curated by chad and dingus. specimens: destination machine, m @ d, half dolla, bunch-o-flex, fry 13 (mm), tim, spring-dog, ricky, distant pony, scooter, eeeyore, fone friends, joe, mad at dad, failures, ken, bad folk, international speaker guy, jaded evil lambs, cancer lesbian, insane analog, hey feet, seals of similar size, universal peeps.
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We'll keep this one brief, these guys Particle Devotion are friends of friends of ours from New Orleans, and we're pleased as punch to be putting them up at the Way Out Club this Thursday, 10/6. These guys employ a wide range of instrumentation to sculpt flawless artisanal dreamy indie rock gems. Seriously, anytime you have somebody in your band credited with both vibraphone and vocoder, you have our attention, lol. Give it a swing if that is your thing, and then come catch them Thurday with locals The Oddfellows and Comrade Catbox. Full album available at: https://particledevotion.bandcamp.com
(cough) also, don't forget WAY OUT WEIRDO WEDNESDAY #13 also at the Way Out the day prior, 10/5, featuring Nebulosa, Scheiffv, Jason LaChance, the long awaited return of the original 4-piece lineup of Brain Transplant, and a musical blind date between Santur (persian hammered dulcimer) player Ali Naeini and percussionist Drew Gowran. SUCH FUN. (cough cough cough)
You know what they say, "the best laid plans of mice and pterodactyls often go awry". Yeah... We delinquent. We know. New episodes and snacktimes have been slow to materialize, because life is crazy right now. Playing/booking/working lots of shows, new jobs, school, babies. We busy. But it would have been EXTREMELY remiss of us not to drop this today, like we meant to do weeks ago.
Zero Control is drummer Drew Gowran, rapper Sentel Brown, and David Bell on synthesizers and vocal/drum processing. If you listened to Episode 38, that was them at the very end. Their most recent set was last month in support of ex-pat pal Night Grinder. Unfortunately, SB couldn't make the show, so they tossed a book at Austin Case (Spagyric, The Icebergs) and said "READ", because he's usually good for that, as he was this evening. So here is the recording courtesy Dingus and his Zoom recording thingus, Zero Control featuring Austin Case.
Check out Drew's record, it's really good! https://drewgowran.bandcamp.com/releases
So, if you saw the event/flyer for August's Way Out Weirdo Wednesday, you probably like "who is Jessipher?" Well, that's homey Jesse Edmister, who was to make his solo noise debut. However, what we really ended up with was a nebumeister set, which is the duo configuration of Jesse and Julio Prato of local psych heroes Kenshiro's, who has been kicking around experimental solo compositions as nebulosa (nebulosa + Edmister = nebumeister, got it?)
They turned in a super enjoyable debut performance, here's the first piece they played, we'll be posting the second half eventually, after we toss out some other things we've been sitting on.
They've got a groovy little three track record up as well if you wanna give that a go: https://nebulosamusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-magnolia-cluster
Nathan Cook is one of the heavy thinkers of the STL experimental scene, every performance he gives and every single stellar release on the tape label he curates has a ton of thought and meaning and intent behind it. When he joined us at the Way Out Club back in May, evidently his intent was to get a synthy minimalist dance party going. A pleasantly unexpected head-bopper. Get yourself more at http://www.close-far.com/ and also be sure to check out his monthly experimental concert series Bruxism. It's a great time to be a weirdo in St. Louis.
Gonna keep the notes brief today. Modular maestro Kevin Harris always crushes, but this set he turned in at the Way Out Club on 7/6/2016 was exceptionally fun. Thanks, homeskillet!
The next Way Out Weirdo Wednesday is coming up fast, we've got sets lined up for you by STL experimental/noise legends Regicide Bureau and Larva Lu, the debut noise set by Jessipher, the psychedelic ramblings of Kenshiro's, and a stand up comedy set by Tom Hill! You don't want to miss this one.
Expect more snacktimes soon, I know we've been quiet lately, but that's about to change. Starting to get a bit of a backlog here, so get ready for the dam to break. You should have like a month of canned goods on hand.
curated by dingus, brad, and husky sombrero. specimens: sb, bryan hobein, chad, curta, animal/object feat. jim fitzpatrick, speedpsychic, lanx borealis, kid mask (night grinder remix), morlox, steve & ian, vehemence 6.2, tim, ky, rebecca watson, fry 13, david bell & drew gowran, justin symbol, shane, boidie, catlady, bachman, israel, phil ferguson, love kingsford, jaded evil lambs feat. ho pham, zero control.
Big thanks to everybody who came out to Way Out Weirdo Wednesday this week, it was a hell of a time, with a super quiet introspective set from Matt Muslin's project Zwornikins, the super fresh debut set by Grocer (including stunning performances by two masked interpretive dancers!), and the minimal guitar deconstruction of Berdella. But the set we want to share with you right now is this superlative gem by Blank Thomas, aka Blake Butler. This set ran the full gamut of electronic expression, from superchill dubby atmospheres to straight up noisy club bangers, there is something here to get just about veryone's butt moving. Thanks as always to Bob & Sherri at the Way Out, and an extra shout out to Biggie Stardust for sending his homies our way, thereby instigating the "Ambient April" motif, which we hope to make an annual event. Join us next month for Way Out Wednesday #8 on 5/4, featuring the new noisy synth-rap jam band Zero Control (Drew Gowran, Sentel Brown, and David Bell), the introspective experimental arrangements of NNN Cook, and more acts to be announced shortly. See you there!
Grocer specializes in improvised ambient soundscapes of strictly hardware origin. He was sent our way by fellow ambient pal of the podcast Biggie Stardust, and we are super proud to be able to host Grocer's debut live performance in two days at the next Way Out Weirdo Wednesday! Somehow the usual mixed-genre format got subverted and we have a full bill of chillout droney minimalist stuff in a range of different flavors, featuring Grocer, Blank Thomas, Berdella, and Zwornikins. We're calling it "Ambient April" and we might just have to make it a yearly thing.
