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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Archaeology of the Monolators

The Archaeology of the Monolators, a catalog to accompany the exhibition curated by Dr. Sean Carnage, Pehrspace, November 2008.

Nestled somewhere ‘twixt the Mezotonic Era, when spiders of terrible size and ferocity roamed the earth and carved out ocean bed and mountain range alike with their fiery breath, and the Present Time, wherein men and ladies of Science discovered the Secret of Electricity and the extra month after Christmas, lies the Age of the Monolator–when frail, sickly fops of terrible size and ferocity roamed the earth and carved out ocean bed and mountain range alike with their fiery breath. In this new, weekly exhibition, we attempt to uncover the true history of this little-known age, and reveal the civilizations and appurtenances that flourished therein.

Most scholars, barring a rogue and fanatic few, divide the chronology of the Monolators into four distinct dynasties, or epochs. We commence, therefore, at the beginning, and note that all dates, places, and musical depictions are strictly approximate.

Week One: Prehistory and Rejection (representing the years 2002-2004)

In this first exhibition, we review the dawn of the Era and the musical detritus remaining thereof. In this earliest incarnation the Monolators took a tri-fold form, with a standard drum and bass configuration (originally represented by Dr. Mary Chartkoff and her menial day laborer Eli respectively) augmented by the presence of an electric guitar, originally in the hands of the esteemed Sir Michael Dennis, whose performance tonight represents his first stage appearance in several years. [Editor’s note: Although not technically correct in historical terms, for the purposes of enhanced fidelity we gladly note the presence of Dr. Ashley Jex and the Marquis Thomas von Bogdon on bass and electric guitar respectively. Dr. Mary will oversee the percussion ensemble while Eli will provide an additional guitar chores and light caterwauling.] The major work of the period, Rejection Set Me Free, is broached, preceded by two minor compositions of slightly earlier vintage, the now almost totally obscure “Spandex Hitman” and “In My Dreams.”

Also of note for the week is the unique recreation of the popular hymn, “Take It Outside,” along with its beloved mascot, Cupcake The Bear. Cupcake will make a special appearance to assist in the celebration of birthday festivities for the Curator, Dr. Carnage. Light refreshments will be served.

This week’s featured symposia:

Week Two: Rejection Inevitably Followed by Tears (2005-2006)

For our second week we examine the remainder of the Rejection strata and the metamorphosis of the trio format into a simple duo, resulting (among other things) in the document entitled Our Tears Have Wings. Whereas live performances of this epoch were strictly confined to drums and guitar, the historically-correct studio presence of von Bogdon is once again represented by the Marquis himself in live setting, and the gracious, post-contemporaneous contributions of Sir Dennis and Dr. Jex are faithfully depicted.

Of especial note is the aesthetic preference of the age for artifacts of outer space exploration, and the resulting (and uncharacteristically lengthy) dirge “Let’s Be Best Friends In Space” will be unearthed, although sadly without the accompaniment of a 350-member children’s choir as originally intended. The ensemble is also pleased to present the spirited holiday ode “Santa Claus Versus Dave Matthews.”

This week’s featured symposia:
60watt kid
Health club
Manhattan Murder Mystery

Week Three: In the Time of the Train (approximately 2006-2007)

After reviewing the remainder of Our Tears Have Wings, we examine the curious transition to the four-song disc You Look Good On The Train, wherein the dominant duo format finally gave way to trio once more, with bass guitar accompaniment provided by the enigmatic captain of industry and Co-Chair of the 8-Bit Foundation, Mr. Andrew Bollas.

The Train disc will be performed in its (admittedly brief) entirety, and the office of Mr. Bollas has issued a notarized document indicating that the distinguished gentleman will assist in multiple bass executions of several popular titles, including the oft-represented “We Fell Dead.” The theme for the week is Volume.

This week’s featured symposia:
Fertile crescent
Shirley rolls
The Voyeurs

Week Four: Promenade, or Don’t Dance Into The Future (2008-present)

The familiar quartet format is established, resulting in the period-correct ensemble now upon the bandstand. The theme for the week is Promenade, or Prom for short, and is intended to provide a semi-formal Ball experience for several distinguished visiting academics whose original prom experiences as undergraduates were, reportedly, limited to not actually attending. Appropriate dress is requested, although it is noted that the theme of the dance is: Don’t Dance. In anticipation of the approaching holidays, a brand-new Christmas-themed composition, “Hot Sleigh,” shall receive its debut public performance. Thus the exhibition closes.

