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A Smoking For Two Christmas

Back in December of '98, Greg Beemster recorded an a cappella rendition of  "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Greg's vocals had always sounded like a slowed-down Karen Carpenter, and indeed his interpretation of this seasonal classic owes more than a little to the Carpenters' take on the song, which can be heard on the Christmas album that they recorded in 1978. Greg's good friend, Thymme, who documented the solo vocal performance, decided to add some pitch-shifted pianos to the mix...   and then some trumpet... and so an idea was born: For the next ten holiday seasons, Thymme would take Greg's original vocal track and add different instrumentation (while erasing the previous year's music). The two friends would then hand out copies to people they knew in the form of store-bought, pre-recorded cassettes. (They would record over the first four minutes of, say, a Peter Frampton or Madonna or Judas Priest or Pearl Jam release, leaving the rest of the album intact.) After a few years, the tradition evolved as they began to occasionally include an audio Christmas letter (by an anonymous acquaintance of theirs) and then switched from cassette tapes to CDrs. (Not as fun, but the letters definitely compensated...)  Anyway, what we have here in 2013 is every year's recording on one purchasable CDr, which can be acquired by going here:  cheer-accident.com/merch/                                                                                              enJOY?

C-A at ESS and on WNUR

Just a little reminder that We Accidense are playing a very special indoor/outdoor show at Experimental Sound Studio (5925 N. Ravenswood) this Saturday at 4:00pm. And before that, we are being featured on the glorious WNUR (89.3 FM, Evanston/Chicago). The following is from the desk of Dan Burke...

 

CHEER-ACCIDENT special feature this Thursday 8/29 from 5-6pm on THE VOICE OF REASON radio broadcast on WNUR 89.3 FM.
Streams at www.wnur.org
Focused interview discussing upcoming performance at ESS next weekend Saturday 8/31, the upcoming euro tour, new band members, world peace, and website new release subscription series. Expect to hear new unreleased music as well as selections from the bands entire historical output including rare early & live material.
Presented by Soundoferror every Thursday from 2-6:30PM on WNUR 89.3FM Evanston/Chicago the VOICE OF REASON is a mind boggling eclectic mix of EVERYTHING. Live performance with laptop, ciat-lonbarde cocoquantus, & eurorack modular synth, records, cds & cassettes: rock, electronic, classical, improv, prog, funk, fusion, techno, mash-up, 20th-century classical, spoken word, music concrete, noise, minimalism, atonal, ambient, jazz, 80's, sometimes all at the same time. Purity vs. density. quiet to cacophonous. Nothing is sacred.

Incorporating: "Patchworks" feature focusing on groundbreaking, old and new synthesizer music and primarily modular synth music made by members of the Muffwiggler forum from 4-5PM.

ESS: August 31, 2013

We thought we'd give y'all a taste of what we're bringing to Europe in September a little early: Yeah: Saturday, August 31, in the afternoon, we are doing our first show at ESS as part of their summer series (graciously and intelligently curated by one Adam Vida). Implodes, a band I've not yet heard but look forward to hearing, will also be playing that day. And, yeah: Evelyn Davis (specializing in piano innards), Dante Kester (our newest and tallest bass player), Charles Dudley Bayne, III, Jeff Libersher and Thymme Jones will be the lineup you will hear. You will, here? Or I suppose you could skip that show and just see us at one of these spots: Friday, Sept. 13: Gerardmer, France. Le Grattoir Saturday, Sept. 14: Basel, Switzerland. Hirscheneck Sunday, Sept, 15: Leuven, Belgium. L'Escalier Monday, Sept. 16: Brussels, Belgium. Magasin 4 Tuesday, Sept. 17: Paris, France. L'Espace B Wednesday, Sept. 18: Clermont-Ferrand, France. Raymond Bar Thursday, Sept. 19: Probably Milano! Confirmation soon! Friday, Sept. 20: Montpellier, France. The Black Sheep Saturday, Sept. 21: Carmaux, France. Rock In Opposition Festival We get to play before our heroes, Univers Zero! And Faust will be there, too. ¡Yowza!

What’s All This About Musicians Earning A Living?

