquers (pictured above) for an unpressed alternate cut of Hyperborean Trenchtown. While I get a feel for this, I’m sticking to five stock items at any given time and rotating new ones in as old ones sell, so I’d encourage you to follow @gemfeast to stay on top of new arrivals.
Textura just dropped a stellar review of Elegy for Beach Friday, and this is as good a time as any to mention that the colored vinyl (translucent pink/clear) is sold out at source (thanks everyone who gripped!).
I do, however, have six copies left as of this writing, so please contact me if you’re looking to grab one before they’re gone!