New Post Punk & Cinematic Soundscapes from M is We & The Corrupting Sea

Hey Starz,

I hope all is well.  Life’s been giving me a deluge of work to keep me from getting things done.  Pipe in my crawlspace sprung a leak & I had to tear out & rebuild some of my floor & now my hot water heater sprang a leak & my daughter brought home a pre-school plague to share.  So I’m behind, but should be back on track soon.  Two new releases right now & hopefully nine Christmas releases in a week or so & then new music from Chvad SB, Andrew Weathers/Shaun Sandor, & maybe Space Sweeper & Small Life Form.  I can pretend I’ll get the new QRD done before the end of the year too!

So anyway the new releases are a five in five EP of cinematic shoegaze meant for a sci-fi soundtrack from The Corrupting Sea & an album of post-punk electro-clash from M is We.  More info on them below.

For Cyber Monday I did a thing where 19 of the releases in the Silber catalog were available for free download.  I realize it is kind of BS that I exclusively promoted it through social media while I know the newsletter readers are the hardcore fans who would most appreciate them, so here you go – http://silbermedia.com/blog/index.php/silber-cyber-monday-sale/

More news soon.  Thanks for the interest & support & if you want to be added to the mailing list just let me know.

Hrt
Brian John Mitchell
www.silbermedia.com
https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia
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NEW RELEASES ON SILBER!
The Corrupting Seak - Looking to the Stars
THE CORRUPTING SEA: LOOKING TO THE STARS
Jason T. Lamoreaux of Somewherecold faces the 5in5 challenge with his project The Corrupting Sea. Five minutes of cinematic sci-fi soundscapes, who needs the movie when you can just get the soundtrack?
File Under: Ambient/Experimental/Electronica
Recommended if you like: Curved Light, The Ears on the Trees, Orange Crate Art, Touch Test
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/The_Corrupting_Sea-Looking.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/looking-to-the-stars
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/23LJRpIgEVWtD0pJwHQIIO
Download sample track “Inhabitable Planet” – http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/The_Corrupting_Sea-Looking_to_the_Stars-5-Inhabitable_Planet.mp3

m is we
M IS WE: OCEANS
M is We is back with the illustrious Michael Wood leading the band from post punk to shoegaze to darkwave. Imagine Sunny Day Real Estate forming a Christian Death tribute band & or Ride covering The Stooges & you’re in the right place.
File Under: Electroclash, Post Pop Punk
Recommended if you like: The Cure, Joy Division, Sunny Day Real Estate, Heavens, Jawbreaker, Cold Cave
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/miswe/oceans.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/oceans-2
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4Cyhg9oXkaVB8A5fRvu8vI
Download sample track “Quicksand Beach” –

 
NOVEMBER RELEASES ON SILBER:
Max Kutner - Disaffection
MAX KUTNER: DISAFFECTION FINDS ITS PURE FORM
Max Kutner came to Silber via Luka Fisher & Records Ad Nauseum, ambient guitar drone experiments is one of our hallmarks & especially when it’s about isolation & self discovery.  On Disaffection Finds Its Pure Form, Max wrote a one & a half page score but with fifteen sets of rules to navigate with an electric guitar for thirty sets of six-string interaction while remaining one unified piece.
File Under: Guitar Drone, Post Rock, Ambient
Recommended if you like: Brian Eno, Tortoise, The Durutti Column, GYBE, Electric Bird Noise
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/MaxKutner/disaffection.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/disaffection-finds-its-pure-form
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/6vpaDLdpwexJE6akY6qTEj
Download sample track “I”- http://www.silbermedia.com/MaxKutner/Max_Kutner-Disaffection_Finds_Its_Pure_Form-1.mp3

Baptizer - Holy War Renewal
BAPTIZER: HOLY WAR RENEWAL
Baptizer is noise & drone & power electronics & industrial & southern & anti-modern & Christian & intense.  We get it; it’s not for everybody.  It’s music by & for those who feel trapped in the wrong place in space & time.  A nightmare, a dream, or a world of its own.  If you can imagine Phillip K Dick & Ezra Pound & Saint Ignatius of Loyola collaborating & collaging & colliding, you won’t be far off the mark.  Enter the caverns & be saved from the modern world by the hands of Baptizer.
File Under: Noise, Power Electronics, Industrial
Recommended if you like: Genocide Organ, Green Army Fraction, Propergol, Deathkey
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/Baptizer/holywarrenewal.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/holy-war-renewal
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/1gi1TURhTkCi4pVNSD61wE
Download sample track “Deo Vindice” – http://www.silbermedia.com/Baptizer/Baptizer-Holy_War_Renewal-09-Deo_Vindice.mp3

