In the meantime, Arrison Kirby has taken a break from music to write a book!
Here is the blurb:
The book is a collection of twelve, high concept, multi-part short stories reflecting on and inspired by the death and transformation of the year 2016. It serves as an elegy for that period of time, submerging into dark themes of loss, extracting what irreverence and hopefulness it can, and reflecting it through a prism of an eternal universe. Sorted astrologically, the stories sometimes span generations, depicting conflict based around such themes as apocalypse, dreams, aging, dying, ghosts, the afterlife, animals, nature, global politics and pop culture. Location also varies, taking the reader through several American states to North Korea, Africa, the Philippines and beyond – often peppered with heavy doses of Southern Gothic sensibility.
In the book, you can read about religion based on pop science fiction and fantasy, a 1960’s lounge singer marginalized by the Beatles, or a mixture of drugs that allows the user to summon the dead. Several of the tales blend fact into the fiction, nodding to the cultural giants whose deaths loomed over the year 2016: David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Carrie Fisher and others. These are detailed and developed stories, intended to instill within the reader a sense of timelessness and a comfort in the notion of infinity.
You can purchase the book here:
And if you read it, might you be so kind to review it as well?
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Pilot Light for Kishi Bashi and Never Sorry last Thursday. I’m really really glad that new people were exposed to Kishi Bashi’s music. And thanks for sticking around for Never Sorry, also.
If anyone has pictures or video they would like to share, holla at me. You can check out some video of the Kishi Bashi set on Maurita Roman’s YouTube account.
There is a massive interchange of energy going on in America right now. Why fight it?
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This short little session seems to carry some strange, hopeful emotion. Texturally rich instrumentals and a couple heartfelt sing-songs. Also, this collective has decided on a formal band name finally. We are called: NEVER SORRY.
So this was the first session after Dane’s father passed away, which – coupled with Dane’s mighty guitar stylings – may be part and parcel for the musically emotive outpour. And like I said, it seems strange and hopeful. This, more than anything, seems to be a testament of Dane’s strong and wise character and I put these tones in his hands.
I mean, look. Katie and I had a “depression session” because it was raining outside and everyone bailed on the session, otherwise. But Dane’s dad dies and the follow up to that is this – songs we can feel relatively comfortable in, amidst all longing. It makes the “depression” part seem so trivial.
Further evidence, indeed, that Dane Hill is the fucking man. Also, I’d like to wish congratulations to he and Rachel on their recent engagement! Best. Couple. Ever.
“Coastal Horizon” – Two versions found in this session. The first has better dynamics, but the second has Megan playing harmonica. Dane is emoting through the guitar on these. I’m handling drums. Omni for Katie and auxillary percussion for Rachel.
“Blue” – This song is so short and simple that we probably now have more recorded versions of it than any other song. This seems to be a fairly paramount version. I’m on the scratchy, dirty guitar. Dane’s rocking the drums. Katie on the omni and Megan on the flute. Most notably here is that Rachel is singing. I wrote this song and I’m really fond of the way her vocals take it from this simple little yearning and elevate it up to some sort of rock opera type deal.
“World War 17” – This was actually our warm up jam. It’s somewhat foreboding, with tinges of fringe revelation. I presume that by the time we actually reach a World War 17, it will be as cloak-and-daggery as this song tends to feel. That is also presuming there are still people around by then.
“Let You Down” – A brief, mostly solo, performance of and by Dane. I’m not certain, but I think this is a song he had written recently. I tried to accompany him on drums. I did okay, I guess…not perfect, but not distracting. This was the only take with accompanying vocals.
“Gangsta Goodbye” – I’m pretty sure Megan is playing the synth trumpet on this one, with me on drums and everyone else on their old standards. I know this one is kind of sloppy at times, but I think the overall vibe of it makes up for the looseness.
Katie Collins – omnichord
Megan Driscoll – flute, harmonica
Dane Hill – guitar, drums, vocals
Rachel Jae – vocals, auxillary percussion
Arrison Kirby – drums, guitar