Music: Gregg Skloff – Tether Thin

Gregg Skloff is one of the Oregon coast’s finest supporters of experimental music, using his radio show on KMUN And Otherness and his band Existence Habit as platforms to draw ears and minds towards challenging sounds. And like most sonic explorers, he spends equal amounts of time playing music on his own, using his trusty contrabass as his guide. This particular solo endeavor was recorded just two days ago in the friendly confines of Astoria’s KALA/Hipfish Gallery, and it plays out like pure mist, surrounding you and staying right in your eye line but perpetually out of your grasp.

EDIT: Here’s a video of Skloff’s performance from the night!

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Music: Existence Habit – July 28, 2013

How about some love for our brethren to the west? Existence Habit lives and breathes in the fine little burg of Astoria, Oregon, a town with few distractions thus allowing artists like Gregg Skloff, Roger Hayes, and Derek Ecklund ample time to devote to these Jandek-like explorations of guitar snarls and wet electronics. All three are fine solo artists in their own right, but together, they are able to create something that threatens to eclipse their individual efforts, something that oozes out of these recordings in beautiful heaps and glowing gobs. If you like what you hear, prepare yourself to experience this live, when Existence Habit perform at Experimental Portland Presents… #19 on November 2nd at Ash Street Saloon. 

Music: Gregg Skloff, asphaltocean, SunFalls

SoundCloud was an embarrassment of riches this past weekend, as I was able to find a trio of incredible new tracks to share with you, my loyal reader(s). Let’s start with this ghostly number by Gregg Skloff, which was recorded about three years ago, but given a new layer of weirdness thanks to someone named DJ G-gnome. The remix retains the harsh beauty of the original but sends it out into space to bounce among the junk and satellites.

asphaltocean’s modular techno is the response from those satellites as they try to make sense what just smacked them in the solar panels. “bangstreths” is an overdriven monster that could soundtrack a Rollerball-like fight to the death on roller skates or, when accompanied by a strobe light, give that black leather and lycra dance party you had planned an extra dose of dangerous sex appeal.

SunFalls brings us home with some communications captured on the other side of a Skype conversation with an old dial-up modem. The squelches and pings have been given shape and life, with the addition of a drum beat that never quite seems to catch up with the rest of the song. I’m going to be yelling this out as my request when SunFalls plays the next Experimental Portland Presents… show at Habesha on May 14th.

Music: Black Clothing, Anarchist Literature, Flags, Flag​-​Making Materials, Cell Phones, Address Books, & Hard Drives

I credit Brian Mumford aka Dragging An Ox Through Water for bring this to my attention. It’s a benefit compilation, released online via Musical Impressions, meant to gather funds to support the legal defense fund of two politically minded folks who were subpoenaed before grand juries, then jailed because they refused to speak up and give up names of other dissidents associated with the anarchist and Occupy movements.

Sadly, I can’t find the way to embed said compilation here in this page but I sincerely encourage to you click here and go drop a few dollars on a digital copy. It features tracks by many fantastic NW names including Plankton Wat, Gregg Skloff, Venable, Ohioan, and Dragging An Ox, among a bunch of others.

I leave you with a reprint of the information posted with the compilation on Bandcamp. I hope this will elucidate the matter at hand for you and further inspire you to support this cause.

Please share this comp widely & feel free to pay more than the minimum for the tracks you purchase. All proceeds go directly to the Committee Against Political Repression (nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/donate/), which was set up by the resisters and their friends prior to their incarceration. This compilation will be continuously developing, so If you’d like to donate a track to be added onto it, please visit j.mp/muimsaynothing 

Mostly, though, share! share! share! There are three people, accused of absolutely nothing, who are currently incarcerated & who could potentially remain that way for as long as 36 months. Raising the visibility of these proceedings could potentially mitigate the state’s coercive aggression against these resisters. 

some background: 
Political repression and intimidation are afoot in the Pacific Northwest. They appear to be aimed at stifling the effective recent organizing efforts (in the form of street actions, foreclosure defense, land struggles, etc) of anarchist and direct-action social movements. A series of raids on houses in Portland, Tacoma, Olympia, and Seattle have culminated in a number of extremely shady grand jury subpoenas in what appears to be a fishing expedition for information on political dissidents. The individuals subpoenaed have been organized from the get-go and are all adopting a principled-but-risky strategy of non-compliance. Three (UPDATE: TWO) witnesses subpoenaed for this Grand Jury are now in federal custody under civil contempt charges for remaining silent before the Grand Jury. They need whatever support we can offer them in the form of letters (pastebin.com/gHEjt2V1 ), books, solidarity actions, & efforts to raise the visibility of their incarceration. Grand juries operate in complete secrecy, don’t screen jurors for bias, don’t respect normal evidence rules (rules that prohibit irrelevant, unreliable or unlawfully obtained evidence), have no judge present (prosecutor runs the proceedings), & don’t allow a subpoenaed witness to have a defense attorney in the room. This investigation has also been publicly condemned by scholars, writers, and artists including the likes of Noam Chomsky and David Graeber. 

more information on this situation:nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com 
more information on grand juries:grandjuryresistance.org/grandjuries.html 
advice from the National Lawyers’ Guild on dealing with Grand Juries, FBI, & other Police Agents: www.nlg.org/resource/know-your-rights/you-have-right-remain-silent 
other information & updates on solidarity actions etc.:saynothing.noblogs.org