Small Life Form - First Recordings
SMALL LIFE FORM: FIRST RECORDINGS
Small Life Form started in 1998 as seeing how sound could be shaped & manipulated on a computer using ideas inspired by the works of George Crumb & Gyorgy Ligeti. Sound experimentation with limitations forcing creativity & these are the results from before the project even had a name.
File Under: Aggressive Ambient
Recommended if you like: George Crumb, Gyorgy Ligeti, Tore Boe, Lustmord
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/smalllifeform/first-recordings.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/first-recordings
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7frcE0twpr0xuxQqlnJvrl
Download sample track “mouthed” –

 
LÜM: THE STAIRWELL SESSIONS
LÜM is a mixture of jazz, ambient, noise, drone, & chamber music & simultaneously all & none of these things.  Three stalwart members of the North Carolina noise community, Charles Wright (violin, vocals, percussion), Nathan Maxwell (viola, vocals, percussion), & J.M. Borer (harmonium, vocals, percussion) got together in 2014 & 2015 with the idea of doing ambient jazz improvisations naturally informed by their drone & noise backgrounds & the results of four recording dates is The Stairwell Sessions.  Sit back & relax & drone on.
File Under: Ambient Noise Jazz, Chamber Music
Recommended if you like: Popol Vuh, Kronos Quartet, Supersilent, Sun Ra
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/LUM/stairwell.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/stairwell-sessions
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2gVSuXr3gZzafnbsabnNsT
Download sample track “I” –
 

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Silber Cyber Monday Residual Effects & Life & M is We

Okay, so since the Cyber Monday thing had been what I would generally consider a failure, I didn’t bother to change the price points on the releases as yet (other more imminent things to do, see below) & over the course of the week there was a slow trickle of more likes & shares & the plays were up slightly, but somehow it looks it went from under 100 downloads to over 1100 downloads (could this be a glitch in Bandcamp?).  Also a half dozen people putting money in the tip jar for the releases.  I’ll call that a win.

The new M is We record came out & you can get it now on Bandcamp or listen on Spotify.  Getting it up on Silber has been hung up because of the below.

So this week there was a sudden weak spot in my kitchen floor.  A couple years ago I put in vinyl tile which is generally only recommended on cement because it will crack if there’s a mild weak spot.  So anyway I’ll pull up the piece of tile & the wood underneath is weak enough i can post my finger through, so I know I’m not going to get away with just putting a little floor leveler on it.  I pull up some of the floor & I hear running water in the crawlspace I make a big enough hole that I can stick me head down in it & I can see water spouting from a pinhole leak in a pipe.  I have a subcode crawlspace & my house has had additions put on twice (it’s a 1950s sprawling ranch) so wriggling through & finding my way to the pipe is a pain in the ass, but I do it & it’s a bigger job than I feel comfortable doing myself & I call the plumbing place that supposedly has a guy skinny enough to do the job, but he’s booked several days out.  So I go to the store & get the putty that’s supposed to be able to stop leaks like this for a few days, but it doesn’t bond to the pipe properly so the leak is still going though not at the rate it was.  The whole situation is freaking me out.  I have to cut the water on & off at the main.  Put in a couple garden hoses that I hook up with a shopvac to sump the water out.  But an unexpected hit to the wallet & it’s stressing me out way more than something this far beyond my control should.

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Silber Cyber Monday Results

Okay, so here’s the numbers story for this Cyber Monday download thing I did.

Typical day on Bandcamp for Silber is about 30 plays & a day where I send a newsletter is typically 250.  A bunch of the releases were up on Bandcamp for the first time Sunday evening, so that created a natural spike of 100 listens for that day. Total of number of plays for yesterday was 145 & in the past 6 hours we have 60, so there is perhaps some residual effect.

Total downloads was 72.  Which with 19 releases could mean as few as 4 people took part, though I like to personally believe it was closer to 20.

