This summer I saw my friend Miles McClain (also known as Shit God ) play a solo guitar set at a house show. I knew him only for drone and noise music beforehand, so I was thoroughly impressed to see him play an amazing set on an acoustic guitar. Unfortunately my reel to reel was busted at the time so I couldn’t record it, but Miles will be on the site someday.
The house show was part of a series called Airplane Mode, put on by Nick Baker with the goal of creating a musical experience akin to that before smartphones and facebook; all promotion is done via email list or word of mouth, and no phone use is allowed during performances. I asked Nick if I could play an Airplane Mode show, and he put me on a bill with an outrageously young math rock band touring from New Jersey and a two-person improv comedy troupe. I had my cranky old machine working by then, thanks to a step-by-step tutorial from some generous guy in the U.K. via video chat.
This recording is also available on cassette as an edition of twenty-five handmade tapes for the reasonable price of five dollars. A mostly-filled C60 tape, it includes all of the live set above and more. This means Southern Jukebox Music is a tape label now, I guess. I’m planning on getting at least to SJM-002. Stay tuned.
Side A is Live at Airplane Mode. Side B is something else that isn’t available for download. Is it a long, accidental phone recording from my pocket of me at the drive thru? Is it Steve Palmer covering Dave Matthews Band? Is it an audio-only version of the pee tapes? In a way it’s all of these things. But you’ll have to buy the tape to hear it.