This cut right here is a special bonus track outtake from Grocer's debut cassette, recorded and pressed with the assistance of wunderkind Chelsi Webster on Pack Rat Records, which a little birdie tells us may or may not make it in the mail in time for release at the show Wednesday. You'll just have to come on out to the Way Out Club and find out for yourself. Doors at 9. Free show. It'll do you good.
Grocer soundcloud action: https://soundcloud.com/inclusive003/
Brad sent this snacktime in from the Paradoxal Pterodactyl Denver field office, with the succinct description "Sister Grotto = Heaven Metal // Soft Gaze out of Rhinoceropolis in Denver, CO"
So last summer Dingus had a little mini-fest noise bbq thing at his house, you may remember hearing about it. Here's the closing set of the evening, a nice long hazy droney smear courtesy STL noise champs Catholic Guilt, joined for this set by special guest Larva Lu. Been sitting on this one, glad to put it out now. Dig it.
"Xome is a harsh noise music project conceived and operated by Bob Scott. Xome first started experimenting with dissonant forms of music in 1989 but the first organized live performance in Tokyo in 1994 marks the true activation of the project. Now based in Sacramento, CA, Xome has evolved into a highly refined and extremely harsh noise music unit by means of improvised manipulation of sound generating and processing equipment."
Here's Xome's brief but blistering set from the Way Out Club a couple weeks back, complete with PA failure at the end (we were pushing it pretty hard that night, first time we've had that problem since we started running shows up there last fall). It was lots of fun to host him and Boar on the final stop on their tour, two of the nicest guys in noise. For more, check out http://www.xome.org/
Four cuts from the brand new release "Aberdeen Skye" by The Ursula Gunn. St. Louis based experimental artist, Shannon Pease, mixes feedback and distortion with mangled percussion samples and live manipulation to create a "Power Drone" sort of feel. Shannon has worked with, and played live with Rosemary Malign, The Prairie Dogs, Arsenic Lullaby, DyeIreHne, Endotoxic Shock, Etwog, and is the newest member of the Paradoxal Pterodactyl podcast curatorial staff. This album marks the 5th official release by The Ursula Gunn.
Get the rest of it at: https://ursulagunn.bandcamp.com
We've been running a little behind here at PP central, what with our electioneering activities, booking headaches, influenza quarantine, and generally running on pterodactyl time (you thought punk time was bad). So we're going to make it up to you starting now with a full week of snacktimes! First up is probably our most significant piece of outstanding business- a special hour long mix of performances recorded at the UNDERCURRENT grand finale show on January 30, 2015 at the Schlafly Tap Room (the release party for the twelfth and final cassette in the series). If you'll recall, UNDERCURRENT was the critically acclaimed concert & mixtape collaborative series that was curated by Wrong Division and edited/arranged by Paradoxal Pterodactyl, with visuals by Chizmo.tv and pals, beer by Schlafly, and killer performances by just about a million of STL's finest acts across multiple genres. Actually that description barely begins to cover the UNDERCURRENT experience or all the work that went into it. This very special mix was completed the very next day after the final show, and then somehow got lost before we could post it, for over a year until Dingus found it hiding on an SD card a couple weeks ago. So here it is, the long awaited party re-cap featuring the debut performances of SKIN TAGS and HARDBODY, encore victory lap performances by CAVEOFSWORDS and TRAUMA HARNESS, and (wow you guys) the super slippery GHOST ICE! Thanks again to everybody who made this shit possible, that came out and enjoyed themselves (and talked nonsense into the mic for me), and especially to everyone who tried to take a little piece of that zeitgeist and run with it and make something new... it feels like forever ago since these shows, but we can still feel the echoes in the scene today, more than a year later. I guess what I'm trying to say is GO TEAM. GOOD GAME.
Hey everybody! Legendary Dubuque, IA harsh noise artist BOAR is returning to St. Louis TOMORROW NIGHT! Paradoxal Pterodactyl is proud to present the harshest show of the season 3/8 at the Way Out Club (2525 S. Jefferson). STL knows BOAR from his many past appearances at NoisefeSTL and other shows at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, where he established himself as a fan favorite for connoisseurs of the harshest of the harsh. Since then, he's broadened and diversified the focus of the project a bit, with astounding results. The last time Alex came through town, he dropped this killer set at Livery Company, which we are super happy to be able to share with you now in celebration of his triumphant return!
Also, if you live elsewhere or have friends who do that may be interested, the event page for the full BOAR/XOME tour is at: https://www.facebook.com/events/954751764616658/
curated by dingus and husky sombrero. specimens: jaded evil lambs, hardbody, bahbo, seamus mcfamous feat. untle dave, scooby, fire-toolz, bryan hobein, beav, the ursula gunn, jindra, solenopsis halitosis, ol dirty giombini, johnny magnet, shannon pease, harper, jupiter-moonrock.
This month's installment of "What You Missed Last Night" is this beastly solo drum performance by Drew Gowran (Sole Loan, ex-Little Big Bangs, etc). Drew's recently had a remarkable string of quite well received solo performances, and it was a real treat to have him at our little shindig. You can catch him next on 2/20 at the Luminary for Drummers Only Deux, the follow up to Joe Hess's all percussion benefit for Syrian refugees back in December. This time there will be 24 drummers, paired up for 12 duos/duels (Drew will be playing with Alberto Patino), and the proceeds will be split between International Institute St. Louis and Organization for Black Struggle. Full details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/795009777270795/
We might have sat on this recording a little bit longer, but with the wonderful glowing write up Olan just got, it seemed like a good time to go ahead and put this out there, especially since his scarcity of recorded output featured prominently in the article, as a favor to both the audience clamoring for samples of his addictively fuzzed out washes of orgasmic textures, and also to our favorite new dude to gig with. Biggie Stardust is a project that deserves all the buzz, and a hella nice dude to work with. This recording of course was from the January Way Out Weirdo Wednesday show, recorded by Dingus with his Zoom recording thingus, blah blah bleeby blee. Go read Joe Hess's article for St. Louis Magazine at: http://www.stlmag.com/arts/music/the-intuitive-soundscapes-of-biggie-stardust/
One of our favorite local standup comics and promoter behind several of the comedy shows you've heard bits of in our podcast, wickedly funny badass Micaela Mohr kicked in the new year's teeth with back to back sets on January 2nd- this recording (courtesy Dingus) is from the second set, where she closed out the evening at San Loo (if you haven't been there yet, new bar on Cherokee where Livery Company was before they moved, still a fun little space and glad to see it open again). She's our kind of dirtbag, and we're stoked to announce she'll be cutting it up with us at Way Out Weirdo Wednesday #5 on February 3, along with Monster Sized Monster, Drew Gowran, Jaded Evil Lambs, and the debut of an exciting new act St. Michael! Find Paradoxal Pterodactyl on Facebook to peep the event page. Starts at 9, 21+, FREE SHOW at "your home away from home", the Way Out Club. See you there!
