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B U L L E T I N S
September 2nd, 2003
Hottt on the high heels of the release of the CHEER-ACCIDENT
"Gumballhead The Cat" CD & Comic Book Set
(scroll down to the previous update for the scoop), comes
none other than the NEXT ONE you've all been baiting your breath for - CHEER-ACCIDENT's
latest & altogether greatest, "Introducing
Lemon"!!!!! Recorded to 24-track tape (and no
Pro Tools, Brainiac!) in Studio A at Electrical Audio with engineer Steve
Albini, Lemon is sonically outstanding, sports expert prog musicianship
and delivers clear, strong, avant-garde song architecture - with integrity!!!!
Whattaya say we just skip the hype and see what the man on the street sez?:
"If there are two types of music, CHEER-ACCIDENT
adeptly defies them both. Informed by King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Gentle
Giant, Charles Ives, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Martin Mull,
machines, insanity, people... CHEER-ACCIDENT effortlessly make transitions
from hypnotic minimalist drone to dissonant jazz improvisation to deconstructed
progressive rock, often during the course of a single song.
Introducing Lemon features the broadest range
of styles, influences and instrumentation ever to appear on a CHEER-ACCIDENT
Blazing riffs and rock guitar.
Moog, vibes and violin.
Baritone sax leads to an infectious horn-infested funk section.
Riding, maniacal drum grooves and anti-grooves share sonic space with down-home
acoustic slide guitars.
Trumpets, melodicas, tack piano, flutes, tape collages.
Bold upfront vocals.
Love it or hate it, even love-to-hate it, this is an unforgettable series
of moments, a challenging and rewarding encounter for anyone enticed by
music that demands to be experienced." (Charlie
"(Introducing Lemon's) "The Autumn Wind is A Pirate" has more innovative
ideas and pursuits than most bands have in their entire career." (Bobby
"Yes! CHEER-ACCIDENT!" (Tatsuya Yoshida, Progressive
Rock Authority / Ruins vocalist & drummer).
"From straight rock sets to clownish buffoonery, CHEER-ACCIDENT are never
unremarkable or dull." (Steve Albini, Lemon engineer
/ Shellac guitarist).
"CHEER-ACCIDENT is the best rock band on the planet."
(Jim O'Rourke, engineer / Sonic Youth guitarist).
"I like CHEER-ACCIDENT." (Oops Wilson, French Toast
Introducing Lemon will be released on September 16th,
available as a jam-packed extra-length CD -
AND - for you discriminating collector-types - as a Gatefold
Sleeved DOUBLE album, with the CD format included! Each vinyl LP
is pressed on hefty 140 gram vinyl, and the CD will rest in a nifty pocket
attached to the inner gatefold sleeve.
FREE MP3's are now up at the AUDIO
page. For more details, check the entry at our CATALOG
page. Advance orders are being taken now and copies will ship as soon as
they arrive. Paypals can go HERE.
will be performing a DUAL record release show in honor of Introducing Lemon
and Gumballhead The Cat on September 2Oth at
the Abbey Pub in Chicago.
Advance tickets are available
HERE. The band will
embark on a three legged cross country tour beginning this Fall (booked
by Brian Peterson at MP
Shows) and carrying over into 2004. Shows and details will be posted
at the TOURS page as they become available.
Now that THE CHINESE STARS debut shaped
CD "Turbo Mattress" is starting to
hit the shops (and let me tell you, the early injury reports are staggering!),
the band is gearing up to take the show to Europe! Beginning
On September 11th The Chinese Stars will rattle the United
Kingdom for 7 dates (accompanied by the Microwaves
- Those who saw Arab On Radar on their last
go-round of Europe may remember the Microwave's own John Roman in his starring
role as "merch guy"). Once
England's sufficiently sunk, TCStars will proceed to tour continental
Europe with a kick off of September 22nd in
THE CHINESE STARS TOUR DATES are listed HERE!!!!
"long hair in three stages"
CD back in stock!
