Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Updates Updates Updates

Well, well, well. If you are listening, my eyes are now watering.

but who is listening when the sounds of the modern world are like a typhoon trying to catch the BART in a tunnel?


but here we are with some updates to fall upon deafened ears.

the album is very close to completion. 17 tracks as of now.

with a few tweeks and twirls of the fingers on knobs and we are there.

we are in the midst of creating several videos to enhance and portray to you what we are, who we are, and what we will be about.

to say that everything is riding on our premier artistic statement of love and grief is an understatement. everything rides when this is everything we are, the jingle of change in the pocket to create it, several sessions of deep rumination in the early morning hour, tinkering with words and fragments of everything to come to some consensus about what a story this already is and will be in the future.

we have a single for a song we did for a rather special occasion, 80's Nite. Dropping in a month or so, several remixes, maybe a cover song.

we are shooting in LA next month.

we are animating our friend and artist, Taylor Ellis's, work, via animator, Chris Riazi for our first single, (g)alacticFANGS.

things are popping like corks of champagne all the way in the fat cats domain on Wall Street burning down the world one cent ata time.

need a good challenge?

we're up for it.

are you?


Monday, August 30, 2010

(g)alacticSON in the mix

Thursday, August 05, 2010

(g)alacticSON proudly presents (s)omeSONGS vol. II

(g)alacticSON proudly presents (s)omeSONGS vol. 2

thus beckons the beginning of the end of the summer season.

oh how it likes to always be in a state of winding down.

all the life of the past drifting further into the rearview.

but don't be afraid to look up and consider your options.

some songs might make the light come on when you're stumbling drunk, dark into the night. a fading shadow graffiti'ing a pile of bills a mile high.

the picture of the significant other reflecting the cool waves beaming down from the moon signs and happens upon a frightened forehead.

where will we be but for tomorrow calling out to swim upstream, cross lines, snap photos, be apart of the ebb and flow of the ether spilling from hungry souls battling universal time?

so turn these up.
turn them on.
lose control of yourselves.
seethe and cry out shaking uncontrollably.
palpate pulsating heartbeats
rushing with ambition

and intellectual curiosity.

i am only a litany of an artist lost in habit and intrigue by offering songs seemingly penned for you and me? fresh to feast upon like Bill to the neck of that shrieking telepath Sookie.

galactic fangs can only become a mediocre design
with its lethality hovering above
the lamb of carotid artery quietly but fearfully
calling out for a good draining
for a sacrifice
from a technology
corroding the papers
on our fleshy calloused fingers.

a balancing act of epic proportions.

and all the while.

does one sit back?

or does one
roll down the windows,
spread evolving arms,

and glide

and you're almost there.


what do we have but each other?

what do we do when the phone goes cold?

call them in the midst of its soundtrack.

an hour and twenty of musical mysticism delivered from the countless minds taking the fight to the masses through alternate artistry,

here's some songs. a volume part two.

(g)alacticSON proudly presents (s)omeSONGS vol. II
1. The Gaudy Side of Town by Gayngs
2. I Do Voo Doo (feat. Gudrun) by Dubblestandart
3. Come with Me by CEO
4. Rachel by Sleigh Bells
5. Don't Turn the Lights on by Chromeo
6. Fo Yo Sorrows by Big Boi, George Clinton, and Too $hort, and Sam Chris
7. Shorty Said (Gordon Voidwell Remix) by Das Racist
8. Tonight by The Spits
9. What Did My Lover Say by Wolf Parade
10. Freeway by Kurt Vile
11. Meet Me in the Basement by Broken Social Scene
13. Rhinestone Eyes by Gorillaz
14. You Got the Dirtee Love (Live) by Florence + the Machine & Dizzee Rascal
15. Master Cleanse (California) by Yosiah Wolf
16. Something Good Coming by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
17. Horny Hippies by The Dodo's
18. Indoorsy by Baths
19. Summer Holiday by Wild Nothing
20. Amp Circuit by DJ Mayonnaise
21. It's What I Want by Röyksopp
22. Angel Echoes by Four Tet

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Artwork from Lost in the Fog

Our song Spirit of Time visually presented by artist, Taylor Ellis

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Future

This is your old pal Curt here.