curated by brad, chad, and dingus. specimens: day grinder, glassmen, doug plaster, capital swizzle credit, becca mhalek & david mead, jeff buns, funny farmer, rickshaw feat. barely free (remix by andrew broder), day grinder vs. jivin' ted, mad at dad, chad's shitty neighbors, bryan hobein, dj, paul, mort, joe, rhiannon, fone friendz, jason, johnnie in jeans, jaded evil lambs, trilatz-n-effect, the paper destiny of nations, shelly koesterer, bean sallard, ultraviolet, etc.
Hot and fresh from last night, Alex Cunningham's frenetic solo violin maelstrom. Rushing this one out to you because it just oh so nicely hit the spot, 100% exactly what we needed. Thanks Alex and thanks to everybody who came to the Way Out last night for the first Way Out Weirdo Wednesday of 2016, a wonderful time was had by all! Stay tuned for further bits from last night and be sure to save the date for next month's show on February 3rd. We'll be announcing that lineup soon and there's a brand new full length super tricked out episode of the one and only Paradoxal Pterodactyl Periodical Podcast on the horizon (using our full name like moms is mad at us), so seriously, don't go anywhere.
Dipping way back into the archives to start the podcasting year off right, with a treat that we'd been saving for a special occasion. This right here would be the last time Stephen Holliger brought his melodic ambient drone project Swim Ignorant Fire through STL, over three whole years ago now, dead square in the middle between the releases of his excellent albums "Weddings & Funerals" and "Belly Of The Whale". Hosted at the dearly departed weirdospace Mushmaus (pour some out), recorded by Dingus with his Zoom recording thingus. Just seemed like a soothing, peaceful, and... darkly bright (?) way to kick off the new year. Many of you could probably even slip it past a minor hangover. Get you a mimosa or an egg nog latte, get yourself centered with some deep breathing and this jam here, and then go take over the world, cleansed and honed.
Go get more Swim Ignorant Fire at https://swimignorantfire.bandcamp.com/
We were a little busy, so we missed our opportunity to present this recording as a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Dystopian Future, however it's just as apt and we're totally fine with presenting this as the death rattle of 2015 (good riddance). Beauty Pageant closed out the third installment of Way Out Weirdo Wednesday with a special trio performance (Mr. Ben/Sam/Rick) which came on like an awesome and terrible storm. It was frigging rad and rattling.
curated by dingus. specimens: the last glacier, chauncey gardener, mitsubitchy, meditating with jesus, eugenics council, old school bunyan, the spiders.
You remember that time when you were a kid, and you found this weird looking caterpillar thing, and you thought "I wonder what this turns into?" So you scooped it up and put it in a jar with holes in the top, and watched it spin a cocoon, and waited patiently while it pupated. Then one day you come in the room and see that the cocoon has split open, but there's no sign of any kind of bug in the jar, so you turn around to look and see how it possibly could have gotten out and to where, and then an 8 foot tall nightmare springs at you, spearing you through your organs with four chitinous forelimbs while it's mandibles slice your skull apart and its inner mouthpieces eagerly shred the juicy brain inside?
You see now, THIS is what you miss when you skip a pterodactyl party. Joe Hess (Complainerr, Hardbody, Sun Bros., Hess/Cunningham, Wrong Division, etc.) hit some drums, David Bell (Jaded Evil Lambs, Fry 13, Anhydrous Man, Ventriloquim, Paradoxal Pterodactyl, etc.) processed said drum hits and provided additional synthesis. Special guest appearance by a suicidal xmas ornament. Hope you asked Santa for a new stereo this year, because this shit right here is about to crush your speakers. Thanks as always to Bob & Sherry at the Way Out Club. Come start the new year right on January 6, 2016 for Way Out Weirdo Wednesday #4, featuring Biggie Stardust and Patrick Weston. More acts to be announced soon, keep an eye on the PP facebook for details.
curated by dingus, chad, and husky sombrero. specimens: chad, mrs. chad, mary, bryan hobein, muscle brain, joe hess, mad at dad, the indri indri, jaded evil lambs, em, the pikers, silly man, tim, mussy cluves, redline.
curated by dingus and husky sombrero. specimens: jaded evil lambs, @lesliemac (frn), grandma goes to the movies, factory radio with rosemary malign, kh is so stupid/jk is so backwards, what the kids want, copkiller, lady relaxation, fam.
The blurb that The Icebergs sent us was "We are The Icebergs and we are a St. Louis-based experimental band. We fuse noise, trip-hop, industrial, jazz, and more into bite sized bits and choking hazards for your aural enjoyment."
curated by dingus. specimens: angel k, fecal dam, jaded evil lambs, agent liz, ladybug, jennypenny, memphis bill, biggie stardust, tokarz, medic, sole loan.