Our good, good, obnoxiously talented friends, Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, were in town last week. The first thing they did upon arrival was play an amazing show at Schuba's: It was intimate and highly engaging, with some of the most amusing caffeine-induced between-song banter I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing. The second thing they did (which I unfortunately could not attend) was play a house show in Evanston. The third thing... Oh, the third thing they did... Well, they invaded our CHEER-ACCIDENT recording/rehearsal space ("the basement") to document the very first TRUE collaboration between them and us. (Now don't get me wrong, these two camps have put in a lot of time together, both in the form of recording-- Carla sings on "Sun Dies" from Fear Draws Misfortune and plays violin on "Blue Cheadle" from that same album, and their former band, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and CHEER-ACCIDENT have engaged in so much onstage cross-pollination that I've sometimes forgotten where one band ended and the other began. But this...) THIS was the first bona fide collaboration, in that we were all equally involved in the inception of a song. The way we went about "writing" this song was rather treacherous: Carla, Matthias, and "road friend," Abby, came over to join the JeffThymmeDanteEvelyn version of the band (in other words 4/5 of Euro-Accident) to freely improvise for an hour. The next step in the writing process entailed sifting through the (frightening/joyous/magical) id vomit to "find the song." Well, we found a few chunks that did the trick, Carla sang some words that Scott Rutledge had written many years ago (which happened to be lying in plain sight on a table upstairs, still songless after all these years), violas/violins/trumpets were overdubbed and we were good to go. And so what does this collaboration have to do with "musicians earning a living?" Well, this song (entitled "Before The Sun") is to be the August 2013 installment of Carla and Matthias' subscription page. Jointly, they go under the moniker "Rabbit Rabbit Radio." I've been a subscriber since day one, and it's been an amazing ride: They've pledged to record a NEW song every month, while giving members of the site access to the process of the recording (via video documentation), top ten lists and other dork-ass brain fun (DABF). You can enlist in this extraordinary world for as little as two dollars a month. They have generated enough interest during their one and a half years of existence to have come darned close to earning a living (there's that phrase again) through this site alone. And guess what? CHEER-ACCIDENT is about to follow suit. That's right, we are going to (per their suggestion) completely rip off their idea: As of September 1, 2013, you will be able to enable yourselves (for $2, $4, $6, or $10) access to a brand new song, rare live footage, conversations with Phrogclock, and a "wild card" scenario which will vary from month to month. (And, of course, the "free" part of CHEER-ACCIDENT.com, including the part you're reading right now, will remain free.) So. Given that we find ourselves a mere 24 hours away from Rabbit Rabbit Radio's first CHEER-ACCIDENT invasion/inclusion, I suppose I should throw you their link. It looks like this: http://rabbitrabbitradio.com/ Fortuitous, eh? And completely (honest!) unplanned. Tune in soon for details on how you may participate in enabling your favorite CHEER-ACCIDENT to earn a living.

Saturday, June 22: Mayne Stage

We are playing our first show in two years (almost to the day) at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park. 1328 W. Morse. Doors open at 6:30. Show is at 8:00. Gnuman will be starting the night. They are a Gary Numan cover band. We come the closest we've ever come to being a Gary Numan cover band on the "B" side of our new single which will be available at the show. (We've never come that close to being a Gary Numan cover band, though.) (But really, that "B" side isn't as far off as you might imagine.) Well, enough about Gary Numan. Let's talk about you. What do YOU think about Gary Numan? Don't forget to remind me to tell you that it's an all ages show. Oh, and that we'll be playing for 90 minutes, covering pretty much every year we've been around. But who's counting? I think the keyboard player for Gnuman is a dentist. But he also used to be in the band Men Without Hats.   (I don't believe those two things are mutually exclusive.) Our new bass player is good. His name is Dante Kester. These people, who are also playing that night under the CHEER-ACCIDENT moniker, could also be considered good: Carmen Armillas, Charles Dudley Bayne III, Mike Hagedorn, Andrea Faught, Jeff Libersher, Cory Bengsten, Sacha Mullin, and Thymme Jones. I hope you can be considered good. And there. On June 22. Saturday. Okay. Time to run out of time!

At Long Last: News

Three, in fact, chunks of news: 1. The CHEER-ACCIDENT horn section (and the Lovely Little Girls horn section and the Dead Rider horn section) will be horn sectioning for the illustrious Bobby Conn this Tuesday (that's March 26) for his final residency stintage at The Hideout. 1354 W. Wabansia. Be there by 9:00ish if ya would. 2. Another summertime single will be unleashed in two or three months. This will commemorate our 32 and a half years of existence. 3. Our recent lineup (this must be our 131st or so) has been busy working on lots of new music and lots of old music, which will be delivered to your ears in a real time fashion when we play at Mayne Stage on June 22. Show begins at 8:00 and is all ages.* More on that later, I'm sure. More on (I'm sure) this later, as well: We will be playing the Rock In Opposition festival on September 21 in Carmaux, France. Right before Univers Zero. So there's some ¡Yowza! (* This will commemorate our 26 years of playing live.) (I won't mention the barbecue, 'cause you'll either know about that or you won't.) Okay! Don't forget to write! Don't be a stranger! Have a nice summer! Sorry so sloppy!