What more can be said about U.S. MAPLE's
debut long player "Long Hair In Three Stages"
that hasn't already been slung? Well.., plenty, but Jazzy ain't here
to do the work for you. See, after a temporary outage, SKiN GRAFT brought
the originals back to press yet again for all those who have yet to have
their say. Yes, this is the one that "rocks", before the band
fell all apart on "Sang Phat Editor". Here
are the disjointed machinations, poppy locksteps and jarring sideways excursions
(all leading down a path to nowhere's-ville) that has had other bands writing
under the influence for 8 years. Engineered
by Jim O'Rourke with a cold, U.S. MAPLE "Long
Hair In Three Stages" sports
artwork by Table Of The Elements' Jon Malic and is printed with three pantone
metallic inks on 100# Corniche Gloss white text. An
MP3 is up now at the AUDIO
page to tempt your tastes, bud. Yep,
another class act, available now.
as long as the Jazzy One's been taking up space around these parts, folks
from far and wide have beseeched the Skin Graft citadel for original drawings
of the endearing & enduring Skin Graft cartoon characters
to hang in their hut, tattoo on their anatomy, or hide under their bed.
And now, we're making it easy, systematic and less of a pain in the ass
for all parties involved! For a limited time, Rob
Syers will be taking commissions for original
Gumballhead The Cat drawings! These will be rendered in pen, brush
and ink on hefty 2 ply bristol board - in striking black and white - just
like the comics themselves! Each drawing will be drawn especially for you
- and your suggestions are welcome. You can steal Rob's time from more profitable
pursuits for just $38 a pop (!!!) - Mail in
your $$$ or order via paypal to id: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take my word for it, your bleak, bummer of an asylum will be transformed
into a chateau of wonder and delight. Friends will shower you with adoration
and the reverence you deserve - jealous types will struggle to hide their
contempt and disdain - and members of your preferred sex will be putty in
your hands. Take Jazzy Joe's word for it, chum - nobody gives a hoot about
coming up to see your etchings - but Authentic, Genuine
Skin Graft Cartoon Art - well, compatriot, that's another animal
NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
Zubi Zuva X, Akaten,
Zoffy & Acid Mothers Temple (mode HHH)
The Chinese Stars aren't the only band plowing through Europe this
Fall! Tokyo's dynamic drum(s) and bass duo, RUINS
have organized yet another version of The Japanese
New Music Festival! The first festival took place in 1997 when three
musicians, Yoshida Tatsuya, Sasaki Hisashi and Tsuyama
Atsushi, joined forces to organize and perform an entire festival
of Japanese New Music ALL BY THEMSELVES -!!! This time out, all three original
players are back and joined by Kawabata Makoto
(Acid Mothers Temple) to comprise no less than 5 bands from 4 musicians
- Zubi Zuva X, Akaten, Zoffy, Acid Mothers Temple
(mode HHH) and (of course) Ruins! Acappella,
cosmic free form, progressive core, troubadour, cosmic psychedelic rock...
it's all here! Dates
are listed at the TOURS page. If the
festival hits anywhere near your neighborhood, don't miss it!
August 1st, 2003
RELEASES AVAILABLE NOW!!
Towering up top
you'll spy a dy-no-mite duo of discs due to disengage from the Den Of Dazzle
this July, indubitably destined to daze, delight and dumbfound diggers of
dissonance & discord wherever they dwell -(!) - YES, it's new stuff
from THE CHINESE STARS and CHEER-ACCIDENT!!!!!
First up, from the charred remains of Arab
On Radar and Six Finger Satellite come
THE CHINESE STARS. Christened after the "Chinese
Star Epidemic" of the early 80's, which found legions of American grade
school kids armed with "shuriken" throwing stars, the band pledge to follow
in that same tradition: terrorizing parents, authority figures and the psyche
of the free world! The
Chinese Stars include Craig Kureck and Eric
Paul formerly of Arab on Radar, Richard Ivan
Pelletier of Six Finger Satellite, and Paul
Vieira, who at this time, remains shrouded in mystery.
