Monday, December 30, 2013

The ShoutLand CDs have arrived!

The ShoutLand physical CDs have arrived! We are thrilled! Look for them on CD Baby and at upcoming shows!

Monday, December 16, 2013

This Thursday Amokian Masheeen on internet radio!

This Thursday, from 11pm to 1am on Kill Radio Amokian Masheeen will take to the net-waves (not air-waves as this is net radio.

This set is a collaboration with Igor Amokian, phog masheeen and Ustad Morelock. Igor Amokian is a legendary circuit bender and Groove Agent. A veteran of beatbox battles and an impresario of beat related events. Ustad is the host of Dung Mummy Radio and formidable force on guitar synth.

For this event I broke out the groove box and built three programs for the event, Lower Level, On the Bubble and Steel Cut. I don't know if I will get to use any of them, but it is good to be prepared.

What else do you have going between 11pm and 1am on a Thursday night? And you can join the chat at the Kill Radio page.

Here is a cool Video that Igor Amokian produced for the event!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Revenge of the Noise, 2007 NorCal NoiseFest Compilation, SCOW returns and SANF5

There are some New offerings from The Instagon Foundation (TIF) that have phog masheeen tracks.

The first is the long anticipated Revenge of the Noise. Which features noise covers of classic punk-rock songs. Phog masheeen covers "Smash it up" by the Damned. Click on the graphic!

and SCOW returns with a cover of "Sonic Reducer" by the Dead Boys. Click on the graphic!

Here is the link to get all the tracks:

In the ongoing releases of the Noisefest documentary CDs The 2007 edition is now on Bandcamp. Phog masheeen has the lead track

Phog masheeen also opened last weekend's Santa Ana Noise Fest #5. On this occasion we were Joined by Craig Sibley who performed on a variety of instruments. Most notably his "Chicken-phone."

Here is Craig's description of the "Chicken-phone."

The history of the Chicken-Phone goes back to when I lived in Fullerton, where we had a large yard behind the house complete with a chicken coop. One day while cleaning up the yard, I set a tomato trellis on top of a chicken "nesting box". I tossed a brick over where it hit the box and trellis and it made the most remarkable sound. I promptly took the objects into the garage, added some guitar strings and immediately fell in love with the instrument, where I used it on a variety of projects including a sound track on a film called "Menagerie" (complete with chicken poop and everything). Since then, I have built a nice version of the instrument (without poop) and love the thing! It has a bass string, and a guitar string, can be struck with drum sticks, plucked or bowed for some very strange and wonderful sounds!

Look for the recording of SANF5 to be up soon! With Chicken-phone and Dr. Kaplan's signature percussion.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Noise fest Compilations now available for download! Santa Ana Noise Fest #5 - 11-30-13.

Good News! The Compilation CDs from the Norcal NoiseFests are now online for download.
You can find phog masheeen submissions on the 2012 CD:

and on the 2009 CD:

These compilations are great and have exclusive tracks from all the artists. They are well worth checking out.

There is lots of activity behind the scenes here. The phog masheeen Collective is sending out applications and making videos. The above screen capture is from one of those.

Coming up Santa Ana Noise Fest #5 November 30 At the OCCCA117 North Sycamore, 
Santa Ana, CA. 92701 USA 714.667.1517 in the great city of Santa Ana. It starts at 5:00 pm with phog masheeen! Did I mention that it is FREE! What a great way to take the edge off the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here is the line-up

SANF5 11-30-13

10:00 PM Telecaves
9:40 to 10:00 Set up
9:40 PM Endometruim Cuntplow
9:00 PM +DOG+
8:40 to 9:00 Set up
8:20 PM Cold Grey Eye
8:00 PM Virons
7:40 PM Dragonsoundz System
7:20 to 7:40 Set up
7:00 PM Skunk Puppet
6:40 PM Invisible Path
6:20 PM Petit Sac
6:00 to 6:20 Set up
5:40 PM Insuu Bunkai
5:20 PM jesus is Dead
5:00 PM phog masheeen

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Coming soon to a bookstore near you!

We are bringing our trip to Gatsby Books, Saturday Nov. 2 at 6:00 pm. We have the great honor of sharing a bill with Terrence McManus who is out from Brooklyn. I recommend checking out the link on guitar building. He has built some very cool instruments.

On other fronts, I am preparing a piece for LOB's Thee Revenge of the Noise: Punk Rock Covers Comp.

