Here is a new Lesson Lesson Lessen Relearn. It's probably the best thing I've done in a long time. I am very pleased with it. Of course, I think it's better with headphones and in the dark. I apologize if you do not use a Mac, but I uploaded the files in .m4a format to avoid quality loss. If you want mp3s, just email me and let me know. The final cover art may differ for physical copies. Enjoy!
*Note: I have added MP3 versions for those not on a Mac.
Looks like What's YR Damage? will be playing a Rat Bastard curated showcase at the 2009 SXSW. I'm sure there are a ton of good bands on it. We'll also be playing Friday night of the International Noise Conference. Gettin' stoked.
This past Saturday evening, I was the recipient of a very great surprise party for my 26th birthday. Many friends (quite a few traveled good distances, which I am so grateful for) and family gathered together for a really nice evening, which was beautifully accented by a 2 song Haves & Thirds performance. Apparently the second song will never be played live again.
Next I've uploaded the last studio session of What's YR Damage? songs. I think this must've been early or middle 2005. Two songs were previously released on a split 3" CD with Puke Attack. Not sure many people heard it, as I think we made only 100 or so. The other four songs were supposed to be the always-planned-but-never-realized What's YR Damage + Dead/Bird split LP.
I've always been a little hesitant to put these songs on the internet because the recording is pretty bad. Our buddy Josh Dobbs did it, and while I think he is certainly adept when it comes to recording, as he's shown many times with plenty of bands, we were young and had no idea what we wanted it to sound like. It should've been a little more blown out, a little more in the red, and our amps should have worked properly. I'm mostly disappointed in the recording because I think the songs were actually pretty good. After this period, we pretty much gave up on conventional song writing and recording methods. I'm hesitant to say we only played improvisational or free form music after this period, because we pretty much played that type of stuff live anyways. Whatever, enjoy the music if you can:
What's YR Damage? ersatz Greg made it out to Nick and Fran's wedding in Portland on August 8th. The above image is from the wedding reception. The next evening the three young men that are not Newton played a What's YR Damage? set at the Pocket Sandwich along with harsh favorites Newton, Yellow Tears and Ahlzagailzehguh (who we unfortunately missed due to an early departure for San Francisco the next morning).
The What's YR Damage?/Newton split cassette will be released by Breathmint Records soon. I am very happy about this. We have known Newton for many years, so it only makes sense to finally share a release. He's one harsh dude. Even when he isn't playing music. Here is our side of the split. The first new WYD? recording in sometime. Expect more to come.
Here's a video of Skeleton Warrior + What's YR Damage? live in Tampa a long time ago. Justin Clifford Rhody played (and also uploaded the video) along with Glen or Glenda. A ton of the usual Tampa Creeps played, too.
Back from Bloodfest last weekend... wow, it was completely amazing. So many great bands (Lazy Magnet, Russian Tsarlag, Then & Than, The Oals, Limp Lungs, Blood Mountain, Newton + Slow Owls, Skeleton Warrior, and other amazing ones that I probably forgot!). Easily one of, if not the best Lazy Magnet set I've ever seen. Same with Then & Than. Newton was in prime form. It felt incredible just to be back with all of those dudes doing what we all do best. I've alluded to it in the past, but I'll be blunt: The "Florida and Beyond" connection is one of the best things to happen to music in a very, very long time. Sometimes I stop and think about where we all were six years ago and how far we've come, and honestly, how much of an impact it's had. I wouldn't trade these experiences for anything in the world.
The above video is Lesson Lesson Lessen Relearn (half of, at least) accompanied by Todd Lynne on drums. It was a fun set. Who needs more than 1:30 of that racket anyways? In any case, expect a cassette on Ted Records before the end of the year and a split 7" with one of my favorite artists ever shortly thereafter.
If you don't have the most recent Lazy Magnet recording "Is Music Even Good," you should get it immediately. Jeremy Harris is one of the most capable musicians I've ever met, and this recording is set to blow minds. I've been listening to it non-stop since International Noise Conference 08. As incredible as it is, I've got a feeling it's just the tip of the iceberg. Corleone Records has you covered.
Surprise, surprise! The dudes are back! What's YR Damage? will be playing with Newton this Saturday in Portland, OR. There also a lot of other great bands playing. I think it's at a place called the Holy Mountain, and the show is done by a gentleman named Gordon. If that makes sense, then you probably know what's up. Unfortunately I've never been to Portland, so I don't know much about the show. Good chance What's YR Damage? will be playing on Tuesday August 12th in Oakland with Cellblock, Social Junk and Big Nurse. I guess we'll see.
I know I've neglected this blog since right after INC. There are a lot of recordings of things from the past I want to put up, as well as new stuff. I've been busy with my visual arts lately. If you're going to be in the Miami area tomorrow night (Thursday August 7th), a video of mine will be shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami in the Optic Nerve X program. It'll also be shown from about mid-September to mid-October in the MOCA lobby.
More to come when I return from my West Coast trip in about a week and a half!
It's out and ready for INC. Trade/buy a copy there. 45 minutes long. I'd say this is less of an adventure in sound and more like a trip to the grocery store; completely necessary. A taste of things to come. It embraces the age old question of "Do you get softer with age or do you get better with age?" Both bands choose an answer and laugh at it.