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Hi, next week the remastered Cowboy’s Prayer EP is coming out on a beautiful etched one-sided 12”.  The art was made by my sister Whitney and Other Music is putting it out.  Years ago it was self-released on my old label with Noah’s beautiful EP Your Loving Brother on the other side.  I finally got to see and hear the physical version last week and I’m really happy with it; I’m glad these songs are getting new life.
In celebration of the EP we are going on a massive two month tour with lots of friends starting September 3rd.  I’ll update as all the bands get confirmed but currently it looks like this:
Wed. Sept. 3 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
w/ Soft Cat 
Thu. Sept. 4-Sat. Sept. 6 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival 
Fri. Sept. 5 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight 

w/ Dent May + Soft Cat
Sat. Sept. 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl 
w/ Soft Cat
Mon. Sept. 8 - Oxford, MS @ Proud Larrys 
w/ Soft Cat
Tue. Sept. 9 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree 
w/ Soft Cat + Bois
Thu. Sept. 11 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel 
w/ Soft Cat
Fri. Sept. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle 
w/ Soft Cat
Sat. Sept. 13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom 
w/ Soft Cat
Thu. Sept. 18 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Down 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Fri. Sept. 19 - Montreal, QC @ Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal) 
Sat. Sept. 20 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Mon. Sept. 22 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Tue. Sept. 23 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid + The Ridges
Wed. Sept. 24 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid + The Ridges
Thu. Sept. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Thu. Sept. 25-Sat. Sept. 27 - Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival 
Sat. Sept. 27 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Thu. Sept. 25-Sun. Sept. 28 - Champaign-Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion MusicFestival 
Mon. Sept. 29 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Wed. Oct. 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
w/ Ricky Eat Acid 
Thu. Oct. 2 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Sat. Oct. 4 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Mon. Oct. 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Tue. Oct. 7 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux 
w/ Ricky Eat Acid
Wed. Oct. 8 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza 
w/ Julie Byrne
Thu. Oct. 9 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club 
w/ Julie Byrne
Sat. Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar 
w/ Julie Byrne
Mon. Oct. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
w/ Julie Byrne
Wed. Oct. 15 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah 
w/ Julie Byrne
Thu. Oct. 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo 
w/ Julie Byrne
Fri. Oct. 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room 
w/ Julie Byrne
Sat. Oct. 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress 
w/ Suno Deko
Tue. Oct. 21 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 
w/ Suno Deko
Wed. Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada 
w/ Suno Deko
Thu. Oct. 23 - Norman, OK @ Main Site Contemporary Art 
w/ Suno Deko
Sat. Oct. 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar 
w/ Suno Deko
Mon. Oct. 27 - St. Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts 
w/ Suno Deko
Tue. Oct. 28 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar 
w/ Suno Deko
Thu. Oct. 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe 
w/ Suno Deko
Fri. Oct. 31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands 
Halloween Show!  w/ Emily Reo as Lana Del Rey + Conveyor as Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Hi, next week the remastered Cowboy’s Prayer EP is coming out on a beautiful etched one-sided 12”.  The art was made by my sister Whitney and Other Music is putting it out.  Years ago it was self-released on my old label with Noah’s beautiful EP Your Loving Brother on the other side.  I finally got to see and hear the physical version last week and I’m really happy with it; I’m glad these songs are getting new life.

In celebration of the EP we are going on a massive two month tour with lots of friends starting September 3rd.  I’ll update as all the bands get confirmed but currently it looks like this:

Wed. Sept. 3 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

w/ Soft Cat 

Thu. Sept. 4-Sat. Sept. 6 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival 

Fri. Sept. 5 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight 

w/ Dent May + Soft Cat

Sat. Sept. 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl 

w/ Soft Cat

Mon. Sept. 8 - Oxford, MS @ Proud Larrys 

w/ Soft Cat

Tue. Sept. 9 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree 

w/ Soft Cat + Bois

Thu. Sept. 11 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel 

w/ Soft Cat

Fri. Sept. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle 

w/ Soft Cat

Sat. Sept. 13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom 

w/ Soft Cat

Thu. Sept. 18 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Down 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Fri. Sept. 19 - Montreal, QC @ Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal) 

Sat. Sept. 20 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Mon. Sept. 22 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Tue. Sept. 23 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid + The Ridges

Wed. Sept. 24 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid + The Ridges

Thu. Sept. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Thu. Sept. 25-Sat. Sept. 27 - Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival 

Sat. Sept. 27 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Thu. Sept. 25-Sun. Sept. 28 - Champaign-Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion MusicFestival 

