Friday, December 31, 2010

Favorite E.S. Posts of 2010

Because, well, why not?

1. Amplified Tecate
Speaks for itself, this one.

2. Kudler & Shiflet Live on KUSF
My favorite bit of free audio from the year. Jesse kills it.

3. Sunday Afternoon
I listened to this drone on for about two hours before finally recording a few minutes for the blog.

4. So Many Seashells, So Much Porcelain
This track has always stuck with me. Nothing exceptional stands out, you can hear the beginning of the axis's shifting.

5. Theodore & John
Awesome men. Awesome words.

6. ((Noise) (5.12.10))
If you paid attention, it's pretty obvious where this eventually ended up, but the noise track itself is still quite a beast.

7. Nishikawa, Olive, Shiflet : Bridge
Osaka improv. Fun fact: as I had a several hour commute to Osaka, I would frequently listen to Love Me Two Times on my to meet up with Tim & Bunsho.

8. Joe Colley
I just love these photos.

9. Short Video from INC Columbus
First live version of Corrugated.

10. 2.4 Seconds for Christmas
Sneaking in at the last minute, Christmas eve audio.

Thanks for the continued support. All the best in 2011.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Favorite Live Performances

My top ten live performances of the year :

1. Nick Hennies : Rancho Panzner, Columbus, 8/1/10
If it has not been witnessed personally, the effect a single woodblock being struck ad infinitum can have on one’s jaw, inner ear and skull base is hard to convey. The small room’s supreme resonance gave Hennies the extra bit of assistance he needed, ensuring the ringing would last a few days and the memories long after.

Wittmer Knowles 3.21.10
2. Gerritt Wittmer & Paul Knowles : Now That’s Class, Cleveland, 3/21/10
Two Mormon-looking fellows hit the road with Sissy Spacek and dropped one of the heaviest psycho-acoustic performances in a long while. Their Cincinnati performance (which I missed) caused a friend, and true harsh noise afficianado, to collapse and even the Cleveland drunkards and their sneers couldn’t topple Gerritt and Paul’s mesmerizing black tie frequency circus.

Joe Colley 8.24.10
3. Joe Colley : Terminal, Oakland, 8/24/10
Despite a long admiration and several years of friendship, I’d never seen Colley live. He refused to play my last trip through the Bay, giving some self-deprecating excuse or another. I pretty much expected him to cancel this one at the last minute as well, but he showed up and delivered ten times over. He performed two pieces, one CD player and one for microcassette, each with a heavy dose of suspicious electromagnetic interference and hints of spectral processing. Either alone would have left me speechless, combined they were downright paralyzing.

Keith Rowe, 3.12.10
4. Keith Rowe : Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin College, 3/12/10
There are times for hanging out in the back and acting cool and there are times for admitting that even if you look like the dorkiest fanboy in the room, you are better than the music school nerds and have every right to be up in the first row pew. Only downside of this show was the inability to talk to Rowe afterwards due to the rush of students and straightforward guitarists who’d just had their brains scrambled and were clamoring to talk shop.

5. Jon Mueller : Robinwood Concert House, Toledo, 9/7/10
Two solo percussion performances in my top five? What? Mueller absolutely destroyed when I saw his Physical Changes tour in Cincinnati last year and I was eager to see how he followed it up. As with Hennies above, this performance benefited greatly from a small room which the snare and tape gnarl blanketed and devoured from the outside in, fighting for every cubic inch of space before burrowing into the earholes of the 25 or so in attendence.

6. Noveller : It Looks Like It’s Open, Columbus, 8/19/10
I caught Noveller two evenings in a row in August. I have to say the second edged out the first by way of being slightly more intimate and also having a vent directly above Ms. Lipstate. With her hair blowing in every which direction, she had a real Slash-in-November-Rain rockstar vibe as she strummed and looped her way through her glorious set.

