1993: <500k vinyl records sold
Jan-June 2014: 4M
From a good Pitchfork piece on the state of the vinyl industry.
Interesting how “15% of those who buy physical music formats such as CDs, vinyl records and cassettes never listen to them – they buy them purely to own” (ICM Research)
Truth, these are very small numbers compared to the digital sales, but still… it bares repeating, vinyl continues to grow and grow, and while I doubt it will ever become the largest part of the music economy, it still makes a lot of people happy, and many folks making money.
Several people ‘in the business’ have reminded me that vinyl will never be the gold standard for revenue in a music company, but perhaps it’s value comes in its longevity and coolness simply as a product worth having.
Sondra Sun-Odeon and Jasmine Dreame Wagner USA tour this August. Shows confirmed at hm157, Space Oddities Chicago, and more. There are still a few dates open - message if you can help!
8/10 Los Angeles CA - hm157
8/14 Phoenix AZ - Terra Java Coffee House & Bake Shop
8/15 Albuquerque NM - Tortuga Gallery
8/16 Santa Fe NM - 1441 Santa Cruz Drive
8/18 Amarillo TX - need a show - help?**
8/19 Norman OK - Nice Tuesdays
8/20 St. Joseph MO - First Ward House
8/21 Des Moines IA - Vaudeville Mews
8/23 Chicago IL - Space Oddities Chicago
8/24 Columbus OH - Double Happiness
8/25 Cleveland OH - Guide To Kulchur
8/26 Harrisburg PA - Little Amps
9/4 NYC - Muchmore’s
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Playing this show with a dear friend from a past life on Wednesday in Brooklyn. Haven’t written about it clearly yet, or properly digested it, comprehended it, meditated on it, but suffice to say that the first time I ever heard my voice in a microphone I was making music happen with one of the beautiful folks in SEEMING. We were kids (literally.) (We were maybe 10?) I hope someday he passes on a copy of that sound. Until then, Wednesday:
++ Jasmine Dreame Wagner
+++ Julian Tulip’s Licorice
@ The Rock Shop
@@ 249 4th Avenue
@@@ Brooklyn, NY 11215
@@@@ 8 PM | $8 | 18+ (I think)
SEEMING: EXTINCTION EVENT TOUR 2014
July 8 — NYC (Manhattan)
Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 E. 14th St.)
July 9 — NYC (Brooklyn)
The Rock Shop (249 4th Ave.)
w/ Jasmine Dreame Wagner and Julian Tulip’s Licorice
Doors at 7:30; Seeming on at 9:30
July 12 — Pittsburgh
Garfield Artworks (4931 Penn Ave.)
July 16 — Cincinnati
The Drinkery (1150 Main St.)
w/ Dark Colour
July 17 — Detroit
Small’s (10339 Conant St.)
w/ [Rein]Forced, boxed warning, and Standard Issue Citizen
Doors at 8; Seeming on at 9
July 18 — Chicago
LiveWire Lounge (3394 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
w/ Ivardensphere, [Rein]Forced, Dead on TV, Cryogen Second, boxed warning, Servitor Drum, and Standard Issue Citizen
Doors at 5; Seeming on at 10:30
1. On Saturday, June 7th, I’ll be playing some music and performing some poems with Cornelius Eady, Charlie Rauh, Jeremy Yocum (of Oceanographer), Najee Omar, and Ken L. Walker at Scholes Street Studio. There will be a grand piano - and I will play it! 7 PM sharp. Mercury will go retrograde that evening, so come early.
2. On Friday, June 6th, Charlie Rauh and I will be heading to up Albany to join Daniel Nester for an evening of stories and music at the Upstate Artists Guild. 9 PM. Free. Come for first Friday and stick around for us.
3. So, hey, this has always interested me: the suburb where I grew up was once a retreat for Russians who fled Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. The village was founded by novelist George Grebenstchikoff and Count Ilya Tolstoy, son of Leo Tolstoy. Grebenstchikoff was a printmaker who published his own books. His print shop building is still standing. Sometimes I think about Grebenstchikoff and Tolstoy when I’m walking around the forest. Thanks so much Matthew Henriksen and Adam Clay for including my poem, “Chuaevka: A Song,” in the new issue of TYPO.
Songs About Ghosts, by Jasmine Dreame Wagner. (Featured: issue #1.)
There were only two issues of Songs About Ghosts, yet it is one of my favorite zines of all time, and still, all these years later, I want more of it. It is, of course, about ghosts: about people who have died but also about the places, the people, the memories that haunt us, that become our ghosts. It is so sad and beautiful.
In the intro to issue #1, Jasmine stated that the reader should read it in a public place, so I did - I read it at the pub I spent most of my time at, back then. I have read it so many times since.
I also met Jasmine in person, once: she and her tourmates stayed at the punkhouse I lived in during the summer of ‘04, when they were in Chicago on tour with the Perpetual Motion Roadshow.
(More Jasmine Dreame Wagner on my blog: It’s sad, the way I allow myself…)
Another one of my favorite tour memories: driving the Chicago streets to Jessie’s place, staying up all night with her crew, Frank Duff, Nick Mamatas. Sleeping in my favorite green sweater. Sprinting to Detroit the next day. (Thanks, Jessie!)
WANNA HELP OUT?!
another episode of the podcast is on the way next month. we’re looking for people with podcast/radio/audio experience to help curate and produce our monthly episodes. we’re also actively looking for musicians that would be willing to donate a track for our intro/outro.
interested?shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Next Sunday - April 27th!
The third in an ongoing series of poetry readings at Wayfarers, this evening’s installment of Who By Fire features improvised and composed collaborations between Brooklyn-based poets and musicians Ember Schrag, Bob Bannister, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Danniel Schoonebeek, Amy King, Charlie Rauh, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, and HeyExit / Brendan Landis.
+ Ember Schrag & Bob Bannister
++ Christine Shan Shan Hou, Danniel Schoonebeek, Amy King & Charlie Rauh
+++ Jasmine Dreame Wagner & HeyExit / Brendan Landis
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Tonight! Chicago! I will be playing some songs and blathering on about “my songwriting process” at Columbia College. Would love to see your face if yr around!
The Rutabega at Columbia College