2012 has already included the wonderful Astralfish release, sonically-filled with instrumentals featuring Bridget on EWI. Next up, a full-length Spirits Burning & Clearlight CD featuring the keyboard virtuosity of Cyrille Verdeaux. More teasers soon on Facebook and Reverbnation.
Many gears moving in the sonic works. Sessions have started for the third Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix CD. We're deep, very deep, into a healthy batch of new Spirits Burning instrumentals with Cyrille V, Pete Pavli, Andy Anderson, Robert Rich, and others. Astralfish (with Don, Bridget Wishart, and friends) is close to completion. Grindlestone (with Don and Douglas Erickson) have an adventurous 2nd CD completed and are working on a label to house it. The long-awaited release of SB's "Behold The Action Man" is just around the tick-tock corner.
Keep tuned to our Facebook and Myspace pages. On Facebook,
we've begun our crewmember spotlight (giving you some quick news
for those who have served on the spaceship Spirits Burning).
And, we're still going to launch Space Rock Recipies, as threatened.
Hot on the heels of "Bloodlines" comes the next digital slab of Spirits Burning audio: "Crazy Fluid". On their eighth studio album, the band ventures into new territories on the borders between Space Rock and Rock In Opposition. Features performances by Daevid Allen (Gong), Graham Clarke (Gong), Hawkwind family members Bridget Wishart and Capt. Black, Cartoon/Trap alumni Scott Brazieal, Herb Diamant, and Gary Parra, plus William Kopecky (Yeti Rain), Cyndee Lee Rule, Karl E. H. Seigfried (Thunor), Richard Wileman (Karda Estra), and more.
Meanwhile, we're busy composing and mixing full-length sophomore
efforts by both Weird Biscuit Teatime and Grindlestone. And,
Bridget and Don have formed a new instrumental-based band, named
Astralfish. Plus, there are a couple of other surprises brewing,
evolving. More on all of these next time, in the new, and happy
Bridget Wishart & Don Falcone (both of Spirits Burning) will be in the Bazaar chat room on Sunday 25th October 2009 at 8 pm London time. They will no doubt be discussing their new CD entitled "Bloodlines." with hostess Melo, The Prog Goddess. Tune in right here - The Progressive Rock Forum - Melo's Prog Bazaar
On June 29th, Voiceprint will be releasing the next in our Spirits Burning series: SpiritsBurning and Thom The World Poet "Golden Age Orchestra."
Hawke meets Falcone: Listen online to Guest Interview: DON
FALCONE on "HAWKE CHILL OUT SESSIONS" & "NIGHT
HAWKE" with Terry Hawke on April 4th, 10pm-8am Sunday [BST]
Don Falcone recently signed a 6-CD licensing deal with Voiceprint Records. The U.K. label, is well-known for releasing new and old material by many classic rock groups and their musicians (from Yes to Hawkwind to Mountain). Voiceprint will be manufacturing and releasing the next 5 Spirits Burning CDs, as well as the sophomore Weird Biscuit Teatime CD.
Spirits Burning "Our Best Trips: 1998 to 2008," is scheduled for release on April, 27th. It features 11 tracks from the first five SB CDs, plus three bonus tracks: Strafed By A U.F.O, with performances by Daevid Allen, Hawkwind family member Paul Hayles, Jaime Cortinas, Trey Sabatelli, and Don Falcone (on vocals); an unreleased ambient space track, and a new cover of Planet Gong's "Opium For The People," by Hawkwind family member Steve Taylor, violinist Cindi Lee Rule, bassist Michael Clare, drummer Trey Sabatelli, and Don Falcone (on vocals).
Spirits Burning & Thom The World Poet make an appearance on the new My Outer Space online compilation. It's My Outer Space, Vol 4. "Finest Space Music From Planet Earth." We've got Spirits Burning's "River of Xperience (which will be on the future Spirits Burning & Thom The World Poet full-length CD. Plus, tracks from DAS R, Astrowind, Sula Bassana, Debra Kadabra, Arroniz + Henzel 3000, The Future Shape of Sound, ZXR Radioseadrome, Tonzentrale, X03, The Willow Landscape, Bianca Aristia, Cybernaut, and Ewwerling Jr. + Everling.
Spirits Burning is currently finalazing tracking, artwork, and liner notes for two future CDs: Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart "Bloodlines" and Spirits Burning "CrazyFluid." One of a few surprises to speak of: Van Der Graaf Generator's Nic Potter plays bass on one of the heavenly tracks on Bloodlines.
Spirits Burning has three CDs closing in on completion. Record deals are in the works, and we suspect you'll be able to start hearing the results in early to mid 2009. We've got the 2nd Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart CD ("Bloodlines"), a rather heavy, spacey Spirits Buring space rock take on film noir (Behold The Action Man), and a mostly-instrumental jaunt down different space territories (CrazyFluid TM & Rocks In Outta Space). Next time, we'll give you a peek into who';s aboard the good ship x 3.
There will be some new SB tracks popping up on compilations in the here and there. To be continued...
And, before we forget: Happy holidays to all.
Black Widow Records is releasing the fourth Spirits Burning CD. "Alien Injection" It's got lot sof Daevid on guitar. Mike Moorcock singing. Bridget Wishart singing. Adrian Shaw on bass on two tracks. Surprises galore. Check it out.
Voiceprint Records is releasing Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart "Earth Born." This one has Don and Bridget and friends presenting a strong set of vocal songs. Crew includes Daevid (as usual), plus Hawkwind family members Simon House, Alan Davey, Richard Chadwick, Steve Swindells, and Jerry Richards.
And, Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart have just finished polishing off a new version of "Ace of Spades" for a Motorhead tribute. Watch this space for details... and did we mention some of the musicians that will be doing covers of Motorhead? There will be tracks by Gunslinger with Alan Davey, Al Bouchard's new Underbelly band, members of Girlschool, Motorhead, The Deviants, and even Sonja Kristina from the legendary Curved Air. To be continued...