7. Pavement : LC Pavilion, Columbus, 9/16/10
I saw Pavement in Cleveland in1997 and would say without hesitation that is my favorite concert ever. This year’s stop in Ohio was remarkably similar and I was surprised they put nearly as much energy into their performance as they did back then. I figured I’d let my teenager brain put an aura around that show that was never really there, but I was wrong. They brought it then and are picking up exactly where they left off. If I cared half as much about Stephen & co. as I do about resonating woodblocks, this one would be much higher up the list.

8. Joanna Newsom : Southern Theater, Columbus, 3/29/10
Have One on Me is still growing on me, mainly because end up listening to it in such disjointed chunks, picking up on side D a week after the fact, squeezing the final side in between two drone long players, etc. So I felt rather fortunate to spend a few hours with Ms. Newsom and her band of merry makers in the lovely Southern Theater here in town as they made their way through downsized arrangements of tracks from the new album and scattered classics. Front row balcony seats were definitely a bonus.

Sightings 4.21.10
9. Sightings : Skylab, Columbus, 4/21/10
Dear noise rock bands everywhere, Listen to Sightings and step your fucking game up. Pointlessly dicking around doesn’t cut it in 2010. Sincerely, Mike Shiflet

10. Ignaz Schick : Skylab, Columbus, 4/10/10
Ignaz came through town on his North American trek and performed as part of an evening of experimental turntable works. His set of bells, velcro, paper plates, styrofoam plates, and I believe even a few records was the standout that evening. I’d come from a friend’s wedding, played a set myself, and was in just the right zone – equal parts tired and eager - when Ignatz finally did his thing and floored everyone.

And ten others (alphabetically) :
Clang Quartet, David Daniell & Douglas McCombs, Emeralds, Failing Lights, Brad Griggs & Mark VanFleet, KBD, Leslie Keffer & Scott Martin, The National, Rangda, Adam Smith

Friday, December 24, 2010

2.4 Seconds for Christmas


20/10 : 2010 Year-End Favorites

Here's my year-end list. This year I opted to throw everything into one list rather than I put the first twenty in order, threw in ten others, and scribble a few lines about the top ten. The writing isn't particularly deep or insightful, but I felt like sharing.

Here are the top ten:

1. Ricardo Dillon Wanke : to r.s.

Wanke is a new name to me and his work (both this and his 2006 release Caves) came out nowhere and floored me. His guitar drones are so purely tonal they could easily be mistaken for sine waves and when he incorporates the acoustic or piano, his dense layers take on even more life. The closest comparison I can come up with is an extremely stripped down, exceptionally raw Oren Ambarchi. I can’t get enough of this.

2. Superchunk : Majesty Shredding

Superchunk wouldn’t rank in my top ten bands of the ‘90’s. Probably wouldn’t even crack the top twenty. I have no idea why this one stuck such a chord with me this year, but it did. Perhaps it was the timing of its release, as it definitely made for great summer driving music. With excellent songs and outstanding production throughout, it makes me wonder what some of the bands I truly loved 15 years ago would sound like in the studio now.

3. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma : Love is a Stream

Much has been said about Jefre’s shoegaze-drone monolith and the bulk of it is spot on. I don’t know if I can add a unique perspective, but more than anything else on this list, I do feel distinct relationship between Love is a Stream and my own work this year, a distant cousinship perhaps.

4. Oval : O

This is album I had the hardest time classifying and when I was still toying with doing two separate lists for pop and experimental lists, I had to include it in both. I’m still not sure where I’d file it, but it is a stunning work regardless. Equally head-bobbable and -scratchable, it’s parts combine to form a rather glorious whole.

5. Deerhunter : Halcyon Digest

Brendan Murray first turned me on to Deerhunter during our 2008 tour and I’d enjoyed everything I’d heard previous to Halcyon Digest, but it really solidified their work in my eyes. The clutter was stripped away and the scattered bits of genius were finally collected and molded into a cohesive and undeniable beast.

