Thollem Electric is setting out on the road in March to promote the TSIGOTI and the debut BAD NEWS FROM HOUSTON lps. At each performance he will be performing songs from and inspired by each release. Featuring projections by Tuia Cherici (Manucinema).
All this month, we’ve decided to let fans, friends and family of the Post-Consumer label determine what our releases are worth to each individual. On bandcamp, you can offer to pay whatever dollar amount you feel compelled to pay on great recordings like the Barnes/Dieterich/Thollem/Watt don’t-call-it-a-supergroup supergroup The Hand to Man Band, the debut EP from Portland’s Death Songs, the brilliant poet Bucky Sinister, the new LP from the intercontinental avant-circus-punk band TSIGOTI or the psychedelic pop stylings of Nehemiah St-Danger!! It’s an opportunity to show these artists some love, or check them out for very little (or no) money.
Available on cd January 15th, 2013 – Pre-order here NOW!!
For a limited time we’re streaming the entirety of the LP. Pre-orders come with continued access to the full album stream! FULL ALBUM STREAM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE
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release date 8/28/2012
With their third transatlantic bouillabaisse of anarcho-virtuosi avant-punk stylings, Tsigoti continue to intone their unabashed frustrations with the shortcomings of our human experiment with war. The Imagination Liberation Front Thinks Again (ILF), our new slab from this quartet of overly experienced anti-specialists, merges the angst of punk, the absurdity of Dada and the soapbox political shoutings of the world’s finest provocateurs.
ILF shifts like the surface of an ocean. It’s moody, cinematic and forceful. The lyrics are borne from genuine frustration and dissatisfaction with the atrocities of war, violence, injustice, genocide, superiority, prejudice, arrogance, oppression, pollution and freeways. There’s a Dadaesque boiling-over to the words, which only supply yet more integrity to the madcap ravings of the guitar, bass and drums. At times, Thollem provides an exemplary bent circus piano, even throwing in some ragtime, but as if Scott Joplin swapped hormones with Iggy Pop. Each musician grows in and out of each other, in a quantumly and musically entangled force field.
But this is not inaccessible music, which makes Tsigoti even more important. Their whimsical, spasmodic punkestrations exhibit a deep precision, like a finely-oiled Jean Tinguely sculpture. You just hit the power switch and watch the whole thing unfold. That is how to experience the world of Tsigoti.
Over seven years in the making, The Slow And Painful Birth of Nehemiah St. Danger is an autobiographical meta-operetta about Post-9/11 America, antediluvian mysteries and self-aggrandizing myth. And we have grabbed ahold and it now finally has a chance to see the light of day.
Even though this is Nehemiah’s debut as a solo artist, he holds a diverse and impressive musical resume. He’s recorded and played with members of The Fits, Psychic Reality, Pocahaunted, Silver Jews, Old Time Relijun, The Gris Gris and more. Nehemiah is currently in Malaikat Dan Singa with Arrington De Dionyso.
In what was ultimately a journey of self-discovery, St-Danger has harnessed the energy of this precarious world we inhabit and used it for all our benefit – he may well be the harbinger of a new American Folk Music. Mark your calendars, The Slow and Painful Birth Of Nehemiah St. Danger exits the birth canal on September 11th, 2012
If you buy two digital releases, you’ll get the last one absolutely free. That’s Bucky Sinister, Death Songs and The Hand To Man Band for a paltry $14! To take advantage of the Summer Sale, simple enter the code LITESUMMER when checking out of the store.
Join John Dietereich (Hand To Man Band and Bad News From Houston) this Autumn. He has announced Fall tour dates with his band Deerhoof
Thollem (Bad News from Houston, The Hand to Man Band, and Tsigoti) is touring across every corner the American landscape with his solo project through the rest of the summer and into the fall. From Anacortes to Ann Arbor, don’t miss his incredible performances combining extreme imagination and perfect execution. If you want your mind sonically blown in the most enjoyable way, Thollem is your man!
Mike Watt (Hand to Man Band) is perpetually on tour with one project or another. Currently we have dates for Stooges and the Missingmen on the site.
Check out the Store page for all of our artists releases. For a complete listing of all the artists and their tour dates, check out the Event Calendar link for all of the available dates and we’ll see you out there!!!!
Directed by Marcos Sanchez, there’s something old, something new, something borrowed and something eww!
The Hand to Man Band "The Down Moveables"
Please visit the STORE for ordering the album on virgin vinyl LP, CD or digital download.
For a limited time, the album “You Are Always on Our Minds” will be available at a reduced price! YOU HAVE TO HEAR THE WHOLE THING!
PCR-003 // Release Date: 5-22-2012 (pre-order now)
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 album’s title 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 Band is 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.
Track listing for “You Are Always on Our Minds” by The Hand to Man Band, out on 12” virgin vinyl, cd and digital 5/22/2012, Post-Consumer Records.
- Forces Conspiring
- Before Our Eyes Arrived
- We Learned the Unreasoning
- Thinks This
- Buoy Buoy
- They Pretty Right
- First Shallows
- Occasional Cracker
- All Us Konked
- Farces Perspiring
- Semina System
- The Down Moveables
- Voice Thrower
- Be the Same
- Thin Incision Split Decision
- Slow Choirds
- We’ve Got a Long Ways to Go We’re Almost There