hey folks. i have a brand new release out today 10.14.13. it's called shri 108 and it's available for immediate download now HERE. you can grab various formats to suit your needs, or you can just stream it and listen. it's a brand new batch of songs in the barnyard electronics technique. my inner circle of musician friends laughed and had fun listening to these songs, and i feel happy and excited to have made all this up and to be able to lay it on you. you know, recent developments in...well the "industry" so to speak, commerce, aesthetics, listening habits of fans and various other factors, make this a very productive time for a musician such as myself, working under the guidance of a sort of idiosyncratic internal higher voice. i feel driven to look for the sound, or combination of words, or feeling that will straighten everything out and make people stop killing each other, and stop killing the animals and give each other a break, amalgamating the totality. perhaps like an alchemist of old working alone in a primitive lab, looking for the answer. a sort of musical philosopher's stone if you will. poetry and music are high endeavors [perhaps the highest]. i've considered giving up so many times[for surely i know the 10,000 ways to fail] that i've come to just embrace that as another feeling and not worry about it too much and keep going. there's a light. beyond everything we see is a beautiful light. it's obscured but it's always there. vibration. light. grace. forgiveness. earth. flower dog water beach. see you out there somewhere, i'll have a banjo, a backpack, and a suitcase.
here's the link, you can stream for free, and you can purchase a download in different formats, depending on what you like.
my friend matt sircely [a great mandolinist and songwriter] and i jumped in his old car [a honda with about 300,000 miles on it held together with wire and shit] and we did a road trip all the way down to LA and back playing a bunch of shows and sleeping on couches. our friend gary adler recorded one of the shows from the audience on a portable device. we also played on KPIG radio and john interviewed us and let us play on there. we assembled a 60 minute cassette for you to hear. it's available in the minner bucket records store.
"Falling Hard's banjo intro is classic Barnes, excelling into what's now known as Barnyard Electronics. A jagged tale of the working class over an Earl Scruggs riff layered with industrial rhythms and Bronx scratching." Bryant Liggett, DJ and GM for KDUR in durango CO.
minner bucket records labelmate and i, matt sircely, are currently doing a four day run of shows in the great northwest. we played olympia last night where we used my old shure vocal master PA! sold out of all the tapes we brought. tonight we play up in glacier, and then port townsend, and we finish on sunday down in portland at mississippi studios. the barnjo 15000 is the weapon of choice on this run.
we got an email from the PD over at KDUR, one of the great independant radio stations in the country, over in durango colorado, they just played the A side to the new single, falling hard. thank you!!!
Vinyl came back – can tapes be next?
Danny Barnes, revered punk rock banjo player for Nineties locals the Bad Livers, loves cassettes. From his now longtime home in Seattle, he gets downright evangelical about his Minner Bucket Records putting out "handmade experimental music" on cassette. Like many who grew up in the Seventies, he was surrounded by tapes.
"My point of reference is a mixtape. I grew up getting 'em, making 'em, trading 'em."
He preaches the cassette gospel, embracing their practicality ("If you're a punk band in Galveston and you know you're gonna sell 25 copies of something, you can do a lot better making a tape really low-budget, then give away the download"), their place in music history ("The mixtape was the lingua franca of the punk rock weirdo"), and aesthetics ("Electric guitars on a cassette recorded really hot is one of the coolest sounds ever!")
Cassettes were once the most common prerecorded music format alongside vinyl. Their sales peaked in the Eighties after Sony introduced the Walkman, then tapered off as CDs obliterated all other musical formats through the Nineties. Barnes sees the first truly portable music format as a still-revolutionary medium for DIY music. He's not alone.
Local record stores are expanding their stock of new-release cassettes. One independent buzz label of the moment, L.A.'s Burger Records, was built on the back of cassettes. And don't look now, but September 7 marks the inaugural Cassette Store Day, celebrating all things cassette with special releases, etc.
Stop shaking your head. You humored Record Store Day right? It helps account for vinyl comprising 35% of all music sold in the first quarter of 2013.
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View rest of the story at the Austin Chronicle >> http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2013-08-30/the-return-of-the-cassette/
it's new music from the lab! side A is a brand new song called falling hard. [here is a link to a live recording as it premiered at northwest string summit 2013, with darol anger, drew emmitt, and larry and jenny keel: link to the archive.]
the B side is a song called money moves up, which is a lyrical idea i got from watching a noam chomsky lecture. it's a hard luck banjo song with a sample of these trucks going by that i dug up.
you can order the record here.
WFHB in bloomington indiana was the first station to play falling hard, i hand delivered it when i played at the venue across the street there on 7.25.13. the track is in spinitron now so you should be able to request the song from any weirdo [good] dj.
interview from summer tour 2013.