Together The Chinese Stars vow to reinvent what they have already invented.
This goal will be achieved via the manufacture and distribution of audio
artifacts and furthered by untamed live demonstrations of their resolve.
The band's first release "Turbo Mattress" is
a mini LP presented on a weaponized digital CD. Forged
in the shape of a Chinese Star, and designed by SKiN GRAFT's Mark
Fischer, the CD collects five songs that will leave the listener questioning
his identity, while simultaneously arming him with the band's namesake for
individual acts of lawlessness and delight. Play the
CD, then hurl it at your adversaries.
ITEM! And - In a masterful multimedia mishmash of formats, SG cartoonist
"Rootin" Rob Syers has drawn up a
full length Gumballhead The Cat adventure "The
Mystery Treasure Of The San Miguel Apartments", a mind-boggling foray
into the sublimely ridiculous; filled with suspense, balls-out action, playstation
addicted rave kids, hard rocking bikers and
deals gone bad! Accompanying this all new comic book is an exclusive CD
soundtrack by Chicago's No Wave / Prog Rock maestros, CHEER-ACCIDENT,
sporting a perplexing palette of opulent musical textures, and lightning
in a bottle aural episodes custom composed to bring
the broad ink strokes of Gumballhead The Cat into the fifth dimension!!!!!
We're talking OVER 60 MINUTES of adroitly extrapolated audio intrigue and
jaw dropping dynamic group interplay - bordering on the telepathic!!! The
CHEER-ACCIDENT "Gumballhead The Cat" CD and comic
set comes packaged in a format unique to this edition- the big 7"
x 7" comic book is packed in a resealable plastic sleeve that allows easy
storage among your 7" singles - and being encased in plastic, it's
protected against stray spray in the litter box! Get it or get bit!
A PREVIEW of the COMIC BOOK is available for
viewing HERE and
100% FREE MP3's from THE
CHINESE STARS and CHEER-ACCIDENT are
standing by at the AUDIO page awaiting
your downloads! For more details on each, check the
entries at our CATALOG page. Orders are being
taken now. Both are due late-July and will ship as soon as they arrive.
Paypals can go HERE.
The CHINESE STARS
and CHEER-ACCIDENT band pages are
open and ready for visits. Those with the PRESS
are invited to visit the PRESSBOT
pages to help you wade through the bologna and find what you need. Cub reporters
are also permitted.
ITEM! Get this - In a confounding,
masterful stroke of cross-marketing, Chicago's prestigious THREE
FLOYDS Brewery is pleased introduce "GUMBALLHEAD
BEER" for your day long drinking binges! Yes, that's
right, Gumballhead Beer, sporting the noggin' of SKiN Graft's popular bad
pussy himself, is now on tap and will soon be available in BIG
22 OUNCE BOTTLES!!! Currently, Three Floyds beers are available in
16 states; Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin,
so if you don't live in the vicinity, looks like it's time to move! And
speaking of moving, the Three Floyds Brewery recently relocated to new digs
in marvelous Munster, Indiana and is now offering hour
long tours, so why not strike up a posse and score a taste of Gumballhead
straight from the source? Admission is a measly $5.00, which includes "comprehensive"
sampling! Details can be found at their website.
Yes, the added exposure of Gumballhead's lovable mug on this tasty, flavorful
wheat beer, in conjunction with the aforementioned CD and comic set, is
guaranteed to send heads spinning as SKiN GRAFT Entertainment reaches new
plateaus of absurdity! Taste for yourself why discerning
drinkers & drop-down drunks everywhere (well at
least in those 16 states) are saying "GUMBALLHEAD BEER: It goes
down easy... like an art student"!
Now stand straight salivaters, while your learned and literate lip-service
layer-onner (that's right, the jazzy one here himself) waxes a wad of wisdom.
Perhaps you've never noticed, but wherever you go your peers pass judgment
based on what you choose to hang on that fastidious form of yours. Now I
ask you, my erudite and comely compatriot, what better garment can be had
than a precious piece of T pimped by SKiN Graft itself?!
