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Sunwashed evening fire VIDEO

  • February 11, 2021

Hi all! In the last couple of days I edited a beautiful video for the first two tracks on my collaboration with Italy’s jarguna: Sunwashed evening fire. jarguna filmed the footage in China, Nepal, Madagascar & Democratic Republic of the Congo; I processed and edited it, creating the flow of this piece. Some of the footage (like the image above) reminds me of Werner Herzog — so intriguing. I watch youTube on my living room TV, it’s really a sight to see this piece on the big screen!

Give it a watch at youTube.

The Sunwashed evening fire album is available on CD and a name-your-price download through Monday. Fan Krylda writes, “This album is a gentle and flowing melodic ride through a series of natural soundscapes that will calm you, reinvigorate you, and send you on a sonic journey that gently glistens and flows around you. This sonic soundscape is unrushed and will reveal its many treasures as you ride though its tracks.”

Here’s a youTube video where Marco / jarguna talks about making incense.

I’ve been working on the new Black Tape For A Blue Girl album. Most of the music is written and recorded, now I’m contemplating the lyrics and theme. It’s a concept album with a consistent character running through all the tracks. That kind of album is always fun to do — also more challenging, figuring out the way to tie it all together.

Could you share this tweet or facebook post about the video. I’m so happy with it, I would love that people see it.

Thanks, stay safe,
Sam

January 2021

  • January 22, 2021

Hi. I hope you’re doing OK in these pandemic times. I’m hunkered down at home in Portland Oregon, mostly working at Projekt, and slowly recording the new Black Tape For A Blue Girl album. As you can see, I don’t post on this blog very often. A great way to keep up with me is to join the exclusive patron area at Bandcamp. For $5 a month you get exclusive music and you can chat with me in the private community area. I recently uploaded some mixes I made of tracks off 2002’s The Scavenger Bride. You can also follow me on twitter, and instagram.

I was busy in 2020, I made a lot of music. There was a new Thanatos collaboration with Pat Ogle, Portland. I released an electronic/ambient collaboration with Jarguna, Sunwashed Evening Fire. And a collaboration with a number of Projekt electronic artists, Tim, where are you now? It’s name-your-price. and I also released a collaboration with Aarktica, Eating Rose Petals which is also name-your-price.

I’m working on new Black Tape For A Blue Girl music. Many of the tracks include cello and strings from Sweden’s Henrik Meierkord who also plays on two tracks on the Tim album. He’s got just the right emotional style for BlackTape, you’re going to love it! I have to start writing lyrics and then record the vocals, things are still a way off. 2021 is the 30th anniversary of A chaos of desire. Before the release of the new BlackTape, I plan a 2LP / CD / digital remastered edition of Chaos. A Kickstarter launches in a few months.

When you purchase something at my bandcamp, you are added to the notification list over there. It’s a great way to support my art, and stay up to date. There are some vintage, and unusual merchandise items available as well.

Thanks. Stay well, and stay in touch.
Sam

Anniversaries

  • September 23, 2020

I am keeping track of Black Tape For A Blue Girl anniversaries. There are 3 in 2021! Planning to crowdfund a deluxe 2LP A chaos of desire remastered reissue.

Full Prague 2011 show added to youTube

  • June 25, 2020

I've added the 2nd show from our 2011 European tour to youTube. It's the entire set. I was watching it on my living room TV last night; it looks & sounds pretty great blown up large. A 50-minute escape from today. In the band: myself, Athan Maroulis & Valerie Gentile. We perform "Remnants of a deeper purity" twice, because the audience in Prague wanted another encore but we didn't have anything else rehearsed.

Thanatos: Portland

  • June 13, 2020

Hello! We’ve launched the crowdfunding/preOrder for Portland, the first recording in 23 years from Thanatos’ original members! Patrick (guitar & vocals) and myself (electronics) recorded 14 new songs including 4 covers, plus two recreations of tracks from our 1993 debut. Visit Bandcamp to preOrder Portland; create your own premium from the ala carte CD, Poster, T-shirt and more. Download the 14-track album immediately; the merchandise ships after we reach the goal and get them manufactured, I’m expecting that to be mid-August.

