2014 and another year has begun.
we’ve done a lot in the past few years, and we’re proud of the fact that we just celebrated 20 years of making music and releasing records!
who knew all those years ago that we would still be up to our old antics – hand painted covers, limited color vinyl, mailing them all out ourselves…….
well, it’s still making us happy, so why quit now!
here is EXACTLY what we’ve been up to in the last few years (i’m really not a computer person – this website stuff is not where my head is at or where my interests lie, and yet it is necessary to keep everyone else in the loop – please excuse my lack of new info up to now) – you’ll be pleased with all we’ve done and all the new music you can listen to!
the future of 2014 holds carl’s new solo record. in year 21 of us making music, he will finally be self releasing his solo lp. it will be blue flea #21 (fitting for the 21st year of our music) and will be a double lp in a gatefold sleeve, with a download code. separately there will also be a tiny run of cds made, for those of you who still dig cds. i dont know the title, or the song names (i’m in charge of helping with art and the one sheet – everything else is up to carl) but i have been listening to the music for over a year and i can assure you it is nothing less than stunning. it certainly sounds like carl’s guitar, and it has some of the feel of a w&c record, but carl on his own has a unique sound – and i love it. you will too. it should be out in late march!
right now as we speak it is feb 3rd, 2014, and we have been mailing out copies of our very special 20th anniversary 45. limited to 400 copies, we put this record out with a twist. the first 100 copies are on orange vinyl, and the artwork comes flat, as it is suitable for framing. the art is also numbered and signed. the remaining 300 copies are on red vinyl with handpainted sleeves that are folded and not numbered or signed. i have spent the last 3 months painting covers – a fulfilling winter time project for all of these below freezing days that we have been stuck inside. it’s been slow painting them all – i had imagined i could get 20 or so done each night, but on a good night i only do 8 of them (very labor intensive) and of course the holidays reared their ugly heads in the midst of my work, so i’m still painting. however, initial orders have been sent, and now i can keep up with the orders as they come in without feeling overwhelmed. the art has been slow to create, the test pressings took longer than we thought, and so did the actual pressing of the record. BUT we went with archer record pressing here in detroit, and mike had a huge order for the new moodyman lp so we understood why there was extra time in pressing – we’d rather have mike stay in business so it’s great that he had such a busy christmas pressing season.
you can listen here
and you can buy a copy here
(there are also many other w&c releases you can purchase digitally or physically through the bandcamp site – we’ve been adding them in the last few months)
in december of 2013 we had part 2 of the anniversary series come out (there are 3 parts) as a 45 on the great pop supplement out of the uk. dominic martin has been a friend for 18 years and in 1995 had released our emerald 7″ on the label he ran then (enraptured). we’ve stayed in touch all these years, and he was so excited when we told him about the records we had lined up that he offered to release one on the great pop supplement. the songs are caliope and carnivale, and they are pressed on a lovely lemon yellow vinyl in a gorgeous die cut sleeve. dom did all the design work himself, and it came out much to our liking. the pressing of 500 copies is already sold out – they went lickety split. an added bonus to this release is that seth trexlor (a well known dance dj) picked up a copy at a record store in london because he liked the cover art, played it, and liked it so much he used the song carnivale as the lead track on a new mixmag magazine cd release! this is a very fun experience for us, especially as this song is a great departure from the music we usually create – i say it is my astrud gilberto tribute, as i sing in a fashion somewhat like she does, and the music is rhythmic bells and tamborine with a wash of guitar at the end. a new direction for us – one we hope to do more exploring with.
we also gave a new composition called godzilla of snow to fred thomas for his life like tapes series. we were paired up with dean from no age – each of us having one side of a tape, and the tapes were sold along with collage art that fred made. he had a one month art curation in ann arbor that was well attended and received great reviews, and we are glad he asked us to be a part of the exhibit. godzilla of snow is a long, slowly unfolding keyboard and guitar piece – a smouldering, coming up from below kind of brain melting piece, perfect for the weather we have been having here in michigan this winter.
for record store day in april of 2013, we released part one of the 20th anniversary series – a live cassette of a show from 2009 in tucson, arizona from the solar culture gallery. 2009 was the last major tour we did in the usa, and more than likely will be our last ever tour as we have found it too difficult to leave our record store and our dogs to go away and be on the road. we decided the performance in tucson was really a perfect representation of what our live shows can be – intimate, intricate, layered loveliness. the tape was limited to 150 copies, once again with hand painted and numbered covers. i obviously enjoy spending my free time making art!!
we said in 2012 that we were retiring from live preformance all together, and we played a show in seattle at the decibel festival that was perfect – a gorgeous theatre, a great soundsystem, beautiful well working guitars and amps to use, and an audience who listened intently and we loved playing for them. it was an absolutely amazing end to years of the torture that is live performace to me – we so rarely get to the pinnacle of sound and energy that we know we can achieve, and it has become increasingly difficult to play to people who don’t really listen, are just wanting to drink beer, or only came to see another band on the bill. so we decided seattle would be the last show ever. and my god did it feel incredible. a really freeing experience.
however, we did say yes to sharing the bill with will oldham in detroit in the summer of 2013. we said yes for us, we said yes because we really like will oldham and he and emmett kelly had very specially asked for us to play. we knew no one in detroit would listen – we knew everyone (well, mostly everyone) was only coming to see will, and they talked through the whole performance, they were not listening, and we simply palyed for ourselves. well, and for emmett – who, in 1997, was in high school in the los angeles area, and had tired to use a fake i.d. to get into spaceland to see us and the silver apples, and the door man would not let him in. he’d been waiting all these years to see us, and he told ua a beautiful story about how our music opened up doors for him in his listening habits and playing styles. that is what makes all this worthwhile for us – knowing we have made a difference in the lives of people, esp people whose own musical creations we really enjoy. we are so lucky to have our place in this world.
lastly, i think is the record we released for record store day in april of 2012. a self titled release on blue flea (#19) it was limited to 500 copies, with 250 on blue and 250 on green. 45 minutes of music, brand new compositions, one with wordless vocals, and several showcasing the unfolding of new ideas and directions. we have found new ways of expressing ourselves through sound in the past few years, and to move forward through sound exploration is something that makes us very happy. i mean, of course we stress and argue and worry and over mix things and rework things and realize the first version was the best one (the way we almost always seem to work) but we’re happy with the results. and glad to be creating all these years later. we’re awfully lucky. thanks for coming along for the ride!!