Monday, May 20, 2013
Things have been quiet here for some time, except for about my friend JJ's awesome activist photography. I've realized that since we haven't been putting out records lately people might be laboring under the misconception that nothing's going on around here. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There's still a ton of music going on over here, even if it's not coming out on ruffian. Cephalopods have gone into hibernation with new professional responsibilities, two marriages, and the arrival of a delightful baby girl. We will get around to playing again once we sort out how to fit it into our new lives.
Kevin, my husband as of Saturday, has largely taken over the studio, as I have concentrated more and more energy on the garden. He's been down there working with Priests, a seriously rad girl/boy-revolution punk band whose music gives me that 15-years-old-and-at-my-first-good-punk-show tingly excited feeling. Gideon from Priests has also been engineering some projects down there, including a record by the also-awesome Downtown Boys.
I'm turning our back yard into a small urban farm. Between the garden, the Mt. Pleasant farmers' market, and a winter CSA from Even'Star farm in Lexington, MD, we've been able to get most of our produce locally and grown without chemicals. The difference has been enormous. We feel more nourished from less food. Our garden regularly attracts cardinals, robins, bluejays, mourning doves, finches, sparrows, hummingbirds, and woodpeckers. And bees. I get more sun and exercise. The food tastes a whole lot better. Every year the soil holds more water, there are more worms working it (enough to share with the robins), and more of our food gets harvested minutes before it's prepared and eaten. This year I'm feeling like we can skip the winter CSA - even we, lovers of greens, radishes, and turnips, can only consume or preserve so much per week. The market opens the year earlier and runs until Christmas now. I'm getting down with year-round food production and finding that I'm already growing a lot of what I used to buy.
To me, this is just a new growth from old DIY punk roots. We are trying to nourish ourselves and our communities physically in the way we always have culturally with music, support, and solidarity. A really satisfying day here tends to involve Kevin in the studio with a band and me in the garden. At some points I'll put down my tools and go into the studio to listen, chat, or fix a patch bay. At other points the band will break and we will chat in the yard. On really good days the dinner break finds us all sitting down at the dining room table with a meal cooked out of the garden. There is a deep and palpable satisfaction in the cultivation of the ground we live on and the cultivation of art and of friendship, fellowship, and community. I suspect I'm going to want to think through a lot of how this works, what it means, and why it's valuable on this blog while we are working out new ways to be. Hopefully this means there will still be cool updates about what's happening downstairs at swim-two-birds. But in the mean time, there are going to also be updates from the field, as it were. Today: Priests tour cassette mixes 3 pounds of radishes harvested 6 eggplant seedlings and 4 tomato seedlings transplanted Visits from Hugh's mother and Kevin's brother
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
And early the next afternoon Cephalopods played the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Center (these videos won't embed for some reason) with special guest 'pod Liz Bennett:
The Holly & the Ivy
In other news, Hume spent much of the summer writing and recording a new album with Hugh kicking off the first 2 weeks of engineering. They're on tour right now and you can get all their info here.
Cephalopods play Everlasting Life with Silo Halo and friends on Aug. 19th. More info soon.
Make it in the shade,
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Cephalopods will be playing an acoustic set at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Center this Sunday, July 31st. The event, part of the Luce Center's Art and Coffee and Luce Unplugged series, begins at 1:30 with a talk on William Alvin Blayney’s Mural No. GU-43752.
The event is free and open to all ages.
We will play at 2. We are really psyched about the art talk as well as a set made up of Cephalopods originals, Sephardic ballads, Hungarian folk songs, and assorted other goodies.
For more info see the museum's page here.
Looking forward to see you there,
Monday, May 2, 2011
Help Support Safer Sex and Promote Women in the Arts!
Combating Latent Inequality Together Festival is now in its 7th year, and will take place in Washington, D.C. on the weekend of July 8th. It will be a three-day event combining music and education to promote women's involvement in the arts. We aim to stimulate conversation between folks of all backgrounds, ages, abilities, ethnicities, and genders. We aim to raise consciousness and to build a community wherein people of all genders are supported and empowered. All proceeds from this year’s fest go towards H.I.P.S..
HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers, advocates, and law enforcement officials as an outreach and referral service. HIPS mission is to assist female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives. Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS’ programs strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of sex workers. HIPS is a nationally recognized organization that meets the needs of sex workers and assists them in their efforts to eliminate the transmission of HIV, increase sexual health, and reduce violence and harm associated with sex work and drug use. HIPS programs serve an estimated 2,000 sex workers a year on the streets and in the organization’s drop-in center, providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic & immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development.
Budget cuts in public health have forced H.I.P.S.
to downsize significantly. They need your help!
The C.L.I.T.Fest benefit series will help the fest cover its costs.
Look out for the following events around town:
3/31: Don't Need You screening at Red Emma's in Baltimore
4/3: Pharmacy Bar local business raffle
(with drink specials and items including tattoos, merchandise from Smash & local art!)
4/9: Babes & Brews
(homebrew party featuring beer by A Brewing Problem; space TBD)
4/13: Dischord: An Impression, Don't Need You, and Beyond the Screams screening
at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan, $7
in May/June: keep your eyes out for...
bake sale & tabling with Positive Force in June to support Planned Parenthood
screenings of AfroPunk and Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Other ways to help the cause: volunteer time to the CLITFest card at the Maryland Food Co-op to help feed the presenters and bands! Host a benefit of your own, promote our events, check http://clitfestdc.tumblr.com and "like" us on Facebook. Check out our online store (coming soon!) to see all our wares!
Help support local activism and women in the arts!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The house show show on Saturday has been merged with the awesome Radio CPR benefit at La Casa on Saturday. Here are the new details:
The ridiculously awesome Radio CPR benefit show we'd planned for this Saturday, November 13, just rose to a new level of ridiculous awesomeness. We now have five bands to rock your world. They are -- in reverse order -- with notes!
(hypnotic post-punk, with a 90s dischord vibe. Reminds me of Lungfish with Wire or Gang of Four for a rhythm section)
(ex-Black Eyes, Early Humans, Et At It)
The Eye the Ear the Arm
(electro-awesomeness from MA. ex-La Mia Vita Violenta)
(stripped-down indie pop, catchy and sweet. Reminds me of the Breeders, with the grunge scoured off).
(early 90s style indie rock, riffs-a-plenty. Reminds me Dinosaur Jr. without the solos).
I imagine this show will rule. It will also be chock full of human bodies. Come out and listen. Doors at 6:00, sets are short, we'll be over by 11:00 as per usual. $5 cover benefits Radio CPR. La Casa is at 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC. A few blocks from the Columbia Heights metro on the green line. Spread the word.
Just dropping a line about two Ruffian-related shows coming up this week.
First up Hugh McElroy is playing a solo set on Thursday with Tereu Tereu, Conductive Alliance, and Listen Listen. Hugh's set will be mostly solo a capella with odd bits of samples and tape-based effects. Tereu Tereu killed it at the Positive Force Punk Rock Flea Market on Saturday and is sure not to disappoint.
Then, on Saturday, Cephalopods is playing at the MVB with Tidelands, Good Offices, and The Eye, The Ear, The Arm. The Eye, The Ear, The Arm features members of Ruffian band La Mi Vida Violenta fresh off some recording and with a new line-up. Hugh saw Good Offices at their first show in September and was impressed. NOTE: This show was going to be moved up to not conflict with the La Casa show the same night but it couldn't be worked out sadly. Both shows will be awesome, so don't sweat which one you go to.
11/11 - Tereu Tereu, Conductive Alliance, Hugh McElroy, Listen Listen
@ Everlasting Life 8:30pm $5
2928 Georgia Ave NW
11/13 - The Ear, The Eye & The Arm, Cephalopods, Good Offices + TBA
@ The MVB 7pm
two nine one eight Sherman Ave NW
Hope to see you there,