Sunday, December 27, 2009


Cant really do too much because of my fucking shoulder, I find out tomorrow (hopefully) what the deal is, so I decided to start another blog. It is primarily for music I am currently into that I found links too on the internet. I will post source info, etc if I can remember it. I will be posting show reviews, and other assorted links. what you can expect to find on there, rants on Jerry Garcias guitar playing, Psych links, Hardcore links, Black Metal links and whatever I feel like posting at the time. Also check back on this blog because I am going to figure out how to compress and upload most of my discography to this thing. Hopefully this will keep my mind going in some sort of creative direction. thank you.

Monday, December 14, 2009


My friend Matt Wilga just had a solo 7" come out through a friends record label. Both incredible people/musicians, and the music on the 7" is excellent, from a selection of over 20 solo recordings he made 3 appear on this record. You can order it here
I also highly recommend checking out his current band The Stoned Ambassadors, they have a myspace site, and a demo...

Glenn Jones has had his most recent record come out, its his first 12 inch, and it is absolutely stunning. The compositions are phenomenal, and he really puts his own tinge on the solo guitar. I think this is his best release so far and that is saying a lot. If you are a newcomer to this music, if you are well studied in this music, or if you are someone who just needs a great great record for their turntable pick this up, it will be the best 15 dollars you spent in a while. go here to buy

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Jack Rose died of a heart attack on Saturday, its a total bummer. He was 38... Here is a video...

Thursday, December 3, 2009


I think I am going to play a set of Electric 12 String mishaps so it will be different, probably pretty short too, its sporadic and Chris asked me to play, Zac may show up too which would make it even weirder...

Sunday 12/6
Short Dark Strangers (soul punk from Pa ex Caustic Christ, Annihilation Time)
Big Kids,
The Punk Boys from Germany,
Crystalline Roses.

4pm 6$ wear warm clothes
VGmill Holyoke, MA
Havent been there? Ask a punk.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


LP has been mastered and tracks have been fixed, thank you to Kevin Gebo. Please stay tuned for more information regarding obtaining a copy of the finished version. It will be a little while.

I would also like to add that I am taking part in the "Wild Wild West cassette tape comp" being put out by Galambis Records, and have also made a limited cover for the pre order copies. It is an ode to Burnt Hill in Heath, MA and one of its most famous ponderers. The song is taken from CT show of the tour with Justin Pigott and Peter Bonneman this summer, it is a version of "Crystalline Roses" off of the Observational Chymystry tape. The version features Zac on Flute and our friend Danny Gardella on both floor percussion and fiddle.

Preorder/order here... go to releases...
other artists on the comp are Relics, SQRM, Vaccine, Dark Master, Gift Horse, Guilt Lust, The Offays, Mudlark, Yak Snot, Ampere, Dangur, Zac Johnson and the Yankee Entertainer, White Pressure, Low Character, and Justin Pigott with a special guest.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Sorry for the lack of updates, but I am currently at a stand still with writing for this musical project. I have been off in another sea altogether as of late, and have let some other projects come to the front for a while. I will try to keep updating this blog with various goings on relating to CR and the circles that encompass the project. I have been reading and making lots of drawings, and writing/working on some other musical projects and most importantly trying to balance teaching and life...

SQRM has a couple gigs coming up, 10/24 we are part of a two day noise fest at the eleven and we will be doing a special set featuring the legendary chris dooley on guitar/tapes/electronics (More info at the bottom of this message).

We have another show 11/6 with Iron Lung, Mind Eraser and Dry Hump in Boston.

I am going to be doing a special CR show for a friends record release, more info on that to come...
other things to stay tuned for the Western Mass Comp tape, Viper tape, Teeth tape, and a couple of other things.

2 days of noise/outsider/experimental weirdness
@ The Elevens
140 Pleasant St
Northampton, MA

21+ $7

Sat October 24 and Sunday October 25

Parts and Labor (nyc)
Bill Nace / Okyung Lee duo (wmass/nyc)
Noise Nomads / Id M Theftable Duo (wmass/maine)
Jake Meginsky / Vic Rawlings Duo (wmass/boston)
Fat Worm of Error
Keith Fullerton Whitman (boston)
Ducktails (nj)
Oneohtrix Point Never (nyc)
Cellura Peptoid
White Crime (worcester)
Schneidermann / Crespo (brattleboro/wmass)

Readings by Byron Coley and Ben Hersey
Video and Film work by Alexis Arcaro, Ted Lee and Zach Ianazzi
Dj'ing by Black Sand: Conrad Capistran and Jeremy Pisani

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Last Minute Show.

