The Big Embrace is a new release by Amy Denio
SOLO live at The Chapel is a new release by Skerik.
DO NOT FORSAKE ME OH MY DARLING
Sophia Cacciola & Michael Epstein
Musicians and Movie Makers–to name only a fraction of their creative catalog–Sophia and Michael have given fans a parallax soundtrack to each episode of The Prisoner through their music and videos as, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.
This tour-de-force duo have produced a brilliant collection of amazing albums that both embrace and enhance the visionary art of The Prisoner.
Sophia and Michael will enrapture us with musical performances and screenings of their videos throughout The Prisoner Con 2017.
I thought I’d post a round up on my personal blog of a few things I’ve been doing, so you can check them out if you’re not following along with my other projects elsewhere. Of course, all but the first are things you could purchase as gifts for yourself or others, and you’d be helping to support the creation of more things like these. Just sayin’.
Back in May, I posted the first Reader’s Theatre for Hermetic Library.
In June, I released the first ever Hermetic Library Zine. Each zine is a wild and wooly whatever of occultura and esoterrata compiled together, generally related to Hermetic Library’s overall mission of archiving, engaging and encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema.
Back in October, I released BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL, from the Odd Order Anthology Project. This was the first ever release from the project, has 14 tracks by 13 artists, all new voices for this inaugural issue.
In November, over at the library I released two things: a collected volume of comics from Inktober and the second issue of the zine.
Finally, on the 20th anniversary of the birth of Hermetic Library, on December 3rd, I released an absolute monster issue of Magick, Music and Ritual 12, with 45 tracks by 41 artists.
As a final note, consider helping me create a Firm Foundation for the Work and the Fun!
Just after announcing the most recent call for submissions, I had a major meltdown during a heatwave and my computer literally melted down (or at least the GPU did). I was unable to properly promote the upcoming album. Then I procrastinated. Then I got busy. Then I procrastinated more.
Therefore, while I’ve already told some people via email, I’m officially extending the deadline for submissions into the first half of November. I have some submissions, but not nearly enough. Please consider contributing to the anthology project and letting others know, who you know have interest in such things. Check out the previous ten albums, and help me keep this going!
I am extending the 2015 call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 11, the next anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. These anthology albums help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. These albums raise awareness about the connection between ritual, music and magick. And, they are a mass of awesome fun.
Magick, Music and Ritual 11 will be the one and only album release for 2015 from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to the 2015 anthology album is November 15th, 2015. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the pages for the Hermetic Library anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.
Deadline for submissions is November 15th, 2015. Release is planned for a subsequent date to be determined before the end of 2015, but probably in time to commemorate the birthday of the library in December.
Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.
Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.
Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project, and let those you think may be interested know about this new opportunity to participate.
Also, the best way to add anthology releases and this upcoming Hermetic Library album to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. Patrons will each receive a gratis download code for the 2014 release in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive, and that ends up being the most cost effective way to get these albums. Consider becoming a Patron today!
Please consider checking out, and supporting, Anna Fritz‘s kickstarter campaign to release a new album, The Gospel of Tree Bark. Anna Fritz’s Wake was totally and phenomenally awesome. Send her all your money.
“Most of the songs that will be on this record were written in an old growth forest in southern Oregon where I holed up for a couple weeks last year. But really, this album has been a very long time in the making. I haven’t released a solo album since my first (Wake) in 2005. My creative energy has fueled many other projects in the last seven years while these songs have been waiting for their moment. And now is the time!” [via]
“Say Hello to the Songs!
Well, assuming you watched the video, you’ve heard the title track already, but let me introduce you to everybody else:
- Breath and Bone is a song that asks what we’ve lost as we’ve given our lives over to our techno-gadgets.
- Mean Mind is about joining the ranks of creative women who have struggled through the ages to carve out a place for their work. It moves back and forth between blues and classical melodies.
- TransMan is a funky, sexy, frustrated song about loving someone who’s transgender.
- On Wisconsin was inspired by the massive protests in Madison, Wisconsin in early 2011 in response to the governor’s effort to crush public unions. It’s a bluegrass tune.
- The Gift is the most recently written song on the record. It’s about having a body. Learning to love it, appreciate it, use it.