July 27: Dot Dot Dot Reunion

I guess this would be a good time to mention that Dot Dot Dot is doing a one-off, 30-year anniversary show on Friday, July 27 at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave.) in Chicago. The show begins at 7:30. 18 and over. Also on the bill: Ono and Illusion Of Safety. This will be the first time the band has played since breaking up in early 1985. Mayne Stage is an extremely good-sounding venue. It will be worth the extra 3 to 30 to 300 to 3,000 miles you will have to travel on your bicycle to witness this performance. For those of you who don't know your CHEER-ACCIDENT history as well as you might like, Dot Dot Dot included two members who went on to form 66.6% of the Dumb Ask era: Chris Block and Thymme Jones. The lineup that will be playing on the 27th will be: Ross Feller- woodwinds Jef Bek- Drums Chris Block- bass Thymme Jones- trumpet, keyboards Bring your druthers!

April News

Tuesday, April 17 At The Hideout Thymme Jones Dag Juhlin Susan Voelz Daniel Lutz All of these folks will be singing their own songs, solo-like. Show starts at 9:00. Yeah, at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) $7 Tuesday, April 24 At Elastic Arts Baaba (From Poland!) LXMP (From Poland!) Our Last Names Trio (Todd Rittmann/Thymme Jones/And...) Grace Kulp (Slightly Touched, Songs Sung Solo) Thymme Jones/D. Bayne (Piano Improvisation) Show begins at 9:00. Yeah, at Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee) Macio Moretti is in both Polish bands. He is from Warsaw. He is a good friend of CHEER-ACCIDENT. He is completely brilliant and hilarious. This will be good... Considering how long it's taking for the Stopped Clocks physical copies to exist, this band is really starting to live up to its name. The date to truly put some faith in is now April 12, so Thymme will certainly have copies available at the 4/17 and 4/24 shows. Lastly, czech out this collaboration C-A did with Jang for their Jungle Duets compilation. Free download only, so don't even attempt to purchase it: http://jang.bandcamp.com/ First track ("Rest").

Stopped Clocks

While it is true that the world of CHEER-ACCIDENT will continue its silent slumber for most if not all of 2012, a little something just came down the pike from a neighboring solar system to aurally keep you company in these quiet months: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stopped-clocks/id501980001 Downloadable now. Available physically (via this here website) in a month. And now a word from Pravda "We're Still A Record Label" Records: Stopped Clocks is a collaboration between Scot Ashley and Thymme Jones, two veterans of the Chicago music scene, or (to be more precise) of two completely separate Chicago music scenes: Scot has lent his deeply diverse guitar talents to such mainstream success stories as The Greg Kihn Band, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Louis Bellson, Jim Peterick, Enuff Z'nuff and The Platters, while Thymme has continually burrowed his way through the underground with the likes of U.S. Maple, Brise-Glace, Tony Conrad, Illusion Of Safety and Dead Rider, while remaining a (founding) member of the seminal art-pop band, CHEER-ACCIDENT. In Stopped Clocks' self-titled full-length debut, these two worlds converge in ways that are surprising yet somehow entirely natural. As it turns out, combining the pop sensibilities of, say, Cheap Trick with the more "outside" elements of '70s Miles, mid-'70s ECM, and Morton Feldman results in a wholly rewarding listening experience. Rounding out this veritable musical adventure are the inclusion of two Chicago luminaries: Bob Lizik (who's played with Brian Wilson and many others) and Chip Z'nuff were both gracious enough to provide their signature bass-playing styles to several songs on the recording, putting the finishing touches on this already-formidable undertaking. _______________________________________________________________________ To quickly add to that... For those of you familiar with the history of CHEER-ACCIDENT, you will already know that there was a band in the early '80s called Dot Dot Dot, and that that was where Chris Block (bass player on first three CHEER-AX albums) and Thymme first began playing together. This avant-rock/faux-jazz ensemble, which included Jef Bek on drums, was also where Thymme and Scot first began playing together. You will also recognize Scot as the performer of the classic guitar solo on "Facialization" from The Why Album, as well as the fade-in solo on "The Middle Age" from the second Variations On A Goddamn Old Man. Additionally, he co-wrote "Fat Dog's Gonna Hatch" from Dumb Ask and "Surviving A Methodology" from What Sequel? (The latter on which he played guitar.) So now, three decades after their first musical encounter, we have Stopped Clocks, the result of Scot and Thymme putting their heads (and hearts) together to create twelve new moody, rocking, hypnotic, and poignant tunes. Perhaps, given the vast amount of time that seemingly refused to pass, they should have called themselves "Calendars With The Pages All Stuck Together." Nah, that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Dead Rider Friday At The Hideout

That's this Friday, February 17. Dead Rider The Conformists Redgrave The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia 9pm And the incestuous relationship between Dead Rider and CHEER-ACCIDENT continues to flourish: Thymme has the privilege of being a member of the band for this show, as it's the first time this lineup will have played since September's Thymme Gets Beaten Up In Cleveland Tour. It's also the first time this version of the band has ever performed in their hometown of Chicago. There might actually be too many good reasons to attend this show. Hmmmmm... might wanna stay home until something slightly less fun hops onto your calendar!
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