Author: nickell (Page 1 of 2)


I ventured out to a show for the first time in over two years since the beginning of the pandemic and the first one since moving to the Houston area. The last show before this was days before the shutdown back in March 2020 curated by Michael Castaneda via Sunwarped, and as a non-participant it was attending Hive Mind in Oakland around January that same year which in itself had a long lapse. Needless to say this was long overdue and finding something like this was very cathartic.

The venue itself is legendary and built by postal worker Jefferson Davis McKissack between 1956 through 1979 and something of a folk-art landmark. After being more or less confounded stumbling into this place for the first time and finding the other stage, the sound was stellar from some familiar faces. An overwhelming feeling of never taking DIY shows and venues for granted again, and it was also a perfect way to help purge the darkness of Uvalde just 300 miles away and some other unfortunate relative circumstances that have come to light.

Outside the venue
Studded Left…Chuck from Better Call Saul would enjoy this band
In Spite of Dreams
Future Blondes

In other news currently working on another Nina release which is the platform of choice for the foreseeable future. The previous release Inverted Void is sold out. Without getting into the nauseating evangelization of Web3 or decentralized tech (that certainly warrants another post in itself), I’m fully convinced this is path forward for self-sustaining artists. I highly recommend checking them out, founded by peers I highly admire and respect. There will be more very soon…

I promise.

Ashley P. Svn (1985-2021)

I was passed along news that Ashley P. Svn unexpectedly passed away peacefully at home last Tuesday afternoon on August 17th, 2021 due to an ongoing illness that had been going on for some time. There aren’t many details right now.

For those that knew Ashley, it wasn’t a secret they had many demons to contend with, but like many talented and troubled artists that wrestle with the abyss they can emerge for brief periods and conjure up a creative energy that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Like many in our very small community, I had fallen out of touch with Ashley over the past three years. Fortunately in my case, I had the privilege of working with them during most of the good and very productive periods in between those troubling times of their life, and helped release their HOM “A$X” LP on my old record label Isounderscore, one of the last two records I released before ceasing operations in 2017. In an odd twist, the roommates that were with Ashley were looking for any contact information and found my friend Thomas Dimuzio’s name on the back of the “A$X” LP he mastered. They contacted him with the message and it was then that Thomas forwarded me the very tragic news.

HOM “A$X” LP released 2017 on Isounderscore. Ashley’s last released recordings.

I remember discovering Ashley’s solo work as HOM sometime around 2014 through my friend Michael Buchanan’s production and remix work on a HOM 12″ EP called “Bound / Somn” released through the Motor Collective based out of Seattle, Washington. Meanwhile, the Bay Area was going through a revival of weird techno and electronic music at the time for a variety of reasons that emerged out of a convergence of phenomena including the popularity of hardware and modular synthesis and an evolution of experimental musicians that worked in noise and non-rhythmic areas picking up drum machines and sequencers again. Naturally, another consequence of this as it is with any genre of music, there was an immediate oversaturation of techno which was a huge turn off to me. However, Ashley’s HOM project had unique and intangible qualities in the music.

As I would discover, they were part of a duo prior to the HOM project called “Thee Source ov Faunation” or an alias as “Thee Source” which appeared to have been influenced by early Psychic TV without the cringeworthy cliches and possessed a magical and mystical quality to the music. After discovering this work it was clear how it bridged into Ashley’s HOM project. After doing my research I directly sought out Ashley and contacted them to meet up. It turned out they were playing a show out in West Oakland and were in the middle of bouncing around between the Pacific Northwest and the Bay Area. We talked at length and struck up a friendship and had asked them if they were interested in doing an LP. From there on we had kept in touch, and I was largely unaware early on that they were going through some difficult times but they would later express that the project would help them significantly and allowed them to focus on their creative work. I never was able to track down physical copies of Thee Source, as they were released in tiny editions and the circulation was very tight. Thankfully some are still online.