Mooch's Dr Silbury's Liquid Brainstem Band, released on June 21st 2007.....has resulted in 2 great tracks "The Falcon" and "Jupiter Event" featuring Don. And "Silver Violet Flame" features SB cohort Bridget Wishart.
Noh Poetry Records is now celebrating 10 years. Check out the NPR mypace page for the debut of an unreleased Spirits Burning ambient track (titled "Alpha Happiness). It features Gunslinger Nigel Potter, plus long-time friend Jerry Jeter, the late Mychael Merrill, Kev Ellis, Chris Hopgood, Pete Yarbrough, and Don.
The months they are a flying...
Daevid flew into the bay area for a couple of shows and did one session for two ongoing Spirits Burnings CDs.
There's also a full-length (five-page) interview of Don in and about the new issue of Expose Magazine,
We've been announcing lots of news on our Spirits Burning myspace page. Now onboard the good ship Spirits Burning are Hawkwind family members Simon House, Alan Davey, and Richard Chadwick. And, from Blue Oyster Cult and the Brain Surgeons, drummer multi-instrumentalist Al Bouchard. It's safe to say that more has been brewing in the house of SB than ever before.
Back in March, violinist Cyndee Lee Rule was interviewed live on the air by UK spacerock promoter and producer Terry Hawke. Cyndee has recently recorded a plethora of Viper violin tracks for Spirits Burning's "Behold The Action Man" and "Crazy FluidTM" CDs. Plus, she's scheduled to contribute to the Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart CD. And, speaking of Bridget, she's scheduled to do an interview with Terry on Saturday, June 2nd.
More news we missed in March and April: Four-fifths of Cartoon/PFS will be featured heavily on the Spirits Burning "Crazy Fluid" CD, the space rock answer to RIO. In March, we had our first session with violinist Craig Fry (who has also played with Paul Dresher).
Citizen Fish bassist Jasper Pattison recently joined the crew for the evolving Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart CD and then flew off to an East Coast U.S tour, including a stop back in the state of SB's seminal birth, Pennsylvania.
And our final upcoming flight plan: Don will be at this year's NearFest, hanging at the Expose table and selling a few CDs (including some hard-to-find Spirits Burning, Weird Biscuit Teatime, Quiet Celebration, Fireclan, and Thessalonians releases).
Arrivals x 2.
Quiet Celebration "Sequel," has just been released by Mellow Records. This marks the return of our favorite ambient-ethno-jazz ensemble. Three-fourths of the original line-up is on tap, with tabla/bayan player Edward Huson, keyboardist,/sound manipulator Don Falcone, and multi-instrumentalist Purjah. The band wanted to keep each piece a quartet, so they invited one guest to each track. Guests include: Tom Dambly (flugel horn), Teed Rockwell (stick drones), Jerry Jeter (resonator), Rich Landar (mandolin), Graham Clark (violin), Daevid Allen (gliss guitar), David Falcone (acoustic guitar), Karen Anderson (vocals), Sean Carson (saz), and Michael Merrill (djembe).
Plus, ST 37 has recently released a new 12-inch album that closes with a stunning version of "Future Memories," a piece written by Don Falcone. This is actually the first time that a band or artist has covered a piece by Don. The ST 37 album is titled "and then what." It's available from Noiseville Records. "Can you handle the future memories?"
Coming Soon: Quiet Celebration "Sequel," on Mellow Records.
Daevid Allen and Don Falcone "Glissando Grooves" made Voiceprint's September top seller list. "Glissandro Grooves" came in at number 10, directly behind the Patrick Moraz/Refugee "Refugee" CD. Other space rock highlights: Hawkwind's "Take Me to Your Future" was number 1, Robert Calvert's "Newcastle 1986 - Ship of Fools" was number 5, Alan Davey's Bedouin "Extremely Live 2003" CD was number 7, and Tangerine Deream's "Live in Preston, Nov 1980" was number 8. Quite an honor to be side-by-side with some special musicians.
The first review of "Glissando Grooves" is now available, courtesy of the Psychotropic Zone.
Spirits Burning (and Noh Poetry Records too) have entered the world they call myspace. Check out .www.myspace/spiritsburning. There are plenty of links to Spirits Burning crew members, fans, and friends. We have a regualr rotation of Spirits Burning tracks to check out, plus crew pics. In the planning-stage: some special videos, here and at the Noh Poetry myspace site. Keep attuned.
Ambient alert! We have an update: Quiet Celebration "Sequel" is scheduled for release this December, on Mellow Records.
Aural Innovations has an in-depth interview with Don Falcone with splendid new photos of himself and others. There's also a review of the new Spirits Burning CD "Found in Nature." You must check it out!
And Voiceprint has a surprise: A virtual Spirits Burning best of CD. It's the coolest "Daevid Allen" tracks from Spirits Burning 1 through 3. Plus, two new guitar/electronic duets by Allen & Falcone. It's all happening under the auspices of "Glissando Grooves (SFO Soundtribe 3)" by Daevid Allen and Don Falcone.
Drummer Mychael Merrill (born Michael Wayne Merrill on December 29th, 1963) died of cancer on Friday, July 7th, 2006, at the age of 42.
Mychael was a founding member of San Francisco space rock and psychedelic band Melting Euphoria. He was the drummer for their 1994 self-released debut "Through The Strands of Time" and their entire CD catalog on Cleopatra Records. He was also the drummer for all their live appearances, including opening for Ozric Tentacles at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore Theatre.
In 2002, Mychael started Fireclan with two former Melting Euphoria members. They released "Electric Sunrise, Acoustic Sunset" in 2004. From 1999 to 2006, he contributed drums and percussion as an ongoing crewmember to three CDs by the Spirits Burning space rock collective, and as a guest on CDs by Weird Biscuit Teatime and Quiet Celebration
Mychael's spirit and passion will always be with us.
Spirits Burning's Found in Nature is now scheduled for release the first week of June. For news, visit Mellow Records. Plus, the 3-CD Moody Blues Tribute from Mellow is now available.
