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?
*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...
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.
Approximately the 50th D.A. show (I may have missed listing a few) this was a fitting end to a string of live shows before hiding in the shadows finishing a bunch of recordings (maybe even making a release)... NEW FUMES is the reason I played shows in the first place! He coaxed me into playing a show with him at the Kessler in 2010...And here we were 2 years later- it felt weird/good.
I have this sense that not very many people will really give a shit about me not playing out around here- it can get to be a beat-down playing shows around here.
This show was part of the first Oak Cliff Film Fest. Austin's My Education performed a spirited and well rehearsed live score to the FW Murnau silent film "Sunrise" before the "after party" kicked off... I was certain that everyone would leave before i played and most did- but to my surprise, this show was a lot of fun! Playing in that giant space with a loud booming PA was a rarity for me! It sounded crazy on stage. This was the second "guitarless" show I've ever played...it may have even worked. one regret is I should have thought of some sort of video imagery to play since there was a giant screen and a video projector set up... NEW FUMES was great and his audiovisual assault was well-suited for the TX Theatre.
Ok, insomnia is finally fading----
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PSST....Please don't tell anyone, but a secret show is happening THIS SATURDAY... so much of a secret, that all these facebookers who were invited to the event page decided to not click on "attending" as to not draw too much attention, thus making it one of those over-capacity and sold-out messes… by the way, it's at the DOUBLEWIDE-
This is the first Dallas appearance of Ashley Cromeens' new solo act -DEF RAIN, (you may remember her from another band if you know what I'm talking about- shhhh). A truly talented and distinct voice... A real live North TX musical treasure. criminally underrated. All this having only played 2 shows so far.
Also on this night is a rare Dallas appearance of a secret Denton band. Think all the things you like about live music and bands and entertainment and then filter it through an original sounding band making machine and voila!... ok I'll go ahead spill the beans- PEOPLEODIAN…
And some other joker is going to play 2nd…(who?) -
And on the patio there will be all the other people that go to the Doublewide and hang out on the patio! And there will definitely be a line to go pee. things are really looking up!
It's TOMORROW night Dallas, choose wisely…but don't tell anybody.
some people buy tickets in advance for live shows here.
HUGE THANKS to Gutterth for having me on this bill. Those guys always go above and beyond... I've yet to attend a Dead Week Print Show, but I assume some printing is involved. The Panector guys will most likely be printing shirts on site and they make good stuff. Not sure who P.A.N.T.S. is (un-googleable) but I really like my pants- I wear them every day.
If you haven't seen Pinkish Black, it should be a priority to check it out now before the pitchforks of the world tell you they're really great. It's really a novel idea: hear it for yourself! (now here's me telling you my dumb opinions!) They are hands down the most interesting and crushing band in North Texas... (featuring ex-members of Pointy Shoe Factory, Yeti, and The Great Tyrant) Their first LP is being released via Handmade Birds in May. Nervous Curtains just returned from a lengthy U.S. tour and should be in top-notch form. Forever Home is a new project by James Washington of Peopleodian (remember when he was in Nizzardz! or BOY DIVISION???) Gavin G will DJ between sets. I'm hyped to be playing this show and I will be performing some new material for the first time that should appear on the Pour Le Corps cassette release I'm finishing...
The smoke has cleared from a busy March... busy for me at least.
35 DENTON, Paperstain's "Gorilla by 35" Day Show, and two shows during SXSW: Complicated Dance Steps/Pour Le Corps showcase and the Hometapes Friend Island dayshow... If anyone has any images or videos from any of these events, please contact me...
5. exit approximated @ Denton Square (follow Emil Rapstine)
At some point of the weekend, I'm also playing the paperstain day show... more details on that soon. Thanks to Nick for asking me to play this year. I promise to not talk about early dancehall reggae at all on that weekend unless provoked.
Hot off the heels of their tour supporting the full length LP "Blank Entertainment" Denton's Final Club co-headlines with Austin's Horse + Donkey... this may be the first time H+D has played Denton in quite a while and is not to be missed. Diamond Age will play first and a special guest will be DJing between bands...
Reasons to go:
A. $5 at the door is cheap
B. Final Club will be playing all of your favorite hits and some of your favorite hits that you don't even know yet.
C. Horse Plus Donkey are really great. I promise.
D. is for Diamond Age.
E. The smell of your jacket will remind you that you went to Rubber Gloves the next day when you can't remember what you did the night before.
F. Show posters for sale to commemorate such a momentous occasion as this one will be priced to sell...
Jan. 5th @ Crown and Harp... I didn't get a photo of Waterfalls...I was lulled into a state of trance and forgot I had a camera. I did see that someone was recording video of their set. Thanks to Emil Rapstine for Diamond Age surveillance shot.