3.26.2014

SHOW 83

FEB 14th
YOUNG PHARAOHS / DIAMOND AGE @ MOHAWK (Inside) Austin, TX

Valentines day too!

1.14.2014

SHOW 81 + 82

2014 BEGINS!

SHOW 82. STICK MEN / DOVE HUNTER / DIAMOND AGE
                   January 17, 2014 Granada Theater  Dallas



SHOW 81. DEF RAIN / DIAMOND AGE / NIGHT GAME CULT
                   January 10, 2014 Dan's Silverleaf  Denton, TX



12.16.2013

OTHER 2013 NEWS

In other 2013 news, I produced the to-be-released early 2014 DEF RAIN album.  Trust me, this is a great album. They're not even paying me to say this!  I put in a ridiculous amount of time mixing and tweaking this album and I "directed" and edited a video which will be part of the next project of completing a video for each song on the album to coincide the release!  CHEERS!

here's the video for "Enemy"

SHOW 80 + end of 2013 message.



Playing at 8PM TONIGHT at CROWN AND HARP as a part of this Greenville Ave. multi-venue benefit extravaganza.


This is the last Diamond Age show of 2013, a year with many triumphs and a few minor disasters.

This year, the double-EP "Broken World" was released as a cassette and download via Pour Le Corps label last March/April.  I really did have high hopes for this release, and although nearly all of the 100 physical copies were sold (or given away),  I am left feeling as if this release never happened.  It became apparent to me this year to what degree money, aside from the age-old "connections", is the driving force in getting your music heard.  For example, a few tracks from BW "debuted" on music blogs, who basically copied and paraphrased text from my bio (somehow managing to jumble all the information about the release and artist history) and slapped a link at the bottom. To my surprise- for a week or two, thousands of people listened to those linked songs... This was nearly the amount of the all-time hits to my own soundcloud page - in a few days!

...and then nothing.

When you get so focused on "what could happen" you forget the scope and quality of your output.  It was humbling to realize I am basically making music for myself and a few friends to hear.

So it goes.  I blame myself for such delusions of grandeur, but I still believe there is at least a few moments of pretty good music on BW- listen here:

http://pourlecorpsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/broken-world


The PR company's work was done, and after a few weeks, the blog links were deleted.  I attempted to contact them to discuss any form of strategy to build upon this and it was basically relayed back to me that that was all that was going to happen...  It was odd to me to have someone "work" for you and so obviously not give a shit at the same time... A PR company is paid to tell someone "hey debut this track, it's great" and sometimes if a blog can't exclusively premiere it, they won't even consider it...  This is the (admittedly maybe not so new) landscape of indie music making.  I looked into paying a different company myself to send BW to college radio stations to get airtime (which I think didn't help correspondence with the prior PR company...)  I found out for around $2K, these people will make this happen. It simply doesn't add up to work in this way.

And that's the story of  "Broken World"...  In the end, I learned some valuable lessons- most noteably make a better record next time!

No more time to dwell on the past endeavors, onward to 2014.



The next release, and EP called "Private Victories" is slated to be completed in the next two weeks and presented as a self-released shortly thereafter.  A proper Pour Le Corps release should followlater in the year if everything goes according to plan.

Thanks for listening this year if you did,

M.







11.20.2013

SHOW 79

(unfortunately, I had to drop off this show...)

10.16.2013

SHOWS 74 - 77

77. DIAMOND AGE / WIREWINGS / PEOPLEODIAN
      10/25/13 CROWN & HARP - DALLAS, TX



76.  RTB2 / GROOMS / DIAMOND AGE
       10/24/13 DOUBLEWIDE - DALLAS, TX
























75.  DAT POLITICS / PEOPLEODIAN / DIAMOND AGE
       10/10/13 RED 7 AUSTIN, TX

74. BAÑOS Y BAÑOS  / VIDEOING / DIAMOND AGE 
       09/14/13 GOOD RECORDS IN-STORE DALLAS, TX


9.06.2013

SHOW 73


DJ MAURIZIO MERLI - LEAVE EARTH MIX


Here's a mix of Jamaican tunes. 

