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January 16, 2017
Merry Christmas, I hope this message finds you well. Running it a little closer to Christmas than anticipated, but we've got five special EPs from Small Life Form, Yellow6, Electric Bird Noise, Nonconnah, & X-Bax this year. No covers of Christmas classics, but plenty of droney & noisy & shoegazery shimmery walls & guitar experiments. You can listen to them all for free on our website at http://silbermedia.com/christmas/ & you can download them or show support for a couple dollars. You can also listen to them along with our past Christmas releases on Spotify at https://play.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/2vOOsPkcz99CBsMJudwAJM
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all are well. Doing my best to be thankful for the relatively good place I’m in even though life has been routinely difficult this year. But hey, life is supposed to be hard work anyway right? We’ve got three new releases ready for you now & then in just a few days the Christmas EPs will be ready. Maybe more stuff too as I’m trying to get out all the stuff that’s been waiting on me, some for over a year now.
Hope everyone is doing well. Life is good here at Silber even if I am struggling to get everything to happen in a timely manner. The hurricane that came through & flooded a lot of communities around me had no effect here in the new Silberia. The power didn’t even go out, but then walking around the neighborhood I saw an oak that feel splitting a neighbors house in two, so I count my blessings that things are so good for me. My little drone cub just turned one & in good health & spirits & that she vacuums up all my spare time is something I don’t mind. Silber has always been about family to me anyhow & it’s interesting how huge of a percentage of Silber artist. So anyway on with what’s up lately including three new 5in5 EPs.
Something went weird recently where some of the Silber
Spotify playlists went private, but I fixed it & you can check
them out here:
New Releases coming soon from Ms, Fullness Off Lack, Jon
Dawson, Moodring, Hotel Hotel, Lum, DR, Remora, Small Life Form,
Magnetic Ghost & before you know it Christmas EPs from Electric
Bird Noise, Yellow6, Remora, Small Life Form, Baptizer, &
more. A batch of comics about Robert E Howard coming soon
(all drawn, just need to set them up to print). & of course
inevitably a new QRD.
August 4, 2016
Hope all is going well with you. You may have already heard about it on Facebook or Twitter, but last month my parents' basement flooded destroying about a fourth of the physical inventory, but if you even mildly follow the music industry you know that physical sales have been in dramatic decline for ten years so I am trying to play it positive as making me clear out some trash rather than $10,000 worth of CDs. My main regret of the experience is it really highlights that I should have done lower press runs the first 15 years & then I could've helped more bands. Live, learn, & move on, right? The future looks good. Anyway, we've got three new releases for you.
Bird Noise is back with a 32 minute epic ambient
guitarscape. Longtime fans who loved the Le
Vestibule era of EBN should definitely check this one
out. Feel the pull of the ocean as the fog rolls in, or is it
a smoke machine?
Special! - Download all 8 EBN releases on Silber for just $12! Half-price! - www.silbermedia.com/sale
We're super happy to work with lo-fi queen Azalia Snail again here at Silber. She made a 5in5 of lo-fi dance jams & such. Dive in to the broken toy daydream.
listen on Silber: http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/as-dreamdazzler.shtml
Dyr Faser is Eric Boomhower & part of Boston’s growing lo-fi post-punk/proto-goth scene. Taking notes from godfathers of the genres like Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Suicide, Durutti Column, & Coil – Dyr Faser blends it all together & gives you five one minute shots that hit you like $2 shots at an after hours bar. You can’t help but nod your head to the drum machine rhythms as you wait for the creature lurking in the darkness to destroy you. Don’t worry; the monsters have always been your friends.
listen on Silber: http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/dyr-faser.shtml
have some download codes left for anyone who orders a physical
copy of any of the Lycia or Lycia related releases (Mike VanPortfleet,
Tara VanFlower, Black Happy Day) through Silber to get a free
download code for the new Lycia album A Line That Connects.
New Releases coming soon from Cloaca, Ms, Koyl, Fullness Off Lack, Jon Dawson, Moodring, Hotel Hotel, Lum, Premature Burial, DR, & more in the coming weeks. A batch of comics about Robert E Howard coming soon. & of course inevitably a new QRD. Also thinking about re-starting the Silber Blog, let me know what you'd want in it - http://silbermedia.com/blog/?p=6231
Thanks for your interest & support & spread the word about the new releases if you can & if you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.
June 14, 2016
Hope all is going well with you. As mentioned last time the increased feeling of financial stability (if not actual stability) has created a dramatic increase in productivity here at Silber. The new releases from a couple weeks ago (Chvad SB, Yellow6, & Anda Volley) seem to be getting some attention & that makes it feel like the label is thriving instead of declining. The weather is hot & the days are long, but things seem good & promising & the future seems unstoppable.
M is We
is back with us for an entry in the 5in5 series. Post punk
& proto goth somewhere between Christian Death, The Germs,
& Cabaret Voltaire. Good stuff & only 5
minutes to check out.
Eye & LD Beghtol collaborated for a 5 minute EP of experimental
pop music. I’m pretty stoked about this EP because the two of
them got together because of LD’s 5in5 last year. Helping
artists discover each other & work together has been a goal of
Silber from the start, so this is awesome for us.
offered up a special with us. First 50 people to order a
physical copy of any of the Lycia or Lycia related releases (Mike
VanPortfleet, Tara VanFlower, Black Happy Day) through Silber will get
a free download code for the new Lycia album A Line That Connects.
The new QRD is out in time for Fathers’ Day with a half dozen more installments in our artistic dad interview series (Tanner Garza, JB Sapienza, Jason Handelsman, Jon Madof, Josh Doughty, Loďc Josinski) plus more installments in our guitarist (Casey Harvey (Thrushes), Gabriel Douglas (The 4onthefloor)), touring musician (Nathan Amundson (Rivulets), Aaron Snow (Landing)), & cartoonist (Jeff McClelland, Peter Kuper, Josh Howard) interview series. Please help spread the word if you can.
New Releases coming soon from Dyr Faser, Cloaca, Azalia Snail, Ms, Koyl, Fullness Off Lack, Jon Dawson, Moodring, Hotel Hotel, Lum, Electric Bird Noise, & more in the coming weeks. Thanks for your interest & support.
June 1, 2016
I hope you are doing well. Things are going well in Silberia at the moment, no one is sick for the first time in a while. Things in life have taken weird turns with me ending up with five part time jobs (plus Silber!), but bills seem to be getting paid & the stability has made me not be so stressed out as I have been the past year so I’m finally getting in the right space to be able to get some Silber work done. So suddenly, bam! Three new releases this week & probably a few more next week (maybe earlier with some of them).
We’ve been working with Yellow6 a lot over the past couple of years & I wish we’d been working with him longer. The new micro-EP/single Springsun is a recording from a couple months ago of loop driven ambient guitar drone. Great stuff worth checking out.
Buy or listen on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/yellow6/springsun.shtml
Buy or listen on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/springsun
Chvad SB has been working on Phenomenalism, Cartesian Doubt and Bomb #20 for a couple years & I’d almost given up on it coming to fruition. Chvad built a modular synth capable of self-generating musical pieces & putting it together & taking it apart was part of the collaboration process between man & machine on this piece influenced by classic sci-fi movies about the nature of artificial intelligence as well as their soundtracks.
Buy or listen on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/chvad-sb/pcdab20.shtml
Buy or listen on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/phenomenalism-cartesian-doubt-and-bomb-20
Listen on Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/6h7FRuwEQJ23KsUnN4t4Oh
The 5in5 series is back & launching this batch (I think there are about ten coming out in the next few weeks) is Anda Volley. I’m kinda surprised I never ran into Anda before as she lived in NC back in the 1990s, but I’m glad to have run into her now. The music on Paper Moon is in the vein of some of the 1980s avant pop stuff like Laurie Anderson or Siouxsie and the Banshees. If it sounds interesting, it only takes 5 minutes t listen, so check it out.
Buy or listen on Silber – http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/anda-volley-paper-moon.shtml
Buy or listen on Bandcamp – https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/paper-moon
For you Spotify users, I am doing my best to keep a fresh playlist of the ten latest releases from Silber on it. Follow the playlist & I think Spotify will tell you when I add stuff to it.
Working on the next issue of QRD which will include some more entries in our fathers interviews as well as some interviews with guitarist, touring musicians, & cartoonists. Hope to be getting that out shortly as well. Ads start at $5 if you are interested.
Thank you for your interest & support, it really does help me to keep things going. Spread the word on social media about anything you think is interesting or cool. If you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.
May 15, 2016
I hope all is going well. It's been a few years in the making, but QRD finally launched the touring musician interview series (featuring Alan Sparhawk of Low, Phil Dole of Chord, Shane DeLeon of Miss Massive Snowflake, Chris Brokaw of Lemonheads, Mkl Anderson of Drekka, & a few more). Let me know what you think of the series & if I should keep it going. This issue also has feature interviews with M is We & Lycia as well as a label owner interview with Manuel of Records Ad Nauseum & a cartoonist interview with Larry Johnson & a couple short stories from Phil Dole & Nathan Amundson. Spread the word about whatever interview is your favorite if you can.
In the music news front there is a ton of stuff about to happen. Releases from Chvad SB, Bronze Eye+LD, Yellow6, Anda Volley, Moodring, Electric Bird Noise, Hotel Hotel, Dyr Faser, M is We, & a ton of others are all about to happen given I figure out how to balance time well enough to get press releases & promotions ready. So keep an eye out on social media & your inbox for when those things happen. I'll be sending newsletters out a little more often than every two months once releases start kicking out every couple of weeks.
If you need one inch buttons made, I added a new option where you get 35 buttons with up to 35 different designs for $17 plus shipping. Great option for people with a lot of design ideas, but not ready to commit to the typical requirement of 100 buttons per design. Get the template & more info at www.silbermedia.com/buttons/custom.shtml
That's it for me for now. Thank you for your interest & support, I couldn’t do it without you.
Brian John Mitchell
March 5, 2016
February 11, 2016
I hope all is well. Still recovering from the pneumonia here, but the amount of improvement from a couple weeks ago makes me able to pretend I’m in good health now. I really feel I live a blessed life, because if I’d gotten this sick a few years ago when I wasn’t married I probably would’ve let the disease go all the way until I died in my sleep. Enough with the sadness, on with the Silber post rock party!
We’re getting ready to relaunch the 5in5 EP series with
releases from Anda Volley, Cloaca, Bronze Eye, Fullness Off Lack,
& Azalia Snail. So I’m running a Kickstarter to try
to get subscribers so I can have money ready to pay the artists when
the releases come out instead of waiting six months to see what sales
are like. In addition the prices are lower than normal for
subscribing (20% off for 10, 25% off for 20) & you get the
releases before they are available elsewhere. If you can back
it, that’s awesome. If you can post on Facebook or Twitter to
let people know about the project, that is also awesome.
You may have already guessed, but the pneumonia thing not only kicked my ass healthwise, but also damaged the bank account a little. So if you need some buttons made or some minimalist mastering done for a record or help with artwork, it’s an excellent time to hit me up.
More stuff coming soon including two compilations & releases from Treyverb, Thorn1, Lum, & Hotel Hotel as well as a new QRD & some new comics. Thank you for your interest & support, I couldn’t do it without you. If you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.
January 26, 2016
Hope 2016 is off to a great start for you. Mine’s a little miserable as I had a flu that turned into pneumonia (to quote the doctor, “You’re having trouble breathing”), but I’m still alive with antibiotics & a steroid inhaler so I can’t complain too much. While it has slowed down some of the Silber plans (most notably the issue of QRD that’s been waiting to be edited since August), we still have big plans for 2016 starting with releases from darkwavers Heaven Falls Hard & prog droners Space Sweeper in February.
I made up a special download bundle (available on the front page at www.silbermedia.com, $20 download, right around half price, 6 hours of music) of the ten releases that were generating the most traffic on the Silber website last year. While most of them were released last year & come as no surprise, it was interesting to see some oldies show up like Andrew Weathers’ entry in the 5in5 series & Aarktica’s Pure Tone Audiometry & The Wet Teens’ record (which I actually had to turn to a no index page a couple years ago because the porn traffic was effecting some stuff on the technical side of running a website, so I’m not sure how a release that is nearly unsearchable generated so much traffic, but I take it as a compliment to a fun record I like that really probably doesn’t belong in the Silber catalog). Anyway, here’s the list:
Various Artists: Broken Hearts Broken Sounds
Andrew Weathers: They Turned the Heat On
Yellow6: No Memories Only Photographs
Aarktica: Pure Tone Audiometry
The Wet Teens: Let It Pee
Various Artists: Make Some Noise
Philip Polk Palmer: Here in the Deadlights
Various Artists: Kaiju Temple
Chvad SB: Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree
M is We: M is We
If you just stream music these days, you can listen to them all on this Spotify playlist.
Thank you for your interest & support, I couldn’t do it without you.
Brian John Mitchell
December 14, 2015
Hope all is going well with the stress of the Christmas season. We’re always trying to get a ton of stuff done, but of course we’re always running behind getting the word out, so here’s what’s up with us lately!
In other 5in5 news, the Drekka EP got reviewed in the magazine Rockerilla, which feels like a big deal to me & makes me want to really try to do some stuff to push the series a little harder. So I’m thinking about doing a Kickstarter to get subscribers for the series so I can get the artists a budget for recording & get Silber a budget for advertising. I’ve also got a few new folks interested in taking part in the 5in5 series like Anda Volley, Cloaca, & Bronze Eye. So I’m feeling good.
In more comic news I was a featured guest on the web show Comic Culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2AAq_laIUc
I made a stop motion video for an Irata
song. I think I spent a week making it, but it was fun
& I’m pretty pleased with the results.
If you are traveling this season, I have been doing
my best to keep the Spotify playlist of the most recent Silber releases
That’s it for now, but coming soon are a new QRD, musical debuts from Space Sweeper & Treyverb, new albums from Heaven Falls Hard & Lum, more comics, more 5in5 EPS, & other goodies.
Thanks for all your interest & support, it
means a lot to us & helps us know we are doing work that is
worthwhile. Spread the word about us if you can.