Spaceship Eyes alert! The real-audio soundfile of a brand-new cover version of Robert Calvert's "Working Down a Diamond Mine," recorded by Spaceship Eyes/Don Falcone, is now online. You can find/hear it in the collab-o-relations section of the Robert Calvert website. Scroll down the menu to Don Falcone, then search for "Working Down a Diamond Mine."
The main Spirits Burning website begins it's reincarnation this month, with a spanky new url: www.spiritsburning.com, And to celebrate, we have some news.
Coming this Fall on Black
Widow Records: Spirits
Burning "Alien Injection": Space rock remedies
. . . prepared by Don Falcone, with Daevid Allen (Gong),
Michael Moorcock, Pete Pavli (High Tide), Adrian Shaw (Bevis
Frond), Larry Thrasher (Psychic TV), and Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind),
plus members of Dark Sun, Melting Euphoria, Mushroom, Quarkspace,
Secret Saucer, ST 37, University of Errors, Weird Biscuit Teatime,
Coming this Spring on Mellow Records: Spirits Burning "Found in Nature": Patterns and Mysteries in Space... interperted by Don Falcone, with Daevid Allen (Gong), Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso, Graham Clark (Gong), Trey Sabatelli (The Tubes, Jefferson Starship, Rundgren), Judge Trev (ICU), plus members of Azigza, King Black Acid, Melting Euphoria, Mushroom, Trap, University of Errors, Weird Biscuit Teatime, and more...
Now available from Dead Earnest : Psytrax 2, with 14 space rock specials, including Spirits Burning's "Wilder Beams of Moon." It's a peak into the upcoming "Found In Nature CD. And, this track is an instant classic, with soaring guitars by Daevid Allen, and the rest of the Weird Biscuit Teatime crew
Mellow Records has just announced a release date for the Moody Blues tribute CD "Higher and Higher." Featuring Spirits Burning's rendition of "The Story In Your Eyes," this 3-CD extravanganza should be available in March.
Spirits Burning now has a virtual web resort (or alternate web site). Courtesy of Coloursonic. ln fact, we have also added alternate sites for Falcone & Palmer, and Fireclan. More alternative websites to come.
Every now and then, news comes between the cracks of time! Mastering and artwork for Spirits Burning "Alien Injection" have completed, the sun is hitting our eyes today, and it's a good time to unveil one of the surprises on this CD. "Alien Injection" marks the return of former Hawkwind lead singer Bridget Wishart. She appears on two pieces, "Salome" and "Another World," both of which were created from her original vocal parts. Stay tuned for more news between past, present, and future cracks in time.
Coming soon to a Robert Calvert website near you: the long lost Spaceship Eyes cover of Robert's Calvert's "Working Down A Diamond Mine."
We predict that there will be more spirits burning this year than ever before. And we wish all our friends, fans, and family a happy new year!
Winds of change. The next Spirits Burning CD has undergone a transformation. The title (and title track) will be "Alien Injection," instead of "Raise All Attachments."
Coming soon from Noh Poetry Records: Falcone & Palmer "Gothic Ships."
Weird Biscuit Teatime is upon us and all are invited! You can get your copy of this new space rock masterpiece at the Gong Appreciation Site. And, if you're looking for more Teatime information, the site provides song titles, instrument listings, a short review, and the awesome cover by Hawk Alfredson.
Sci-fi and fantasy alert! Coming in 2006 from Noh Poetry Records: Michael Moorcock and the Deep Fix "The Entropy Tango and Gloriana Sessions."
New to the family: When ST37 recorded Don's "Future Memories" track for a Spirits Burninig CD, they liked the song title so much, they asked if they could use the phrase for their next CD. And the ST37 "Future Memories" CD is now available from fourfourrecords, or visit ST37.com.
It's not official, but plans are afoot! Spirits Burning "Raise All Attachments" is slated for release on Black Widow Records in 2006. More details when we get them. The current plan is to commence mastering in October and finish in mid-to-late November. We should also mention that CD tracking closed with Don adding mellotron to about six tracks. The vintage mellotron (as well as a new mix for one song) was courtesy of Danny Caccavo.
Meanwhile, on the home studio front: Don has just begun work on three separate non-family tree (or would that be future family tree) projects. First, Don will be contributing to a Mooch track. Next, Don is providing some drones to Larry Thrasher for possible inclusion on Larry's future aural works towards world domination. And, Don may be mixing and producing a CD for a very respected RIO friend from the past (more details if and when).
And before we close: Keep an eye out for Psytrax 2 from Andy G and CD Services: Spirits Burning is onboard for what Andy describes as a "rapidly developing and increasingly important CD sampler."
Voiceprint Records is now releasing Daevid Allen "Weird Biscuit Teatime" in September or October. We're really looking forward to this release, as it will unleash some exciting space rock and new music to the world. Also, we're quite happy to be part of the Voiceprint family, as they are supporting a number of space rock and new music artists (including Daevid's Bananamoon Obscura series, the release of the first Hawkwind studio album in this century, and lots more). Check it out!
Recording sessions for the fourth Spirits Burning CD are nearing an end. Steve Palmer has just completed material for three tracks. Doug Erickson is adding guitar to one or two pieces. And Steve Taylor and Dave Figoli have contributed guitar, drums, bass, and even a little synth for a new track to round out the CD. In addition, one of the tracks initially targetted for a future release, is probably going to be added to this CD. The track is titled, "Logger's Revenge," and it features a groovy space jam courtesy of Mushroom's rhythm section, Daevid Allen, Doug Erickson, and plenty of aural innovations by Don Falcone. Plus it has a special voice sample surprise: Brian Tawn speaks!
Artwork for the debut Grindlestone CD is now underway. The CD will be titled: "One."
Records has announced the release of Daevid Allen "Weird
Biscuit Teatime" (also known as Weird Biscuit Teatime "DJDDAY").
Coming in late July, this is the debut CD by the quartet of Allen, Clare, Falcone, and Sabatelli.
News on the Stephen Palmer and Don Falcone unreleased "Gothic Ships" CD is expected soon. Meanwhile, Steve and Don have decided to ax the Spaceship Mooch moniker and go with the project name of Falcone & Palmer.