6. Noveller : Desert Fires

If I hadn’t seen Sarah Lipstate perform these tracks on back-to-back nights in August, I’m not sure I’d feel as strongly about this album. But I did and I do. This album is a collection of excellent composition akin to that of my favorite electronic/noise perfomers, but with the unmistakable beauty of the guitar (the Fender Jazzmaster, specifically) at the forefront.

7. Chris Abrahams : Play Scar

Another album I have a hard time describing. I guess the running theme here is that if it confounds me, it moves up the list. I’m not a fan of Abrahams’ group the Necks so I don’t have much of reference point coming into this one. I know that organs, pianos, and synths make up the bulk of Abrahams’ sound world and when he gets in the studio and starts layering/chopping, things get very interesting. It’s a little all over the map, but the skill, attention and focus are consistent throughout and matched by the outstanding production.

8. Joe Colley : Disasters of Self

I like this album. Quite a bit, obviously. That said, I don’t understand why people are so head-over-heels excited about it. As good as this album is, I don’t think it can hold its own against Psychic Stress Soundtracks or Waste of Songs. New Colley is better than new most other things, but when compared to his past accomplishments, I found this one harder to get excited about.

9. Darksmith : Total Vacuum

One thing I dislike about the bulk of music criticism is the idea that liking (A) conflicts with any attempt to like (B). That said, this Darksmith album is another reason I just couldn’t flip out over the Colley set. Combining principles of Colley (or maybe more specifically Crawl Unit) and his cohorts from the 1990’s California noise scene with hints of Schimpfluch, Alga Marghen, and Graham Lambkin’s work, this one hits all the right notes. Anyone who loved the Colley set or the Lambkin/Lescalleet collaboration, but did not hear this, needs to rectify that promptly.

10. Philip Jeck : An Ark for the Listener

I was nervous about this one prior to its release. I thought Sand was a major misstep for Jeck with some interesting concepts probably seemed good at the drafting table, but just didn’t seem to work on record. Fortunately An Ark for the Listener is a return to form, solid from start to finish. His live performances (recordings) that I’ve heard this year have been top notch as well.

And ten others...

11. Jon Mueller : The Whole
12. Joanna Newsom : Have One On Me
13. Mark Fell : Multistability
14. Kanye West : My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
15. The Fun Years : God Was Like, No
16. Gerritt : Portions of Hell
17. Emeralds : Does It Look Like I’m Here?
18. Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet : Air Supply
19. Fennesz / Daniell / Buck : Knoxville
20. The National : High Violet

And ten others (alphapbetical) with some cheating :

Thomas Ankersmit : Live in Utrecht; Failing Lights : Failing Lights; Gerritt & John Wiese : Panoramic Glass and Mirror; Joseph Hammer : I Love You, Please Love Me Too; Jason Kahn & Jon Mueller : Phase; Brandon Nickell : And if You Set This Mind of Mine Afire…; Michael Pisaro : [various releases]; Rangda : False Flag; Rene Hell : [various releases]; Time & Temperature : Cream of the Low Tide

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The City Is All In Your Head

CDR released on Celebrate Psi Phenomena in 2004. The brief liners sum it up nicely (though the term drone is used rather loosely):

excerpts from a 12 hour performance at BLD Spring Aktion accompanying a sonic sculpture installation by Sven Kahns. All non-drones are sounds of the installation.

5 tracks, 46:54, 192kb/s

Download here. (63 MB zip)

Just Outside The Liminal

A few more Llanos reviews.

Brian Olewnick, possessor of two of the finest, most respected ears in the e.a.i. world, offers his musings at Just Outside:
Though divided into six tracks, I tend to hear "Llanos" as an enormous block of sound with a complex, sponge-like structure that allows for a huge amount of spatial/aural perceptive activity on the part of the listener
Read the full review here.