October 23, 2015
Hey Kidz, As a lot of you
know, we just had Daughter of Silber (aka "Drone Cub") arrive here at
Silber headquarters & while there is a major challenge in time
management, Silber is a juggernaut. Two new
releases just in time for Halloween! A 5in5 EP from Drekka
built from field recordings in a haunted house & an album of
drone ambient inspired by a fear of drowning from
Kirchenkampf. Sound interesting? More info on both
below. Remora has been
releasing it’s out of print material with a new old release going up on
Bandcamp every Thursday. All of them are free downloads for a
limited time. We do have
three albums, two EPs, & two compilations we're hoping to have
ready for you in November along with a couple new comics & a
new issue of QRD & some holiday specials come
December. Thanks for all
your interest & support, it means a lot to us & helps
us know we are doing work that is worthwhile. Spread the word
about us if you can. Hrt Drekka: Ghost
Swimming Towards the Light
As a lot of you know, we just had Daughter of Silber (aka "Drone Cub") arrive here at Silber headquarters & while there is a major challenge in time management, Silber is a juggernaut.
Two new releases just in time for Halloween! A 5in5 EP from Drekka built from field recordings in a haunted house & an album of drone ambient inspired by a fear of drowning from Kirchenkampf. Sound interesting? More info on both below.
Remora has been
releasing it’s out of print material with a new old release going up on
Bandcamp every Thursday. All of them are free downloads for a
We do have three albums, two EPs, & two compilations we're hoping to have ready for you in November along with a couple new comics & a new issue of QRD & some holiday specials come December.
Thanks for all your interest & support, it means a lot to us & helps us know we are doing work that is worthwhile. Spread the word about us if you can.
Swimming Towards the Light
September 17, 2015
Hope all is going well on your side. Thanks for continuing to support all the work I try to do here at Silber, it really does mean the world to me.
I hope all is well. Feeling hopeful for a future more stable than the present at the moment, so how much better could things be?
New music in
from Yellow6. It’s guitar drone driven & called No
Memories, Only Photographs. I'm really happy to
have Silber associated with this album as I think it might be my
favorite Yellow6 record so far! We do have a limited number
of physical copies available while supplies last. More info
To celebrate both of those releases, we have a couple sales going on for both Yellow6 & Remora releases. The entire Silber catalog of either band (4 for Yellow6, 10 for Remora) available for just $9!
We do have
three new comics out. A speculative biography on
Robert E Howard, a story about local drug addicts, & the
re-release of a zombie survival zine from years
ago. You can get digital versions or physical
versions from right over here:
Thanks for your interest & support; as always, spreading the word about the work we’re doing can be just as helpful to us as financial support.
August 8, 2015
I hope all is well. Things are rough here at Silber, but we are still getting things done & have some news for you.
Some old friends of ours have some albums coming out over the next few months, I’m sure you are savvy enough to find info on the internet about the new albums from Low, Irata, & Lycia.
Hopefully we’ll have some new releases from Drekka, Kirchenkampf, Chvad SB, & Space Sweeper done soon. Life keeps pushing things back a little, but we’re sure we’ll win eventually.
While the comics’ front has been a little stagnant lately with actual releases, a lot is going on with scripts being written again. So hopefully the art will start to flow in & we’ll have stuff for you to read soon.
Thanks for your interest & support; as always, spreading the word about the work we’re doing can be just as helpful to us as financial support.
July 8, 2015
I hope all is going well for you. Another really productive month here at Silber. In a way things going not so terrific in life helps give me a need to really throw myself into the work. For those not in the know, me & The Bride of Silber are having a baby daughter, which should be a totally exciting time; but she has hyperemesis gravidarum, which has meant several stays at the hospital with me just feeling powerless & praying for the best. It’s rough to have your own powerless thrown in your face, but I try to look at it as an opportunity to strengthen our marriage & to look at this time where I can seldom leave the house as an opportunity to give Silber a last hunk of time before the baby comes. Anyway, on with the news.
First off three new releases:
Shoegaze & melancholy pop from Philip Polk Palmer
Recommended if you like The Church, The Reds, Echo & The Bunnymen, Nick Cave, Remora
A few years in the making, this album was engineered & co-produced by me & mixed by Brian McKenzie (Electric Bird Noise). In a way it’s a follow-up to Remora’s Scars Bring Hope, but written by someone else. The songs tell stories of the ghosts & people of Savannah.
Buy or learn more on Silber - http://www.silbermedia.com/palmer
Listen on Bandcamp - https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/here-in-the-deadlights
Watch "Better in the Books" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb0qclwTYpo
Post punk & proto-apocalyptic pop from Remora
Recommended if you like Killing Joke, Joy Division, Wire, Cabaret Voltaire, Television, Swans
Back in 2011 Remora started occasionally playing shows as a live band with three to five members instead of as a solo or duo. On here Remora is more aggressive & gnarled than ever. Oh, & it’s free to download on Bandcamp.
Buy or learn more on Silber - http://www.silbermedia.com/remora/swash.shtml
Listen on Bandcamp - https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/swash
Listen on Spotify - https://play.spotify.com/album/0So49zZgXC61RCEZ7pyKSi
Watch "The Doctor’s Wife" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVyo3DwL-1I
Cinematic soundtrack to an imaginary film from Heaven Falls Hard.
Recommended if you like John Carpenter, Goblin, Ennio Morricone, Electric Bird Noise
Our 5in5 EP series is back with Heaven Falls Hard. Around 20 years on the darkwave scene & we’re pleased to have them give us a little piece of music to put forth to the world.
Buy or learn more on Silber - http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/HeavenFallsHard-threehundredseconds.shtml
Listen on Bandcamp - https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/three-hundred-seconds
Our playlist on Spotify that has the ten latest releases streaming will be updated as soon as the PPP & HFH releases are up, but you can check the other recent stuff out there in the mean time. https://play.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/4nuz7tocaNt9OkFetPsHhG
I set up a place to buy our ebooks on the Silber site.
Also the Fathers: Balancing Family & Art ebook is now up on Amazon (the Kickstarter was successful), so if you already got it please give it a review.
I was on a podcast recently where I geeked out about comics & went over brainstorming an idea for some comics hopefully coming out this December with my collaborators Jared Catherine & Shawn Atkins.
July 17 is SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) up in Columbus, OH. While I’m not going to be able to make it up there this year, Jared Catherine is going to be there representing Silber in general & Walrus in particular. It’s nice to have someone helping out & really gives me the feeling of community Silber is all about.
In order to make a little extra cash around the house, I bought a bunch more button parts again & am hoping to push the button factory a little again if you or anyone you know is interested in some buttons.
I joined two new social networks that are supposed to bring some of the fun back to being on social networks. Instagram (which I assume everyone knows already) & This Is My Jam (you just put a link to a song you are into at the moment & one sentence about it). Link up if you’d like.
Coming up soon (maybe within the next month?) are three 5in5 EPs (Drekka, Joseph Kyle, & Joeseph Simon), remix EPs from M is We & Philip Polk Palmer, an album from Kirchenkampf, an album from Space Sweeper, an album from Chvad SB, a new issue of QRD, some new comics, & much more come September.
Thanks for your interest & support; as always, spreading the word about the work we're doing can be just as helpful to us as financial support.
Brian John Mitchell
June 8, 2015
A lot going on this time out, we’ve been busy.
First off three
Recommended if you like Chihei Hatakeyama, Stars of the Lid, Andrew Weathers Ensemble, or Sigur Ros
A collaboration from Megan Karls (Cascade String Quartet, Great Falls Symphony) on violin, Kyle Arthur Miller (Haunter) on electric guitar, Eric Perreault (Andrew Weathers Ensemble) on concertina, Erik Schoster (He Can Jog) on computer, & Andrew Weathers (Andrew Weathers Ensemble) on acoustic guitar.
Buy or learn more on Silber - http://www.silbermedia.com/whatdoesthescannersee
Listen on Bandcamp - https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/what-does-the-scanner-see
Listen on Spotify - https://play.spotify.com/album/0fliV4Hd9qFzrvyUyeO0la
Three hours of rarities spanning a 20 year career of electro-acoustic manipulations.
Buy or learn more on Silber - http://www.silbermedia.com/infantcycle/bundleofjoy.shtml
Listen on Bandcamp - https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/the-bundle-of-joy
Recommended if you like Dirty Beaches, Depeche Mode, New Order, Section 25, or SAVAS
An EP from the new project of Michael Wood (SAVAS, The Wet Teens, Mister Science)
Buy or learn more on Silber - http://www.silbermedia.com/miswe/miswe.shtml
Listen on Bandcamp - https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/m-is-we
Listen on Spotify - https://play.spotify.com/album/0MT2aoo4AxpaB8HDDuOmhX
In semi-related news we made a playlist on Spotify that has our ten latest releases streaming so you can keep up with our releases as they go up if that’s your main listening platform. https://play.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/4nuz7tocaNt9OkFetPsHhG
In related news
we have an ebook coming out for Father’s Day collecting all hundred or
so artistic father interviews I’ve done over the past 8 years. Doing a Kickstarter to
pre-order it in time for Father’s Day.
April 30, 2015
The good news is there should be a new newsletter from me fairly soon with more new releases, but I wanted to go ahead & get you some news out before things have slipped my mind.
First off a couple years ago there was this thing
going around where noise folks posted photos of cheerleaders holding up
“Make Some Noise” posters & somehow this twisted into a
compilation of noise, drone, electroclash, & prog that is
available for free download & free streaming on the Silber
We have up a new QRD! 21 interviews this
time with musicians, label owners, comic shop owners, & comic
creators. So pretty much all we do crammed inside of one
issue. The next issue will be for our musician/artist dad
series if you have any nominations.
Speaking of QRD, I have a Patreon running to try to
help QRD level up. Basically it’s an automatic pledge of a
dollar or two per issue to help try to get some things going better
& getting some more time dedicated to it.
We have out three new mini-comics. An issue of Walrus, an issue of REH, & a re-issue of Zombie Kisses #2. May 2 is Free Comic Book Day & in honor of that, I’m giving out digital copies of these three issues & our next three issues to anyone who emails me telling me they want them by Sunday.
I’ve actually somehow had a streak of good movies I’ve seen over the past couple weeks. I suggest the following if you like weird sci-fi Congress & Predestination. For horror there is Babadook. For drama I suggest Whiplash.
Talk to you soon. Thanks for your interest
March 17, 2015
February 17, 2015
I announced in the first newsletter of 2015 that Silber was going to have a bunch of releases coming up. I know just a week or so ago I told you about the Broken Hearts Broken Sounds compilation (which has actually been getting more blogging buzz than anything we've done in a while, which is awesome) & a new issue of QRD, but we already have new things ready for you. Our 5in5 series is back with two new installments. If you aren't familiar with the series, the challenge (or opportunity) is to make 5 songs with a total play time of 5 minutes.
What's next? 5in5s from Llarks, Parties, & PD Wilder. A live EP from Remora as a trio. An EP from What Does the Scanner See. More than that too... it might be a make it or break it year for us. But aren't they all?
I don't think I've mentioned it in the newsletter previously, but I moved to a small town called Sanford, NC about a year ago & I'm actually buying a house here. The cost of living is lower & the quality of living is higher & will hopefully end up giving me more space & time to dedicate to Silber. It's kind of a little scary to be honest, as it definitely is letting go of some of the Silber dreams, but it is also embracing the idea I've had since going to rural Mississippi back in 1997 that if I headquartered Silber some place more reasonably priced that it would take less money to make it work & that the lack of external distractions would cause more work to be done. Almost 20 years late on the idea, but we'll see if I was right.
Thanks for your interest & support; as always, spreading the word about the work we're doing can be just as helpful to us as financial support. If you'd like to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.
February 6, 2015
Well, it took us a month to get back into the grind here at Silber for 2015, but we got a couple things ready for you.
I know some of you are a fan of Rivulets. Nathan Amundson has a new release of him doing some reverbed out guitar explorations that I think some of you might dig.
I don’t know if I should leak this or not, but Jamie Barnes recently told me he is working on some new material that will be released on Silber. Not sure if it will be completed in 2015 or not, but I’m super excited to be working with him again.
We’ve got several releases on the cusp of being released. 5in5 from Chvad SB, Llarks, Black Wedding, Parties, & PD Wilder as well as EPs from Remora & What Does the Scanner See. So you should be hearing from us sooner than later.
Oh, for those who haven’t taken advantage of it yet, our blow out digital sale of our 10 most popular albums of 2014 for just $20 is going to be up for another week or so while I work on the new releases.
Thanks for your interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell
January 12, 2015
Welcome to 2015. 2014 was a pretty ambitious year for us at Silber. 25 releases, which I think is the most we’ve ever done in a year. So what’s the plan for 2015? Beat it. If I can get my act together there will be around 16 releases in the first 4 months of 2015. Digital re-issues of out of print releases from If Thousands, Rllrbll, & Electric Bird Noise. Over a half dozen EPs in the 5in5 series. Three compilations. The Infant Cycle retrospective. New releases from Chvad SB, Remora, Andrew Weathers, & Space Sweeper. Probably more ready before all of that comes out.
20 years ago this month I was typing up & cutting & pasting together the first issue of QRD. I probably only made 30 of them. At the peak of popularity I think I printed up 700 copies, but a few years later the internet started to kill off zines & eventually I succumbed to being a webzine. Anyway, I have about half of issue 70 done (so far mainly cartoonists), so hopefully that will come out next month.
I’ve gotten a few comic scripts out to artists to draw in the past week. New issues of REH, Seabase17, Lost Kisses, & a new series called Ship should be out in the next couple of months & hopefully I’ll get the script for Walrus #4 finished as well as a script for another new series called Faun.
I started pushing people towards Spotify a few months ago to see if I could get streaming revenue to work for Silber. Well, I got the answer. I went from getting $3-$4 from Spotify a month to $20-$40 a month. So I started making ten times as much, which is awesome, but it’s still not making up for the reduction of sales from just a few years ago. Though I must say that I personally have had a lot of good feelings listening to the Silber catalog on random play. There really has been a lot of good stuff we’ve put out over the years. It only takes 90 hours to listen to the stuff we have on Spotify so far.