My social media reaction

Twitter
1 post with 5 retweets (thanks Jessica Bailiff Sweet, Sean Caldwell, Babysue, If Thousands, & Rivulets) & somehow only 1 like (hi again If Thousands!).  I admit I suck at Twitter, but with 1795 followers (which I think is less than it used to be, presumably because of people managing accounts with robots & me not being an “active user”, but I imagine also because I mainly just post stories about Silber & don’t like or retweet anything else – as I said, I suck at Twitter because I know how to use it effectively & just choose to spend my time doing other things).

Personal Facebook
1 post (via my Twitter automation) with 2 likes & 3 shares (thanks Philip & John & Dawn)
1 post to Silber group page with 3 likes & 1 share (thanks Jason)

Silber Facebook
19 posts with a total of 49 likes & 6 shares

Remora Facebook
1 post with 0 likes & 0 shares.

Small Life Form Facebook
1 post with 3 likes & 0 shares

So should I have spent the time on this project on writing press releases for the upcoming stuff?  Probably.  But I’m glad I did it, tried something new & re-invigorated my personal love of the back catalog.

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Silber Cyber Monday Sale

So first of all, I’m willing to admit this blog is virtually unread & that’s part of why it’s become less active, which in turn makes it less read; it’s a vicious circle.  About ten years ago when MySpace was hopping & it was the main platform for the blog it was getting a couple hundred readers a day & those numbers held on for a few years, but anyway I wanted to thank those of you who do read this thing by offering you first chance to grab all the Cyber Monday free downloads we have to offer on Bandcamp (you’ll still be able to get them tomorrow, you’ll just have to pay for them, something you can do today as well if you like).  3758 downloads in my bank over there right now, so it’ll be interesting to see how many downloads actually happen as I know this is the streaming era.  It is worth noting that I understand the concerns some have stated about give-aways like this devaluing Silber music, but I feel like the idea is to reinvigorate some excitement for the label from fans who have drifted into other things over the past few years.  If I remember, I’ll post my honest results about this experiment tomorrow & let you know what happened & if it was worth the 5 hours of work it took to make it happen or if I should’ve been working on press releases for bands instead.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #1
Remora – Mecha
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/mecha
This is one of our favorite Remora records. After the apocalypse guitars are in short supply, but luckily you can still make music using rusting war machines & you can also use them to resist your alien masters.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #2
Electric Bird Noise – Unleashing the Inner Robot
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/unleashing-the-inner-robot
Electric Bird Noise’s original debut album from back in 1999. Remember when post rock was a more encompassing term?

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #3
M is We – M is We
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/m-is-we
There’s something intimate & emotive about solo bedroom recordings. Especially when it’s post punk. Anthems of fire & rebirth. New M is We out in a few days!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #4
Philip Polk Palmer – Here in the Deadlights
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/here-in-the-deadlights
Melancholy pop & shoegaze, I’m not sure how to define this record, but it does seem to capture the spirit of Savannah, especially the ghosts of Vernonburg’s infamous Colonel & Major.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #5
Hotel Hotel – Cactus Hands
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/cactus-hands
The final recording of Texas post rockers Hotel Hotel.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #6
fornever – lights
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/lights
A few years ago we switched from Christmas compilations to EPs & this darkwave one is probably the most popular in the series.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #7
Goddakk – Monument to a Ruined Age
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/monument-to-a-ruined-age
Noise, guitar experiments, & trip hop duke it out on Goddakk’s debut. New album due out soon!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #8
Yellow6 – Closer to the Sea without Moving
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/closer-to-the-sea-without-moving
Yellow6 are as reliable as a lighthouse for putting out minimalist guitar post rock & this is an album about lighthouses.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #9
Rllrbll – Bathing Music
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/bathing-music
Art rock & jazz collide on this classic from Rllrbll from back when they were still Rollerball.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #10
if thousands – i have nothing
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/i-have-nothing-2
Haunting dronescapes & ambient blankets form If Thousands. New album coming soon!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #11
Moodring – Cottage Mess
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/cottage-mess
Art rock jazz meditations recorded on the edge of a volcano.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #12
slicnaton – autoscopy
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/autoscopy
Meditative experimental drone influenced by classical & jazz composition backgrounds. New album coming soon.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #13
Thorn1 – The Leave of Leaves
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/the-leave-of-leaves
Siberian drone pop at its finest.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #14
Small Life Form – Voice in the Sky
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/voice-in-the-sky
A slab of drone & aggressive ambient. More music from SLF coming soon!

