Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Triumphant Return of Grasshopper—tonight on MCoQ!

The history of this amazing Brooklyn-based duo is interwoven with my own and that of the My Castle of Quiet radio program. Their music has been a mainstay of the show, as well as receiving significant play on several other WFMU shows. Music Director Brian Turner steered me toward their Kindertotenlieder CD in 2009, I went wild for it, saw them live on innumerable occasions, and became a huge fan PDQ. They were the second-ever band to play live on MCoQ in September of 2009, and their recordings have been grabbing attention on our playlist ever since. Their outstanding first vinyl release, the "Calling All Creeps" 12"—now long sold out—was also the first-ever release on my Prison Tatt label, now available only digitally, through the band, at that link one line above.

Their upcoming newest release, an album called Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil, coming soon from Hausu Mountain on LP and cassette, reveals yet another plateau of creepiness and aural transcendence, bone-chilling and uplifting at the same time. The combination of Josh and Jesse—their brass, woodwinds and synths—is wholly unique, haunting, sometimes jazzy, but always decrepit as dungeon air. Their talents continue to morph in staggeringly beautiful and unexpected ways.

Our program is hopefully a place where the duo feels entirely at ease, J & J having visited the show in the intervening years as a part of both the Hex Breaker Quintet and The Spiritual Switchboard, and I'm looking forward to tonight in a big way, knowing the band will cut loose and deliver the goods ad nauseam, ad hominem, and with a thousand shades of DARK.

(...Pay close attention to our opening minutes, as the usual "Zombi" theme kick-off will be more than a bit different from what you're used to!)

Ghop @ bandcamp
Grasshopper @ Voice of the Valley 2012, on the MCoQ vimeo channel

I dig myself out of the grave, yet again @ 12 mid.
GHOP @ 12:30 a.m. approx.
WMFU 90.1FM (Hudson Valley)
in Rockland County @ 91.9FM LIVE on the Web.

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