Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2 New Releases This Week!

Instagon has 2 new full length albums that have been released this week.. First is the newest collection in the on-going "A Dozen Paths To Escape Complete Boredom" series..  this one is volume 5.   It features almost all LIVE recordings done during the May 2013 sessions.  12 new cuts.   Featuring Lob working with JOHN KEELING,  JOEY CARUSI, BOT, CHAD E. WILLIAMS, STEPHEN A. ELLIOTT, TONY PASSARELL, VINNY GOLIA, & JACK CHANDLER.  This series is part of the 12x12in12 on-line community project that Instagon became part of for 2013.   There are 4 previous volumes to this series.. and still 7 more coming.  This month's collection can be found at bandcamp.

The 2nd release this week is a collection of recordings from 2007/2008 released on Placenta Recordings called "Thee Start ov Thee End".  The cover art is by Lob.   This is a CD ONLY release, available in a limited edition of only 75 copies, housed in a DVD size package.    Players on this release include Chad E. Williams, Susan Hunt, Eric Putnam, Dr. Oblivious, Tim White, Ryan Tomesello, Mike Daddona, Dex Lopaz, Andrew Wayne, Jim Smith, Leo The Butcher, Matthew Lewis, Mara Arrowood, IDX1274, Don Haugen, Morgan Jaeckel, Scott McGahan, Robert Fisher, Rent Romus, Phillip Everett, Nick Avdienko, and Pat Riley.   This collection contains both experimental "noise" / sound art cuts, as well as musical garage jazz recordings..a little bit of everything.   This collection also includes the entire "Funeral For a Droid" suite in it's entirety for the first time...previously only portions of this have been made available on compilations.   This CD is available exclusively from Placenta Recordings.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

New Reviews.. VITAL WEEKLY #877

VITAL WEEKLY is a weekly online-email publication that is generated out of The Netherlands by reviewer and sound artists Frans de Waard.   VT is the OLDEST source for music reviews on the internet.. and it tends to focus on the obscure and experimental genres.    Recently we sent 3 of the recent Instagon releases to VT for review and this week, in episode #877.. we got the results.   We believe this is the 2nd review from VT that has mentioned a comparison to Throbbing Gristle within some recordings.. which is sweet..   also its great that vocalist Jenn Rogar received a nod for the tracks she appears on on the "Jazz for a Lesser Deamon" release..     so here are the reviews.. and if you want to read more reviews from Vital Weekly.. they can be found on the interweb at

Reviews originally appearing in Vital Weekly #877:

INSTAGON - JAZZ FOR A LESSER DEAMON (CDR by Thee Instagon Foundation)
INSTAGON'S GREATEST HITS (compilation CDR by Thee Instagon Foundation)
Music by Instagon I surely heard over the years, and maybe even reviewed, but I don't seem to easily find that relevant information. But maybe these three will lead me to some coherent thoughts. Instagon call themselves an 'experimental sound art jazz jam band', whose membership is floating, but with a nucleus of Lob (lead bass, loops) and Chad E. Williams (guitar). Further instruments are drums, saxophone, trumpet, flute, keyboards and vocals, sometimes with multiple players on boards. Their releases count up to thirty in twenty years and are usually culled from live recordings from a certain period - although these concerts are sometimes sessions without an audience. The release on Auricular Records for instance has recordings from 2007 through to 2010 and show them in a more experimental mood, I should think. Jazz is a word that doesn't immediately come to mind when hearing this. It opens with the title piece which lasts thirty-five minutes, of which almost the first half is the band starting up with some vague rumbling before going somewhere. Spacious, drifting, but also not too well recorded. Much of this recorded with digital recorders with microphones attached to it, but to capture a band of multiple players, and their amplification is not an easy task, and not always the sound is very defined. That is a pity of course, but you could argue that the rawness of the moment is captured by this, and none is lost (nor enhanced). Its a long piece and spacious piece, just like the closing thirty minutes of 'Thee Sickness Ov Losing Friends Over Stupid Stuff On Facebook'. Spacious, drifting, not without a hint of very early Throbbing Gristle. In the two shorter pieces in between Instagon goes out to free jazz a bit more, with bass and drums freaking out, along with a marimba.
On 'Jazz For A Lesser Deamon', their 30th full length album, we find live recordings from 2012. It sounds different from the previous release, but that doesn't mean this should be discussed in terms of progress. According to the press release this happens to explore more the jazz side of the band. 'Garage-jazz sound' is what they call it, and perhaps that is a most apt title for these explorations in the world lo-fi recording. Lots of wind instruments along with bass and drums, all set the mode from free to very free. Maybe it's all too (free-) jazzy for me, these grandchildren of the Sun (Ra), with the big band playing, but I like the fact that it has a raw energy and some excellent tunes that could work, when recorded properly, work out as a fine soundtrack for a black/white film noir. The biggest surprise are the final two tracks which has Jenn Rogar on vocals. Although primarily a folk singer, she is more like scatting around here, and it makes things rather smooth. Now if progression is anywhere on the list for Instagon, I'd say this is surely one (alone with technical improvement on the recording side, like doing multi track recordings; this music surely deserves that).
Of course the twenty years of existence also prompted the release of a greatest hits compilation but then played by others, mostly friends I'd say from the west coast. I recognized such names as Nux Vomica, +dog+, Chad E. Williams and One Infinite Loop and none of the others - fourteen hits are to be found here. I am not sure, but that's perhaps because I am not that familiar with all of those thirty full length releases, if these are covers - playing their songs with your own instruments - or remixes, in which sound sources from Instagon are used to create new songs. I guess it doesn't really matter, and it's all more about doing a tribute. All of the band's interests drop by here: the jazzy bass lines, sampled rhythm patterns, noise, sampled melodies and all in between. I should think more remix than actual cover, but perhaps I am all wrong about this. Loud at times, quiet at others, maybe as diverse as the original bunch. Including also the musical qualities of Phog Masheen, Messier 7, Mile 97, Scott Heustis/Jeff Schwartz, Ogo Pogo, Corroded Master, Stephen E. Elliott, Chopstick and Urban Sherpas. Nice one, and perhaps a fine introduction also for some new names. (FdW)

