Monday, October 10, 2016

NFXX recap, Western Theme and unreleased Video...

Phog masheeen debuted a western theme at Norcal Noisefest this year and we produced a video to go with the track, "My Horse Kalenchoe." Originally this video was only available on the pirate box private server at the festival. But now you can see it here! More western theme to come...

Norcal Noisefest is always an amazing event and a wonderful fall destination and meeting of the tribes. It is a great way to see what new things people are up to. One stand out set for me was Medicine Cabinet. The way the real instrument sounds were used to make the harsh noise harsher. It was an excellent set!

The sets will be on Bandcamp eventually and you will see a link to it here when it does.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Instant interview with East Coast Guitar Legend Tim Mungenast....

Tim Mungenast Photo by Glenn Kulbako.
Here is an instant interview with Tim Mungenast, an experimental guitarist currently residing in Albany, New York.

Today 9-15-2016

Tim Mungenast ...and HELLO again! :D

Mark A. Soden Jr. Interviews: that sounds like fun what are you up to right now

Tim M about to eat dinner but that's not a big obstacle. we can do this. wheee!

Mark S OK will make this short and sweet. I will ask three questions, what is the most important musical piece to you? what are your musical plans? What is the most fun you have had playing music?

Tim M typing with my mouth full is not nearly as rude as speaking that way, yes?

Mark S We can do this with typing that way you can eat freely and it won't sound like anything.

Tim M I will put a chunk of dry ice on my keyboard...
Okay, question 1...
do you mean one of my tunes or someone else's
i'll assume someone else's music, in which case, my choice is...
at this moment in time? i'd say "freedom" by jimi hendrix

Mark S It can't be either yours or someone else's

Tim M okay, then! we can put a checkmark next to #1

Mark S What about freedom hooked you?

Tim M question #2... my plans?
ah, "freedom" had maybe the most propulsive hook ever created
...and a very positive message of human potential

Mark S Hooks are a great thing. It speaks to the lizard brain.

Tim M...killer solos, and vocals, too
for sure, the lizard brain isn't all bad. :D
it gets a bad rap.

Mark S I would say in general people spend more time using the lizard brain then they would like to admit

Tim M hahahaha! I'd put money on it, yes.

Mark S Especially when they're operating heavy equipment like cars

Tim M Yeah, you need ALL your brain for that, at least if you want to do it right and not drive like a New Englander.
...or a denizen of NYC and environs.

3:13pmMark S Well, you guys have weather. Bad drivers in Los Angeles have no excuse...

Tim M hahahahaha! Agreed.
Mark S So back to plans what have you got going?

Tim M Last summer I recorded an album as guest axeman for my friends' band Astro Al (a husband/wife band specializing in weird poetry soundscapes), and a week or so ago we recorded the followup, which is so far sounding even better and more fun.
...and I am on 6 of 18 songs on Eric Dahlman's "Glacier" album.

Mark S Outstanding! Is that on Bandcamp or sound cloud where can one get to this?


Tim M let me check my emails 
i have the URL somewhere

Mark S Eric Dahlman is brilliant he turned a great set at wonder Valley experimental last year.

Tim M Yes, he is a great friend and collaborator, an excellent musician with a very strong sense of melody

Tim M

Mark S Most definitely the sense of melody and his ability to like take a melody for a walk is amazing.

Tim M yessir! we also are planning a new album

Mark S Cool!

Tim M we recorded it 2 years ago in an abandoned railway tunnel in clinto, mass.

Mark SAnd the ever popular topic of fun!

Tim M it sounds really good
ah, i saw whatcha did there

Mark S Our third and final question the most fun you've had musically?

Tim M we are very close to tying up all the loose ends. the acoustics in that tunnel were amazing!
oh, that's a good one!
 lemme cogitate a minute...

Mark S We might be able to do something like at that in a storm drain out here. What with the ongoing drought we don't have much use for them.

Tim M yes! good sound is truly where you find it.
most fun, eh?

3:22pmMark S Sometimes where you least expect it.

