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PL▶Y is a new monthly Ambient, Downtempo, Avant-Garde, New Age, (etc. etc. etc.), night at Eclipse Lounge Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville. I started it last month with a few friends. It’s on the second Saturday of every month. The first event was a really great night. I have been trying to get a night like this started for a long time, and I am extremely pleased that it has finally happened. I believe that there is a need in the PGH for a regular event that is on the more low-key end of things. But, if you don’t feel like keeping things chill and want to dance and sweat until the sun comes up, PL▶Y is always before the Humanaut curated Hot Mass.

The second PL▶Y happens this Saturday (click on the flyer to see the Facebook event page). Hopefully I’ll see you out there.

If you want to hear what PL▶Y sounds like, check out the recording of my set below the image.

PLAY At Eclipse Lounge Pittsburgh

Click To Go To The Facebook Event Page

 

“PL▶Y 0001” At Eclipse Lounge Pittsburgh On December 13th, 2014:

 

PL▶Y 0001 (2014-12-13) by Wgparham on Mixcloud

 

SET LIST:

[00:00:00] A Breeze Through The Burford Spur – Broadcast (Berberian Sound System)
[00:00:34] The Equestrian Vortex – Broadcast (Berberian Sound System)
[00:01:54] Number 33 – beaunoise (Ambient One)
[00:05:40] Why We Write – Anklebiter (Weight Of A Pronoun)
[00:09:55] Keeper Of The Purple Twilight – Bill Laswell & Pete Namlook (Outland 3)
[00:13:23] Explorations – Red Lauan Tree (A Thief To The Gallows)
[00:17:25] Om Mani Padme Hum – Constance Demby (Skies Above Skies)
[00:20:50] In My Garden – Swans (Children Of God)
[00:25:28] This Is Me – Chris & Cosey (Heartbeat)
[00:27:58] Caught Unawares – Compag Velocet (Bon Chic Bon Genre)
[00:31:27] Invert – Gridlock (Formless)
[00:36:47] porch_field – Chris Randall (floats on air)
[00:41:41] Destroy Everything You Touch (Hot Chip Remix Edit) – Ladytron (UK Maxi Single)
[00:48:21] Climb – Aeaea (Drink The New Wine)
[00:50:42] Red Phase (Shifting Sight) – Red Lauan Tree (A Thief To The Gallows)
[00:52:37] Malleus Malleficarum – Broadcast (Berberian Sound System)
[00:53:28] Ein Seltener Vogel – Einstürzende Neubauten (Perpetuum Mobile)
[00:54:13] Hic Jacet Sepultus Inclitus Rex – Red Lauan Tree (*unreleased*)

This Sunday, I’m going to be spinning weird records at Brillobox in the good ol’ PGH. Which is great, because I can finally get myself a pair of skinny jeans. DJing on vinyl at Brillobox is basically like getting blackout in Hipster Bingo.

It should be a fun night. I’ve been going through my stacks of vinyl in the studio looking for prime cuts to play. I’ve been leaning heavily towards the odd and obscure. I tend to enjoy buying random albums from cutout bins and thrift stores. I usually don’t care what I get. If a record has an interesting name, or weird cover art, I’ll buy it. Thrift store vinyl usually goes from $0.50 to $2 a record. If I get a stack of ten or twenty discs, I’m not out much money. If I find three records that I like, I’m ahead of the game. Usually I’ll find some good sample fodder for my music as a bonus. I’ve found some real gems over the years, several of which I will be playing on Sunday.

I’ve named the event, Pop Garbage because I think of these records as the lost and discarded sounds of our popular past. Records that were pressed and then mostly forgotten about until someone needed to clean out their living rooms or decided that it was time to put away childish things. These records were once cherished items, that now collect dust and molder in stacks in the back corner of thrift stores. Some of them are records by once chart topping giants, and some by virtual unknowns. All of them are trash now. Most of the artists are long gone from the scene (if they ever were really in it to begin with). Some turn out to be small vanity releases. Those are the saddest records. When I play them, I am hearing the sound of someones dream that never became a reality. They either quit trying to “make it” or died without “arriving”. Either way, their proud moments end up in the rubbish heap of culture. I try to honor them, even when their work is ridiculous. They put their heart into it. After all, in the end, my work may end up in the bone yard with them.

In any event, if you are anywhere near Pittsburgh (specifically Lawrenceville) on Sunday the 20th around 9pm, you should come out to spend some time with me and my records. If enough people show up, I’ll get to do it again. I’ve got too many records to play in one night!

POP GARBAGE @ Brillobox

Music That Makes You Go Hmmmm…

 

Yes. I know. I promised you things:

Trip reports.
Photos.
Me not being silent.
Candy and cake.
A third gorram season of Twin Peaks!

But, it just didn’t work out. I had a big trip report nearly ready to go about everything that happened right before Life Is Good started, but then Life Is Good started. I got caught up in the whole business of the conference and hanging out with people I haven’t seen in forever and meeting new people. And I’m lazy. And after the end of the conference, I went to Las Vegas to spend a week having a father+son vacation with my dad.

Do you think I got much writing done in Las Vegas? Of course I didn’t, but I finally got to see Penn & Teller.

After that, I headed back to Pittsburgh and my family, and had to take a few days to decompress and recover from the desert heat. As soon as I felt like doing any work, I went to the computer with every intention of posting all the details and photos. I ended up working on music. And that was going so well that I just had to keep going at it. Then our cat Lain died. He just suddenly keeled over and was gone. Kind of took the wind out of my sails for a bit.

The bad news for you, my friends, is that a Trip Report is going to be long in coming (if it comes as all), and when it does it just might be a mad and unorganized photo dump. I’m sorry.

The good news is that my Red Lauan Tree project is about to release a new record. It’s one of the best records that I have ever written. I’m really proud of it. It’s a mostly ambient affair. On the dark side, but not oppressive in its sound. I think that I walked the edge between sounds very well. There is a ton of live and analog instrumentation buried under the layers of the final mix. But it’s not the kind of album that uses rainsticks and wind-chimes as instruments. Think more along the line of Coil’s Unnatural History or the song Radio Void by Chris & Cosey. But not really at all. It is its own thing. I guess that means that I’m finding my voice musically!

Here is a preview track:

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The full album clocks in at just about an hour long and I expect it to be out by the end of the week.