Our last two albums are back in stock at saddle-creek.com and if you’re in Omaha, at the Shop.
Nature of Magic/Magic of Nature (Left) is on limited edition aqua/maroon splatter vinyl, DMM master at 45rpm. Includes a CD with both Nature of Magic and Old Gold/Ancient Jamz on it, and a poster with a handwritten thank you doodle.
Mysterious Knowledge/Unknown Colors (Right) was as handmade as possible in a limited edition of 100. The album is on a CD packaged like a 7”, includes explanation photos and text, and a mystical wooden pendant in a velvet pouch, The Ominoptra. I just found 9 of these in my garage, and when these are gone, that’s it. We go to a factory made whatever or a download code or something.
Both will be available at our upcoming shows as well.
Photos of that one time where we played on the floor at the Slowdown. Taken by 402 Life.
1/31/14 - The Slowdown - Omaha, NE - w/ Universe Contest, Darren Keen
I had the day off (nearly the whole week, actually), so I woke up early to turn these plywood eyeball paintings I had made into programmable LED lighting fixtures we could hang in front of our keyboard stands. I figured I had about 8 hours to build them, I think it took me 5. There’s a lot of duct tape and cheap wire involved, I’ll need to revisit them at some point.
Jesy didn’t have the day off, so we met up around 4:00pm, ran a few errands, and with the help of our friend Dan, loaded the van. There’s a mildly ridiculous amount of things that need to be brought to each show, and any and all help is always some sort of miracle. Thanks, Dan. We laid around until about 6:30pm, Jesy fixed a button hole on her leopard coat with a needle and thread she found in the junk drawer, and we headed down to the Slowdown.
Upon arriving, we found Universe Contest already set up on the small stage. Now, we’re no strangers to setting up our own aforementioned mildly ridiculous amount of things before any of the other bands have a chance (backlining, for those of you in the biz), but even our mildly ridiculous amount of things still affords the other bands some room on stage. Universe Contest’s setup looked like a bowl full of spaghetti had been dumped out onto a cupcake. The entire stage was covered. Cables and instruments bled off the sides and front of the stage into puddles on the floor. Navigating the stage nearly warranted body harnesses and an elaborate pulley system. Talking Mountain had officially been Talking Mountain’ed.
After a few brief conversations with Brenton (Universe Contest) and DB (Slowdown sound genius), it was decided that we would play on the floor in front of the stage, like a couple of filthy punks. We may never play on a stage again. It was great. My fears of complete audience blindness due to our laser rig being exactly at eye level were completely unfounded, and neither drink nor giant aqua and maroon balloon landed on our stuff.
When I was little, and I’m not even sure that I had actually seen the movie, I had one of those children’s books that came with the 7” record for (deleted)’s 1979 science fiction movie, “(deleted).” “You’ll know it is time to turn the page when you hear…” one of those books. Anyway, I don’t really remember listening to it very often, but I do remember flipping through the book all the time. I don’t remember really reading it, though I really loved to read. I assumed the story was about a nice, new robot that travels inside a (deleted) to rescue a broken, old robot that sort of looked like him. Some old (deleted) movies have this sort of creepiness about them, and when that general creepiness comes up in conversation, I always think of (deleted), the book I had, and these robots.
I was able to find a copy of the film, and was going to watch it, but didn’t really want to spoil what I’ve thought it was about since I was a little kid. I edited out all the human parts, then took what was left and tried to piece together the story I’ve had in my head. It’s still mostly in chronological order, a few scenes had to be shuffled around or have the colors adjusted. Anyway, I don’t know if anyone even remembers this movie, but here’s what little kid me remembers of it, accompanied by a song that adult me made last year.