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #15
Magnetic Ghost – Loss Molecules
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/loss-molecules
Post punk meets post rock ready to swallow you in a snowy landscape.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #16
Vlor – a fire is meant for burning
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/a-fire-is-meant-for-burning
This album marked the rebirth of Vlor as a Silber super group including members of Remora, Rivulets, Aarktica, & Lycia.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #17
mwvm – Rotations
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/rotations
The debut album from mwvm, ambient slide guitar meditations.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #18
Kirchenkampf – Swimming Towards the Light
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/swimming-towards-the-light
An album about drowning, somewhere between a horror movie soundtrack & guided meditation.

Silber Records Cyber Monday free download #19
Unspeakable Forces – Butterfly Corpse
https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/butterfly-corpse
Doomgazing debut from a collaboration of Remora & IANTH. One day there will be a sequel.

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Silber November 14, 2017 Newsletter

Hey Kidz,

Hope all is going well.  It’s been a little while I know, but stuff is happening.  A lot of stuff.

 

In the past couple of months we’ve released a lot of music.  Guitar drone compositions from Max Kutner, minimalist sound experiments from Small Life Form, noise drone power electronics from Baptizer, & ambient noise jazz from LÜM.  Links below to listen or download or you can hear them along with other recent releases on Spotify here – http://tinyurl.com/latestfromsilber

 

We’ve also been putting a lot of the back catalog up on Bandcamp, here are a couple that are currently free downloads:

Remora: Ambient Drones for One Guitar – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-drones-for-one-guitar 

Kobi: Outward from a Core Area of the North – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/outward-from-a-core-area-of-the-north

 

A lot of new music coming too with new stuff from M is We, Andrew Weathers/Shaun Sandor, & The Corrupting Sea in the next couple of weeks not to mention this year’s Christmas EPs from Yellow6, Electric Bird Noise, Nonconnah, Dusty Tears, Baptizer, Hyperborean Echoes, & maybe more.  It’s a scramble to get it all done for sure & we still have some music that should be ready early next year.

 

The new issue of QRD is still waiting for me to edit.  It’s embarrassing how much I let things drag on that.  I really do feel like QRD is one of the best things I do, but it’s also the thing easiest to put off because it doesn’t generate the interest it used to.  I guess there’s a similar issue with me not bothering to get the scripts I have for comics out of my notebooks & to the artists.  One day I’ll have things caught up & who knows what I’ll have in store then.  We do have some openings for unpaid intern positions if you have a few hours a month where you’re bored & looking for something to do & want to help.

 

More news soon.  Thanks for the interest & support & if you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.

 

Hrt

Brian John Mitchell

www.silbermedia.com

https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia

http://twitter.com/silberspy

 

NEW RELEASES ON SILBER!

Max Kutner

MAX KUTNER: DISAFFECTION FINDS ITS PURE FORM

Max Kutner came to Silber via Luka Fisher & Records Ad Nauseum, ambient guitar drone experiments is one of our hallmarks & especially when it’s about isolation & self discovery.  On Disaffection Finds Its Pure Form, Max wrote a one & a half page score but with fifteen sets of rules to navigate with an electric guitar for thirty sets of six-string interaction while remaining one unified piece.

File Under: Guitar Drone, Post Rock, Ambient

Recommended if you like: Brian Eno, Tortoise, The Durutti Column, GYBE, Electric Bird Noise

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/MaxKutner/disaffection.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/disaffection-finds-its-pure-form

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/6vpaDLdpwexJE6akY6qTEj

Download sample track “I”-

 

 

Baptizer

BAPTIZER: HOLY WAR RENEWAL

Baptizer is noise & drone & power electronics & industrial & southern & anti-modern & Christian & intense.  We get it; it’s not for everybody.  It’s music by & for those who feel trapped in the wrong place in space & time.  A nightmare, a dream, or a world of its own.  If you can imagine Phillip K Dick & Ezra Pound & Saint Ignatius of Loyola collaborating & collaging & colliding, you won’t be far off the mark.  Enter the caverns & be saved from the modern world by the hands of Baptizer.

File Under: Noise, Power Electronics, Industrial

Recommended if you like: Genocide Organ, Green Army Fraction, Propergol, Deathkey

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/Baptizer/holywarrenewal.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/holy-war-renewal

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/1gi1TURhTkCi4pVNSD61wE

Download sample track “Deo Vindice” –

 

 

SLF

SMALL LIFE FORM: FIRST RECORDINGS

Small Life Form started in 1998 as seeing how sound could be shaped & manipulated on a computer using ideas inspired by the works of George Crumb & Gyorgy Ligeti. Sound experimentation with limitations forcing creativity & these are the results from before the project even had a name.

File Under: Aggressive Ambient

Recommended if you like: George Crumb, Gyorgy Ligeti, Tore Boe, Lustmord

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/smalllifeform/first-recordings.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/first-recordings

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7frcE0twpr0xuxQqlnJvrl

Download sample track “mouthed” –

 

 

LUM

LÜM: THE STAIRWELL SESSIONS

LÜM is a mixture of jazz, ambient, noise, drone, & chamber music & simultaneously all & none of these things.  Three stalwart members of the North Carolina noise community, Charles Wright (violin, vocals, percussion), Nathan Maxwell (viola, vocals, percussion), & J.M. Borer (harmonium, vocals, percussion) got together in 2014 & 2015 with the idea of doing ambient jazz improvisations naturally informed by their drone & noise backgrounds & the results of four recording dates is The Stairwell Sessions.  Sit back & relax & drone on.

File Under: Ambient Noise Jazz, Chamber Music

Recommended if you like: Popol Vuh, Kronos Quartet, Supersilent, Sun Ra

Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/LUM/stairwell.shtml

Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/stairwell-sessions

Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2gVSuXr3gZzafnbsabnNsT

Download sample track “I” –

 

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Silber Newsletter August 30, 2017

Hey Kidz,

Hope all is going well.  A lot going on here at Silber Headquarters.  Music, QRD, movies, comics, it’s all happening at once.

We just released two new shoegaze oriented releases.  First we have an installment in our 5in5 series from Poland’s Fullness Off Lack & it leans more towards the post rock & drone side of the genre.  Then we have the first full-length album from Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Forest & it lends itself towards both the post punk & jangle pop ends of shoegaze.  Links below to listen or download or you can hear them along with other recent releases on Spotify here – http://tinyurl.com/latestfromsilber

Our good buddy Joe Badon has been working on a film called The God In My Ear for a little while now & when it comes out the odds of you hearing some Small Life Form audio sculptures in it are pretty good if you pay attention.  Will let you know more about the film as it gets ready for release.

I recently got invited to take part in a project done by my friend Jeremiah Paddock where he sends a microcassette recorder in the mail to me to record whatever I want.  I like the idea of it bringing a return to immediacy & fun to music.  Hopefully I’ll have more info on that in a few weeks.

There’s a lot more new music coming soon from Max Kutner, Chvad SB, Small Life Form, The Corrupting Sea, Andrew Weathers/Shaun Sandor, Petri Dish, & a few compilations.  Pretty excited to feel like I’m at a place where a lot of the releases that have been kinda waiting in the wings to come out will be out soon. 

The new issue of QRD is shaping up to be a bit of a behemoth with interviews in the guitarist, tour musician, comic shop owner, label owner, & cartoonist series.  Hoping to get it ready in a week or two.  I’m hoping to move back into some of my catching up interviews with folks in the next issue or two.

A few of my comics made the nod for SPACE prize nominations (REH: Another Life #1, REH: Me & Bob, Daughter of Brothers & Daughters), which is always nice.  I have a bunch of scripts in my little notebooks & I’m going to do a slightly larger than my normal size comic of vignettes about small town life collaborating with Jason Young & Nate McDonough hopefully for next spring.

More news soon.  Thanks for the interest & support & if you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.

Hrt
Brian John Mitchell
www.silbermedia.com
https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia
http://twitter.com/silberspy

Fullness Off Lack - Shitty Heavens
FULLNESS OFF LACK: SHITTY HEAVENS
Based in Warsaw, Poland Fullness Off Lack is a solo project of Mat Gut.  The original concept of FOL was to make music that felt like a full shoegaze/post rock band despite the limitation of a single member, but now things have shifted to more ambient sides of the genre, leaning towards drones & soundscapes, which is how things land on Shitty Heavens.  Vocals as a texture with words indecipherable, so the listener can make their own lyrics based on their own life experiences of rebellion & struggles & victory.
File Under: Shoegaze, Post Rock, Ambient
Recommended if you like: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, Nothing
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/Fullness_Off_Lack-Shitty_Heavens.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/shitty-heavens
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7LE9yPFSHsoKOFpDkcnHqZ

Ocean Forest
OCEAN FOREST: OCEAN FOREST
Three Myrtle Beach natives come together with pop hooks, complex harmonies, & a sound equal parts 1960s, 1990s, & today. From accessible psych pop to urgent post punk to classic shoegaze, all while carving out their own musical world of janglegaze as they slip into the sun. Recorded by Brian McKenzie of Electric Bird Noise.
File Under: Psych Rock, Indie, Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Surf Rock
Recommended if you like: Tame Impala, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, Joy Division
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/oceanforest/oceanforest.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-forest
Listen on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7evZtj6NASqAGcY61RzQdx

JUNE RELEASES ON SILBER:

Dusty Tears
DUSTY TEARS: INTERNET HITS
Shane de Leon (Miss Massive Snowflake) is back to Silber with his long time friend Jamie Smith (Danghead) & together they are Dusty Tears.  Recorded by Smith when de Leon was on a tour stop for Miss Massive Snowflake, Internet Hits really captures one of the great things the 5 in 5 series can do.  You have an afternoon of downtime as a musician on tour?  Hang out with a pal & make something.  Part punk, part lo-fi pop, & part experimental streams of consciousness, this pretty much captures how a mind works after long drives, sleeping in the van, & living the rock & roll daydream.
File Under: Lo-Fi Pop, Streams of Consciousness, Road Life
Recommended if you like: Rllrbll, Miss Massive Snowflake, Danghead, Beck
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/DustyTears-InternetHits.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/Internet-Hits
Listen on Spotify –
https://play.spotify.com/album/3yqgbopfh9DcoZ25LMGLHT

EBN The Moonflower
ELECTRIC BIRD NOISE: THE MOONFLOWER
The Moonflower is a murder mystery play by creative powerhouse Philip James Fox (Wicked Gift, Gratisphere) & the Electric Bird Noise soundtrack is essentially a greatest hits collection covering the past seven years of the band. Nearly every musical side of Electric Bird Noise is represented, from discordant ambient jazz structures to synth pop to ambient drone to darkwave to electro. Sit back & solve a murder mystery or how all of these songs come from the same project.
File Under: Ambient Jazz, Drone, Darkwave, Soundtracks
Recommended if you like: Music for art gallery elevators
Listen or buy on Silber –
http://www.silbermedia.com/ebn/the-moonflower.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/the-moonflower
Listen on Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/7KswoLDBkx17Apx2ykrYrX

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All These Things

Lately for me life is hard & good.  Too much work to do & not enough time is frustrating, but at least it keeps me from falling in with my demons.  Sometimes I see friends with the same demons in a place in life where they are sinking & usually I don’t have the strength to pull them out & keep them from drowning for fear of drowning myself.  I think because my life seems in a good & stable place (married with a kid & all that) people assume that it’s easier to not hear something calling you to destroy yourself.  It’s there every single day for me.  Lately I’ve been writing comic scripts about it that I don’t even send to the guy who says he would love to draw any comic I write, just leave them in my memo pad & eventually put it with the other 9 memo pads of things I’ve never bothered to bring to fruition.  It’s all good.  Once it’s on the paper it all bugs me a little less & I’m a little more able to appreciate the sun shining & that there are people in the world that think it’s a better place for me being in it.

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Silber Newsletter June 30, 2017

Hello,

I hope all is going well.  I’m feeling pretty good about things here at Silber.

The new issue of QRD is up with interviews about music, art, & fatherhood.  I always feel good when a new issue comes together.  It feels good.  Maybe it’s because it’s the thing I’ve been doing the longest, but I often do feel like it’s the one thing I do that would make the most sense for me to be able to make a living off of even though I admit I have no idea how to make it make money.  But there’s something good about being able to make something that is what I want to read when no one else seems to be doing it.  77 issues & 22 years in, I feel like it might be my greatest success.
http://www.silbermedia.com/qrd/archives/77about.html

Two new musical releases from us this time out.  Dusty Tears (a collaboration between Shane de Leon (Miss Massive Snowflake) & Jamie Smith (Danghead)) relaunches our 5in5 series with a fun bit of lo-fi pop & experimental tour haze poetry.  Electric Bird Noise did the score/soundtrack for a play called The Moonflower that’s essentially a greatest hits collection of the past several years of EBN.  A little more info on each below (along with the three releases from earlier in the month).

