Introducing the record label I’ve been threatening the world with for years: Hermit Hut. It will serve as a delivery system for music that I have a strong, personal affection for. I think it was about 8 years ago that I mentioned in an interview with Pitchfork that I was starting a label. Now it’s here. I move slowly. What can I say?
The first release will be the vinyl debut from the guitar player Tashi Dorji. Tashi has been slaying the scene here in the US the last couple of years with a handful of cassettes documenting a style that is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying.
For this LP, Tashi and I went through his cassettes (some of which were available to the public and some that were private, for friends only) to construct a record that would be a powerful first salvo of vinyl from both Tashi and Hermit Hut. Really, when I first heard Tashi’s music and noticed he didn’t have any vinyl available, the decision was a no-brainer to finally get my act in gear and start up Hermit Hut.
Tashi Dorji – s/t – HH01 will be released on August 19th, 2014.
Hello all! No updates lately ’cause I’ve been on the move. Thank you to everyone who came out to the New Bums shows in Feb and March in the USA. We put 9000 miles on our car. Extra big thanks to everyone who put us up for the night and fed us. There are countless wonderful souls out there in America. Also, amazing how many cool dogs there are. Nearly every single house we stayed at had a killer dog.
Here’s one. His name is Stanley. He lives in Houston and he only has 3 legs.
New Bums is still on the move. Heading to the UK, Netherlands and Germany in June. Check the shows page for venues. We’re playing a few out-of-the way places in the UK thanks to our good friend David Morris (who plays in the killer band Red River Dialect and who will be opening some of the shows). We asked David to find us some places to play that aren’t the average tour circuit and he delivered. We’re stoked to start this new phase. Bring out your dogs!
The Dredd Foole/Ben Chasny record is out on Feeding Tube records. It’s called Drunk With Insignificance. They only pressed 300 so you’ve been warned.
Still working on Six Organs. Going to maybe try to record this summer, hopefully. There is also a vinyl pressing of an older Six Organs release that has never been on vinyl before that is in the works. It’s getting mastered right now. It will come out on Holy Mountain. More on that later.
My Friend Hiroyuki Usui is releasing a new record this month on VHF Records. It’s called Usui Sings the Blues. Hiroyuki plays in August Born with me. He’s also been in some legendary groups like Fushitsusha and Ghost, among many others. This new one feels like like a sequel to his Holy Letters record, which had a huge influence on the sound of Six Organs. It’s melancholic, sad, late night string sessions that sound barely there. One of the best releases of the year in my opinion.
New Bums’ friend Willem Jones shot a video for our song The Killers And Me off of the new record coming out next month.
We’ve almost finished confirming all of our shows in the US for March and April. I will be adding those to the tour dates shortly. We’re also booking a tour for the UK and hopefully Europe in May/June. If you are interested in having us play in the UK, please contact our man David Morris at the Julie Tippex agency. If you are interested in having New Bums play any shows in Europe, please contact our man Afonso at Filho Unico Booking.
Happy 2014. New Bums is alive and well and we hope you are too. We’re gearing up for some action in terms of releases and shows. There will be a full length on Drag City, coming out mid February. Donovan and I have been fooling around with this record for about 5 years now but last year we got serious (I guess). It’s called Voices In A Rented Room.
We’re planning a pretty full-on US tour, maybe about 5 weeks, starting early March. We’ve got some friends hitting the road with us as well. We’re also planning a UK/Europe tour for May/June so if you are interested in having us, get in touch in some way. I’ll write more about that when things are finalized but you can always check HERE for the latest news.
Our 7″ on New Bums Industries is still available via Midheaven.
2013 had us actually taking this jalopy on the road and man, did we have a good time. Bill Callahan was kind enough to let us open up a week’s worth of shows and we’d like to say thank you to all the great people who gave us encouragement. We’d also like to say, contrary to allegations, New Bums were not the ones partying backstage while Mr. Callahan was playing his songs in Chapel Hill.
So why did I start a band with Donovan Quinn? Because he’s one of the best lyricist out there today. Living in San Francisco for a few years, down the street from Donovan, was one of the more rewarding times in my life. I learned a lot about writing words. I mean, the man wrote Disciples Of California with his band, Skygreen Leopards.
It’s always kind of blown my mind how criminally overlooked Skygreen Leopards are. So it goes I guess.
New Bums doesn’t sound like any of that though. We’re more like a straight cross between Donovan’s jams and mine. Donovan has also made some solo records and sent them right into the abyss, though they should be on everyone’s shelf. You could do a lot worse than picking one up.
What I’m saying is the guy should be more well known. I’m stoked to be in a band with him. It’s an honor.
Oh – and as for Six Organs – I’m working on some crazy insanity right now. It’s very exciting but it’s a lot of work. Essentially I’m building a system and then I am going to use the system for the composition. All I will say right now is that it is inspired by Morton Feldman, Agrippa, Old West Saloons and a bunch of other good stuff. Much more much later!
A couple more pages from the TAB book. This song was an improvisation that was one of a series of songs that I recorded one afternoon in my kitchen. It ended up on the Dark Noontide record. My original idea was to record an afternoon of short, slow acoustic improvisations, ala Loren Connors or something. This is the only one that made the cut.