Sunday, July 18, 2010

Transcending Stoic Patterns - The Death of NCC Records

Transcending Stoic Patterns:

In the fall of 1999 I created NCC Records as a vehicle to promote and release my own material as well as material from friends of mine who were creating quality work but were just not getting it listened to.

We started out making handmade covers and cdrs in very low numbers, pushing it off on zines, indie radio, and anyone that would listen. These tactics, plus word of mouth, and sites like really helped us grow a base of supporters, that I have always appreciated for being there.

Over the past 10+ years I've had countless opportunities to travel, play music, and meet some of the most talented and awesome people in the noise scene and that's something I will always be thankful for. Most people never do shit with their lives other than sit around on the internet and talk trash and make everyone else around them miserable.

Over the past 10+ years I've had the blessing of being able to publish releases from bands that I love, and saw the quality of these releases progress as our fan base grew.
I've gotten to see my friends go from passing around mp3s on IRC to actually going out on the road to play shows and get air play and reviews for their hard work.

Over the past 10+ years I've had an opportunity to build a small personal empire that I got to play in like a kid in a candy store, putting out cds, records and tapes, creating scenes in each city I've lived in, helping book bands in obscure locations and large venues, and meeting people that liked what I was doing with my noise and my label in every town I've traveled to on a whim for a small show here or a two day fest there.

Over the past 10+ years I've made a lot of great friends in cities all over the U.S. and beyond and I am more than thankful and appreciative of this.
In hard times the supporters of me and NCC Records have been there to help me out of a jam, or have been patient when I wasn't able to make it to the post office to deliver records right away as they all understood running a one man record label and trying to do the other day to day shit (pay a mortgage, be a good boyfriend, take care of dogs, be a friend, try to create music / art when you're in a slump, try to be human) can sometimes be more than most people can handle.

I want to personally thank everyone who has helped along the way, from fans that bought the records, to all the distros that carried the stuff, the club and radio djs that played the stuff, the zines and bloggers that wrote about it, the bands that trusted me with their material to make them a quality product, the people that show me pictures of stickers or tattoos of the NCC records logo, the people that tell me they still have all the handmade promo materials and releases, the promoters and kids that booked the shows, the people that bought merch so I could get a fucking beer, or a piece of pizza, or gas to move on to the next show or just get back home broke and tired, all the friends I've made over the years, the kids I toured with or just chat online with late at night and tell me about their new projects.
In short, the people who cared and believed - Thank You, the last decade has been fucking amazing because of you.

Having said all that, If you're still reading NCC records has been taken deep out into the woods and shot.
Again the past decade has been amazing, but it's time for me to move on.
As much as NCC Records has been a blessing and an outstanding force in my life, it's also associated with a major personal part of my life that is basically dead.
Don't let it be misunderstood, I'm not turning my back on noise, the people who make it, the labels that put it out, or all the people that have supported NCC over the years, this is not the case at all, I will continue to create and support noise.
It's simply time to molt and start creating the next chapter of my life and my work and I don't think any of this can be done under the same moniker.

For any of the friends I've made through the years that are still interested after this, I am dividing my time into three projects currently

A. Transcending Stoic Patterns - This is simply a personal blog that I will use as a vehicle to post my own visual art / sounds /and writings to. Not just new material but also any other older stuff I feel is relevant.

B. A Radio With Guts - This is a zine/blog that I have created to help promote all type of music that I like genre be damned. There is a slight emphasis on current music and art events in Knoxville TN but it is no way a local rag type blog.
Feel free to send your shit in for reviews or contact us about interviews and news for your projects.

C. Lost Sea Recordings - This is a new label that I will be starting to publish any type of music that I feel needs be listened to - not unlike A Radio With Guts, it's a genre be damned approach.
I'm taking everything I've learned over the years about running a record label and applying this to a less pigeon holed approach. Formats will include Cassettes, Records, and CDs.
We are currently seeking acts for this label so feel free to get in touch - again anything goes as long as it's good.

It's been a blast everyone, and I hope that I'll still have the support from all of you as I progress in these new projects and leave NCC Records to rest in pieces.
For any of you that are still interested in obtaining the remaining NCC Records catalogue please feel free to get in touch -

Thank you all again.
Hopefully our paths will continue to cross as I set out on these new ventures.

Travis Morgan

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Birthday William S. Burroughs

William Seward Burroughs (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997).
Novelist, spoken word performer, painter and avant-garde genius, William S. Burroughs shaped the landscape of modern multimedia art forms, constantly pushing the boundaries, testing the limits and remaining honest and fearless in his work (an example most of us should take in all of our daily activities).

Today Lost Sea Recordings would like to extend a Happy Birthday to the late great William S. Burroughs.

"Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is."

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Skeletonwitch - Live in Knoxville

Black Tusk

Iron AgeHowl

Wednesday, February 24@ The Cider House8:00 PM DoorsAlthough they only came together as a band in 2003, the members of Athens, Ohio's Skeletonwitch draw the bulk of their inspiration from artists and musical styles born all of two decades earlier -- namely the undying flame of classic, Bay Area thrash, its creative bedrock in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and, to a lesser degree, death, black, and Viking metal.First introduced via 2004's independently released At One with the Shadows album, and 2006's Worship the Witch EP, Skeletonwitch's retro-fitted, yet modernly executed creative vision arguably reached a new level of maturity with 2007's Beyond the Permafrost full-length, their first for Prosthetic Records. In any case, Skeletonwitch members Chance Garnett (vocals), Nate Garnett (guitar), Scott Hedrick (guitar), Eric Harris (bass) and Derrick Nau (drums) then set out to prove their metal mettle on tour, Flying V's cocked and loaded.