Denver based electronic artist Kate Warner aka Mirror Fears specializes in smart, noisy, dark ambient club bangers. Little surprise then that she found a kindred spirit in the similarly minded Denver transplant/STL ex-pat/once and future PP curator Brad "Night Grinder" Schumacher. The two are taking their acts on the road over the next couple weeks, with stops in Kansas City, St. Louis, Altamont, Dekalb, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis. To celebrate, here are a couple of her tunes, a studio track "Digest 1", and "Cecile, Man", which was recorded live on 88.5 KGNU on 10/26/15.
Catching a Ghost Ice set always feels like you caught the most elusive Pokemon. You find something so cool that you end up patting yourself on the back just for being in the right place at the right time. And then POOF! it's gone, just a memory, and you're left standing there staring blankly at Jeremy Kannapell, and he's like "what?" Well not this time. Thanks to recent advances in spirit audiography, we have pulled this psychic imprint from the Tü Fest kickoff show at Blank Space out of the aether (ok, Dingus's overly full SD card, actually), and hereby submit it for your perusal. Recommended listening for the easily possessed and the adventurous comatose.
So, if you missed the announcement, Paradoxal Pterodactyl is hosting a full bill of weirdo music on the first Wednesday of every month at the Way Out Club, with acts hand selected by our curatorial staff with the goal of booking new and/or rarely seen acts alongside our usual scene favorites, and the greatest hits from our podcast feed spun between sets. The inaugural edition was on 10/7/2015, and was kicked off with this shimmering ambient set by Harvey Forest, aka Matt Muslin, playing his first STL set in five long years! Also on the bill was Benjamin Kaplan bringing his unique flavor of thoughtful cut-up manipulations, PP regular Jaded Evil Lambs with his junksynth meanderings, and noiser power-trio-come-lately Bicycletricycle. Don't miss the second installment of Way Out Weirdo Wednesday coming up quickly on 11/4/2015 featuring Brandywine River, Dave Stone, WHSKY JANEToR, and a one-off duo performance from David Bell & Joe Hess. Big thanks as always to Bobbo & Sherri Danger. Much love. New legit episode of Paradoxal Pterodactyl coming soon, we'll likely whet your appetite with a couple more snacktimes meanwhile. Stick around.
If for some reason you missed The Floating City's first show in ten years last night at Foam, take a tip and don't make the same mistake tonight. Go to Foam. Tonight. It would be great if they kept it going, but as far as we know, tonight's it. And last night was worth the wait. If you missed them in their first life, here's a recap: http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/rftmusic/2015/08/floating_city_a_history.php
Breakdancing Ronald Reagan is Johnathan Cash from Austin, Texas. He's a tireless, nonstop, maybe even RELENTLESS noisemaker- touring his ass off, releasing copious amounts of material, putting on the recently defunct annual huge noisefest suxbysuxwest, bodyslamming his gear through motherfucking tables, getting knifed and hammered in his dome, etc. etc. If you haven't witnessed him in action, you've probably at least heard the tall tales. BRR last graced STL in 2013 at Blank Space, and Dingus was there and is proud to present for your enjoyment not only the archival audio found here, but also the man himself in person at Dingus's crib this coming Sunday, July 19, 2015. Noise BBQ Mini-Fest! Firing up the smoker at two, music around 4. Full lineup is Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, Aunt's Analog (also on tour from Austin), Jaded Evil Lambs, Catholic Guilt, Fecal Dam vs. Janet, Larva Lu, and American Merlin. Not necessarily in that order. Gonna be tits. Be there.
curated by dingus, chad, and husky sombrero. specimens: jessica campbell, jaded evil lambs, the ursula gunn, the violent years, mad at dad, son of chad, kevin, paul, cameron, stasia, mort, ben, dj, del bud, fone friends, wind & wood, rocks & shoes, brad, radon 222 dub, unfortunate & disoriented young lady dialing the wrong number in the middle of the night, jupiter/moonrock, willis, deion, anhydrous man, bryan hobein.
Approaching rapidly: Dottie Georges AKA .e takes to the stage after an extended hiatus, to celebrate the release of her debut album "Of Crashing Symbols" in CD, LP, and digital download formats. Featured here are two of the 9 tracks on the record, "Arp" and "Of Bones (Of Ghosts)". To get the rest of it, stay tuned at dottiegeorges.com for details or come on out to the release show on Saturday, 4.11.2015 at the Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO 63116), featuring superb opening acts Van Buren and Hands & Feet. Starts at 9 PM, $5 gets you in, 21 and up please! Don't miss this joyous event, it has been a long time in the making!
curated by dingus. specimens: thirteen after, essex bounty, jaded evil lambs, tracie harris (axp), the arms of sleep, shea, blank generation, the further adventures of lieutenant rushing, fry13, radiator greys.
curated by chad. specimens: cryptic composure, tha mo murda crew, fone friends, josh, fry daddy, the nelories, stl zoo train, mort & joe, matt, mccausland skinker clayton oakland, germ v, london underground, johnny mac & cheese, 810, blair, laurie, project sted-fast, ken, joe & marc, matt, sara, mr. silly man, george hrab, wiggs, dj, tim, todd, the news man, michelle, debbie, stasia, em, turan, johnnie in jeans
John Parker and Justin Pitonak have made a name for themselves in the STL music scene in a relatively short period of time, playing with their various projects (32 Pc. Vintage Party Set, Pet Rock: the Musical, and Stone Hen), and booking a series of ambitious and successful shows with diverse lineups that straddle several genres. This piece, entitled "John Carpenter Lied To Me" closed out an evening at the good old Way Out Club back in September, a sparsely attended show that Davelybob booked as part of the Way Out's 20th anniversary celebration. Not a lot of people came, but every single set that evening was blisteringly great (also on the bill were The Top Grossing Films of 1984, Jaded Evil Lambs, A Black Cat, and all the way from Indiana, the amazing chiptunes artist Hypnogram). Luckily Dingus and his Zoom recording thingus were there to document it all, so you don't feel too terribly left out by not having been there. But next time, don't fuck around. Get your ass to the show.
