The Vol. I of the Secret Museum of Kind Men series and the first Casual Acid Tea Vinyl Release is nearly ready to ship. Everything is coming together in the next days. Thanks to Colin Langenus, Davis Salisbury, Odeya Nini, Paul Fraser, Oscar Santos, Gina Kelly, Abel Okugawa, Peter Agelasto, Monkeyclaus, Jimmy Thompson and all other who helped make this happen plus all my gracious supporters via Kickstarter.
To order a record contact me at matthewclarkmail at gmail dot com
I am raising $500 to release a recording on 7″ vinyl. The recording is done & I only need to secure the funds for pressing the vinyl. The project is a called “The Secret Museum of Kind Men” and is 2 covers or interpretations of songs from the Secret Museum of Mankind Box Set: a 5 disk compilation of field recordings of folks songs from all around the world, recorded between 1925-1948. These songs are haunting and magical and have inspired me greatly since I first heard them in 2002. I chose 2 of my favorites and created arrangements and then recordings. The two songs are from Greece and Japan and sound amazing. The 7″ will truly be a piece of art with hand silk screened sleeves.
The players on the recordings are Colin Langenus, Davis Salisbury, Myself and Odeya Nini. Recorded by Colin L. with additional tracking and mixing by Paul Fraser. Mastered by Abel Okugawa @ Monkeyclaus studios.
Something real is happening…
Limited Edition Casual Acid Tea 2010 Compilation is out NOW!
The CD-R release is a sampler of several archival recordings from the past years. I play drums on all the material. The sampler is 5 tracks and is mostly improvised. Three are live recordings and two are studio excerpts of other records I plan to re-issue. The bands include Matthew Clark Quartet, CSC Funk Band, Galactic Core, Bongladesh, and 2012 Love Orchestra.
and soon thereafter…..
the long awaited BONGLADESH DVD!!!
Bongladesh recorded one song ever, in our practice space in Brooklyn, with the concept of making a video and releasing our 20 minute opus as a DVD. After years of gestation and effort the DVD is finally ready for release, and I’ll be releasing it on Casual Acid Tea. The video is mainly flash animation done by Sara Shapouri, and also incorporates green screen video, live footage, and assorted other video clips. This should be available in the next two weeks!!!! MIND WARP!!!!! Thanks SARA!!!
Born today. A new multi format casual “record label”. First release will be a CD-R compilation of sounds to be followed by more physical- digital, non-physical-digital, physical-analog, and non-physical-analog releases and expansions. Also expect videos, DVDs, and live experiences, lurid esoteric images, suggestions and dream building seminars. Send me a pyramid made of pennies and you’ll get a special gift.
back from the depths of cyber space…. enjoy!
The beginning of the Yeti Quest tour was affected by lightning and got silly fast. Maxx and I spent 30 hours in airports and airplanes to get from New York to San Francisco, due to lightning storms on the East coast which screwed up all of our connections. We slept on the floor of terminal 4 at JFK, near section 3 and the Dolce and Gabana add and not too far away from the Calder mobile. We lost our minds in the “airport babylon system”. Meanwhile, Dan was unable to travel south from Portland for our California shows because he had to move out of his house on very short notice. Brian rolled down with Valet, Honey and her posse, in the newly resurrected Misty Wings silver freedom van. They went for a swim in Lake Shasta but found it dried up??? We met up in San Francisco for two rad shows.
We played at Noise in My Kitchen in the Mission which was a house show where we set up and played in the kitchen after the hosts had prepared some amazingly tasty vittles. We played first. We missed Dan’s bass rumble but still we were able to shred to some degree. Sister Ashby’s headbanging made it all worthwhile. After us Jackie played a crocheted blanket which had 16 speakers woven into it. She ran rad tape loops from 8 different hand held tape players. The blanket was beautiful, perhaps 16×8 feet, colorful and hanging half on the wall and half on the ceiling. It also appeared that she made her own amplifier. Valet played last with the full kitchen vibe potential finally realized. The room was crammed with dozens of folks, standing on counters and appliances, and the floor too of course.
