Friday, March 5, 2010

Split with Secret Message Machine and Summer Camp Casanova (Aug. 2009)

Third time's a charm. Seemed to take Erik (SCC) moving away to get us to actually pull off the split, but at least it finally came together.
It was tough on me because I had wanted to take a break after "Litost," then did the split with the Neon Sea, then had 2 months to get 4 songs together for this split. I was feeling burnt out and apprehensive. But it had to happen and we're very glad it finally did.
We were all in bands together such as Blank_Blank, Mystery Pill, and backing bands for each other's solo projects, so there is some similarity in all of our songs, but still distinguishable.
We mixed it all up and didn't label what song was by what band. If you want to find out you'll have to download SMM and SCC albums from and We're all on myspace, too.
It's strangely hard to write about, so just give it a listen, okay?
Thank You.

Split with The Neon Sea (June 2009)

After I finished "Litost" I felt the need for a much needed break from recording. After sending one to my friend Dan in Chicago, he suggested a split. I thought his experimental electronics and my post-punkish splatterings would make an interesting mix. He finished months before me and thanks to his patience I finally got 4 songs together.
The opener, "Pink and Black Cities" is possibly my favorite Neon Sea song. It has gentle ambience and lo-fi harshness in perfect measure. It's an engulfing piece of music.
Then your trance is broken by a completely different sound. It's weird how disturbing the percussion seems. For lack of a better term, KD harshes your mellow (even though that mellow had its share of harshness). Then by the time it seems like it's all KD, the Neon Sea returns to nicely round out the album.
Please check out Dan's blog:
and check out some of his past solo and collaborative work (Miso Skitzo, Invisible, Penfield 88) at

nO (feb. 2008)

This was intended to be a limited edition of 44 copies, but i never had to make that many. This has 3/4 of what was to be my part of the second attempted split with Secret Message Machine and Summer Camp Casanova, and also Freedom Fries and Noise Slough. But it never came to be.
I also had a few out-takes laying around plus some original ideas that had turned into songs on the previous couple of albums, and quickly added an array of experimental jams and what-have-you's and condensed it down into one long ass track (like my copies of "Faust Tapes" and Boredoms "Soul Discharge"). I did this in part to be annoying, but i also thought that this presentation might make the listener approach the album differently.
To my surprise, many of my friends have claimed a fondness for this one, and depending on my mood, so am I.
Let's see if it gets 44 downloads...

(at the time I deleted the download in June 2012, it had 42....almost!)