Last year I did a digital download bundle of all the releases of the previous year at a discount & it was a pretty big hit. So I’m offering that again along with a special on our ten most popular albums of 2014. The special will expire the end of January.
Just a reminder for those of you in need. I do custom one-inch buttons & magnets. Trying to get a few orders flowing to start 2015 in the black if you or any one you know needs some.
Thanks for your continued interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell
December 12, 2014
I know it's a second newsletter in December, but if you read up last time you know we were trying to get the Christmas EPs ready & now they are out! 7 EPs, 37 tracks, & just over three hours of music. Surprisingly only 3 traditional Christmas songs make it out for re-workings ("Little Drummer Boy" by Firetail & "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" & "Carol of the Bells" by Remora) & all the rest is new noise, drone, post-rock, & sound experiments from Small Life Form, Electric Bird Noise, Yellow6, Baptizer, Ronja’s Christmas Witch (Featuring Mkl Anderson of Drekka), Remora, & Firetail. Anyway, feel free to stream it on our site or throw a couple bucks in to support the music. Spread the word around if you can.
In addition all our past Christmas comps are available for free download on the same page or you can listen to them on Spotify.
In Memory of John Peel is having people vote for the best indie songs of the year. I’m not saying you need to vote for Silber songs like "Clearly & Consciously" by Thorn1 or "It Haunts Her" by Chvad SB or "Det Syng for Storegut" by Origami Arktika or "Square with a Little Bit Rectangle" by Can Can Heads, but you could. While I’m at it, don’t forget us in your end of year lists if you make such things.
Thanks for all your interest & support & helping make 2014 a great year for Silber. Talk to you in the New Year with new music, comics, & interviews for QRD.
Brian John Mitchell
December 4, 2014
A lot going on here in Silberia this December. Next week I’ll be emailing you about our Christmas EPs. It looks like there are going to be seven of them. But here’s what’s up for now....
The 5 songs in 5 minutes series is back & going strong. Last time I told you about the new one from Lost Trail. This time out we have ones from Can Can Heads (Finnish no wave post jazz), Goddakk (guitar mutilations), Matteo Preabianca (sonic collages), & Frank Alexander (industrial noise to ultra smooth). All free to stream on the site & show your support for your favorite by downloading it for a buck. More coming soon.
Plumerai has recently reformed as DRLNG & we have their post-pop shoegazery debut EP available for download (& the band has limited quantities of it on vinyl if you need them). If you loved Siouxsie & The Banshees or The Cure growing up, definitely check them out.
I know some people love Bandcamp. I've been putting the new releases up there recently. So if you want to follow us on that site, we're at https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com
I got a few comic scripts done recently that I need to get out to the artists to draw (Seabase 17, REH, & a new series called Ship). Trying to get caught up from the aftermath of the successful Kickstarter (we got five times the requested funding - if you missed the backing window, you can go here).
I guest starred on the Canned Air Podcast last week where I out-nerded some comic book nerds. We talked about Star Wars, Howard the Duck, Doom Patrol, Steve Ditko, & of course my mini-comics.
Thanks for all your interest & support, it really means a lot to me & if you can let a couple people know about us it really helps out.
Brian John Mitchell
October 21, 2014
As always, a lot going on here at Silber. In fact so much so that you’ll probably get another email from us in a week or two.
First off in music news is that we have a new album
from Yellow6. Yellow6 has been a pretty steady force in
guitar experiments & shoegazery drone for almost 20 years
& we’re super pleased to have him officially on the Silber
team. The new album, Closer To The Sea Without Moving is
about a lighthouse being claimed by the sea.
Second off in music, we’ve relaunched the 5in5
series! First off is a nice little cinematic drone set from
Lost Trail. We’ve got about ten more that should be coming
out soon. If I can get myself on a regimen, maybe one or two
a week until we’re all out.
Third off in music, we’ve got a bunch more coming before the end of the year including at the very least a trio of Christmas EPs from Drekka, Remora, & Electric Bird Noise.
Our experiment with pushing people to listen to
music on Spotify a bit seems to have worked out a bit in that we got
six times as much money through Spotify in August as July. So
I’m hoping that encouraging you folks to listen to the Silber catalog
in that way while continuing to purchase music from any artists you
particularly want to support can encourage to help the label continue
to exist in the currently tumultuous music industry.
In comic news, we’ve got three new things coming
out this week. Barbarian in Vegas #0 about a barbarian
trapped in Las Vegas drawn by Nate McDonough. The re-issue of
Zombie Kisses #1 from 1998 about life after a zombie
apocalypse. Walrus #3 about working as a musician in an
elevator drawn by Jared Catherine. Going out to subscribers
over the weekend. If you’re not a subscriber already, we’ve
got a Kickstarter going to get new subscribers. Spread the
word about it if you can.
In QRD news. The new issue is about to
happen. We have about a dozen interviews in, just have to get
them all laid out.
OCTOBER RELEASES ON SILBER
September 17, 2014
I hope all is well. Another fast paced month for me, in part because I actually had a vacation. I went to Great Sand Dunes & it is awesome & re-invigorating. Maybe I should move closer to them so I can get more work done. This month is three re-issues of Silber bands before they were on Silber. All three of them are available as free streams on Silber or five bucks to download/show support or get them bundled together on our sales page - www.silbermedia.com/sale
Rllrbll had a long history before Silber, in 2000
they put out Bathing Music & they began
to get the attention they always deserved.
Electric Bird Noise’s first album from 1999, Unleashing
the Inner Robot, goes all over the place from prog rock to
industrial to darkwave, but always with the cinematic feeling that EBN
has always had.
If Thousands first album that is maybe their
darkest & most aggressive take on their ambient blanket
soundscapes, we’re happy to make Candice Recorder
As you may know we’ll be putting out Yellow6’s new
record in a month or two & so I thought some of you might want
to check out this recording from a recent live show.
Last month I started my experiment of asking you
fans to start listening to Silber on Spotify to see if streaming really
can be something that makes a difference, it ends up taking a couple of
months before the paperwork comes through. So if you can
continue to help with the experiment, here is the Silber playlist
& you can just put it on random to hear the whole catalog if
you listen at work for a couple weeks.
I do seem to have finally cracked my writer’s block on the comic front & have written six scripts in the past couple of weeks for REH, Walrus, & Lost Kisses. So I’m excited that I might actually be getting some things done on that front. Now I just need to get myself drawing again.
As far as what’s coming up, between albums, compilations, EPs, & re-issues we have about 20 releases I’m hoping to get ready before the end of the year, but as I get older I keep moving slower, so we’ll see if I can get it all done. Also trying to get QRD rolling out more regularly & of course more comics. Thanks for all your interest & support, it really means a lot to me & if you can let a couple people know about us it really helps out. If you want to be taken off our mailing list, just let me know.
SEPTEMBER RELEASES ON SILBER
August 15, 2014
I hope all is well. This past month has flown by. But we managed to get two new releases ready for you.
First off is Thorn1's The Light of Random
Star. Thorn1 of course is the Silber band from Siberia
heavily influenced by the first generation of Silber bands like
Aarktica, Remora, & Rivulets. The record is a mixture
of drone, ambient noise, & drone pop. I really like
it a lot & I'm hopeful you will too.
Second off is Across the Mountains - A Macedonian
Ambient Music Compilation. Earlier this year I reached out to
some of the folks that have supported Silber since the beginning about
doing curated compilations & this is the first fruition of
that. Put out as a joint release with Toni Dimitrov's Post
Global Recordings, this compilation showcases music by artists that
have been lost to a lot of listeners due to their geographic location
& I'm really excited to let you all hear what people are up to
in the mountains of Macedonia.
I have decided in the interest of making the
upcoming Silber releases more accessible to the 21st century listener
to start doing my best to get all the upcoming releases up on Bandcamp
& Spotify so folks can hear the stuff before buying
it. I think on things like QRD - The Guitarists
getting it listened to & talked about is really the whole goal
anyway. I read the story about the band that made $20,000 by
asking fans to play their record on loop on Spotify, so I'm curious if
Spotify really could be the thing that saves our little weird piece of
the music industry. Anyway here are the links to
of QRD, we have a new issue out with in depth interviews with
guitarists. All new interviews not featured in the
ebook. The series may go on forever & I'm fine with
QRD news, I'm trying out Patreon to see if anyone is interested in
financially supporting it to get content up more regularly.
I'm trying to gauge where my time is best spent these days - comics,
music, interviews, working a day job - & I'm hoping you folks
can help me figure out the answer.
the financing the future department, I've made some digital
subscriptions available for the upcoming Silber releases. I'm
really hopeful to get some pre-sales going for everything coming up so
we can have money to give the artists on the label upfront so we can
all get better equipment or record in better studios to make better
records for you.
you Rivulets & Remora fans might be interested in checking out
this new 10" from Jellyfant Records. The b-side is Rivulets
covering Remora's "I Told Jesus Christ How Much I Loved Her."
As far as what’s coming up, the debut from Space Sweeper, a live EP from Remora, a noise compilation inspired by cheerleading, re-releases of out of print material from Rllrbll & If Thousands, an album from Yellow6, an EP from Halcyon Chamber, an EP from Andrew Weathers, an album from Chvad SB, the relaunch of our 5 in 5 EP series, more mini-comics, more issues of QRD, & who knows what else. Thanks for all your interest & support, it really means a lot to me & if you can let a couple people know about us it really helps out. If you want to be taken off our mailing list, just let me know.
AUGUST RELEASES ON SILBER
July 13, 2014
I hope all is well. This past month has gotten a lot of positive press about Chvad SB & Origami Arktika & really helped me to feel re-invigorated about Silber. It's good to feel loved & appreciated & that the work we're doing here is worthwhile. I also got a handful of people to help me get some of the intern work done at Silber this month that has been sitting waiting for me to have the time to do for over a year & people reaching out to help like that really feels like the community aspect of Silber that is the whole goal of our work is coming back alive.
We've finally got the guitarist compilation completed! 55 tracks, 241 minutes, 2388 page ebook of interviews, easily the most massive thing we've put together. It has a lot of the usual Silber suspects appearing (members of Remora, Electric Bird Noise, Hotel Hotel, Northern Valentine, mwvm, Plumerai, etc.) as well as folks like Aidan Baker (Nadja), Alan Sparhawk (Low), Eric Quach (thisquietarmy), & I could go on forever. You can go to the website to see the full track listing. http://www.silbermedia.com/comps/QRD-the-guitarists/
of QRD, we have QRD
with sixteen in depth interviews with cartoonists about comics
& their craft.
On our comic front, we've got Marked #4, Star #4, & Seabase 17 #1 that debuted a couple weeks ago at Derby City. You can order a subscription (digital or physical) at www.silbermedia.com/comics/subscribe.shtml We'll probably be needing to run a Kickstarter again soon to get some more subscribers as the ones we gained last year have now almost all been filled. Let me know if you have any ideas for fun things to go for such a project.
As far as what’s coming up, the debut from Space Sweeper, a live EP from Remora, an album by Goddakk, a noise compilation inspired by cheerleading, a compilation of Macedonian drone music, a new issue of QRD (guitarist special) & the launch of two new QRD interview series (touring musicians & comic shop owners), re-releases of out of print material from Rllrbll & If Thousands, the relaunch of our 5 in 5 EP series, more mini-comics, & who knows what else. Thanks for all your interest & support, it really means a lot to me & if you can let a couple people know about us it really helps out. If you want to be taken off our mailing list, just let me know.
JULY RELEASE ON SILBER
June 10, 2014
I hope all is well. As you may have noticed already 2014 is turning into a juggernaut year for us in Silberia. I finally goat all the promo copies for Chvad SB & Electric Bird Noise & Feel No Other out & am happy to be seeing some positive reviews come in that are helping to make me feel the most upbeat about Silber I have in a while. It's really nice & I want to thank you all for continuing to support Silber through the rollercoaster ride we've been on for nearly 20 years.
We've got a new release from out beloved Origami Arktika called Absolut Gehor. Those of you who remember their past releases know what to expect - norwegian experimental drone folk. For those of you not as familiar, think of a cross between Einstürzende Neubauten, Sigur Ros, Jandek, & Death in June & you are on the right track. No reviews of it yet as we haven't gotten the promos out, but you can read up a little here - http://www.silbermedia.com/origamiarktika/absolutgehor.shtml
In the comic front, we've been doing our best to get on a schedule of three every month. This months issues aren't out yet but they are Marked #4, Star #4, & Seabase 17 #1. You can order a subscription (digital or physical) at www.silbermedia.com/comics/subscribe.shtml Also at the end of June I'll be in Louisville for the Derby City Con if you want to swing on by.
As far as what’s coming up, the guitarist comp is sequence & dangerously close to finished. A little further down the line are the debut from Space Sweeper, a live EP from Remora, a collection from The Infant Cycle, a new album from Thorn1, two new issues of QRD (guitarist & comics specials), re-releases of out of print material from Rllrbll & If Thousands, the relaunch of our 5 in 5 EP series, & who knows what else. Thanks for all your interest & support, it really means a lot to me & if you can let a couple people know about us it really helps out. If you want to be taken off our mailing list, just let me know.
JUNE RELEASE ON SILBER
May 18, 2014
I hope all is well. It's already been a super busy year for Silber. The releases from If Thousands, Rllrball, Electric Bird Noise, slicnaton, & Feel No Other have all been getting some kind words & now we have a new release & official new Silber family member.
We've got the Silber debut from longtime friend Chvad SB of Things Outside the Skin & Controlled Bleeding. It's an ambient drone lament on love & loss from a guy who's getting to be known for writing unsettling horror movie soundtracks. You can read more about him & the new release as well as order it if you'd like at www.silbermedia.com/chvad-sb & if you can spread the word a bit, we'd surely appreciate it.
In the comic front, we've been doing our best to get on a schedule of three every month. This month includes the second issue of our new hit book Walrus, a new issue of our Robert E Howard speculative biography REH, & our latest installment of Ultimate Lost Kisses. You can read more about them & order a subscription (digital or physical) at www.silbermedia.com/comics/subscribe.shtml Also this weekend I'll be at the Appleseed convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana & I'm pretty excted as it is a juried show & I'm sitting with both piers & collaborators (Kurt Dinse, Jason Young, Jason Strutz) & legends (Jim Steranko).