- Water is Wide uses the melody and chorus from a 17th century English ballad. My version tells the story of a person finding their way to their true gender identity.
- Jess’ Song This is a straight up love song, y’all.
- Caleb Meyer is actually a cover of a Gillian Welch tune. This one has called to me for years. As a pacifist, it’s pretty intense to sing a song about murder in self-defense. And the cello really lends itself to such material.
- Into the Fire is a prayer in the form of music with tons of vocal harmonies.” [via]
One of my favourite artists is going to be in town next week. The shows are smaller, more intimate. In fact, the Portland show is going to be in a house. Apparently the show in Portland isn’t selling well, and they’re thinking of canceling it. (There’s some sporting event or another that Sunday they think people are distracted by, I guess.)
I’ve seen him perform several times, both as part of Old Blind Dogs and solo, in Olympia. He’s good and fun. I haven’t seen him since leaving Olympia, so seeing him in Portland will be a little bittersweet. Maybe I’ll take some chocolate to the show.
When I emailed to find out more, here’s the details I was sent about the shows in Oregon:
Jim Malcolm is a personable and very talented folk musician from Scotland who has fans in many countries. His recordings are heard often on Fiona Ritchie’s National Public Radio show, Thistle and Shamrock. You can sample his music on his informative web site www.jimmalcolm.com and on U-tube. These concerts are great fun and are held in cozy, intimate venues.
Tickets are $18. Reservations are required and payment is at the door. Cash and exact change are appreciated. Checks are accepted but plastic is not. If you reserve and then must cancel, please notify me as soon as possible because Jim’s concerts have all sold out and there might be a waiting list. Thanks.
Friday Feb. 5 in Forest Grove
Door at 7:00, music at 7:30
BJ’s Coffee Co. 2834 Pacific Ave. in Ballad Towne Shopping Center, west
side Food and drink service available before start and during the break.
Sunday Feb. 7 in S.E. Portland
Door at 6:30, music at 7:00
Private house concert (…) near SE Stark and 62nd.
Reservations and information: email@example.com
I’ve seen posters for this in the window of a place I pass by frequently. It looks like a lot of fun, and there’s a variety of ticket options some of which include absinthe and sitting up front at the Mad Hatter’s table. And, there’s a show on May Day, which isn’t exactly a protest, except perhaps against boredom … but something great to round out your May Day festivities.
THE WONDERLAND CIRCUS
A mad tea-party spectacle relating the adventures of Alice
Fridays and Saturdays
April 24th & 25th
May 1st & 2nd
at THE BOSSANOVA BALLROOM and SUPPER CLUB
722 E Burnside
21 and over, please
To the Looking-Glass world it was Alice that said
‘I’ve a sceptre in hand, I’ve a crown on my head;
Let the Looking-Glass creatures, whatever they be,
Come and dine with the Red Qeen, the White Queen, and me!’
You Are Cordially Invited To
THE WONDERLAND CIRCUS
A Tea Party and Theatrical Review
In Honor of The New Queen of Wonderland
Depicting Her Legendary Adventures
With a Cast of the Finest
Acrobats, Jugglers, Dancers, and Musicians
Any World Has Ever Known
with live musical score by
THE TRASHCAN JOE ORCHESTRA
And, Representing the Wanderlust Circus:
JESSICA HOAGE as Alice
KAZUM as The Card Army
LEAPIN’ LOUIE LICHTENSTEIN as The White Rabbit
SID SIMPATICO , J’MIAH , & SCARLETT ROSE
of March Fourth Marching Band
CHERRY as The Queen of Hearts
CHARLIE BROWN as The White Knight and The Walrus
HENRIK BOTHE as The Red Knight and The Carpenter
SADIE LaGUERRE as The Red Queen
TANA THE TATTOOED LADY as The White Queen
J LIEBER as The March Hare
TOMMY TWIMBLE as The Doormouse
MR. CREATURE as The Caterpillar
KEPH SHERIN as The Cheshire Cat
WILLIAM BATTY as The Mad Hatter
“Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni (6 July 1924 – 14 February 2009), better known by the stage name Louie Bellson … was an Italian-American jazz drummer. He was a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, and is credited with pioneering the use of two bass drums.”