July - November 2004

coach and 6

monkeyhouse

monkeyhouse

It's great to be free in America. Better yet, it’s great to be free in your head; free to change your mind about screwy notions like the one posted here a while back on discussing projects only when they actually happen. But, what could be more lifeless than a ticker-tape of "...and now it’s done" postings?
Knizak: the Dolby tests
There's obviously more that goes on, more that’s interesting about something than just its completion. Besides, we want to share with you all the joys, pains, hopes,
and failures as they come along here at the 6. Even if things don’t appear to change, the way we’re thinking about them has. So, from now on, even the hint of a potential project is gonna be news- leading news- like this: I don’t know if it's gonna happen or not, but we’ve been in touch with the legendary Minneapolis hard-core noise troupe, Unconditional Loathing, about a record and interview project. They’re internationally recognized as among the critical contributors to new
music forms first championed in 1979 by Czech artist Milan Knizak in his groundbreaking work of art damage, “Broken Music.” The Unconditional Loathing story begins in an artist’s warehouse in Fargo and grows to Minneapolis and now San Francisco. This is a story and music we’re interested in knowing and sharing with you. So, we’re excited to even be talking with them and yeah, we’ll let you know what, if anything, comes of it.
And what else? Work has begun on the 4th and final installment of “Monkey Pox Mixes.” Here’s a low-fi mp3 excerpt: "dirty skin" -from the
upcoming record. Stay tuned for an announcement on the next Monkeyhouse album, “Retro-Plastic,” which will mark the opening of the project to the public. Essentially, an upcoming post will invite you to participate musically- online- in the formation of the band’s new music.
     Then there's the Nathan James story... who IS this guy anyway? Since everyone I've played this for
     
keeps thinking I’m pulling their leg, I’ve begun to suspect I am the object of an elaborate preactical joke, to which my response is: I’m really enjoying it, this is well worth the laughs, and your man is good! So, I’ll keep playing along. Here is a low-fi piece of James’s “Piece of Mind” from his upcoming record “My Fidelity.”

     Last, but not least, hats off to Coach and 6 alum and and all-star drummer, Brian Remme. (Brick, Thrift Store Diary, Monkeyhouse) In August, he hits the road with Minneapolis funk punkers, Great Girl’s Blouse. This time they’re on a trek to the east coast to play New York’s Knitting Factory, with numerous other performances scheduled along the way. For regional dates, check their site or the City Pages.
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