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November 15th, 2009 , by

Photo by Brandon Buckner
This week we were the lucky ones to have released Cut Me Down & Count My Rings, a 46-song compilation of singles, rarities, and b-sides. Putting this many songs together was not easy! If you have already collected all these in one place then you are either John Ringhofer himself, or a very dedicated Half-handed Cloud fan (thanks for being one!). It has a selection of fine Christmas songs at the end, plus collaborations with Sufjan Stevens and a 7-part cover of WHY? songs. You can buy the CD for $10 here or the in-house-sold MP3 version for $8 by clicking here.
Or, if you happen to be in Denver tonight, Salt Lake on Monday, Davis CA on Tuesday, or next Sunday in San Francisco, you can buy them from HHC himself. If you are at all those locations, you are either John Ringhofer or a very dedicated Half-handed Cloud fan! Details on those tourdates here.

“Once, Twice, Seven Times a Werewolf” Cut Me Down & Count My Rings (Download)


November 13th, 2009 , by

Via our Twitter account, what to do this weekend:
Fri: Half-handed Cloud @ Heaven Gallery #Chicago, Cryptacize @ Majestic Theater – Madison, @Jookabox @ Duke Coffeehouse – Durham
Sat: Half-handed Cloud @ Bridgeport Church – Kansas City, @HeladoNegro @ Savannah College of A&D, Cryptacize @ Turf Club – #StPaul, @Jookabox @ Go Bar #Athens
Sun: HHC @ T-House #Denver.

Details here.


October 29th, 2009 , by

Photo by Brandon Buckner
Next Tuesday we’re releasing Cut Me Down & Count My Rings, the 46-track rarity and b-side collection from Half-handed Cloud. It’s a real treat for anyone that’s a fan of HHC, but it will also make a nice introduction as well.
HHC, whom you may know rarely tours outside of homebase, is embarking on a frantic tour between tonight and Thanksgiving. He’ll start in California, move through Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Chicago, and then back again. You can see details of the tour here.

Sojourners has a short but sweet interview with John Ringhofer (HHC) and a terrific, exclusive MP3 from the album. Read and listen here.


August 31st, 2009 , by

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.

Collected by leadman John Ringhofer as a portable library of tunes on a single disc, Cut Me Down is a curation of forty-six songs (46!), previously only available in nearly as many places. Listened consecutively, the 46 songs track the career of one of our favorite performer/songwriters in the world.  Concepts and instruments fade in and out of Ringhofer’s repertoire as the album progresses.
The Cut Me Down CD includes packaging and a poster with paintings by Ringhofer himself, and a descriptive writeup on the background of each original release, perfect for those nights when the conversation turns to HHC trivia (which happens often around here). Read about the release here.


August 6th, 2009 , by

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

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

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney

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

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

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

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

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