The Octopus Project Churn Out New Single, “Fugefat”

With an overly-ambitious concept that’s so overly-ambitious that it has to work in some realm, The Octopus Project are set to release Hexadecagon.  To make sense of the name, the group already blew minds at last year’s SXSW by arranging 8 speakers and 8 synchronized video projections into a 16-sided audio/visual carousel.  The project was the result of tireless work to refine home-crafted electronic equipment to configure the 8-channel audio system the album was recorded on.  The album was inspired by minimalist composers Terry Riley and Steve Reich, which is apparent in how structured and articulate the theoretically chaotic new songs are.   Though it starts out sounding like the next iPod or Google commercial, soon 40-plus piano tracks loop together to form a visceral, auditory spaghetti.  Give the track a listen HERE, on headphones preferably, and look out for The Octopus Project on tour with STRFKR on these dates:

09/30 – Shreveport, LA @ The Collective
10/01 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
10/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/04 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
10/05 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/06 – Washington DC @ DC9
10/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
10/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/09 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine*#
10/10 – Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears
10/11 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
10/12 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
10/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
10/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10/15 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
10/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
10/20 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Great Am. Music Hall
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/24 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/25 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
10/29 – Asheville, NC @ Moogfest *

All shows with Starfucker (except *)
# w/ We Are Scientists, Rewards

STRFKR Debuts “Julius” Remix, Readies National Tour

Portland-based STRFKR (now without vowels) have been hard at work in the studio for a while now, mastering their upcoming album for Polyvinyl.

Well, hard at work for most of the time. You can see some footage of the band in their studio below.

Now the vowel-less quartet has teamed up with upcoming artists Painted Palms for a remix of their song “Julius.”

You can listen to the original first…

STRFKR-Julius by John Grimley

Next comes the Painted Palms remix

STRFKR-Julius Painted Palms Remix by John Grimley

You can also catch STRFKR (with Octopus Project) out on the road this fall! Look for them…

STRFKR Tour Dates:
Sept. 23rd – Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sept. 24th – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 24th – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 25th – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
Sept. 27th – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
Sept. 29th – Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AK #
Sept. 30th – The Collective – Shreveport, LA #
Oct. 1st – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL #
Oct. 2nd – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA #
Oct. 5th – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC #
Oct. 6th – DC9 – Washington DC #
Oct. 7th – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA #
Oct. 8th – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY #
Oct. 9th – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT #
Oct. 10th – TT The Bears – Cambridge, MA #
Oct. 11th – Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, Canada #
Oct. 12th – Wrongbar – Toronto, Canada #
Oct. 13th – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA #
Oct. 14th – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH #
Oct. 15th – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL #
Oct. 16th – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN #
Oct. 19th – Neumos – Seattle, WA #
Oct. 20th – Roseland – Portland, OR #
Oct. 22nd – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA #
Oct. 23rd – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA #
Oct. 24th – Casbah – San Diego, CA #
Oct. 25th – Plush – Tucson, AZ #

# – w/ the Octopus Project

“Echotone,” the Movie. The Experience.

When I was a young teenager, I was obsessed with a little documentry called Hype! that was put out about the Seattle Grunge scene. I made everyone who came into my path watch it. And I mean everyone (sorry Grandpa!). I remember it made me feel excited about music and fall fully in love with every single aspect of it. No documentry has ever hit me like that until Friday afternoon when I attended a screening of the upcoming film Echotone. Looking around the room, everyone gave it their full attention as it captivated all of us.

Based on the Austin music scene in the present day, Echotone takes you on a ride with bands such as {{{Sunset}}}, Belaire, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Octopus Project, The White White Lights and more. Though there are other bands featured, the story is told for a good portion by Bill Baird of {{{Sunset}}}, Black Joe Lewis and Cari Palazzolo of Belaire. All three bring up different struggles in the Austin scene.

Baird, who was formerly in the now disbanded Sound Team, who released one album on Capitol Records, now plays in {{{Sunset}}}, a dreamy musical experience for your ears. He tells the tale of being screwed by the man, and then rebuilding himself as a musician. Lewis, delivers fish in the daytime and plays to packed crowds at night. Palazzolo struggles with not making Belaire a commercial band and trying to hold back at offers. She even makes the band’s cd covers by hand and tee shirts. In the midst of all of this, skyscrapers are being built around some of Austin’s best clubs for music, which to the artists, take away from the musical landscape. Neighbors complain about music from the venues blaring into their house, in which one man even refers to it as a form of “terrorism” (c’mon really??). It’s a struggle for the musicians on a daily basis. When the topic of SXSW is brought up, everyone seems less than thrilled that people are taking over their city for the week. Actually that could be an understatement. For the most part Baird and Palazzolo seem especially outraged by it.

Though the film is set in Austin, you do not have to live there to appreciate the scene. The live footage is specatacular, and the interviews and pieces with the musicians are very heartfelt and personal. You can tell how passionate they are about their music, and how much they want to share it, but still keep it very close to their heart without letting the outside elements exploit it in a fashion they see to be unfit. The music used throught the documentry flows perfectly as the story is told, shaping and molding it into a moving piece. It will make you appreciate music in a way that most people have forgotten.

The tale of Austin is far from over. Quite frankily, as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” it never will be.

Echotone comes out this Fall to the public. It was made by Nathan Christ in conjunction with Reversal Films.

Watch the trailer for the film below:

For more about Echotone visit the official site HERE

Bill Baird of {{{Sunset}}}


Black Joe Lewis