Show on Saturday, I am playing at my Friends Art Closing in Williamsburg, MA with his band.

Bad Daddies
Crystalline Roses
430ish Start...
Free Dollars

Paintings Inside!
Its at the Williamsburg Library.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Periods of rebirth.

Been busy with other projects and new beginnings, aligning myself to the new position of my house, friends engaging in marital practice, and varying sickness'. Up and Coming: A Crystalline Roses LP (the 1st), the first in a series of The Crystalline Roses live cassettes, and another Instrumental release, art at Mystery Train as well as a possible performance there...

in the meantime

My friend Josh is playing at the Elevens on Monday night, you should go.
Elevens Northampton, MA 9 PM
Samara Lubeleski
Joshua Burkett

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Show on September 5th.

Redwing Blackbird
Crystalline Roses
Mail Myself to Thoreau

down at the old thundermill get in touch for directions....
6 PM start donations if you will...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beware, the savage jaw of 1984

For those of you who this may be of interest to, another blog I check is trying to get folks to sign a petition to get rhino/the grateful dead archives to release a show from the only year that has never been issued, 1984. Suggested listening 84 adventures, 7/22/84, 11/02/84, 4/20/84, 4/26/84... Most can be streamed/downloaded at

1984 Update

Here is the petition. Please sign. You can post this in other blogs or forums as well.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Show Tomorrow...

Dubious Liftings festival in Greenfield, MA we are playing at the record store at night...
Dubious Liftings
a benefit for Jerry's Kids
saturday august 15th
@ the greenfield energy park and john doe jr.
Bunny Brains
Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth
The Crystalline Roses
White Crime
Bryan Gillig
4:00 in the afternoon til 8:00 in the evening at the Greenfield
Energy Park(the end of miles st off of main st.) Rain or shine...
there is room for everyone underneath the pavillion, if we get

Then around the corner 8:30 at John Doe Jr record store
269 main street

Monday, August 10, 2009

Show me something Built to Last...

Well as of yesterday its been 14 years without Jerry Garcia. And on August 8th, I am sad to say we lost Mike Seeger. the air sure has been heavy.....

Monday, August 3, 2009

Spiritual Adjustment.

The weight of the world is extremely heavy at the current juncture and I can feel it rearing at all moments. The rain has temporarily broke allowing for minute amounts of sunlight to be absorbed, I have been trying to rip open the structure of atmosphere and peer inside and behind what is being held from us all. One has to make peace.

Dubious Liftings festival in Greenfield, MA we are playing at the record store at night...

Dubious Liftings
a benefit for Jerry's Kids
saturday august 15th
@ the greenfield energy park and john doe jr.
Bunny Brains
Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth
The Crystalline Roses
White Crime
Bryan Gillig
4:00 in the afternoon til 8:00 in the evening at the Greenfield
Energy Park(the end of miles st off of main st.) Rain or shine...
there is room for everyone underneath the pavillion, if we get

Then around the corner 8:30 at John Doe Jr record store
269 main street

Thursday, July 23, 2009


To anyone who came to a show, gave a couple bucks or didn't, watched, sat quietly, opened up their minds, gave feedback, hung out, played basketball, gave us a place to stay...

Luc and Colman thanks for giving us places to play and getting some folks out...

I would personally like to thank Peter, Justin, Zac and the Baron and Baroness, Danny G. and Dante...

A couple of things are in the works, solo LP (recorded art done, just waiting on mastering, etc) then LP with Zac....

Mikeys Garage, get at me for an address
Green Mansions
Justin Pigott
The Crystalline Roses
A screening of the new sublime frequencies DVD

UP/COMING SHOWS, Dubious Liftings August 15th, and Wickermania Fest TBA

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ideal Shape for a Spacecraft.

Review of 3 way split posted over at and a free download of the cd, so check it out man.

thanks to anyone who made their way to george's house and stuck around to watch me play a sloppy set...

the boston date has been scratched, and here is the more final, i will update again when i hear from my friend luc who is helping with the new britain show...