Noh Poetry Records will be announcing plans for a 2006 release in the next month or so. This will be the first Noh Poetry release on which Don Falcone does not perform. Instead, Don will be working with Mark Pappakostas on restoring some long lost session material by a space rock favorite.
Jay Radford, of Mushroom past, recently added electric guitar parts to three tracks for the next Spirits Burninig CD. Currently, University of Error's Michael Clare, now residing in Hawaii, is doing bass parts for some of the final uncompleted pieces.
Thessalonians "Solaristics" is now available. The music on this CD is from the ambient vaults, originally composed and performed during the heyday of Silent Records and the Bay Area ambient rebirth, but it sounds as fresh as ever. "Solaristics" features eight tracks by the Thessalonians core quartet of Kim Cascone, Larry Thrasher, Don Falcone, and Paul Neyrinck. In addition, there are seven short solo tracks that bridge together the group compositions. So you also get to hear some individual Thessalonian aural journeys. Watch the Thessalonians web page for reviews and other info.
Next time, we'll announce the official release plans for a new CD by one of our "Family Tree" groups.
And in the works: Expect to see/hear a Spirits Burning track on the second edition of the Psytrax "Space Rock" CDR sampler later this year. Plus, we may have news on some old and new Spirits Burning tracks coming together on an unexpected release.
It's still a new year, and looking outward, we see a lot of releases in the queue. Hopefully, over the next few weeks we can start to fill in the blanks and provide some details.
Noh Poetry Records will release the Thessalonians "Solaristics" CD in May of 2005. Artwork (including a stunning cover by Karen Anderson) was completed last month, and the CD package has now been sent out for manufacturing.
Mellow Records is undergoing some changes in ownership and future directions. We expect to receive new release dates for the latest releases by Spirits Burning, Quiet Celebration, and Melting Euphoria, as well as for the Moody Blues "Higher and Higher" tribute.
Weird Biscuit Teatime (Daevid, Don, Michael, and Trey) are closer to being unleashed upon the world. Mark Pappakostas recently completed mastering the tracks that were updated at the end of last year.
Grindlestone (ambient/experimental duo of Doug Erickson and Don Falcone) are currently having their debut CD mastered by Thomas DiMuzio.
We're also hoping to hear some word on the status of the Thom the World Poet and the Golden Age Orchestra get-together from last year. Artwork and mastering were underway as 2005 began. This release will most likely be on CDR only.
Meanwhile, new Spirits Burning work is happening in multiple directions at once.
Spirits Burning IV, "Raise All Attachments," is about 80% done, with recent additions by Quiet Celebration's Purjah, Larry Thrasher (Psychic TV, Thee Majesty, and of course, Thessalonians), Quarkspace/CofHed psycho-rhythmist Paul Williams, celloist Peter Yarbrough (Netherworld), and sci-fi writer Alan Wall (showcasing his acoustic guitar sensibilities). Speaking of sci-fi writers, Stephen Palmer is now aboard for SB IV. And speaking a little more of sci-fi writers, one of the highlights for the CD will be four Mike Moorcock/Pete Pavli pieces, which include new material from others (including some of the names mentioned above).
Spirits Burning V is also moving along. Tentatively titled "CrazyFluidTM," the CD will return Spirits Burning to instrumental territories, as well as some RIO and experimental roots. Cartoon's Scott Brazieal has already recorded material for the early sessions, along with drummer/sound animator Daniel Carter, regular Spirits Burning contributor and counselor Daevid Allen, Weird Bisuit Teatime drummer Trey Sabatelli, and Hawkwind's Capt Black.
And finally, there is even a Spirits Burning VI underway. Tentatively titled "Healthy Music In Long Doses," it will be created from sessions by San Francisco's Mushroom. Because of all the above projects, this CD probaby won't get as much traction this year, as others, but invitations for contributors will be sent out throughout the year, so that this CD can be completed next year.
Fireclan's "Sunrise to Sunset" has made Andy G's best of 2004 list, in the Synth Music category.
The "lost" follow-up to the Thessalonians Soulcraft CD is coming in 2005. Titled "Solaristics," this full-length CD features works by the Thessalonians quartet of Kim Cascone, Larry Thrasher, Paul Neyrinck, and Don Falcone. Only one of the tracks on this CD has ever been released (on the final From Here To Tranquility compilation), while one other track premiered in early 2004 on the Nepturne Currents radio show (as part of a Silent Records retrospective). Thessalonians "Solaristics" will be released by Noh Poetry Records. Details next year. Until then, best holiday wishes.
Noh Poetry Records, the label which released the debut CDs by Spaceship Eyes, Quiet Celebration, and Fireclan has a new, easier to remember, domain name: www.nohpoetryrecords.com.
Expose Magazine (Issue #30, Sept. 04) has reviewed Fireclan's "Sunrise to Sunset" in its Reviewers Roundtable.
While we're waiting for the release of Spirits Burning's third CD from Mellow Records, work on the fourth CD is now over half completed. Vocalist/harmonica player Kev Ellis (Magic Cat, Bubbledubble, Dr. Brown) and guitarist Chris Hopgood (Magic Cat, Arlen) have just completed recording parts for a number of tracks. More Spirits Burning recording news next time.
Coming in December: An announcement of a 2005 release on Noh Poetry Records.
It's a full month of aural and visual innovations. First off, the ultimate Robert Calvert website is now back online. A virtual reincarnation.
You can read views and articles on Mr. Calvert by the likes of Mike Moorcock, Peter Hammill, Dave Brock, Jello Biafra, Don Falcone, a number of Spirits Burning contributors (DarXstar's K. Sören Bengtsson, Tommy Grenas, Ami Hassinen, Kenneth Magnusson, Roger Neville-Neil), and others.
Or, get new artist overviews and musical downloads from musicians (like DF) who have collaborated with Mr. C. in one way or another.
Meanwhile, music from Fireclan's debut CD is now featured in two short films by bay area director Monica Daniel. And you can see and hear the movies for free: Visit the Fireclan homesite for download instructions.