Derrick Morgan - Leave Earth
Johnny & the Sensations - Bewitched
The Pioneers - Bring Him Come
Derrick Harriott - Let Me Down Easy
John Holt - Darling I Need Your Loving
Jackie Mittoo - Peanie Wallie
Delroy Wilson -  Can't Stand It
Boy Friday - Version Girl
Soul Brothers - Ringo
Prince Jazzbo - The Wormer 
Righteous Flames - Solid Foundation
Lone Ranger - Grave Yard Skank
Keith Hudson - Tribal War
The Melodians - Everybody Bawling
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Soul Shakedown Party
Ernest Ranglin - Pop-A-Top
The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
Nana McLean - Till I Kiss You
King Tubby/The Upsetters - French Connection (Chapter 2)  

8.13.2013

SHOW 72


 KXT PAUL SLAVENS' 9YR ANNIVERSARY SHOW 

Thursday, August 15 @ Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton w/ Dark RoomsBlackstone Rangers and Diamond Age


THIS THURSDAY!!! I am honored to be playing PAUL SLAVENS' KXT 9 YR Anniversary show at Dan's Silver Leaf in Denton TX with Blackstone Rangers and Dark Rooms. I will play first at around 10PM. please come to the show, it's red suit Thursday!



Here is a link to a mix I made for the French mixtape blog Voice of Cassandre (http://voixdecassandre.blogspot.com/ ) and basic fm (UK) featuring a few of the many great DFW artists who should be heard (Cutter, Vulgar Fashion, Wire Nest, Night Game Cult, Def Rain, and Pinkish Black). mixed live, mistakes and all- I hope you check it out! I had a lot of fun putting this together and I hope to have one finished soon for bird and whale. 


INNER VOICE OF CASSANDRE MIX <<<< stream it here

Emerald Web - Flight of the Raven

Miss Pat Collins - Turn On

Broadcast - Long Was The Year

Cutter - Death Perception 

Dennis Bovell - Mint Ah Music

Liars - Perfume Tear

Vulgar Fashion -Krystal Lies

Thug - Dickhead 

Night Game Cult - A Good Storm

Harmonia - Veterano

Etienne Jaumet - Satori (Jon Convex Remix)

Factory Floor - Real Love

Teebs - Red Curbs Loop (Stuff I Dream About)

Helado Negro - U Heard

Wire Nest - Ancient Mariner

Diamond Age - Shoreline

Def Rain - Call

John Carpenter - Chase Across the 69th Street Bridge

Pinkish Black - Fall Down

Jurriaan Andriessen - from Hardware / Software

Miss Pat Collins - I am successful

8.01.2013

SHOWS 69 - 71

71.   Diamond Age / Crown Larks / No Voz Void / Frauen





 70.  George Quartz / DiamondAge / DePalma
        July 19 2013




69.  George Quartz / Diamond Age / Pierre Bürger @ the Doublewide
       May 31, 2013 (DALLAS, TX)



      CANCELLED Rocket Arm / Shmu / Diamond Age @ Bryan Street Tavern
      July 12 CANCELLED

   









T-SHIRTS for sale



Light Grey lightweight Anvil t-shirt with deep red/burgundy screenprinted image. Have you ever sat by your grandma's phone waiting for that call? With this shirt, your luck may just turn around! Keep up with the latest in t-shirt style while simultaneously advertising Diamond Age music. Two symbols from the past commemorated in a t shirt that says "I really hope I'll get the call" or something like that. 

(rotary dial phones were phones people used in the old days. rabbits foot keychains were things you bought for good luck when you went to six flags or the boardwalk.)





White Anvil light weight t-shirt w/ black image screen printed by Nevada Hill. Diamond Age logo designed by Nevada Hill. Design concept by Jeff Sims. Limited quantities available. (I will update quantity when second pressing is done.) Special thanks to George Romero for all the childhood anxiety, and please don't sue me! 

When you remove all the zombies, all you have left is the passage of time!
"NIGHT OF THE DAWN OF THE DAY!" 


-it's tomorrow already, put a shirt on! why not this one? The usual reaction people who see you this shirt is "huh?" your best answer should be "exactly"



*note- they are cheaper if you come out and see show!

5.08.2013

UPDATE : SHOWS PLAYED SO FAR IN 2013





This year so far has been a turbulent one...