And in what is my favorite of the straightforward/standard format reviews thus far (right up there with Jesse Goin's feature), Tom Lecky at The Liminal really hits on a lot of what I was trying to convey:
Memory pervades the distorted, oscillating static: fragments of melodies behind the buzzing surface, memories from a past that is now present only in contorted form. Imagine looking at an album of photos of yourself in childhood through a cracked window smeared with grease. [...] This will cleanse you, but you’ll feel more like you do an hour after you left the mud puddle and were sitting on the tree stump
Read the full review here.

I'll have another post this evening with an album from the vaults.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ecstatic Peace Sale

Go grab the 16 Bitch Pile-Up / Mike Shiflet Split LP (or some other gunk if you are so inclined) and throw in that coupon code when checking out. It's that easy.

The Abstract

Apologies. It's been a minute since the last update. Here are two of the more unusual Llanos reviews.

Hallock Hill, whose unique take on the KFW split was previously posted here, is back with more:
On the other side of the river, at the base of the Palisades. A field of rock that has been stripped from its face forms a garden. One large rock is angled back away from the water towards the rock. From it the blue sky crisply breaks the jagged line of the top of the cliffs. Jet trail crosses. Behind, in the water, is an inverted boot, floating. To whom was it attached? And when?
Read the full review here.

George Bass at Coke Machine Glow refuses to be outdone, invoking the UFOs on a track review of Web Over Glen Echo:
The theory runs thus: after a flying saucer has passed overhead and finished abducting/drawing corn circles/being mistaken for SR-71 Blackbird planes, a fine fibrous residue collects on the ground, looking like a faint jelly cobweb. Sinisterly naming itself after a brand of luxury pasta, angel hair has been outsmarting the more open-minded conspiracists for years. Is it alien silk? Dandruff from heaven?
Read the full review here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Trickle

Here are some of the early reviews of Llanos. I've been assured there are at least a few more on the way, so expect a couple more posts along these lines.

Jesse Goin at Crow with no Mouth goes exceptionally deep, reviewing not only Llanos, but also my vinyl releases from this year. Of the new album he offers:
Llanos encompasses, as I have said, much of the musical territory preceding it, but in a markedly unitive and mature way. There is no separation, to these ears, between howling noise and gorgeous melody, between the nearly overwhelming force and forbearance of the sun, and the rising wisps of steam and fog of late summer. [...] Shiflet's fealty to the elements of noise is all the more striking, given the tendency of artists who report similar peak experiences toward overtly precious, treacly music.
Read the full review here.

Frans de Waard does his usual 'rant about what he doesn't like before ultimately recommending the album and saying it's pretty great' thing (see just about every review of anything I've released) in Vital Weekly:
Shiflet joins the ranks of the likes of Joe Colley, Francisco Meirino, Andy Orthmann and such alike. People will the roots in the world of noise, loud noise even, but whose work has drifted away from the distorted attacks of piercing sounds. Shiflet is a bit different from the others mentioned, it seems (I’m only assuming based upon this one release) that in these six pieces, his interest lies in the fact to produce ‘ongoing’ fields of sounds, and not one that is working with abrupt, cut-up/collage methods.
Read the full review here.

And Boomkat, who admittedly are trying to make a few pounds selling it, had this to say:
In quieter mode on 'Antrim' or the majestic title track he still deploys abrasive sounds but uses them to tenderise the more organic and melodic elements so they gently weep blood in the beautiful manner.
Read the full review here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

For those that slept...

Amethyst Sunset is offering a package deal which includes the KFW/Shiflet LP and their newly-released Mist 12". It isn't listed on their site, but here is the promotional email:

for a limited time for the mailing list there will be a deal to grab both of the available amethyst sunset titles at a discounted price;
$25 us / $30 canada / $38 rest of the world for both;
AS-005 - keith fullerton whitman / mike shiflet - "070325 b/w 080409" 180 gram lp
AS-007 - mist - "glowing net"
the deals are not listed on the amethyst sunset page, so in order to get this special price you will just need to paypal the money directly to wirrzbow[at]gmail[dot]com

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Live at Art Damage 10.25.10 [mp3]

They are really cleaning out the vaults over at Art Damage. In the past week they've uploaded a ton of material from recent shows. In addition to the video I posted Friday, the audio of my performance opening for David Daniell & Douglas McCombs is now available as well:


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Llanos Out Now

I've been so busy hyping the new album all over the internet the past week that I forgot to post it here in my own little backyard of the internet.

