Sam Henderson is resurrecting the character of He Aims To Please, after an eight year absence, for an appearance in the upcoming Magic Whistle #14 from Alternative Comics. Catch up on his rich history in our Sam Henderson shop.
The Wow Cool | Alternative Comics
Brutal Sound Effects #75
Saturday, July 27, 2013
7:00pm - 21+
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA, USA 94103
7PM until 10PM SHARP!!!!
ACTUARY!!!(L.A.) --- Kwisp --- Heartworm --- Darwin's Bitch --- Pete von Petrin --- Seitz versus Gendreau --- Gosling --- Fslux --- Dross
This 3 piece wowed Sacramento at the Norcal Noise Festival after a 'mad samurai' came to the show single-handedly trying to shut down the event wielding a katana (also off his meds). While police were called Actuary Hero One busted the thumb of the wild man when he was trying to play grab-face during the insanity exchange, subduing the wildman. Later, more triumphs with the live act utilizing analog synths, electronics, & bliss. So...they are on their way here, please welcome them with your best thumbs up or samurai gear as they are presenting their more experimental 'sound' side with a huge array of collected instruments, effects, & tightrope walking vulcanized mind boning beyond anything you could imagine on or off medication. Note the recent release with Merzbow is listed on their soundcloud site.
Kwisp is a San Francisco based musical group, their instrumentation is unique, most of it built by the band itself. Teriyaki Vest Odyssey, Kwisp’s first album, merged Elf songs, psychedelia, free jazz, Dada, and Tantric Appalachian Pygmy Music. Kwisp’s current lineup includes Walter Funk & Lenny Bove (ex Pere Ubu, Tripod Jimmy). They first met through Cork Marcheschi, whose 1960's experimental rock band Fifty Foot Hose, was among the very first of underground rock bands to perform with experimental and electronic instruments, influencing such later bands as Throbbing Gristle, Pere Ubu, Skinny Puppy and Chrome. In 1995, when Marcheschi reformed Fifty Foot Hose, Walter and Lenny were asked to join.
Heartworm is San Francisco based sound artist Brandon Yahiro-Taylor. A veteran of the NYC and bay area experimental/noise and underground dance music scenes, heartworm currently fuses modern and traditional sound
design and experimentation with field recording, ambient soundscapes, shattered breakbeat tomfoolery and general silliness. There will be no costumes, visual aids or jumping around. Just pure evil for the ears...
Sound artist and violinist Marielle V. Jakobsons creates electro-acoustic compositions of evocative, pulsing drones. She has published recordings on Thrill Jockey, Important Records, Digitalis, Mexican Summer, Root Strata, among others, and has toured across the
Americas & Europe. A classically-trained musician turned sound designer and educator by trade, she creates and collaborates extensively in the experimental arts. Together with Gregg Kowalsky, she formed the band Date Palms and with Agnes Szelag Myrmyr. “Glass Canyon” is her second solo album of analog synthesizers and violin, was released by Students of Decay in Summer 2012. From 2007-2011 she performed under the moniker “darwinsbitch” and released the album “Ore” on Digitalis in 2009.
Pete von Petrin
Pete von Petrin explores pyschoacoustics and involuntary response to visual stimulation through performances involving strip club lighting and audio feedback. He is currently working on an album about the Singularity.
Seitz Versus Gendreau
Seitz Versus Gendreau is a collaborative sound experiment sampling from a wide-ranging array of instruments and sources. In the past they have used toy pianos, records, invented instruments, and field recordings; for the July show they will be employing a new set of tools. Noise will evolve into rhythms and dissolve back into a field of sound.
SEITZ is a series of words: ubiation, spumescence, pleochroic, impluvious, limbeck. Seitz is a deipnosophist well-practiced in myomancy and a believer in resistentialism. Ultimately Seitz is nothing but a zodiac of the mind's phantasms.
