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SPRING CLEANING / TAX SEASON SALE
Cassette versions of the entire Blue van Meer Sequence (I thru IV on a single long-running, hi-fi dubbed recycled cassette with handmade art) and Kaliphornya Girlsssss (professionally dubbed and screenprinted cassettes with original j-card artwork) for $12 PPD (US only).
Also: any 7 CDs from my Discogs marketplace listed under $10 for $35 PPD (US only). You just have to message me which CDs you’re interested in, and I will remove them from the storefront and message you with payment options.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message with any questions.
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Troubled By Insects - Kaliphornya Girlsssss
(6-song EP & .pdf chapbook: coattrack records, 2013)
so. this is a long time coming.
and this below is long, so in lieu of reading, if you’d rather not, please, just click the link or image above to look/listen. otherwise, here I go.
I started writing these songs as early as 2008, and recording them in various bedrooms throughout the years following, moving around the Tower District of Fresno, CA. without a doubt, this was the first real ‘album’ I wrote, recorded, and deemed ‘completed’ as Troubled By Insects; cohesive in tone and content.
I kept it close to my chest for a long time, slightly embarrassed by it, to be honest. soon after recording the bulk of the album (all the city songs sans “Clovis Girls,” which came much later than the rest), I really felt the songs were garbage: poorly recorded, weird and uncomfortable levels, juvenile lyricism. but I burned a few CDs and gave them to a few friends, would play it for people in my car, and always received a positive response. i began listening to more music with the ‘lo-fi aesthetic,’ and slowly began to feel that maybe my sound fit somewhere within the spectrum of noise and rock that I’d been coming to know and love.
after establishing coattrack records I knew this would be my first real, physical release, but I wanted it to be special, inclusive, shared with those who had inspired me and my process. the idea for the chapbook was born, and the response i received was overwhelming in scope and content. my belief in the project and whatever worth it had was restored.
it has been a very long process, but the cassettes are sitting here before me, ready for tape decks near and far. a print version of the chapbook is still in the works, but hopefully (and with a little financial assistance) not far off; however, the work from all my collaborators shines so brightly just in the .pdf chapbook. I am, for once, really proud of this.
those of you who are familiar with the music I’ve been making lately under the moniker Troubled By Insects might find the sound of this surprising, but to a certain extent Girlsssss exists as a historical document, the early incarnation of a voice and a sound that has grown and evolved and continues to do so, daily.
I was lucky to play a few shows with these songs, specifically a show at kuppajoe with extraordinary drummer Steve Darval (there’s video of us performing “L.A.” and “City Girls” and my moustache on YouTube, still), and then, right before leaving Fresno, with a solo set opening for the hugely influential Weatherbox. I truly believe those are the last times I’ll end up playing these songs live, but I’m glad I did, in those moments. the next chapter in my ouvre will probably look and sound much different than this, but I hope you listen and enjoy this for what it is: a culmination of five years of efforts, friendships, shows, shared mp3s, talents, and ideas.
I beg you guys to download and share this work if only to look at the chapbook. The gifts and talents of my friends and associates are so vast and overwhelming.
Click above to download the .pdf press one-sheet for
Troubled By Insects‘ Kaliphornya Girlsssss
Here’s a video where I talk about selling cassettes of my new album, Blue van Meer part III.
here’s what the tapes look like:
Troubled By Insects’ new album is available for free download on Bandcamp.
Troubled By Insects works on their first release of 2013:
Blue van Meer [part III]: “Love Lies Limp”
Troubled By Insects comments on releases soon to come via coattrack records imprint APNEICVOID.