Pink Thunder, finally!


Over the last six years I have been working on turning poems by two dozen fantastic American poets into indie-rock free-verse songs. The record that resulted from this project is called Pink Thunder. Happily and at long last, today is the official release date!

Pink Thunder comes in three flavors:


There’s a hardcover book version, which contains the CD of all the songs, along with with an introduction by Scott Pinkmountain, an artist’s statement by yours truly, and beautiful hand-lettered poems by Arrington de Dionyso. Published by Black Ocean Books. Here’s what it looks like (cover art by Tony Calzaretta):


There’s 12″ vinyl and digital from The Kora Records, and a pink vinyl 7″ from Howells Transmitter and Black Ocean.




And for those of you in the Bay Area, the record is also available in portmanteau form. Portmanteaus combine a found object display with a digital music player. I made them (Mark Allen-Piccolo designed the music-player circuit). The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco will be showing the Pink Thunder Portmanteaus from October 18th to November 18th. There an opening party on October 18th from 6-8 pm. Please come!





We are booking shows around the US over the next few months. We’ll be at the Mission Creek Music Festival in Iowa City in April, and in Boston in March to play at AWP. More shows to be announced soon!

In the meantime, the San Francisco release show is November 18, just after the closing party for the portmanteau art show at the Curiosity Shoppe, at Amnesia. That’s an early show, from 7-9pm.


If you want to know more, hear the music, see a video or some pictures:

You can see the video for “Florida” (poem by Travis Nichols) here
You can listen to Florida” here
You can listen to “Civics” (poem by David Berman) here
You can see some more pictures of the portmanteaus here


If you want to buy the book, vinyl or digital:

You can buy the book from Black Ocean here (first 250 orders get the pink vinyl 7″!):
or from Amazon here.
Buy the music from The Kora Records here
or from iTunes here
You can buy the pink vinyl 7″ from Howells Transmitter here.
And you can see (and buy) the portmanteaus from 10/18-11/18 here. Here’s a picture from when I was putting in the installation:





Joshua Beckman
David Berman
Carrie St. George Comer
Gillian Conoley
Bob Hicok
Noelle Kocot
Dorothea Lasky
Brett Fletcher Lauer
Anthony McCann
Valzhyna Mort
Hoa Nguyen
Sierra Nelson
Tyehimba Jess
Travis Nichols
D.A. Powell
Matthew Rohrer
Mary Ruefle
James Tate
Joe Wenderoth
Dara Weir
Matthew Zapruder


Mark Allen-Piccolo
Gene V. Baker
Doug Boyd
Nate Brenner
Ryan Browne
Kyle Bruckmann
Sean Coleman
Tyler Corelitz
Lark Coryell
Eli Crews
Matt Cunitz
Angie Doctor
Shayna Dunkelman
Dale Engle
Jem Fanvu
Evan Francis
Darian Gray
Steve Hogan
Jed Holtzman
Kurt Kotheimer
Michael Kaulkin
Georgiana Krieger
Alan Lin
Chris McGrew
Dave McNair
Ava Mendoza
Lynne Morrow
Melody Parker
John Paddock
Kevin Seal
Michelle Solomon
Beth Vandervennet
Jeff Watts
Jessica Zapruder
Levi Zapruder
Michael Zapruder



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