Mon. Sept. 29 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Wed. Oct. 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry

w/ Ricky Eat Acid 

Thu. Oct. 2 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Sat. Oct. 4 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Mon. Oct. 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Tue. Oct. 7 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux 

w/ Ricky Eat Acid

Wed. Oct. 8 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza 

w/ Julie Byrne

Thu. Oct. 9 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club 

w/ Julie Byrne

Sat. Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar 

w/ Julie Byrne

Mon. Oct. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 

w/ Julie Byrne

Wed. Oct. 15 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah 

w/ Julie Byrne

Thu. Oct. 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo 

w/ Julie Byrne

Fri. Oct. 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room 

w/ Julie Byrne

Sat. Oct. 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress 

w/ Suno Deko

Tue. Oct. 21 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 

w/ Suno Deko

Wed. Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada 

w/ Suno Deko

Thu. Oct. 23 - Norman, OK @ Main Site Contemporary Art 

w/ Suno Deko

Sat. Oct. 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar 

w/ Suno Deko

Mon. Oct. 27 - St. Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts 

w/ Suno Deko

Tue. Oct. 28 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar 

w/ Suno Deko

Thu. Oct. 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe 

w/ Suno Deko

Fri. Oct. 31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands 

Halloween Show!  w/ Emily Reo as Lana Del Rey + Conveyor as Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Well, its been a long time coming but Love’s Crushing Diamond is finally available for preorder digitally/cd-r/vinyl on bandcamp and will be coming out for real next Monday 10/7. 
I kinda had no idea how much time and energy it takes to put out a 12” but we just listened to + approved the test pressings and its all becoming very exciting to me.  Marc and Cory have been huge in walking me through the whole process which has been indispensable.
I’m currently on the road for a couple more weeks with Florist/Told Slant being a tag-a-long but if you live in NYC, mb will be performing at the Father/Daughter Records CMJ showcase in mid October.  I think there is free beer for the first half of our set so at least it will be half good for those in attendance.
much appreciation for everything,
good luck in finding what you are looking for,
j+

Well, its been a long time coming but Love’s Crushing Diamond is finally available for preorder digitally/cd-r/vinyl on bandcamp and will be coming out for real next Monday 10/7. 

I kinda had no idea how much time and energy it takes to put out a 12” but we just listened to + approved the test pressings and its all becoming very exciting to me.  Marc and Cory have been huge in walking me through the whole process which has been indispensable.

I’m currently on the road for a couple more weeks with Florist/Told Slant being a tag-a-long but if you live in NYC, mb will be performing at the Father/Daughter Records CMJ showcase in mid October.  I think there is free beer for the first half of our set so at least it will be half good for those in attendance.

much appreciation for everything,

good luck in finding what you are looking for,

j+

pictured above New England Patriots @ Allston DIY Fest 2013
 
Hi I haven’t been feeling very writey lately but I just read an article called “DIY in Decline" from Ben Martin and while he makes some good points I found myself vehemently disagreeing with its conclusions so much so that I wanted to respond.
For those of you who didn’t click on the link, the article talks about how gentrification (and the subsequent closing of centrally-located performance spaces) as well as high gas prices has made it much more difficult for bands to hit the road and tour without the help of booking people/PR agents etc.  It goes further to say that, perhaps as a result of this new era of recession, slick pop music is more hip than ever and more performers are trying to skip the house circuit entirely and work behind the scenes to get “discovered” by the industry powers-that-be so that touring is financially viable for their music career.
I think the root of my disagreement comes from the dubious nature of the word(s) DIY.  Like “indie” before it or any successful youth movement it gets watered down, subverted by advertisers and eventually confused as a genre or fashion statement or whatever until it loses its potency as a set of ideas.  To me, DIY is about doing things exactly the way you want to and not paying into systems you don’t like. Its about creating your own opportunities, and building communities instead of waiting for someone to do it for you.  Perhaps most of all, it is about adaptation.  To say these ideals are on the decline and are being replaced by label-backed pop music and buzzbands isn’t what I see happening around me, in fact, it is almost as if they exist in different universes.

