22 August, 2014 (04:41pm)
STURGEON T-SHIRT NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MERCH COLLECTIVE

The "STURGEON" T-SHIRT and/or "EMERGE" CD & T-SHIRT BUNDLE is now available at www.themerchcollective.com. And don't forget that there will be a STURGEON "EMERGE" CD RELEASE PARTY at the SILVERLAKE CHA-CHA LOUNGE (LOS ANGELES) on TUESDAY, AUGUST 26. The festivities start around 9:00, but people are invited to arrive earlier to get a good booth to listen to the band's CD(s) and watch their video.

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22 August, 2014 (02:25pm)
SUMMER GRILLING TIP #6 (COOLER THAN A COMPRESSED CUCUMBER)

In these modern times of foodies and plated Picasso's - such as this abstract offering of Hamachi crudo, grapefruit vinaigrette and compressed cucumber*, whether you lube the grates with onion compote or not - you might want to go Flintstones with a big ass porterhouse, hobo potatoes and no frills corn on the cob (okay, add some grilled watermelon salad if you must!). However, if you're using propane instead of briquettes (yabba dabba doo), be sure to replace any rusted heat deflectors (flame tamers), lest you have to douse everything in sight with that open can of Pabst's. Of course, if you don't feel like a backyard charred steak, you can always go to a restaurant for some foraged stuff...

* As determined in a laboratory test.



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20 August, 2014 (05:45pm)
SALIVAL DVD BOX SETS

Some (unsigned) SALIVAL DVD BOX SETS that were recently discovered by Merch in the dark recesses of the Tool 'Museum' are now for sale in the Toolband store. Being FACTORY SEALED, the very limited number of this collectible Tool release are priced at $100.00 each.

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17 August, 2014 (07:00pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (AUGUST 18) at the THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include TODD WOLF on drums and RICO BELLED on keys. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604. Feel free to bring a musical instrument and ask about jamming during the second set. All ages welcome.

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16 August, 2014 (01:42pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE NAGY!

The birthday boy photographed at a Wolvesden dinner party less than a nanosecond before 'de-materializing' - only to 'reappear' in a parallel multiverse "Denny's." Sometimes transacting quantum waves (not to mention relatively independent sub-totalities) can be cruel. Something Joe found out all to well. Fortunately (though, rather inexplicably) he did have a printed coupon that survived the intraholographic leap. Unfortunately, the alternate Denny's didn't serve a Bacon Slamburger. But, today's a new day... Wait?.. Is it? Or is that just another illusion? Oh, whatever. Cheers from all of us on your 'birthday' my relatively independent sub-totality friend!

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14 August, 2014 (11:56am)
DANNY TO PERFORM SHOWS WITH PRIMUS ON UPCOMING TOUR

DANNY will be filling in for Tim Alexander as he continues to recover from his recent surgery, playing 3 SHOWS with PRIMUS during their upcoming tour. TWO of the shows will be in CHICAGO, one a warm up gig at a small venue, with the other being a festival. The third show will be another festival - this one in DENVER.

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14 August, 2014 (11:29am)
STURGEON "EMERGE" RELEASE PARTY

The release party for the new album by STURGEON entitled "EMERGE" will be on TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 at the SILVERLAKE CHA CHA LOUNGE. Come join the band members and their friends celebrate the release of "EMERGE" at one of L.A.'s best nightclubs. In addition to a listening of "EMERGE", the band's first record, "THE DARKER SEQUENCE" will also be played in its entirety. SIGNINGS, MERCH, and SPECIAL GUESTS at the CHA CHA LOUNGE.

LISTEN TO SAMPLES OF "EMERGE" and ORDER THE CD & BOOKLET at www.themerchcollective.com.

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13 August, 2014 (09:52am)
MAYNARD FOR THE BENEFIT OF...

My attention was recently directed to an article on the consequenceofsound.net website about MAYNARD being featured on a track of the FLAMING LIPS' Sgt. Pepper's covers record.

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10 August, 2014 (12:44pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

The 'tator' will be serving up some more great live music this MONDAY (AUGUST 11) with JAMMMMZ special guests GENE COYE on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys. JOHN Z, CHRIS, and JAMIE usually start plugging in their instruments around 9:30, but you might want to arrive earlier for a gourmet stuffed potato and cocktail of your choosing. All happens this Monday night at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO THIS SHOW. And if you play an instrument yourself, bring it along and ask one of first set players about joining in during the second set. You never know who might be listening in the audience...

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10 August, 2014 (12:35pm)
RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ WORKSHOP

Join our friend artist RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ for TRANSLATIONS: PRINTS by the CONSEJO GRAFICO on MONDAY, AUGUST 11. Address is 1002 South Esher, South Bend, INDIANA.

