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*

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


"Unkempt, untidy, absent-minded,
Soaked through with smell of dill and rye,
With linden-blossom, grass and beet-leaves,
The meadow-scented month July."
Boris Pasternak, July

(I used this poem for last year's July entry, but... oh well... if anyone reads this *and* has some idea about July poems, please post them in the comments.)

July was going to be a quieter month with just a couple of performance commitments, but it has blossomed into handful of shows weighted towards the last week of the month (and one which has already happened)....

7/31/19 @ Vermillion, The Every Other Series, Seattle WA
also readings of Oulipo & Oulipo-inspired works by Françoise Canter & Paolo Pergola
*Event page*

7/28/19 @ Black Lodge, Seattle WA
Trio w/ Dave Abramson/Bill Horist
also Media Giant, Blackwell/Delisle/Sinibaldi
*Event page*

7/27/19 @ Embrace the Chaos: Experimental Arts & Print, Rainier Cultural Center, Seattle WA
also Death Masks, Adam Levitt, Neil Welch, etc.
*Event page*

7/24/19 @ Royal Room, Seattle WA
Quartet w/ Casey Adams/Wally Shoup/Tom Scully
also Citrine (Mike Gebhart/Wayne Horvitz/Levi Gillis/Geoff Harper), Match (Ruby Lucinda solo)
*Event page*

7/13/19 @ Experimental Brunch, Snohomish WA
also Death Masks, Adam Levitt, Forrest Friends, Tarsier Eyes, etc.
*Event page*

Friday, June 21, 2019

On June 8th, I opted to leap into the 21st century and start a Bandcamp page. I uploaded my entire solo discography*: solo trumpet, musique concrete, 4 track experiments, synthesizer explorations & even some blown out electric guitar, released between 2000 & 2008 on CD, cassette, CDr & LP. It’s all name-your-price, stream at will. None of this material has been on any streaming platform before, so a lot of it has been inaccessible & unheard for years. I’m glad it’s all now available. Please check it out.

* In 1996, 1997 & 1999, I released some very limited edition cassettes entitled Sick Little Men, moon/shout/shatter & I'm not even sure what the 1999 one was called, it may have been untitled. They were all solo recordings made on 4-track and very few were made - essentially demos. I only have cassette masters of the first two and unmixed 4-track cassettes of the last one. Maybe someday, I'll put in the effort, but what's on Bandcamp now is everything that was given some kind of "official" release. Tonight, I'll be putting up a compilation of every ("official") solo compilation track I've done to this point, which is a mere 6 tracks from 2002-2014, clocking in at about 30 minutes. After that, I would like to start putting out some new material, rather than focusing on old cassettes (for the time being.)

Monday, June 10, 2019

More June...

June 13 in Seattle...
June 22 in Seattle...
June 29th in Portland...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

May-June performances


6/7/19 @ The Chapel, Seattle WA
Performing Lori Goldston's Rivulet w/ Lori Goldston/Dave Abramson/Kole Galbraith/Haley Freedlund
*Event page*

5/29/19 @ Vermillion, Seattle WA 
w/ Haley Freedlund/Amelia Coulter

Recently passed... 

I got to sit in for the opening intro of Kinski's set at the legendary River Dan's and joined Philly/Chattanooga's Virtual Balboa for the last set of their West coast tour.

5/16/19 @ Vermillion, Seattle WA 
w/ Virtual Balboa (Evan Lipson/Zach Darrup/Ben Bennett)
also Wally Shoup/Casey Adams, Sundowner Band, Yeomna
*Event page*

5/4/19 @ River Dan's, Seattle WA 
w/ Kinski (opening intro)

Recordings 2019

Despite playing live 20-30 times a year since I've moved to Seattle, I haven't released a lot of recordings. While I don't necessarily see this as a "problem" that needs to be "remedied" in the grand destructive scheme of Earth 2019, I'm glad that the following new recordings are out there for anyone for whom they may provide some distraction, entertainment, ideas, opportunity for reflection or critique or "whatever works." My favorite definition of music is from David Weinstein & Jim Staley of Roulette Intermedium's Einstein's Guide to the Musical Universe, which was an underground guide to booking shows, tours, releasing music, etc. In the glossary "music" was defined as (I'm paraphrasing here as I haven't had the book for years, unfortunately), "Anything you use in the same way that you use 'music'." So, use these in whatever manner you choose....