Here is the rest of Catholic Guilt's set at the first Undercurrent show way back on 1/30/2014 at the Schlafly Tap Room. The rest of their set was featured on the cassette put out by Eat Tapes, and available to download or stream at wrongdivision.bandcamp.com
Tonight is the very last Undercurrent event at the Schlfafly Tap Room, and the release of the last FREE cassette mixtape. If you've missed out on everything so far, or are a completist, or just love us all that much, there will also be a limited edition box set available for purchase (proceeds go to Stephen Houldsworth's Ferguson leadership fund), which includes all 12 tapes, a specially made box with two different covers to hold them all, and a REALLY groovy DVD from chizmo.tv capturing some of his favorite perfomances from the whole series paired with video of the live improvised video projections he was running with them. A very exciting set, only 10 available, $75 each. And as always, great beer, great food, and great tunes. Tonight we have encore performances by Trauma Harness and CaveofSwordS, two exciting new bands Hardbody (members of Braining and Stonechat) and Skin Tags (members of Little Big Bangs and Spelling Bee), and the ever amazing GHOST ICE.
This one-off improvised collaboration between Grace Smith (Janet) and David Bell (Jaded Evil Lambs) was recorded at Plush STL (RIP) on 11/24/2014. It was an interesting evening to say the least.
Here's the bonus digital content for the Undercurrent #8 cassette, at long last! This one got put off because... well, we had a lot going on just then. But it's here now and it is totally bitchin'!
A bit behind schedule (no surprise to regular listeners to the podcast), but worth the wait (natch). Last Thursday was the last Undercurrent show of the series to be recorded, and the release party from last month's tape (released in conjunction with Close/Far), featuring John Tamm-Buckle, Kevin Harris, NNN Cook, and Britches. Charles Evans also delivered an acidic spoken dissertation/dissection of various subjects and sources, which was not used on the tape for reasons. Accordingly, this digital Side C is all for him. Full-on rethinged hoo-ha deluxe edition- AKA Charles Evans Vs. Jaded Evil Lambs.
We're nearing the end of our grand experiment, tonight marks Undercurrent #11 at the Schlafly Tap Room. Here is the best of the leftovers from last month's show that didn't make it onto the tape (which may just be the best tape of the series thus far), arranged in provocative manner with significant liberties taken.
Way back in April, our monthly gig at the Tap Room commenced with a thoughtful set by Undercurrent honcho and prominent local skinsman Joe Hess and his string-oriented compatriot Alex Cunningham, which was in turns both sparse and layered; both meditative and ominously foreboding. Grade A trippy shit, MAAAAAN. The set didn't make it onto the tape or the digital Side C in our feed for a few reasons, mainly because it was not part of the scheduled lineup, but an impromptu thing to fill a last minute cancellation, and was not recorded through Charlie Nehr's nice recording rig like the other sets. David Bell did, however, catch it on his thingus- er, ahem- on his RECORDER, rather. There are only two more Undercurrent shows left (this month's installment featuring Kevin Harris, John Tamm-Buckle, NNNathan Cook, Charles Evans, and Britches is in a scant two days!), so we're rolling out this and a few other choice morsels we've been sitting on, as we intend to go out with a bang! Still plenty of surprises left, so make sure you're there to witness them!
Sacramento based comedian and friend of the show Keith Lowell Jensen (see PP episode 22), has a new cd & dvd "Atheist Christmas", available November 25th on Stand Up! Records. Here's the first track as a sneak peek, to preorder "Atheist Christmas" or to check out any of his older offerings, go to http://keithlowelljensen.blogspot.com/
curated by dingus. specimens: uv et al, anhydrous man, king rello feat. j north, nina s0meone, oma tarzhay, ladybug, meh, mark reighard, jaded evil lambs, angie martinez, old scratch's burn pile, mad at dad, my sweet baby, fry 13.
Here's the bonus online content for the free cassette tape being released at tonight's Undercurrent show at the Schlafly Tap Room, consisting of material recorded at last month's Undercurrent show at the Schlafly Tap Room. We've got that part down now, right?
Everyone's favorite stuffed dog/human slave noise duo, Kingston Family Singers, once again let loose their proprietary blend of improvisational audio-visual brainwave control at Lemp for the last stop of their summer tour with Peter J. Woods. Dingus was on hand to document the occasion and harness your brain by proxy on their behalf. If you just can't get enough of this schtuff, head on over to https://maxcorpindustries.bandcamp.com/ and download away, or come on out to the Schlafly Tap Room next Thursday (9/25) and witness KFS in person, as they lay down their slab of sound at the next installment of Undercurrent.
curated by chad and dingus. specimens: mad at dad, son of chad, cryptic composure, mrs. pterodactyl, turan, tharino, george hrab, ben, ken, irate taxpayer, joe stein, the top grossing films of 1984, krafted in korea, swan gone, jaded evil lambs, stephen & graham, nothing of merit, peat henry, sunyatta, kelli & mette (remix), brad, and other.
So, you may have missed it with all the commotion the last couple of weeks, but our very good friend Brad Schumacher aka Night Grinder, recently relocated to Denver from St. Louis, has released a smoking hot new album entitled "Immediate Content". It's noise, it's techno, it's fusion, it's uncategorizable, and most of all it's GROOVY AS FUCK. You can purchase a digital copy (in your choice of file format) for $8 at https://thenightgrinder.bandcamp.com/ however, if you like vinyl, spend at least $12 on it and Brad will send you a copy of the LP when it's done in a month or two (offer good for pre-orders only, it'll be $15 once the record is out, so act now). He's graciously given us the entirety of Side B of the LP for your previewing pleasure. Enjoy:
Aaaaaaaand here's the bonus digital "side c" to accompany the free mixtape being released tonight at Undercurrent, featuring the best of the recordings that were left off of the tape from last month's show. The tracklist is as follows:
curated by dingus and chad. specimens: jaded evil lambs, rusty, falsetto boy, lillybean, community awareness alert, the fair use house band, emily hickner, mad at dad, wesley von drunkenstein, and other.
