August 31st, 2009 , by John Beeler
We’ve all been hankering for some more Half-handed Cloud-ness, and boy are we in luck. Come this November 3rd, we here at Asthmatic Kitty will have the great pleasure of releasing Cut Me Down & Count My Rings. It’s a collection of songs from previously-released EP’s, vinyl singles, CD-R’s, compilation appearances, original versions, download-only tracks, unreleased tunes, a cassingle, and a trio of Christmas songs from the past nine years. Many of these songs are making their very first appearance on compact disc, and none of them are on Half-handed Cloud’s four full-length albums.
August 6th, 2009 , by John Beeler
Half-handed Cloud is going mobile. Not mobile as in an iPhone app that makes strange noises, but as in playing music on a moving bus. HHC will board the Larry Bus from Ashby BART Station in Berkeley at 7pm on Tuesday, then make a second pick-up stop an hour later. If you live in the area, don’t miss the bus.
March 7th, 2009 , by John Beeler
If you been hankering for your Half-handed Cloud fix, you have three golden opportunities this spring. The first is a song contribution to the third issue of The Wizard’s Hat Zine. Half-handed Cloud’s John Ringhofer appears alongside the musical ventures of Jim Stoten (Jim the illustrator) and The Wizard’s Hat’s own Andrew J.Miller. Be sure to keep an eye on their site for more information. The second is in the form of a super limited split 7" vinyl on One Inch Badge Records 7" series. Volume 2 is a collection of leftfiled-pop including songs by Half-handed Cloud, SJ Esau, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names and Kopek.
And finally, for those of you in the Bay Area, there’s a Half-handed Cloud show at the Hemlock Tavern on March 11 with Little Wings and LAKE. Half-handed Cloud will be performing in band formation with LAKE as the backing band. Click here for more details on show.
January 15th, 2009 , by John Beeler
Just when you look the other way, Half-handed Cloud floats into periphery. Led by the brave and bold John Ringhofer, HHC entered Daytrotter’s increasingly infamous studio and played four superbly recorded songs (kudos to engineer Patrick Stolley), all of which are downloadable for free. You can also read Sean Moeller’s musings on HHC, which include this little gem of insight: "Ringhofer’s songs are convergences of faith and pop, the likes of which just aren’t out there. It’s hard to tell whom he loves more – the Lord or Brian Wilson – and in all honesty, it just may be a dead heat." Read, listen, look here.
And then of course there’s yo-yo, which seems to have an innate draw to HHC; in 2006 Justin Weber performed his work set to HHC at the National Yo-Yo Championship in Chico, California (see it here). More recently, Sid Seed, a Brazillian yo-yo-er recorded this yoyo magic set to HHC:
(Oh yes: bonus interview!)
June 20th, 2008 , by John Beeler
What happens when one progressively old-fashioned Asthmatic Kitty artist collaborates with a husband and wife independent book press? One very impressive performance! We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, June 26 our own Half-handed Cloud and London’s Henningham Family Press is transforming the Foundry basement into a spinning 12-foot vinyl record which will be used to perform never before seen or heard art! This is an event that will bring live performances and formats to a whole new level.
Half-handed Cloud (John Ringhofer) has always been a fan of releasing his songs in less-used (some might say more ‘antiquated’) formats. His releases in vinyl and cassingles have one over our hearts, and ears. It follows that with the screen-printing and book-binding talents of David and Ping* Henningham a collaborative event that brings together the pressing of a vinyl record with the pressing of a book would take place.
This FREE event will take place at the Foundry (86th Great Eastern St.) in London on June 26th at 7:30 pm.
April 23rd, 2008 , by John Beeler
Half-handed Cloud is playing, live and right now at Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor in Rock Island, Illinois, and through the wonders of modern Internet Technology, Daytrotter is kind enough to post the live video! Click here to watch (and if you’re reading this later, you can browse Daytrotter’s extensive vault and read a terrific piece on Castanets here).
March 29th, 2008 , by John Beeler
Ok, sure, it’s been a while since Half-handed Cloud released a full-length album. But in this age of alternative distribution methods and so-called "new media," HHC is bravely eschewing the Ringtone n’ MP3 for Vinyl n’ Live.