And we have some legacy news on the Quiet Celebration front: Over the last few months, songs from QC's first CD have been used in two VH1 shows ("Driven: Pamela Anderson" and "Centerfold Babylon") and two A&E shows ("Biography: Christina Onassis" and "Biography of the Year: 2003"). Some of these shows are regularly repeated, so it's possible that you might have a chance to relive these QC in TV land moments.
The music of Fireclan is featured in "The Dancer, A Short Film." by Monica Daniel (who also recently did a video for Los Angeles goth band System Syn). We hope to have an Mpeg file of the "Dancer" film online and available for everyone as a free download in the next few weeks. Stay tuned to this web station for details.
A tribute in the making, Part 1: Judge Trev was up first, as his acoustic guitar rhythms and lead vocals are the initial elements of the new Moody Blues cover by Spirits Burning. Part 2: Trey Sabatelli is next, scheduled to record drums in the coming week. (The cover is for a Moody Blues tribute CD, to be released on Mellow Records.)
Long titles for sale: Thom the World Poet and the Golden Age Orchestra CDR has been mixed. Artwork and mastering are now underway. The CD is tentatively titled :"40 minutes on a Strange Planet" (from the 3 Hours in Space Sessions).
Spirits Burning contributor Knut Gerwers will have his legendary "spirit of the p/age" reborn soon on the Aural Innovations web site. For those that remember the original site, this is the definitive online source for all things Robert Calvert. Expect more coverage and downloadable music from the site's many contributors, including Don Falcone (and Spirits Burning and Spaceship Eyes). Spirits Burning's "Reflections In A Radio Shower" featured Robert Calvert reading Centigrade 232 in the track "Drive-By Poetry." More recently, Spirits Burning covered the Calvert/House composition "High Rise." And from the vaults, will be the public unveiling of the Spaceship Eyes (Don Falcone solo) cover of "Working Down A Diamond Mine." It's a very dark and different take. Trust us!
Quiet Celebration is on the verge of becoming a quartet. More if and when we reach that verge.
Weird Biscuit Teatime news. The long-awaited debut CD by the Allen-Clare-Falcone-Sabatelli quartet is being reworked. About half the tunes are done, with the rest expected to be tweaked and refined over the next few months.
Next up, Spirits Burning is working on "The Story In Your Eyes" for a Moody Blues tribute CD on Mellow Records.
Fireclan's "Sunrise to Sunset" has been getting some airplay and great reviews, and is scheduled to get a roundtable review in the next issue of Expose. Meanwhile, the opening track of the CD is tentatively scheduled to get a subtle remix for one of Daevid Allen's Bananamoon Obscura releases on Voiceprint.
Final mixes of Thom the World Poet and the Golden Age Orchestra is almost completed. Note that the name of this one-time band is not official, but we like it!
Austin rockers ST37 will appear on the fourth Spirits Burning CD, performing "Future Memories," a track written by Don Falcone in the 20th century. ST37 becomes the first known band ever do a cover of a piece written by Don. The band will actually debut the track at a gig in their Austin homeland, then go into the studio to record the CD version.
Austin resident Mike Moorcock is now aboard for the same CD. A couple of lost tracks from the Deep Fix days will be resurrected with new instruments and additional parts. Expect to hear Mike singing about "Gloriana" or "Entropy Tango" characters.
Finally, Austin's Thom the World Poet was in the bay area May 29th, and Don recorded an imprompu session by Thom, guitarist David Lichterman, guitarist Jay Radford, and bassist Michael Clare. Final mixes are expected to be completed in June or July, with plans to make the best of the session available to the public.
Mellow Records has just announced the re-release of the first Melting Euphoria CD, on which Don plays keyboards and handles vocals. Retitled "From The Madness We Began," the CD will include three bonus tracks, as well as an 8-page booklet (with lyrics and other surprises). Expect to see this release in 2005. More future memories next time.
Quiet Celebration is signing with Mellow Records. The new Quiet Celebration CD, titled "Sequel," will be released in late 2004 or 2005. It's a new slice of ambient-ethno-jazz by Quiet Celebration and friends. Each track features a guest star. Guests include: Don's brother Dave, Gong maestro Daevid Allen, King Black Acid's Rich Landar, Gong/Spacehead violinist Graham Clark, guitarist Jerry Jeter, and others.
The debut Fireclan CD has been mastered. Next month, we should have details regarding its release.
Coming February 22nd: A special look at Silent Records on KKUP's Netptune Currents radio show. With on-air appearances by Silent Records founder Kim Cascone, Silent Web site guru DJ Monolith, and Thessalonian Don Falcone. Full details in our February update.
Mastering for the next full length Spirits Burning CD beguns September 1.
Meanwhile, work has actually begun on two very different Spirits Burning CDs. One will be mostly instrumental, with each track based on performances by one or more members of Mushroom. The other CD will include a number of vocal tracks. Bevis Frond and one-time Hawkwind bassist Adrian Shaw will be contributing to two tracks of this heavier, and rock-laden venture. More details in the distant future...
On the immediate Spirits Burning front, you can get a look at the cover of the upcoming Hawkwind tribute CD at Godreah Records. Check out their releases page.
Once upon a time... Don and Marty worked at Orban. And, once upon a time... Don and Marty, aka Alien Heat, did a sample-based track for a dropift CD. This August, Free Speech For Sale has finally arrived. For details, visit www.freespeechforsale.com. Hint: You can hear the Alien Heat track for free.
The Spirits Burning rendition of Hawkwind's High Rise will be part of "Daze of the Underground, A Tribute To Hawkwind," on Godreah Records. From the Godreah home page, click on "Hawkwind Tribute CD" for a full listing of bands and songs.
Spirits Burning has also just completed a track for a Hawkwind tribute CD, tentatively scheduled for mid-2003 release. Performing a new rending of the Calvert/House compostion "High Rise," the line-up is: Karen Anderson (Backing Vocals), Michael Clare (Bass), Doug Erickson (Guitars), Don Falcone (Lead Vocals, Organ), Doug Pearson (Violin, Wiard, Backing Vocals), Trey Sabatelli (Drums), Zero (Synths).