Don't forget you can download the new Shoutland CD. The physical copies should be arriving by the end of the year.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Soundwalk, Twitter and where's phog masheeen

This Saturday at Soundwalk I will be tweeting the locations of my performances. To get the tweets click the twitter button to subscribe to @phogmasheeen.

Site plan for Soundwalk
Here is the link for the pdf to load on the phone.

Here is the updated map as of 10-5-13 at 1:40 PM.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

ShoutLand available for download, Soundwalk this Saturday 10-5-13

The new phog masheeen release "ShoutLand" is available for download. The physical copies will be out shortly. Please click the badge on the right and allow CD Baby to reveal the splendor that is "ShoutLand."

Soundwalk is this Saturday 10-5-13. Dr. Kaplan is bringing the Rubber Band Box Orchestra to this event. You are all invited to participate. Here is the flyer!

The show at the 29 Palms Creative Center was a rousing success! The most pleasant desert night ever for this event. Here are the pictures that Eric Strauss took. Thank You Eric!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Shows, Shoutland and Buttons!

The Thrilling conclusion to the Bedlam Art Show is this Saturday 9-14-2013. Phog masheeen will be joining Emmy and Bean from Brutal Poodle to scorch the air behind the Radio Free Joshua Tree at 9:30 PM. If you are out that way check it out.

The two weeks later we are performing at the 29 Palms Creative Center for their Birthday party. That would be Saturday 9-28-13 After sunset (7:00 PM ish)

Rolling in after that is the Soundwalk in Long Beach. 10-5-2013.
Dr. Kaplan is bringing her Rubber Band Box Orchestra to the Soundwalk. I will be roaming around and seeking opportunities for sonic experiments.

The Swag has arrived!

As anticipation builds for the arrival of ShoutLand, the swag arrives. New buttons available only at live shows. You will want these!

Also check out the ShoutLand Back Story tab at the top of the blog to get the full narrative on Shoutland!

Also I will be performing with the Big Enjoyers as the bass guitar operator on 10-3-2013 at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. We go on at 9:00 pm.

Here's a thread on the production of ShoutLand from FaceBook. Sorry about the lack of word-wrap.

Mark A. Soden Jr. Thanks Tim! We are ramping up for the new CD ShoutLand.

Tim Mungenast I wanna know all about it!

Mark A. Soden Jr. Ok, Here's the link to the back story

phog masheeen: ShoutLand Back

Mark A. Soden Jr. The tracks were built from live recordings, rehearsals and studio work. The Sonorium performance is in there. I continued the the use of actors as vocalists. Focusing on character rather than singing. Thomas Dimuzio did a brilliant job of mastering. Bill Almas has produced an outstanding cover for the CD that ties in the "buzzing like cicadas" phrase and Vanessa LeFevre's cicada recordings are in there too! These recordings are how I spent my summer...

Mark A. Soden Jr. Bill did a trailer for an early mix of "I Want To Take a Shower." Lisa Black added a genius vocal to that. She developed a voice for the character Agatha that just says "homeless with a taste for drugs." That video is here

Mark A. Soden Jr. The first trailer is here: Bobby Almon voiced this intro to the world of shoutland in a tone that evokes the voice of a weary crime reporter, laying out the facts.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Trailer #2 for Shoutland now on YouTube!

The second trailer for the upcoming phog masheeen CD ShoutLand is up on YouTube.
The track is titled "I want to take a shower."
Lisa Black handles the Vocal and Matt Chait is featured on guitar.

Here is the link:

Sunday, July 28, 2013

ShoutLand is coming! Trailer #2 in production....

The upcoming phog masheeen CD is well into production.

Here is a peek at the "suitable for black velvet" cover art from William Almas.

William is also producing a second trailer for the CD.

We are looking at an October 1, 2013 release date for this. There will be pre-release sales as well. More on that later.

Bringing the sweet sound of dry ice to the ShoutLand tracks. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The great work is under way for ShoutLand, The next phog masheeen CD.

Guitar Legend Matt Chait dials it in for a festive morning of recording at the Coastal Lair.
Work is thundering ahead on the follow up CD to The Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold. Titled ShoutLand this is a group of songs with a downtown noir vibe. Based on current events in downtown Long Beach California.

The tracks feature performances by phog masheeen stalwarts Dr. Kaplan and Eric Strauss as well as guest performances by Lisa Black and Matt Chait.

More guests are on the way.

You will know about it here first!