We’re about 20% to the $2500 goal.

I’m very satisfied with this album — it’s a true follow-up to our two CDs from the early 90s. Thanatos’ return to sparse dark-rock atmospheres!

Thanks for your support,
Sam

Remnants of a deeper purity 3rd pressing

  • May 18, 2020

Hi. I’ve been mixing and mastering two new albums these very strange months. The first is my return to Thanatos. After 23 years, Pat & I have recorded an album of new songs. I’m also wrapping up an electronic/ambient collaboration with Italy’s Jarguna. This album has some parts that I think will remind you of my Terrace of memories collaboration. Stay tuned for more on these two. For today:

Remnants of a deeper purity

Deluxe Vinyl 2-LP (2020 repressing)
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
$24 at Bandcamp

It’s back in stock!

140 gram on swirled burgundy/red color vinyl. This is the third vinyl edition. I found 75 copies of the first-pressing jacket (with the band name somewhat off-center on the spine). I pressed more vinyl for this edition which includes the 8-page album-sized booklet, a sticker, and the CD in paper sleeve.

The swirled burgundy/red on this pressing is slightly lighter than the previous ones.

Includes unlimited streaming of Remnants of a deeper purity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.


"In my memories" video at YouTube

A chaos of desire (DAT1​-​2​-​3)

  • April 12, 2020

From Sam Rosenthal • Sunday April 12 2020.

Aug 11 2007 @ Projektfest’07

Hello! Another day blends into the last, it grows hard to keep it all straight; I've taken to writing little notes in my datebook to remind me when things happened. I just added this blue highlight: "A chaos of desire DATs" as I've put up a new exclusive for my supporters. They help pay the bills during these tough times, and in exchange receive exclusive content to download or stream; this week I got a $25-a-month Patron and a $5-a-month patron at bandcamp. I appreciate those of you who can afford to support. If you're concerned about finances, I totally get it! These are tough days. You can grab a free download of Highlights 2016-2020, or stream all of our music at Spotify.

Stay well, stay patient, we'll get through this. Take care…. Sam

  A chaos of desire (DAT1-2-3)

29 years and 11 months ago, I mixed Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s 4th album, A chaos of desire. I worked for days in my friend Walter Holland’s home studio, perfecting the way I wanted each song to sound. For this exclusive patron release I digitized three sixty-minute DAT tapes with multiple mixes of all the songs on the album. Listen for slight differences of volume on the vocals and instruments — I’m sure fans will enjoy hearing these subtly different mixes (plus there's an acoustic mix of the first half of "Pandora's Box.") Chaos was released in 1991. I’m thinking of a remastered 2LP / CD edition for the 30th anniversary in 2021, once we’re free to be ourselves again. I don’t think I’ve mentioned in all these years that I sing one line on the album. It's in the title track, “life moves on, lie in wait, unaffected unconscious.” Today, we're all waiting for life to move on.

For a $5 monthly subscription you support the ongoing creation of my music, help me pay my bills, and listen to exclusive. Also, chat with me and other fans in the community.

Thanks so much. – Sam

Recent patron exclusives:
2019 new things – 7 tracks
Rotten Zurich Cafe
– Live 2011 with Pinky
Round Trip
– 1984 – 11 tracks of solo electronics from the cassette era< Stay Safe!

A Black Tape For A Blue Girl CD for just a buck ( $ 1 CD )

  • March 26, 2020

From Sam Rosenthal • Monday March 26 2020. Like all of you, I am staying at home, watching our new reality unfold. Fortunately for the band and for Projekt Records, I can run the mail-order out of my house, using Bandcamp pages as the storefront. I had to close the Projekt website — the physical webstore is based in Philadelphia and they have a stricter stay-at-home order than here in Portland Oregon. I'm worried, and stressed! The only thing that isn't as stressful for me is the actual staying-at-home part. I have been working from home for the past 6.7 years. I'm used to this isolation. In January — after 6.5 years working at home — I was getting stir-crazy. Every day like the previous day, here with the cat, making all my own meals, getting together with Mercy a few times a week, seeing my son half the week. Never really getting out much. Now I'm not complaining at all, I've trained for this! At the moment, I'm really worried about all the people I know (and don't know) who were laid off and are worried about rent; and also the small businesses that are in deep trouble. And what's happen in NYC, and other places around the world. Really terrible!

