Hi Dee-Ho Friends & Family!!! HOLEEEE MOSES!!! We’ve ROUGHED, we’ve TUMBLED, we’ve ROCKED and ROLLED, we rang around the rosy, filled our pockets full of posies and then we all fell down. Members of Alrealon Musique swing your arms around & give yourselves a big ‘ol pat on the back for a job FANTASTICALLY done in these last 2 wild months! Now to tell you all about it…!
Total BADASS troopers Philippe Gerber (JOHN 3:16) and Dana Schechter (Insect Ark) rocked their way through an awesome European tour in September playing in France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands and managed to land in NY just in time to melt your faces off at the Experi-MENTAL festival. Check out some great videos and pics from their tour!!! Here’s JOHN 3:16 rockin’ it in France JOHN 3:16 Live, Insect Ark gettin ‘er dun in Belgium Insect Ark Live, both of ‘em at the Zikametz Festival in France Zikametz, and how about some RAD pics?! Yep… JOHN 3:16, JOHN 3:16, JOHN 3:16, Uh huh…. Insect Ark, Insect Ark…BADASSES. Guess what ELSE is AWESOME?! Philippe, Mr. Alrealon himself, is firmly planting his feet in our soil and making the move to West Chester, PA with his family this month!!! WELCOME to the US from us all!!!
MORE CONGRATULATIONS & extra special THANKS to Robert L. Pepper (PAS Musique/ The Jazzfakers) for organizing and curating the 5th Annual Experi-MENTAL Festival along with Brett Zwieman ($50 Trumpet/ Queen Elephantine). Hailed as the BEST Experi-MENTAL Festival YET, performers came from all over the US as well as from Germany and France to be a part of this spectacular 4-night long audio-visual extravaganza. Graciously hosted by Spectrum and Goodbye Blue Monday, Alrealon artists PAS Musique, JOHN 3:16, Black Saturn, SEMISOLID, The Jazzfakers, SK Orchestra and Rasplyn (me!) performed with 20 other amazing performers! Jim Tuite provided captivating psychedelic visuals, live painting by Jung Nam Lee, Cabaret of the Vomit kind out back, there was ass showin’, saxophone blowin’, beautiful women dancing in paint, little oinking piggies flirtatiously floating in and out of the experience, and Brandstifter’s collage piece ‘Asphaltbibliotheque Europe’ got to see it ALL (and be seen) while hanging on the wall. It was a total sensory overload of the very best kind and far too many great things happened than can be described here. You can check out TONS of performance videos and pictures by following these links: ExperiMentalFestival Page, Day 1 Photos, Day 2 Photos, Day 3 Photos, Day 4 Photos, Enjoy!!! Can’t wait until next year!
After THAT, half of the crew who played the Experi-MENTAL Festival packed up their gear and headed off to DC the next weekend to play the Sonic Circuits Festival, which was wonderfully Art Directed by Chester Hawkins aka Semisolid (who I am obsessed with). Once again PAS Musique, JOHN 3:16, Semisolid, The Jazzfakers and Black Saturn hit the stage resulting in this SICK performance by Semisolid Semisolid Live, the COOLEST pictures of Black Saturn looking like a GOD that I’ve ever seen Black Saturn, Black Saturn, the lovely Amber Brien’s haunting vocals with PAS Musique for this ULTRA COSMIC set with Cathy Heyden on sax and well…things…Mike Durek thereminin’ it all get out and of course…Robert who pretty much turned into an alien. At this point…they were just showing off really… PAS Musique Live . Johnny 3:16 rocked it one last time before heading back to La France JOHN 3:16. THOUROUGHLY ENJOYABLE PERFORMACES BY ALL. J
You know what ELSE Robert Pepper does when he’s not maniacally buzzing about organizing EMF and Ambient Chaos,… playing a million shows a month with a million different groups and peoples… and being an alien??? Yep! He writes books…SUUUPPPEERRR CREEPY, GRUESOMELY PAINFUL, WACKED OUT and TRIPPY BOOKS. He just made available to you all his first full-length fictional publication, ‘The Man With the Bleeding Eyes’…for Christ’s sake, go buy this thing…after reading the first chapter I can say that nightmares and trips to other dimensions will be GUARANTEED. You can read chapter 1 (I highly suggest you bring along your guardian angel for protection…or at least your favorite teddy bear) and purchase it here…if you dare… The Man With the Bleeding Eyes. It was so awesomely strange-weird-good that I couldn’t put down my computer screen!!!