Because many “DIY” (for lack of a better word) spaces fly in the face of normal capitalistic conventions, and often are made up of people seeking fulfillment instead of $, it makes total sense that the landscape would be completely different than 5 years ago.  People eventually get burned out constantly answering booking emails, college scenes have high student turnover, and as Ben mentioned, cops get aggro when they’re trying to “clean up” a neighborhood for developers.  But then we adapt.  For a season, we have to find new ways to rethink spaces, to challenge noise laws or find loopholes around them, we skill share and organize national networks that share contacts.  We have to hit the road with less people in our bands in compact cars and look for scenes in the small towns in between the big ones.
I felt most compelled to write this because, whether Ben meant to or not, I felt like the article was almost advising people to not take a shot at touring when they’re a young nameless band and that notion made me sad.  It made me think about what my life would be like if I hadn’t saved up and road-tripped with my friends with delusions of grandeur, nervously playing terrible music that would clear out rooms sometimes but eventually getting better.  I’d have missed out on the feeling of going to a new city and feeling free for the first time under the big country sky or falling in love and getting a totally new perspective.  I don’t know, that shit is so much realer than if I had used that same saved up money on some slick PR that might get my (at-the-time) young, dumb music on Gorilla vs Bear or something.
Eventually, if you’re lucky as hell, it might make sense to start working with a music industry person if they are on the same page as you philosophically + don’t suck (there’s a couple out there whom I’ve worked with) but until then what’s wrong with being “DIY”?  Dub your own tapes, play a battery powered set on the beach at sunset, screenprint on some thrifted shirts, collage a flyer, buy an sm57 and learn how to record on some free program, involve all your friends, reach out to artists that inspire you!  But definitely don’t wait for some publication or label tell you its good, that’s for you and your soul to figure out.
The music industry is just that, an industry.  It exists to generate wealth, to sell “units” or beer or tickets or pageviews. If you do well by the metrics set by the people above you then maybe you’ll get a piece of the pie, but fuck that, I’d rather cut out the middle people, work some part time jobs here and there, and do what makes me happy with my friends the rest of the time.  To me that’s what DIY is, an alternative to that bullshit rat race- but we have to build it ourselves and I certainly hope its not on the decline
Ok 2 stoned to write anymore / no offense meant
come hang w/ me on tour with Florist?

pictured above New England Patriots @ Allston DIY Fest 2013

 

Hi I haven’t been feeling very writey lately but I just read an article called “DIY in Decline" from Ben Martin and while he makes some good points I found myself vehemently disagreeing with its conclusions so much so that I wanted to respond.

For those of you who didn’t click on the link, the article talks about how gentrification (and the subsequent closing of centrally-located performance spaces) as well as high gas prices has made it much more difficult for bands to hit the road and tour without the help of booking people/PR agents etc.  It goes further to say that, perhaps as a result of this new era of recession, slick pop music is more hip than ever and more performers are trying to skip the house circuit entirely and work behind the scenes to get “discovered” by the industry powers-that-be so that touring is financially viable for their music career.

I think the root of my disagreement comes from the dubious nature of the word(s) DIY.  Like “indie” before it or any successful youth movement it gets watered down, subverted by advertisers and eventually confused as a genre or fashion statement or whatever until it loses its potency as a set of ideas.  To me, DIY is about doing things exactly the way you want to and not paying into systems you don’t like. Its about creating your own opportunities, and building communities instead of waiting for someone to do it for you.  Perhaps most of all, it is about adaptation.  To say these ideals are on the decline and are being replaced by label-backed pop music and buzzbands isn’t what I see happening around me, in fact, it is almost as if they exist in different universes.

Because many “DIY” (for lack of a better word) spaces fly in the face of normal capitalistic conventions, and often are made up of people seeking fulfillment instead of $, it makes total sense that the landscape would be completely different than 5 years ago.  People eventually get burned out constantly answering booking emails, college scenes have high student turnover, and as Ben mentioned, cops get aggro when they’re trying to “clean up” a neighborhood for developers.  But then we adapt.  For a season, we have to find new ways to rethink spaces, to challenge noise laws or find loopholes around them, we skill share and organize national networks that share contacts.  We have to hit the road with less people in our bands in compact cars and look for scenes in the small towns in between the big ones.

I felt most compelled to write this because, whether Ben meant to or not, I felt like the article was almost advising people to not take a shot at touring when they’re a young nameless band and that notion made me sad.  It made me think about what my life would be like if I hadn’t saved up and road-tripped with my friends with delusions of grandeur, nervously playing terrible music that would clear out rooms sometimes but eventually getting better.  I’d have missed out on the feeling of going to a new city and feeling free for the first time under the big country sky or falling in love and getting a totally new perspective.  I don’t know, that shit is so much realer than if I had used that same saved up money on some slick PR that might get my (at-the-time) young, dumb music on Gorilla vs Bear or something.

