T Bone Burnett on the state of music and being an artist

This is an excellent talk by T Bone Burnett on the state of music and this specific time of technological transition and thinking about quality in art and the listening experience. He’s a philosopher. I disagree with his advice to keep yourself & your music off the internet, but his reasons are worth considering. He says so much, but I’ll paraphrase a few things I thought were cool: 

Rousseau and TS Eliot were bankers. Some people are better off working their jobs and keeping their art pure away from the economy. There isn’t one way to do it. The thing to focus on is how well do we see? How well do we hear? How beautiful can we make something? How challenging? How can we advance things? How can we not just keep repeating things? 

The challenge of our time is whether the machines are going to control us, or whether we’re going to control them. Greater than terrorism. Maybe even more than climate change [I think climate change is more important, but…]. Earthquakes happen here and there. Terrorism happens here and there. The machines are marching forward. We can’t remember how to get somewhere. We can’t remember phone numbers. The machines tell us where to turn. They tell us what music we’re going to like. They tell us what girl we’re going to like. If they can tell us that, they can tell us what god to worship and they can tell us when to lay down and die.

What happens when electronic chamber music, improvisational collective Tuesday Never Comes meets Anda Volley? Or actually, I meet them in Allston, MA? We make some sick delirious sounds reminiscent of Skinny Puppy, Cocteau Twins, and a flickering, melting movie reel in a dark theater.

Free download of the album here:

http://tuesdaynevercomesband.blogspot.com/2014/07/tuesday-never-comes-meets-anda-volley.html

Oh! that’s what the oneness thing is!

Hope it’s okay if I post a spiritual thing because I haven’t seriously connected with this side of myself for the longest time, and I’m having so much fun with it right now. Okay, here we go…I didn’t know that expansive, warm, infinite, oneness thing I feel sometime is mystical, and it is mystical regardless if it’s explained as a spiritual, religious, biochemical trick of mind, or in my experience, inexplicable: it just is. I thought one must have visions or hear things to experience the mystical; thanks for my poor education every (shame)anistic movie scene ever. So, it really can be this easy thing that’s there for everyone to connect with, contemplate, & feel to let go of our ego and identity for awhile to feel like we’re part of a greater whole. Even if it is a trick of mind, it’s a nice break and vacation from the identity illusion (another trick of mind) we feel endlessly urgent & neurotic to maintain. I mean, don’t get me wrong, projecting identity can also be hella fun & creative; it’s part of our little stage performances (as in life), and necessary for all the roles we need to fulfill.

It’s okay to appear like you are trying & to fumble

One fear to overcome… At any age, it’s okay to also appear like you are trying & to fumble. Yes, some people will hold an immutable image of you as a two-dimensional flawed thing & never see you as what you’re becoming, but don’t worry about them. Love the people who embark with you. Not all the gifts come naturally or easily. Some are earned and worth exploring. Your greatest gift is to try to be free.

Inside the Ghost Machine is the March 2014 album of the month. 

Avant-garde singer-songwriter, Anda Volley, pulls out a strong set of songs in her debut album, Inside the Ghost Machine. With intelligent, creative lyrics and unique vocal style, Inside the Ghost Machine can be dark in a surprisingly catchy way. Volley’s pseudo-spoken word vocal style and hypnotizing guitar riffs are typically paired with haunting lyrics that flirt with the darker themes of life. “Laura Inside the Ghost Machine” is a prime example of this, and is one of the strongest tracks of the album.

So Instead I Got Drunk & Listened to Jimi Hendrix

Tell me again how we’re post everything
This from a cosmic mouth that’s still foaming
Everything is everything
Everything is everything

I put you in a mansion in my head
I left the radio on to comfort the corpses
Everything is everything
Everything is everything

One time a boy grabbed me by the neck
He pinned me to the hot hood of a car
He put a lit cigarette up to my face
He said how would you like me to burn your pretty face?

I prefer green bananas, but I’m as fickle as they come
My warmest socks are made of cotton and 
some version of petroleum 
I’m sure I’ll say something that will make you roll your eyes
Keep rolling them up to the sky and into your insides

Sometimes I carry an anger & I should do more yoga
But many who teach it are depressed & 
sometimes anger is best chased with vodka
Enlightenment is status chasing and expensive
So instead I got drunk and listened to Jimi Hendrix
So instead I got drunk and listened to Jimi Hendrix

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Music, lyrics, & vocals by Anda Volley

Inside the Ghost Machine cassette released by Fantastic Pink Tie

I just received the limited edition cassette and poster of Inside the Ghost Machine from Fantastic Pink Tie, and I’ll be bringing them to shows while they last!

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This cassette adventure was a thing that came unexpectedly to me. Back on May 21st, 2014, I got this message through Bandcamp:

Hey Anda, loving your sound, starting up a new tape label and want to know if you wanna do a limited tape release, done tape labels before so know the in’s and outs…… loving this album, let me know what you think…

John Webster

Okay. Wow. Somebody wants me to be the first artist on their new label? What the heck, sure! I responded to John, and things started rolling fast. Coincidentally, Fantastic Pink Tie is based in the UK where I plan to tour in November, which connected Fantastic Pink Tie to my other friends in the UK, Emma Giles of Crafty Belfast, who is kindly selling some of the cassettes through her shop, and Simon Waldram & Lisa de’Ville who will also have a cassette releases. Fantastic Pink Tie has also brought my dear friend, indie rock electro artist Andrew Scandal into the fold. In a very short time, Fantastic Pink Tie has knitted together much of my chosen art family in the US and UK. Life is weird and cool sometimes, how it unexpectedly unfolds.

I’ve come to know John as a power house of goodwill & effort. He’s promoting my music in the UK, helping it get on the radio, and helping me book my tour. He compensated me for the tapes he’s sold, and sent me half of the others. It’s been a really cool and amazing experience with him.

There are more cool bands coming from this label, such as My Great Blue Cadillac, and a related Fantastic Pink Tie retro-audio gear shop is in the works!

The cassette and poster were designed by Meriel Funeral-Witch of Plague Devastation Design, and I discovered more of her illustrations which I love, and reached out to her about doing a poster for one of my upcoming events, which she completed a badass poster for it in just a few days. Check it out!

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