GENDREAU started playing drums in 1972, and working with tape machines and scrappy electronics a few years after that. He has composed or co-composed for those instruments and others (turntables, notably) for various recordings and performances, both solo and in groups (Crawling With Tarts, Lars Mars Orchestra, rRope, Seitz Versus Gendreau, Speed The Parting Guest, The Disturbing Group, Veti_Vert, etc.). After completing a degree in physics in 1989, he began work as an acoustician that continues to this day, where his primary focus is in the design of very quiet research environments, with respect to infrasound and vibration (for a list of publications, click here).
This is their record release party.
1. a young goose
2. a foolish, inexperienced person
3. The combined forces of vocalists, Danishta Rivero (Voicehandler,Blood Wedding, Aghora) and Sarah Elena Palmer (EFFT, Lutra Lutra)
Danishta: a musician/sound artist who specializes in the Hydrophonium (a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument), extended vocal techniques, and digital processing.
Sarah: a songwriter and a vocal improviser - tending towards the emotional and tonal - who also uses electronic processing to adjust the spacial/textural context of her sounds.
The long-time project of Bay Area artist C. Sullivan, Fslux focuses on the manipulation of everyday sound, layering of textures, and generally lo-fi instrumentation. For this performance, she will be using vintage electronics, looping, effects and and various other sounds to aurally penetrate your mind's ear.
Dross is analog synth drones, tape loops & manipulation, feedback loops, noise, and sometimes songs. It's the solo project of John Farris, who played in Michigan punk/experimental bands Salt Lick and Blind Lake, and frequented the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti basement noise scene. Since moving to the bay he's focused on building a solo rig (limited by space) and experimenting with textures and meditative drones to immerse in some heavy zones. John is joined on electronics at this show with "Chopper".
For more info, please visit http://www.thelab.org/
My good friend and bandmate Nick Carpenter is associate producing this documentary. It launched its Kickstarter a few hours ago. Have a look. Help out. Watch until the end as you will have a laugh.
Syl is a super interesting subject, a major part of soul music history, and a volatile person and performer today. We need your help to tell his story. Watch the video, tell people about it, consider donating yourself – all that good stuff. Or even just play some Syl Johnson on youtube today. The guy has got a special voice and we’re excited to introduce you to him.
Please notice all the ridiculously cool, exclusive rewards. The tote, the tee, the poster, the art. Whoa!
If you know anyone else who might be interested in checking this out, please help spread the word. The response has been great so far, but we want a big first couple days to keep the momentum high.
Thanks so much for your help!
Channel 16 – a program of Brown Cuts Neighbors video shorts – is being presented by Jason Martin tonight, Friday June 28 at Harvestworks in New York City at part of the 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival.
Brown Cuts Neighbors
Friday, June 28, 2013
596 Broadway, #602
New York, NY, United States 10012
In this screening and talk inter-disciplinary artist Jason Martin presents his work with the expansive collective Brown Cuts Neighbors, a band and Public Access TV program that ran from 1989 to 2002 in Schenectady, NY. In these years, Brown Cuts Neighbors created more than one hundred videos that revel in the liminal spaces of late night television. Bringing together bizarre fables, a cast of imaginary characters, and a channel-surfing montage, these intensely chromatic films unveil a submerged media satire and wonderment. This event is part of 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival.
In 1989, high school students Jason Martin, Marc Arsenault and James Kopta started a project called Brown Cuts Neighbors. The group took its name from an imaginary band Jason formed with his younger sister Colleen, at ages 6 and 4, respectively. Martin, Arsenault and Kopta took the concept and brought it to a collective music/performance/video project and long-running Public Access TV program on Schenectady NY’s Channel 16.
Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins have turned to Kickstarter to fund the final chapter of five in their film cycle Jimmy’s End. “His Heavy Heart” is in need of £45,000 to complete filming. £30 (currently about $47) appears to me to be the sweet spot with the inclusion of a DVD and illustrated book – although the cheaper digital download option and the much more expensive signed edition are currently more popular. All the info you need, including the full video for part one “Act of Faith” and a trailer for the second installment, are on the Kickstarter page. Wow Cool carries a large selection of Alan Moore’s books and CDs, including a number of harder to find items.
