25 Dec 2011 · From redplasticbuddha.blogspot.com/ ·
Hey Groovers -
We're coming right up on the most eagerly anticipated events
in the Chicago psychedelic underground - Chicago Psych Fest.
This year, the festival will be held over the January 20
& 21 weekend. As per usual the event will be held at the
Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia - Chicago 60642) and will feature the
Friday January 20 - 7pm
Velcro Lewis Group
Saturday January 21 - 7pm
The Red Plastic Buddha
Plastic Crimewave Sound
each evening will also feature DJ sets by the wonderful
Psychedalex and Sir Eric Colin!
Advance tickets can be purchased (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) by
going here: http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/77525/
From personal experience, Chicago Psych Fest has
traditionally been a gathering of the tribe, and the artists,
musicians, film makers and general and sundry freaks of the Windy
City make this a 'must attend' event. The January show marks our
first participation as a band and we'll be showcasing several new
numbers as part of our set. The Red Plastic Buddha goes on first on
Saturday night, so don't be late!
PS: Hand screened original posters by Dark Fog's Matthew
Ginsberg will be available for purchase at the event.
12 Jun 2011 · From redplasticbuddha.blogspot.com/ ·
It seems like a million years ago that recording the new CD
began. Actually it was November 2009. A very confident Red Plastic
Buddha took up residence at Joyride Studios on a warmish November
day, and I remember sitting in the control room as engineer Brian
Leach and his assistant Chris Powley got Dav's kit miked. There
were issues with the use of a second floor tom and getting the
tones just right.
Dav and Matt sat with Pam in the recording room and I could
hear Pam laughing as Dav held forth on the difference between a
'gourmet' and a 'gourmand', all the while wolfing Doritos by the
handful. Matt was trying to interject and keep Dav from spilling
snacks all over the floor, but he wasn't doing a good enough job of
either. Todd was pacing between rooms, talking on his cell.
'Here we go again' I thought. I felt like a man about to jump
off a cliff into the darkness. And I was.
The ensuing months have seen a lot of changes for The Red
Plastic Buddha. Early on we learned that Todd was about to become a
father and would be leaving the group. His contributions were
sandwiched in between work, school and his internship as a
counselor. Somewhere in the process Matt finally decided that he
was leaving the band as well. Too many bands, too much
responsibility, and a loss of belief in the path led to the big
But as I watched my crew being swallowed up and lost to the
changes of life, I was also watching the flower of this recording
come to life. There just wasn't time to feel bad about what we were
losing. We were gaining something amazing.
On weeknights and weekends, as schedules and time would
allow, (the truly amazing) Brian Leach and I recorded, laughed,
invented, experimented and juggled ideas, sounds and musicians as
the recording took on a momentum of its own. One of us would start
a sentence, and the other would finish it. There were so many
'eureka' moments, I came to expect miracles around every corner
(and I was rarely disappointed or left waiting long). Nearly every
experiment we tried worked. Every guest musician we brought in -
Chris Tiritilli (sitar), Mary Weingartner (violin, viola) or the
lovely Jennifer Williams (backing vocals) - came in at the top of
their game and contributed their own unique and amazing gifts. And
then, as if from nowhere at all, All Out Revolution was complete.
Glorious and amazing, standing like a new ship pointed toward the
stars and beckoning to her crew ...
Months of details have followed. Starting a new record label
simply added an exponential number of 'to do' projects to the album
check list. Graphic design, legal & licensing issues,
photography, marketing projects, writing and promotional groundwork
have blurred into a giant wave I ride like a cork, never really
sure exactly where I am in the process. Occasionally I catch site
of the land or the stars and note progress or adjust course.
But now, new crew members Eric Ahlgren (keyboards and
vocals) and Carter O'Brien (lead guitar) stand ready at their
posts, confident, capable and ready. And as the final details
softly but surely slip into place I can at last look forward and
here we go again.