1. Hot Holy ScrapPatch v1.0
We’ll have a few of these tonight at Prospect Concerts.
Come down and help us figure out what to add for v2.0

    Hot Holy ScrapPatch v1.0

    We’ll have a few of these tonight at Prospect Concerts.

    Come down and help us figure out what to add for v2.0

  2. We’re playing a no-electricity show in Brooklyn next Friday.  It’ll be the most intimate holiest mess you’ve heard.  Come join us.  The exquisite Annie Lynch and her Beekepers play before us at 8!

    We’re playing a no-electricity show in Brooklyn next Friday.  It’ll be the most intimate holiest mess you’ve heard.  Come join us.  The exquisite Annie Lynch and her Beekepers play before us at 8!

  3. We got some great drums recorded at @exreyes place.  This is not how it happened at all. Thanks @AaronSteele for relentlessly hitting the circles all day.

    We got some great drums recorded at @exreyes place.  This is not how it happened at all. Thanks @AaronSteele for relentlessly hitting the circles all day.

  4. The latest atrocity to set off our google alert…. Enjoy at your own risk.

    -HHM

  5. final preparations.  tonight.  are you ready?  The Rock Shop, 10pm.  Park Slope, BK.  http://on.fb.me/RWEparty

  6. Next Thursday!  Be there.

    Next Thursday!  Be there.

  7. Uncle-ing all week in San Joaquin County… Stained-Glass-Cookie-Making…  Happy Christmas/Winter-holiday-of-your-choice….
Love, warmth, joy, and togetherness to all.
-HHM

    Uncle-ing all week in San Joaquin County… Stained-Glass-Cookie-Making…  Happy Christmas/Winter-holiday-of-your-choice….

    Love, warmth, joy, and togetherness to all.

    -HHM

  8. Hot Holy Mess at Melodica II from Paper Swan on Vimeo.

    The night before we left on the little-jeep-that-could tour back in October, we played at The Paper Swan in Bushwick.  It was intimate and lovely, and they’ve put up one of the tunes we played, called “Is It Gonna Rain.”  Enjoy

  9. holy shit -- we're Deli's "Record of the month" →

    "Resolved dissonance" is one of the very cool things about music - Sonic Youth mastered it to perfection. But honestly I have a hard time thinking about a "clean sounding" band that uses dissonance as purposefully as Brooklyn based super-obscure (but not for long) "The Hot Holy Mess”. These guys only have two songs available online at this stage, but they are both satisfying my originality AND poppiness needs at once, which happens very rarely. Most importantly, they don’t sound anything like Animal Collective, which these days is a major plus for any experimental-ish indie band. The song “Focus Focus,” streaming here, is some kind of zany experimental psych-pop collage that bounces from a beatles-y verse (circa 1967) to an atmospheric bridge reminiscent of French band Air, to a circusy chorus involving harp, violin stabs and almost comical falsetto parts. What’s hard to convey in writing is the band’s flair and overall smoothness of the operation. Bravo! The second song “Long Ride Down” develops in a folkier and more intimate direction, with acoustic guitars and hand claps. Dissonance again pays visits in the vocals and guitar parts, and later on in super-psychedelic distorted violin solos, adding layers of tension and alienation to an otherwise mellow song.

  10. New song coming soon about this guy.... →

    Hiromitsu Shinkawa floating on the roof of his former home

    I encountered the story of Hiromitsu Shinkawa in brief in the NYTimes the day that it ran in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last Spring.  It gave me the seed for the imagery to one verse of a song whose working title has been “Questions and Patience.” 

    The song has languished since then, but yesterday I took it out to chip away a bit at it, so I decided to see what more details I could find.  This GQ in-depth yielded the trove of intimate details I was hoping for, and I’m happy to report that the lyric is finished and the band will be workshopping the song ASAP, so you may hear it in January or soon thereafter.

    I couldn’t help thinking of “Relato de un Naufrago" and "The Open Boat" while reading this article.  I’m sure this crossed the author’s mind as well and while Paterniti may not be in the league of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Stephen Crane, he does an admirable job of throwing his literary hat in the ring while executing the journalistic imperative.  The narrative arc is elegant, the imagery memorable and fluid. 

    Enjoy!

    -Skye