30 October 2007

"Mary plays the baz-oon and drives a Cadillac she calls Edgar."

We are working on a remix right now. Last night we recorded bassoon for it. I started to think about the last time I played bassoon and I got so depressed thinking about how long it's been (since I recorded "Green Tea at Denny's" for the Xiu Xiu polaroid book CD?? I don't even want to know how many months ago that was...Oh, you can get that book/CD here). I played bassoon religiously from sixth grade through college (I majored in bassoon performance). I always pictured my life centering around the instrument. My family would visit cities and point out the orchestral halls to me saying, "Maybe you will work there someday." I open up the newsletter for the musicians' union and I rarely see openings for bassoon positions, and most days I feel my decision to pursue other things was a wise one... But some days I'm not so sure and I feel a little heart broken about giving up.

23 October 2007

Joan Didion, Italo Calvino, or Daniel Pinchbeck?

Does the world need more songs about death and sorrow, ancient urban imagery, or psychedelic shamanism and crop circles?

We went to the Midwest again. Tell Rob to post photos.

11 October 2007

hold on to summer, or embrace fall...

....which will then become winter. The morning glorys I planted on our roof in Spring are all withered, yet they are still flowering like crazy. I was sort of sad yesterday, but I have to keep in mind how much I love the change of seasons.
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Fall is prime surfing season on the East Coast. Would a special homie be up for a trip Sunday?

"Surf and Destroy", by Bl'ast!, Santa Cruz, 1987

09 October 2007

Home body.

Robbie B.

Photos by Vice Cooler. HP at 21 Grand, Oakland CA: August 2007.

I think I accidentally consumed dairy products 4 times while we were on tour in the Midwest last week. The rest of the time I pretty much just ate Sun Chips and bagels and other empty carbohydrates (and some really good Chinese food in Oberlin, and waffles with tofu scramble inside them in Iowa City!!). Now that we're home, I am hooked on making yakisoba with napa, abura-age, daikon, garlic, and enoki mushrooms. Try it. You can't mess up. Probably.
Mary P.
I think I pointed out 65% of the deciduous trees along U.S. 80 in Pennsylvania to Rob. They were such pretty rainbow colors and I couldn't stop pointing at each one and telling Rob to look. Now we're home and I can't stop picking up the cats and making Rob look at how cute they are.

08 October 2007


07 October 2007

PODCAST-AGE (Posted 9/15/07)


1. Mika Miko "Wild Bore" 0:00
2. Atlas Sound "River Card" 1:34
3. Extreme Animals "Fat on Tour" 4:50
4. Corpsekisser "Everything is a Horror Movie" 8:39
5. David Scott Stone "La Queue du Chat Manquant" 9:34
6. Lloyd and Michael "I Stall (The Coming of Bees)" 12:12
7. xBxRx "Sentido Roto" 15:38
8. Invisible Conga People "Live Recording" 17:34
9. Pit Er Pat "Dogtown (Yoko Ono cover)" 20:59
10. Marnie Stern "Absorb Those Numbers" 25:13
11. Breezy Days Band "Live Youtube Bootleg" 28:27
12. The Moon Knights "Lose" 30:04
13. Car Clutch "Untitled" 32:39
14. Ecstatic Sunshine "Felt Flag" 35:00
15. Milton Melvin Croissant III "Lives of Leaves" 40:09
16. Abe Vigoda "Animal Ghosts" 45:35
17. Pictureplane "Day Glowwed" 47:32
18. Soft Circle "Ascend" 52:01




High Places/Soft Circle Summer ’07 US Tour! (Posted 8/31/07)

I (Rob) usually take a fair amount of photos on trips, but for some reason they never see the light of day, unless Mary goes through them and posts them. I was really inspired to change that with this tour. I do go through periods where I don't take photos, hence some major holes in the travel route. I REALLY regret not photographing Whartscape in Baltimore because it was mind blowing. Thanks to all friends and family who took us in and hung out, and all the new friends we made. Thanks to Hisham for being an amazing friend.

David Horvitz made a rad tour video of CA when Luke (Lucky Dragons) joined us on tour, as well as a sweet video for a song called Greeting the Light which will be on a split 7" with Big A little a, that will commemorate Fiona and BJ's marriage.

HP near Silver Plume CO. Totally soaked my feet after setting the timer.

Tiny Storm, Near Cisco (site), UT. Utah is hands down my favorite state.

Unsafe abandoned mine, near Moab, UT.

