Brothers and Sisters,
On this third day of benefit singles, we’re going to have a little fun. While there’s nothing I like more than hours and hours of sad bastard music, there can be a lot of catharsis in joy. And the other way around. It pleases me to introduce brother Joe Miller. Joe and I met when Beth and I co-curated Nomadic Studio back in 2010 with another Jim altogether. Joe was working at the museum, we all met cute, and we’ve been brothers and sisters ever since. Joe and I started a sound-out-of-time duo called Tourism. Tourism protests music. We’re more into educational television these days. More on that in a bit.
Today’s single is actually from around the time we first started playing music. While I’m loath to post really old stuff as part of this benefit series, over the past four years, this piece has sprawled into something much bigger, and it’ll make sense soon enough. The single, “Haunt the Room” b/w “Eid’n” (21:12) is a long-form, twenty one minute and twelve second performance. There are currently six separate pieces that are all the same length and they are meant to be played simultaneously. It can get pretty loud. I recommend listening to it at about half the volume you’re accustomed to. I’ll be slowly releasing all of these (21:12) pieces over the course of the month, and they’ll be labeled clearly. They all stand alone, but they all work together.
“Haunt the Room” is culled from a series of improvisations and made up our first album/tour video filmed by Beth Wiedner entitled Nomadic 3. “Eid’n” is made from field recordings done during Nomadic Studio at the Peace Warriors rally at Lawndale College Prep. Joe did the first half and I did the second, though we played on both.
The bonus item for today is some educational television. As I had mentioned earlier, we got into it. Joe has a brother, Reid Garrison Miller. Joe and Reid aren’t twins, but they are a matched set. When Beth and I met Joe, we got Reid as a super bonus. If I could adopt, I’d pick the Bros. Miller. No question. Joe, Reid and I started filming some documentaries and artist features a few years back, and we’ve done about four or five. They’re gifted cinematographers/directors/editors (understatement), and I get to be the host with the most (overstatement). Anyway, after we did a clutch of them, we wanted to figure out how to present all these videos and interviews and TourismTV was born.
I’ve been off the grid for the past year or so with school and work and projects, and the most recent video we’ve done, I hadn’t shared yet. Mea culpa! We met with muralist Jeff Zimmermann and talked about his huge mural at 1871 at the Merchandise Mart. He’s a great dude, and an immense talent. We’ve interviewed Jeff before, and it was a blast to catch up with him again. Fun fact: Jeff’s jumbo portraits, “Nort” and “Sowf” were literally to the left of stage when we performed and recorded “Haunt the Room” four years ago. It’s how we really got into his work.
Anyway, enjoy the video, play some music maybe, and throw some cash at the Epilepsy Foundation through the bandcamp page if you feel. It’s going to be a full month, so let’s get weird.
February 3rd, 2015