Well, we had a great time at NASR and we sure had some interesting experiences hosting the Mighty Thunder Rider, Nik Turner. Matt and Mel supplied the majority of the hospitality and even managed a bit of jamming with Mr. Turner. Hmmm…Matt Turner and Nik Turner…time to 23andMe you guys, eh? So now we get to relax a bit and spend a Saturday night at home watching movies, as I am doing. So most of you who like our music are definitely familiar with Popol Vuh, those titans of Krautrock, eh? Well, if you’re like me (the bass player) you might’ve gotten into Popol Vuh through the films of the inimitable and amazing Werner Herzog. I saw his version of Nosferatu at the beloved River Oaks Theater in Houston in about 1978 and was instantly forever hooked. Recently I realized there were some gaps in my Herzog viewing history and resolved to close them. Right now I am 3/4 of the way through a great one that I missed, and felt compelled to tell the world about it. Have you seen Wings of Hope? This is an obscure one, a made for German TV film with a deep connection to “Aguirre” that had escaped my notice until now. Do yourself a favor, drop whatever it is you’re doing and watch it for free on youtube right now. Here ’tis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlJVIcCPIl8
No Popol Vuh in this one kids, just an absolutely amazing story of survival, tenacity and luck, told in the unique documentary stylee only Werner can provide. Pro tip just for youse guys.
Hi all –
Another last-minute blog post to let you know that we are playing the North American Space Ritual tonight at Come and Take It Live. Here’s the schedule for tonight:
Third Ear 7pm
ST 37 8pm
Ace of Spades 11pm
Ace of Spades is Alan Davey’s Motorhead tribute band. They play all classic-lineup (the power trio) Motorhead covers and are, in Alan’s words “the ONLY Motorhead tribute band authorized by Lemmy!” As Alan was the spiritual successor to Lemmy in Hawkwind, we think they’ll be pretty amazing. Come on out if you can! Cover is $15 and Come and Take It Live is the old Beauty Ballroom on Riverside Drive. Tomorrow night’s lineup is stellar also, featuring the new post -Lemmy version of HeadCat at Moonhawk with Alan, Nik Turner and Michael Moorcock making his final stage performance. We’ll be there!
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A little glimpse of our Ballard project in the works – I just went through The Drought and put this collection of quotes together:
encompassing the fading skyline
the sounds of the lions baying among the dunes
the lines that once marked its boundaries
the film of cetyl alcohol
fingers feeling the blood-streaked neck of the peacock
No-one would attempt to rob him of so small a pool of water
We’re moving straight back into the past
mats of dried kelp to help keep out the cold
the embers of the burnt-out train sent their long plumes of smoke into the sky
his chipped, creamy voice
archaic minerals sealed behind glass cases
Hey you guys! We are excited about our Free Week show at Barracuda on the 1st! Come ring in the New Year with us. Here are the details:
Tuesday Evening 1/1/2019
611 E 7th St, Austin, Texas 78701
Fragile Rock 12:30a
Honey & Salt 11:30p
ST 37 9:30pm
Local Shadows 8:30p
Come out early for our long term pals in Local Shadows starring in a brand-new local supergroup: Justin Bankston (Winslow, Paper South, Futura, Promise Breakers etc.) plays bass along with James Alexander (My Education, Ultrasound, Cinders etc.) on viola and Mark Nathan, late of the Heartless Bastards, on guitar. Honey and Salt play a muscular brand of+ post-rock and prog, while Fragile Rock and their insane puppet wizardty are like nothing you’ve ever seen before – unless you’ve already seen them! Here’s the fab flyer:
Hi all –
Looooooonnnng time since our last update – appy polly loggies to all. We have not been idle – we’ve played a buncha local shows, numbered properly in our seemingly endless chronology:
532) Sun. 10/28 Psychedelic Brunch at the Yellow Jacket Social Club
533) Saturnalia Fest 2018 at Sahara Lounge Nov. 16-18 2018
534) TV show taping for Casual Bandage 11/26/18:
…annnnd- – -we’ve booked two more: we’ll be playing a Free Week show at Barracuda on New Year’s Day 2019 evening and we’re playing the North American Space Ritual fest at Come and Take It Live celebrating 50 years of Hawkwind with Michael Moorcock, Alan Davey and Nik Turner as well as many others on March 29-30 2019.
We also have been working on new material and will be re-entering the studio shortly. We’ve decided that the new album is going to be a concept record based on the work of JG Ballard (“War Fever” from the last record was kinda our trailer for the project…!) and we’ve decided it will be entitled “Ballardesque”. Already pretty much ready to go, for you Ballard fans, are pieces based on the short story “The Singing Statues”, the novel “The Drought” (aka the revised/extended version of “The Burning World”) and the text experiment “Love (A Printout for Claire Churchill)”. We’re meeting to discuss the project 12/12 and recording will begin early in the new year. It’s gonna be a long process though – so two of the other songs we’ll be recording are earmarked for release sooner in the form of a single or compilation tracks, we shall see.
Still have T-shirts left from the tour – if you’d still like one, let’s barter, contact us. Does anybody actually read these things? If you’ve made it this far, email us for a free gift. Oh, and here’s a swell poster to distract you:
Well, we’re back from tour safe and (mostly) sound. 10 shows in 11 days all over the Midwest. We had a great time and our expectations were surpassed. So now seemed to be a good time to let y’all know that the record is indeed officially out and available for ordering and we have plenty of our new T-shirts left over from the tour merch table.
The record (double LP or CD or digital) is available for mail order from Big Cartel, and we’d love for you to order it from them, so we get credit for moving units! We’ll probably have it for sale sooner or later on our own Bandcamp page, and who knows, if demand indicates we may even make some cassettes, but for now, to order follow this link:
And, we do have the new shirts available in two colors and many different sizes. The ladies’ shirts proved surprisingly popular on the road and are going fast, because they look so swanky:
And, since that image is backwards (Angie took it in the mirror!), here’s the men’s shirt (in purple):
Shirts are $20 plus shipping and are available from us directly through Bandcamp here:
Phew! Okay, school’s starting up again and we need some time off, so no shows for a while. We’ll be doing a special brunch event at the Yellow Jacket Social Club in Austin on the 28th of October and we’ll probably be playing the Saturnalia festival in November, looking down the road a bit.
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