As far as what’s coming up, we have the 2300 page ebook of guitarist interviews & the compilation associated with it is almost complete, We have the interviews in for two new issues of our webzine QRD & I'm hoping to get those laid out & ready to go by the end of May. We have in a new album from Origami Arktika that should be available as a digital release by the end of May. A little further down the line are the debut from Space Sweeper, a live EP from Remora, & new material by From Oceans to Autumn, re-releases of out of print material from Rllrbll & If Thousands, the relaunch of our 5 in 5 EP series, & who knows what else. Thanks for all your interest & support, it really means a lot to me & if you can let a couple people know about us it really helps out. If you want to be taken off our mailing list, just let me know.
MAY RELEASE ON SILBER
March 3, 2014
I hope all is going well for you. Going nuts here in Silber trying to get things ready for you. First off, I’m trying out this new format for the newsletter where some of you might see some pictures. If you see pictures but would prefer the plain text, then let me know & I’ll swap you over to plain text. If you want the pictures & don’t get them, I have no idea how things work!
First off, we have a digital only release of a new album from Slicnaton. It’s been years since the last release & we’re happy to be working with Nic for his new album. It’s musical drone influenced by jazz, noise, & classical composition. Listen to the whole thing streaming & feel free to pay a couple bucks for the download to show your support.
Second off, we have a new release from Feel No Other. It’s available as a download, a CD, or a free stream. It’s a collaboration between Brian Lea McKenzie of Electric Bird Noise & Claudia Gregory of Exhaust the Fox. Cinematic folk songs that you might here opening an anime or closing a David Lynch film.
There’s also a couple special sales involving the new releases if you are looking for a special deal while supporting us.
Third off we have a new QRD up. Part ten in our guitarist interview series!
In the next couple of weeks we should also have ready new releases from Remora & Small Life Form & some new comics (just got the art in for Pow Wow #3) & some music videos for some of the new releases. Down the line will be the relaunch of our 5 in 5 series, a couple of compilations, & some re-issues of out of print releases from Silber artists.
Thanks for your interest & support & if you want to be taken off our mailing list or change your email, just let me know.
Brian John Mitchell
February 10, 2014
I hope all is going well. As I think I mentioned last time, there’s a lot going on here at Silber right now.
First off, we have a digital only release of a new album from If Thousands. It’s been years since their last release & we’re happy to be working with them on their new album. Their slumbercore drone is as good as it’s ever been & for me this record has a real American roots feel, but I can’t really explain why. Listen to the whole thing streaming & feel free to pay a couple bucks for the download to show the band your support.
Second off, we have a new release from Electric Bird Noise. It’s available as a download, a CD, or a free stream. Last year’s Desert Jelly was an homage to new wave, but this year’s Kind of Black is guitar driven with a lot of dissonant chords that become soothing & hypnotic as you keep listening.
I’m working on the ebook collecting all of the guitarist interviews from QRD over the past four years. There’s also going to be a compilation with it from the guitarists I’ve interviewed. Depending on demand I’ll make physical books & CDs. We’ll just see what happens. I’m going through Kickstarter if you want to help get the word out about it or kick in a few bucks.
We have a couple new comics out, Lost Kisses #26 & Come Home Safe #2. I’m feeling pretty happy & generous right now, so here’s a link to the digital versions of them for free reading.
In the next couple of weeks we should also have ready new releases from Feel No Other & Slicnaton & a new issue of QRD & some more comics & then in a few months a new Remora full band EP & the relaunch of our 5 in 5 series & a couple compilations. This year, everything’s coming up Silber.
Thanks for your interest & support & spread the word about us if you can.
Brian John Mitchell
January 15, 2014
I hope you’re doing well. I’m really glad that it finally turned into 2014 as 2013 was a pretty rough one for me, but looking back it wasn’t too bad for Silber with 22 releases coming out plus quite a few comics & a couple QRDs & of course acquiring the button maker.
To celebrate the new year we have two special download sales for $13 each through the end of January. One is our 10 most popular releases of last year (including Jamie Barnes, Irata, Electric Bird Noise, & 7 others) & the other is all 22 releases of 2013 (including Rllrbll, Yellow6, Small Life Form, & a ton more). They’re a pretty great deal to let you catch up with what we’ve been up to. Spread the word if you can.
If you are curious what were the popular things at Silber in 2013, follow these links:
Most Popular Silber Music Releases of 2013
Most Popular Silber Comics of 2013
Most Downloaded Silber Music Releases of 2013
Most Popular Silber Blog Entries of 2013
Most Popular QRD Articles of 2013
More stuff coming soon from If Thousands, Electric Bird Noise, Feel No Other, From Oceans to Autumn, Origami Arktika, Slicnaton, Chvad SB, Muscle Mass, QRD, Lost Kisses, Pow Wow, & the launch of our ebook series. Let me know what you’re most interested in & I’ll try to get it moved to the front burner.
Thanks for your continued interest & support, it really means a lot to me.
Brian John Mitchell
December 1, 2013
I hope all is well. I’ve been doing my best the last few weeks to get things geared up to turn Silber back into the gentle juggernaut it once was while maintaining my love & excitement for it. So far things seem a little slower to get done than I’d hoped, but I do think I’m developing a rhythm that will help in getting things out to folks faster again when I’m still excited about them.
So the big news is we just did a digital release of Rllrbll’s new album 4 Corners. It’s a pretty great record that delves into trip hop & free jazz blending into the ever genre dodging Rllrbll. For a limited time you can even check it out as a free stream before slinging out a couple hard earned dollars to let the band know you are into what they are doing.
On the comic front, we have three new books. Lost Kisses #25 continues the time travel story arc & goes into the future revealing the origin of our hero’s time traveling ability. REH #5 continues our speculative biography of Robert E. Howard in a piece about fan mail. & we have the debut of a new series about a saxophone playing walrus after the apocalypse simply titled, Walrus.
We finally have up a new issue of our webzine QRD & it’s not a themed issue, but instead in depth interviews with some of our friends like Mike VanPortfleet (Lycia), Ben Vendetta (Elephant Stone Records), Jason Young (Veggie Dog Saturn), Nick Marino (Super Haters), Jamie Barnes, Scotty Irving (Clang Quartet), Shaun Sandor (Promute), Ben Link Collins (Silent Media), Joe Kendrick (WNCW), Carl Kruger (Static Fanatic), & myself. Also included is the return of candy reviews with tons of pictures & video.
For Christmas this year, we are doing a series of buttons by some of our artist friends. We’re doing the sales via Kickstarter because that seems like the best way to make sure people know about them these days. Check them out & spread the word if you can.
Also in more Christmas news, I want to try to do a Christmas song cover each week of December. If you have any ideas of what I should do, please let me know.
In the “woe is me” department we have two stories. Story one – I lost my beloved flip phone… it fell out of my pocket while I was pogo-ing at an Irata show & broke in half leaving me with no phone numbers & 40 demo songs lost forever. But that’s okay, if the songs are worth hearing, I’m sure they’ll come to me again. Story two – my webhost has changed their spam filters around & I haven’t figured out how to work things yet, so some people’s emails aren’t coming through. I’m trying to get that fixed up, but if you email me & I don’t reply to you, that is probably the reason why.
More stuff coming soon from If Thousands, Electric Bird Noise, Feel No Other, From Oceans to Autumn, Origami Arktika, Slicnaton, & who knows what else. Thanks for all your interest & support, it really means a lot to me. If you want to be taken off our mailing list, just let me know.
Brian John Mitchell
October 24, 2013
I hope all is going well for you. Things are crazy at Silber headquarters as always, right now I'm running the label from a laptop while traveling around the country with a couple bands. It slows the work down a bit, but it's my first time on this extensive a trip in 15 years (currently a month in with two weeks to go & then another two weeks with another band) & it is nice to see all of america again. I forget how much I love both the wide open spaces & the uniqueness of individual cities.
Anyway, we've got a couple more releases in the five minute EP series. The latest are a noise EP built from field recordings by Carl Kruger & a shoegaze blissout EP from Yellow6. More info on them all below. I'm pretty excited about them as both Carl & Jon Yellow6 have been friends with Silber for ages. All the releases in the 5 in 5 sereies are free to stream or $1 to download if you can help get the word out.
Going to be a bunch of new stuff & a new QRD hopefully fairly soon.
Thanks for your interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell
OCTOBER RELEASES ON SILBER
RIYL: Landing, Aarktica, Absent Without Leave, Remora
File Under: Shoegaze, Space Rock, Post Rock, Bliss Pop, Drone
The drone/shoegaze/spacerock guitar work of Yellow6 is joined by piano for the 5 in 5 challenge.
Sample track "5.2"
Carl Kruger: Sexist Tranny
RIYL: Farmer's Manual, Danile Menche, John Weise
File Under: Field Recordings, Experimental, Noise
Carl Kruger brings noise (from caustic to soothing) built from layered & manipulated field recordings to meet the 5 in 5 challenge.
Sample track "Venalize the Bold"
August 25, 2013
So it’s been a couple of months of relative inactivity at Silber. I’ve been sorting some things out & realizing how I can run Silber in a way that doesn’t drive me crazy & I think I’ve got it figured out. So things are going to be starting up a bit again with me focusing on the fun elements of Silber & letting the tedious soul-sucking activities go.
In a few weeks we’ll have some new music from Yellow6, Carl Kruger, Rllrbll, If Thousands, slicnaton, From Oceans to Autumn, & Remora & then hopefully before the end of the year some stuff from Plumerai, Jamie Barnes, Small Life Form, PD Wilder, Sarah June, & Space Sweeper.
QRD will be coming back as well, starting with some issues in the 1990s style where it’s just me interviewing & catching up with people I’m friends with & a fan of. Then launching into some special projects.
On the comic front, the big thing right now is that we are trying to get some more subscribers so we can more readily pay the artists so that the work becomes front burner instead of back burner projects. We’re doing a little Kickstarter thing about it, as that still seems a favorite way for people to find out about the mini-comics. My goal is to get out 20 new minis (or more) in the next 8 months. While our financial goal has been met for printing, our goal to get to pay the artists a decent bit means gaining 200 subscribers, which may be a pipe dream. Spread the word (or subscribe) if you can.
At the Silber Button Factory, I’m experimenting with Etsy as a means to sell things & as a discovery engine. I have no idea how Etsy works, but if you are a user & can favorite an item or two in the Silber shop, I think it boosts the visibility. Or, of course you could buy something if you want to.
I’m also starting to try to put some prints & such up over at Society6. No sales over there as yet, but we’ll see what happens.
We do have some special sales going on at deep discounts to try to clear out the basement a bit. Hopefully you’ll find something you dig there.
There is a bit of a problem on the website because Yahoo cancelled the media player I used through out the site. I have a new media player thing going, but if any of you are programming savvy & can suggest a more elegant player let me know. Ideally I’d have something that put a little play button next to any MP3 or M3U link & would automatically play the next track appearing on the page when one finishes & is just one line of code in the header of a page.
I guess that’s about it for now. Some mild plans to re-work the website & then I’m going to be hitting the road with The Independents for six weeks in about a month. Thanks for your interest in all we’ve done over the years, it really means a lot to me.
Brian John Mitchell
June 8, 2013
I hope you are all doing well. A lot has been going on here at Silber over the past month & a half since the last newsletter. I think there are 4 new issues of QRD (see them all here) about guitarists, comic creators, label owners, & even a short interview with Alan Sparhawk of Low. There are 12 new releases in the 5 songs in 5 minutes EP series (listen to them all streaming or buy any you like for a buck exclusively here) in every genre we deal with from drone to noise to ambient to indie pop. There’s a couple new comics about to come out too.
But the reason things have been so productive is I was clearing the plate for Silber. I’m tired & worn out. I’ve been tired & worn out for a couple of years & trying to push through thinking something would change, trying to get excited about small things that might make a difference but it hasn’t really worked. I am out of ideas to invigorate things (the 5 in 5 series was my last attempt, I thought it would get people besides me excited about Silber & I’d be able to feed on that) & I need to take a break from it all. I’ll still be filling orders & if there’s a significant delay on that front it will be in the top banners throughout the website. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back at some point as I’m 38 & I started at 19, literally half my life ago & I don’t know how to not do it. Thanks for your interest & support over the years, it’s meant a lot to me.
Brian John Mitchell
April 22, 2013
I hope all is well. I can’t remember the last time I had to send out a second newsletter in less than a month, but we’ve been creating a lot of content here at Silber & I’m excited to get to share it all with you.
We’ve got two more releases up in our five minute EP series. Nik Furious does a bizarre synth-funk video game influenced EP about unlocking the nature of reality. The Wades EP is their first release in several years & is a melding of wyrd folk, blues, & experimental music. The recent Rllrbll EP has been the most popular so far in the series; so make sure to check it out if you haven’t previously. A bunch more will be going up fairly soon, so keep an eye out on our blog or Facebook or Twitter to know when they go up. All the releases in the series are free to stream or $1 to download.
We have a new band on the Silber roster called Firetail. Ambient guitar drone in the vein of mwvm, Aarktica, If Thousands, Thorn1 & essentially half of the Silber roster in the style we’ve been known for since the 1990s. The first release is a free 16 minute, 2 track EP. I hope you dig it.
Remora is getting ready to record a new album & as a bit of a warm-up that may indicate the vibe of the album, here’s a cover of a song from the TV show The Fugitive.
The new Electric Bird Noise has been pretty well received. To help more people hear it, it’s our current featured release. So you can listen to the whole thing for free or buy it at a discounted price for a limited time.
I still keep making up some new button designs. We just added some from artwork by Edvard Munch & Leonardo Davinci.
It’s been a long time, but there’s a new issue of Lost Kisses. It’s continuing the time travel story arc & this one is about elder care & existential dread. It’s pretty bleak, but I’m pretty happy with it & offering it up as a free read.