18 And Up$12 Adv / $14 Door / $3 surcharge if under 21

The Valarium1213 Western AvenueKnoxville, TN 37921

Akron/Family @ The Pilot Light

Sunday • February 28 • 10pm
return of AKRON/FAMILY with WARPAINT !
18+ $10

106 E Jackson Ave - Knoxville, TN 37915 - 865.524.8188

Cold Cave @ The Pilot Light

Saturday • February 6 • 10pm • 18+ $6

106 E Jackson Ave - Knoxville, TN 37915

Monday, February 1, 2010

Neil Hamburger @ The Pilot Light

Wednesday • February 3 • 10pm • 18+ $10

Justin Townes Earle - Knoxville

Made a trip to Barley's last week to see Justin Townes Earle.
If you get a chance to see him live, I highly recommend it.

Here is a video someone posted from the same show.

Upcoming Dates:

February, 3 2010 08:00 PM - Sam’s Burger Joint
, San Antonio, Texas -

w/ Dawn Landes
February, 4 2010 08:00 PM - Stubs BBQ
, Austin, Texas -

w/ Dawn Landes
February, 5 2010 08:00 PM - The Mucky Duck
, Houston, Texas -

w/Dawn Landes
February, 6 2010 08:00 PM - The Granada Theatre
, Dallas, Texas -

w/ Dawn Landes
February, 9 2010 08:00 PM - The Loft at UCSD
, San Diego, California -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 10 2010 07:00 PM - Amoeba Hollywood
, Hollywood, California 90028 -

February, 11 2010 08:00 PM - The Echo
, Los Angeles, California -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 12 2010 08:00 PM - Crepe Place
, Santa Cruz, California -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 13 2010 08:00 PM - Great American Music Hall
, San Francisco, California -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 14 2010 08:00 PM - Doug Fir
, Portland, Oregon -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 15 2010 08:00 PM - The Tractor Tavern
, Seattle, Washington -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 16 2010 08:00 PM - The Biltmore
, Vancouver, -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 18 2010 08:00 PM - The State Room
, Salt Lake City, Utah -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 19 2010 08:00 PM - The Bluebird
, Denver, Colorado -

Co-headline: Joe Pug
February, 20 2010 08:00 PM - Sheridan Opera House
, Telluride, Colorado -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 23 2010 08:00 PM - The Mill
, Iowa City, Iowa -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 25 2010 08:00 PM - Turf Club
, St. Paul, Minnesota -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 26 2010 08:00 PM - High Noon Salon
, Madison, Wisconsin -

w/ Joe Pug
February, 27 2010 08:00 PM - Lincoln Hall
, Chicago, Illinois -

Co-headline Joe Pug
February, 28 2010 08:00 PM - The Magic Stick
, Detroit, Michigan -

w/ Joe Pug
March, 1 2010 08:00 PM - Horseshoe Tavern
, Toronto, ONT, -

w/ Joe Pug
March, 2 2010 08:00 PM - The Mohawk
, Buffalo, New York -

w/ Joe Pug
March, 4 2010 08:00 PM - Great Scott
, Boston, Massachusetts -

w/ Joe Pug
March, 5 2010 08:00 PM - Bowery Ballroom
, New York, New York -

w/ Joe Pug
March, 6 2010 08:00 PM - Johnny Brendas
, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -

w/ Joe Pug
March, 7 2010 08:00 PM - The Birchmere
, Alexandria, Virginia -

w/ Joe Pug
March, 9 2010 08:30 PM - The Arts Center
, Carrboro, North Carolina -

Rescheduled from 1/30/10
April, 3 2010 08:00 PM - Boogie Festival
, Tallrock, -

April, 4 2010 08:00 PM - East Coast Blues and Roots
, Byron Bay, -

April, 5 2010 08:00 PM - East Coast Blues and Roots
, Byron Bay, -

April, 7 2010 08:00 PM - The Zoo
, Brisbane, -

w/ Jason Isbell
April, 8 2010 08:00 PM - Lizotte’s
, New Castle, -

w/ Jason Isbell
April, 9 2010 08:00 PM - Factory
, Sydney, -

w/ Jason isbell
April, 10 2010 08:00 PM - Heritage Hotel
, Bulli, -

April, 11 2010 08:00 PM - Milton Theatre
, Milton, -

w/ Jason Isbell
April, 14 2010 08:00 PM - Ruby’s
, Belgrave, -

w/ Jason Isbell
April, 15 2010 08:00 PM - Theatre Royal
, Castlemaine, -

w/ Jason Isbell
April, 16 2010 08:00 PM - Corner Hotel
, Melbourne, -

w/ Jason Isbell
April, 17 2010 08:00 PM - The Studio
, Geelong, -

w/ Jason Isbell
April, 18 2010 08:00 PM - Republic Bar
, Hobart, -

April, 21 2010 08:00 PM - The Gov
, Adelaide, -

April, 22 2010 08:00 PM - Fly By Night
, Fremantle, -

April, 23 2010 08:00 PM - Rosemount
, Perth, -