As I briefly mentioned last time, there may be some weirdness with the Silber digital shop in July where I’ll have to manually send links when you purchase stuff there.  I really don’t find out if that’s the case until it suddenly is & at that time I’ll try to switch things over to Bandcamp.  My only problem with that is it means another cut away from the money I can pay out to bands, but it’s good to have options.  My experiment last month about giving releases away for free on Bandcamp to create a spike in support didn’t really work out; but it’s okay, I’ll figure out how to work that platform to Silber’s benefit eventually.

Thanks for your continued interest & support, & if you want off the mailing list just let me know.

Hrt
Brian John Mitchell

www.silbermedia.com
https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia
http://twitter.com/silberspy

Dusty Tears
DUSTY TEARS: INTERNET HITS
Shane de Leon (Miss Massive Snowflake) is back to Silber with his long time friend Jamie Smith (Danghead) & together they are Dusty Tears.  Recorded by Smith when de Leon was on a tour stop for Miss Massive Snowflake, Internet Hits really captures one of the great things the 5 in 5 series can do.  You have an afternoon of downtime as a musician on tour?  Hang out with a pal & make something.  Part punk, part lo-fi pop, & part experimental streams of consciousness, this pretty much captures how a mind works after long drives, sleeping in the van, & living the rock & roll daydream.
File Under: Lo-Fi Pop, Streams of Consciousness, Road Life
Recommended if you like: Rllrbll, Miss Massive Snowflake, Danghead, Beck
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/DustyTears-InternetHits.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/InternetHits
Listen on Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/3yqgbopfh9DcoZ25LMGLHT

EBN The Moonflower
ELECTRIC BIRD NOISE: THE MOONFLOWER
The Moonflower is a murder mystery play by creative powerhouse Philip James Fox (Wicked Gift, Gratisphere) & the Electric Bird Noise soundtrack is essentially a greatest hits collection covering the past seven years of the band. Nearly every musical side of Electric Bird Noise is represented, from discordant ambient jazz structures to synth pop to ambient drone to darkwave to electro. Sit back & solve a murder mystery or how all of these songs come from the same project.
File Under: Ambient Jazz, Drone, Darkwave, Soundtracks
Recommended if you like: Music for art gallery elevators
Listen or buy on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/ebn/the-moonflower.shtml
Listen or buy on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/the-moonflower
Listen on Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/7KswoLDBkx17Apx2ykrYrX

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Silber Newsletter June 11, 2017

Hey Starz,

Been a while, I hope all is well in your part of the world.  I feel like things are going well even though the world’s been throwing a bunch of curves at me.  The main Silber computer had a hard drive failure & I had to rebuild it.  The whole family had a stomach flu that made me go junkie thin.  My crawlspace flooded under the house (still trying to figure out why).  Some other health issues as well making life a little harder (new low fat, low sugar, low carb, low salt diet is a bit of an adjustment).  My webhost doesn’t want to do a security patch so the digital shop may start failing in July (in which case my contingency plan is getting the catalog up on Bandcamp, which I was planning to do anyway).  But I think it’s a good time to be alive & positive things are happening too.  I got a new fairly industrial paper cutter (thanks to Blake of Copy This for the tip!) that’ll cut down the assembly time of my comics.  I had a good first show of Remora as a drone rock trio with me on guitar & organ & Jason Ward (Irata) on drums & Brian McKenzie (Electric Bird Noise) on bass.  I recorded a pilot for a podcast (still trying to figure out if it’s something I can manage to do in a way I like).  & we have new stuff available for you.