Well, if you haven't already heard elsewhere... Llanos can now be ordered from and previews of all the tracks (as well as free downloads of two) can be found on

Thursday, October 21, 2010


CD out next week.

Order the CD here.
Stream, buy digital here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Upcoming Performances

aka the Going Nowhere tour... all shows in Ohio.

Thu. 10.21.10
OSU Urban Arts Space
duo w/Larry Marotta

Sat. 10.23.10
w/Red Electric Rainbow, Sunglasses, Seabat and more.

Sun. 10.24.10
Battery Cage
w/KBD, The Vehicle, Tephra

Mon. 10.25.10
Art Damage Lodge
w/David Daniell & Douglas McCombs, Pete Fosco

Tue. 10.26.10
It Looks Like It's Open
playing at the free and open-to-all It Sounds Like It's Open improv session. 13
E. Tulane. Come jam.

Coming Soon

New album out next week.

Check me out on Twitter or Facebook for a special offer in the next day or so.

Act Won

"The people don't come because you grandiose motherfuckers don't play shit that they like."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tower / Well

The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you're supposed to go up and down when you're supposed to go down. When you're supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When you're supposed to go down, find the deepest well and go down to the bottom. When there's no flow, stay still.

Haruki Murakami,
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Re-reading one of my favorite books, contemplating the bottom the well.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Editions Shiflet Mixtape 06:

Latest installment in the mixtape series is finally fit for consumption. This one collects a couple vintage pieces, including an excerpt from the Ecstatic Peace split with 16 Bitch Pile-Up, one track from my forthcoming CD Llanos, and two unreleased tracks.

Despite the title, this one features a lot more seismic rumbling than staccato explosions.

01. Brooklyn, 12.30.08
02. Extract, Behold (excerpt)
03. Web Over Glen Echo
04. Cycles, Side Two (excerpt)
05. BMW Underground
06. 12.08.06
07. Untitled (2009)

Download HERE.

And if you're looking for more... 05, 04, 03, 02, 01.

Friday, September 24, 2010

So Many Seashells, So Much Porcelain

So last night I said I'd have a new mixtape up before I left town for the weekend. Unfortunately preparation for that trip took longer than expected and it became clear as the evening rolled on that mixtape finalization was not going to happen.

So instead I offer you a 30-minute slab of dirty drones from 2007, So Many Seashells, So Much Porcelain. It was originally released on a split CDR with Kazuya Ishigami (cover image above) and has been subtly remastered to better adhere with 2010 quality control standards.

Please devour and enjoy it.

The new mix is still in the on-deck circle. Expect it early next week.

Download (30:30, 55.8MB)

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Apologies for being away from the blog for the better part of a month. I've been preparing for some new ventures and trying to keep my head straight. Part of this overhaul included revamping my web presence. With that in mind, I've registered a couple new domains: and

The former only has a placeholder currently and the latter will just bounce you back to the blog for the time being. Both will be live sooner than later, however.

Related to this, you may or may not have noticed the GMBY site now redirects to It is officially dead. (This is also why images/links on the blog were temporarily not working. Should all be fixed now.)

And finally, I've also finally joined Facebook in order to promote... myself, I guess. Look me up there, Monumental Documents.

To make up for the absence, I hope to have an ES Mixtape online before the weekend.

Exciting things to come.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gutter Divas CS on Dokuro

When I returned from California I found a box postmarked Italy overflowing with copies of this "new" tape. New gets quotes because the original Gutter Divas material was recorded in 2005 for a now-defunct label and then reworked in 2008 when Dokuro offered to release it.

