Bad News From Houston

Bad News from Houston cover art by Tuia Cherici

In the Valley of the Cloudbuilder available on CD now – HERE, OR on bandcamp.com (with a simultaneous complimentary download)
John Dieterich (Deerhoof) and Thollem McDonas (Tsigoti) have created an album of complete immediacy, wherein every sound is presented with such vividness and detail that each minute sound event becomes foregrounded. When an acoustic guitar is played, you don’t just hear the strings, you hear the wood, too. When the strings of the piano explode, you are inside the sound chamber, feeling the coiled metal shatter against your skin. Intimacy takes a bright and radiant form on ‘In The Valley Of The Cloud Builder’. The joyous energy in these recordings prevents any of these pieces from sitting still. Clanking bottles topple over into ecstatic electronics so quickly that by the time your mind says “bottle”, what you are hearing is the most jackrabbit High Life guitar riff ever played. So much life is in this work that even Dieterich and McDonas, longtime collaborators, realized they had evolved as a music-making unit. To commemorate this turning of the ship, a new name: Bad News From Houston.

On In The Valley Of The Cloudbuilder, you find allusions to other ecosystems, other eras, and yet something uniquely new. This work is both clean and gritty, desert and metropolitan, high-brow and visceral.

For fans of Deerhoof, The Hand to Man Band, Tsigoti, of course, but also if you like the works of John Fahey, Terry Riley, Battles, Gastr del Sol (or solo Grubbs or O’Rourke) than you will be glad that you have arrived.

Artwork: tuia cherici MANUCINEMA

Review in Critical Masses “a fantastic record”

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BAD NEWS FROM HOUSTON – Pre-Order!!

In The Valley Of The Cloudbuilder, by Bad News From Houston

Bad News from Houston cover art by Tuia Cherici

In The Valley Of The Cloudbuilder, by Bad News From Houston represents an evolutionary leap for Thollem McDonas (Tsigoti, The Hand to Man Band) and John Dieterich (Deerhoof, The Hand to Man Band). Having collaborated in various contexts as a duo over the last several years, most notably All For Now (Dromos Records, 2010), they assumed this new band moniker in recognition of the fact that they were mining very new musical territory. Constructing an array of tunes using only an amplified piano and acoustic guitar and feedback and blurring the lines between seemingly disparate aesthetic camps, they have created something totally alien, yet immediately recognizable. Ranging from rainy day intertwining melodies and gentle warm wind ballads to frenetic clouds of agitated trances, the album remains surprisingly coherent. With each piece seemingly occupying its own miniature sonic universe, the album begs questions that encourage each listener to answer of their own volition.

Features artwork and video from Tuia Cherici

Preorder comes with a download link that will be sent to your Paypal email account weeks before release.

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TSIGOTI – NEW CD – AVAILABLE NOW!!!

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The world’s favorite anarcho blues lullaby noise free jazz avant circus punk band of joyful rebel revelers has yet again created another mesmerizingly entertaining musical album of much needed political provocation.  With Piero ‘Torpedo’ Spitilli joining the band on bass (Squarcicatrici, Baro Drom Orkestar), Thollem (Hand To Man Band), Jacopo (L’Enfance Rouge, Squarcicatrici), and Andrea (Jealousy Party), Tsigoti continues full steam ahead on their fourth and latest release, refining the direction of their previous works.  The great Italian illustrator Squaz (check out his HOTEL-TARANTULA) contributes the artwork, Alessandro Maffei‘s behind the mixes, and mastering the album was Deerhoof’s own John Dieterich.  Taking all into account, Read Between The Lines…Think Outside Them will become a collector’s item for those who love this band already as well as those yet initiated.

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Hand To Man Band – “You Are Always on Our Minds”

Over the course of three days near the end of August 2010, the members of The Hand To Man Band convened in Austin, TX, each seeking a reprieve from his own hectic schedule. Mike Watt (between shows playing bass with the reformed Stooges), Thollem McDonas (legendary solo pianist, member of Tsigoti, collaborator with Stefano Scodanibbio, etc ad infinitum), John Dieterich (guitarist for Deerhoof, Natural Dreamers), and Tim Barnes (skins on Silver Jews, Jim O’Rourke, Text of Light) hunkered down at Post-Consumer studio and made a right proper gem of an album. They call it You Are Always on Our Minds.

The band’s moniker was inspired by a cryptic fortune cookie Watt picked up in Austin, and that’s really no surprise – this album is filled with mysterious clues that lead to solutions indirectly. Veering between the tightly woven and the completely unhinged, trading deep gulfs of ponderous melancholy with gentle, fractured pop fairytales, The Hand To Man Band keeps the listener guessing without ever completely abandoning their own special brand of earthy hall-of-mirrors music. The internal/external dialogues set up by the band evoke train dreams, the open road, and the warmth and familiarity of a bed at home. They travel from psychotropic jazz to konked-out funk to skronked-out dirges to alien transmissions to plaintive nocturnal pleas, sometimes in the course of a single tune. These songs contradict and then coalesce before arriving finally as an unexpected gift, a measured unit, a fully formed whole. When that happens, that razor’s edge shift from near-chaos to strength, power and beauty, hold on tight, listen, because it is truly something to behold.

Opening track ‘Forces Conspiring’ welcomes listeners with a bloodshot ghost-choir floating lightly en masse over a bed of bucolic memories strummed, plucked and plinked by the band – the air is not quite heavy tonight and it feels good to breathe. “We Learned the Unreasoning’ is what it sounds like when your favorite weird uncle shows up unannounced with a dose of the clap, a limp, and a bottle of something or other, and all he wants to do is sit on the front porch and have a time. That same uncle taught you how to play guitar; you oblige. The lovely, shambolic ‘The Down Moveables’ ebbs and flows through shallows and driftwood before upping the tension and lighting out on some crazy moonlit steeplechase through an abandoned amusement park down by the river. Other highlights include ‘Us All Konked,’ ‘Voice Thrower,’ and ‘They Pretty Right,’ but truth be told, there’s not a clunker among them.

The Hand To Man Bandis a new chapter, a different look, at four truly original, seminal musicians. Again (in case you missed it): Mike Watt. Thollem McDonas. John Dieterich. Tim Barnes. So saddle up, boys ‘n girls, put on your 3D specs, and sit back. We give you…You Are Always on Our Minds.

streets 5/22/2012 – 12″ LP and cd – pre-order soon

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