At the end of June I’m going up to Louisville for the Derby City Comic Convention. I’m looking to expand my trip a bit for hanging out & make some appearances various places if anyone is interested in a houseguest for a day. I’m looking at a trip where I re-discover America by not just going into the same cities & bars I have been going in for the past 20 years & maybe just being more about hanging out than performances.
Clang Quartet is going to Japan on tour with Acid Mothers Temple in July. I’m really excited to get to hear his tour stories & about the crowd reaction over there. Congrats to Scotty Irving for the wonderful opportunity his music has given him to see the world.
mwvm has a new album almost ready to go. We’ll probably be telling you all about it in our next newsletter.
QRD is unstoppable this year. A new comic issue went up a couple weeks ago & we’ll have a new guitarist & comic issue up over the course of the next month or so.
We still have some special sales going on. I’m trying to clear up the basement a bit & so you can for a super limited time get five discs for $30 or twelve discs for $50. The majority of the catalog that I have physical copies of is included. I just want to be able to have some breathing room. On the same page I also have ten comics or buttons discounted down to five bucks.
So that's it for now. More soon. As always spread the word about anything we're up to that you like. Thanks for your interest & support & if you want off the mailing list or the email it's sent to changed, just let me know.
Brian John Mitchell
April 4, 2013
I hope all is going well. I feel like I’m going pretty crazy, which I suppose is hardly news; when am I not going crazy? Anyway, here’s what’s up with Silber lately.
First off I want to tell you about some special sales I got going on. I’m trying to clear up the basement a bit & so you can for a super limited time get five discs for $30 or twelve discs for $50. The majority of the catalog that I have physical copies of is included. I just want to be able to have some breathing room. On the same page I also have ten comics or buttons discounted down to five bucks. So yeah, if you like stuff, buy stuff!
There was a bit of a hiccup with the five minute EPs, but now things are coming back on track. We have two brand new EPs up from Fornever (darkwave) & Rllrbll (dark-experimental jazz groove? How can you describe Rllrbll?). Feel No Other, Small Life Form, Baptizer, Nik Furious, & The Wades will have EPs coming out fairly soon as well & then there are some more down the pipe. I'm pretty excited about them all & I hope you can tell folks about them. All the releases will be free to stream or $1 to download.
I just found out about this pretty cool fan funding website called TeeSpring, so I’m trying it out with the Remora “I Came to Party” T. The shirt is just ten bucks & they handle the shipping, but I need fifty pre-orders for them to print the shirt at all. So hey, back it if you can.
I made a mini-comic for mini-comics day (makes sense right?). It’s part Cthulhu & part standard sad bastard crap (so basically autobiographical for me). You can check it out on the Silber Tumblr.
In other comic news I’m going to be up at SPACE in Columbus, Ohio again the year & I edited the anthology again & the digital version is available for free if you just follow the link.
As you may have heard, I bought a button maker & have been making buttons for folks. I’ve also been doing some stuff designing my own buttons & making buttons from images in the public domain including a ton of hundred year old funny cat images as well as optical illusion images.
QRD is back with another installment in both the label owner & cartoonist interview series & I’ve got another set of cartoonist interviews going up next week.
So that's it for now. More soon I hope. Thanks for your interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell
February 14, 2013
Hello, I hope all is going well. I guess I'm late to point it out, but the world didn't end with the Mayan calendar back in December. But as luck would have it, according to "The Prophecy of the Popes", the next Pope is supposed to be the last one before the end of the world, so it should still be happening within our lifetime.
The big new release on Silber is Electric Bird Noise's Desert Jelly. Instead of being the drone fest you might be used to, this is the closest thing to a new wave dance record we'll ever put out! Well, that's really a misnomer, but you can hear the New Order influence a lot stronger than the Joy Division one & it's closer to Brian Eno than Swans. Check it out & buy it if you dig it.
The five minute EPs are still going strong. I can't write the press releases fast enough to keep up with the music coming in. Electric Bird Noise, Drekka, From Oceans to Autumn, & Goddakk all have new installments in the series & there are new ones coming soon from Rllrbll, Feel No Other, Small Life Form, Fornever, Baptizer, Nik Furious, & The Wades just waiting for me to master & make press releases for. I'm pretty excited about them all & I hope you can tell folks about them. All the releases will be free to stream or $1 to download.
Remora is trying to get back in the studio for a new album called Droneuary. A new heavy duty album planning thirty days of recording & cranking out an hour of music a day to be culled down into a bad ass album. Guest musicians planned include in studio collabs with Michael Wood (Mister Science, SAVAS), Brian McKenzie (Electric Bird Noise), Peter Aldrich, Jason Ward (Irata), Karla Anne Lineback, Ted Johnson, Darin DePaolo (Unspeakable Forces), & Jesse Grey (The Pointless Forest); & long distance & sample based collaborations from Nik Furious, Shaun Sandor (Promute), Bryce Clayton Eiman, Martin Newman (Goddakk, Plumerai), Andrew Weathers, & Evgeny Zheyda (Thorn1). The album is being financed through Kickstarter with it being budget at $1000 for recording expenses & if it goes to $2000 we'll have physical product manufactured. If you don't have the money to back the project, helping to spread the word is greatly appreciated.
I made an ebook about my cartoonist residency in Pittsburgh. It's 284 pages & you can buy it for just a dollar if you are interested.
The new issue of Pow Wow is out now & we have a bunch of other new comics in the pipeline, I'll let you know more as they come out.
Irata has a bunch of shows coming up (including SXSW) so you'll have a chance to see these heavy hitters who's style of sludge is getting more powerful by the day. Here are some dates if you or someone you love might be able to go. Most of the dates are with Lord Fowl & Freedom Hawk. Check local listings for details.
March 1 - The Milestone, Charlotte, NC
March 8 - Nightlight, Chapel Hill, NC
March 9 - Rockin' Hard Saloon, Murrells Inlet, SC
March 10 - New Brookland Tavern, Lexington, SC
March 11 - Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA
March 12 - The Nick, Birmingham, AL
March 13 - Luna Live, Lake Charles, LA
March 16 - SXSW - Spiderhouse Cafe, Austin, TX
March 23 - Front Street Public House, Burlington, NC
April 5 - Casbah, Durham, NC
I bought a button maker. So I'm making a bunch of buttons. If you need buttons made, I can help you out as well. Spread the word if you can as I think the button maker might be the thing that keeps Silber in the black this year!
QRD is back with another installment in the guitarist interview series & there are a couple of issues worth of interviews for the label owner & cartoonist series that I'll be working on & putting up in the coming weeks. Still looking for more guitarists to be interviewed if you have any suggestions (Dave Mustaine & Justin Broadrick haven't written back yet).
Also, I hate to bring this up, but I feel I have to. Last month the post office raised their international shipping rates for a CD by $6. I raised my international rates by $4 which I hated to do, but I do have my rates cheaper than it costs me to import a CD from Europe, so I like to think the prices are still reasonable.
So that's it for now. More soon I hope. Thanks for your interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell
December 5, 2012
Hello, I hope all is going well. I've had a pretty busy month with a bit of news for you all.
The big news for Silber is the string of five minute EPs is going strong. We already have up releases from Remora, Electric Bird Noise, Mister Science, & Northern Valentine. I've only been able to get up one every other week so far, but hope to pick up the pace to one a week soon. I'm pretty excited about them. All the releases will be free to stream or $1 to download.
There is some other Remora news. For a while I have been thinking about doing some t-shirts. So I decided to do a Kickstarter to see if there's an interest. Basically if 15 people want shirts, I'll go ahead & get them printed up. It's the silhouette with me holding a guitar, a gun, & a sword & then it says "I Came To Party." Just follow the link if you are interested.
I completed my residency at the cartoonist house in Pittsburgh. You can check out some of the paintings & sketches I did at the link below (& if you are in to them you can get an ebook collecting them).
Over the residency I also got a few comics done. A Lovecraftian story called Messenger, a vignette about being a touring musician from my son Andrew called Come Home Safe, a story about the meaning of life called Storyteller, & I got in the artwork for the newest issue of our cowboy comic Just A Man #5. All available for just a buck or two.
So that's it for now. More soon I hope. Thanks for your interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell
October 29, 2012
Hello, I hope all is going well. Turning into fall here & winter before you know it & then I guess we all get to see if the world really comes to an end on December 21, 2012.
So a while ago I started making puzzle boxes as you may know. Anyway, there's four new designs up on the website. They take me a while to make, so if you want some to give out for Christmas time, please order them within the next week or so. I figured out a better method for staining them than what I was initially using & I think the results on the newest boxes are a bit better than the original batches. So I'm pretty happy with them these days. Check them out if you get a chance.
I think I had the best Small Life Form show I've had in years the other day. Here it is on YouTube if you are interested in checking it out. Small Life Form - October 919 Noise Showcase
There's a new album out now by Plumerai called Mondegreen. It reminds me of some of the bands that went on to be called goth &/or shoegaze, but were really just doing their own things in the 1980s. You can stream the whole thing at the link above.
We also have the new EP Vultures by Irata available. They're back to sludge it out & this time they've replaced the horns with vocals. Irata will be touring up & down the east coast in November, you can check out their tour schedule here.
A few weeks ago I did a Remora album recorded in 24 hours for the Greek label Somehow Ecstatic. I might eventually do a little remixing of it, but I'm really excited & exhilarated by what I could accomplish in hust one day. You can listen to a stream or buy it at this link.
The big news for Silber coming up is a string of EPs we're going to be releasing over the next couple of months. It's a challenge series of five songs completed in five minutes. We're planning on putting up a new one each week, so check back often. It's starting out with Remora's I Came To Party for the first week of November (though it's already live now). All the releases will be free to stream or $1 to download.
The big news for me personally is I got a residency in Pittsburgh to work on my comics for the month of November. It's a pretty great opportunity to try to get better at my craft. Of course it doesn't pay all the expenses for travel & food & art supplies, so I'm running a Kickstarter to pre-sell some of the work I'll be doing when I'm up there. Spread the word on it if you can.
I don't know if you're a fan of Silber on Facebook or not, but lately we have a contest each month to guess the most popular download & if you guess it right, you get a free download of any album in our catalog. So just keep an eye out at the beginning of each month for your opportunity to win.
So that's it for the month of October, but hopefully it's enough. There should be more news come November (new QRD, new comics, & more music). It's 18 years now since everything started with the first issue of QRD & I never could have made it through without your interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell
July 27, 2012
Well, we seem to be back on track. Here it is a month since out last newsletter & we have a ton of news. Lots of new music & some other stuff as well.
First off is Brian John Mitchell’s Four And a Half. It’s a 4.5 hour long drone that he’s been working on for 4.5 years. It’s a big slab of droning tones made with guitars & synths. Not for everyone of course, but for you droners it might be what you’ve been waiting for. Free to stream & just $1 to download for a limited time.
Small Life Form has a new album called Voice in the Sky. It’s a 45 minute slab of electroacoustic drone built from voice, feedback, copper pipe, & simple synthesizers. Free to stream & just $1 to download for a limited time.
In other Small Life Form news, there was a bit of buzz about a couple of cover songs posted on YouTube.
Small Life Form – “Children of God” (Swans)
Small Life Form – “Slavestate” (Godflesh)
Panthan was a collaborative project between Remora & slicnaton back in 2008. We’re finally releasing a free EP of some of the recordings that vary from shoegazing indie rock to soundscapes.
Unspeakable Forces is a side project of Remora going into a realm of doom drone & industrial shoegaze. Here’s the debut free EP Butterfly Corpse.
The Kickstarter about putting comics in bottles & casting them into the ocean is going well in that it’s met the necessary funding to make the project happen, but I’d kind of hoped to get 100 backers to help on the project & that goal is still far away. Check it out before it closes next week & spread the word if you can.
The Kickstarter for some custom puzzle boxes is closing out next week as well.
The Finally Checking It Out & Nostalgia Equals Distortion blogs have been pretty active reviewing stuff the past few months. Reviewing Gattaca, Alf, & Otherworld on N=D & Johnny Mnemonic, Superman IV, Teen Wolf Too, The Tribe, McTeague, & The Changes on FCIO. Check them out if you get a chance.
QRD has two new issues up this month, one about indie cartoonists (including Zak Sally & John Porcellino) & a new guitarist issue (including Mason Jones & Chris Wade).
So that’s it for the month of July, but hopefully it’s enough. Thanks for your interest & support.
June 25, 2012
Hmmm… Not sure how I ended up going three months without sending out a newsletter. All the internet gurus say you should send out a newsletter every week & normally I shoot for every month, but I kept putting it off because there were so many things that seemed “about to happen” that I kept putting off sending out a message until they were all ready to go. So a lot of news this time around about various things.
There are a ton of reviews up for Northern Valentine’s Fin de Siecle all posted up to read for those of you who have been thinking about whether you want to buy it or not.
In our free release series we have an ambient drone release created with guitar & bass feeding back in large spaces by Promute called Drone of the Norns. Please spread the word about it.
Another entry in our free release series is Brian John Mitchell & Andrew Weathers: Drone is in the Blood. It’s kind of a post-apocalyptic-pop type vibe about me & Andrew’s relationship (for those of you who don’t know, Andrew’s my biological song & I met him when he was 20). It’s free, so what have you got to lose?
In the Silber related category, we have Small Life Form: Satsop released by Blondena. Satsop is the recordings Small Life Form made in a nuclear cooling tower in the pacific northwest that has been waiting to be released for four years while ownership rights of the recordings have been negotiated, so we’re super happy that it can finally be heard.
In related news, Blondena had a CD release party that included collaborations between a ton of folks including a Small Life Form/Powercloud/Bryce Clayton Eiman jam. It’s live & free.
Remora has a new album called The Heart That Kills out on Fluttery Records. It’s a real drone fest. Nearly an hour of wavering tones broken up by a few minute long songs. It’s a response piece about the death of my grandmother.
I also have an hour long set of super raw emotional videos about grief. I can’t really suggest anyone watch it unless they recently lost a loved one & want to feel less uniquely alone. It is what it is. I’ll just leave it at that.
A lot of news for our comics.
A new issue of Worms about a Kafka-esque Lovecraftian quest.
