I've been somewhat overwhelmed by the response to the new AWE record that came out a few weeks ago. I really appreciate everybody that has picked it up so far & that some folks felt moved enough to post about the record or email me or anything like that. It means a lot, making jams is a two way street. The Ensemble records in particular mean a lot, & the confirmation that I am not just shouting into the void. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do.
A couple of things to report. Later this month I will have a cassette release on the new label Flag Day Recordings of two long pieces that I recorded with noise and avant-theater master Peter J. Woods when I was in Milwaukee over the summer. We woke up too early and kicked out some tunes and talked on radio.computer with our friend Erik Shoster, it was very fun. I won't be doing any touring until February when I hit the road with CJ Boyd. We're just starting booking now, let me know if you'd want to have us in your zone. El Paso, Las Cruces, Tuscon, Flagstaff, and most points in between are on the table.
I've been reflecting a lot on the couple of times that I have gone to other artists about criticisms I have of some aspect of their work. Invariably my criticism lies in some aspect of appropriation or representation that feels wrong or inappropriate, and invariably the response I get back is less than encouraging. Also consistent is that it is white men who are running record labels, or gatekeepers otherwise - just like me.
If I'm going to continue to take up space in the cultural landscape, the work needs to be valuable and worthwhile. To me, that means doing my best to deny the colonizer's instinct that is pushed into white men & actively make space for people who aren't like me and make that space a worthwhile place to occupy. I am a fool & I often mess that up so it also means that I need to hear and consider criticism. Being wrong and adjusting course is important.
At this point, that's the bare minimum. It is not too much to ask that we hold each other accountable. I care about music a lot, but it can be a better place for more people. Keep doing your best everybody.
- November 10 House Show, Lubbock, TX Duo with Blaine Todd w/ Roughhousing, Everything is Sad