Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nothing to Leave Behind...

Abraham "AP" Chapman -- S/T
CDR reissue of a reel my friend jay and I found, made 50 copies and spreading it around, its straight forward, "american-primitive" styled guitar stuff, from Bernadston, MA 1978 was what the reel was labelled. 5.00 should do it just to cover cover/postage/packing crystallineroses@gmail.com if you're interested. Consequently, if you have any info on the man shoot me a line as well...

I will also be spreading around some extra copies ("2nd Press") of the Crystalline Roses Transcendence CDR in the New Year, it was a compilation of songs/demos/instrumentals/outtakes from 2010-11 so it seems fitting to release it in 2012.

VDSQ record is in its final stages, finally after totally spacing on cutting it down to a proper mix, its slated for a spring release...

Frozen Corn in some form or another is playing at sierra grille, although it may be just Chris and I, but the gig is with Rubber Leather, so you should go regardless... I would say like 8-9ish, but I always hope for that.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


No future performances are planned as of now, the finishing touches are being put on the VDSQ LP, and I am working on a CDR re-issue of a reel a friend and I found, nothing serious just about 50 copies of this instrumental guitarist, its actually pretty interesting... But more on that when it is complete.
I also would like to take this moment to say you should buy the Bunwinkies LP Map of Our Constellations, it is everything you could want, I guarantee it, and I urge you to go pick up a copy. And while you are buying things pick up the Supreme Dicks reissues, they sound incredible and it is nice to listen to these as big platters... 14.oo for a double LP, you cant go wrong...

Friday, October 28, 2011


show next week november 3rd
at the flywheel
Glenn Jones
and Trevor Healy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upcoming stuff.

The western mass old time music blog is back, with a new address http://oldtimeparty.wordpress.com/
all of the local events, "festivals," along with other things will be listed. Make sure to check it out... John Putnam Day Saturday Sept 17th...

C.R. Gig coming up fairly soon...
Feeding Tube Records Northampton, MA
Sunday Sept. 11th, 2011
Feeding Tube O'Clock (usually 9)

Ti Femme (http://soundcloud.com/unfinishedbusiness) ,
RoRo (http://www.myspace.com/rorodrums playing
John Moloney
Crystalline Roses

Thats all for now...

Thursday, August 18, 2011


JOHN DOE JR RECORDS IS HAVING A FEST. We are playing around 7:00. Go there and buy records and watch some music, not to mention hang with some really good people.

12:00-11:30 PM


Saturday, August 6, 2011


VDSQ comes to Western, MA.
Holyoke, Rowe House.
August 12th, 2011.

Crystalline Roses
Matt Mullane

8 PM

Ask a Freak or Friend.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

When You Got Good Friends Like These...

July 27th, 2011
Frozen Corn (Chris, Josh and I)
Peoples Pint Greenfield, MA
Music 9:00

July 29th, 2011
Stoned Ambassadors
Psychic Blood
Crystalline Roses
Flywheel, Easthampton, MA
costs money starts at 7:30

August 6th am playing a benefit to Save the Dam, for the Swift River Preservation Society, and a duel cause for Tornado Relief, right on the Swift out in Ware. No clue about time yet, or who else is playing...

Recording a new full length with zac and ian heading back to the studio Thursday to do some bass, extra guitars/instruments, and singing. As yet unnamed... The Crystalline Roses/Heaven and Earth Magic lineup, with Ian hitting some drums for us. So far we have 10 songs, that are the bare bones pallets over there at Chill Air studios in Leverett with Chill Will... Frozen Corn stuff has also been mixed down to a first mix... and the Instrumental is tentatively done, thanks to Kevin Gebo...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gigs, New Stuff, Etc.

New CDR of Demos is out, collected from recordings at my house in the fall, winter, and even some outtakes from the instrumental LP i have been working on. That LP is done being recorded, I am currently tracking it out, then a bit of mixing/reduction, then its all set. Going to play some gigs in early August that are being worked out for that label. http://www.vdsqrecords.com to check out the series. If anyone is interested in obtaining one (of the demos) shoot me an email crystallineroses@gmail.com. Also a gig being set up for the end of July in support of my friends band Stoned Ambassadors LP release, its a great sounding recording done by the master of all recordings, Mr. Will Killingsworth. Really psyched its going to hit the light of day, buy it up. I will be breaking briefly from recording CR stuff unless we squeeze in the "Two Man Cult" recording sesh with Mr. WK himself... If that happens there will be a new LP on the rise. Frozen Corn is working on recording but Mr. C Carlt is across the country for a wee bit. Also some other new projects are abound unrelated to this one... Should be an interesting summer to say the least...

Last but not least Gluebag is playing July 3rd at an undisclosed location. Yes we are going to play again to celebrate D-moneys return to the east coast...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Show in Northampton

June 11th, Meatgum, Northampton, MA
not sure what time it starts
Color Rabbit
Chris North Dream Quartet
Crystalline Roses
+1 TBA

Going to try and have some new CDRs at this gig, various collected demos for the past fall/winter/spring...

crystallineroses@gmail.com if you need that address.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Band. Old Band.

Hello got some up coming gigs here... And some news down below...