So, as your personal pontiff of propensity, I advise that you sneak into
mom's purse, borrow a stack of c-notes and send them our way ASAP to secure
yourself one of the newer than new CHINESE STARS T-shirts!
Upon it's arrival you'll not only have another garment to wear, but you'll
be able to show the sad slubs out on the streets that you are cut of an
entirely different cloth! Yes, dad may shake his head as you make your way
through this world with a sea of sperm splattered across your chest, but
you and I, we know that your making an important statement of some sort
- probably something about shaking up the system and the status quo and
stuff like that, right? Right!
The shirts are due to hit when the CD's arrive (mid July), and we'll have
'em ready to roll out in a smattering of smart sizes - Youth
Large, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large! So send $12.00
our way so you too can be a walking billboard for this, the SKiN GRAFT Age
of Music! Better act fast, cuz Biff at the Pool Hall is threatening to break
the jazzy ones' legs if he doesn't make good on that last loss at the tracks!
And before I forget, just in case THE CHINESE STARS
haven't hit your hideout yet, you'll find three LIVE
video clips at the band's website! Check 'em out HERE!
it was just a few years ago that the world
was set on it's ear (ouch!) by the breakthrough album from the kings of
cacophony, ARAB ON RADAR. That's right I'm
talking about "Soak The Saddle"!
Well, those wise old wizards running the show upstairs realized that the
time had come to run off another batch of CD's to keep pace with the piles
of purchases pushing their way into the P.O. Box! And this time out the
digital format of Soak has been retro-ly repackaged to approximate the charming
chipboard and searing silk-screened sight of the original vinyl pressing,
originally whipped up by buds Brinkman and Burke! So if you don't have this
one in your collection already, take heed of those prophetic words once
spoken by our old pal William Bennett, "Now's The Time!"
ON RADAR / U.S. MAPLE / MELT-BANANA
ALL AVAILABLE AGAIN !!!
speaking of comebacks, nary a day goes by when some exceedingly suicidal
SG extremist emails Jazzy Joe pleading for a tip to get his mitts on one
of the many platters of perfection missed on the first go round! Well,
put away THAT .45 friend and reach for THESE
45's- the eager to please SG board of directors have resurrected
a pair of platters legions feared long lost- the
U.S. Maple "Stuck" CLEAR VINYL 7" and
the MELT-BANANA "It's In The Pillcase" 7" &
COMIC BOOK set!!! Both are now available (again) and will set you
back just six bones each! Rumor has it that come August, U.S.
MAPLE's debut long-player "Long Hair
In Three Stages" is getting a long overdue CD rerun too! Who
sez this isn't the SKiN Graft age of full-scale sell through?
MAPLE "Stuck" QUICKTIME VIDEO
from U.S. Maple's debut 7" single
Tell me readers, how could I, your astute and acute keeper of the SG flame
fail to mention in the item above that in honor of the re-release of
U.S. MAPLE's debut 7", the SG vault-keeper
has exhumed the seldom-seen VIDEO from that
very single!? Must be riverboat wagering on the brain again! And to give
you the full, way-back 1995 feel, this video retains it's ancient slow
speed Quicktime encoding (!) - prepare to wait a good long time for this
sucker to appear! It's a whopping 16 MB and the
image is barely the size of a postage stamp! Gets ta clicking sailor
and I'll see you at
the SGTV page!!!
SPLIT LP on
UP JUMPS THE DEVIL
about some new wax from UP JUMPS THE DEVIL?
You got it!!! The long-awaited WOLF EYES / PANICSVILLE
"Stabbed In The Face" split LP has arrived!!! This one's
got a full fist and opposable thumb in the pie, we're talking a SIX way
co-release between UJTD, Muet, SNSE, Vegalia, Ignivomous and Nihilist Records
- and - it's available to mailorder-ers only! Goddamn, this one's a bleeder
- Panicsville shapes otherworldly beings and unsettling atmospheres for
a massive, face puncturing listening experience! Meanwhile Wolf Eyes lay
waste to all things living, heaping mounds of electronic dirt all over your
turntable! Limited to just 666 copies on 140
gram marbled vinyl. Your cost? $15 smackers!