Having gone through five years and three potential formats before seeing the light of day as a beautiful cassette, Gutter Divas is now ready for your ears. Dokuro was even kind enough to post a sample on Soundcloud.

I have copies available for $6 ppd / $8 world
Email/paypal to ms @ gmby . net


Kudler & Shiflet Live on KUSF

Here is some audio documentation of mine and Jesse Kudler's performance on Jacob Huele's Breakthrough in the Grey Room program last Monday.

Kudler has stepped his game up since the last time we shared a stage in 2005. (I'd like to think I have as well.) I thought he was good back then, but would seriously and easily put him in the upper echelon of tabletop guitarists these days. Performing with him was a treat...even if he did show up to the studio an hour late.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Joe Colley

Some images of Joe's set in Oakland last week.

Joe Colley 8.24.10
Joe Colley 8.24.10
Joe Colley 8.24.10
Joe Colley 8.24.10

It was a stellar performance that has me anticipating his soon-to-be-released 3LP set even more than I was beforehand. I am so glad I finally got to see him in action.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tecate Moving Picture

Here is a full video take of the previously animated amplified 12-pack case portion of my set on 8/21:

Thanks to Brandon Nickell for shooting this video, lending his amazing PA rig that night, and about a dozen other things.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ohio / California Dates

Not many people can pull off the elusive Ohiofornia tour route, but I believe I'm up for the challenge. Next week I'll play three shows here in my lovely home state before hopping on a plane and heading west for three more in the Bay area and one down in LA. The relevant info follows.

Skylab :: Columbus, OH
w/Work/Death, Cowards, and Pharmakon
57 E. Gay St., 10pm(?)

Art Damage Lodge :: Cincinnati, OH
w/Noveller, unFact, Early Tunnels
4120 Hamilton Ave., 9pm

It Looks Like It's Open :: Columbus, OH
w/Noveller, unFact, Outer Space
13 E. Tulane (next to Cup O Joe), 8-10pm

Angie's Church :: Oakland, CA
w/Ben Bracken, Nerfbau, Take Up Serpents,
Lana Voronina, Charm & Strange

1629 8th St., 9pm

Bay Area 51 :: San Francisco, CA
w/Nucleardeathwish, Copy Lake,
Maryclare Brzytwa, Me & Frankie America

1667 Jerrold Ave., 6-10pm (Senior Citizen Special!)

Terminal :: Oakland, CA
Collaboration with Kenneth Atchley
w/Dave Phillips, Joe Colley, Jason Crumer, R. Jencks

3957 San Leandro Street

The Smell :: Los Angeles, CA
w/Dave Phillips, R. Jencks, Damion Romero, Moment Trigger
247 S. Main St.

I am excited about so many aspects of this trip... Two shows with Noveller, finally seeing Colley live, collaborating with Kenneth. I could go on and on. I'll be posting flyers and information on a couple potential radio appearances (assuming they get firmed up) in the next few days. Stay tuned. Hope to see you if you're in one of those fine locales.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Burning Star Core Papercuts Theater

An unexpected package arrived today and I now have some copies of the Burning Star Core Papercuts Theater in both the CD and 2xLP(w/download) formats.

If you haven't already picked up a copy, today is the perfect day to expand your collection by one more album.

CD is $10 ppd. in the US, $13 world.
2xLP is $15 ppd in the US, $25 world.

email/paypal to: ms -@-

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It's 2010

And this is as awesome as ever:

A few words about that recent split LP

KEXP's Agitated Atmosphere

"The longer you let it play out, the further it will burrow into your cortex."

Hallock Hill

"It has been a hot summer with endless days of rain, just a few hundred miles north of the city island, century’s boat just found there, skeletal hull linings bearing time and life."