Via vinyl, HHC just finished up the third in our Unusual Animals vinyl series, taking up one flip of the wax with piano, silvertone guitar, pump organ, trombone, plus snare-drum and floor-tom in a concise two-and-half minute track titled, "Sewing Wind to Fabric." His friends Bert Hiscock and Nedelle Torrisi (Cryptacize) assisted with this song on cello and violin. On the other side of the record are grooves that, when played against a specially designed needle, emanate the addictive and confusing Lite FM pop of Ariel Pink, with "Before Today." We are unveiling this little gem in −CH=CH2 form (aka vinyl), complete with cover by illustrator Jared Chapman, here on our website on or around May 20.
As for live: Half-handed Cloud will be touring from home base in California to Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and then back up to New York. They’re traveling this time around with the Olympia-based musical entourage, Lake. Check out Lake’s MySpace page here, and click here to see the complete HHC/Lake tour. Half-handed Cloud has developed quite a following after years of touring, so make sure you show up early! "Higher than Merry," Lake
November 20th, 2007 , by John Beeler
If the phrase Gatefold Sleeve and Matte Finish mean anything to you, or you love Half-Handed Cloud like we do, then you’ll want to know that as of today, The Seven Inch Project has released his six-song Winding Currents on a Spool EP as a hand-numbered vinyl pressing in a limited edition of 500. For those of you with turn-tables in storage, MP3′s are included with each purchase. You can only buy these gems from the Seven Inch Project website, or from John of Half-handed Cloud at one of his upcoming shows (details here) when he opens for Why? this weekend.
Speaking of Why? – Half-handed Cloud recorded a multi-part cover of Why? songs for the US version of their Hollows 12" single. You can find-out more information and pre-order this vinyl on Anticon’s website here.
October 2nd, 2007 , by John Beeler
Half-Handed Cloud is all around these days, so there’s only one good way to do this. Close your eyes for a moment, then envision an Indiana Jones style map of musicography, with John Ringhofer of HHC traveling to and fro leaving little red lines tracing his steps.
Now read this (you might have to open your eyes again):
Start at the record label Happy Happy Birthday to Me, where HHC has left a brand new song entitled, "Couple Kings Close the Road on a Giant, part 1." The compilation is only $10, and features many artists including Red Pony Clock, Keith John Adams, the Melody Function, and Men in Fur. Order it here before the limited press runs dry.
Now, draw a red line from there to the Northwest U.S., where HHC is mini-touring with Olympia Washington’s very own hand-clapping-pop band Lake. Stops include Oakland, Arcata, Olympia, Bellingham, Seattle, and of course the Portland Unusual Animals party. See the dates here, and read more about the party at this news item.
Ok. Cue dramatic John Williams travel music and chart another line from there to the Seven Inch Project, where HHC has created a wonderful and rare artifact, a six-song, 7" vinyl, complete with gatefold sleeve. The 7" hasn’t transpired yet for wide consumption, but if you wait for a bit (and dodge the swinging axes and poison arrow darts) you can order it here.
Tired? HHC isn’t! John is covering a medley of WHY? songs for a new WHY? single on Anticon Records due out in November. Visit Anticon’s website often for details.
To Sounds Familyre, HHC heads next, to pen this tale for perusal by the the readers of blogs everywhere. And, yes, his story does involve poison and Scots!
And finally, one last thick red line to home! HHC is adding to the Unusual Animals Vinyl Series here on Asthmatic Kitty with a 7", split right now its vinyl center with the West Coast’s post-angst Ariel Pink. Watch this space for further information.
To be continued . . .!
May 18th, 2007 , by John Beeler
Think things are quiet on the Half-Handed Cloud front? We’re about to prove you wrong, with only three fingers. No wait, four fingers!
ONE: John Ringhofer, the brains and brawn behind the band, just drew a gorgeous rendition of the current HHC lineup which you see previewed above. You can click here to see it in all its Flickr glory here.
THREE: Half-Handed Cloud has a new song entitled "Bees Baked a Loaf for Me (or Flour from Flowers?)" on a compilation from Italian record label My Honey. It’s good! Very beezy! Information to purchase is on their website.
FOUR: We checked our mail the other day and nestled in between the grocery coupons, bills, and flyers for the weekend fish fry was a nice package of 150 copies of Half-Handed Cloud’s limited edition I’m So Sheepy EP! Beautifully crafted and printed by Jonathan Dueck, these 150 discs deserve good homes. Say, your home looks nice! Buy it here for only $7 plus shipping.