Once again, talking to himself.

Lost in a viral sea of information.

A blink of an eye.

A speck of dust lost and adrift in a sparkling universe of stars and monsters.

blah blah blah.

We are in the midst of a video podcast to introduce you to our vision.

3 years in the making.

Tales From Beyond the Galactic Fog is upon us.

Please put on your helmets.

Friday, May 14, 2010

@@@(g)alacticSON proudly presents (t)raJEDI@@@

@@@click here to download@@@

This all started when my sister, Claire , was visiting on her Spring Break in mid March. It was late and we were talking about life, philosophy, history, everything under the sun. Suddenly the conversation steered towards classic greek tragedy and universal story archetypes. It led to the simple mentioning of the most iconic fantasy of my childhood, Star Wars. Director George Lucas had presented a visual renaissance while using the classic stories of redemption, good and evil.

This created a wild idea for a podcast. Star Wars. Tragedy. traJEDI. Born. Then and there. Sample, mix, and churn a statement on Star Wars and this connection.

As a kid, I remember my father reading Sci-Fi books nightly, bad Sci Fi movies on the SyFy channel every Saturday; I mean, they could be a "space ship" that was a garbage pail with lights hangin the fuck off it and the man was entertained.

But there was something to its inadequacy.

The new generation will not know how many movies, although with hokey special effects, were magical because they actually weren't very realistic looking. Before Avatar felt like I could meet one of the characters outside the theatre, it became real in our minds. As a kid, watching the hero Luke Skywalker battle Darth Vader, and hearing the revolting screams of his insanity as it is revealed that the cloaked, masked villain is his father, left me stunned. The camaraderie of the rebels, fighting against an Empire, still my most favorite story line. Internally, I feel that rebellion must become one's pursuit of change, and the novel by Albert Camus, The Rebel,probably is an extension of being a Rebel as a kid. But overall Star Wars was the most exciting story I had ever seen or thought about, no matter how many times I watched the series.

Every toy, shirt, halloween costume, each special limited new edition bought with every new tech format, VHS, DVD, was a treasure to behold. Even now, my love affair with Endor can be witnessed in the Redwoods or out back in the Presido of San Francisco where Lucas's global empire resides next to a statue of Yoda. The AT-AT's from Empire Strikes Back were inspired by the cranes near the Bay Bridge. Star Wars has and will always define my innocence and what the human imagination can strive to become in the minds of humans.

And the Prequels are the loss of innocence. Interesting that as Star Wars itself details the tragedy of love and hate, the media franchise itself follows a similar arc amongst many disgruntled fans.

And this thematic connection between Shakespearean plays such as Hamlet or MacBeth and Return of the Jedi became apparent. I like to work in very loose frameworks, anything goes. One of my favorite authors Kurt Vonnegut did this in one of my favorite novels, Timequake, and it has inspired many changes in my life. That's my Holy Book.

So it is with music.

I love these subjects, and I have tried to intertwine as many pop culture, tongue in cheek, and personal experiences into this arrangement of music than any before I've done. Started with (c)osmicCAMBRIAN, but (t)raJEDI is a step further. The beginning and end are remixes of instrumentals where I lend my own vocal inspirations of those pieces, at the beginning of the podcast it's my geppetto persona, (g)alacticSON over DJ Signify's incredible Five Leaves Left, spitting rhymes as the Millenium Falcon hits light speed, and we end over an epic Red Sparowes track with my Kurtz Oneday persona of before like a zombie from the dead screaming like a banshee bein burned alive like a Jawa in the deserts of Tatooine.

The music of the artists are largely represented by modern artists, music happening now, where the future of tomorrow is like 10 light years. Speaking with pennies in their pockets, art for art's sake, filling niches in the iPods and phones of the masses. Some of my favorites but would be Frightened Rabbit, Yeasayer, White Hinterland, Sole, Son Lux, Kid Cudi, Gorillaz, Sparklehorse, Caribou, oOoOO, Die Antwood, White Rings, Subtle, and Red Sparowes. Those are some of my faves but I try and pick songs that are ear worms. They worm their way into your brain to create many multicolored universes.

