Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April update

No gigs for the foreseeable future, of course, but some recordings made prior to and during the period of social distancing have made their way onto Bandcamp over the past couple of weeks....

5/1/20 @ Lucky Liquor, Seattle WA w/ HDTH, also Value Apes, Tom Price Desert Classic
4/15/20 @ Vermillion, Seattle WA Solo & w/ Wally/Greg C?
4/6/20 @ Roulette, NYC NY Solo, Duo w/ Brandon Lopez
4/5/20 @ Mirror in the Woods, NYC NY, Trio w/ Bhob Rainey, Sean Meehan, also Sandy Ewen/Michael Vatcher
4/3/20 @ Blue Moon, Seattle WA w/ HDTH, also KO Solo, Pimp
3/28/20 @ Gallery 1412, Seattle WA w/ Dave Abramson/Lori Goldston, also Liila, Coyote Teeth

Chris Brokaw + End of the Night Band: Live at the Lost Church. A 56 minute set from our tour recorded on October 14, 2019 in San Francisco with Chris, me, Lori Goldston, Dave Abramson & Luther Gray. Released March 20, 2020.

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand: Unease EP - 13+ minutes of music from our last rehearsal on March 2, 2020, just prior to social distancing. Released March 28, 2020.

Greg Kelley: Splinters, rattle - an 18+ minute track recorded on March 28-29, 2020 for the AMPLIFY 2020: quarantine project. Released April 3, 2020.

Telescoping: s/t - a 4 track, ~44 minute, quartet album recorded in Tracyton, Lower Beacon Hill, Greenwood & Ballard in March 2020 by me, AF Jones, Rob Millis & Dave Abramson. Released April 7, 2020.

Friday, February 21, 2020


"February, month of despair,
with a skewered heart in the centre."
Margaret Atwood, February

2/16/20 @ Gallery 1412, Seattle WA 
Duo w/ AF Jones
*Even page*

2/8/20 @ Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA 

Monday, December 30, 2019

Year end, year beginning...

Neither my least nor my most prolific year, I did manage to put all my solo music and all of Heathen Shame's music up on Bandcamp. (Nmperign's music has been there for a bit.) In addition to all of that, I'm on all of the following 2019 releases in some capacity or another...

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand LP [Planned Obsolescence Recording & Novelty, Inc.]

V/A: Option 1 2CD [Corbett Vs. Dempsey] includes a GK solo track

Greg Kelley: An Eerie Wave of Sentiment: Compilation Tracks 2002-2014 ~download only~ A compilation of compilation tracks I put up on Bandcamp.

Chris Brokaw: End of the Night LP [Vin Du Selecte Qualitate] GK on 2 tracks

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand Live at the Clock-Out ~download only~

Untitled (Kevin Drumm) LP [Sähkö Recordings] GK "outro" on 1 track

Greg Kelley/Rob Noyes split cassette [not on label]

7 minutes of Heathen Shame's recent 20 anniversary performance at the Washington Street Arts Center is also included in Non-Event's Year-in-Review: Podcast 4.

I finished up the year playing a solstice set at Jack Straw's Winter Showcase as part of Tom Varner's Vespers project of improvised brass and field recordings...
12/21/19 @ Jack Straw Cultural Center, Seattle WA 
w/ Vespers (with Tom Varner, Steve Peters, Greg Campbell, Steve Barsotti, Samantha Boshnack, Jim Knodle) 4:20-4:50

And I'm kicking off 2020 with a Hound Dog Taylor's Hand gig in Shoreline WA and a solo set at Dunkelkammer V.3, an evening of music which will take place in total darkness... literally, but I'm sure it can be used as a metaphor for those so inclined.

1/4/20 @ Darrell's Tavern, Shoreline WA 
also UbuludU, Psnake

1/9/20 @ Dunkelkammer V.3, Reaktor Space, Seattle WA Solo, also Pearl Grays, Undesirable Body

Monday, November 25, 2019

November, December &

Some forthcoming shows (and one that has passed):

First and foremost, Heathen Shame is celebrating it's 20th year as a band and playing a show on our much tread upon grounds of Somerville, Massachusetts. As part of the celebration, we've put up a bandcamp page with all of our officially released albums including 2002's self-title LP, 2005's Live in Chicago 2002 CDr, 2005's Anal Dropout  CDr (the latter two being released in small editions of ~25 to coincide with our appearance at NYC's No Fun Fest) and 2005's Speed the Parting Guest CD. It's all up as "name your price" so please take a listen.

12/14/19 @ Washington Street Arts Center, Somerville MA
w/ Heathen Shame (20th anniversary show!)

12/4/19 @ Teatro de la Psychomachia, Seattle WA 
*Event page*

11/30/19 @ Blue Moon, Seattle WA
*Event page*

I may have convinced John & Mark to let me do a rendition of "Send in the Clowns" at this show, so it's fitting that the flyer has Sinatra on it (Casey, who made the flyer, has no knowledge of this plan.) It's something I've been considering for a while. As a child, I had a music box that played this song and I would drift off to sleep as it plucked away, getting slower and slower as it went. I will not be attempting to mimic this effect at the Blue Moon, but I'll be playing a straightforward rendition while John and Mark play other things. "Don't you love farce? My fault, I fear..."

