February 6th, 2009 , by John Beeler
If you are in New York City tomorrow tonight (Saturday), then you already have plans. We made them for you, you’re welcome. Chris Schlarb and an entire crew (including members of various groups such as the Philip Glass Ensemble, Vanishing Voice, and Iron and Wine) are recreating his Twilight and Ghost Stories album live. Show up at the already legendary The Stone with $15 by 8pm or 10pm. Bring a friend, it’s all ages.
If you can’t make it, we are streaming the entire composition for free this weekend. Click here and scroll down a bit. The player is on the right. If you prefer your music streamless, you can buy the CD for $10 (+S&H) by clicking here.
Schlarb is notoriously busy, a veritable octopus with appendages in every form of musical involvement. That includes video games. In his "spare" time, Schlarb scored Night Game, an independent video game designed by Nifflas. While still unreleased, apparently someone has played it and decided it might just be the best independent video game of the year. IGN, the Pitchfork of video game websites, interviews Schlarb about the music and game here.
January 8th, 2009 , by John Beeler
Photo by Adriana Lucero-Schlarb To those located in the New York City area, we are happy to announce a rare opportunity to experience a performance of musician and producer Chris Schlarb’s debut solo record, Twilight & Ghost Stories in its entirety. Chris will be performing this modern composition on Saturday, February 7th, at The Stone […]Read the Rest...
July 17th, 2008 , by John Beeler
Adding fuel to the seething rumor that Chris Schlarb is actually a collective of clones and not just one man, he will be performing from Twilight & Ghost Stories on July 19th in San Francisco, and then in Austin, Texas on July 29th and 30th (the 29th is rehearsal but free!). Both cities see unique ensemble performing the piece and include members of Subtle, The Weird Weeds, ellul as well as artists Diane Cluck, Bill Baird and Kris Tiner.
You can print out a tour flyer by downloading the file located here, and we also have some MySpace ready graphics right here and here.
And if you can’t get enough Schlarb (we can’t!), you can wait even more expectantly for something from his jazz duo, I Heart Lung.
May 30th, 2008 , by John Beeler
In 2006 forty bands gathered to play music for two minutes each. They played their own forms of jazz, noise, rock, metal and folk music and the night was captured by director Sean Carnage. The film was released in late 2006 long before featured bands like HEALTH, No Age, Abe Vigoda and our own I Heart Lung were known to many music fans outside of Los Angeles. Produced by our own Chris Schlarb and released on his Sounds Are Active record label, 40 BANDS/80 MINUTES! now enjoys a "One Week Only" feature on Pitchfork.tv. Click here to stream for free, and here to purchase for $12.99.
February 12th, 2008 , by John Beeler
If you haven’t noticed, all the money is in ringtones these days. The major record labels love charging their fans $3 for 30 seconds of music. And, apparently, some fans love paying for them. Welcome to the future.
So take the concept of the ringtone, and add in a little Mad Max/Waterworld/Planet of the Apes and multiply. What you get is 40 Bands 80 Minutes!, the visual record of a night in which forty L.A. bands emerged from their underground shelters to perform in 2-minute bursts; shared equipment, no second chances. Among the those Beyond Thunderdome: No Age (in their final performance as Wives), HEALTH, Abe Vigoda, Bizzart and Rob Williams, who breaks his own Guinness World Record by making a sandwich with his feet.
January 7th, 2008 , by John Beeler
It was a month ago that we proudly released Chris Schlarb’s Twilight & Ghost Stories. It’s already turned up on a few Top 10 of 2007 lists, so Chris could have very well walked away from the table. But instead he’s been just as busy. Some of this busy-ness involves interviewing his Twilight collaborators. Expect […]Read the Rest...
December 4th, 2007 , by John Beeler
Chris Schlarb’s Twilight and Ghost Stories is now available in your local independent store, or here from our own site for just $10. The forty-plus-collaborator composition is also featured on iTunes’ Alternative page today, so you can easily buy it there as well. This is a project that nearly all Asthmatic Kitty artists have contributed too, so we’re all very proud of it.
Don’t forget that you can catch Twilight in quadraphonic sound this weekend in cities across the U.S. See here for details.
November 30th, 2007 , by John Beeler
Chris Schlarb’s Twilight and Ghost Stories should appear in your local record store next Tuesday, and is already available for preorder and full preview on our site here. But even though the nearly 50-collaborator composition is in the can and out the door, Chris hasn’t slowed down.
In a testament to the vast net that Chris cast to create Twilight, collaborators from across the U.S on the album will be appearing in their corresponding cities to perform and present a specially crafted quadraphonic version of Twilight. Cities include Long Beach, Indianapolis, Brooklyn, Austin, Chicago, and Bogart. See details here. Chris will also perform Twilight live, along with Liz Janes, at Next to Last Fest in Athens, Georgia on December 8th and 9th.
Finally, Chris has taken section IV of his composition and untangled all the contributions from artists like Sandy Ewen and Aaron Russell of The Weird Weeds (as the Macaroni Band), Dave Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors fame), avant reedmen Lynn Johnston and Bhob Rainey, Patagonian, uber-bassist Orlando Greenhill, Languis, Sebastian Krueger (of Inlets). He’s set them free into WAV or GarageBand format for the Internet-at-large to rearrange and remix. That means you! Go here and give it a shot.
November 20th, 2007 , by John Beeler
Chris Schlarb’s Twilight and Ghost Stories is out December 4th, but you don’t have to wait. We have released the entire, 39 minute composition available for free streaming until the album comes out. You can preorder and listen here.
November 11th, 2007 , by John Beeler
Pitchfork recently reviewed Chris Schlarb’s new album, Twilight and Ghost Stories, and remarked on the way it pulls off being intimate and connective at the same time, by being both about Chris’ life, but also involving around forty collaborators.
Chris decided that the best way to accomplish this same effect live was by holding Listening Events in various cities when the album comes out. Collaborators will open each listening event with a performance, and a quadraphonic presentation of Chris’ album will follow. Cities include Indianapolis, Long Beach, Brooklyn, Austin, and Chicago. Chris will also perform himself, along with Liz Janes, at Next to Last Fest in Athens, Ga. Click here for details and collaborators.
Twilight and Ghost Stories releases December 4th, but you can preorder now right here.