Valet sprawled all over the room, with Brian Foote dropping in beats from the kitchen sink area. Brian Thackeray played all of the Valet gig’s as well as the Galactic core sets. It was an expansive and haunting sound. Ritualistic. Then we partied.
The next night was a proper club gig at the Hemlock. We played with Kawabata of the Acid Mother’s Temple and Mason Jones, as well as with Valet again. Kawabata’s set was super deep. He also jammed with Mason Jones’ group at the end of their set. Valet was droney and deep. Our set was heavy and weird, with a krautish breakdown towards the end.
We cruised up the Highway 1 all the way from SF to Fort Bragg on our day off. We stopped at Stinson Beach for snacks and suntanning and for scoping the babes. We then drove until we hit the Goat Rock for a sunset moment. This spot was like Scotland in California, craggy and hilly and awesome. Maxx ran like a wild antelope until her shoes broke. We did some photo shoots and yoga. This spot was epic. On the 1 we saw lots of baby deer, dodged cows in the road and we saw a golden eagle perched on the side of the road. We spent the night at the Surf Motel in Fort Bragg and watched a sweet television program about competing dance squads.
Our show in Humboldt County, was a solstice celebration jam with the Starving Weirdos at their complex, nestled in the dunes in a town called Manila, on the isthmus between Eureka and Arcata. They have sweet little bungalows just minutes from the ocean and dunes. We had a cookout then meandered to the dunes to watch the sun drop into the ocean. From a little deck platform up there we had a sweet 360 view of the surroundings. The sunset was beautiful, and slowly transformed into something miraculous and mindblowing. Dark clouds formed into a field of sky quite discernible from the rest. It was like a giant mothership. In it’s center was an opening with tapered edges. This hole moved slowly towards us, with a stream of curved air cascading out from the portal hole. After a while this hole began shooting out lightning bolts. This is for real. It continued moving in our direction. It was as if Zeus was above throwing down the bolts of electricity. The entity later showed a mouth, and later changed directions, all as the sun was sinking into the ocean and appeared to be melting the billowing clouds in fields of color. The lightning persisted all night, surrounding us on all sides as we jammed in a covered porch for hours and hours and hours. Our local Humboldt friends said that lightning of that sort was a complete anomaly, even without the presence of the mothership. This event was one year to the day from the birth of Galactic Core as a band. We started as a recording project, recording at the Monkeyclaus Studio on Summer Solstice 2007 with myself and Brian and Abel recording for several hours. The lightning and the portal, the tunnels of curved wind were like a vision shown to us. I am still profoundly affected by this vision. I heard a few days later that this same anomalous lightning sparked over 800 wildfires in Northern California. Our trip has a supernatural feel already.
There are many cliche notions of Bigfoot and Sasquatch etc. that have been incorporated into pop culture: movies, commercials, television. Our quest for the “Yeti” is mostly a quest into the collective psyche. It is also a fun idea for a tour; to follow the migratory path of the North American Bigfoot and to play heavy rock music.
Personally I believe in Bigfoot as an actual race of living creatures. One of my oldest friends from elementary school saw a “Sasquatch” in the Redwood Natl. Park while working for the Forest service. As with seeking any wildlife, the goal in viewing the creature is simply the experience of observing without disturbing, and discovering something inspiring and fleeting. This is even more exciting when a mythical beast is involved.
Some think of Bigfoot as a projection of the human-animal mind. Some think it is the missing link. Some think it is a solitary and elusive creature. Some think it is an inter-dimensional beast. Some think it is a mass cultural delusion. I happen to believe in many of these theories concurrently. I don’t really care too much to intellectualize. I do know that this has been a long term fascination and something which I intuitively believe in. I also know that native peoples and explorers and mountain peoples have recorded sightings and encounters for many hundreds of years. I am particularly interested in folklore and oral history pertaining to Bigfoot.
My friend in Portland said this to me over lunch the other day- “Bigfoot is an inter-dimensional creature.” Of course I knew this already but his choice of words was the best. Slipping in and out of dimensions and overlapping layers of reality is highly feasible in my mind. We use a ridiculously small portion of our brains and tap into a fraction of the potential of our consciousness. The reality that surrounds us is highly subjective, very mysterious and bigger than we can imagine.