I am particularly fond of Hallock's sprawling-fiction-as-record-review approach. Here is his take on Keith's side of the album.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Late Note About a Sunday Show with Nick Hennies

Apologies for the delayed notice. Been a hectic week to blog. Performing at this residential function on Sunday. Hit up the Facebook to RSVP, or if you're Facebook-less like myself, email me at ms -@- I will get you the info and make sure your presence is expected.

NICK HENNIES (with ryan jewell/mike shiflet, joe panzner)

august 1, 8:00 PM
house show (rsvp at ginandplatonic -@- or by FB PM for address/directions)

NICK HENNIES (percussion)

Nick Hennies is a percussionist and composer based in Austin, TX whose work is primarily concerned with redefining and repurposing the role of common percussion instruments through repetition, meditation, and immersion. He received... his M.A. from University of California-San Diego and then relocated to Austin where he performs with The Weird Weeds, the Austin New Music Co-op and as a soloist. For this performance he will be performing music from the forthcoming album Psalms (compositions by Hennies and well-known American composer Alvin Lucier) as well as a new work entitled “Objects”, inspired by the artist Tara Donovan. Much like Donovan’s recontextualization of mass produced materials, Hennies’ music creates a kind of jamais vu wherein seemingly familiar sounds become strange and new.

MIKE SHIFLET/RYAN JEWELL (electronics/percussion)

JOE PANZNER (computer)

8:00 PM/donations accepted.

please forward to all interested friends -- prompt RSVP greatly appreciated!!/event.php?eid=138427776178794&ref=mf

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Performances This Weekend [Ohio]

Friday, 07.16.10
Skylab • 57 E. Gay • Columbus • Ohio
Opening for an exhibit of films and photos by Film Tramp Bill Daniel.

The Lost Pogo Dance Films 1965-1987:16mm music films (mostly silent) featuring lost 1965 news footage of The Beatles, 1977 Avengers, and 1980 and Austin New Wave bands.


Sunday, 07.18.10
Champagne of Fests IV
Now That's Class • 11213 Detroit Ave • Cleveland • Ohio
Also performing that night Emeralds, Bee Mask, Nautical Almanac and more.

If you can make to the festival Saturday night - I unfortunately cannot - Robert Turman and Aaron Dilloway are headlining what looks to be a killer evening.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Some relevant posts and free audio right around the corner...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

KFW / MS Audio

Keith Fullerton Whitman excerpt:

Mike Shiflet excerpt:

More info on the record here.

Always, Never, and a Certain Type of Person

Saw this on an advertising blog, but it has much wider application. Substitute life, existence, noise, whatever you like for advertising. Beware the articulate fool.

There is nothing you can say about advertising that is always true. There is also nothing you can say about advertising that is never true.

This leads to big problems, lots of wasted money, and a very large quantity of disoriented, confused clients.

It makes it possible for a certain type of agency person — who is articulate but often wrong — to convince the impressionable and the naive to follow him.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

KFW / MS Split LP Available

Keith Fullerton Whitman: live analog synthesizer
Mike Shiflet: live guitar and oscillator

Out now on Amethyst Sunset.

Available directly from myself for $15 ppd. USA/ $22 ppd. world.

ms @

Also if you haven't picked up one of my Omnivores LPs, I am offering both records together together for $27 US / $33 world.

Thanks for the continued support.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

RIP Manute

"How can I stay in America and live a good life when my people are suffering?"
-Manute Bol, 10.16.62 - 6.19.10

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Theodore & John [inspiration]

"Most people are on the world, not in it - having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them - undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate"
John Muir

"Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it."
Teddy Roosevelt

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Hate Music ctrl_alt_del Mix

I was reminded this week of a mix I assembled as a submission for the I Hate Music message board to the ctrl_alt_del festival that ran parallel to the Istanbul Biennial in 2007.

It doesn't feature any of my own work - at least I do not think it does - but has some great submissions various board members as well as collective favorite tracks layered into a flowing 18-minute composition.

Revisiting it three years later, I have to say it holds up pretty well. Enjoy.