Radio Station in Great Barrington 8:30 am


77 Ellis St, NEW BRITAIN, CT
w. Abraham King, Baby Grand

Thursday, July 2, 2009


New Show,
Thursday July 9th
Wet Hair
Dead Luke
Crystalline Roses

Media Mansion
145 South St
Northampton, MA
8 PM

Please come out if you can, thank you.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Hey man.

the split is out its on justins label devine noise,

Four songs each from myself, Crystalline Roses and Peter Bonnemann. Two editions of fifty, screened covers in a gatefold, recycled with a booklet. I am also going to be releasing a radio show I did back in febuary. Four songs, three of mine and a Fahey cover, there is a few klankers but not bad overall. Im doing twenty in black paper covers with a psuedo obi. more to come. Both will be numbered.

We are playing some shows to support it, so please come out, our friend is coming over from denmark and we would like to see some good people there...
7/16/09 @ TBA Boston, MA, THANKS DANIMAL
7/17/09 @ the Montague Bookmill Montague, MA 5 adv/7 door 8 PM
7/18 or 19/09 @ TBA New York, THANK YOU COLMAN.

There will be copies of the CD, I will be making limited tapes or CDs and selling artwork for the shows, well for gas money anyways. There will be an 11x17 Poster that features all artists playing and some drawings and barely legible 60s type fonts.

Anyone have a tape dubber they want to sell?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Late Add...

3 Way split is mixed and mastered, dates are in the works for a weekend in July, 16-19 tentatively, and a show at the Bookmill on the 17th hopefully...

I was added on to a bill at the Unitarian Church in Amherst, MA on June 5th playing with some friends and poets... Jazer Giles, Julia, Nathan H. and Myself, hoping to start around 7 I believe, more details as they come or just look for a poster...

The LP was also mixed by my friend Kevin Gebo, and will be mastered soon, and then off to the presses I believe.

I have been experimenting more with how I have been performing, so at these shows expect some different things, including my friend Zac playing with me sometimes as well.

A rose is a rose is a rose.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Saturday May 9th 7 PM Start! Please come out and support a legendary figure in music. 311 North Street Pittsfield, MA.

From WIKI...
Walker was born in Boston, MA in 1937, into a musical family, and began to play the guitar from an early age. He committed himself to touring and public performance from 1959 onwards, becoming a fixture of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the mid-'60s (during which period he became particularly close to Sandy Bull and Karen Dalton). Over the same period, Walker's attendance of a Ravi Shankar performance in San Francisco saw him embrace extended periods of study of Eastern raga under both Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. Through mutual Boston associates Walker also developed a strong friendship with LSD pioneer Timothy Leary, becoming music director at Leary's Millbrook estate in 1965.

Walker's debut LP Rainy Day Raga was released by Vanguard Records in 1966, followed by the release of Second Poem in 1968. Walker diverted his attention away from public performance and towards family life at the start of the 1970s, but maintained a commitment to study of his instrument, focussing particularly upon Flamenco. In 2007 Walker was coaxed out of this semi-retirement by Joshua Rosenthal of Tompkins Square Records, for whom he recorded four new pieces to be set alongside musical tributes from younger admirers including Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Steffen Basho-Junghans and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore on the 2008 collection A Raga for Peter Walker. A full album of new material, Echo of My Soul, was released by Tompkins Square later the same year. These releases were supported by extensive touring and live performance, sparking a renewed level of interest which culminated in a recorded session for Stuart Maconie on BBC 6 Music, and an extended interview on BBC Radio 4's flagship early morning current affairs show The Today Programme.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Shows were pretty fun and thanks to anyone who came out. I think Zac and I will spend some time in the studio and think about adding a full band because playing with Todd was too much fun, and our set in Pittsfield seemed to be lacking energy or flow or something, the place had a really lull state to it as well, so it was hard to get things circulating.

Other news, total sidetrack... I have gone to 2 of these Dead shows, and am going to a 3rd one tonight, they have been really great I suggest going over to and listening to one, my preferences have been night 2 in Worcester (4-19-09) and the Nassau show (4-24) Wilkes Barre is also a nice showing, and if this MSG one gets up there its a trip of a setlist... here are the setlists for the two I have seen...

4-18-09 DCU Worcester, MA
I: Feel Like a Stranger > GDTRFB, Mountains of the Moon > Dupree's Diamond Blues, Althea, Bird Song > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
II: Dancin in the Street > Milestones > Lady with a Fan > Terrapin > Drums > Space > Days Between > Bird Song (reprise) > One More Saturday Night
E: Johnny B. Goode

I showed up late, couldnt find parking was really bumming but the China Rider was totally grooving and a nice pick me up after a loose althea and a spacey Bird Song. Space was the theme, set 2 was really free flowing and distant, and they were sort of finding themselves the whole night. A really beautiful Terrapin and Days Between...

