21 December, 2018

QTN 2018 End of the Ear Retrospective

Hello to you at the turn of another year!
2018 has dwindled away and suddenly here we are in the years. Today the Winter Solstice and tomorrow, days begin to lengthen again. December is always a zoom of energy and a welcome reflective time and most especially this year. If folks seem a bit kinder and more open, that's no small thing these days. Perhaps it’s a cellular imprint on our earliest beings and all the old seasonal tales we’ve been told like mythological whispers replay with tidings of comfort and joy even as the world mostly seems like anything but. The pic above will show you how I’m celebrating this year...

Been a long time no type a hello, so hope yer doon most splendid in whatever you are bringing forth in fifths and sixths. Thanks for the emails and communications of all sorts and especially for hanging in here with me. Perhaps we’re moving forward through this brouhaha even though it sometimes feels like standing still. That’s the nature of process work and more than likely one of the main reasons we came here anyway.

In these days of extreme over stimulation and the continuing conflagrations of social structures and sensibilities, it is good to remember to go for a walk to a peaceful place, to sit quiet not doing, to make a pot of hearty soup, to play music for the sheer exuberance of it, to write a poem you mean or find a way in to the creative. The whole world depends on the creative process most days and perhaps many of the world’s problems are caused by folks missing their naps...

On a brighter note, to those of you who have asked and are interested, I’ve just initiated the option for you to be able to download all my recordings in one swell foop for one lolololo price. Six full length CDs worth of tunes and extra assorted audio oddities all for $38 are at brianQTN.bandcamp.com and they’re purchaseable, downloadable and streamable. 

Of course they are available separately too.  If you prefer physical CDs with real covers and liner notes etc, I’ve made another run of Guitarred and Feathered and Sound of Photosynthesis, Hearthearthearth, Parakeetfishhead and Lubricating the Species are still in print too. When you download The Sound of Photosynthesis album, if you’d like a poster of its splendicious cover art with the album's lyrics on the back, I can mail it to you postally as I’ve just found a stash.

This way, I get to come sing for you wherever you are and you get to help me keep this road open and get fun music to lift your spirits whenever you need it most. It is a good way to support your local artist and to nourish your insatiable taste for quality music.

Another wonderful thing this year: I found a sixteen minute video my brother Bruce made way back in 1995 of his earliest 3D Assembloids. Since he is no longer with us in form, it is the most we get to hear of his improvised guitar playing while looking at the details of his art he zooms in on. It’s at https://youtu.be/Im53zQFPrUc  on my Hibidiville youtube channel. Other vids there include a just-posted video of the bonus track from the HHH album of me and the Chapel Hill chimes filmed by Brad Burkons.

Solstice greets and huge thanks to you all for your many years of ears, letters, affirmation, believing in this music and your ideas and feedback and the etc too. It means a lot, especially these days. We'll need a lot of patience, love, sagacity and wherewithal to get through the challenges of this next year and we all have a front row seat. Onward and excelsior!

Your corn forest pundit,

05 July, 2018

QTN Summer News, livestream concert and albums available again!

Hello to you all and the turn of another season to you as the burgeoning summer is upon us once again! Here’s three sections of summer-y details of upcoming Oregon shows and two newly-available-again QTN recordings.

•• Suddenly June and it’s been a wild year for me mostly spent in Chicago area since last July in eldercare mode with my dad. Time for performance and travel has been mostly nonexistent and it is an amazing grace that allows me two weeks respite to return to Oregon to homebase, to cut the mile high grass, trim the wild blackberries where I ostensibly live and once again, play with the inimitable and evre-amazing Qband for my 30th consecutive Oregon Country Fair. 

This year, our set at the legendary Blue Moon stage will be streamed online via KRVM FM on Saturday July 14 at 4:20 pm Pacific Time. Just go to krvm.org and we’ll play for you wherever you are.
OCF Awkward Stage
2017 from left Jason Montgomery, QTN, Simon Lucas and Kate O'Brien

•• I’ve finally remanufactured Guitarred and Feathered, my 2010 album featuring one guitar and no words recorded in front of eight splendid mics. The first pressing sold our quickly and though it’s been downloadable on my Bandcamp page, physical CDs are not the same as files and folks have been asking for another run. The wordless music is a fine listen and the fabulous feather paintings on the cover were done by New Mexico Theresa Gray and quite remarkable.

•• Amazingly, this year is the 30th anniversary of my first album, Lubricating the Species, recorded way back in 1987, and released the following year in time for me to peddle it at the 19th Oregon Country Fair way back in the 20th century days of Runny Raygun when ketchup was a vegetable and trees caused pollution. I’ve made a lot of albums since but that was the first and though you can still find vinyl copies online for collector’s prices, I’ve finally placed it on my Bandcamp page for streaming, downloading and instant ordering (brianQTN.bandcamp.com). There are other CDs available there too.

Always glad to hear from you. 
Hope to see you next in real time.

Your corn forest pundit,