Sunday, November 29, 2009

Set List - group 521 - Cozmic Cafe, Placerville, CA - Nov. 28, 2009

Instagon #521
November 28, 2009
Cozmic Cafe, Placerville, CA
A cold Fall evening in the town of Placerville, in the Tahoe foothills of California. We arrived at Cozmic Cafe really really early as we were asked to do, and arrived to find no one there that had any idea what was happening with the show. There was no door person, nor a person to run the sound. The kind hearted owner, Gayle, informed us that there was a beautiful sound system for our use and that "they" would be happy to help us with sound..but who "they" were was really not mentioned, nor was any real help offered. After a little time going by and frustration starting to set in, we set upon the job ourselves with the help of Chad E. Williams and someone else from the Noisepsalm crew of people we finally got a working sound system and we were ready for launching. it had now been nearly 2 hours since we arrived...and we were hungry. So a quick run to a fast food joint to get some fuel, and then back to the venue to invoke our deamon.
It was a really tough night on stage.. it was hard to hear as they had no real monitors on stage.. and Blake William, although a swell guitar player, is really loud. The set started off with a quick Invokation and dropped into the Red Planet Landing & My Little Red Planet. After a few adjustments to sound, we were off again running through a good selection of older Instagon riffs (Red Planet, Spider, Jazz for Satan, Deamon's Tube), some of the newer riffs (Undoing, Cozmic, Buzzkill), and some great garage jazz covers too (Simpsons, Rock Lobster). This was Skip Moriarty's first time playing with Instagon, and he seemed to really enjoy himself dancing and doing place kicks on the stage while we were rockin'. The audience really had a great time watching him. But the real core of this show was a semi-prepared concept (prepared as in everyone on stage had been forewarned) ..this was Instagon group # 521. ..with that number in mind we set into playing Five To One by the Doors.. with full vocals from Lob ! It was really something different, and very special. It was done for this show only, and will probably not be repeated. We played it upbeat and off key just like you knew we would. {grin}.

November 28, 2009
Cozmic Cafe, Placerville, CA

Invokation >
Red Planet Landing >
My Little Red Planet,
Simpsons, (TV Theme song)
Jazz for Satan,
Five To One*, (song by The Doors, 1st time played)
Rock Lobster, (song by B-52's)
Deamon's Tube

521 was:
LOB (lead bass, vocals)
MATT LEWIS (keyboards)
SKIP MORIARTY (flute, tamborine)

A side note: Skip Moriarty used to be the flute player for the band STEEL WIND, and Blake William's dad was the guitar player in STEEL BREEZE. So this show had a lot of STEEL potential...just thought we would share that.
all photos by Yvette Lucas

Friday, November 27, 2009

Recording Session Set Lists - group 520 - Lower Freeborn Hall -KDVS, Davis,CA - Nov. 21, 2009

Instagon #520
November 21, 2009
Studio "D" Engineering Room
Lower Freeborn Hall, KDVS Radio, UC DAVIS
Davis, CA

This year Instagon supported KDVS radio by donating $200.00 to their annual fund drive in the spring time. For this we were given a generous gift of 8 hours in the studio at the station with an engineer. After months of planning and gathering the right people, the date was set and off we went into the studio. Joining Instagon for this adventure in exploration were the 2 members with the most hours involved with the Deamon, Lob on bass , and Cary Pealer (Punk As a Doornail) on drums. The classic rhythm section of Instagon. Also joining us on guitars were Chad E. Williams (GJA) and Dan Quillan (Art Lessing), Susan Hunt (waning), and Andrew Wayne (Chopstick)...and we were joined for the middle set by Jaroba for some great saxophone.improvisational interaction.
[Dan Quillan, photo by Lob]

[Susan Hunt, photo by Lob]

[Andrew Wayne, photo by Lob]

The first set / session started with a quick warm up of the song "Forward", before the actual recording machines were turned on.. then a little more tweaking of the space and getting comfortable , and then we were off. Cary had a hard time finding his studio legs and we all seemed a little off.. but listening back to the raw recordings we sounded really good, it just was hard to realize it because of the size of the space we were in. The Sickness was over 16 minutes long during this session and was just fantastic.
The 2nd set we were joined for an hour by Jaroba, and we played a couple of the songs again that we played in the first set. He tore some really great sonic holes into the stratosphere of that room and laid down some great horn. After the 2nd set we took a break for nearly an hour to get some food. After eating we all felt much better, even Cary, and we laid down some really great tracks of pure titles.. fresh riff rides.. the 2nd groove was particularly amazing..we named it "Freeborn" for the hall building we were playing in.
Here are the set lists and notes regarding who plays where and what cover songs we had fun with while in the studio. The engineer was Fenris Wolf, and we should be meeting again with him sometime very soon for the final mix down of these recordings.

soundcheck - Forward [no recording]

SET 1:
Sunlight In My Eyes, {original song by Communal Death Duck}
Echophobic (w/vocal),
Speedwobble tease,
Thee Sickness (w/ vocal),
Cozmic tease,
Evil Jazz 23,
Sex Bomb (w/vocal), {song by Flipper}

SET 2:
Jazz for Satan,
Brainwashed Love,
Disco Warm-Up*
Deamon Disco*
Thee Sickness

Cows, {song originally done by Murray}
Bela, {song by Bauhaus}
Cruise Control*,
Nebula Chaser,
Dust > {song by Queen}
Set The Controls > {song by Pink Floyd}
Rock Lobster > {song by B-52's}
Shut Down > {song by The Germs}
Found Wind# [noise piece]

* new songs, 1st time played
# noise piece

Instagon #520 was:
LOB (bass,vocals),
CARY PEALER (drums),
CHAD E. WILLIAMS (guitar),
DAN QUILLAN (guitar, deth cello),
ANDREW WAYNE (moog synth)
SUSAN HUNT (keyboards)
JAROBA (saxophone) [2nd Set Only]

top photo by Andrew Wayne

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Set List - show 519 - HOUSE OF MU, Sacramento,CA - Nov. 14, 2009

Instagon #519
November 14, 2009
House of Mu, Sacramento, CA

set 1
Invokation >
Evil Jazz 23,
Simpsons, (TV show theme by Danny Elfman)
Brainwashed Love,
Deamon's Tube,
Set The Controls, (song by Pink Floyd)
The Little Turtle,
Satisfaction (song by The Rolling Stones)

set 2
Red Planet Landing >
My Little Red Planet,
Rock Lobster, (song by The B-52's)
Love Cats > (song by The Cure)
Thee Sickness,
[Orgone Collector tease]
Jazz for Satan..So What?, (contains both songs intertwined) (So What by Miles Davis)
Eyes Have Seen You (based on riff by The Doors)
Mu *

* new riff, first time played

Instagon 519:
LOB - lead bass

The main thing that everyone kept asking at this show was, "why haven't we done this before?".. and we really did not have an answer. In Sacramento, on the 2nd Saturday of every month there is this "Art Walk" that started a number of years ago and has since expanded into a free for all of creativity and shenannigans in midtown Sacramento. This leads to all sorts of fun things happening that go un-disturbed because the local powers that be seem to be okay with all of the artistic mayhem that happens in their fine city. SO this month, on the 2nd Saturday.. Chad Williams suggested that we should set up an Instagon happening in his front yard.. that the neighbors have parties all the time and they have no room to lets do it. and so we did.
As it is November here in sunny California.. the sun goes away early for some dumb reason.. and it gets dark by 5:30 or so. Because of this we set up around 4:30pm and got started as soon as we could.. and by the time we were ready to start we had already gathered a good little crowd of people that were ready for us! This was all because Mark Halverson is a PR pro and he got his posse to come make an appearance.
And he did not let them down one bit.. Mark was ON.. and so were Chad and Lob.. and the show just tore it up.. It started fun and groovy with the Evil Jazz 23.. and quickly moved into deep goove waters.. Cozmik was on fire.. and Set the Controls was really special for this first set. The Set ended with a really botched attempt at The Rolling Stones' Satisfaction.. (sorry) The first set clocked in at 56 mins.. it was really fun.

The 2nd set started on the Red Planet, and then took off with a Rock Lobster.. followed by the return of Undoing.. which was really amazing once Mark fell in the pocket and the groove took over. Then someone from the crowd asked about the Rock Lobster riff..and Lob played more into the 80's theme by taking off into Love Cats by The Cure.. but quickly changed direction and unleashed a loud and effects driven rendition of Thee Sickness. This set ended with a new riff that was let loose and it was given the title "Mu". (named for the house we were at), This song is EPIC.. this first time it came through at around 13 minutes. .. its something very special and will probably become a standard for the new year.

this ensemble actually was the current configuration of the Garage Jazz Architects appearing as Instagon. This core has played 3 previous times for Instagon but with others, always including a 4th or 5th player. This trio is smokin' and we look forward to really amazing things in 2010 from the GJA.
all photos by Yvette Lucas

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thee Screams ov Angels on thee Deaf Ears ov Man

new for 2009
FINALLY a full length NOISE release from INSTAGON.
This release was recorded at various locations during the year 2008. Most of these tracks come from "mixer sets" from the Deamon and include over 20 players throughout the 5 tracks. It has been released by our good friends at LOVE EARTH MUSIC. This is our 2nd Release on LEM Recordings (the first was "Survivors ov thee Psychick Conflickt" from 2006) The new release also features a cover art collage by Lob called "Monks and Angels" that is very beautiful.
This release came out a few months ago and we just didnt have time to blog about now we are! This is the best noise release from Instagon to come in years. It has that old school feeling and raw energy of the early releases from Instagon (think "Methoozella" or "Thee Most Creative Thing in a Slight English Accent")
The guys at Vital Weekly compared this release to Throbbing Gristle jamming out.
you should get this release if you like noise from the low end.