Frozen Corn are playing our first show, me, josh and chris playing some old time/folk tunes. Its Thursday (5/12) at Open Mouth night at the Elevens. Shows usually get going around 10. Going to be a late night for me...

One Happy King/Goat Boy/THE Crystalline Roses/The Terribles. 8ish down at the Diamond Lanes in Palmer, MA. Not sure how much it costs or anything, but Zac is back from NC and has agreed to bring the organ and some other instruments so it should be fun. And if you go you can pick up a One Happy Tape off of one of the Kings.

Gluebag are in talks for a reunion gig July 2nd with the Outdates and One Happy King hopefully. More info as it filters in from across the states where the other guys are sprawled out and across western mass as we confirm bands and a space.

I am in the thought process of a post recording CDR. It may be a split with Anthony P. (ex-The Yankee Entertainer) or it may be a collection of oddities, or it may be a comp of both. But one thing is sure expect a lot of banjos. After doing all this guitar stuff I need to get back to what I learned how to play music on. Show with MV EE/Family Underground, was alright, I was slightly terrified while playing due to the demons dancing in my head and my fingers getting crossed up apologies for that. MV EE played a pretty diverse set with John M and Ron S, groovers, trancers, laid back feedback, nice set and Family Underground were LOUD. Grab a copy of that new MV EE Country Stash LP.....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Going to try and get back into playing a couple shows. We'll see what happens. Was going to put this CDR out but I don't really know if I am going to just yet. Working on some new instrumentals for a record offer I couldnt pass up, hopefully some more details to come. Sometime in the next couple of months I will be finishing up the 7" that was supposed to be slated for Labor of Love (if they still want to do it) and recording the LP of that stuff. Also plan on recording a solo banjo record exploring tunings and styles of the 20s and certain field recordings of the 60s. Here are the dates for the gigs...

May 1st w. Family Underground & MV EE at Feeding Tube Records

May13th w. One Happy King, TBA, Diamond Junction Bowling Lanes Palmer, MA

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Here is a video, in which the user has disabled the embed function so you'll have to follow the link sorry about that. My friends Bill and Pat, playing "Danville Girl" (Dock Boggs). True Heroes of mine, they should be yours too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuPlMA4aWcE&feature=relmfu Pat just had an LP come out as well, I recommend tracking it down as soon as you can *EDIT* here is the link (http://www.etsy.com/listing/69361913/american-songs-with-fiddle-and-banjo-lp).

And while on the topic of 1920s music and heroes... Frank, Kim, and Mike also known as The Little Brothers have put out a mind-blowing CD of country blues. And none of that "Fancy picking on fancy Chinese Martins" (Pat from the back of the CD). Check it out/support, you can probably still order there first one on CDbaby(link is for the new one, but search around for that other one). Also they were interested in having a vinyl release of that album so if you can help them out, get in touch, www.donegone.net....A video of them playing one of my favorite cuts on the album, "New Bumblebee Blues"

I am doing nothing, I can barely play after the surgery, it hurts and I gave up on the last demos I was working on. No shows coming up or anything. Just lots of listening. There is a show in the works for May actually.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Twilight Peaks

I am playing a show on Saturday February 12th at the Flywheel.
Love is a Stranger

Gallery opening and reception with the artists from 5:00 - 8:00pm

OPENING RECEPTION: Multi-media Group exhibit exploring the theme of Love, from ecstasy to neurosis, elation to grief, familial, romantic, mystical. Featuring the work of Maggie Nowinski http://maggienowinski.com/ Angela Zammarelli http://little-lungs.blogspot.com/ Josh Burkett fotolog.com/jibbajub Erin Newman-Long http://erinlong.carbonmade.com/ Tony Pasquarosa (Crystalline Roses) http://crystallineroses.blogspot.com/ Janice Young, Luke Cavagnac http://www.invisiblefountain.com/ Born in 1973 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Paints a lot and plays rock & roll. Opened The Invisible Fountain (Easthampton, Mass.) as a place to display art in 2003. Went to college. Has a family. Favorite color: rainbow. Ted Lee, Allison Ginsberg http://allitron.tumblr.com/ Remy Zbel http://rzbel.tumblr.com/ Chris Dooley Sita Magnumson Event is free and open to the public. Post-reception show in the ballroom to follow at 8:00pm (admission $7.00, with $2.00 off admission if you bring something sweet to share). Show includes video screenings from award-winning filmmakers, an Instant Cinema performance from New York City-based Naval Cassady, poetry of Lea Banks (All of Me, Booksmyth Press 2008), and musical performances by Crystalline Roses, Satan's Answering Machine, Timecard, and others. Image copyright Erin Newman-Long, courtesy of the artist.


I have been listening a lot to Robbie Basho's Twilight Peaks album. It is one of his last efforts and it really radiates a soul that seems to reach out of the speakers. The playing is a little bit more melodious and less frantic than a lot of the earlier stuff, even when he is tremolo picking something about it seems to be moving on air. As much as I love Basho's earlier stuff and his unique voice, I find myself coming back to this album again and again. I think what is unique about it is the fact that sometimes even if I am not in the mood to listen to Robbie Basho I can always throw this album on.


If anyone ever finds this tape/cd I would love a copy. thanks.