Tim M yes! regarding musical fun, a strong contender would be the aforementioned session in the train tunnel and the associated road trips (we went back a year later for the photo shoot)
Eric is great to work with partly because he is great to hang out with

Mark S How did you find this tunnel?

Tim M Eric and I are both railroad geeks as well as avanguardians... railroad sounds really feed into the idea of beautiful noise, accidental sonic beauty... and Eric knows his trivia as far as routes and tunnels and which train runs where, while I'm mostly about the locomotives and the associated lore.

Tim M It was Eric's idea and I instantly knew it was a good one. He'd recorded in there before.

Mark S Wow that's so cool.

Tim M Yeah!

3:27pmMark S Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Tim M (something resembling a thought skitters around Tim's brain, like subatomic particles in a cloud chamber.)

Mark S I love those cloud chamber 16 mm films they used to show in science class.

Tim M for someone who loves to be interviewed, i'm sure coming up dry right now...

Mark S Then I guess were done…

Tim M oh yeah, anything related to olde-tyme school science education is great.

Mark S What I loved about those science films was there was no hint of insincerity or irony.

Tim M I have a lot of the fifties/sixties science books from grade school
they are cheap on ebay for those of us hell-bent on recapturing the great moments of our childhoods.
even the worst childhhod has SOME happy memories unless you grew up in a war zone (God protect those who do!)

Mark SAnd there are many of us who are hellbent on doing just that.

Tim M Final idea...
Not my idea, but I live by it: It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

Mark S Have a great evening I need to run along now.

Tim M Good evening to you too, Mark! Thanks! This was fun!

Mark S Fun and painless!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hyperion Tavern Video, Sitting in with Toaster Music and the road to Norcal...

Big thanks to Rich Polysorbate from Clowns and Fetuses for documenting the Phog masheeen set at Hyperion Tavern. Thanks to rock legend Don Bolles for booking said event and keeping the party rolling from the DJ/VJ booth.

Phog masheeen will be sitting in with Toaster Music at the Expo Design Center for the first Friday hoe-down in Bixby Knolls (aka Long Beach) on 9-2-16, Thanks to Sander and Sumako for the invite.

Later in September we start the northern migration to the Norcal Noisefest. The first stop is in San Francisco at the Luggage Store Gallery. The date for that is Thursday Sept. 29th at 8:00pm. The address for the Luggage Store Gallery is 1007 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94103. It would be lovely to see all our San Francisco friends there....

Friday we transit to Sacramento for the Skunk Puppet show at Luna's Cafe,

Saturday we enjoy the splendor that is Noisefest.

Sunday Phog masheeen performs around 7:30 PM at Cafe Colonial
3520 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, California 95820. All of Sunday will be broadcast on the internet. Details and lineup....Here!

Friday, August 19, 2016

See phog masheeen at Hyperion Tavern next Wednesday 8-24-16

Phog masheeen is coming to Hyperion Tavern Wednesday 8-24-16 for Don Bolles Hushe Club. We will be rolling out a new approach for this show. Come down and check it out!  Also on the bill, Justice Yeldham.

Next up is the San Francisco pre-show for the NorCal Noisefest at the Luggage Store in San Francisco!  This is Thursday Sept. 29th at 8:00 pm. The Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94103. We don't come to San Francisco often, come on down and check out the new setup!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thanks to eveyone who came to the OC Fair

Thanks to everyone that came to the OC Fair to see us! Thanks to the crew at the Plaza Pacifica Stage for making it so easy to sound so good! It was great fun. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

How to rehearse, or if to rehearse for improvised music....

Rehearsal, is it over rated?

 Tomorrow is our day at the OC Fair. To that end we got together and breezed through our set. Which begs the question, "Can you rehearse improvisation?" You can certainly rehearse setting up and getting the gear to work. Which is no small part of this endeavor. Relative levels are helpful as well. Our one rehearsal went swimmingly, We are ready for the Fair! See you there! 

PS Dr. K scored some soda caps from  our favorite mexican restaurant "Super Pollo." The caps will turbo-charge the sound of the Bundt pans!