Full Tones @ BAMPFA: Gabie Strong and Robert Lowe

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I found myself at The Berkeley Museum once again, where I had recently experienced another experimental electronic woman artist Suzanne Ciani. My wife and I attended this most recent performance with anticipation and a sense of pride, as my wife has been friends with Gabie since high school, and here she is performing at BAMPFA! If that isn’t enough to get excited about, also on the bill was Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.

Full Tones was part of a series of concerts held on the Full Moon curated by Land and Sea who operate out of Oakland Ca.

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Gabie has been deeply involved in the experimental music underground for many years. She has been operating the radio show Crystalline Morphologies on KCHUNG 1630 AM radio out of Chinatown in LA. There are show archives that go back to 2011.

She has performed in and curated many events over the years, often developing site specific experiments.

She has also recently added an independent record label (also called Crystalline Morphologies) to her list of accomplishments and her 2 solo releases on vinyl and cassette are excellent slabs of experimental drone/noise and field recording.

Her set was a wonderful wash of guitar drone with a bit of contact mic experimentation deeper into the set that really brought an interesting performance element into the experience.


We had been planning on going to this event for a few weeks before I looked it up online and saw that Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe was also performing! I’d been following him for some time and have enormous respect for him being one of the few people of color operating at that level in electronic music. With cutting edge modular technology and an intellectual as well as soulful approach to the medium, he brings a much needed flavor to that scene. He incorporates his voice in wonderful ways as well as other acoustic elements fed into the modular for an otherworldly effect almost church-like. While I’m at it, I really recommend the stuff he did with experimental electronic legend Ariel Kalma. It was an honor to meet Robert and I do hope our paths cross again!

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TURN ME ON DEAD MAN: new album “Heavymetal Mothership” coming out this fall

We’re already working on the next album! It’s been a fun time playing bass on these songs and we’re looking forward to working with Heavy Psych Sounds. This is what I’ve been up to recently.

San Francisco based heavy psych freaks TURN ME ON DEAD MAN have confirmed the release of their new full-length ?Heavymetal Mothership? on October 13th via Heavy Psych Sounds. 

?Heavymetal Mothership? is the 5th release by the San Franciscan heavydelic space rock behemoth known as TURN ME ON DEAD MAN. Secrets of sound, hidden bases on the moon, trans-humanism: it?s all in here. Apocalypse rock for the end of the world or the soundtrack to a mothership invasion? You decide. ?Heavymetal Mothership? is both incredibly heavy and totally far out psyche!

The bands twin guitar harmonization, melodic rhythmic switchbacks and trippy apocalypto-mystical lyricism keep California?s psychedelic rock tradition alive. In their own words: ?mind melt music for the sick and twisted, heavydelic super rock for the ultimate freak outs?.

TURN ME ON DEAD MAN ?Heavymetal Mothership?
Out October 13th on Heavy Psych Sounds
Presale starts September 15th

TRACK LISTING: 
01. Vimana
02. Asteroid 9

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Jim Marshall (SF Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Photo Exhibit Lunchtime Tour (feat: V.Vale)

This was one of the many things going on celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘The Summer of Love’ here in SF. If you saw my recent post on Susanne Ciani at the Berkeley Museum you might remember I shared a photo with some friends including V.Vale. from Re/Search Pubs. This post features him speaking in front of a photo taken by Jim Marshall during the summer of 1967. He is featured in the foreground of the photo and just the look on his face captures the awe and wonder of what it might have been like to arrive at that infamous corner of Haight and Ashbury at that time. While most of those people have moved on in life or have since passed, Val manages to still have that curiosity in life and culture/counterculture and remains in a perpetual state of  awe and inquisitive-ness.

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Photo by Jim Marshall

The first few minutes of this video is from part of the guided tour of the photos that line the hall in the basement of SF City Hall including a couple of bits of insight to what was happening in some of the pics, such as the story behind the Moby Grape album cover that was censored and how Otis Redding really stole the show at Monterey Pop. There were plenty of photos of The Dead and Jefferson Airplane as well as some great pics of various Hippies and Diggers and counter-culture icons like Ginsberg and Ken Kesey.

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‘The Unique Mens Shop’

Val’s talk was mostly a deconstruction of the photo he was in which provided some really cool behind the scenes info about the original line up of Blue Cheer. Not a lot of people know that Val was a founding member let alone that Blue Cheer was originally a 6 piece (that was news to me too). They just happened to be on the way to Golden Gate Park for a proper band shoot when this was captured.

 

Enjoy this first hand account of the Summer of Love SF by someone who was there:


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Left: Roy De Forest ‘detail of homage to Zane Gray 1978/Right: V,Vale ‘Genesis P-Orridge in Heels at Monte Cazzaza’s House’ 1981

SFAC also has a show up called Tiny Bubbles a group show that Val also has a bunch of photos in which is up until August 19th.


 

New music, new home, waning moon…oh yeah, and a killer review!

The latest from Andalusia Rose, one of the bands I’ve been playing in for a few years now. Follow the blog for updates if you are interested in California rock and roll!!!

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Hi there…it’s Wendy here this time. Things have been a bit quiet on the public front of the Andalusia Rose camp, but lots is happening behind the scenes. The past few months have been monopolized by a big move for me from Oakland to Morongo Valley, just outside of Joshua Tree. I’m loving the desert life, full of coyotes, rabbits, roadrunners, spiders and some recent owl sightings! The simple things. The quiet and the dark have been quite inspiring for me, to say the least.

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There is a rich artistic and musical community here, and I’m looking forward to deepening my roots in that. I recently attended the Desert Generator Festival at Pappy & Harriets, a 5-band show featuring Earthless, Brant Bjork, Orchid, The Shrine, and Black Rainbows, along with the Rolling Heavy custom van show. We mingled with the stars, including Brant Bjork and Riding Easy Records honcho Daniel…

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