In other Alrealon-related book pursuits I would like to RE-mention the AFORE-mentioned Brandstifter! Brandstifter, aka Stefan ‘Firestarter’ is an interdisciplinary German artist and musician who uses social interaction to transform his visual and performance art, sound and lyrics into intermedia, and has a really great ongoing project titled ‘Asphaltbibliotheque’ which is an archive of sheets of paper that have been LOST by someone else, and FOUND by him SINCE 1998!!! AMAZING!!! A particular part of his collection was on display at Goodbye Blue Monday for the Experi-MENTAL Festival. Here is the man showin’ it off !!! Asphaltbibliotheque Europe This particular sampling of his complete archive was made up of Lost and Found papers discovered during his European tour with PAS Musique in April and May of 2013. Also, now available for purchase is a lovely limited edition full color catalogue, “LOST & FOUND IN EUROPE” featuring not only images of his archives from this Spring’s European tour, but also a CD of field recordings taken from the tour to boot; your very own pocket experience of what it was like to be on the road with Pas Musique!! It’s available at the CENTRAL BOOKING GALLERY, soon via Alrealon Musique and anywhere you can find Brandstifter himself. To follow the entire project as it grows check out this page! Asphaltbibliotheque
What ELSE, you say?! THIS!!! On October 22nd Dave Fleet (Laica) will be releasing his album ‘Environs’ on Alrealon Musique! “In the music of Laica (Dave Fleet) there’s a sense of something more concrete having been deliberately and forcibly rubbed away, leaving just a vague impression of a more tangible piece of music. The effect is haunting, the musical equivalent of trying to remember a dream when all that’s left is the barest trace outline. Evoking memories of late Seventies industrial music and the ambient experiments of Global Communications, Laica’s works occupy an atmospheric middle ground between grainy noise and more peaceful themes. His most recent release, 2013’s ‘Puls’ (Rano) showcased a longform sonic template of subtle sonic evolutions and unpredictable left turns. For his latest project, ‘Environs’, Fleet has fused field recordings and blurry melodic gestures with the skeletal outline of what sounds like the inside of a vast malfunctioning machine in a post-apocalyptic fog.” Read writer, Mark Barton’s great review of ‘Environs’ in his The Sunday Experience blog! I immediately fell in love with this release upon first hearing, and kid you not, listen to it almost everyday before breakfast. It is REMARKABLY COOL. It will be available here! Environs Snatch it!!! You know what’s even COOLER than just releasing an album as good as this into the world??? Dave Fleet ALSO released a newborn son into the world in September! CONGRATULATIONS to Dave, his wife Carrie and their family!!!
What ELLLLLSSSSEEE, you say?! You can FINALLY get a sneak peek of Michael Durek’s (The Use) forthcoming album, ‘What’s the Use?’! This full-length album won’t be available until February 17th, but to help quell your insatiable desire for the time being you can check out 2 groovy tunes from it here What’s the Use? NOW!!! This album has been EXPERTLY mixed and recorded resulting in a pulsing and bopping, spacey electronic nirvana of bells, whistles, beeps, affected vocals, percussion and dreams come true!!! Mike likes to get his GROOVE on and it is apparent in his music. Can’t wait to enjoy this full “4 dimensional experience” in February! You know what ELSE is awesome?! Mike got MARRIED to Anne Percoco in September! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE!!!
There’s MORE!!! [owt kri] has been getting some RAD reviews for his album ‘The New Seed’ which came out in June. Here’s a great one from Pest Webzine, “Not only this project’s name is weird, you should hear its music… Kenneth K, the guy behind this moniker managed to record and deliver an extremely expressive and interesting piece of Ambient Music ranging from soft, meditative tracks to dark, spooky ones and even some that are really frightening in their insane structure. Well, almost everything inhere is quite insane, it’s like you’re travelling along way of a schizophrenic dream. Although not original, I’ve heard a few other projects like this one, Owt Kri displays potential through its well-crafted song structures, after the audition you feel like nothing was out of place, ironically. Definitely worth your attention if you’re looking for meditative, sick music.” Another from Ave Noctum says, “A constant choral voice now hung in the air behind the quiet sound of the piano. The mood transformed from tranquil to disturbing as the e-bow then fronted the muffled sound of the American voice. The impression is of mental turmoil and chaos. This is a journey through consciousness. The level of gloom and melancholy exceed conventional norms. It’s a confusing picture. Cosmic winds blow in their black way. All I could feel was isolation and solitude, and the power of magnetic fields around me. Human voices make an unwelcoming and uncomfortable return to faintly recognizable acoustic strains. “Wonderful feeling inside” utters the voice. It doesn’t seem very wonderful. In my mind it seems more agonised and tortured. As the album ends, Kenneth K’s spaceship floats away in the ether with ringing ambient sounds all around. I have visions of asteroids uncontrollably flashing by. It is of course a dark place.” If you haven’t yet checked out this incredible album, you can do so here The New Seed !!!
There have been some MASSIVE HAPPENINGS afoot at Alrealon!!! GREAT WORK EVERYONE….nothing but reasons to be proud!!!
Carolyn O’Neill/Alrealon Musique