4-24-09 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY
I: Jack Straw, Brown-Eyed Women, Baby Blue, Easy Wind, Death Don't Have No Mercy, Don't Ease, Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance
II: When I Paint My Masterpiece@, Peggy-O@, Looks Like Rain@, Alabama Getaway > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Knockin on Heaven's Door > GDTRFB
E: Touch of Grey

@Acoustic Set

Went on a whim, What a first set, it was absolutely killer, every song. The Acoustic set was a nice touch into a very spaced out second set, with an absolutely rocking Goin Down the Road to close it out. 3 Dylan covers, crazy night.

So I have sort of put everything aside for a little while for these shows, but tonight is Hartford and the last one I will be able to make, so heres to a nice run...


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Shows, Life, Etc.

Lack of internet, and lack of a sufficient mind have kept me from updating...
some shows coming up though... the debut of a new project with zac and i called Heaven and Earth Magic, steeped in 60s songwriting, expect 12 strings and organs...

April 19th, 2009
The Barons Palace in Buckland, MA
w/Peace Creeps, and Justin Pigott
Heaven and Earth first show with drums electric, and no place I would rather play.

April 23rd, 2009
Rebel Sound Records, or Rebel City Records Pittsfield, MA
w/Justin Pigott and Over the Mountain
Heaven and Earth low volume set with no drums

May 9th or 10th
TBA Pittsfield
w/ Justin Pigott and Peter Walker
Crystalline Roses
this will be 12.00 but Peter Walker will be playing in Western, MA and it will be all going to him!
Peter was a legendary instrumental guitar player around in the 60s and still alive, well and performing today!

The LP is done finished up about 2 weeks ago, 13 songs and about 40 minutes worth of music, it will feature an array of guitars, hand drums, bells, banjos, and sitar... the Split recordings are done as well all recorded live directly to handheld tape recorder, so more music soon...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ripples in the Upside Down Lake of the Void.

Some texts just breeze past you, even when you are reading them. The title of this EP is actually a quote from "On the Road," Kerouac says something to the effect of the stars looked like ripples in the upside down lake of the void. This struck home with me because I interpreted it as the ocean being the upside down lake of the void, and the stars rippling through, the way lights reflect of the ocean when looking outward. It was the perfect title, for a concept based CDR that has to do with ones relationship and respect for the sea, and the inherent, ancient, and uninterpretable knowledge contained therein. A lot of the ideas for songwriting were informed by readings of Maldoror, and mainly what I believe is the 3rd part, where the Comte de Leatremont states everything in relation to Old Ocean. It is more of an ode or nod in my opinion. Here is a link to download the EP.

RAR of EP->>

Originally released in an edition of 50 numbered CDRs in brown gatefold sleeves, 25 of which came with a linoleum print of an Angler Fish. I did about 15 extra ones in photocopied sleeves for a later show which escapes me now. Please comment if you enjoy.
1. Ripples In the... Part I 2. The Sun 3. Ripples Part II 4. Turning to Our Dark Past 5. Ripples III 6. Song for the Angler Fish 7. Void in the Upside Down Lake of the Ripples 8. Deprived of Sense

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rendered Speechless...

Thanks to my friend Michael Donahue for showing me this, Gumbri improv, distant cousin of our banjo. If you notice the stylings it is similar to earlier clawhammer, only not alternating rhythm on the top string, but using it to hit the head. With 3 strings, it seems to make more sense, now the reasoning behind the "earlier" tag is the up-picking and soft raking, that is seen more common in black banjo stylings and minstrel phrasing. beautiful. speechless...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Feet on Ground.

Just got back to Earth from an other worldly rare adventure to cities and highways. A lot of fears were conquered, and friends were seen and made. Thanks to all involved. A lot of recording coming up, maybe even start today, the final parts of the LP, and also my songs for the split with Justin and Peter. It seems as though that project is coming together rather quickly.

thanks again folks.

My friend Nate started a youtube account, great banjo player, singer, and harmonica amongst others... heres a 6 string banjo, harmonica version of a Darby and Talton cut... hope you enjoy...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Introverted Speculation.

I figured I would update while I have some internet quickly Baltimore show, my friend should be emailing me details as to what exactly is going on... I know that it is with Peer Pressure as a tour kick off and the date in question is Sunday February 15th...