Over the years there would be many phone calls out of the blue that were a bit surreal at times with where Ashley’s head would be at. I could tell they were struggling, but always enjoyed the conversations because we shared a common thread and goal of getting the work done and out there because ultimately I believed in the unique imprint of what they were doing. One story that stands out in my mind as I’m still processing everything as I write this is when Ashley revealed that their parents both passed away at a young age but emphasized that they provided them with an experience of growing up in a very creative and artistic household. That was a real gift, and they lived art and breathed it in extreme ways. I had recently become a father for the first time, and they stressed the importance of being there as a father for my little girl and I understood where that came from.

The reality is that our world is smaller than we think it is. I was telling a friend Sunday night who also knew Ashley that the past five years with losing friends in the Ghost Ship tragedy, society ripping itself apart on social media, and a global pandemic has accelerated an isolation and disconnectedness that’s more real than ever. The experimental music community is very small, and those of us that have gone through what we’ve been through have a lingering black pool deeply seated in our unconscious that unfortunately is never going to go away. I never talked about the Ghost Ship tragedy publicly and losing our friends like Barrett Clark. For months I would wake up in the middle of the night with the same nightmare–no sound, black smoke filling a room rapidly, and then waking up. Ashley and I would share stories and anecdotes about the people we lost in that tragedy, and their passing last Tuesday was a complete trigger of that black cloud filling the room. Even with starting a family, working as an engineer in baseball, and moving to Houston Texas during the middle of pandemic, I still feel connected to all of this years later that’s very difficult to articulate to normal people who are outsiders.

Ashley was a very shadowy figure even by experimental music standards, but was very well connected in the underground experimental music scene across the West Coast. I really hope that the people that knew them can celebrate their work in a way I wish I could have done when I was still running the Isounderscore label.

Rest in Peace.

NBA Projections • Tue 07/20/21

Resulting Model Score: 90.9%

1073MILPHOPG/SGJrue Holiday9600-0.547.50
409301PHOMILCDeandre Ayton8200-2.838.25
1087PHOMILPGChris Paul9000-4.041.00
1498MILPHOCBrook Lopez5600-4.523.50
1005MILPHOPGJeff Teague2000-4.55.50
16852MILPHOPF/CGiannis Antetokounmpo12800-4.559.50
13990MILPHOSG/SFKhris Middleton10200-4.846.25
1115625PHOMILSF/PFCameron Johnson4400-5.017.00
13947MILPHOSF/PFP.J. Tucker3400-5.311.75
18941PHOMILPGCameron Payne4000-5.514.50
18920PHOMILCFrank Kaminsky1400-5.51.50
18939MILPHOSG/SFPat Connaughton5200-5.820.25
37861PHOMILSG/SFTorrey Craig2600-6.07.00
35179PHOMILSF/PFAbdel Nader1600-7.30.75
18909MILPHOPF/CBobby Portis5000-7.817.25
36052MILPHOPG/SGBryn Forbes1800-8.50.50
13942PHOMILSF/PFJae Crowder7400-9.527.50
18949PHOMILSGDevin Booker10400-10.341.75
408842PHOMILSFMikal Bridges6600-13.319.75

NBA Projections • Sat 07/17/21

Resulting Model Score: 93.1%

409301PHOMILCDeandre Ayton80001.039.62
1115625PHOMILSF/PFCameron Johnson4000-0.818.53
16852MILPHOPF/CGiannis Antetokounmpo12600-2.859.82
1005MILPHOPGJeff Teague1800-3.36.66
37861PHOMILSG/SFTorrey Craig2400-4.010.51
1087PHOMILPGChris Paul8800-4.542.30
1073MILPHOPG/SGJrue Holiday9600-4.541.75
35179PHOMILSF/PFAbdel Nader1200-5.30.75
18939MILPHOSG/SFPat Connaughton4800-5.517.89
18920PHOMILCFrank Kaminsky1400-5.51.35
13947MILPHOSF/PFP.J. Tucker3600-6.311.98
36052MILPHOPG/SGBryn Forbes1600-6.51.54
13990MILPHOSG/SFKhris Middleton10400-7.344.37
18941PHOMILPGCameron Payne4400-9.014.79
1498MILPHOCBrook Lopez6000-10.518.12
13942PHOMILSF/PFJae Crowder7400-11.026.68
18909MILPHOPF/CBobby Portis5600-12.317.27
18949PHOMILSGDevin Booker10200-12.543.13
408842PHOMILSFMikal Bridges6800-15.320.70