Robbie B and the Colorado River, near Moab, UT. Photo: Mary

Good evening, near Monticello, UT

San Juan River, near Mexican Hat, UT. One of my favorite spots in UT. I was so amped to see it again. We rolled in at like 1am in total darkness and slept about 10 feet from the edge of a 1000 ft gorge. This was Mary's first view of the morning when she woke.

Kale & Brooklyn Reid , Prescott, AZ. Stayed with Mary's sister Katie's amazing family.

Kale Reid

Brooklyn Reid

First spotted seguro, near Cave Creek, AZ.

The main proprietor of Trunk Space. Phoenix, AZ. I totally love playing this place and the people rule. Photo: Mary

Sweet cakes, West Hollywood, CA.

Rob Barber & Dean Spunt, total d-bags. West Hollywood, CA. Photo: Jennifer Clavin

Best shirt EVER. Michele Suarez, West Hollywood, CA.

Doug Aitken's fish and amazing backyard, Venice Beach, CA. Doug, Hisham and I went surfing as the sun set next to the pier. Doug has more boards kicking around his yard than most shops, and he lives next door to John Lydon.

Randy Randall's inter-species life partner Cornelius & discarded X-mas tree, Hollywood CA. I'm sort of obsessed with No Age's yard decor. It gets better every time.

Mika Miko, TV appearance, Los Angeles. Hisham and I sat in and played boombox and beach ball during Capricorinations.

Hisham @ Dublab. The nicest dudes ever. Los Angeles, CA

Rob and Ashley Cramer in a B-Boy stance. Echo Park, CA.

Michael and Juan Vigoda, Echo Park, CA.

Powdered Wigs @ Ché Café, La Jolla/San Diego, CA

Hisham w/ Halford's donated mic stand and the La Jolla rulers.

Marnie and Fig, San Diego, CA. NYC in SD! Rad surprise!

JP and his peoples, San Diego, CA. His house makes my parents house look like a squat.

Hisham and Doom, San Diego, CA.

Vice Cooler, Steve Touchton, and Sheila forever! Oakland, CA.

John Benson (left) and the crew of his converted Muni veggie-biodiesel bus, Oakland, CA. Easily one of the nicest and most inspiring people I have ever met.

Soft Circle plays John Benson's bus, Oakland, CA.

Vegan Donuts! HP, VC & Steve Touchton, Oakland, CA.

Breezy Days Band @ 21 Grand, Oakland, CA. Note yoga ball for drum thrown. He would also do his crash hits by picking them up and dropping them on the floor. Total next level pop.

Lucky Dragons @ 21 Grand, Oakland, CA.

High Places, Soft Circle, Lucky Dragons and Hawnay Troof did a collaborative acoustic set in a creek bed next to a crater! Berkeley/Oakland Hills, CA

Dave & Frank, our amazing crater hosts, Berkeley/Oakland Hills, CA

I love moss, Berkeley/Oakland Hills, CA

This dude snuck up on me, Berkeley/Oakland Hills, CA

Big Hisham & Lil' Hisham, near Legget, CA

Fogged in and surrounded by coyotes, near Shelter Cove, CA

HP, SC, LD, D2, Greenhouse, Arcata, CA

Worm (in doorway) and human pal Doug, Greenhouse, Arcata, CA

This Charming Man, Trinidad Head, CA

HP and Dawn Riddle friend session, Portland, OR

Idaho woods

Milton Melvin Croissant III, or you can just call him Buddy, Denver, CO.

Pictureplane, @ Rhinoceropolis, Denver, CO. These Denver kids really get down!

Maybe it's just that I live in NYC, but we stayed in some of the radest houses! Nick's House, Denver, CO.

Even though I'm straightedge, drug signs always crack me up.

Rob Lowe, Hisham, & Butchy Fuego @ Karen's Vegan Restaurant, Chicago, IL. I had vegan coconut cream pie!

Lichens, Secret Gardens, Pit Er Pat, Soft Circle, represent! Chicago, IL

Soft Circle tears it up at Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Videos By David Horvitz:

Additional tour photos can be viewed here.

We're really sorry our merch. table got a little skimpy towards the end of the tour. Here are some new HP merch. items for you to peruse:
A limited edition collection of photographs from this past tour with HP, Soft Circle, and Lucky Dragons by David Horvitz. Published by Glaciers of Nice and also available for purchase here.

You can also pre-order our picture disc that is soon to be released on Caff/Flick and Reverse Retro. Both sides of the disc have photos by David Horvitz, and the 7" contains two brand new HP songs. Only 500 of these babies are being made, so hurry and pre-order before they are all gone.