A new issue of REH about Robert E. Howard taking care of his mother.
The debut issue of Pow Wow about Pennsylvania Dutch folk magic.
We started a project collaborating with children on comics, you can find out about it & maybe if you have kids you can make one.
& we have a Kickstarter about putting some comics in bottles & casting them into the ocean to be discovered by people in the distant future (or you can buy some comics in a bottle to put on your mantle)
I just made my puzzle boxes available for order through the website or a Kickstarter for some custom ones.
In other Kickstarter news, Sequential Underground Podcast did a special with me about running a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Finally Checking It Out & Nostalgia Equals Distortion blogs have been pretty active reviewing stuff the past few months. Check them out if you get a chance.
QRD has a new issue up about musician dads & there should be a new guitarist issue in a week or two & then a cartoonist issue a couple weeks after that.
We have some new t-shirts available & finally have made our buttons & balloons for sale.
So that’s it for these past few months, but hopefully it’s enough. Thanks for your interest & support.
March 14, 2012
It’s been a while since I’ve sent out a newsletter. The last one went out in December. At least we aren’t in that set of blokes that send you out an email every week to make sure you know nothing is going on (I have a blog for that!). So you know when we bother to contact you there’s some interesting stuff going on. In this case a ton of things.
We have a new CD of indie ambient from Northern Valentine called Fin de Siecle that will be in stores in about a month, but you can already order it directly from the Silber website.
We have the long-awaited sophomore album from mwvm. It’s pretty mighty & the shocker is it’s available for free download or streaming. To me it sounds like a glacier cascading onto a desert plain. Ambient guitar, slide guitar, & underlying angst.
Plumerai has a brand new EP debuting their new line-up with a new drummer & singer. Quite a different take on shoegazing pop than the last three releases, but I think you’ll dig it all the same. Oh, & it’s free to stream or download.
A couple of years ago Electric Bird Noise did a series of live performances with ensembles of up to 40 people. We finally convinced McKenzie to release it as part of our free series to get you ready for the upcoming “Desert Jelly” album. This is a very different take on Electric Bird Noise & even the acoustic guitar driven track sounds like it is floating in from some trans-dimensional illegal trading post. Live at The Basement
In Remora news, there is a new album called “The Heart that Kills” which will be coming out soon on our friends Fluttery Records. There’s also some pretty serious talk of simultaneous work on three albums to be recorded over the summer. In other Remora news, there was a bit of buzz from covering a car insurance jingle.
In If Thousands news, the band has started recording again & we (like you) eagerly await to hear the final results.
In comic book news, there’s been a lot of new stuff. So much new stuff I haven’t had a chance to get it up on the website. We’ve been cranking out about a new comic a week for 2012. & so what have we done? We’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for keeping everything available & in print. So send us $5 or however much you’d like, or just spread the word if you can.
For those of you who are media junkies, we added a couple features to our site. Twitter streams of news about music, comics, the world, & fun stuff. So you can use them as quick destinations to find out what’s going on. I did attempt to keep the world news balanced with sites from the far left & far right so you can hopefully decipher the truth in between them.
comic & music news
world & fun news
We are also trying to get back in the business of making some video streams to work (we tried a year ago, but the technology was a little behind our goals). So you can check out this site & there may or may not be anything happening.
I think that’s it for now. But there is more coming sooner rather than later, hopefully we’ll have more to tell you in a month.
December 4, 2011
I hope all is going well with you. Here we are & it's already December. I've had a pretty rough year, but they are all what I refer to as "first world" problems; you know, there's food around even if I'm eating less of it & there's clean water to drink & I have both eyes & all my fingers & toes. So who am I to complain if some dude wrecks my car or a loved one dies or my computer blows up? It makes me sound like an American or something.
It's December, so we have a new Christmas compilation. It's called Six Feet Below the Snow & I'm pretty stoked about it. Goes all over the map genre wise & some stuff is serious with other stuff being dumb fun. Go to www.silbermedia.com/comps/sixfeet to listen or download it for free. The artist roster is Charles DeMar, Jon DeRosa, Thorn1, Landerim, Miss Massive Snowflake, Goddakk, Origami Boe, Moodring, Remora, Pacific 231, Sibyll Kalff, Yellow6, Lullabier, Feel No Other, Tony Whitlock, Les Marquises, Lřzninger, Electric Bird Noise, Parties, & Drekka with Michael Demery Toran. Also, if you need some of our older Christmas comps (which now somehow is 8.5 hours of music) go to www.silbermedia.com/christmas
Remora got the remix treatment for the single "My Brother's Guns & Knives" off of Scars Bring Hope. 13 covers all fairly different from the original & you can listen or get a free download at www.silbermedia.com/remora/guns.shtml There's also a video for the album version of the song that was recently featured on Foxy Digitalis that you can check out here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o67dr8oR-Ek - it's stop motion of a paper doll fighting bugs & it took me a few weeks to get it done (though a big part was learning the process) so I hope you get a kick out of it.
Rllrbll (formerly Rollerball) has a free EP called Murwa Mbwa that is a preview of what they are working on for their album in 2012. I'm never sure how to explain what Rllrbll sounds like, but lately I've been calling them "doom jazz rock" which seems as sensible as anything. The big news is that the producer is Spit Stix of Fear who has previously been a producer for the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers & Nina Hagen. Anyway, listen or download it - www.silbermedia.com/rollerball/murwambwa.shtml
& then the last in our free releases for this time out is the debut of doomgazers Magi. One guitarist & one drummer making music somewhere between Tribes of Neurot & Neil Young's Dead Man Soundtrack. It's a new project from Brandon Helms of From Oceans to Autumn. Here it is - www.silbermedia.com/magi/december.shtml
Since the last newsletter I put up a couple new issues of QRD, one interviewing mini-comic creators & another continuing our guitarist interview series. Hopefully I'll get worked up my exhaustive drummer survey soon & I'll be getting some new content to keep QRD going as I'm running low on guitarists to interview that will actually answer 70 questions! - www.silbermedia.com/qrd
This month’s feature release is mwvm's "Rotations" from back in 2007 as we're going to have a new album from mwvm pretty soon. Listen to it on the free stream & of course buy it for $2 off while it’s the feature. www.silbermedia.com/feature
New music coming soon from mwvm, Remora, Brian John Mitchell/Andrew Weathers, Electric Bird Noise, & more. New comics soon too! We'll let you know more next month.
October 4, 2011
I hope all is going well with you. Here we are in early October & it’s starting to get cool outside. Before you know it, we’ll be hitting 2012 & then the world will end.
In August the power supply in my music computer went bad & I had to get it fixed & then in September I had a hard drive crash on my internet computer (which was a seven year old machine) so I opted to buy a new one & it’s taken some time trying to get all my software back on & getting the files moved over & all that stuff. So it’s kept a few things from happening on the Silber front & hopefully I’ll be catching back up with QRD & some of the other stuff soon.
We have a new free release from Thorn1 called Oblivion. Songs & drones of emotion, isolation, & hope from the frozen lands of Siberia. www.silbermedia.com/thorn1/oblivion.shtml
This month’s feature release is The Alcohol EPs from Remora, Pale Horse and Rider, & Rivulets back in 2002. Listen to it on the free stream & of course buy it for $2 off while it’s the feature. www.silbermedia.com/feature
On the Silber website in our game section I added some flash music software, most notably a drum machine. Waste time at work!
Reviews are starting to come in on the Remora, Jon DeRosa, Azalia Snail, & Electric Bird Noise albums. Check them out if you haven’t had a chance yet.
New music coming soon from mwvm, Remora, From Oceans to Autumn, Electric Bird Noise, & more. We'll let you know more next month.
August 16, 2011
I hope all is going well with you. Here we are in mid-August. The year is flying by. We've been busy with some new music & comics.
Lost Kisses #22 is done & available as a PDF or CBZ download or for $1 purchase over at www.silbermedia.com/lostkisses We also have a brand new autobio comic called REH about Robert E Howard (author of Conan) that you might dig drawn by Andrew White (Just A Man), free download or buy it for a dollar at www.silbermedia.com/reh
We just put up a new section of the site with a featured release streaming & available at a discounted price each month. The first feature is Remora's Enamored from 2005 - www.silbermedia.com/feature
We have a new download only album from Goddakk - www.silbermedia.com/goddakk - of post rock or industrial shoegaze or whatever you want to call it.
We have a new release from Plumerai - www.silbermedia.com/plumerai - that's available in a limited number of physicals or of course for our $5 downloads.
We'll be getting in the new solo EP from Jon DeRosa of Aarktica this week & it'll start shipping. Four tracks & just six bucks or three bucks for the digital. Check it out at www.silbermedia.com/jonderosa
In other Jon DeRosa news, we just re-issued digital versions of the two Dead Leaves Rising discs. Shadow Complex that Jon recorded as a senior in high school & Waking Up on the Wrong Side of No One that came out back in 2001. These have been fairly hard to find for a while, so we're glad to bring them to you. www.silbermedia.com/deadleavesrising
New music coming soon from mwvm, Remora, From Oceans to Autumn, & more. We'll let you know more next month.
Our webzine QRD - www.silbermedia.com/qrd - had an issue go up last month continuing our series of interviews with mini-comic creators. We'll be getting a couple more issues up about indie record labels & playing guitar fairly soon.
June 16, 2011
I hope all is going well with you. Here we are in mid-June. We've been busy trying to get everything running smoothly for the new releases coming out by Electric Bird Noise, Azalia Snail, & Remora as well as continuing to get some work behind the scenes on other music & our comics.
Our webzine QRD - www.silbermedia.com/qrd - has a special this month interviewing artistic dads about balancing their families & their art. Umm, Father's Day is Sunday if you didn't know.
The new Remora album is available for download or pre-order of physicals. We have a limited time special where you can pre-order a CD for just $5. Another special is four Remora CDs for $15. Our last special is you can order Azalia Snail & Electric Bird Noise together for $20. You can get these special deals at www.silbermedia.com/sale
New music coming soon from mwvm, Goddakk, Plumerai, Remora, From Oceans to Autumn, Jon DeRosa (Aarktica), & more. We'll let you know more next month.
May 3, 2011
I hope all is going well with you. Here we are in May & no where near halfway done with our work for the year, we have some catching up to do. There'll be a bunch more new content from us in a month or so.
With our comics, we put up free PDF & CBZ versions of about a dozen new books on www.silbermedia.com/comics at the bottom of the page. I guess there’s about forty-five up there in total now.
Our webzine QRD - www.silbermedia.com/qrd - has a special this month interviewing Christian artists about balancing their faith & their art.
A lot of music stuff is going on for us right now. If you go to our frontpage you'll find five new things to check out.
We just got in a few copies to sell of the debut albums from Sarah June (gothicana) & Carta (slowcore) (we put out both of their sophmore albums in 2010).
We have a new album from Electric Bird Noise (post rock party music) called The Silber Sessions. The street date will be in a couple of months, but it's available right now through us.
We have a new album from Azalia Snail (space pop) called Celestial Respect. The street date will be in a couple of months, but it's available right now through us.
In our free EP series we have a slab of instumental shoegazing metal by From Oceans to Autumn, here's the direct link to listen or download that - http://www.silbermedia.com/fromoceanstoautumn/tftf.shtml
March 3, 2011
I hope all is going well with you. Here we are already in March, 2011 is slipping away fast.
Our webzine QRD - www.silbermedia.com/qrd - actually had two issues out this past month. A label owner series with the owners of Projekt, IT3, Hikikomori, Turned Word, Denovali Records, Dark Holler, Unread Records & Tapes, Artizan Music, Auricular Records, Fake Four Inc., Gizeh Records, n5MD, Reverb Worship, Transubstans, Cohort Records, Full Spectrum, Fedora Corpse Recordings, Basses Frequences, Velvet Blue Music, Three One G, Bad Elk, Compost & Height, Dreamland Recordings, Fan Death, Public Guilt, Josh Vanek of Wantage USA, Al Mabon of At War With False Noise, & Powertool Records. Then an indie & mini comic creator interviews with Jeremy Johnson, PB Kain, Joe Badon, Andrew White, r. j. paré, Shawn Harbin, Colin Upton, Kevin LaPorte, Sara Lindo, Joseph Morris, Stephen Hines, Steve Seck, Derek R Croston, M. L. Walker, Daniel Gracey, Matthew D. Smith, Brian John Mitchell, Brandon Graham, Gordon McAlpin, Ross Campbell, Alex Robinson, Mason Johnson, Jason Young, Dave Sim, Nik Havert, Kurt Dinse, Nick Marino, Bob Corby, Eric Shonborne, & Melissa Spence Gardner. More issues coming of course with more guitarists, comic creators, & label owners if you have any suggestions.
A lot of stuff is going on in the backstage as far as new music coming out. Hopefully we’ll tell you more about that in about a month.
Still working on things for the Silber 15 Year Anniversary Show (April 2) - www.silbermedia.com/15 - & we’re hoping to be able to issue a live stream for those unable to attend. Also we’re planning on doing some projections between sets of fans talking for ten seconds to a minute about why they dig Silber. Just let me know if you are interested in taking part in that.
In another "fan participation" project, I’m in need of some headshot photos of people wearing hooded sweat jackets for the video version of the Vigilant comic. The plan is to have all the photos appear for 1/8 of a second as an interlude between issues 1 & 2. Just send me a jpeg if you want to take part.
Speaking of our comics, I put up free PDF & CBZ versions of most of the books up on www.silbermedia.com/comics at the bottom of the page. I guess there’s about thirty up there.
In the last bit of comics news for this installment, I'll be appearing at the SPACE comic convention in Columbus, Ohio on March 19 weekend.
January 28, 2011
I hope all is going well with you in 2011. Things seem to be going pretty well in a lot of ways for us.
Our webzine QRD - www.silbermedia.com/qrd - is still plowing on with a bunch of interviews with guitar players this month (a label owner set next month followed by a set with mini-comic people) like Azalia Snail, Alan Sparhawk of Low, Jesse Grey of The Pointless Forest, Michael Shiny of Shiny Around The Edges, Robert Brown of Northern Valentine, John Booker of I Was Totally Destroying It, Steven Mitchell of The Heligoats, Ian McPhedran of Ostrich Tuning, Josef Echter of Apokrypha, Jordan Barger of Arte Povera, Zachary Corsa of Lost Trail, Ed Ricart of Matta Gawa, Yair Yona, & Jeff Schneider of Arab on Radar.
