In all of her glory. Aloonaluna
Philospiders - Love is Dead
Many times artists and bands are discovered after their disbandment, often times these groups impact us more than if they were still around. Tallahassee’s Philospiders is the now defunct experimental duo of Adam Devlin and Jordan Connors. Started in the summer of 2010, the group constantly redefined their sound with each show, never performing the same set or song twice. No-input mixer, skittering live drums, and blasts of distorted tape loops permeated their formless image as a band. The surprise and uncertainty of their sets that not only made them an exciting group to watch, but also raised the question of how a cohesive album would sound when the group decided to finally have a release. Released by our friends at Cookies and Cream Records, their self titled debut is a beautifully surprising mix of chopped samples and field recordings, minimal techno, broken IDM, and disorienting sound collage. Along with their debut, you can check out their new EP, Love is Dead, on their bandcamp.
Euglossine - Vermillion Pastiche (Live @ Medusa Studios)
Permanent Makeup - The Void…It Creeps
The lovely folks from Permanent Makeup sent us their album a while ago and we haven’t been able to put it down since. Once you make your way through the cloud of feedback, the crafty staccato guitar work of James Bess presents an energy leaving you pounding your body wanting more. Chris Nadeau and Susan Dickson have an uncanny connection on bass and drums that bring a force that may be subtle at times but quickly reaches deep into your innards and demands more of you.
Photo by Nicole C Kilbert
The Southeast Art Collective
A little over a year ago we were able to share with you The Southeast Art Collective. Well it seems that the group has bonded together once again and have big plans for the future. We here at Spirit Cat always feel so much better about the Florida community when we see musicians and artists working together to inspire one another.
to occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image.
Orlando ambient sound architects Attached Hands began a collaboration in January with budding Portland, Oregon arranger Alan Singley,( http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19690-the_alan_singley_orchestra_saturday_sept_29.html ) sculpting a sprawling, sexy, and often sinister symphony. It’s musical cinema, epic and strange. Once heard, it becomes obvious why they’ve dubbed it: Anamorphic Orchestra.
Clarinets, flutes, oboe, cello, vintage synths, drums and more unite. The pieces are challenging in all the right ways, a sensual delicacy for the avant garde, and yet suitable for a casual listener.
Attached Hands have been active in Orlando’s experimental underground for a while now, having released a handful of boutique releases. Singley was long ago a fixture of post-millennial Orlando in underground projects Pilots Versus Aeroplanes and Missouri Loves Company before settling in Portland.
Annually, he and Attached Hands would come together to jam and plot what would now become Anamorphic Orchestra.
The one-time performance will be held at a unique, grand theater on bustling Virginia Drive called: The Venue. The concert is all ages, priced to be available to all. Held on a Wednesday evening, the concert will be a mid-week sonic vacation, mostly seated with an intermission, bar with I.D, and plenty of lovely property to roam and mingle.
An epic collaboration of top experimental artists with a large ensemble, not in New York or Los Angeles, but the City Beautiful: Anamorphic Orchestra.
Dead Tank Records/Distribution
Lenses: A Magazine
Lenses: A Magazine is just that. A collection of text and visual art focused on chaotic perspectives and manipulations of the human body.
Uhh…excuse me? Scratch what I just wrote.
The video above, which is my introduction to Lenses, , has shown me that it is much more than just “A Magazine.” The video leaves me feeling wonderfully haunted and fearful of an explanation. It is the video that can be found on their Kickstarter. Not only is it appropriately disturbing, it does a beautiful job at avoiding the typical blabber that is found in Kickstarter videos. We all know you are asking for money. That is why you have a Kickstarter. With this video I become increasingly more intrigued in what can be found in this magazine.
With further investigation, actually reading the text on their Kickstarter, you find that they have gathered an impressive collection of artists and writers to contribute to their first edition of Lenses. From the description, it sounds that this magazine will attempt to capture the imperfections and oddities that we have as creatures. Paired with the video and the gifts given to donors, I have no doubt that we as readers will have a chance to process something real and honest. So much so, that it may disturb us to the point that we can’t look away.
The Rogue Generator Shows of Tampa
Hello everybody!!! We are overflowing with joy and energy from TOTAL BUMMER 4EVER. The experience was once again a huge boost of encouragement about the music and art scene in Florida. We can’t thank Relief in Abstract, Brasky, Tiny Waves, PureHoney Magazine and PBR enough for there support and input with this years fest.
One of our goals with TOTAL BUMMER is to encourage others to build up their community back home. When talking to people about there home towns and the art/music community, we hear a lot of reasons why it can’t be done. When we hear this, we understand. We have also been guilty of a pessimistic outlook of the towns we live in. Thankfully, we have got over that and have seen the wonderful fruits of our labor. That doesn’t mean every show is a wild memorable night.
One of the most important things we have learned while curating events is that we have a chance to infuse a positive voice in the community even if things don’t go as well as you would of liked. With that said, Far Off Sounds recently spent a day in Tampa following “an endlessly entertaining crew of experimental musicians” as they orchestrated generator shows all over town. They created a short documentary capturing an energy that is not deterred by the frustration with a city and what it has/doesn’t have to offer. Seeing this further instils in us that there isn’t a need for a lot of us to move to a community that is already established. There are so many places that need a few people to invest in their town and create something that allows musicians and artists the freedom to express themselves. And as we see in this video, money doesn’t need to be an excuse.
So please, consider the ways you can get involved in your community. Allow yourself to give to those in your creative circles so that they feel supported. By doing this, we have found that a strong bond grows between us, the people we are surrounded by and the town that we live in that encourages us to continue to work at growing our creative community.
TOTAL BUMMER 4EVER
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