In the comics front we have three new mini-comics about Robert E Howard.  Two pseudo-biographical pieces (REH #10 & REH Another Life #1) & then an autobio book about my lifelong relationship with the man who killed himself over 40 years before I was born.  So yeah, a niche market on these books, but I admit I really only make them for myself anyway at this point.  You can check them out here:
http://silbermedia.com/comics/current.shtml

In the music front we have three new releases.  A new album of art rock meditative jazz from Moodring recorded at the edge of a volcano that really is worth checking out if that sounds even vaguely interesting to you.  A moody pop single from Philip Polk Palmer.  & a split single of post punk & post rock from M is We & Thorn1.  More info on them below, & more stuff coming soon from Electric Bird Noise & Small Life Form & Dusty Tears (a Miss Massive Snowflake side project) & Chvad SB & lots more.  If you are a Spotify user, you can always listen to the latest from Silber on this playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/4nuz7tocaNt9OkFetPsHhG

As mentioned above, we’re probably going to be expanding working with Bandcamp.  As an experiment to how Bandcamp works, I’m offerring 100 free downloads of the massive compilation QRD: The Guitarists.  If you are interested in it, just send me an email.

There is going to be a new issue of QRD out in time for Father’s Day (hopefully!) with about a half dozen interviews with musicians & cartoonists.  Keep an eye out on Twitter & Facebook for when it goes live.

Thank you so much for your interest & support over the years, it really does make it feel like the hard work isn’t in vain.  If you want to get off the newsleter just let me know.

Hrt
Brian John Mitchell
www.silbermedia.com
https://www.facebook.com/silbermedia
http://twitter.com/silberspy

Moodring: Cottage Mess
MOODRING: COTTAGE MESS
Moodring is back to Silber with art rock jazz meditations recorded on the edge of a volcano.
File Under: Art Rock, Meditative Jazz
Recommended if you like: Rllrbll, Bauhaus, Can, Bardo Pond
Listen or buy on Silber
Listen or buy on Bandcamp
Listen on Spotify

Philip Polk Palmer - Who Knows?
PHILIP POLK PALMER: WHO KNOWS?
An outtake from 2015’s Here in the Deadlights, it seems the time has come around for a song admitting what we’ve become.  There’s a mood to this moody pop gem.
File Under: Moody Pop, Pundit Conspiracies
Recommended if you like: The Church, The Reds, Echo & The Bunnymen, Nick Cave
Listen or download for free on Bandcamp
Listen on Spotify

M is We/Thorn1
M IS WE/THORN1: YOU CAN’T GET BACK/ASTHMA
Thorn1 & M is We return to Silber with a split single post punk & post rock showing their darkwave & goth roots. Both tracks mixed by Brian McKenzie (Electric Bird Noise).
File Under: Post Punk, Post Rock, Darkwave
Recommended if you like: The Twilight Sad, Aarktica, The Cure, Cabaret Voltaire
Listen or buy on Silber
Listen or buy on Bandcamp
Listen on Spotify

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FCIO – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue one

I was born in 1975.  So like a lot of guys around my age, Star Wars was a dominant piece of childhood.  It wasn’t like today when you had infinite access to re-watch something as a kid, only one TV in the house & I think we got a VCR for Christmas in 1983, so most of my ideas about Star Wars come from playing with the action figures with my buddy Sam & only vague ideas about the actual films.  I remember being totally let down when the prequels came out because I remembered Star Wars as this dark edgy thing; but having seen bits & pieces of the originals on TV over the past ten years, I’ve come to realize my memories of the movies are completely inaccurate – which kinda hurts to admit (though I still think Empire seems good & I liked Revenge of the Sith).  A couple years ago when the new Star Wars movie was coming out, me & my wife (who’s never seen any of the Star Wars movies) tried to watch the original Star Wars & we couldn’t make it through it, I was shocked that it crept along at the pace of 2001 & so I still haven’t seen the 7th movie.  But I heard good things about this one & so I got it with my free Redbox rental to watch while working my data processing job.  I have to say the tone of this is fairly close to my personal memories of Star Wars.  A dark bleak world wear resistance is futile, but you resist all the same.  You pray to gods you don’t understand only hoping they’ll allow you to not die in vain.  I hardly think that if you have never liked Star Wars that this movie will change your mind, but if you’re around 40 & been let down by actual Star Wars versus your memories of it, this is a good one.

Oh, & I guess I’ll mention part of what this whole movie is about is answering the geek question, “Why the hell did they make the Deathstar easily destroyed?”  The answer essentially is the main designer was a rebel who intentionally put the defect in, which is a better answer than I could come up with.

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