It already seems like it has been ages and ages since NOISECAMP, even though we only powered down the Noisedonut™ and left Interfuse a mere 24 days ago. Here is the first audio selection from the second iteration of our experimental foray into mass punitive sonic endurance and synchronistic audience participation. This recording took place shortly before the effigy burn on Saturday, as our section of campground was still reeling and winding down from a massive "all comers" jam session. Brad was holding it down on the cracklethumps when Annie poked her head into the dome investigating a rumored trumpet sighting in the vicinity. The rest of the story kind of writes itself- another random joyous moment of experimentation, brought to you by adventurous hearts and dumb luck. Stay tuned for more tales of NOISECAMP to come, there were many unexpected moments of discovery such as this, each one of them alone well worth the effort...
Time once again, it's the digital companion to this month's free mixtape available exclusively at Schlafly Tap Room tonight. Artists on this installment, in order of appearance:
curated by dingus and chad. specimens: will, erk, benny, dandan, ezd, fokus fux, scooter, george hrab, raindrop rivers and the ten min, srev, mortal guitarbat, sunny, sgu, ss, ultraviolet, conky, lilfinger, the funs, the round-ups, joel, mad at dad, jerm v, danny & brad, real stl brother, harmoos, jaded evil lambs, ladybug, andrew patrick, fry 13, and many other.
Stand-up comic, hummus hustler, and friend of the show Angel Kircher in all her splendid hilarity, from a special all-female comic showcase on Easter/420 at Lemmon's. There have been a few really good comedy shows at Lemmon's this year, hosted by the inimitable Micaela Mohr, if you catch wind of one coming up, you really should go (plus they're FREE- we know how much you love free).
UnderCurrent is upon us again, tonight's mixtape cassette release features Fluff Of Murder, Trauma Harness (playing all synthesizer set), Lumpy & The Dumpers, and Loose Screwz featuring Abnormal. All the best bits that didn't make it onto the tape due to time restrictions and copyright issues are here as a special bonus track for your enjoyment.
It's already been a busy year for Jaded Evil Lambs. In addition to the work on this here podcast and all the UnderCurrent editing and arrangement and preparing for this year's iteration of Noisecamp at the regional Burning Man event Interfuse, our man Davelybob managed to squeeze in releasing a new collection of Jaded Evil Lambs recordings ("Left To Their Own Devices", available on bandcamp.com), and somehow got roped into playing a unexpected series of shows that have been highly fruitful, resulting in some of his best knob twisting to date. This tasty morsel is the most recent exhibition of audio oddities he unleashed, recorded on 4/4/2014 at the Livery Company by Brad Schumacher. The fitting title "I Am A Scary Dinosaur" was decided on that evening shortly before the show when Dave's little buddy Zephyr uncovered the shocking truth that Dave is, in fact, a scary dinosaur. More fossilized waveforms are to be had on 5/20 when Jaded Evil Lambs next throws down at Blank Space. Be there.
Tonight is the third show in the Undercurrent concert series at the Schlafly Tap Room, and the release of the second Undercurrent mix cassette with audio taken from last month's show. We've realized in assembling these tasty plastic morsels that 20 minutes per side leaves a lot on the cutting room floor, and barely gives you room to stretch your leathery wings. So starting this month we are offering a digital Side C continuing where the tape left off. Enjoy!
Tim Rakel meets Muck-Tet
Tim Rakel (mehb remix)
Performances recorded 2/27/14 at Schlafly Tap Room by Charlie Nehr. Additional recording and editing by David Bell. Undercurrent is a production of Wrong Division, Schlafly Tap Room, Paradoxal Pterodactyl, and chizmo.tv. Undercurrent #2 mixtape cassette released in conjunction with Manic Static.
Tonight's concert features Loose Screwz, Lumpy & The Dumpers, Fluff of Murder, and Trauma Harness (performing a special all synthesizer set). So come check it out and claim your free tape!
curated by chad, dingus, and brad. specimens: mad at dad, denasjeh, losers make good, the night grinder, onewayness, josh meyer, icebergs, navigator, plickety plack, stress orphan, and other.
If you hadn't heard, Paradoxal Pterodactyl is participating in a special project in association with Wrong Division and Chizmo.tv called Undercurrent, a series of (FREE) monthly shows at the Schlafly Tap Room aimed at fostering communication and collaboration amongst the diverse artistic and musical scenes around St. Louis. Each month, Joseph Hess curates a select lineup of the best experimental/noise/punk/hardcore/spoken word/comedy/etc/etc/etc performers in town, including some specially arranged collaborations that would likely never have happened otherwise. Everything gets recorded, and then your favorite avian reptiles work their magic and edit it down to a funky mix that then will be released as a physical mixtape at the next month's show on professionally duplicated cassettes, again free for the first 100 people through the door.
curated by brad and dingus. specimens: tom sanders feat. austin case, peg hulse, laura rosener, and britton dougherty, savant trigger, dankle swankoff, mad at dad, volnastar, leland p. malaria, conky, jaded evil lambs, ultraviolet, ss, the top grossing films of 1984.
have you ever wondered what "rock lobster" sounded like backwards? well now you can go ahead and scratch that off your list (presumably, you can now die happy). it's actually kinda cool and utterly bonkers. and if you were feeling bad about the way your life is going, now you know that this dumb shit is how dingus spends his free time. doesn't seem so bad now, huh?
Genderqueer activist Andy Semler gave this platform address at the St. Louis Ethical Society on 11/11/2013, as part of National Transgender Awareness Week. Recording taken from the Ethical Society podcast feed, and shared with our audience with Andy's gracious permission.
Andy Semler is an active member of the LGBT Center of St Louis, the Metro Trans Umbrella Group, and the greater online community of non-binary trans and genderqueer folk everywhere."
John Beabout (maybe you know his band Stonechat?) sat down at the piano on the first day of this year's edition of Noisefest at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, and gave us what was perhaps the most atypical performance of what was already an atypical festival. He calls this piece "A Pitiful Statement". Recorded by Dingus with his Zoom recording thingus on 11/1/2013.