Other goings on,
Recordings for the new CD of songs and Outtakes for the LP is complete, mixing on Tuesday... As soon as my finger heals up I will be recording a sessions worth of banjo pieces, then putting together a final mix of songs for that release. Also up and coming are a Split CD with my friend Justin Pigott and a friend of his named Peter, I will be recording all new material for this, I also may be doing a 7" with a friend of mine, and having a track on a compilation, which will also be all new stuff. I am also in process of a secretive project consultations in Magick and hippie protest songs with some friends that will be released under a different name.

Soon, either before or after I get back, I will put up some full out of print albums for download on here via mediafire or something of the sort.

thank you for reading,
and if you came out to a show thanks very much, apologies for my playing, I hope it was not too bad.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Show Friday, Next Sunday

So, after the knife incident, the shows have been a little harder, luckily everyone else is so good i can forget about my subpar performances, and think about how great it was to meet and play with so many amazing people. I am releasing a CD of mixed demos of pretty much everything that will be on the new LP, however I am going to record a bunch of new stuff on banjo for said LP and a cover song that will not be featured on the disc. Also I will be putting the tracks from the cassette tape originally released in an edition of 10, at the end of the CD. These will DEFINITELY be ready in time for Baltimore, it seems unrealistic for Friday, but could happen thank you for reading, and if you came and watched me play thanks a bunch, apologies if it was sloppy...

Earthfoods Cafe (located in the Student Union)
UMass Amherst
7:00 Doors FREE

Crystalline Roses
Abortus Fever
Foreign Objects

and Sunday February 14th, in Baltimore, MD. Details to follow soon...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

What has been happening is out of my hands and has been up to the sky. The new moon has been really hard on me. I downloaded a bunch of good vibes over at I strongly recommend Iasos - Angelic Music, for any heavy headed mind. Final Details on that show are...
Glenn Jones
Justin Pigott pigott
Crystalline Roses
So please come out if you can. Justin is talking of a 3 way Split CD release between myself, him, and a friend of his Peter who was in the band Gorilla Angreb. So I have been thinking about that, as well as preparing for the next studio session to crank out some more tracks for Chemosynthesis, and first and foremost the show. Hope some folks will drive out, I know pittsfield seems far away, but its really not.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Another Lost Soldier.

Rip. Ron Asheton. For those who did not know who this guy is/was, he was the guitarist for the Stooges. And if you dont like the Stooges, I guess I can say I feel bad for you....

Ron Asheton, guitarist and founding member of the Stooges, was reportedly found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan this morning. He was 60. Official cause of death has not yet been announced but initial indications suggest Asheton had a heart attack. Police entered Asheton’s home and discovered his body on a couch after his personal assistant was unable to reach the rocker for days. Detective Bill Stanford told Michigan Live it appeared Asheton passed away several days ago.

As the guitarist for the Stooges, Asheton crafted some of rock’s most memorable riffs, including “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “No Fun” and “TV Eye.” Guitarist Asheton, along with his brother Scott, Iggy Pop and original bassist Dave Alexander formed the Stooges in Detroit in 1967. The original lineup released two albums, The Stooges and Fun House, before Ron Asheton shifted over to bass guitar for 1973’s Raw Power. All three LPs made Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, ranking at Number 185, 191 and 125 respectively. Asheton was also Number 29 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

After the Stooges initially split, Asheton went on to play with the New Order (not the U.K. one), Destroy All Monsters, New Race and the Wylde Ratttz, a supergroup featuring Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and Mike Watt, who would eventually become Asheton’s bandmate when the Stooges reunited in 2003. For the band’s comeback album, 2007’s The Weirdness, Asheton was once again in his rightful place onstage as the Stooges’ guitarist as Watt picked up bass duties. Last year the Stooges played as Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; this year, the band was nominated for their own induction. Check back later in the day for more on Asheton’s death and his immeasurable impact on rock music.

heres a link to an active download of funhouse.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Using Again.

Lost, Lost...

nothing is at it seems, everything wears a mask, at least a veil.

upon re-listening to some of the recordings, vocals are gone, lyrics need to be rewritten.

I have been trashing a lot of stuff lately.

There is a show in the Works At the Microtheater in Pittsfield, MA, I am hoping to have Chemosynthesis ready, but it is looking doubtful. I may do another tape release of some kind for it.
Glenn Jones
Justin Pigott
Crystalline Roses

more info as it comes.

Feeding Tube Records may be releasing an unreleased LP of mine (recorded Spring/Summer 08), but I am working on re-mixing/adding/subtracting to it.

"the plastic arts are dead"
so am i.