I am not motivated to go into the studio to create music. It is not easy to focus on creativity right now. I'll get to that soon, I hope. It also goes through my mind how insignificant creativity is, in the bigger picture. I totally get that. When it comes, it comes.

There are things happening behind the scenes. I finished a new Thanatos album with Pat; I have been reviewing the mastering which was done by Martin Bowes of Attrition. I'm also working on an electronic / ambient collaboration with Italy's Jarguna. The tracks are structured, and the mixes are coming along. Soon I will go into the studio and lay down more textures for this album.

Now, the subject of this email…. A special $1 CD: 2016's These fleeting moments

We're all in this together, and we'll get through it. Take care of yourself and please stay safe.

* Photo above: 1995 with cats!

Black Tape For A Blue Girl: These Fleeting Moments

Name-your-price download & $1 CD at Bandcamp

This is the Metropolis edition of the band's 2016 album, in a 4-panel digipak with 8-page booklet. I purchased 100 CDs from Metropolis for $2-a-piece just a month ago; I planned to offer them at name-your-price (Bandcamp doesn’t allow a price of Zero on physical objects, so they're $1 or more.) The world has drastically changed since I placed my order for these, but the CDs are here, and fans might enjoy some Black tape for a blue girl right now. The download is also name-your-price, in case you'd prefer the digital album.

The Rope T-shirt reprint

  • November 16, 2019

preOrder Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s THE ROPE T-shirt at our Bandcamp page.

I hear from people that their original 90s shirt has worn out or gone missing. No worries! These recreate the original 90s design (black T, white ink on front, nothing on the back); however rather than boxy 90s-styled shirts that were once the style, these are printed on American Apparel #2001 — nicely-fitted modern-styled Ts. Printed in Northern-Kentucky by our friends at Forest Passage Printing.

This is a preOrder. We will be taking orders through the end of November, then placing the PO with Forest Passage, to ship from Oregon around Xmas.

In the photo above: BlackTape guest guitarist Chase Dobson. Check out Chase’s music at bandcamp.

Slow Blur Video

  • November 12, 2019

I’ve posted another one of my early videos on youTube. A thank you to my patrons for covering the cost of the digital transfer. I created “Slow blur” before The Rope album existed, probably even before I came up with the name “black tape for a blue girl.” I was living in Florida at the time and went with Robin to a building in downtown Fort Lauderdale to shoot some footage (Robin tells me it was the library, I thought it was a parking garage.) Most of the video happens inside an elevator, some of the quick-cuts are outside with lights inset in the sidewalk illuminating her face (that's the way The Rope cover image is lit, it's from the same footage as this video.) Back in the day, I created slow-motion by “rescanning” the monitor in the editing room at Broward Community College (thanks Steve!) — IE: I aimed a camera at the monitor and videotaped it. The slow motion caused those white static lines moving through the frame. These days, I’m sure that looks like a technical error? Back then, it was a way to use a mistake as part of the art. Did the music come before the video, or the other way around? So many things lost to time… I’m guessing Lara’s violin was repurposed from the previous album (did Lara play on my solo Secret Flight cassette? I think so?). And the content of the video? A lot of The Rope was inspired by Robin. I was pretty obsessed with her at the time. I was going to write “in love with her,” but from the vantage of time it seems a lot more like obsession rather than love. I met Robin when I worked at the Peaches Record store by the Broward Mall. Robin came in looking for an LP from the Import section; I was the import buyer. I was enraptured. Her parents were from Iran & Scotland. Robin was so intriguing in boring BORING! South Florida. We were friends, I can see her talking to me in some of the bits of the video. It’s all sort of a distant fog, now. We’re still friends. Slow Blur.