11/18/19 @ Sunset Tavern, Seattle WA

Sunday, September 29, 2019

October onslaught

Lots going on in October including a West Coast tour with Chris Brokaw's End of the Night Band and the release of Hound Dog Taylor's Hand's new self-titled LP (their second LP, their first with me) and some related shows.

First off, to celebrate the May release of Chris Brokaw's album End of the Night, he's assembled a crackerjack band featuring me (they can't all be winners), cellist Lori Goldston, drummer Luther Gray (all of whom are featured on the album) and drummer Dave Abramson. We'll be heading down the West Coast with some excellent acts like Kinski, Ilyas Ahmed/Jonathan Sielaff, Bill Orcutt, Jeff Parker and more.

10/10/19 Seattle WA @ Clock-Out Lounge w/ Kinski, SkullKat *Event page*
10/12/19 Chico CA @ Naked Lounge w/ Donald Beaman *Event page*
10/13/19 San Francisco CA @ The Lost Church w/ Chuck Johnson *Event page*
10/14/19 San Francisco CA @ The Lost Church w/ Bill Orcutt *Event page*
10/15/19 Los Angeles CA @ Zebulon w/ Jeff Parker *Event page*

As all that is happening, Hound Dog Taylor's Hand's new s/t LP is coming out on Canada's Planned Obsolescence Recording & Novelty Inc. on October 11th. Hound Dog Taylor's hand is the Pacific Northwest's premier purveyor of avant-primitive jazz rock featuring Jeffery Taylor on electric guitar, John Seman on contrabass, Mark Ostrowski on drums and as of late 2017, me on electrified trumpet. Pre-orders are available now and we've got T-shirts (a first for me)! There's even a Wire cover on the LP, but the post-punk cognoscenti deemed the trumpet to be not post-punk enough, so I'm not on that track. And as if that's not enough, there's also a VIDEO for the opening track "Look Up and Let Go."

To celebrate all of that, we'll be playing a couple shows in October and a record release show on November 1st.

10/19/19 @ Midden Festival, The Edison Granary, Bow WA 
also Lori Goldston, V. Vecker, Tarsier Eyes, and many others.... from noon to 11pm.

10/29/19 @ Royal Room, Seattle WA 
also Metal Men (Eric Muhs, John Hawkley), Dangerknife (Nico Sophiea, Brad Rouda) with the Japanese silent film "A Page of Madness". 

11/1 /19 @ Blue Moon, Seattle WA 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

September Songs

9/28/19 @ Taoist Studies Institute, Seattle WA
Performing a piece by Austin Larkin w/ Austin Larkin, Amelia Coulter, Troy Schiefelbein, Maggie Brown and a duo set with Lori Goldston.

9/26/19 @ Northwest Film Forum, Seattle WA
Puget Soundtrack live soundtrack for Arrington de Dionyso's The Emergency Labyrinth w/ This Saxophone Kills Fascists (w/ Arrington de Dionyso/China Star/Sam Klickner)
also Mike Gamble Ensemble, IXNAY (Maxx Katz and John Niekrasz)
*Event page*

9/25/19 @ The Chapel, Seattle WA
Performing Catherine Lamb's Prisma Interius IV (2017) for viola, voices, secondary rainbow synthesizer, and trumpet w/ Catherine Lamb, Bryan Eubanks & Laura Steenberge.
I will also be playing a duo with Bryan Eubanks to open the show.
*Event page*

9/8/19 @ TAC: Temescal Arts Center, Oakland CA
Quartet w/ Chris Cooper/Jacob Felix Heule/Danishta Riveiro
also Zachary James Watkins, Glands of External Secretion (solo)
*Event page*

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Duo with Rob Millis: 8/22/19 at The Chapel

After a slew of activity in July, I'm just playing one show in August, tomorrow night at The Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford (Seattle, WA.)  Rob Millis and I will be playing guitar & electronics and trumpet & electronics respectively. Here's our write-up...

"Rob Millis (guitarist, author, filmmaker, Climax Golden Twins, Idol Ko Si) & Greg Kelley (trumpeter, insurance underwriter, nmperign, Heathen Shame) have performed twice as a duo, one time involving their usual instruments guitar & trumpet in a resplendent display of feedback, the other time involving the Baldwin Fun Machine, an electric organ manufactured in the 1970s and known for creating good times, and a slide whistle run through delay and a ring modulator. Both attempts were considered successful by the participants and the third time is the proverbial charm."

8/22/19 @ The Chapel, Seattle WA
Duo w/ Rob Millis
also Marcia Bassett/Samara Lubelski, Krausbauer/Suzuki
*Event page*