Ouch, that hurts! First come, first stabbed!
can hear you now, discriminating ones, "Alrighty Joe, you affable,
arrogant ass, we're on deck with these wondrous works you've been hard-sell
huckstering, but we wanna know - what comes next?" To which I resoundingly
reply - "What's next?! Why, NONE OTHER
than ANOTHER NEW ONE from CHEER-ACCIDENT!!!!"
Chum, somebody better rent you an oxygen tent come September cuz when your
ears take in this year's second pile on from
Chicago's Prog Prime Ministers, "Introducing
Lemon", you're audio inputs will be so overwhelmed that you're
sure to neglect all those other intake orifices! Word has it that SG has
considered slapping a warning sticker on this one - "Don't
forget to Breathe!" Sure shootin', you'll be gasping for breath
at the surprises C-A has in store for Graftdom Assembled as they come out
to bat for the second time this year! Nuff said 'til next time!
After that? Well pal, then we're looking toward
the extremely long awaited SKiN Graft debut from GORGE
TRIO (that's John Dieterich, Chad Popple and Ed Rodriguez, of the
late, great COLOSSAMITE!). How much longer can we drag this one out, you
wonder? Well, we'll keep draggin 'til it's done. Allow me to make this proclamation,
when this baby is finally ready to be born, it will be unforgettable, legendary,
expensive. Count on it. In the meantime, you can stop by the band's new
PHOTOGALLERY, now up and running!
God bless America, where the price of petrol
is paltry compared to other points on the planet. Thank your government
and those well placed smart bombs for keeping the pumps primed so that SKiN
GRAFT's finest can keep the van tanks full - and show off their weapons
of mass destruction all summer long!!!!! Yes, there's plenty to be excited
about - RUINS in a limited
U.S. Engagement! The CHINESE STARS
touring with The Locust! And thats far
from all! Howzabout surfing over to the TOURS Page where you'll find all
those shows, plus gigs from CHEER-ACCIDENT,
U.S. MAPLE, QUINTRON, FLOSSIE
AND THE UNICORNS and MELT-BANANA! Check
it out HERE!
Blazing Bullfrogs! The SKiN
GRAFT FAN ART GALLERY has finally opened it's
doors! Hanging in these hollowed halls you'll find veritable shitload of
submissions winged our way by swarms of SG supporters! Some of them are
even pretty good! Inside, you'll marvel at the epic length (all of four
pages!) "Kebab Dreams", starring
Serious Brown by "Jumping"
Jacques Masson, a new animated take on the
SKiN Graft logo by
"Magnifico" Mike Henry,
a classic rendering of Gumballhead The Cat
by "Spiffy" Spencer Yeh and
a tribute to U.S. Maple's Al Johnson
by somebody who's name was misplaced by the slacking SG staff! And yes,
because space on the world wide web is considerably cheaper than actually
renting a gallery, the penny-pinchers at Camp SG are ready and able to take
in more submissions from the likes of you and yours! So- if so inclined
- put that pencil to paper and scribble out your own masterpiece! Go check
out the Gallery by running through the CAMPGROUNDS!
Seems that our old buddy Mr. QUINTRON has stirred
up a bit of controversy out in San Francisco. At his recent gig opening
for the Cramps, Q had no choice but to set his Drum
Buddy aflame near the end of his set and, as a result, has been banned
from the the club for life! As if that weren't enough, said club is making
an extensive effort to have the Amazing Spellcaster permanently exiled from
performing in the city ever again. uhhh... Fat chance.
Let's turn our attention to a recent e-mail from Goat6661369:
"hey. im a local street punk from south jersey
and i am willing to hand out fliers, stickers, pins, or whatever for your
label. i wanna help out the scene."
Believe it or not, we receive selfless offers like this all of the time.