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08 August, 2014 (11:18am)
“EMERGE” BY STURGEON

I am honored to announce the release of "EMERGE", a new album by the L.A. based band, STURGEON. As with the band's previous record, "The Darker Sequence", "EMERGE" is a sonically powerful offering of aggressive guitars with progressive tendencies (featuring non-traditional tunings, odd time signatures, and ambient segues), all of which is guided by vocals that push the envelope of a six-octave range, delivering (at times) sublimely dark lyrics that evoke the transformative quality of the afflicted mirror concept. Although not strictly a concept album, there is (coincidently?) a discernible connection between the music, lyrics, and contents of a mysterious (not to mention, deeply esoteric) diary that was recently discovered hidden inside an antique piece of furniture - certain entries of which having been faithfully reproduced in a glossy BOOKLET inserted into the CD packaging. Adding to the high strangeness, one should keep in mind that both the lyrics (and music) for "Emerge" were written prior to the discovery of the secreted away personal journal.

THE CURIOUS DIARY ENTRIES OF VERITY PENNINGTON
(Taken from the booklet included in the "Emerge" album)

"The diary entries are reproduced from a personal journal recently discovered inside the hidden compartment of a vintage secretary desk that was purchased at an antique and collectibles show in Gaithersburg, MD. Numerous attempts were made to locate the diarist, including phone directories, public record search engines, property databases, etc., all of which failed to find any trace of a Ms. Verity Pennington (believed to be the name of the diarist), other than a fictional character listed on an internet role-playing forum. An exhaustive search for the woman's uncle (including obituaries) also proved to be fruitless, leading one to believe that the record of experiences in the diary is most likely fictional, although it is possible that this is not the case. The "Masonic cemetery" with its peculiar funerary 'graffiti' also could not be located despite several searches in the area mentioned. After a final unsuccessful effort to track down any of those concerned, owing to the bizarre nature of certain entries written over a six-month period, the diary was placed on an online auction for someone with an interest in these matters."

NON OMNIS MORIAR
(A Brief Description of the Diary Entries)
By
Blair MacKenzie Blake

As for the diary entities themselves, they contain esoteric themes similar to those found in my book, IJYNX, (as well as in my other works) concerning the use of occult hyper-chemistry (Khemistery) as a portal to an intersecting parallel reality. However, rather than focusing on the stimulation and release of certain endogenously produced substances, the entries in the journal concern a post-mortem residue, with "The Grand Dreaming" being facilitated by a mysterious phenomenon known as "The Vapor of the Bones."

Together, the diary entries comprise a process of initiation in which "Verity" (the diarist) is encouraged by her enigmatic uncle to discover the principle of proportionality in a particular mathematical puzzle contained in the surviving 1792 almanac/journal of the African-American colonial farmer/astronomer, Benjamin Banneker. This riddle, itself, is based on the "Rhind Mathematical Papyrus" that was discovered in Thebes (Egypt) in 1858, which was copied from an ancient secret treatise dating back to the time of the physician Imhotep in 2650 B.C.

After passing the test of some non sequiturs or red herrings concerning astronomical peculiarities associated with the African Dogon tribe (one royal member possibly having been an ancestor of Banneker?) that were intended to mislead anyone else attempting to use this secret physiological knowledge to access the complex interface of this hidden luminosity without any escorting constructs (i.e. those that inhabit this hyper-space) - Verity correctly determines for herself that the correct answer to the mathematical riddle is NOT the solution needed to obtain the treasured "Cadaver Caviar", although the same can not be said for another seeking this trick (albeit, amazing trick) of human neuro-chemistry. But if you haven't any interest in the profound secrets of Egyptian Freemasonry, including the jewel of divine antropophagy, in a photograph of the actual diary itself, there is a recipe for what I would imagine to be pretty good crab bisque. Seriously...

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LINKS TO STURGEON'S ONLINE PRESENCE

http://sturgeonmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/sturgeonband
https://soundcloud.com/sturgeonmusic ,br> https://www.youtube.com/user/sturgeonband

LYRICS TO TRACK 8 OF "EMERGE" BY STURGEON

"CANNIBALS OF THEW MIND"

They're everywhere
Horns and spells, melting skies
Churning in a lie
Many claim the dream of divine
But not yet satisfied
Blood for more and whores of war
Dark pride far and wide
Fractured mirrors have to lie
Who is galvanized

Drink from shifting tides
Cannibals of the mind
Take the moon from light
Cannibals delight
Idolize that Christ
Cannibals of the mind
Impose more death, justified
Cannibals of life

Thorns of hell, they torture well
Sequins of dazzling shells
Human rights unqualified
To face the gods of genocide
Lord is coming with a sword
Peace is not as fun as war
Death is paradise
Embrace your afterlife
Drink from shifting tides
Cannibals of the mind
They're everywhere
It's part of the plan



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