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DEFENESTRATION – A Beat & Drone Tape

imagine thinking that broken windows are a gateway crime, or that just seeing broken windows or someone urinating on the street would inspire you to indulge in criminal activity. in the 80s and 90s, the so-called “broken windows theory” became a fixture in the minds of the mayor and police force of New York City, and led to huge increases in police repression, as well as a concerted effort to harshly prosecute vandalism and other “quality of life crimes.” by latching on to that way of thinking, the mayor and the cops turned Manhattan, and NYC more broadly into a tourist-friendly police state, and it wasn’t long before the forces of gentrification were set in motion to make the wealthy more wealthy, and strengthen their grip on the development of the city.

at pretty much any given moment, a window might be all that stands between our own personal living or working space and the outside world. to have that barrier broken feels like a violation, but does that mean that every broken window is a harbinger of something even worse? if a broken window symbolizes impending social disorder, what does a neighbourhood full of cops on patrol symbolize?

on december 13, 2019, i had the majority of the music gear i use for my live shows stolen, and the thieves entered the building by breaking a window. this album is a banishment of the resulting negative thoughts, and a reminder to myself that breaking glass is one of my favourite sounds. after the theft, one of the only pieces of gear i had left was an MPC live, which i used to make a lot of this album. 

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garbageface 2019 year in review / thee 2020 almanac

YEAR IN REVIEW:

total shows played: 18 (holding pattern)
total garbageface shows to date: 335
things released / done: the video for suspicious chronology (April), the Plague Mechanic EP & Puzzle collaboration with Dastard Hand (June), the Eighteen Trumpets Remix Album (August), Learning To Swim With Leviathan Book (December), residency at Precarious2 ArtsWork Festival including 4 instalments of The Drone Room (November / December)
coffee cups drank: ~600 (holding pattern)
cars exploded: 0 (holding strong, still)
gear stolen from me: almost all of it.

THE ALMANAC:

this past year was a motherfucker. writing it out above makes it seem quite prolific, but it really didn’t feel that way for me… maybe that’s a problem. anyhoo, after releasing TREPANATION I at the end of 2018, i hit the ground hard with a video for a part of it in April, and finished the work on Plague Mechanic EP around the same time. by mid-year, momentum was very strong, and things were feeling great.

in mid-year, i was accepted as an artist in residence at Precarious2, a festival of artswork in my hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. as part of that festival i was to create a publication about art and survival, and to create a composition that i would perform in an 8hr endurance performance on December 13th. it was something i had wanted to do for a long time, and with the support of the festival, i was able to not only publish the book, but to produce the composition and performance that i really wanted to do.

i finished the book, and it sold out in less than two weeks. on the eve of that 8hr performance, however, almost all of my gear was stolen, and the performance was cancelled. a lot of other stuff happened over the course of the year, but that last chain of events is seared on my mind at the moment.

i’ve talked it to death with friends and colleagues, but if i may say it one last time here… the hardest part of the theft was not the loss of gear. losing thousands of dollars worth of stuff was very, very hard, but thanks to help from a lot of amazing people, i’ve got some basic gear back — enough to be on my feet again. the main thing about the theft was the interruption of a creative process, and the aftermath. that’s something that i’ll need much more time to recover from.

and yet, i’m still here. one of the things i’ve learned through this music thing is that, if you stick around in it long enough, lots of crazy shit will happen to you. yr ability to survive is directly tied to yr ability to stand in the middle of the swirling wind and muck, and keep focused on yr task.

and so, i plan put one foot in front of the other in 2020, and keep going. i’m releasing new music soon, booking shows for later, and will probably have some surprises in store.

first up is finishing a full-length album with the homie Wolfagram. he’s one of my favourite producers, and he’s bestowed some most excellent beats for me to spit over. the results so far have been really solid and as we close in on finishing the project, i feel fucking great about it.

second up, i’ll be working on my live show, both at home and on the road. playing live is my favourite thing in the world, and for the past year, i’ve been low-key working on a new kind of live show, that will allow me to play and reinterpret my own material in various ways. though i was working on this new live show before most of my shit got stolen, it’s taken on a new urgency. thankfully, the main piece of gear i needed for this new live show was one of the only things that DIDN’T get stolen, so that’s a bonus.

thirdly… i’m gonna end there. i’ve got plenty of other things up my sleeve, but they will reveal themselves in good time.

if yr reading this, i thank you heartily for navigating away from one of the big websites that form the monoculture of online existence. i appreciate you taking any time to read this, and for engaging with my work on any level. finally, i wish you the best in this coming year. to my fellow artists out there, set yr intentions for the heart of the sun, and burn yrself as fuel in a fire of creation.

see you out there.

xo,
garbageface.