Greg Kelley/Rob Noyes: split C30 cassette (no label)
Released April 2019
One side solo acoustic 12 string guitar, one side solo acoustic trumpet. I have copies of the cassette (Rob has sold out) and it is also available digitally here:

untitled LP (Sähkö Recordings)
Released March 2019
I'm on the last 1~2 minutes of one of the 2 sidelong tracks on this untitled LP by Kevin Drumm.
12" and download available here:

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand: Live at the Clock-Out download
Released May 2019
I joined Hound Dog Taylor's Hand at the end of 2017. This is a ~ 26 minute live recording from the end of 2018.
Available here:

Chris Brokaw: End of the Night LP (VDSQ) / CD/download (tak:til/Glitterbeat)
Released May 2019
I'm on the first and last tracks of this instrumental album by Chris Brokaw.
LP available here:
CD available here:
Download available here:

Sunday, April 7, 2019


"When April scatters charms of primrose gold
Among the copper leaves in thickets old,
And singing skylarks from the meadows rise,
To twinkle like black stars in sunny skies;"
-W. H. Davies, April's Charms

I'll be playing my first solo bugle set and hosting my first Racer Session tonight. Then, at the end of the month, I'm very much looking forward to hitting the road for a West coast tour with my Boston friend, the wonderful acoustic guitarist Rob Noyes. We've even got a split tour cassette, a C30 in an edition of 100 (cover below by Jason Curran.) {I'll be updating the information below as it comes.}

4/7/19 @ Cafe Racer, Seattle WA Solo at Racer Sessions
*Event page*

*Event page*

4/21/19 @ Gallery 1412, Seattle WA
RN Solo
GK with Caspar Sonnet/Kozue Matsumoto/Patrick Neill Gundran
also Tongue Depressor
*Event page*

4/22/19 @ Toast, Vancouver BC
RN Solo
GK Solo
also Nightingale
*Event page*

4/23/19 @ Turn Turn Turn, Portland OR
RN Solo
GK with Ilyas Ahmed
also Personality Test, Matt Carlson
*Event page*

4/24/19 @ Crib Series, Arcata CA
RN Solo
GK Solo

4/25/19 @ Gold Lion Arts, Sacramento CA
RN Solo
GK Solo
*Event page*

4/26/19 @ Human Resources, Los Angeles CA
RN Solo
GK with Jessika Kenney
also Wilson Shook

4/27/19 @ Canessa Gallery, San Francisco CA
RN Solo
GK with Jacob Felix Heule/Chris Cooper/Danishta Rivero
also Usufruct
*Event page*

Friday, March 1, 2019


"March days return with their covert light,
and huge fish swim through the sky,
vague earthly vapours progress in secret,
things slip to silence one by one."
- Pablo Neruda, March Days Return With Their Covert Light

3/29/19 @ Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle WA 
also Fungal Abyss, The Sheen

3/26/19 @ Gallery 1412, Seattle WA 
also Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Jeff Carey, Blevin Blectum
*Event page*

3/22/19 @ The Chapel, Seattle WA
An Evening with Mother Tongue
Angelina Baldoz & Katherine Cohen with poet Omar Willey, dancer Ezra Dickinson and trumpeters Ray Larsen & Greg Kelley
*Event page*

3/15/19 @ The Blue Moon, Seattle WA 
also Abramson/Kennon, V. Vecker, Fraktal Phantom
*Event page*

3/9/19 @ Hiawatha Lofts, Seattle WA
Quintet w/ Wally Shoup, Haley Freedlund, Casey Adams, Domenico Chiaverini
*Event page*

3/2/19 @ Vermillion, Seattle WA 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


I haven't updated anything here since September and am not sure if this blog acts a mere log for me or if anyone else actually sees it (a recent comment tells me maybe it's not *just* me). The lack of personal content may affect that, so maybe I'll start adding lists of books, records, etc. as I have in the past. (Currently making my way through Raymond Chandler's novels.) 

Here are some shows that have happened in the interim, I'll start adding some forthcoming events soon:

2/16/19 @ Nalanda West, Seattle WA Trio w/ Lori Goldston/Paolo Chacolla
1/18/19 @ The Chapel, Seattle WA Solo and duo w/ Matt Ingalls (who also played a solo set)

12/8/18 @ Clock Out Lounge, Seattle WA w/ Hound Dog Taylor's Hand, also Kinski, The Fall-Outs
12/4/18 @ Spite House, Seattle WA Solo & a short duo with Wally Shoup
10/8/18 @ Empty Bottle, Chicago IL w/ Ben Baker Billington, Daniel Wyche, Mark Shippy
10/8/18 @ Experimental Sound Studios, Chicago IL Solo and discussion
10/7/18 @ Hungry Brain, Chicago IL Trios w/ Michael Zerang/Jim Baker, Carol Genetti/Jeff Kimmel