Put it in your iPod, spend some time downloading from your phone (sorry it's a big file to give quality of sound! Note: if you want a ZIP file let me know and I'll send ya one), and take off in a TIE Fighter, X-wing, AT-AT, or cruise the desert dunes of Millionyoung's Mien. It's all good.

Also, this is a heavily sampled podcast from all over the place: Aeschylus’s Oresteia performed in 1983 on BBC, Star Wars Commericals, Muppet Show, Shakespeare’s Hamlet & Macbeth, Star Wars Public Service Announcement, comedy routine by Eddie Izzard, a movie called Hardware Wars, and many more. Fun stuff.

I keep putting these out because I love trying to make an arrangement that is an experience for all my friends out there living under the hum of a mother culture, a buzz while you rest, it's what i have learned to hear. Window half open, the buzz of the light saber slicing, dicing it's way into my human experience. Music is my life force. For me, this is like going to a store and finding that one antique which speaks from another time. Ben Kinobi in the shadows providing assurances that the Force will guide you and us from the darkest of moments.

My darkest moment was in that dark room in a hospice unit and locking eyes with my father with the hallowing screams of sickness making the pages of my book run its ink. The ending of this podcast goes there and takes out the anger, Emperor Palpatine, screams while shooting jolts of electricity through the writhing body of the last Jedi knight in the universe. My voice crackled, it was pitch black, and I was there vocalizing to the heavens that my father's story feels similar to Darth Vader's. The story of redemption, fallibility, humanity. Without my father's sacrifice and bravery, who would I be? Without his example, while witnessing his own worse obsessions leading to some personal ruin, would I have met Karen, would I be working at the grocery store, conjuring up songs, passionately putting myself in the arts as it was my savior when the world was crumbling around me, when the stress of another test or paper, was like grasping for straws on which would lead to a panic attack over the utter powerlessness one feels in these circumstances. It was the tragedy of the American Dream all around me.

And so, I have to thank my sister, Claire, a budding artist herself, for the inspiration and her bravery facing worse than I ever did. She's the rock to me. Remember, sis, see it through. Get to the canvas. What you got?

I have and I now without further ado, present a labor of love representing my feelings on the human experience and its storytellers, music makers.

And as always, may the schwartz be with you!

(note: times are provided here and on track; in iTunes right click and go to Get Info & Lyrics)

g)alacticSON proudly presents (t)raJEDI
@@@click here to download@@@

Introduction: TraJEDI
1. DJ Signify- Five Leaves Left (galacticSON remix) /4:17/
2. Frightened Rabbit- Footshooter /7:50/
3. Yeasayer- O.N.E. /11:54/
4. Son Lux- Weapons IV (Nico Muhly remix) /17:00/
5. Star Crackout- Hudson Mohawke /21:00/
6. Millionyoung- Mien /25:30/
7. Boombox- Midnight On The Run /28:12/
8. Glass Candy- Feeling Without Touching /37:45/
9. Kid Cudi- Soundtrack 2 My Life /41:25/
10. Shape of Broad Minds- Solo (underwater) [feat. Deborah Jordan] /45:20/
11. Gorillaz- On Melancholy Hill /49:07/
12. The Mighty Underdogs- So Sad (feat. Julian & Damian Marley) /53:00/
13. Sparklehorse- Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) [feat. Thom Yorke] /56:16/
14. Zola Jesus- Night /1:03:29/
15. Tiesto- Feel It In My Bones (feat. Tegan & Sara) /1:06:16/
16. Delorean- Apocalypse Night Fight /1:11:00/
17. Caribou- Odessa /1:17:22/
18. JJ- My Life /1:27:00/
19. Sole- Push It /1:28:50/
20. Die Antwoord- Enter The Ninja /1:32:20/
21. Cults- Go Outside /1:37:00/
22. White Hinterland- Cataract /1:40:19/
23. oOoOO- NoShore /1:45:00/
24. White Ring- IxC999 /1:49:28/
25. Metric- Gold Guns Girls /1:54:30/
26. Smashing Pumpkins- Song For A Son /1:58:30/
27. Baroness- A Horse Called Golghotha /2:04:43/
28. Subtle- Eneby Kurs /2:09:57/
29. Wu Tang Clan- Get Them Out Ya Way Pa /2:15:00/
30. Lee “Scratch” Perry- War Dub /2:19:18/
31. Pantaleimon- At Dawn (Vogel) /2:21:25/
32. Red Sparowes- As Each End Looms And Subsides (galacticSON remix) /2:25:00/