Magnificent Pigtail Shadow screening & Atlantic Drone performance
Friday, June 7, 2013
7:00pm - All Ages
47 East Main St.
Beacon, NY, USA 12508
It’s been too long since we’ve mentioned any video games or deep topography related items here, so, via Rock, Paper Shotgun, we urge you to check out this very interesting game in development that you can help support right now by green lighting it on Steam. Infra is a first-person game about structural and infrastructural decay. I would love to see more games that get into this level of exploration of the wreck of the post-modern world. Looks alot like life back in Schenectady, New York… Let the power fail!
Erik T. Johnson’s Outliers #1 and Sam Henderson’s Magic Whistle #0 Added to Alternative Comics‘ 2013 schedule.
Debuting on ComiXology, and also available direct from the publisher, on June 19, is the free digital-only full-length comic Magic Whistle #0 by Sam Henderson. This newly assembled compilation collects strips that originally appeared online and in (mostly) out of print books, including Measles, Hotwire Comics and Expo 2001; plus self-published mini-comics and long out-of-print back issues of Magic Whistle. “Magic Whistle 0 will serve as the perfect introduction for readers new to the madcap, ever-expanding world of Sam’s vast oeuvre, possibly leaving them scarred for life”, boasts Alternative Comics’ General Manger Marc Arsenault.
New to the Alternative Comics family is veteran designer and illustrator (New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, GQ, etc.) Erik T. Johnson’s debut solo comic The Outliers Chapter One. Originally printed with help from a Kickstarter campaign, the comic will receive direct market distribution through Alternative Comics in August. The Outliers is an action-adventure story that follows a speech-impaired 11 year-old boy living in the Pacific North woods who has a very unusual friendship with an 18-foot tall, hairy woodland giant. The comic was produced with a high and unique degree of craft; employing French Paper Company papers, letterpress covers and a color dustjacket; and, it was selected for the Society of Illustrator’s 55th Annual Sequential Art show in New York. The Outliers will make its debut at The College of Comic Book Knowledge in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June first and be showcased at CAKE – The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on June 15-16., with the author in attendance at both events. The Outliers will be available in stores and on ComiXology on August 28, 2013.
Also joining Alternative Comic’s digital releases this June is K. Thor Jensen’s acclaimed graphic novel Red Eye, Black Eye. Cloud Stories, Jensen’s new collection of short comics, is expected in early 2014. Sam Henderson’s Magic Whistle #9 and James Kochalka’s Peanut Butter & Jeremy’s Best Book Ever will be released digitally in early July.
Download larger cover images at: http://wowcool.com/dload/AlternativeComics-1000pixels.zip
It seems fitting somehow to present some recent sounds from members of Brown Cuts Neighbors on Memorial Day, since one of our main members – James Kopta – has been gone from us for over a decade. The work lives on, however, and many of our videos will be presented by Jason Martin as part of the New York Electronic Art Festival 2013 a month from now.
Starting with something short… This is a quick track I threw together on Sunday afternoon with my new birthday toy – a Korg Kaossilator.
An unexpected birthday present yesterday was the re-release of the Teen Beat Records tribute compilation Relax Brother, Relax from My Mean Magpie. Track 12 is a cover of Sexual Milkshake’s Bargaining with the Bubblebot (or possibly Peanutz – there is some confusion and room for debate here), titled simply Bargaining The Bubblebot and credited to nickname: Rebel, my post Brown Cuts Neighbors band that has been slowly working on releasing the first two records and polishing a third.
Finally, from Mr. Jason Martin, we have the title track from the 2010 very limited vinyl-only release Adirondack Power and Light, which is to receive a digital release later this year from a re-launched Wow Cool Records.