And in case you missed it: Don was recently interviewed on the new Silentrecords.net web site.
Also in the queue: Quiet Celebration "Sequel." Mixing has been completed and the band are working out mastering details and checking out a few labels.
Meanwhile, Don has joined Fireclan, a new trance rock band, with Mychael Merrill and Luis Davila (both of Melting Euphoria). Together, they've already recorded the seeds of eight new pieces. More news, next year, as the band continues to develop.
A wonderful new site has just been launched: www.Silentrecords.net. Check it out! Besides covering all things that were Silent back in the day, there's recent interviews with different Silent artists (from Don to Makyo). The site it the handiwork of DJ Monolith. Pretty cool.
Gazul has finally released the Gazuline compilation, titled Gazuline "Faite le plein e Gazul pour pas cher." The entire track listing is below (in our last news installment). The Spirits Burning track, "By Design" was the title track of sorts from the debut Spirits Burning CD "New Worlds By Design."
Also now available is a Gong compilation featuring "2nd Degree Soul Sparks" from this year's Spirits Burning CD, "Reflections in a Radio Shower." The track features the poetic voices of the late Robert Calvert, Gong's Daevid Allen, Thom the World Poet (and a couple of other earthly and unearthly voices). Musicians on the track include Daevid on guitar and Michael Clare on bass (both of whom are currently on tour in Europe with University of Errors), as well as Don and others. We'll tell you more about the Gong compilation next time, or you can go to the Gong Appreciation Site and get more details there.
Til next time, Peace. (09/02)
In a darker part of the universe, work on the next Spaceship Eyes CD has just begun.
In a quieter place, recording for the second Quiet Celebration CD has been underway for a few months, and is about 2/3 done. Each track will feature the QC quartet, plus a special guest. The guest list already includes Rich from King Black Acid, Gong family members Daevid A and Graham, Don's brother Dave, and guitarist Jerry Jeter. Expect more ethnic sounds (from shanais to mandolins to resonators)!
Late last year Daevid Allen was in town, following a year of touring with Gong and University of Errors. He laid down guitar and vocal tracks for a number of projects, including the aformentioned Quiet Celebration and Spirits Burning. Additionally, the sessions left open the possibility that Daevid, Don, and Michael (Clare) may reprise their work as a trio (they composed and performed "New Spell" on the new Spirits Burning CD).
Finally, a sample-based track by Alien Heat (Don and Marty
A) is tentatively scheduled for release this year. (03/02)
Also, be on the lookout for an early 2002 issue of Exposé Magazine
with a free CD featuring
Spirits Burning, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Amy X Neuburg &
Men, Trap, and other Bay Area progressive bands. The Spirits
Burning track, Clear Audient V2.5, is a remake/remodel
from the new full-length CD. Actually, it's a version with half
the players from the CD version, plus a whole new half, including
Gong's Daevid Allen. (12/01)
Aural Innovations Radio Show #32 features the music of Don Falcone and his Spaceship Mooch co-pilot Stephen Palmer. Playlist includes Quiet Celebration, Spaceship Eyes AND a special remix of Docking At Goth Pool by Spaceship Mooch, plus songs from Don's Spirits Burning "Reflections In A Radio Shower" and Steve's Blue Lily Commission "Seshen and the White Jasmine Commission" (in RealAudio). (9/01)
Last year's Spaceship Eyes' release is still being discovered: OCR recently charted on Stanford college radio station KZSU, getting at high as #15. The CD has been getting airplay throughout May and June.
Grindlestone, the ongoing, but quiet project of Don and Doug (Erickson) has its debut track on a CD that accompanies the latest issue of Margen Magazine. The CD includes a Roach/Obmana track and a solo Roach track. And, there's two more free CDs from Cuneiform. The magazine also has a brief interview with Don.
Speaking of quiet, the Quiet Celebration trio has begun work on their second CD. It's Don, Edward and John (from hereon called Purjah). (7/01)
Quiet Celebration, the ambient-world-jazz quartet was similarly praised in Progression, and plans are afoot for the second CD, with even more emphasis on the ethnic percussion and jazz elements inherent in the band's sound. Expect to hear the results in 2002. New vendors for last fall's release include Wayside and Backroads, as well as Amazon.com.
Closer to the now, a number of projects are just completing and nearing public debuts. Three to be exact. (If you're looking for Spirits Burning news, skip to number 3.)
(1) As noted some month ago, Noh Poetry is releasing a dark ambient compilation called Where Stalks The Sandman. The latest news has Praxis joining an already stellar track line-up of Steven Wilson, Kim Cascone, Don Falcone, Karen Anderson, and Monocaine. The Praxis track is a remix of a track from the "Mold" period that originally featured Bill Laswell and Pat Thrall. The release date has now been set in stone (or some like material!): May 7, 2001.
(2) Spaceship Mooch, that clever ambient Goth project from Stephen Palmer and Don Falcone, is just about to launch. Final mastering is underway, and the CD is being shopped around to a number of labels for 2001-2 release.
(3) The big news. Spirits Burning II is finished (except for mastering) and the final line-up can now be revealed. Next time around we should be able to tell you where and when the sound will go public (i.e., label and release date). Plus, more details as to the contents of this incredible and ongoing virtual space band.
And, without further ado, here's the sonic contributors: Daevid Allen (Gong), Robert Calvert (reading his Centigrade 232), Mushroom, Don Xaliman (Melodic Energy Commission), Judge Trev (ICU, Calvert's Hype), Austin's ST37, Paul Williams (Quarkspace), Kenneth Magnusson and Knut from The Moors, University of Errors' bassist Michael Clare, Stephen Palmer/Mooch (including Mooch guests Pete Wyer and Neil Pinnock), Doug Pearson and Grawer (both from Primordial Undermind), Carl Howard (Born To Go), Thom the World Poet, Bay Area stick player Teed Rockwell, recent Spaceship Eyes guests Jerry Jeter and Karen Anderson, the lyrics of Hawkwind/Farflung scribe Roger Neville-Neil, Space Dust drummer Duane Zarakov, Wobbly, and former New Sun guitarist Doug Erickson. And of course, Don "Spaceship Eyes" Falcone.
