The big Silber news is we have a new release about to come out (we are currently taking pre-orders) from new signee Chvad SB of Things Outside the Skin & Controlled Bleeding. Spread the word about it if you can.
I know I haven’t been blogging much lately. A lot has been going on, some new potential comic collaborations coming together. Working on the QRD guitarists compilation. Playing a few shows. Trying to get some videos made. Working on a few records (Remora’s live record, the Space Sweeper debut, the new Unspeakable Forces EP, a noise cheer compilation). Getting all the paperwork done for taxes for both 2013 annual taxes & first quarter 2014. Working on the next few issues of QRD.
Last week I got a thing from Ebay that I could list 100 items with no insertion fees. I haven’t really used Ebay to try to sell anything much, but I went ahead & put a ton of things up to see what will happen. I sold $50 in buttons so far, so there’s promise on that front, but no music or comics yet. So it seems a much better match for me than Etsy was on the button front. In other button news I got orders for 800 buttons in two weeks thanks to Record Store Day & comic convention season starting. We’ll see if buttons really can be the thing that save the day for Silber.
Any of you interested, I have three public appearances coming up on the comic front:
Appleseed – May 17-18 – Fort Wayne, IN
Maker Faire NC – June 7 – Raleigh, NC
Derby City – June 28-29 – Louisville, KY
March 25, 2014
I’m bin diving at a comic convention & I find all seven issues of DC’s failed equivalent to Marvel’s failed Questprobe computer game comic of the 1980s. It feels like a super sweet score, but there’s no one to explain it to.
March 26, 2014
I’m on tour with Slicnaton & our Wilmington gig is with Irata as our tours cross each other. It’s going to be a good fucking show; I hope some people are there to see it.
March 27, 2014
I’m on tour & we’re at one of those gas stations that’s also an old time country store & a semi-formal restaurant. Trying to find the bathroom I end up in the kitchen. I ask where the bathroom is & one of the wait staff leads me down into the basement. We’re walking down a narrow stone hallway that has water dripping from the ceiling. He shows me a bathroom & the toilet is sitting in six inches of water. I end up just peeing in the water just like I’m sure everyone else does.
March 28, 2014
For some reason I make a video of me burying my dead cat & post it on YouTube. Someone rips the video & slows it down & puts their schlocky music on it as a music video. What fucking dicks.
March 30, 2014
I’m at the beach after the end of the world. Someone has brought with them a dozen cows all so thin & sickly that you can see their ribs.
March 31, 2014
It’s 5:45 am & I’m at the old folks’ home to visit my grandmother. She’s not in her room for some reason & I go down to the office. She’s their being bandaged because she’s hurt. I know they’re going to tell me she just fell, but I also know that’s not true because they would’ve called me if it was. I say to my grandmother, “Just tell me who did this to you & I’ll shove a knife in them so many times that they’ll never be able to do anything ever again.”
April 2, 2014
The granddaughter of one of the toy designers for GI Joe in the 1980s is a fashion designer making a series of hats inspired by her grandfather’s designs.
April 7, 2014
I’m in Miami & my friend Katy has moved down there from Philadelphia. I’m supposed to meet her at some record shop called Nano Music, but I can’t find the place & end up on the interstate headed who knows where.
April 11, 2014
Chelsea & her college roommate are visiting & I’m taking her back to the airport. She has a 3”x2”x1” box filled with shoes with another dozen pairs sitting on top of it. She asks me if I think the airport will just take it as is or if she needs to repack it.
It’s after the apocalypse & we live underground in a world of caverns lit by torches. I’m part of a think tank to try to get mankind back on top of the world. I don’t wear clothes because I think they’ll inhibit my thinking speed, which seems like some flawed logic
April 12, 2014
I’m staying at a hotel & I wake up in the middle of the night realizing I left my grandmother in my car. I go out to the parking lot & it’s cold, probably 42 degrees. I hope she didn’t freeze to death already. I can’t find my car anywhere in the lot. Maybe someone took the car & saved my grandmother’s life.
April 15, 2014
I inherit my parents’ house, but no one wants to live in it with me. Everyone says I should just sell it.
I’m shaving & I keep cutting myself with my razor. Two of the four blades on the head are missing & one of the remaining blades is half broken off & I need to pull it out so it stops nicking me. I don’t feel like I’m poor enough or cheap enough to be using a razor in this condition, so it must be after the apocalypse.
April 17, 2014
I’m asked to take part in on a performance of a piece inspired by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. When I show up they want me to play violin & expect me to be able to site read. I don’t know the finger positions & barely know how to bow & can’t read music in real time at all. I’m hoping the piece sticks to one key & it matches an open string so I can drone my way through it.
April 18, 2014
I’m riding in the backseat of a convertible & my dad’s driving. He turns into the city’s park greenway system to take a shortcut through the woods on a road a foot wider than the car designed only for pedestrians & bicyclists. It twists & turns & I’m just waiting to fly out of the car & slam into a tree & die like in a cartoon.
Walking on the carpet is a bug that looks like two moths surgically connected together. I can’t tell if it’s a mutation or just something common that I’ve never noticed before.
April 23, 2014
I’m at the bar I normally play at talking to friends about how dismal attendance & the scene in general have become & how things were better when there were ten shows a month instead of thirty.
I’m giving my girlfriend a bath. I hope it’s for some kind of misguided romantic reason instead of because of deteriorating health.
April 24, 2014
I’m at an outdoor park with a bunch of reconstructed dinosaur skeletons towering over it instead of trees or statues. I’d guess by the look of the buildings that it’s in Baltimore or Philadelphia, but it could just as easily be Toronto. Melissa Spence Gardner is with me & she’s looking down at the ground kicking the dirt as we walk & talk.
April 27, 2014
I’m watching a science program about how when bees swarm they absorb solar energy. In the process of digesting & absorbing the energy micro-black holes are actually formed in the centers of the swarms.
I’m on tour & a truck stop in the middle of nowhere is hiring clerks at $18 an hour. I decide to quit the tour & take the job.
April 29, 2014
I’m in Savannah acting as producer & engineer for an old jazz singer woman who has never recorded before. The record is essentially just vocals & metronome. I’m trying to figure out if there’s anything in the Remora catalog that would translate well for her to cover, but I can’t think of anything.