What do Frédéric Nogray, Lee Patterson and Pali Meursault (FANT^MS) have in common? All are fascinated with sounds that would normally remain unheard. Nogray specializes in industrial crucibles forged into singing bowls; Patterson prefers springs, motors and chemical reactions; Meursault focuses on failing neon light and other electromagnetic activity. Under natural circumstances, one might expect their […]
We had to take a hiatus due to some unforeseen personal issues popping up, but we’re happy to be back, starting with giving a nod to our colleagues at a closer listen who give us a taste of experimental composers Frédéric Nogray, Lee Patterson and Pali Meursault collaborating as FANT^MS.
It looks like we’ve found an obscure little beastie upon our return. Khurmo Shirinova was a rather attractive singer from the Soviet Republic of Tajikistan who plied her trade and reached fame during the 1980s.
Sounds of Asia have done the world a fine service by reissuing this strangely charming Soviet pop gem.
I run into some truly kind, rather brilliant artists constantly. I wanted to give a heads up to designer John Hubbard’s website. Here’s a bit more about his work:
A professional book designer since 1994, my emphasis is on illustrated art catalogs, photography books, and elevating music packaging to book form… along with designing record albums, CDs, DVDs, film posters, children’s books, cookbooks, and so on.
With my situational approach to design, a great love and knowledge of typography, color, and printing, I will translate your ideas into a thought-provoking professional publication.
Our collaboration will generate a new juxtaposition of ideas, providing balanced and engaging form to your content.
My personal interests extend beyond books to photography, music making, and enjoying the sights and sounds in between.
After a lifetime in Seattle, I now reside in central Finland with my wife and daughter.
Thank you for looking.
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Many thanks to my dear bro Hubert Heathertoes, who is a fountain of wonderful information worth sharing. This article from local radio station KQED does a nice retrospective on one of the Bay Area’s most influential punk rock icons, Flipper singer Ted Falconi. He was not only a leading light in alternative music, but a Vietnam Vet with plenty to say about his experiences.
It’s hard to believe a band which now sounds like a contemporary of Neil Young or other rock stars at their most reflective (and yes, that’s a compliment, as I still have a healthy respect for rock & roll music’s transformative powers) began their career as an utterly brutal agit-punk band, A Subtle Plague, whose first demo was produced by Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch, if memory serves.
This particular song has a rather personal meaning explained to me by my dear friend and damn near older brother, Ekke. It’s perhaps too personal to get into here, but let’s say it’s a song based on the oldest of topics – love and loss.
The core members of The Durgas, Christopher and Benjii Simmersbach, have managed to maintain high music quality despite many personnel changes, genre changes, location changes and more. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them, and of course, I wish them continued success. They’re good lads from a good, good family.