We have two new releases in our free EP series from Sarah June & Clang Quartet (more info below) & new releases coming soon from Azalia Snail, Goddakk, Remora, & Electric Bird Noise.
This year marks Silber’s 15th anniversary & so we’re having a big show about it. Here’s the Facebook event - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117612114977852 Live performances from Aarktica, Clang Quartet, Northern Valentine, slicnaton, Hotel Hotel, Weather Machine, Remora, Electric Bird Noise, Irata, & more. Should be fun.
We’ve had a lot going on in the video front recently. Here are some links to watch them on YouTube:
Azalia Snail - Space Heater - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FvfQ-GlOmA
Sarah June - Judgment Day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PemwMp4kEMY
Small Life Form - Live Electro-acoustic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzRn07jYi9Q
Small Life Form - Horns - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntZs-D-Ocdk
Goddakk - In the Open - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2vhnHALGXc
December 11, 2010
Our webzine QRD - www.silbermedia.com/qrd - is still plowing on with a bunch of interviews with labels this month like Exotic Fever, Badman, Silber, Bluesanct, Kranky, & Trace. Don't forget to mention QRD in your Facebook & Twitter if you dig it.
Also of course there's the Silber Blog ( www.silbermedia.com/blog ) which we like to think of as "the best personal daily blog from an independent record label owner" (of course we don't know of another one). I have been trying to have some of the posts be a little more in-depth lately.
I put all of our free Christmas comps from the past ten years up in one spot for you to check out if you're interested - www.silbermedia.com/christmas
Thanks for your interest & support throughout 2010 & we look forward to working with you in 2011.
November 11, 2010
I hope all is going well with you. Feeling pretty up about things at Silber for the moment.
Our webzine QRD - http://www.silbermedia.com/qrd - is still plowing on with a bunch of interviews with bass players this month like CJ Boyd, Nic Slaton (slicnaton), & Monte Allen (Rollerball & Moodring). Next month will be interviews with label owners.
We just started a couple new "just for fun" review blogs called Nostalgia Equals Distortion ( nostalgiaequalsdistortion.blogspot.com ) & Finally Checking It Out ( finallychecking.blogspot.com ). N=D is about revisiting things you love & FCIO is about finally getting around to things you’ve missed (sometimes intentionally).
In related blogging news, I just moved the Silber Blog off of MySpace & onto the Silber website ( www.silbermedia.com/blog ).
We’ve got a brand new mini-comic called Built ( www.silbermedia.com/built ) that is about a robot trying to find his humanity. As always, just a dollar.
We have two new releases just out in November. A compilation from our free releases series called 30 Seconds of Time & a debut album from Thorn1. More info on them below. I hope you dig them & can help spread the word.
September 19, 2010
I hope all is going well with you. We’re still fighting on at Silber.
We relaunched our webzine QRD - http://www.silbermedia.com/qrd - a little while ago with a series of guitarist interviews. Over 60 interviews in the past couple months with folks like Colin Newman (Wire), Jon DeRosa (Aarktica), Aidan Baker (Nadja), & Agata (Melt-Banana). We’re planning on starting a series with indie label owners soon if you have suggestions for questions or folks to interview for that set.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the five new releases we had over the summer. Info on them below. I hope you dig at least some of them (they go all over the musical map) & can help spread the word. Some of them are digital only & some of them have physical discs available if you need them.
All of our releases are now available as $5 digital downloads with snazzy PDF booklets.
If things go as planned (which of course they rarely do) the next newsletter will have info about a new collection in our free download compilation series & a couple new mini-comics for sale & some other goodies too.
January 25, 2009
The new Kwoktalk talks about the new issues of Lost Kisses, XO, & Worms. Which reminds me, there are new issues of Worms & XO available that I haven't made videos for yet.
Meanwhile I'm working on some new comics. Lost Kisses issues #7-#10 are all being worked on simultaneously. XO #5 is currently being drawn by Melissa Spence Gardner. Worms #3 is being drawn by Kimberlee Traub. Remora - Mecha is being drawn by Jason Davis. & then there's a brand new comic I'll tell you more about later.
I will be appearing at SPACE this April in Columbus.
December 7, 2008I've been writing in the MySpace blog everyday instead of updating stuff much here. But there are five releases you can get for free download right now. So yeah, check us out, we're doing stuff. Also you should buy things so we can keep doing stuff.
October 4, 2008I guess I haven't updated this in a while, oops!
The Northern Valentine disc The Distance Brings Us Closer is here. They'll be in stores in about a month & promos will be going out shortly.
The Hotel, Hotel disc The Sad Sea is out for manufacturing & should be here in a couple of weeks.
The new Vlor, six-winged, is going through the mixing & mastering process.
Remora is currently recording a new album entitled Hurtless.
August 20, 2008We have a new Silber exclusive community on Ning, check it out & join up.
There's some remix materials for the upcoming Remora - Mecha release on Centre of Wood. Check it out here.
I just put up a little Lost Kisses documentary on YouTube.
As some of you are already aware, I have been doing some work on mastering records & helping with promotion of CDs. If you or anyone you know might be interested in these services, please let me know.
Also I'm going looking for some folks interested in helping out as unpaid interns helping with highly specified projects in a timely manner (for example a month to do a 20 hour project). Get to learn what's really going on or improve your personal network if you are already running a label of your own. Contact me if you're interested.
June 24, 2008I hope everyone is doing well. Feeling like life is on an up-swing myself. Working on new stuff from all my personal projects as well as having a new signing we'll be announcing soon.
Meanwhile here's the new stuff going on....
May 24, 2008In a couple days we should have up the new Lost Kisses & in a couple weeks the new XO will be ready as well. In other comic news we were in the Strangers with Comics podcast (the one that mentions Grandtheft Auto in the blurb).
May 1, 2008I finally got the series of interviews with indie radio music directors done for QRD. The next issue will be a theme issue again & it will be record store owner interviews if you have any suggestions.
Our good friend Tara Vanflower has an interview she just did up at Cyber Angels.
Rollerball is on tour in Italy & Hotel, Hotel & Remora have some live shows coming up in the states if you check the calendar.
April 16, 2008Kwok Talk had a little review of some of our mini-comics.
Our Facebook page was recently taken down because it was for a business, so I needed to make a new one here.
Plumerai has a new video for "Kill My Way Outta Here."
Akashic books is set to release "Las Vegas Noir" next month. There is a posthumous short story in it by John O'Brien (Leaving Las Vegas, The Assault on Tony's). Erin O'Brien also wrote a feature for the Cleveland Free Times about John's entire posthumous body of work, which gives it a unique perspective.
February 28, 2008Well, we got some free music for you this time out, plus we wanted to tell you about this cool comic called Garfield without Garfield recommended by Martin of Plumerai.
February 12, 2008
January 18, 2008Working hard on getting the new QRD together. It looks like the interviews will be with Jessica Bailiff, Plumerai, Aarktica, mwvm, Origami Arktika, Wire, & Colin Newman. Hopefully it’ll be up in a week or so. I’m kind of looking for a little slogan for a QRD sticker if anyone has any ideas. Something about music interviews should probably be in it.
Been talking to Kimberlee Traub who did Worms about another comic collaboration. Some time in 2008 it’ll probably happen. Maybe the series that didn't make it in Small Press Idol last year called (r)evolution.
January 9, 2008Hope everyone’s 2008 is starting out well. I’m running a little behind my goals as always, too much to do in too little time.
The mwvm Ambient Ping Things Almost Live Radio Session is now permanently up & of course it’s free to listen to.
Origami Arktika just did an interview with Chris Dahlberg for Cosmos Gaming.
December 11, 2007Always running slow on the updates lately, sorry about that....
The mwvm remix EP is essentially complete. We should have it available to you all for free download by the end of December.
Vlor's new album (six-winged) is under construction.
Remora's new disc Mecha is scheduled to come out on the Italian label Centre of Wood in February.
November 8, 2007Remora is going to be in Pittsburgh, Bloomington (Indiana), & Cleveland next week. Check out the calendar.
There's a new QRD with interviews with Low, Electric Bird Noise, & Attrition.
Working on new issues of Lost Kisses, xo, & QRD. More on those soon.
October 23, 2007Thought I'd updated this before. New releases by Plumerai & Origami Arktika are out now. Also....
September 25, 2007Out in stores today are Lycia's Cold & mwvm's rotations. Out in about a month are new releases by Origami Arktika & Plumerai. You can buy all the stuff on our front page.
In the new issue of Aural Innovations there's an interview with me about Remora & Silber. Read it here.
Our friend Patricia Russo has one of her stories read on Drabblecast, check it out.
I've been thinking lately about offering Silber Releases for digital download directly from us at a significantly higher bit-rate than iTunes & at a slightly lower price. What do you think? Is it worth the hassle?
Collective Voice did a Silber broadcast a while back & it's now available to listen to the archive of it here.
Remora & Electric Bird Noise are touring again in South Carolina, Georgia, & Alabama. Check out the calendar to see your favorite southern post rock party bands.
Plumerai is on tour from Boston to Chicago to North Carolina. Check out the calendar.
Remora's long discussed (& feared) electro EP is almost done. It will indeed be released by an Italian label. More info as it gets closer to coming out.
The Halloween comp is going to be a free thing again & will have tracks by some pretty heavy hitters like Lycia & Attrition.
August 17, 2007There is an article about Clang Quartet from the Winston Salem Journal here.
On the recent KwokTalk podcast they talk about Lost Kisses & xo & Worms starting around 40 minutes & 20 seconds.
August 10, 2007I know it is a little late, but we finally have the Father's Day interview with Colin Newman (Wire).
There have been a number of requests for some of our services lately (mastering, promotional services). Contact us if you are interested. We do things relatively inexpensively, but we only do them at all if we think we have something to bring to your table.
July 22, 2007Remora just did an interview for Gearwire about a few pieces of his equipment. Check it out.
July 10, 2007I just realized I hadn't posted up here that Remora has some upcoming shows again in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, & Columbus. There will be another early Saturday morning radio session on WCSB.
We have the re-mastered version of Lycia's Cold just back from manufacturing.
Also those of you wondering what all is going to be coming out on Silber this fall, we have slated releases from Plumerai, Origami Arktika, mwvm, & Hotel,Hotel. Also a Halloween Compilation. & maybe a Remora EP.
June 23, 2007A few weeks ago while on tour, Remora & Electric Bird Noise did a 40 minute collaborative piece on WCSB. Our good friend Ryan Kuehn was managing the mixing board & he has a recording of it you can listen to here & you can check out his blogwhile you're at it.
June 6, 2007
May 27, 2007We have in stock the new release from Remora!
May 4, 2007
April 17, 2007Clang Quartet has a new vinyl LP called Revival of the Wretch available from RRRecords.
Twelve has a new disc out on Saturday Night Sunday Morning Records.
We have a new page you can use for your start page. Lots of links & a Google search box....
I've been realizing lately I'm getting close to 800 hours behind on some internet research work for the label. So if anyone is interested in donating any amount of time to helping, email me.
Plumerai are mixing & mastering their new album.
June 9 there will be a Silber oriented show in Whitesburg, KY including Remora, Clang Quartet, Jamie Barnes, Electric Bird Noise, & Arbus.
Tara Vanflower will be onstage singing with Type O Negative on their upcoming Phoenix, AZ show.
March 22, 2007
March 10, 2007The new QRD is online. We have a lot going on this issue. As some of you may know, I was in a car crash a few months ago & I have been talking to a lot of people about it & so I have a ton of car crash stories from semi-famous folks like Alan Sparhawk, James Newman, Nathan Amundson, Will Dodson, & myself. Nathan Amundson contributes a few more times for a Rivulets interview & an appearance in I Heart FX & a piece he co-wrote with me on Gifts for Touring Musicians. We have two short stories from long time contributor Paticia Russo called Bound and Loose & See and Say. A nice little short short from Tara Vanflower called She Was a Doll. I guess the big surprise interview this issue is David Galas, who last appeared in QRD #1 as a member of Lycia. We have an interview with our buddy Jamie Barnes who will hopefully interview his dad for us in June. There is an interview with Max Soren of The Goslings. Finally finishing up we have two more installments of I Heart FX from Martin Newman (Plumerai) & Shane DeLeon Sauers (Rollerball). So a big issue. & hopefully there will be more soon. I'm shooting for another one in two months.
In other Remora news go vote for Remora so they can play on a big huge stage in an event sponsored by Nissan.
January 26, 2007xo #2 is available for ordering physical copies or you can just watch it online on our site or spread the word with it on IFC Medialab & YouTube.
January 16, 2007Remora will be on the AMBiENT PiNG RADiO ALMOST LiVE SERiES on January 22 & it will include debuts of some new songs & reworkings of some classics with an edge towards Remora's ambient side.
Initial recordings for the next Vlor album have started. It might take a year to finish to make it as good as we want it.
January 7, 2007Rollerball is now on MySpace. Go be their friends.
We finally got in the new Jamie Barnes album The Recalibrated Heart for sale.
Remora is kinda busy lately - the acapella EP songs i sing is wrapping up in the artwork, recording a radio session for PiNG THiNGS is under way, & work on demos for the next album (maybe this fall?) is going on as well.
As some of you may know, our long time intern Ethel Bohning went into the hospital last month with cancer. While the cancer is seeming to have been surgically removed in time before it had a chance to spread, the effects of being trapped in a hospital bed for a few weeks seems to have some long term detrimental effects both mentally & physically. So if you are the praying type, please put her in your list.
January 3, 2007Happy New Year! The last six weeks have been kind of rough around here, so we're hoping a new year will turn things around.
We're putting together a compilation of people covering songs by Silber artists, the deadline is January 31 if you'd like to contribute.
November 19, 2006The new Christmas disc, Silber Sounds of Christmas is available now for free download & physical copies will ship out December 1. It's 104 minutes & 28 tracks.