68.  CHAD VALLEY /  SKI LODGE / DIAMOND AGE @ THREE LINKS
      MAY 6 2013 (DEEP ELLUM, TX)



67. BROKEN WATER / DIAMOND AGE /  DEPTH AND CURRENT @ OPOLIS
      MAY 4 2013 (NORMAN, OK)


66. EYES, WINGS / DIAMOND AGE / WIREWINGS / FRAUEN @ RUBBER GLOVES
      APRIL 13 2013 (DENTON, TX)




65. EYES WINGS / DIAMOND AGE / SINGLE LASH / DEF RAIN @ MACARONI ISLAND
      MARCH 30 2013 (DENTON, TX)


64. DIAMOND AGE / SINGLE LASH / LILY TAYLOR @ CROWN AND HARP
      MARCH 26 2013 (DALLAS, TX)



 flyer by Marjorie Owens


63. REDEFINE SXSW DAYSHOW @ HOUSE OF COMMONS with 12 bands
      MARCH 16 2013 (AUSTIN, TX)
 flyer by Marjorie Owens

62. CROWN AND HARP "INVASION" show with 15 bands.
      MARCH 11 2013 (DALLAS, TX)


 flyer by Marjorie Owens


61. 35DENTON @ HAILEY's w/ SILVER APPLES, MISSIONS, STRANGE TOWERS
      MARCH 10 2013


60. EYES WINGS, MIDNIGHT SOCIETY, DIAMOND AGE, JUVE @ RUBBER GLOVES
      MARCH 1 2013 (DENTON, TX)



59. VIOLITIONIST SESSION
      FEBRUARY 23 2013 watch it here














2.12.2013

BROKEN WORLD RELEASE DATE / PRE-ORDER





RELEASED MARCH 10th 
PRE-ORDER HERE via POUR LE CORPS
PRE-ORDER "BROKEN WORLD" today! ACT NOW, while limited pre-ordering time lasts. Get this 60min. album on a elegantly designed hi-fi cassette tape for $5,
complete with a free mp3 download for the mobile or hightech device of your choice.
 




2.04.2013

1.31.2013

"BROKEN WORLD" COMING SOON

more info soon...

http://www.pourlecorpsrecords.com/


1.12.2013

SHOW #58

FIRST SHOW OF 2013.


DJ MAURIZIO MERLI - GIALLO JELLO MIXTAPE





Here's a mix I initially made for a close friend's birthday. She loves Italian soundtrack music.  This mix contains mostly Italian soundtrack music, and a few other soundtrack tunes that are not Italian.  Some things are from other kitsch/soundtrack comps, most are not.  Here is another sentence about writing about the mix you should be downloading by now and listening to already.

***UPDATE- link was shut down for copyright violation specifically for a Piero Umiliani track from the Lina Wertmuller film "Mimí metallurgico ferito nell'onore " I will try to remedy this soon. Judging by the overwhelming response... Or maybe you should just go buy all these tracks from itunes (if you can find them there) and assemble the mix yourself?

****01/15/13 LINK FIXED!!! DOWNLOAD!

(unzip then double click the .m3u file. playlist will load into itunes)


here's the Tracklist


11.15.2012

SHOW 57

COME EARLY, STAY LATE...
11.18.2012


THE HISTORY OF SHOWS 51 - 56

 photo by A.Cromeens


It's time to update! It's been a while but here's the list, for those keeping score, of the shows in the past few months. Some of these actually had people show up and watch/listen to live music -

6/08/2012
WOUNDED INFIDEL / DEF RAIN / DIAMOND AGE / VULGAR FASHION

7/20/2012
KINGDOM OF SUICIDE LOVERS + VIDEOING + A TIGER NAMED LOVESICK + DIAMOND AGE + RICHARD HENRY

7/21/2012
DIAMOND AGE / DEF RAIN / KYLE CHEATHAM (acoustic set) / DJ FOOLISH 2

8/30/2012
MIND SPIDERS / NERVOUS CURTAINS / DIAMOND AGE

10/23/2012
DIAMOND AGE / BRAINSTORM / TECHNICOLOR HEARTS / GOBLINS

11/10/2012
DALLAS OBSERVER AWARDS SHOWCASE @ LaGrange


Another thing I've been thinking about recently is using the blog more than the facebook.  It seems the facebook for self promotion model is broken.  I post things and  in the bottom corner it reads "34 people reached" and then I noticed a new button that reads "promote this post" - I know that I don't have very many people checking out this music site, but when 1/6 of them see things you post why keep doing it?  So I'm heading back to blog town. Well, that's if there's anything to blog about- maybe 2013 will be the year of the first "real" website for DIAMOND AGE?

9.07.2012

BROKEN WORLD (coming soon...)




*unofficial cover...for all you bootleggers to use in your itunes
 after this highly highly anticipated album leaks all over the internets. (that's sarcasm)


I am extremely excited to present to you  BROKEN WORLD, nearly 2 years in the making, soon to be released on Pour Le Corps.  Since it is nearly 60 minutes, think of it as 2 eps- each side has a beginning and an end, then you won't have to complain that it's too long. Diamond Age, bringing solutions for a brighter tomorrow! more info soon...