The final week’s featured symposia:
Icy Demons
Kevin shields
Milton Melvin Croissant
Ema and the Ghosts

Friday, October 24, 2008

Radio Free Silverlake interview, and Yeti Crabs

Hi all:

The very sweet and dapper gentleman known far and wide as Joe Fielder was kind enough to do a little interview with us via Radio Free Silverlake--we touch on recording the new album, mermaids and vampires, and special surprises for the show on saturday. Please do take a look here:


Plus, here is the glorious Yeti Crab in all its gloriousness:

Favorite quote from wikipedia article:
The immediate public interest in K. hirsuta, which included a plush toy produced in Japan, led Segonzac to ponder what he called a "cuddly-toy sentimentality" and whether people were trying to "escape the present".

LP giveaway through scenestar.com

Hi all!

Well, tomorrow is our big Don't Dance release show at Spaceland, which we're very excited about--and furthermore, www.scenestar.com is giving away a bunch of copies of the album for FREE FREE FREE. If you write them they have a number of download codes for a free digital copy of the record, and they also have two vinyl copies to give away as well! Take a look right here:


Sunday, October 19, 2008

I got ink in my hair

So, obviously, we're releasing our new record at our Spaceland show this coming Saturday, and we're hard at work getting the actual records together--the vinyl LP's themselves came back from the pressing plant last week, but we're still working on the covers. Being vaguely ambitious we decided to silkscreen the covers ourselves. The LP's come from the pressing plant in heavy white sleeves (more like cardboard than paper) and we're silkscreening the cover onto a big sheet of paper that will fold around the sleeve--all that will go into a plastic bag.

Our design has two colors (three, actually, counting the white paper), which means two different stencils and two different passes on each piece of paper. This time we're doing the graphics in black and the text in red. The ink for each pass needs to dry overnight--we did a run of the black ink last night and added the red tonight. Some pictures:

Covers drying earlier this morning; these have just the black ink printed so far

Covers hanging up to dry with red ink added

Mary Monolator at the old 8-Bit silkscreen press--she's positioning a cover under the stencil to make sure that the registration lines up properly

It looks impressive but we're only able to do these in small batches--about 40 at a time before we run out of room on our clotheslines. We're trying to have 50 ready for the release show--shouldn't be too hard to squeeze out 10 more. After that I think we're going to try using the same stencils but with different colors of ink.

Friday, October 17, 2008

C-c-c-c-c-obra Lilies on Tuesday!

Hello dear!

It's me. You know.
Don't you remember? The rubber raft? The Kiss Of Life? The seaweed in your hair? The seaweed EVERYWHERE? No?



We should talk. Yes, now.

Yes. That's SO much better, thank you. I stuck my tongue on a battery and it's like a little salty reset button for your brain! Everything is clear now! Like crystal.

So, yes. Cobra Lilies are playing a fun old show this coming tuesday! At Mr. T's Bowl. It's with this guy from New York, Lance Romance, and Eli Lily may or may not sit in with Lance's band. Not sure yet. And also with this fellow Featherbeard, who, yes, actually wears a beard of feathers when he plays. We saw him do this at KXLU.
It's true!

So we'd like to see you there! That's all. I need another little reset now.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Detour? Evidence!

Well, the Detour Festival actually went off really really well--I was super pleased. After not having rained in Los Angeles for, oh, 7 months or so, rain chose to make itself available the one and only day of the festival (and then promptly vanished again). And yet, the rain let up as soon as we started playing, and didn't start up again until we stopped.

Tom, as you might have noticed, was absent for the show, being as he is in El Salvador for a few weeks. We were extremely fortunate to have Henry Clay Person Joey and Breakup/I Make This Sounder/Henry Clay Person Jillinda filling in, and it sounded GLORIOUS. Just hearing Mary's kick drum BOOOMING against city hall was priceless. Again, heartfelt thanks for helping us get there!

In case you missed it, here's some footage, courtesy of our dear friend Elaine Layabout: