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NextNow presents: Alphastare @ Hardly Strictly Personal 2017

 

Once again I was invited back to perform at HSP 2017. I missed the first 2 days but here is a bit of video from day 3 including my set. I always enjoy these events and the cross section of local talent it presents.

Here’s a 2 angle video of my set on March 5th day 3 of Hardly Strictly Personal, a  post Beefheart themed event and a benefit for Homeless Action and Earthjustice. This went down in Berkeley Ca at The Finnish Kaleva Hall and was organized by Mika Pontecorvo and NextNow 

I caught a bit of video of United Separatists set featuring Tim Orr on drums/percussion and Drew Wheeler on waterphone, effected guitar etc.

I also got some footage of Ebola Buddha’s set. They perpetuate ‘literary happenings’ crowd participation encouraged:

Event Flyer by Jason Barry

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The schedule changed a bit as things developed, but here’s the general line up:16586929_10155852431692846_4088908515224311842_o

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A roundup of 2016 year end Alphastare releases

Early in the year I released a couple of EP’s and a full length Disintegration of Faith on Bandcamp. For DOF I also have some handmade cdr’s available. Message me if interested.

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I took bit of a break from releasing in order to focus on the bigger picture a bit more…saving for some gear and researching other music out there. I find that I follow a few, likely more than a few artists who release 3-4 things weekly and when I go to their sites it’s just so overwhelming that I leave. It’s usually ambient stuff  which imo is oversaturated with artists and the tracks are all really long, which is fine for that genre but I find it frustrating when I actually like an artist but I just don’t have that many hours in a day to consciously explore their work because I also like other artists and want to give attention to a variety of stuff. It also gets to a point where the releases all pretty much sound the same and could probably be curated down to a handful, representing the best work.I see it as a large overgrown garden of sounds and the chronic releasers are stifling the best work by other artists as well as their own.

Some of you know I’m a vinyl collector as well, so I can only dedicate so much time to the digital realm as a form of discovery. Part of the issue is my personal thing of having to listen to EVERYTHING, even if it’s just the first few seconds/minutes of a release. Besides being a bit ocd about it, I also feel the need to listen to as much that is out there as possible largely for discovery but also in order to stay unique in my own work, which is very tricky. I follow a lot of artists on Bandcamp and I currently have over 1000 unopened release notification from BC artists I follow, which gives me anxiety because I’d love to listen to most of it…and I do purchase what I like, but I will likely cherry pick a few titles and delete the rest which is a bummer.

I also want to add that I defend the right for anyone to release as much work as they want as often as they want but to consider the fan who may want to support you but may also get burnt out and buried alive by the deluge of releases. Curate!

That’s pretty much my little rant for today, I rarely rant but it felt good and I’d love to hear any feedback on this.

Back to business. Toward the end of the year I eeked out a few solo EP’s and a new collaboration with Belial Pelegrim . Check out a video from the collaboration:

 

The full length release:

I also released these 3 EP’s toward the end of 2016 starting with the most recent:

Please take the time to give  listen and I hope 2017 is a good year to everyone!

 

 

 

Norcal Noisefest XX Videos (Alphastare Full Set+clips)

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People checking out the REsearch table and some folks waiting to get into the theater next door

I once again had the honor of being invited to perform at this years Norcal Noisefest XX. My wife and I had a nice drive down with V.Vale and Marian of REsearch Pubs who set up a table at the event.  My experience last year was a good one and it was really refreshing to attend an event that was well organized, that operated smoothly with 2 rooms to juggle and multiple acts across 3 days! I got to share some sounds with a roomful of like minded people and my set also streamed live on www.dfm.nu as was the bulk of day 3.

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I also participated in this years compilation cd and it was nice to have the promoter walk up to me in the parking lot to hand me a fist full of cds upon arrival…and to be paid at the end of the night. It’s a scene that consists of a scrappy bunch of people but I gotta say that both years I have performed have been among the most professional of event experiences I’ve had in my 25 plus years doing music at venues. Cheers and thanks to Lob Instagon and everyone else involved!


NFXX CD COMPILATION


VIDEOS

Following are 2 videos. The first one is my full set. The Second video is a collage of the handful of artists I got to check out on the third day. Due to last minute schedule changes, I’m not 100% sure who was who, but I will leave a list in the video description of as many as I can identify.

PHOTOS

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