I nearly forgot to tell you, we’re playing a few shows with our favorite, ZS:
11/25 - Bowery Electric w/ Zs, Future Shuttle - NY, NY
11/26 - Floristree w/ Zs - Baltimore, MD
11/27 - U Street Music Hall w/ Zs - Washington, DC
What a fool.
These will be wonderful and amazing shows. With Love and Apathy,
“If there’s such a thing as an authority figure, we’re always skeptical. We’re always looking for a new angle — new creativity. A creative spark is always our highest goal. It can always feel like that process stops at a certain age. Frankly, I’m lucky. Being in a rock band forces you to maintain that questioning attitude. It’s a creative and problem solving attitude of always looking for something that hasn’t been done or tried. It feels extremely exciting. It almost feels like there a better possibility around the corner. I feel occasionally things can happen where you find yourself in certain circumstances that will discourage that feeling. You start to feel like “I know what life is about now. I’m done. I figured out what my life is going to be and the rules I’m going to live by. I know what I like and that’s pretty much it.”
What I like about Deerhoof is that it doesn’t allow us to think that way. You can’t rest for a second. Our survival doesn’t exist without searching, without change. It’s cool to make change your friend instead of your enemy. The passage of time is joy to us. We feel we could be better over the years. The more tours and the more we record, the more time we spend together, we always feel we’re getting closer to the target. We never hit it, but there’s that feeling of constant searching that I feel is a great privelege. It’s a way I can still feel like a human being, and I don’t feel incomplete. I don’t feel that there’s a wild, savage, violent, impulsive part of me that’s getting repressed by a society that expects a certain polite playing-by-the-rules or conformity. We have fans that expect us not to conform. They would be disappointed if we ever did. If we feel any pressure, it’s the opposite. It’s a pressure to create. It’s a pressure to surprise them and ourselves. It’s an honor. ”
Got to spend much time, and make music with, these guys all last summer. An honor. Feels a bit like a dream this summer, stuck in the city, doing the day to day.
Come hang with us tonight at ROULETTE, we’re celebrating the release of “The Bus”.
SKELETONS w/ choreography by Jessica Ray
Doors 7:30, Show 8pm
Hope you’re all well.
With love and apathy,
NEW VIDEO for “On Time”, from “The Bus”. Did you get a copy yet?
“THE BUS” is finally here.
Out September 18th via SHINKOYO in the form of two limited edition LPs.
Pre-order gets the download NOW.
With love and apathy,
Anthony Braxton said that in an interview I did with him for the NY public access TV show I make at my day job, slightly paraphrased. Delving in to his music is intense and confusing and a little overwhelming and sometimes kind of silly, kind of like LIFE which is why maybe we (i.e. “people like us”?) find it necessary to delve into things interesting people have made. I mean, they do it for SOME REASON right?
That’s a reason you have to find for yourself, and maybe keep to yourself - lest you want to confront the WHY you might make something that does not earn you MONEY, nor always bring you JOY, and has the potential to alienate even those PEOPLE who are closest to you.
Mr. Braxton’s quote came from his answer to the question “WHY MAKE MUSIC?”. I ask everyone this question when I interview them. I like the question because it can be as deep as you choose to make it. Braxton also said, “That’s like asking, ‘Why breathe?’ and the answer is: ‘If I didn’t there would be complications.’”
I asked Robert Ashley, one of my favorite composers and writers in the world, this question. He said, “You know, that’s the one question I can’t answer… It does seem a bit foolish at this point.”
We’re beginning the process of weeding through all the half-thoughts, brain-hairs, “Voice Memos”, and dull pencilled paper scraps to make a new collection of SKELETON$™ songs. I don’t really know WHY but it is interesting to figure it out.
Apologies if you’ve seen these already via alternate “SOCIAL MEDIA”. Why do you do whatever it is that you do? With love and apathy,
“it is happening again…”