Bad News From Houston (McDonas / Dieterich)
In The Valley Of The Cloud Builder
Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich meets ups with keyboardist Thollem McDonas in an unusual duo created from amplified piano and acoustic guitar and feedback, creating compelling and inventive music and sonic environments.
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Label: Post Consumer
Catalog ID: PCR008
Squidco Product Code: 17606
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"In The Valley Of The Cloudbuilder, by Bad News From Houston represents an evolutionary leap for Thollem (TSIGOTI, The Hand to Man Band) and John Dieterich (Deerhoof, The Hand to Man Band). Having collaborated in various contexts as a duo over the last several years, most notably All For Now (Dromos Records, 2010), they assumed this new band moniker in recognition of the fact that they were mining very new musical territory.
Constructing an array of tunes using only an amplified piano and acoustic guitar and feedback and blurring the lines between seemingly disparate aesthetic camps, they have created something totally alien, yet immediately recognizable. Ranging from rainy day intertwining melodies and gentle warm wind ballads to frenetic clouds of agitated trances, the album remains surprisingly coherent. With each piece seemingly occupying its own miniature sonic universe, the album begs questions that encourage each listener to answer of their own volition."-Post-Consumer
• Show Bio for Thollem McDonas
"Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, organist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He's spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player, he's also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.
Thollem was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he's refocused his attention these last 15 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released over 50 albums in that span on 22 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim. "Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument" (Terry Riley) and who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film. A brief cross section of his many recent collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Rob Mazurek, Martha Colburn and ACVilla. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange as well as the lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti. Presently Thollem is developing an audio/visual experience about America through an 8 month, 48 state odyssey with his partner the videographer ACVilla. He's also a published author about art, politics and his travels in The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine."-Thollem McDonas Website (http://www.thollem.com/bio.html)
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