NBA Projections • Wed 07/14/21

Resulting Model Score: 89.7%

409301PHOMILCDeandre Ayton84000.542.50
1115625PHOMILSF/PFCameron Johnson3800-1.317.75
16852MILPHOPF/CGiannis Antetokounmpo12200-2.558.50
37861PHOMILSG/SFTorrey Craig1800-3.06.00
13947MILPHOSF/PFP.J. Tucker3400-3.014.00
1087PHOMILPGChris Paul9600-3.344.75
1073MILPHOPG/SGJrue Holiday9200-3.842.25
1005MILPHOPGJeff Teague2200-4.07.00
18939MILPHOSG/SFPat Connaughton4200-4.316.75
13990MILPHOSG/SFKhris Middleton10000-5.344.75
35179PHOMILSF/PFAbdel Nader1200-5.30.75
18920PHOMILCFrank Kaminsky2000-5.54.50
1498MILPHOCBrook Lopez6200-8.023.00
18941PHOMILPGCameron Payne4600-9.313.75
36052MILPHOPG/SGBryn Forbes2400-9.32.75
13942PHOMILSF/PFJae Crowder6800-11.522.50
18909MILPHOPF/CBobby Portis5400-13.513.50
18949PHOMILSGDevin Booker10400-15.836.25
408842PHOMILSFMikal Bridges7600-15.822.25

NBA Projections • Sun 07/11/21

Resulting Model Score: 83.7%

37861PHOMILSG/SFTorrey Craig10001.56.50
1005MILPHOPGJeff Teague1800-1.37.75
18939MILPHOSG/SFPat Connaughton3800-1.517.50
409301PHOMILCDeandre Ayton9000-2.043.00
13990MILPHOSG/SFKhris Middleton9600-2.545.50
1087PHOMILPGChris Paul9800-2.546.50
1073MILPHOPG/SGJrue Holiday8800-3.540.50
35179PHOMILSF/PFAbdel Nader1000-3.81.25
18920PHOMILCFrank Kaminsky1600-4.33.75
16852MILPHOPF/CGiannis Antetokounmpo11800-5.553.50
1115625PHOMILSF/PFCameron Johnson4600-6.516.50
13947MILPHOSF/PFP.J. Tucker4200-6.514.50
1498MILPHOCBrook Lopez6600-7.825.25
36052MILPHOPG/SGBryn Forbes2600-8.84.25
13942PHOMILSF/PFJae Crowder6000-9.820.25
18941PHOMILPGCameron Payne4800-10.014.00
408842PHOMILSFMikal Bridges7200-13.522.50
18949PHOMILSGDevin Booker10600-15.837.25
18909MILPHOPF/CBobby Portis5200-17.38.75

NBA Projections • Thu 07/08/21

Resulting Model Score: 87.1%

1073MILPHOPG/SGJrue Holiday88005.049.00
13990MILPHOSG/SFKhris Middleton98001.050.00
1005MILPHOPGJeff Teague14000.87.75
18909MILPHOPF/CBobby Portis32000.516.50
18920PHOMILCFrank Kaminsky10000.55.50
18941PHOMILPGCameron Payne38000.019.00
37861PHOMILSG/SFTorrey Craig2400-1.810.25
36052MILPHOPG/SGBryn Forbes1800-2.07.00
409301PHOMILCDeandre Ayton9200-2.543.50
1087PHOMILPGChris Paul10400-3.049.00
16852MILPHOPF/CGiannis Antetokounmpo11400-3.553.50
18939MILPHOSG/SFPat Connaughton4000-4.315.75
13947MILPHOSF/PFP.J. Tucker4600-7.315.75
13942PHOMILSF/PFJae Crowder5600-8.819.25
18949PHOMILSGDevin Booker10000-9.041.00
1115625PHOMILSF/PFCameron Johnson6000-11.818.25
1498MILPHOCBrook Lopez7600-13.025.00
408842PHOMILSFMikal Bridges6800-14.519.50

