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Here’s what it’s looking like so far

ST 37 summer 2018 tour

1)Wed. 7/25 – ATX record release and  tour kickoff show @ Beerland w/ Lawnraker CONFIRMED

2)Thurs. 7/26 – Denton TX at the Backyard on Bell with Flesh Narc CONFIRMED

3) Fri. 7/27 – the Deli, Norman OK with Helen Kelter Skelter CONFIRMED

4) Sat. 7/28 – Private party –  Fayetteville AR

5) Sun. 7/29 – Iowa City IA – Gabe’s

6) Mon. 7/30 – Des Moines IA – Vaudeville Mews – hold

7) Tues. 7/31 – Cherry Street Pub –  Galesburg IL

Wed. 8/1 – Drive to Chicago – day off in Chicago

8) Thurs. 8/2 – Chicago – The Owl with Spiral Galaxy Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave)’s new project + the Glyders CONFIRMED https://www.facebook.com/events/179056499597507/

9) Fri. 8/3 – Kansas City MO – Minibar

10) Sat. 8/4 – Nashville TN at Betty’s with Cherry Blossoms, Holy Mountain Top Removers CONFIRMED

11) Sun. 8/5 -Lola’s Ft. Worth TX CONFIRMED

Mon. 8/6 drive day/return

Drummerbabes!

Hey all you kids!

We have a show Friday night and it’s gonna be a doozy! Both stages at Cheer Up Charlies rocking all night long with all female drummers! Woo-hoo! Here’s the lineup:

OUTSIDE STAGE
9PM – The Spoils
10PM – Endless Sewer
11PM – Kay Odyssey
 
INSIDE STAGE
10:30PM – 3Radio Tiger
12AM – The Sophies
1AM – ST 37 
Hope to see you out and about. We’re touring from July 25th to August 5th up to Chicago and back to support the forthcoming new record, which is released 7/25 on Super Secret – more details on that soon!

 

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Abigail und Hansel – Forever Dance/River of Bees 7″ single

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Some of you may be unaware of the fact that there is a new Abigail und Hansel single (7”33rpm) that has made its way into the universe. This is truly tragic. For I am here to tell you that the cause of Abigail und Hansel is a just cause, a righteous cause, and a cause that few have championed until now. This record is a truly remarkable piece of plastic.

Abigail und Hansel is and has always been the core duo of Joel Crutcher and Michelle Waterman, with whatever side musicians they deem necessary to fulfill their aims. From their earliest efforts on cassette tape in the 90s, the pair have pursued an uncompromising acid-forward version of psychedelia that ranges widely from folk outings, country tinged numbers and blues-baked railroad songs to flat out space music and ethereal drone jams. Echoing her days in Minneapolis’s finest aliens, the Romulans, Waterman switches from vintage guitar and bass stylings to finely sung lyrics in her rich contralto voice. Crutcher, well-known for his scathing improvisatory guitar salvos in Tulum and ST 37, contributes the occasional pissed-off nasal vocal bit and also adds touches of slide guitar, lap steel, drone effects and whatever else serves the songs.

The lineup represented on their current 7”45, their first vinyl offering after decades of cassettes and CDs, is perhaps their finest yet. Julia Hungerford builds drum patterns par excellence and has been their rhythmic backbone for several years now. On trumpet, the late, lamented Leonard Smith adds washes of delayed horn to the mix, tastefully playing only when needed. Bob Bechtol brings synthetic atmosphere to the proceedings with electronic winds of change and burbling brooks. The new single opens with Forever Dance, a nice little gaze at death that starts off sweetly and gently but builds to a towering climax of sturm und drang that explodes into darkness. Bechtol echoes his ST 37 predecessor and Joel’s brother Carlton Crutcher with some deft analog sequencing while the lyrics pay homage to “In the Shadows” from the Stranglers’ seminal Black and White LP, a song that has become all too relevant in the modern age. Finally, at the end of the improvisatory section, the exhausted song lumbers to a climax with the sounds of things falling apart – machines breaking down and collapsing in heaps of dust at the side of the road. It’s an exhilarating listen, strangely enough.

The B-side is River of Bees, based on the poem by the American antiwar poet WS Merwin, a recording of which plays in the background of the largely drumless song. Michelle plays a determined, insistent chording that reinforces the rhythm of the poem as Joel, Leonard and Bob drift off into deep interstellar reaches. The poem gets increasingly distorted and delayed as the music gets sparser towards the end, recalling some of Charalambides’ finer moments. The relevant lines here are really the end of the piece:

On the door it says what to do to survive

But we were not born to survive

Only to live

 

I think this is the crux of Abigail und Hansel’s continued existence – like so many artists, great and otherwise, they do what they do because they have to do it, not because they want to. It’s an urge, a compulsion, something inside them that has to get out – let’s face it, if they were doing it for the attention, the fame or the money, they would have quit a long time ago. In a way, they do create music as a survival mechanism – but it has become a way of life, a means to an end.

We is high class! + NEW ALBUM!