SIDE A

3:05  GOING NOWHERE FAST 
3:25  ON FIRE  
5:44  THE YOUNG (TEARS IN RAIN)   
3:26  NINNA NANNA PER ADULTI *  
4:31  SCIENCE CLASH  
7:05  RESTLESS MIND (IN DANGEROUS TIMES)**  
1:10   ______  

_______________________________________________________________________

SIDE B

OPENING CREDITS  2:57
THE KILLING  6:00
STRAIGHT LINES  3:24
SHORELINE  4:18
RED GLOW IN BLUE ROOM  3:59
BROKEN WORLD  7:49

Appropriations / Credits / Samples


All songs arranged, performed, recorded, edited and re-edited by M. Leer @C-LEVEL II
Mastering by Sean French @ the Cat House

exceptions:
*written by Ennio Morricone
**appropriated and expanded from Gareth Williams' Flaming Tunes "Restless Mind"
lyrics to THE YOUNG from from the film Blade Runner (Roy Batty's "Tears in Rain" monologue)

drum samples:
GOING NOWHERE FAST - Lennie Hibbert  / "Lights"
ON FIRE - Matadidi / "Nkuwu"
SCIENCE CLASH - Irving Martin & Brian Dee / "Deadline Destination"
RESTLESS MIND - Roger and the Gypsies / "Pass the Hatchet"
OPENING CREDITS - Dick Hyman / "Kolumbo"
THE KILLING - ROGER ROGER / "Jerk Machine"
BROKEN WORLD - Steve Hill  recorded by Jason Reimer during "Beguiling the Hours" sessions


8.07.2012

NOSTALGIA BIRTHDAY CAKE


I was "stricken" with another birthday last Sunday. I don't really think it's that bad creeping closer to 40, but I have been thinking about a few things in a dim, nostalgic light for a couple days.

I decided to start the laborious task of ripping all my CDs and stowing them away in boxes. It is no coincidence considering the nostalgia kick that the first stack contained recordings from a long since forgotten Denton, TX band called Mandarin that I was in from 1998-2005. It's a reminder that I have been running into musical brick walls for nearly 15 years now (more like 20). On one hand, I look back and shake my head at some of the decisions we made along the way, on the other I remember a great time in my life with great friends with a collective purpose (albeit at times totally botched and improperly handled).  I had a tough time coming to terms with how this band ended- I felt much to blame for this.  Let's just say it was an "artistic differences" type of thing.  I spent years dwelling on those times around 2005-2006...
But the world didn't end.  In many instances, I kept in contact with those old friends.

back in the Fast>Future>Present days

I had a coworker come up to my desk this morning and look at these CDs while I was ripping them for this post-
"hey, these are all your old band?"
"yeah it is" he then asked "did you guys SELL?"
"I'm not sure how many we sold" - "so you guys didn't MAKE ANY MONEY then???"
"Not really" and then he put them down and said "hmm."

towtruck stranded in Illinois

I'm positive we didn't make any money, we spent/lost more than we ever made. Maybe it was a little bit more difficult to tell if an album was even being heard back then, especially with the types of record deals we had... I think we had a touch of entitlement and really believed we should have been more recognized than we were, but does it really matter?

My sister recently told me that music is "my hobby"- I don't exactly agree, but she is on to something here.  What has it all been for? Personal sanity or insanity? Perhaps it's simply the "need" to create. To stay perpetually broke? Was it for the free drinks? Obviously not success or fame or money.



I was planning on posting all of the recorded material I could find but I felt like the first album didn't stand the test of time to my ears very well at all...  It has its moments, but I think that one should just hang around in the ether out there by itself... maybe sometime I'll get around to posting it someday.  or not.

So I need to take some photos or find some images... but here's some links.











7.17.2012

LIKKLE MIX


LINK DEAD. SORRY... may update sometime


01 Alton Ellis - Sunday Coming
02 Dennis Alcapone - Sunday Version
03 Johnny Osbourne and the Sensations - He Who Keepeth His Mouth
04 Winston Reilly - Fish Mouth
05 Kingstonians - Nice Nice
06 Poor Me - Ethiopians
07 Keith Hudson - Furnace
08 (I forgot the 7") version
09 John Holt - Fancy Make Up + Version
10 Melodians - Come on Little Girl
11 Derrick Morgan - You Kill Me Dead
12 Slim Smith - Hip Hug
13 The Termites - Rub Up Push Up (80s money disc remix)
14 Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping Pt.2
15 The Mad Lads - Ten To One + Version (Sound Dimension)
16 Sound Dimension - Full Up
17 Willie Williams - Armagideon Time (Disco Mix)
18 Lee Scratch Perry - Roots Train Number Two
19 U Roy - Stick Together
20 Ernest Wilson - Why Oh Why + Version
21 Lloyd Charmers - 5 to 5
22 Ethiopians - Train to Ska-Ville
23 Noa Hous of Dread- Murderation