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Jun 05

Black Tape For A Blue Girl June update – 15 unreleased tracks !

Hi there. An update from Black Tape For A Blue Girl:

As you might know, I have a Patreon page for my music. Patreon is a crowdfunding site where you can pledge monthly support. To date, 96 patrons are donating $683 to assist my creations.

In emails back and forth with patrons, I often see comments like, “Just wanted to say I’m here mostly to support you and the music you make, rather than the goodies, but they’re definitely a plus.” Or “I honestly support just because I want to, as a thank you for the music that I have loved for years, and as an investment in future music from you.”

It is so cool that you like what I do and want to be there for me. Thanks.

There is stuff you get in exchange for your support. At the $5 level, you get two free download albums from the band’s catalog. At $10, you also get a hand-written lyric. And all patrons have exclusive access to my music as I’m creating it.

This month, I’ve uploaded a 15 track collection of out-takes from the last year in the studio. It’s doubtful any of it will make it to the new album, but perhaps you’ll find a hidden gem that you love! (The 2nd half of this message is more information on the download).

If you’d like to hear this music, join my Patreon. Everyone who joins this week will get the June 2015 package , even though you haven’t been charged anything. Patreon charges your credit card once a month around the first.

I’ll also throw in the May package with the first draft of the new album in progress

The Kickstarter for MONOLITH (the electronic space-music album from my solo-project As Lonely As Dave Bowman) was a success; it reached 150% of the goal. It is now in production at the 3 different plants involved. The plan is to be complete in time or earlier than the July release date. There will be some additional copies available from the Projekt webstore.

The Blacktape Bandcamp page has all our albums and my side projects available. Some as low as free, few as expensive as iTunes. Give it a listen, you can stream most tracks. Or purchase something.

I’ve mentioned that 2015 is the year I get back to making music; I’m really active with that and I appreciate that you help make it happen.

Sam

PS: I shot the photo on the cover of the June package this weekend. Check out more from the set here on my photo website. These are glamour / portrait shots – nothing naked on this page. But be warned that some of the links on the page goes to NOT SAFE FOR WORK images. Be careful with the clicky-click at work or if your partner doesn’t care for that kind of thing.

Information on the download:

June 2015 – Album Deitrus

I was asking myself, “What is the most embarrassing thing for me as a songwriter and artist?” I think the answer is, “my failures.” Which is to say, all the little bits of Black tape for a blue girl music I try to create, don’t like and discard.

Honestly, the really really bad stuff never even gets recorded. I’ll play around with an idea for 30 minutes and then go, “Nope, that’s awful!” and move on to something else.

This weekend I saw Paul Barker (ex-Ministry) record a live podcast interview (at a theatre here in Portland, following a movie about the early UK industrial music scene.) Paul said something I’ve also expressed: when you’re working on music, you get really focused on what you need the piece to achieve; if it’s not up to that high level, you toss it. But sometimes you come back years later and realize it wasn’t as bad as you thought it was.

I would add that artists get overly obsessive-compulsive during this process, a bit manic or depressive (based on their personality), and we lose sight of the trees for the forest. Making art is a lot like falling in love: it’s irrational. You don’t see reality, you begin to see what you want to – and need to – see. Perhaps when there are bandmates with equal creative control, you have others to balance the obsession? Working on your own, it’s just your own irrationality & obsession to base these decisions on. Of > course, this also explains bands that break-up over “creative differences.” If four or five people all start getting obsessed on different aspects of a song, it’s no wonder songwriting teams almost always explode. How long would you put up with Lou Reed, if you were John Cale?  : )

Ok. Did I get off topic. I think I got off topic…. rewind…  >I have 15 failures for you this month. Well, ok, I’m being melodramatic, maybe they aren’t that bad… but they are all bits of deitritus from the last year in the studio. Most of this music is listenable at least once. Some of it is repetitive because it’s backing instrumental tracks that would have had more added as time went on.

And who knows? You might absolutely love one of the pieces and find your own buried treasure within these 30 minutes of remains, remnants, fragments and scraps.

I am sure Ashes fans will enjoy the first track. I was trying to see if I could figure out the sequence from “I wish you could smile.” My notes from the 80s recording were rather cryptic. But I got it.

“2014_09 Icy Drone” could have been a track for the As Lonely As Dave Bowman Monuments (addendum) release. I forgot completely that I had recorded it;  When I was compiling the bonus release, I kept thinking to myself, “Wasn’t there another song I planned to include?” Ooops!

I can’t say for sure that this stuff will never see the light of day, there’s always a possibility that something will re-spark my imagination and make it’s way onto the album. But my feeling is this all goes onto the rubbish heap of history.

Do you have a favorite?

Post your comments and impressions on this Patreon post. Sam

Mercury-Band-2015

Jun 03

Mercury’s Antennae 2015 tour

Mercury’s Antennae: Ethereal, hypnotic, driving, cinematic, haunting darkwave with heavenly voices and spacious atmospheres from San Francisco. Comprised of vocalist Dru Allen (This Ascension, Mirabilis), bassist Cindy Coulter (This Ascension), and multi-instrumentalist Erick Sheid (Translucia), the band’s live sound is distinctly reminiscent of the blissful melodies and effects-drenched guitars of labels like 4AD, Creation and Projekt as well as the stripped down acoustic beauty of bands like Dead Can Dance and Love Spirals Downwards.

June 25: DNA Lounge, San Francisco CA

w/ UNWOMAN website The DeepHearted website DJ Zazou Tremolo SF website 8pm / All ages / $10 adv, $12 door // Facebook Event Page.

June 26: Club Violaine, Los Angeles CA

w/ Carissa Bianca Mellado, Sheer & guest DJ Wednesday 9:30 / 21 + / $5 / Lush Tribute night! / Facebook Event Page

June 28: The Box @ The Blue Lagoon, Santa Cruz CA

opening for: FADED SF website 10pm / 21+ / $5 / Facebook Event Page

July 2: Ghost House @ Old Nicks Pub, Eugene OR

w/ guest DJ Wednesday 9:30 / 21+ / Free show! Old Nicks’ Facebook page & Ghost House website

July 3: Brickbat Mansion @ The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Portland OR

10pm / 21+ / Brickbat’s 6th Anniversary Party! Pay what you like at the door. Reserve through Facebook or mention at the door you’re there for Brickbat Mansion. Join the Facebook Event Page.

Two Projekt releases from Mercury’s Antennae A Waking Ghost Inside Order the CD (limited edition, almost sold out – only 15 copies left) or download at Bandcamp. The Guides (ep) Purchase on Bandcamp.