There's a few other surprises brewing, and we'll let them
simmer until next time. (3/01)
Spaceship Mooch has lifted off. Don (Spaceship Eyes)
and Steve Palmer (Mooch) have teamed up to create this
new musical entity. Expect to hear the results sometime in 2001.
The Mooch site states "this is going to be pretty ambient,
sort of evening-music, lighter from Steve, darker, even
gothic in places from Don."
Spirits Burning II is about 60% completed. The working title is "Reflections In A Radio Shower," taken from an old Melting Euphoria piece Don was part of; we're told the piece will definitely not be included on this CD. The SB II crew currently includes ST37, Mushroom, Stephen Palmer (Mooch), Thom The World Poet, Knut Gerwers, Roger Neville-Neil, Doug Erickson, Doug Pearson, Carl Howard (Born To Go), Karen Anderson and Jerry Jeter. Watch this space for more recruits. (9/00)
First out of the block is Quiet Celebration. This ambient world CD (featuring Don, Ashley Adams, Edward Huson and John Purves) is being co-released September 7th by Gazul Records and Noh Poetry Records. Some of the material hearkens back to Don's work with Silent Records, what with the synths and tabla, but Ashley and John provide a different kind of counterpoint with contrabass and woodwinds, respectively. This is one ethno-ambient chill for everyone to celebrate.
Soon after, Oct 3rd to be exact, Spaceship Eyes III finally reveals itself. Titled "Of Cosmic Repercussion," it continues Don's eclectic movement through electronica and all things space. OCR is the consequences of Don's drum 'n' bass experiments on the "Truth" CD, forever expanding the electronica palette. With OCR, there's plenty of synthworks and new beats, plus you can trip to some psychedelic guitar work from guests Doug Erickson, Thessalonian David James and Jerry Jeter. Or, check out the 3 vocal tracks, with singing from Jerry, Karen Anderson and Don.
Finally, before year's end, Noh Poetry is releasing a dark ambient compilation. It'll debut a track by the duo of Doug Erickson and Raymond Peck, and one by Karen Anderson. There's a piece by Silent Records founder Kim Cascone. And at long last, the release of Don's 26 minute ambient track "An Isolated Craft." This track was featured a few years ago at a new music showcase, but was never released. Sourced from a single 10-second 1kHz tone, it's an ambient masterpiece that must be heard to be believed.
Next time, we'll update you with the Spirits Burning II sessions, and offer a peak into another project or two. (8/00)
Also check out the BLTC soundtrack for a snippet of Spaceship Eyes, followed by full length endeavors by the likes of DJ Snoopy, Meat Beat Manifesto, Crystal Method, Electric Skychurch and a host of others.
On the horizon, Spaceship Eyes next CD, "Of Cosmic Repercussions," looks to hit the air and storewaves around August.
Next time around we'll give you updates to the second Spirits Burning CD that's currently underway, news about a new dark ambient comp, and a release date for Don's ambient world project, Quiet Celebration. (6/00)
New MP3 files on the soundstage
page for your enjoyment. (4/00)
Last week, Don completed final mixing for the 3rd SE offering, tentatively titled "Of Cosmic Repercussions." No word yet on release dates.
Meanwhile, in another corner of the universe, Spirits Burning
II is now under way. Mushroom, ST37, Thom The World Poet and
a host of others are onboard. A few former Hawkwinders are scheduled
to contribute as well. Details as the trip progresses. If you
haven't heard Spirits Burning yet, check out the new MP3s on
Burning site. (1/00)
| He had a great time.
And he's brought back pictures of himself.
Coming in Sept/October from Gazul/Musea Records, the long-awaited Spirits Burning CD featuring over 30 space rock musicians, from Daevid Allen to Melting Euphoria's Zero. A new Spirits Burning website is completed. (8/99)
Meanwhile: The first Spirits Burning adventure has been completed.
Details soon. (4/99)
illegal art's "Extracted Celluloid" is set to be released on April 9th, 1999 on Seeland. Don has contributed two pieces to this release. (2/99)
Don Falcone is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the Spirits Burning space rock project "New Worlds By Design." The project will encompass about 15 space trips (over 70 minutes of music) with contributions from Malcolm Mooney (original Can), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Paul Fox (Pressurehed, Anubian Lights), Mychael Merrill (Melting Euphoria), David James (Thessalonians, Spearhead) and Knut Gerwers, as wells as members of DarXtar, Quarkspace, Nemesis, 10th Planet and more. Details of when it will be ready for public consumption will be forthcoming in the Spring.
Don's concurrently working on ambient side project 'Quiet
Celebration'. Following their debut gig, opening for Spaceship
Eyes in January, the quartet is recording 10 songs, full of synth
swells, moving tablas, mysterious winds and reeds and an otherworldly
acoustic bass accompaniment. (1/99)
On Jan 6th, Spaceship Eyes will be playing at the Café Du Nord. It'll be an evening of new electronica you won't want to miss. Headlining: Grassy Knoll with Spaceship Eyes, DJ Sep, Quiet Celebration. Show starts at 8:30 pm at Café Du Nord, 2170 Market Street (@ Sanchez) in San Francisco. Hope to see you all there! Details on appearances page. (11-12/98)
Some Important Words From The Spaceship Eyes Hangar -- direct from Don Falcone:
The first strains of the next Spaceship Eyes CD begin in November. October is being spent on other projects. Just finished a drum session with Mychael Merrill (Melting Euphoria); he's contributing to a couple of tracks on the debut full-length Spirits Burning CD.
Be on the lookout for issue 4 of Aural Innovations, as I mention a little bit more about Spirits Burning there. (Speaking of Aural Innovations, check out their cool USA Space Map, with Spaceship Eyes and other bands on it:)
About a week ago, tabla player Edward Huson was over to put a dent in our new and ongoing ethno-ambient project, Quiet Celebration, as well as stuff for Spirits Burning.