Hi all!
     We’ve been getting into the craft cocktail action lately, so it is with great pleasure that we announce to you that we have a show at one of Austins finest craft cocktail bars, the Townsend, Thursday night. Annnnnnd – it’s a very special show! 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Spaceage, our 1998 LP + 7″ EP/CD that many folks consider to be one of our best, and the record that spawned “Heather Catherine Tallchief”, one of our most enduring and most-requested songs. So – we have booked two shows, one in Austin and one in Houston, to commemorate the occasion. We’ll be playing an all-Spaceage set both at Townsend Thursday May 24th and a Rudyard’s in Space City on June 2. Here’s the deets:
Thursday May 24th
Townsend
ATX 78701
Doors 8pm
8.30ish: Free Electricity
9.30ish: ST 37
$10 advance tickets available now: https://www.thetownsendaustin.com/shows/
     Not only does the Townsend have some of the best cocktails you’ve ever tasted, it is a swank joint indeed – no dive bar here, folks. The front of the bar looks like a fine library from a comfortable mansion, and the back room is a black box theater with fantastic acoustics that is a listening room par excellence. Free Electricity contains our buddy Brian DiFrank, who runs the fantastic high end audio store Whetsone Audio and has purveyed his distinctive drum stylings in many bands that we have been pleased to be associated with, including the Devil Bat and the Promise Breakers.
More on the Houston show next week.
     In other big big news – we have received advance copies of the new album! It is eponymously titeld and will officially be released July 25th at Beerland, and this show will serve as both our record release bash and tour kickoff party, as we embark on a Midwestern jaunt up to Chicago and back from July 26th to August 6th. Tour! New record! School’s almost out! Yippee!!
cheers
yer pals at
ST 37
Townsend

Booking, new LP, new comp

Hey all –
     How the hell are you? We’re fine, and happy to bring you a report on our activity.
     Not much point in plugging our show tomorrow night for Levitation Festival at Empire Control Room with Wooden Shjips, Acid Mothers Temple and Yoo Doo Right, as it is SOLD OUT!, but maybe you can sneak in anyway.
     We are very pleased to announce that our new double album will be out in July on Super Secret Records. We don’t have an official release date yet, but we should have the LPs from the pressing plant by July 1st and are booking a release show and possible tour now. The record in eponymously titled simply ST 37, since we’ve never done that before, and is pretty special. We’re very proud of it and hope you like it too.
     We have more shows coming up, specifically one happening very soon on May 13th, a memorial show for our late friend Leonard Smith at the Sahara Lounge. Here’s the poster by Steve Landry:
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Please visit our swell new website show page for more details:
Oh! And we almost forgot to tell you – there’s a fabulous new compilation out on Dub Ditch Picnic Records that has one track of ours (“Crab Nebula”) on the physical 2xCD edition and three tracks on the digital download edition. The whole comp is a tribute to the legendary underground Minneapolis label Prospective Records, which we were on for a while in the 90s and led to our lifelong friendship with label honcho John Kass, otherwise known as GoJohnnyGo!
It’s called “Retro Prospective: Prospective Records 1987 – 1997” and you can find out more about it here:
cheers,
your friends at
ST 37

Big Show Tomorrow Night on the Brand new Beerland Stage!!

Hey all you guys!

We have a show on Saturday 3/24 at Beerland, and this will be the first show on the newly rebuilt Beerland stage to go with the new and improved PA installed there, all courtesy of Super Secret/Self Sabotage Records! To wit:

Saturday

March 24th

Beerland

711 Red River

Austin TX 78701

10pm: Conrad Keely

11pm: Garrett T. Capps and NASA Country

12am: ST 37

 

We played with Garrett and NASA Country a coupla months ago in San Antonio at Period Modern, and they were GREAT! Just like the name sounds – spacy, ambient type country, with some great songs too. Think Eno’s “Apollo” vs. Sturgill Simpson and you’ll get the idea! Plus, they had the opening song (and it’s a great one – “I Was Born in San Antone”) on the new season of the Showtime series “Billions”, so they appear to be getting huge fast – check this out:

https://m.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/San-Antone-song-mesmerizes-in-TV-hit-s-12488676.php#item-85307-tbla-10

Anyway, we thought we should return the favor and host them in Austin so you guys could check them out. And – we have Conrad from ….And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead doing his solo thing opening up! This should be a great show! Bob made us a swell flyer featuring the tree that almost fell on my house a few weeks ago, so come on down and check it out! I do believe cover is a measly five-spot.

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Show Tonight! YxSB 2018

Hey all –

We’re playing tonight 3/10 at Sidewinder in our only appearance during SXSW this year. It’s March, which means it’s time for Yeast By Sweet Beast, an event we have played at annually for, aw geez, it must be 13-15 years now. Come on out, why don’tcha? The lineup looks swell. Here’s the flyer:

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FB post: https://www.facebook.com/events/341961216286496/

We play at 10.45 on the outdoor stage. Hope to see you there!