The Remora "Beams" video is now up on YouTube.
As some of you may have heard, Brian John Mitchell was in a car accident this week. He's fine, but his car was destroyed.
November 9, 2006Been busy working on getting this year's Christmas disc ready. It's a two disc set, it'll be available for free download in a couple weeks.
Our good friends Attrition have been chosen by the editor at UBL.COM to be entered into a competition for the UBL.COM ultimate band. Go to the bottom of the list on the editors choice.
Kobi is finally on Myspace with Kai's Looop project.
will be on HDNET
a few times in the next couple weeks.
October 15, 2006Been busy the past few weeks getting the new label sampler out to some stores & radio stations, so hopefully some of you will be a little more likely to hear our stuff on the radio & in your local indie record shop. If you run an indie record store & want a copy, let us know.
The other thing going on is working on this year's Christmas compilation, but it's coming together now & I'll let you know when the free download of it is available in a few weeks.
There's a recent interview with Black Happy Day up at Ptolemaic Terrascope.
Clang Quartet is doing a tour up the east coast, check out the dates on our calendar.
I've been realizing lately that I'm over-working myself a bit, so if anyone is interested in doing some intern work for Silber over the phone & internet, let me know.
This week Jon DeRosa (Aarktica) had the privilege of being the special guest on Uncle LD's High Bias radio show...This week's episode: Oh My Goth!: The Second Coming. We pretty much goof around and hear some of LD's favorite, obscure (and anything but obvious) dark tunes, as well as some tracks from my teen-angst goth band Dead Leaves Rising and current project Aarktica....
Plumerai will be on HDNET in November performing 4 songs & with some interview footage.
September 27, 2006Updating this page keeps slipping my mind, but here's what's going on.
There will be a little feature on the Black Happy Day CD on KFJC, Tuesday October 3rd. It will be around 20 minutes long with music & conversation, & will occur somewhere between 6:00 - 7:00 pm west coast time. it's part of a bigger show that takes up the whole hour.
The Collective Voice Podcast has a full length feature on Silber complete with tons of interviews tol be posted on Saturday, September 30, 2006.
We have a new mini-comic written by Brian John Mitchell & drawn by Kimberlee Traub called Worms. It's a bit surreal/claustrophobic, go figure.
We have a new label sampler finally after about 7 years. 22 tracks covering 22 of the last 40 releases from the past several years. You can buy it on our front page.
From the vaults come Vlor's “sacred places in the city” EP which was recorded back in 1999, but only now released. The original Vlor of Russell Halasz & Brian John Mitchell doing there best to develop a shoegaze & repetition style. It's an MP3 release & you can download it for free.
The new Rivulets album is about to come out on Important Records.
Thank you all for your support, it means a lot to us.
August 29, 2006I guess I haven't updated this page in a while. Back on August 1 the Vlor & Alan Sparhawk discs hit the streets & today is the street date for Heller Mason & Black Happy Day.
On September 23 both Remora & Plumerai will be playing at the Walls of Sound Festival in Fredericksburg, VA.
We have a lot in the works right now, a new label sampler (finally after five years), some new mini-zine comics, & a couple free MP3 EPs coming soon. More news on those in the next couple weeks.
July 12, 2006Shane Sauers of Rollerball has an interview & session recording of his project Miss Massive Snowflake you can check out here.
July 7, 2006Dan Cohoon did an interview with Alastair Galbraith for Amplitude Equals One Over Frequency Squared.
There's a new Twelve track available for free download on their MySpace page.
Vlor now has a MySpace page.
June 21, 2006I guess a lot of you know composer György Ligeti died on June 12, 2006. I found a webzine that had a bunch of vintage interviews with him.
June 8, 2006Clang Quartet is on the cover of the Greensboro weekly Go-Triad.
finally got things
set up right at IFC’s Media Lab & now you can watch all our
there & vote to get them played on IFC.
May 20, 2006Lunar Hypnosis have become big fans of ours lately. Check out these interviews with Goddakk & Lycia.
May 18, 2006The newest issue of QRD is up & includes interviews with Chris Olley (six by seven/twelve), Arnold Pander (Pander Brothers), Josh Howard (Dead@17), & Jamie Barnes as well as several articles & the return of i heart fx & job reviews.
Our new comic xo is now up online. It's the first installment about a sociopath trying to find his heart. We're hoping to keep it nearly monthly installments.
Rollerball has a new album that should be out soon on Wallace Records.
Remora has been working on an acapella EP that will come out this fall on North Pole Records.
Vlor's A Fire Is Meant For Burning & Alan Sparhawk's Solo Guitar are being shipped in from manufacturing & we're taking orders now. The art for Alan Sparhawk's disc is handmade by Shane DeLeon of StarbageHands.
April 15, 2006All right, so the newest news of the week is our new mini-comic "xo #1" is just about done. Working on the final layout right now. The artwork is by Melissa Spence Gardner & the story is by Brian John Mitchell. The series is the story of an ex-hitman trying not to kill people. If you want to get into what it's actually "about", I'd say it's about feeling powerless & alone in the world.
April 13, 2006We have some new artists on our roster whose releases will be coming out in the next few months. They are:
Heller Mason - a singer-songwriter recommended to us by Rivulets. He's got kind of a Neil Young ala Harvest vibe.
Black Happy Day - a collaboration between Tara VanFlower & Timothy Renner (Stone Breath). If you know both of these artists already, it sounds exactly like you might think. It's a bit hard to describe, maybe ambient roots music?
Alan Sparhawk - solo-guitarscapes from Alan of Low. Minimalist guitar drone in the style of Aarktica & Remora.
Plumerai - bliss-pop from Boston. We've been friends with these guys since they formed. So it was just a matter of time before it happened. They're musical influences are pretty shoegazery, but they have a style all of their own.
have two new releases
shipping out on pre-orders. You can order both discs as a
discount for a limited time at our sale
page. Below are the press releases:
March 16, 2006I’m back from the Remora tour, thanks to everyone who came out. In a related story, my car is in need of some repairs; so if you’ve been putting off an order I’d love to get it now.
February 25, 2006Check out the Exposed Radio Podcast #10 has an indepth interview with Jamie Barnes, covering everything from his studio equipment to his influences to the terror that is frogs. Plus, his new song, "Patient Lover Be."
If Thousands have a new interview up at Grave Concerns.
Remora is on tour March 1-10. Updated info is available on our calendar page. Come out & hear new songs & old hits & say hello.
Please rate Lost Kisses for IFC's Medialab so we can get it on TV.
February 8, 2006The Goddakk debut Monument to a Ruined Age has been sent for manufacturing, we’ll be taking pre-orders soon.
January 31, 2006A lot of our releases have been getting some airplay on the podcasts at Exposed Radio so you might be interested in some of the other music they play as well.
Our good friends Plumerai are looking for a few remixes for an upcoming EP. You can check out the stuff & they want the tracks by March 15.
If you hadn't already heard, we are putting together a compilation of covers of songs by Silber artists. Please send audio CD submissions to PO box 883 / sanford, nc 27331 / USA. We're hoping to get it out in time for our tenth anniversary in late March.
January 28, 2006There’s a new interview with Kobi up at Grave Concerns.
The re-mastered Lycia – The Burning Circle And Then Dust has been sent out for manufacturing. We’ll be taking pre-orders soon.
As some of you may have already noticed, we re-designed our catalog to make it easier to buy our releases that are available through digital distributors (like iTunes & Napster). If you use another digital music provider that you think we should get in touch with, let us know.
January 14, 2006Jamie Barnes has a new free EP available through Sundays in Spring. It takes a little navigating to find it, but it's there & it's free.
There have been those of you interested in the ability to get more Silber clothing, so we have put up a bunch of stuff via Café Press (or your own printer with an iron-on transfer). Just go here to check all the stuff out.
January 4, 2006I guess we’ve been out of touch for the past couple of weeks. I hope everyone’s holiday season went off without too many complications. Quite a few things are going on.
Jamie Barnes is currently in the studio working on a new album.
Remora is prepping for a string of live shows throughout this spring (check the calendar) as well as recording a number of tracks for compilation appearances.
The re-mastering of Lycia’s The Burning Circle And Then Dust has been completed & it’ll be shipped off for manufacturing soon. Many have asked what’s up with it being a single disc instead of a double disc & I asked Mike VanPortfleet himself about the story of that, so here’s the story. Shortly after recording what would become disc one of the album Mike VanPortfleet & David Galas were doing so well in the studio that they went on to record another ten songs with the intent of them possibly being used for compilation appearances. Though Mike thought most of the songs were stylistically different from the initial songs, when he was offered the possibility of releasing a double disc including the more recently recorded material he decided to go ahead & release the whole lot. Hindsight being 20-20 VanPortfleet has opted to hone the disc back down to his original vision.
We have a new member of the label roster, Goddakk . Some of you may recall Goddakk appearing on Silber X-mas 2000 five years ago. We’ll have out the debut in just a couple months. Goddakk is the more ambient & noisy side-project of Martin Newman of bliss-poppers Plumerai. Speaking of Plumerai, they’re doing another mini-tour up & down the east coast in February. Remora will be joining them on a few dates. We’ll let you know the dates in a couple weeks.
After about two years with things up in the air, Vlor’s new disc is finally getting a little closer to completion with the initial mixing & mastering of quite a few of the songs. Vlor is a bit of a super group this time out with members Brian John Mitchell, Jon DeRosa, Mike VanPortfleet, Jesse Edwards, Jessica Bailiff, Nathan Amundson, & Paolo Messere. It’s mellow guitar based music at times & nearly rock & roll at others.
December 18, 2005The new QRD is out & includes interviews with Kobi, If Thousands, Timothy Renner (Stone Breath), Nadav Carmel (Phoning It In), The Torch Marauder, Bill Horist, Plumerai, & novelist Erin O'Brien. It also has some short stories by Marlene Hyer & Particia Russo, essays on the death of John Lennon & Piggy (Voivod), & Plumerai's tour diary.
December 6, 2005Kobi did an interview for Lunar Hypnosis, you can check it out.
If Thousands did an interview for Amplitude Equals One Over Frequency Squared, you can check it out.
As some of you may know, March marks the tenth anniversary of Silber. To celebrate we’re putting together a tribute record collecting covers of songs from any of the Silber releases from the past ten years. We hope to hear your take on some of our music. Deadline is February 17, 2006. Mail submissions to Silber Tribute / PO box 883 / sanford, nc 27331 / USA
November 26, 2005A free release by Kobi entitled outwards from a core are in the north consisting of three unreleased tracks (two from the Dronesyndrome sessions & one from the Projecto sessions) is available now, check it out on our download page.
November 2, 2005Rollerball's third & final installment in their Companion EP series entitled The Thief on the Right (this one’s a mix of free jazz funk & songs, I highly recommend the track “Remodel”) is now available for free on our download page.
October 28, 2005Well, just under the wire for Halloween we finished Lost Kisses 3 & it’s a Halloween issue. You can check it out at here.
Our good friends at KFJC are having a fundraiser compilation that includes tracks by Remora & Rollerball from their radio sessions there. The purchase is tax deductible as a donation. Check them out at www.kfjc.org
October 18, 2005A free release by Kobi entitled dronesyndrome medley ep constructed from some of the source sounds from Dronesyndrome, check it out on our download page.
October 7, 2005The Kobi & If Thousands discs will be in stores October 25, the promotional copies are out, so keep your eyes open for reviews & your ears open for radio play.
The official Silber fast food restaurant is the Arby's at exit 66 on I-95 in Virginia.
September 22, 2005A lot of things are going a bit slower than we'd anticipated. We've over extended ourselves & set unrealistic goals. However, things are happening. The Kobi & If Thousands discs are about to go out for promotion, pre-orders are being filled, they'll be in stores before too long. Thanks to everyone for your concern & support, we love you all.
August 26, 2005Remora & Rollerball safely survived their tour. We'll probably make some recordings from the shows available including Remora collaborating with guitar improvisor Bill Horist & Rollerball's Monte Allen & Shane DeLeon Sauers.
The Remora track "the assault on tony's" (from reversion) got positive feedback from Erin O'Brien (co-author of The Assault on Tony's) as emotionally accurate to the story. You can get the whole EP free from our download page.
The If Thousands disc i have nothing has been sent off for manufacturing. There will be a free promotional EP released in association with it shortly.
The Kobi disc Dronesyndrome is back from manufacturing. There will be a free promotional EP released in association with it shortly.
The mixing on the Vlor record has started.
July 30, 2005Remora has a free MP3 EP available on our download page. It's called reversion & it's four tracks & 30 minutes of the ambient guitar stuff all the critics want more of.
Remora & Rollerball will be touring in the northwestern US in August. Go to our calendar for exact dates. This means orders received from August 3 - August 16 will ship a few days late. I hope to meet some of you on the road.
Lost Kisses #2 (think Charles Schultz meets Chuck Pahlaniuk) exists now online & in physical form, whichever you prefer.
July 15, 2005The new Kobi disc is in stock. The street date is in October, but we can fill your order now.
The new If Thousands should go out for manufacturing next week & also have a release date in October.
We've received a new disc from Origami Arktika. Very soothing. Modern Norwegian Art Music. Probably there will be a release in early 2006.
Clang Quartet will be going to the studio to record in September.
April 12, 2005The new Kobi disc has gone in for manufacturing.
We have a new portion of the site we're working on of downloadable goodies like ring tones & some out of print albums. Check it out at downloads.
March 31, 2005We have five new releases now available for ordering by Rollerball, Jamie Barnes, Remora, Lycia, & Tara VanFlower. These will all be available in indie stores in a couple weeks. Coming soon are new releases by Kobi & If Thousands.
March 29, 2005In association with Rollerball's new album Catholic Paws/Catholic Pause, Rollerball has an EP titled Companion 1 (The Good Samaritan) available for free download (including artwork) here.
March 28, 2005A large amount of our out of print back catalog is becoming available for free download at Archive.Org. This includes several compilations as well as releases by Remora & Vlor.
March 27, 2005Over the past several months we've had a huge amount of demos coming in. We've been having trouble listening to all the material & would like to make a public apology to anyone we haven't contacted back.