Finally, I've got two experimental tracks coming out next
year on an Illegal Art offering entitled Extracted Celluloid.
Each artists uses audio from film to create a new entity. I've
got two tracks, under the project name 'Alien Heat': Illegal
Space Kids (using audio from The Space Children) and Shootout
At Best Western: (using audio from Westworld and Once Upon A
Time In The West). Over and Out, DF (10/98)
Don has a part in the Mr. Merides CD release party on September 19th. The details on the appearances page. (9/98)
He's opened his mouth again -- Don just finished some meaty interviews with both Spain's Atropos (#10) and US's Aural Innovations (#4) which coincides with the review of the new CD "Truth In The Eyes of a Spaceship." (8/98)
Read the words and wisdom of Don "Mastermind" Falcone in the uncut version of his Margen #13 interview. (7/98)
A Genesis tribute album entitled "The Fox Lies Down" will be released June 9th on Cleopatra Records. It features Brand X, Patrick Moraz, John Wetton, Daevid Allen, Mother Gong (with Harry Williamson), Architectural Metaphor, and the ever-evolving space-rock band Spirits Burning featuring Don Falcone (ya know, from Spaceship Eyes). (6/98)
Check it out! Spaceship Eyes' newest full-length CD "Truth In The Eyes Of A Spaceship" has shipped. Soundclips and CD cover are available for your inspection. We've even gotten a few spins. Available at many fine online CD stores.
And a Happy Birthday to Brian Eno on May 15th which coincidentally
is the same day as our gig in San Mateo, CA. (5/98)
Just announced live performance: a once in a lifetime acoustic/electric and electronic war, with Spirits Burning vs. Spaceship Eyes. It all happens May 15th, at Full Moon Saloon, San Mateo. The headliner is the band Present.
Gary Numan and Spaceship Eyes unite on April 14th. You can hear DF's newest remix and Gary Numan's haunting voice on "Gary Numan: The Mix" CD.
The release date for the next Spaceship Eyes full-length CD has been announced. It'll hit the stores and shops on May 12th. Next month this space will give you details, from guest stars to track listing.
Also, check out the newly-formed Halcyon Records. They're
hard at work with plans to rebuild the ambient culture and soundscape
begun by Silent Records. Don has already been asked to write
some liner notes. And you can expect to hear a number of former
Silent artists on the label. We'll let you know if there's a
track by Don Falcone (or one of his new project names) on their
debut compilation. (4/98)
Special appearance by Spaceship Eyes February 21st -- Cultural Labyrinth #7, 8pm in San Francisco, CA. Details on appearances page. A full band will be playing. Don't miss it! (2/98)
On Sunday, February 15th Spaceship Eyes will perform live on "Uncle Al's Graveyard Hippie Show." The radio show runs noon to 3pm on KFJC 89.7 FM - Foothill Jr. College, Los Altos Hills, California. Spaceship Eyes will be jamming the frequencies from 1 - 3pm. They plan on playing live for at least 40 minutes, spinning tracks from their CDs and 12" singles, doing an interview, and giving away a few CD and 12-inchers. Guest Edward Huson will jam on tabla.
IndyMusic an Internet Jukebox -- "Storm of Cleopatra" and "Resubmergence" are featured on Indy Music's 13-week playlist from 12/29/97 to 3/29/98. A Shockwave plug and patience is required. You can play them in their entirety.
And a prosperous New Year to you. (1/98)
"Kamarupa" has been included in The Best of 1997 list by Backroads Music Newsletter and The Lighthouse Keeper.
Fans of Hawkwind and space music, science fiction, art and 20th century philosophy should view a stunningly bold web site called The World On Calvert which features a complex, but fascinating look at the musical legacy of Bob Calvert. Spaceship Eyes' Don Falcone has contributed a beefy essay entitled "Robert Calvert: Art Hero and Inventor."
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all
who made the 1997 season so tremendous for us! (12/97)
The Spaceship Eyes Soundstage Theater is now open. We've added more high-quality RealAudio sound slips and even made them longer. Hear the latest release "Cheebahcabra" as well as 8 other fine Spaceship Eyes cuts. (11/97)
The 12 inch single "Cheebahcabra" is pre-selling now at CD Now.
New additions to the Spaceship Eyes web site: an equipment page with generous links. More vendors, too. (10/97)
Word on the streets is that on 11/18, Spaceship Eyes will be releasing a 12-inch single called "Cheebahcabra" for $5.49 on Hypnotic. Freaky Chakra does a remix of "Cheebahcabra" and the other side has a "Jung Collage" (Mental mix) by Don Falcone entitled "Dreaming Without The Right Side."
Also, if you're in the San Francisco area, Spaceship Eyes
will be the featured "Tape Music Lounge Artist"
at the "Cultural Labyrinth 3: Nature/Nurture" on Saturday,
October 25th, 8pm at 2779 (formerly known as Komotion).
The address: 2779-16th Street at Folsom. Hear the debut of a
new Spaceship Eyes ambient piece for yourself.
A $4 donation is requested. For more info: 510/763-0316 (9/97)
Hypnotic Records has an upcoming release for September entitled "Saturday Night Fetish." Your 70's disco faves are spun to a new techno-electro-trance beat courtesy of such artists as Astralasia ("Ring my Bell"), Transmutator ("Macho Man" is quite good) and your Spaceship Eyes covering "Le Freak." Freak out! (8/97)
Spaceship Eyes has just signed with Hypnotic Records -- a subdivision of Cleopatra Records of Los Angeles. For the first Hypnotic full-length release, Don Falcone is currently working on a number of drum 'n' bass excursions with guest contributions by Freaky Chakra of Astralwerks Records and Hawkwind's Harvey Bainbridge.
There's also a gig in the works, possibly in December, 1997
or in January, 1998 at one of San Francisco's ongoing electronic
music venues. We'll keep you informed as things progress. (7/97)