Be sure to check out stonechat.bandcamp.com
the eggnogs were a band from iowa city, iowa. davelybob saw them at the way out club with the phonocaptors years and years ago. the singer looked just like him but a head shorter, so everyone went around calling davelybob "evil sam" all night. their record had a bunch of fun songs on it. a lot of them were absolutely horrible to think about, just like this one. that's right, a pterodactyl just shit down your chimney. merry fucking christmas.
curated by dingus and chad. specimens: community awareness alert, mr. silly man, the ghosts of pterodactyls past, lillybean, esqueleto, keith lowell jensen, touch people, unknown paris metro band, grocery guys, chad's wife, dutch smurf, baratunde, sguwtn, keith, turan, tim, tom, mad at dad, kat, guy with sax under bridge in paris
singer/songwriter/cassette impresario/friend of the show BILL TUCKER graciously gifted us this tasty morsel. ripped by dingus straight from the tape to your ears. it's sold out now, but there are plenty more tunes to be had at http://billtucker.net/ or http://1980recs.com/ or http://1980recs.bandcamp.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/1980records
curated by chad, brad, and dingus. specimens: jane, mad at dad, blair, banjo, jerry, paul, abigail, seth, sunny, adam, pseudosmile, miles davis, downtown saint louis, korn feat. downlink & charlie turner, the night grinder, effingham county fair, the icebergs, counterfeit i, karthik, more moneybags (the charlie so nice we stuck him in twice), jaded evil lambs feat. smith corona & ghostface killah, brian, bill, tim, music embryo.
For the second portion (and main event) of the evening, Darin & Tatsuya were joined by butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze, who gave a truly beautiful, haunting, and mesmerizing performance (other adjectives used that evening also included "gut-wrenching," "grotesque," and "horrifying"). Butoh, if you didn't know, is a subversive, confrontational, and often painfully awkward style of dance that emerged in post-WWII Japan after a series of student riots. Tom Hill's video of the performance is well worth watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1rolN6ZnsM
curated by dingus, brad, and chad. specimens: elder statesmen, rhs musik, skarekrau radio, spelling bee, nevin, the radish king, derfsregor, fire ban'd, dave stone and brad schumacher, dweller, bambi raps, the least comma, chris wease, mad at dad, chad's neighbors, capable guy, joe kile, seth andrews, sguwtn, mort, paul, kristy, em, ladybug, miss robin, boo, thug friends.
It physically pained Dingus to sit on this snacktime so long, but we were saving it for a special occasion. Legendary St. Louis bassist Darin Gray (Dazzling Killmen, Grand Ulena, On Fillmore, etc) and NYC-based percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani (as shining an example of a man living his dream as you are likely to ever meet) unleashed this rumbling, shuddering, improvisational maelstrom a little over a year ago (10/4/2012) at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. Darin is currently on tour with the live production of the acclaimed public radio show Radiolab, and Tatsuya has a new record out and will be back at LNAC on 12/20 with his gong orchestra in tow. Yes, GONG ORCHESTRA. Put that shit on your calendar.
curated by chad and dingus. specimens: franc, samantha, turan, dr. pamela gay, mark & family, alan, mimi, fraser, mr. coffee, em, the night grinder, little miss heavy legs, head of security
Adolph Bunyan & The Nazi Lumberjacks is up in this piece! This track was a live brap by HLIC (head lumberjack in charge) Davelybob, with special guest Ra3ndy (accomplished visual artist and board game designer), and will be featured on one of the two Bunyan albums that D-Bob is currently polishing for release (and has been for quite some time now, to be honest). Once that feat is accomplished, the AB+TNL moniker will be shelved indefinitely in favor of his new project Jaded Evil Lambs, not to mention resolving the yin/yang dichotomy that comes with simultaneously being both Davelybob and Dingus.
[ whatever would our hero do without his mask? #LOLCHAD ;P ]
Your pal and ours, one Mr. Charlie Turner (née moneybags) doing what he does best. This one starts with a nice throbbing, pulsing drone, and ends up in unrelenting tormented spasms of howling glitchery. Oh my goodness, indeed.
Michael McKay, president of the Skeptical Society of St. Louis, gives a talk on the implications of psychologist Daryl Bem's research into precognition. Recorded by Dingus at the inaugural edition of SkeptiCamp St. Louis on August 18th, 2012, held at the St. Louis Ethical Society- one of numerous SkeptiCamp events put on this summer all over the US, and thus far the largest in attendance! The Skeptical Society of St. Louis exists to promote critical thinking, education, and the rigorous application of the scientific method to all aspects of life. This podcast is firmly in support of those goals. :) The Society regularly meets up for workshops, picnics, and the popular "Skeptics in the Pub" events.
Learn more at:
More on Bem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daryl_Bem
There's a lot of stlpunk.com nostalgia going on right now. So here's one of Dingus's old favorites, the "Rock Star" EP by The Yellow Five. It's peppy, catchy, sloppy fun circa 2002. Because there's nothing more pure at heart than a high school ska band.
1. My Life
2. Super Monkey Toenail Flesh
3. Same Old Line
4. Iron Curtain
5. Spontaneous Erection
(full disclosure, we re-EQed this a bit for the podcast)
This four way battle royale of analog persuasion was recorded by Dingus at the "Spend an Evening With Tapes" event on 3.14.2012 at Floating Laboratories, which is apparently no longer a place. Dingus misses that joint already, and wishes he had spent more time there.
We're extremely happy and grateful to be able to bring you these two tracks as an exclusive sneak peek at the new Xrin Arms record "Drugganaut Trashedelix", which is set to drop in just a couple weeks. You'll know when it's out because it will smell like the entire internet is on fire. We're talking hot shit here. It blisters, for real.
Transact here: http://xrinarms.bandcamp.com/
A video for "Maggots" is up here: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=6_Rhd_0bLNA&feature=youtu.be
Lots more fun here for the book of face inclined: http://www.facebook.com/xrinarms
It's almost upon us. Josh Levi is josh leaving us. Taking his lovely lady and pulling up stakes and leaving St. Louis for Washington D.C. Our loss is their gain, and we're absolutely positive the multitalented and prolific softspoken sweetheart that's been such a fixture in our scene will flourish and thrive in his new digs. Best of luck to you Josh!