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Learning To Swim With Leviathan

Learning To Swim With Leviathan is part allegory, part primer, part accounting ledger, part survival guide, part prayer book. it’s an exploration of the mechanics of music, the mining of salt, and the Ship Of Theseus that is the music industry.

120 pages with black, red, and burgundy ink. printed by the fine folks at Vide Press, an independent risograph press based in toronto, in a first edition of 77. everyone who buys a print edition receives the audio version as well.

the first print edition of this book is supported by Precarious2, a multi-disciplinary arts festival in peterborough, ontario, exploring precarity in arts and life.

the audio version of LTWSL is presented as a single track, with background ambience provided by garbageface. the audio book is voiced by garbageface and others.

you can order both the paper & audio version here.

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some of yr friends are already this fucked, and more…

starting november 13th, i will be undertaking an artist residency as part of Precarious Fest, an arts festival in Peterborough which is dedicated to looking at issues of precariousness in arts and life. my residency at 165 King St. will be punctuated with four practical workshops intended for musicians at all levels, followed by an endurance performance and book launch. details below. hope to see you there.

November 15th – Opening Ceremonies // come by 165 King Street between 7pm-11pm for a drone room cleansing ceremony to banish the spirits left behind by Conservative candidate Mike Skinner. paper and pencils will be available and those dropping by will be asked to write down a few words about precarity, music, or anything else that should strike them.

November 22nd – Building Musical Energy (By Really, Really Trying) // this workshop will look at some exercises that will help you to begin, develop, and maintain a musical practice, regardless of genre, as well as how to get out of ruts that you may get or currently be stuck in.

November 29th – Putting Out Records (And Enjoying It) // this workshop will cover the entire process of putting out a record (including CDs, vinyl, digital, etc), from initial conception of a concept to release and promotion.

December 6th – How To Tour (And Not Die) // this workshop will present a comprehensive guide to booking a 2-4 week tour. participants will come away with practical advice and step-by-step instructions for routing, budgeting, booking, and promotion.

December 13th – Closing Ceremonies // this will be the release and performance of a new piece of music that explores the existential precarity of the music industry, as well as the literal precarity of wooden planks and a track with no end. musically inspired by the mythological Ship Of Theseus and the sprawling verses and arrangements of early hip-hop, the song is entitled “some of yr friends are already this fucked,” and is named after the closing line in a famous essay by thee Reverend Steve Albini. the performance will last one full 8hr shift, and will also act as the launch for a book that expands on the themes of the song. title and more details to come.

all workshops start at 7pm, and admission is by donation. closing ceremonies will take place from 12pm-8pm on Dec. 13th.

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Plague Mechanic Pre-Order

PLAGUE MECHANIC
GARBAGEFACE X DASTARD HAND

a time capsule from the past, found in the future. 
when we get there, we will need much more than plague doctors; we’ll need plague therapists, plague teachers, plague tailors, plague mechanics.

the physical product for Plague Mechanic takes the form of an absolutely diabolical 504-piece puzzle, designed by Patrick Holland, AKA Dastard Hand. the puzzle package includes a lyric sheet, puzzle guide, and your choice of CD or download code. those who complete the puzzle and provide proof will be rewarded further.

releases June 26, 2019. all lyrics by garbageface, all music, and feature verse on figure eight, by Dastard Hand. additional vocals on Old Blue Eyes and additional bass synth on Holden Caulfield by jon epworth. mixed and mastered by jon epworth.

thanks for listening.

PRE-ORDER HERE.