NBA Projections • Tue 07/06/21

Resulting Model Score: 95.0%

1115625PHOMILSF/PFCameron Johnson28003.517.50
36004PHOMILPF/CDario Saric20000.010.00
1087PHOMILPGChris Paul9800-2.346.75
31759MILPHOPFThanasis Antetokounmpo1000-3.02.00
409301PHOMILCDeandre Ayton8400-3.538.50
1073MILPHOPG/SGJrue Holiday9200-3.542.50
16852MILPHOPF/CGiannis Antetokounmpo11200-3.852.25
35179PHOMILSF/PFAbdel Nader1200-5.01.00
1005MILPHOPGJeff Teague1600-5.03.00
36052MILPHOPG/SGBryn Forbes2400-6.06.00
13990MILPHOSG/SFKhris Middleton10400-6.345.75
13942PHOMILSF/PFJae Crowder5600-6.821.25
18941PHOMILPGCameron Payne4600-6.816.25
13947MILPHOSF/PFP.J. Tucker4400-6.815.25
18949PHOMILSGDevin Booker9600-7.840.25
408842PHOMILSFMikal Bridges6000-9.520.50
1498MILPHOCBrook Lopez7400-10.826.25
18939MILPHOSG/SFPat Connaughton4800-12.311.75
18909MILPHOPF/CBobby Portis6800-12.521.50
37861PHOMILSG/SFTorrey Craig3800-12.86.25

NBA Projections • Sat 07/03/21

Resulting Model Score: 76.5%

18909MILATLPF/CBobby Portis620011.342.25
13990MILATLSG/SFKhris Middleton104003.055.00
18939MILATLSG/SFPat Connaughton26002.515.50
36052MILATLPG/SGBryn Forbes16000.58.50
1329ATLMILPFDanilo Gallinari3800-0.318.75
31759MILATLPFThanasis Antetokounmpo1000-1.04.00
2439277ATLMILCOnyeka Okongwu2000-1.88.25
1073MILATLPG/SGJrue Holiday9600-2.345.75
1005MILATLPGJeff Teague1000-2.32.75
1498MILATLCBrook Lopez7200-4.831.25
35215ATLMILPG/SFKris Dunn1200-5.50.50
18610ATLMILCClint Capela6600-5.827.25
13947MILATLSF/PFP.J. Tucker4400-6.016.00
1115295ATLMILSG/SFCam Reddish3400-6.810.25
408969ATLMILSG/SFKevin Huerter7800-7.531.50
1044ATLMILPG/SGLou Williams5200-9.516.50
409063ATLMILPGTrae Young10200-9.841.25
37823ATLMILPF/CJohn Collins8200-13.827.25
37899ATLMILPG/SGBogdan Bogdanovic8800-14.829.25

NBA Projections • Thu 07/01/21

Resulting Model Score: 85.1%

31759MILATLPFThanasis Antetokounmpo10006.311.25
18909MILATLPF/CBobby Portis44004.326.25
1044ATLMILPG/SGLou Williams52002.828.75
18939MILATLSG/SFPat Connaughton36002.320.25
16863ATLMILSF/PFSolomon Hill10000.05.00
36052MILATLPG/SGBryn Forbes2600-0.512.50
1005MILATLPGJeff Teague1000-0.84.25
18610ATLMILCClint Capela6800-2.032.00
2439277ATLMILCOnyeka Okongwu1800-2.56.50
1329ATLMILPFDanilo Gallinari4800-4.020.00
13990MILATLSG/SFKhris Middleton10400-4.347.75
35215ATLMILPG/SFKris Dunn1400-4.52.50
13947MILATLSF/PFP.J. Tucker4000-4.815.25
1498MILATLCBrook Lopez6000-7.522.50
37899ATLMILPG/SGBogdan Bogdanovic7200-8.827.25
1073MILATLPG/SGJrue Holiday9600-9.039.00
1115295ATLMILSG/SFCam Reddish3200-9.36.75
408969ATLMILSG/SFKevin Huerter8400-11.031.00
37823ATLMILPF/CJohn Collins8000-12.327.75
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