I can't give all of the details (or any really) just yet, since online gossip spins faster than a Kansas twister, but I have a request to make in your trust:  PLZ SEND US YOUR SOUNDS.

We want anything that you record or find that is audible and can be sent via the internet.  Noises from the spaces that you occupy during the everyday, field recordings, the sound of rice rushing out of a bag into a porcelain bowl (I love that sound!), the most annoying sound, beautiful sound, you singing, you playing an instrument, someone else singing, someone else playing an instrument, you and someone else singing together, you and someone else playing instruments, natural, digital, 2 seconds, 4 minutes... something that you have sitting around from your childhood, your first band, edit them however you like, or don't edit them at all... whatever you think.  Crummy recordings are not only welcome, they are encouraged! Singing/Playing out of tune and time are also highly encouraged.

Also - please feel free to send this on to anyone that might be interested.  If you want to participate but don't know much about sending things online, or transferring sounds from your phone/mind/recording device, please write to me at the email address below and maybe I can help.





The Glittering Sunlight of Life's July

There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression. There comes a time, my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July, and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. There comes a time. -MLK Jr.


branding music culture

Over the holidays I got into some of the stuff on the Hipster Runoff blog... they just posted this article about Animal Collective ( or "AnCo" - fan-adopted name personalization is sure to produce lasting memes for this brand, er band. kidding. kidding?).

It's a particularly meaningful moment in the development of my personal brand as I read this:

And this:


Anathallo climbs the charts...

We jumped from 31 to 19 this week, just edging out The Killers. All my dreams come true...

So apparently, if there's a college radio station around you there a decent chance they'll play you a song if you ask. Thank you to those who have been playing us on your stations!

Oh yeah, a tour

With some combination of these people:

Maybe you've heard about this, maybe not?

Proud Larry's

Still a few more to come, woo!


Mmmmm, book

Hi everyone! I was going to post some sweet pictures from the European or Japanese tour and remembered that I didn't bring my phone, which is my camera. But I can sum up what any picture would be of: great times. Both tours were absolutely amazing and all the people we met were fantastic. Every time I sit down on the toilet I long for the Japanese heated seat- conclusive proof that Japan has its priorities straight especially when it comes to energy consumption.

Anyway, I suppose I'll plug a couple of really great books that I've been reading. The first is called Nixonland, by Rick Perlstein. This is the best history book I've read in a really long time. It reads like a novel in a lot of ways, and its actually made me laugh and tear up at different points. Very entertaining and informative. The other is The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century, by Alex Ross. It's a really well-written book about 20th century music with a focus on classical stuff. There's also a website with listening excerpts to go along with it. It's already made me appreciate a few composers a lot more than I had before, and I haven't even read that much of it yet. I apologize if the second half is terrible. But, as LeVar Burton said a bunch of times, you don't have to take my word for it. If you trust Bjork more than me, you'll be interested to know that she's quoted inside the front jacket, where she calls the book "incredibly nourishing." Mmmmm, book.

Some people see themselves as victims of life

others own it. This girl for example - she's done being had...

2009 - Done being had.