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Instagon's Stockton,CA Debut!! Tomorrow!!

flyer by Marc Schneider
INSTAGON plays tomorrow for the FIRST time ever in Stockton, Ca.   It's cool to be playing at the Plea for Peace that is the only really accepted honest venue that we have heard of IN Stockton..   There used to be a place called The Black Water Cafe.. but it is closed now (Garage Jazz Architects played there once..but no Instagon) ,, beyond those 2 venues.. we really have no real insight into Stockton at all.. we hope to really try to make some new friends.. it would be swell to get to come and make the deamon rise there more than just this one time.  The venue is run by a guy named Middagh, who is also part of the band NOVACAIN we are sharing the night with..  so it will be cool to meet him and co-conspire.   We have been told in the past that Novacain is a band that Instagon should play with we are excited to see what they are all about.  Also on the bill are FORREST FRIENDS, who are on tour from Seattle.. also new friends that we have yet to meet.. and then a couple of old friends.. MEDICINE CABINET from Tracy (who actually got this show to happen!).. and BLOOD INTO WATER from San Jose.    This should be a swell night of noise and improvisational weirdness.   A few years ago Instagon played the POO FROG RANCH for their Mayday Celebration and we became friends with YELLOW DOT from Stockton.. they are our only real friends in Stockton and David Molina from Yellow Dot will be part of the Instagon session.. as will Chad E. Williams, Stephen E Elliott, & Ryan Tomesello (of Blood Into Water) .. it should be an interesting Instagon.   See you tomorrow.   -/\-

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Instagon 20 Year Anniversary Show - session #623 - photos and Audio!

INSTAGON's official 20th Anniversary show took place on Feb. 2, 2013 at Marilyn's on K in Sacramento,CA.  We were joined for this occasion by local friends EGG, and from SF the LORDS OF OUTLAND once again joined us for our birthday.  It was a fabulous night of chaos and music with new and old friends. The Instagon performance included 17 various individuals as part of the group and included 3 of the original 4 members from Instagon's first invokation. (Lob, Peek, & Chris TM were all present.. only Myke Quest was not)

There are a number of photos from this event in the photo albums on the Instagon Facebook page.. if you have not "liked" our page on FB.. please to there now and do so, and check out the pics.

More photos were taken by local Sacramento photographer Ed Goldthorpe. He has posted them up on a flikr account and you can find them here:

Sacramento music magazine SUBMERGE also had a photographer at the show and included shots from it with a review & short interview with Lob and Leticia Garcia (past player..sessions #611 & 619) by writer Stephanie Rodriguez.
This piece in Submerge can be seen here:

We opened this show with an audience participation percussion "Instacabra"..and then fell into a nearly 15 minute version of Sun Ra's "Space Is The Place" featuring Laurie Amat (of The Residents) on vocals.  It was an exceptional show with lots and lots of friends and players.  You can stream or download the entire show from our page at   here is the link... enjoy!! 
Instagon #623 - Feb.2,2013, Sacramento,CA - photo by Ed Goldthorpe

This is a first in a series of "catch up" posts that I am gonna make here in the Deamon's Tube..  I am hoping to be back to posting CURRENT happenings by the end of April ..beginning of May.  Thanks for reading.. and enjoy the links. -/\-

Friday, March 22, 2013

20 YEARS OV CHAOS .... continues..

so.. I thought I might take a crack at this blogging thing again.. I would love to perhaps see more feedback and comments on things.. if anyone out there is reading this and has anything to say.. that would be swell to hear..beyond that..'s 2013.. and so INSTAGON is now 20 years old.  For the 20th Anniversary there was a grand show in Sacramento at Marilyn's on K St.  also.. 2 new CD's were released that night "Instagon's Greatest Hits" and "Jazz for a Lesser Deamon".  Greatest Hits is a collection of other bands playing Instagon songs.  Both are available at

There is also a new monthly series of albums available at the bandcamp site called "a dozen paths to escape complete boredom" ..there will be a new album of 12 tracks released each month in 2013.. or at least that is the plan.
WELL.. now it seems like this entire post is merely about our bandcamp page.. because the next thing I wanted to mention is that we have started to add some older titles and back catalog to the bandcamp far Survivors ov Thee Psychick Conflickt, Electra 99, Space 1999, Live at True Love, Under Thee Influence ov Tablecore, and a few others have been posted so far.  Next on the list will be This Is Instagon

There are a few shows on the horizon.. they have been posted on the right for you to see.   Thank you for paying attention..  more sometime in the near future.. - Lob