Nothing slows me down quite so much as summertime. I can handle heat, but it really does sap my wits and personality. Most of my time is spent hiding in movie theaters with Spooky. If the time and price are right, we watch it. It’s too hot to be picky, and ironically, the movies we thought we wouldn’t enjoy were our favorites. For example, that Zac Efron movie called Neighbors was surprisingly good.
Despite the setbacks, we have been able to eek out work everyday. Currently we are working with Lionel Williams and a few other friends to create live visuals for the group Crystal Fighters. The videos are all made in Unity, a 3D modeling platform most commonly used to make first person shooter games. Building in Unity is a lot like playing sims, except with effects, and tons of models, but unfortunately no woohoo-ing. It’s has been a blast to use, and we will be making our own visuals with it as well.
So there it is. Summertime. We will get through it. AND. We have secured another warehouse which we will be moving into in August. Then we will be unstoppable.
Yesterday was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year for us folks of the Northern Hemisphere. A perfect day for driving the distance from SF back to LA. I wish we could have spent more time in San Francisco, but I enjoyed the visit while it lasted.
My wishes were correct, and I did get to see/meet/talk to/hangout (in that order) with Britta. I am happy to say that she is as stunning in real life as she is in my young brain.
Back to the Solstice. We decided to give you all a summer present. On our bandcamp (link here) we posted the songs we completed with Pop Levi. They are free for you to enjoy, and should provide you with some decent moods.
We are proud to announce two upcoming dates with Dean Wareham, previously of Galaxie 500 and Luna. We are also proud that Dean Wareham’s partner is Britta Phillips, previously the singing voice of Jem. Jem as in JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS. And if my wishes are correct, she will be joining him at these shows.
We haven’t played the Westside since that time we smoked cigarettes on stage with Tony Clifton at HOB. Let’s make this Roxy show just as refreshing, if not quite as jarring.
Opportunities have taken us up the west coast many times, but we have not yet played San Francisco. We are more than excited and ready to come meet you beautiful bay babies.
The Kat Kastle video has finally been released for your enjoyment. Shooting was spaced over several weeks and each night we shot went well into the wee hours of the morning. You may recognize some of the locations in the video if you’ve spent time in Chinatown.
Spook, Lionel and I recently went to an UNARIUS event at Cinefamily where we bore witness to some of the films made by the esoteric group. There we learned about psychodrama, a type of, for lack of a better word, therapy in which the members of a group perform and film dramas in an attempt to work out past traumas. In the case of UNARIUS, they attempted to work out dramas from past lives through film and created sci-fi outsider masterpieces.
In retrospect, I believe Kat Kastle functions in a similar way to a psychodrama. It is a sincere, amateur, document of us at a specific time working through our humanity and location with the language of fantasy. Particularly the type of fantasy we grew up consuming through movies and video games. All that aside, it’s also a lot of fun. Enjoy enjoy enjoy and share and drink and smoke and keep your friends alive.
My rap group, The Ghetto Blaster$, are playing at The Satellite this Monday. 6/2 @ 10:30pm.
We made the right choice. As strangeness would have it, the desert is going to be significantly cooler than the city this weekend. I congratulate you if you have also made this good decision. And if you haven’t, it’s not too late to join.
There will be great la music, stuff, camping, and I think a jacuzzi which we will be in even if it is hot because why would you ever avoid luxury?