celebrating 20 years of “trashcan antidote(s) to LaMonte Young” and my feet on a large island

It is, of course, better to announce concerts BEFORE they happen.  This one happened the day I arrived in England, and as such, there was no time, but it was so nice that I wanted to notate here some small record of its existence.  Perhaps because I have recently moved, and I need to confirm that I still exist, or that something remains consistent.

The purpose of the concert, held in the beautiful Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, was to celebrate 20 years of navigations led by the two explorers pictured below.  They brought together a group of friends and artists employing a variety of approaches…while at the same time sharing certain other approaches.  Below is a text written by someone else, describing the event…


Ashtray Navigations is a psychedelic noise group, originally from Stoke-on-Trent and resident of Leeds for many years. The project has released music through labels such as Siltbreeze, Jewelled Antler, American Tapes, Fargone Records, Menlo Park, E.F. Tapes and Freedom From, as well as running their own record labels Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers and, subsequently Memoirs of an Aesthete.

Whilst the music evades easy categorisation due to variations in sound, approach and personnel, it often incorporates extended droning and lengthy guitar pieces. James Blackshaw described the Ashtray Navigations sound as “sub-aquatic synth bubble, busted-up cassette-tape hiss and distorted electric guitar hover that sounds like a mythical god banished from the realm of light and trying desperately to clamber his/her way out of a dark bottomless void where time itself stands still. The Wire’s David Keenan has described Phil Todd/Ashtray Navigations as “a trashcan antidote to LaMonte Young.”

Ashtray Navigations are celebrating their 20th birthday this year and we have invited Phil and Mel to curate an event as part of Recon 2014 to celebrate their birthday and share with us their mixed bill of music, print and film. The diverse bill will include filmaker David Larcher, City Hands, Shemboid, Hysteresis, Core of the Coalman, Castrato Attack Group and a fanzine by Mark from Idwal Fisher.

– See more at: http://reconfest.co.uk/events/ashtray-navigations-20th-anniversary-gig-hyde-park-picture-house2014-09-28#sthash.USYoleiG.dpuf

a picture of Manual Padding, City Hands, a graceful bowler:

all of this was part of Recon Festival, a festival of experimental art and music around the Leeds/Bradford area.

  and here is more evidence I was really there, and exist…from my Core of the Coalman set

I was at sea

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