We just released our first song in a very long time. As part of the fourth volume of the Well, I Don’t See Why Not compilation series, we submitted a collaboration with poet Casey Fuller. It’s a little intro to the Ambient Poetics project we’ve been chipping away at for a very long time. A transcendent and humorous journey into what happens when we die. We like it.
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It’s hard to believe, but our music compilation series, Well, I Don’t See Why Not started exactly five years ago! The three volumes have spanned a wide variety of music and, after a two year hiatus, we’re happy to announce that Volume Four is in the works! The compilation will be released by our sister record label, Antiquated Future and will feature music that fits under the label’s theme of “music of the future past.”
And – in a truly odd incident of planning ahead – the release date is set for October 29th, 2013. We’ll be kicking it off with a release party in Portland, Or. with Upside Drown, Will Sprott of the The Mumlers and more to be announced.
We’ll have a new recording for this one, which will be the first in a while and I’m unsure what it will be like since we haven’t done anything for so long, but that’s what makes it exciting, huh?
If you want to help make Volume Four come to be, you can donate by buying one of the previous volumes, for whatever amount you’d like, on the Well, I Don’t See Why Not Bandcamp page. Thanks.
We are extremely honored to have the Letters’ sister project Tapestry, and their/our album Lassen, being used by Chicago’s Laboratory Dancers. This is the rehearsal of the work. Really excited about this.
We also made all the albums on our Bandcamp page “Name Your Price,” so all can be digitally free or can be used as contributions/donations toward the album we’re going to finish up this summer (it’s decided).
Our alter ego, Tapestry, just released a short album. It’s taken from a live performance we did in the woods a couple years ago. A lot of the “songs” have been released as Letters songs in some form or another, but we always loved this recording because it captured a lot of the textural ambient/noise stuff we were doing at the time and never really got recorded in quite the same way.
The future holds many things. Soon Letters will include the talents of Nahal Ghoghaie and Chask’e Lindgren (both of whom lent their talents to moments of All the Adventures to See Them I Will). Edmond Lapine (of Dreamriot), who’s been playing in Letters for the last eight months or so, will also be participating more in the creative process. To make room for some new songs to come into the world, I’ve been doing what I call “cleaning house” and digging up Letters material that never made it onto anything, or putting stuff online that has never been online before. So far, I’ve put our first album, In Case We Lose What We Have up on Bandcamp:
and put a couple new songs on Soundcloud:
More to come.
In other news, I’m starting a tape label called Antiquated Future. The first release will be an album from Blindfolder, alter ego of Seattle musician (and former Letter) Kieran Harrison-Buhlinger. I’m really excited about it. Website and more info coming soon.
There’s also talk of there being a split vinyl (!!!) release with Tempe, AZ’s Barren Nieces. See what comes.
Also would like to thank Kelsey Smith and Sara Pete for hosting us at the Olympia Timberland Library recently (see photo above). It was good times.
We just played a benefit in Portland for the Sex Workers’ Outreach Coalition that was really awesome. We were honored to be a part. We also shared the stage with great folks like Slow Teeth, Dhahm Roland, and the ever-bad ass Upside Drown. If you haven’t checked them out, you really should. To me it feels like getting a garage pop tarot reading. Which is awesome.
We also just posted a song on our Soundcloud. It’s off the Things We Do Not Yet Know How to Say tape that came out last year on Corpus Callosum. And since it’s one or two copies away from going out of print for good, we thought it a good time to share it further.
Is now finally out. Meaning: you can buy it online. We did all covers for our side. Our Poppet cover is on the last post (Poppet covers us on her side, too! It’s like they used to do on split 7″‘s in the 90′s!) and here’s another. Something we never ever thought we would do. But sometimes you get so upset and the lyrics of pop radio songs start to make a whole lot of sense.
There’s always this idea that things will get said on the road. We’ll do things and then tell people about them. But, alas, doesn’t seem to happen. So here are some brief words about this last tour: the kindness of friends and fans is stunning. People really did us well this time around. So many great venues, bands, and people putting us up in their homes. So appreciated, there’s almost too many to name, so hopefully you know who you are and you know how much that meant to us. The tour was maybe the loosest Letters has been in years – it being a stripped down line-up with a small repertoire for most of it, we tried out a lot of things (new and old) on the road, sometimes successfully and sometimes…not so much. Six people played in Letters at different points and every night was a little different. We played some really straightforward shows and some really performance-based odd shows. There were flower burials, lipstick smearings, on stage haircuts, yarn connections, many crown bestowings, not to mention all the amazing things we did with Poppet.
It’s good to be home. Expect some Northwest shows with the more guitar-driven line-up of Edmond Lapine and Ben Hargett in the months to come. And there will be an Olympia Timberland Library show in May when our favorite Letter (Alexis Wolf) returns from her time abroad for a couple months.
Here’s a song of our tour split tape with Poppet, soon to be released to those of you that didn’t catch us on the road.
Another round of the road. And, this time, with our dear Poppet. Shows are almost totally booked and can be kept up-to-date on over here. Some details are still falling into place. Facebook event is made, tour flyers go out tomorrow. This is something good.
What can you expect this time around? I think it will be a variety show. Trying to fit as many genres into one set, perhaps? No theme, just a little bit of everything. Danielle Rodeo Warhola will be along for the whole thing, Molly (Poppet) will be playing on songs here and there, Ben Hargett and Edmond Lapine will be playing the Northwest shows. Ben and Edmond make it rock a little more than I’ve heard Letters rock in a while. It’s nice. Outside the NW might be a little sparse instrument-wise, but hopefully we’ll be constantly finding new ways to make it interesting. Will probably be getting a little weird along the way, but we’ll see what comes. Ideas are overflowing, but time is getting close, so some things might need to get put on hold for next time.
We’ll also have Letters/Poppet split tapes! Coming just in time for tour. Along with a bunch of other cool handmade merch. Many projects and interesting things in the works. We’ll also be doing some performance art and dance routines for Poppet’s sets. Come to the Olympia and Portland shows if you want to see (former Letter) Bob Schwenkler work his amazing choreography for Poppet songs! It’s pretty awesome. He’s the best.
So, dear west coast friends, we’ll see you soon.