Monday, September 1, 2014

August 2014 Shows

Saturday, August 2: SSBT, Fiasco @ Mothership Music, Portland, Oregon

Sunday, August 3: SSBT, Olsen/Clemént/Ruhlmann @ 247 Main, Vancouver, British Columbia

Monday, August 4: SSBT, Olsen/Clemént/Ruhlmann @ Gallery 1580, Victoria, British Columbia

Tuesday, August 5: SSBT, Joda Clemént, Eschatons, Holzpopf, City Dragon @ Red Gate, Vancouver, British Columbia

Thursday, August 7: SSBT, Jason E. Anderson @ Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle

Thursday, August 7: No Babies @ Black Lodge, Seattle

Saturday, August 9: SSBT, It's OK, Girl @ CymaSpace, Portland, Oregon

Thursday, August 14: Butter Knifes @ Trunk Space, Phoenix

Sunday, August 17: You @ Gold House, Albuquerque

Wednesday, August 20: Iron Lung, Una Bèstia Incontrolable, Hanta @ Sister, Albuquerque

Monday, August 25: The Sediment Club, Time Parent, Doomed to Exist @ Burt's Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 CFB: Arizona State vs. Weber State

**Arizona State 45, Weber State 14

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona

**First ASU home game without Dad since 1980. 
Miss you.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Break It Down by Lydia Davis

The first book of Lydia Davis’ short-story collection, Break It Down (contained in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis) is the author’s follow-up to her 1976 debut The Thirteenth Woman and Other Stories. Originally published in 1986, Break It Down unearths the silent emotional disintegrations of fictional sad-sack characters – ranging from the man on sabbatical who can’t complete a task to a piece simply titled “A Few Things Wrong with Me” – in economical, snack-sized stories.

The 34 pieces become progressively more dismal, focusing on characters that are stuck in self-imposed emotional prisons. The two-page “Two Sisters” is especially daunting, and includes passages like this:

“Their husbands disappoint them. Their sons are failures and spend their mothers’ love in cheap towns. Strong as iron, only, is now the hatred of the two sisters for each other. This endures, as their husbands wither, as their sons desert.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Free Will

Alone and feeling alone at a show that’s holding your attention by about 25 percent, a decision, based on loneliness and missing him, is made: Get drunk and do something unlike you.

This means drinking three beers instead of sticking with only the two. You’re a terrible drunk.

The bike ride up the hill at 1 a.m. is a struggle. You feel the beer.

At home, you listen to one of your favorite records, a dancehall-for-permaangst single made from the heart of your hometown. You turn in around four o’clock in the morning.

Four hours sleep. The remembering of an awful dream had.

In it, she screen captures posts from this blog and posts personal photos of you in private moments on a social media site. Captions include the words “twerp” and “the worst.” Her friends cheer her on in the comments.

Your stomach stays dropped all morning. You miss him even more.

A repeated thought: a horoscope in the local, slim alt-weekly that you read while seated alone at the venue.

Now is an excellent time to phase out fantasies that bog you down or drag you backward. Are you up for that challenge? Can you summon the courage to leave the mediocre past behind? If so, here are your assignments: Wean yourself of longings to reconstruct bygone pleasures. Forget about trying to be like the person you used to be and to have the keys you used to have. Stop feeding the feelings that keep you affixed to obsolete goals. Break any taboo that makes you scared to change what needs to be changed.

A horoscope, for Chrissake.

You returning her recent message – and breaking your silence – might be the "unlike you" that you vowed to execute at the show.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

People Problems

A forgotten birthday on the day of his departure. A sorry attempt at bridging. An admittance of selfishness and laziness. A severing phone call with no explanation.

A first text message that breezes through a condolence. A second that makes it all about that person. Sporadic and weak follow-up communications.

People who you really liked as people, until they became these people.

No room in your life for these people.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Visual: SJ/JF at Nile Record Fair

SJ and James Fella at the Nile Record Fair
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Mesa, Arizona

Photo credit: Lesley Oliver

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Visual: Green Eater at Trunk Space

Green Eater at Trunk Space
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona

Photo credit: James Fella

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Visual: Randall Cunningham Dance Company Recording Session

Randall Cunningham Dance Company recording session
Revolver Records, Phoenix, Arizona
Monday, January 6, 2014

Photo credits: James Fella

Monday, August 11, 2014

Visual: SSBT at Red Gate

Two-thirds of SSBT at Red Gate
Vancouver, British Columbia
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Photo credit: Chris Cogburn

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tomorrow: SSBT at CymaSpace

The CymaSpace Mutli-sensory Cymatic Summer Events Series brings you an evening with SSBT and It's OK, Girl.

Come enjoy talented free-jazz and improvisational sets in tandem with the in-house sound-reactive art lighting installations and vibro-haptic furniture.

Saturday, August 9th 2014. Doors at 7pm. Music at 8pm.
CymaSpace, 4634 B NE Garfield Ave, Portland OR 97211
$5 Suggested Donation (help support the artists on their Summer Tour).

IT'S OK, GIRL is Danielle Ross (movement, and Ben Kates (saxophone,

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tonight: SSBT at Hollow Earth Radio

(courtesy of The Stranger)

8 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hollow Earth Radio
2018 East Union Street, #A
Seattle, Washington 98122

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tonight: SSBT at Red Gate

SSBT with City Dragon, Holzpopf, Eschatons, Joda Clement

10 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Red Gate Collective
855 East Hastings
Vancouver, British Columbia

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 2014 Shows

Tuesday, July 15: Shitstorm, Holly Hunt, Haemorrhage @ The Jam Spot, Albuquerque

Wednesday, July 16: Civil Union, Prison of Sound, Terri Schivao Dance Party @ Sister, Albuquerque

Friday, July 18: Bleed the Pigs, Hollow Tongue @ Gasworks, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 20: Man or Astro-man?, Sallie Ford, Wray @ Launchpad, Albuquerque

Wednesday, July 23: Peter J. Woods, Alan George Ledergerber, Unnatural Element @ Burt's Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque

Saturday, July 26: Soft Shoulder @ Wall Street, Phoenix

Thursday, July 31: Bonnie Montgomery, Shayna Rain and the Gents @ Velveteen Rabbit, Las Vegas

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Saturday: SSBT at Mothership Music

Freeform Free Jazz Freakout Night at The Ship...

SSBT outta Austin Texas will be bringing the hardcore guitar, sax, and drum free noise for deranged souls and those of us fed up with all the bullshit!

Fiasco is our own PDX darlings of free sound and tonal abuse led by the one and only king of Portland underground Jazz Mr. Shane Ronet.

get yer head adjusted!



$5 donation for the musicians

3611 NE MLK
Portland, Oregon 97212

across the street from Beech St. Parlor, hint hint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Saturday: SSBT on KPSU Closet Radio

SSBT will be live and on-air at Portland State University's KPSU during Closet Radio from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Saturday, August 2. Tune in.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Storm Trooper

Under an hour, and still one of the worst flights.

A screaming baby. A fidgety, sweaty seatmate. Extreme turbulence. A landing so rough that a vertebrae in your low back seems to twist the wrong way.

When the outcome is in doubt, you pray. You never pray.

You also talk to him, who recently departed. It’s extreme and not sane, but it still feels nice to reach out.

Friday, July 25, 2014


The reception couldn’t be better, but the people couldn’t be sadder. Since you’ve lived it for nearly two years, you left that place months ago. Or so you thought.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


No desire to travel, for staying put, to work, to sit around, to be alone or around people. The mantra he lived makes you do something, even when it’s nothing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014