Now the smut peddlers here at SKiN Graft can barely manage to reply to their
e-mail, so they're a long ways off from having it well enuff together to
manage any kind of a "Street Team".
But we realize there are multitudes aching to spread the word about SKiN
GRAFT to their fellow man, woman and house pet. Our answer to this, friends,
is the brand new SKiN
GRAFT STREAK TEAM! Yes! Now you can do your part by dropping trou
& sprinting around in your birthday suit at large, high profile public events
- make sure you have SKiN GRAFT STOLE MY HEART (&
MY PANTS) clearly written on your chest / back / ass, document it
well (10:00 news coverage preferred) and send it to the P.O. Box in Chicago
(North America) or the addy in Vienna (everywhere else, see the contact
page). Pull it off and we'll take no responsibility (and sure as hell won't
pay your bail), but we will give you plenty of stickers - at least one for
And now, please join in a SG four armed salute to the two most recent outbursts
pictured above! Up top, Julie (only
her arm pictured), Rick, Anna, The Mommy Mummy
(last seen at Oops indoors '96!) , Mike, Sinthia and
Dora bare it all in SG's honor at an undisclosed location in New
York City! And below that, Jungle" John Roman
shows his true colors at a recent Golf tournament in Atlanta, Georgia!
Inhuman Interest Dept:
SG's Mark Fischer sent smoke signals my way indicating that none other than
"Jovial" Jeff Bentle,
Classic SKiN GRAFT cartoonist supreme, recently treked to Vienna, Austria
to hang at the Euro SGHQ!!! Jeff lugged along the pages he's been working
on for the previously announced, eventually to be finished and ultimately
released Giant-Sized SKiN GRAFT Comic Book
and word is that they look HOTT!!!! Now, Jeff's back stateside where he
belongs, but never before has Vienna experienced more in-depth discussions
of Man-Bat, Brother Voodoo
& Krypto, the Super Dog than on this whirlwind reuniting! The SG
Electronic Comics page has been updated with
all new, all nutty comic strips by Jeff, so howzabout heading over THERE
and checking out the latest from the Swami and Teen Mummy!!? Enjoy now,
thank me later.
In addition to the Star-Shaped CD face, we are also offering a hyper-limited
run of THE CHINESE STARS "Turbo Mattress"
CD specifically whipped up for the Locust tour. The Pre-Ejaculation
Limited Edition will be pressed on circle CD's, with a compleletly
different CD face than the star-edition. Each will have an individually
numbered (1-500) sperm on the artwork. All other packaging and music will
be identical to the star-shaped edition. These will not be available in
stores, only at shows,while they last. The copies previously available via
SKiN GRAFT mailorder are now sold out.
ITEM! In the interest
of killing space, HERE's a pic of
this summers full page SKiN GRAFT ad.
Before I hit the strip joints and spend the pittance of pennies those tightwads
at SKiN GRAFT let slip to yours truly, let me point you in the direction
of the latest issue of NEURO, the esteemed
music magazine produced by a few forward-thinking fiends in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Issue # 4 has what surely must be the most
comprehensive retrospective of this little outfit ever produced! We're talking
a run down of the label's history, critical analysis of many key SG releases
and in-depth interviews with the hot-aired heavies
of SG: Mark Fischer, Rob Syers and the recently retired Brian Peterson.
All in all it runs over 30 pages on SKiN GRAFT alone! And get this -
NO PAYOLA involved! If your interested in adding a copy to your collection,
contact the publishers directly at email@example.com
to reserve a copy.
to hang that head and heavy those hearts heroes, the moment has come once
again for the Jazzy One to hit the highway and wrap up his latest spellbinding
sermon on the esteemed establishment we call Skin Graft Records (and Comics).
I hope you've enjoyed my little fireside chattering as much as I have. Before
you chew your arm off and cut yourselves loose, let me leave you with these
immortal words first uttered by Norse poet Modoku Del Gippy: "LaQuitoe
nootrac kimpchee!", which, when translated, comes out something