Eventually, if you’re lucky as hell, it might make sense to start working with a music industry person if they are on the same page as you philosophically + don’t suck (there’s a couple out there whom I’ve worked with) but until then what’s wrong with being “DIY”?  Dub your own tapes, play a battery powered set on the beach at sunset, screenprint on some thrifted shirts, collage a flyer, buy an sm57 and learn how to record on some free program, involve all your friends, reach out to artists that inspire you!  But definitely don’t wait for some publication or label tell you its good, that’s for you and your soul to figure out.

The music industry is just that, an industry.  It exists to generate wealth, to sell “units” or beer or tickets or pageviews. If you do well by the metrics set by the people above you then maybe you’ll get a piece of the pie, but fuck that, I’d rather cut out the middle people, work some part time jobs here and there, and do what makes me happy with my friends the rest of the time.  To me that’s what DIY is, an alternative to that bullshit rat race- but we have to build it ourselves and I certainly hope its not on the decline

Ok 2 stoned to write anymore / no offense meant

come hang w/ me on tour with Florist?

Hello, above is Advanced Falconry, the first song I’m sharing off of our upcoming full-length record, Love’s Crushing Diamond.  The songs were born around this time last year as simple folk arrangements but grew as I met more and more amazing people I wanted to collaborate with while zip zagging through the USA.

On this song we have:

Jake Falby on violin (check his collabs with Magical Mistakes!)

George Folickman - bass (avoider of limelight, best friender)

Julie Byrne - singing (her tape rarely leaves my stereo)

Virginia de la Pozas - singing (50% of heart melters, Cry Guy)

Jordan Lee - serial abomination

I’ll have more info on the record soon!

LOVE

photo by Emily Reo
Hello and goodbye.  Thanks for the love and hits and pageviews and clickity-clicks and coming to shows and sharing and listening and letting us stay at your house on tour.  I won’t be posting here anymore but I am writing words over at a new old project called The Mesmerist and tweeting meaninglessness as usual.  I wrote a long explanation of why I’m moving on here.  
Always feel free to get in touch at kassetteklub@gmail.com if you want
mutual benefit has two last shows, one here in st louis on 12/21 w/ Birthdays and Little Spoon at MushMaus and the other being FMLY FEST in LA on the 28th and 29th.  I’m really excited for both.

photo by Emily Reo


Hello and goodbye.  Thanks for the love and hits and pageviews and clickity-clicks and coming to shows and sharing and listening and letting us stay at your house on tour.  I won’t be posting here anymore but I am writing words over at a new old project called The Mesmerist and tweeting meaninglessness as usual.  I wrote a long explanation of why I’m moving on here.  

Always feel free to get in touch at kassetteklub@gmail.com if you want

mutual benefit has two last shows, one here in st louis on 12/21 w/ Birthdays and Little Spoon at MushMaus and the other being FMLY FEST in LA on the 28th and 29th.  I’m really excited for both.

(Hundred Waters - Sonnet)

It’s my last month in new england for a while (migrational patterns) but lots of interesting shows are coming up

9/14 - I’m doing a radio performance on WTBU 4-6ish accompanied by Dillon Zahner, a creative percussionist dude I really like. *full disclosure he’s also my roommate

9/18 - A house show in brooklyn with Kevin Greenspon + Lizard Kisses; two bands that have been keeping it real for a long time.

9/19 - Great Scott in Boston w/ Hundred Waters. Yep you read that right, the new torchbearers of beautifully glitchy 70’s inspired folk music. They just got off of a train tour through Canada with Grimes and Skrillex. Life is weird but cool I guess?

9/30 - Another house show / potluck in Brooklyn. Its a new series my friend Orr is starting that looks like it will be super fun. I’ll be collaborating with my friend Ross and maybe some other folks I can coerce (maybe you?)

10/8 - The Summit in Columbus, OH w/ BIRTHDAYS, Little Spoon, and June66. Ohio is always super fun, especially on monday nights.

to the future!
and beyond!
NYC!
w/ a personal hero of mine, Kevin Greenspon and my good friends and badass visual artists + mb collaborators, Lizard Kisses.

NYC!

w/ a personal hero of mine, Kevin Greenspon and my good friends and badass visual artists + mb collaborators, Lizard Kisses.

Auburn Epitaphs

Live from Austin, TX

Thanks to my sister, Whitney + her partner, Chico + my nephew, Peyton for making this!

Desert Island Feeling

Live in Austin, TX

Thanks to my sister, Whitney + her partner, Chico + my nephew, Peyton for making this!

The Cowboy’s Prayer

Live in Austin, TX

Thanks to my sister, Whitney + her partner, Chico + my nephew, Peyton for making this!