Friday, February 05, 2010

(g)alacticSON proudly presents ### (b)roodBLOCK ###

g)alacticSON proudly presents (b)roodBLOCK

Hello fellow human,

Been a rainy season here in San Francisco, snowy in other parts of the US, and disastrous to entire populations on small islands like Haiti.

Where is the world going?
Which part of the slope are we on?

This sort of paranoia just saturates me at this point. Obama came into the office and the country split further, fragmented, and special interests won the day, yet also drove the people to bring back a balance. Therefore, the most consistent thematic element in this block of brooding is . . . change.

Examing change and the thoughts and minds of the people and how hard it is not only to change a financial situation but a social situation, as well. We are at times one voice, connected at all moments, but at others disconnected from real knowledge and social interactions to create sympathy, altruism, and refrain from callous indifference.

But the lines were drawn in the sand long before now, because as the millennium neared, we added wooden poles, then later in to the millennium we built fences, then bricks, then steel, then mines and heavy artillery, till all we became were a series of elephants in the room. In the news we watch, in the people or products we support, the massive division within American society seems to grow, strengthen. But all is not lost, we don't need to agree on many things but respect each other, believe we are striving to overcome this moment, and we need to learn, we need to all grow individually and seek out our dreams while bettering our communities. This is the America that led to its leadership and ever prosperity.

And we all screwed up and played a part in our current situation

Because the American Dream, once aligned with Manifest Destiny across East to West, now continues on in foreign sand and in Walmarts on every block. What once was striving for self improvement and societal commitment has changed to exaggerated aspects of individualism and narcissism. We are not lost, however.

Because we are still these people, even if there are those who have put their own wealth and gain above you and I, those who have taken advantage of our faith in what I have just described as a once robust yet flawed American society. We believed in our leaders to do the right thing, and now we can't seem to trust anyone or anything.

So what to do given this?

Brood, of course.

As I step off the podium, in summary, this is the feeling of what's going on here. Littered within it's 99 minutes of 99 problems examined in 99 different metaphysical ways, you will find many quotes and songs from influential political, social, artistic individuals. Some of which were all of these profession at the same time.

We have hip hop, punk, electronic, rock, and things unclassifiable, because the lines are blurred more than ever and art manifests itself as the ultimate emergent of our people and technology. We can once again explore space travel, and create a universe of positivity and infinity on our own planet.

I hope you enjoy the block. All the thinkers, music lovers, and philosophers are hanging out waiting to speak with you and to listen to you.

So step up to the podium, let your voice be heard.

1. Four Tet- She Just Likes to Fight (In Flight (g)alacticSON remix)
2. RJD2- The Stranger
3. The Knife- The Colouring of Pigeons
4. Sole- My President w/ Jared Paul of Prayers for Atheists
5. Small Black- Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix)
6. White Hinterland- Icarus
7. Lupe Fiasco- Angel Remix
8. Heavyweight Dub Champion- Promised Land
9. Darkstar- Aidy's Girl's a Computer
10. Huun-Huur-Tu- Far Away from Home (DA LOOP Radio Edit)
11. Fucked Up- Hidden World
12. Jay Reatard- I Know a Place (RIP Jay, May 1, 1980 – January 13, 2010)
13. PS I Love You- Facelove
14. Easy Star All-Stars- With a Little Dub From My Friends
15. Vampire Weekend- Giving Up the Gun
16. The Fireman- Lovers in a Dream
17. Console- my dog eats beats
18. Memory Tapes- Green Night
19. Freddie Gibbs- Crushin' Feelin's
20. Burial- Fostercare
21. Sigur Rós- Hafsól

Thanks again to all my friends who request it, support it, download it, and help ME continue it. Love yall!

Where do I go to gather this all:

lots of amazing friends