So urrbody raise up your glass and salute homeboy, we'll play him out with this sweet recording of him absolutely throttling a sick-ass drone at noisefest last year.
Recorded by Bradley Schumacher.
We are very pleased to reveal that author Trista DiGiuseppi was gracious enough to supply us with a second reading from her science fiction novel "Nails Jane", an excerpt she's entitled "Memories".
music by Kevin MacLeod.
For more info on this book, including a sweet video trailer and links to purchase paperback and digital editions, visit www.sixletterpress.com
curated by dingus. specimens: fry 13, em, bryan hobein, scottie snuggleduck, sarah, leland p. malaria, insidious device, chad, dingus, mr. silly man, tim, eric donton vs davelybob, private estate, 86ed sight, lady bug, bug (bunyanized), thug friends, qatie, joe, loofah, the lk chorale, blane, yeph, the news man, escalade, and other.
Friend of the show Swim Ignorant Fire released this precocious little gem earlier this week with the following narrative:
"I thought I had lost all of the tapes from my first tape recorder when I was in 3rd grade or so (1994?) but this snippet was recently found on an old dying hard drive of mine.
This is probably the earliest recording of myself doing any kind of unintentional tape manipulation as well as my own ADD fueled entertainment for myself. I took this white tape everywhere, and recorded over it dozens of times until what you hear is left. I'm making this available because I think its the most honest dive into my own 3rd grade mind, and is really nostalgic to me and could be easily read as some kind of fucked up tape collage mixtape.
There are no edits within this 7 minute collage just a little bit of EQ & Limiting. All sounds were stolen from the radio or recorded around the year 1993-1994 in Armington, Illinois with sources ranging from my cousin making himself fart, jumping on the trampoline trying to destroy the recorder itself, 101.5 radio dedications to my 4th grade crush, and so much more.
<3 Armington, IL 1994 <3"
more fun at swimignorantfire.bandcamp.com
curated by dingus and chad. specimens: dr. h., jigsaw rhetoric, dishwasher, chadwerk, d-sherm, steve burns, turan, fraser, mad at dad, arbria, money sighs, j+a, jaded evil lambs, brockefeller, green room rockers, mikenstein, ezd, ildot, power animal
What did you get your mom?
Electric violin virtuoso Dixon (Dixon's Violin) astonished all with his superlative performance at the regional Burning Man event Interfuse this past weekend, hosted by the sound camp Eyelicker. Recorded for posterity by Davelybob, it is a supreme honor to share the experience with our audience, with Dixon's ever-gracious permission. The man is a gift to us from the universe.
Next time you should be there.
Dixon's website: http://www.dixonsviolin.com
curated by dingus. specimens: bryan hobein, b-shiz, bachman, mr. sillyman, timmy, the imperial barbecue ensemble, eugenics council, fry 13, wal-people, blane fonda, lucky bone, @docmisterio, xrin arms, tom kopp, maxwell knocke, i know no means yes
The intersection of Cherokee Street and Oregon Avenue was the epicenter of a massive rumbling freakout on Saturday as APOP Records roped off the street outside to unleash some of St. Louis's craziest acts on the general public. Catholic Guilt's stunning set centered around their particular interpretation of some old Ngozi Family tunes (look it up). Dingus is very pleased with the recordings he got- is it live or is it paradoxal?
all that other shit = fictitious. blowing kisses to bill on his birthday.
unreleased PHONED NIL TRIO! a Paradoxal Pterodactyl EXCLUSIVE!
"Phoned Nil Trio is the harsh noise/free improv group consisting of Peter J Woods (xALLxFORxTHISX, FTAM), Neil Gravander (Lucky Bone, ex-Fahri) and Dan Schierl (Dan of Earth, ex-Aluminum Knot Eye). The sounds are spastic and totally awkward, combining harsh static blasts with synth pulses, tape hiss, arbitrary vocal samples, and long silences in a way that barely holds itself together. Sounds awkwardly cut in and out, slowly reaching a point of equilibrium only to have it ruined by the next jarring idea, leaving the audience constantly in a state of intriguing confusion. Live, the group matches its bizarre sounds with a strange theatricality, including the band brewing a free pot of coffee for the audience at every show during the performance (the percolator often doubling as a musical instrument as well).”
also, a heads up- Peter J. Woods returns to St. Louis with Lucky Bone in tow on August 8th, playing with friend of the show The Night Grinder, at LNAC. Do it.
Joe Hess & NNN Cook live at the "Spend an Evening With Tapes" event at Floating Laboratories on 3.14.2012
recorded by Dingus.
curated by dingus. specimens: greta christina, lady bug, chad, the black water, chica, t-dertz, greg, jameel, the holy hand grenades, brad, will, morgan nusbaum
Trista DiGiuseppi reads "The Final Stomp", an excerpt from her novel "Nails Jane", a taut sci-fi thriller, out now.
music by Kevin MacLeod and Joe Pini.
For more info on this book, including a sweet video trailer and links to purchase paperback and digital editions, visit www.sixletterpress.com
The Pozo Stompers was a short-lived NoCo power trio consisting of singer/guitarist Drew Bretz (Andrew Patrick, AstroChimp), with his longtime drummer Pete Sansone and bassist Josh Elliott (both formerly of Matt's Dad's Basement). Their sole release was the "Banzai!!!" EP, recorded and mixed at Bretz's own Alchemy Studios in 2004, presented here in its glorious entirety.
1. Leapin' Lizard!
2. Money Machine
4. Invisible Pain
curated by dingus. specimens: chemical x, jenny jones, jessica, 2facedbeatmachines, brian, bill, kim, jennypenny, old jim and the mountain orchard band, solar shadows (karthik kakarala), teen skunk, the radish king, love kingsford
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