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What is Patrick Galactic's Lo-Fi All-Stars?

Short Answer: It’s this Sunday at High Dive! Get tickets now ($6)

Long Answer: Patrick Galactic’s Lo-Fi All-Stars is a series I curate at the High Dive on the first Sunday of every month. It is a celebration of song in its most minute form. I find three amazing songwriters and let them share their music, most often with just a guitar or piano to accompany them.

Why?

Great songs come through no matter how they are played. It’s fun to strip things down and hear the raw emotional center of an excellently-crafted song. Sometimes I hear a band that I love and wonder what they would sound like stripped down. So I have them play an acoustic set, sometimes just the lead singer, sometimes the whole band. You still with me?

If you are a singer-songwriter who’d like to be part of a future show, come out Sunday and chat with me. These shows can only happen if our music community supports them. We need you. You need gigs.

This Sunday at High Dive, I’ve selected three very different artists who all share common threads.

Patrick Galactic’s Lo-Fi All-Stars. From L-R: Freman, Kelly Fleek of The Spider Ferns, Immensity Crumb

Patrick Galactic’s Lo-Fi All-Stars. From L-R: Freman, Kelly Fleek of The Spider Ferns, Immensity Crumb

Freman is multi-instrumentalist and musical line-stepper Lauren Freman. She's a singer-songwriter hell-bent on blurring the lines between high and low art. She’s opening the night at 8pm and is someone you don’t want to miss.

Kelly Fleek of The Spider Ferns performs a rare solo set, featuring stripped down arrangements of TSF's electro pop and rare gems that are only shared on nights like these.

Immensity Crumb is the new project of Clearly Beloved brains Brenden and Jennifer Smith. Beautiful, strange, delightful...a very grandiose, small thing.

Join me in The Tower of Song (The High Dive, just so we’re clear) and drink in the intimate and evocative energy of this amazing group of songwriters.

One More Time with Feeling - Tractor Tavern, 12/10

2017

A bad year.

A good year.

A weird-as-fuck year.

Running from the Sun came out a little over a year ago and since then I've dropped two videos, been interviewed, reviewed, rejected, accepted, triumphed and failed more times than I'd like to count. It's the way I roll and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

This Sunday, December 10th, I'm wrapping up the Running from the Sun era with one of my biggest performances ever at Tractor Tavern in Ballard. It's an early show, we take the stage at 7pm. It's a full band performance, we will be joined by our ace in the hole and my frequent collaborator, John Theroux, who will be projecting live visuals on stage.

We are opening the evening for Ry Flannery and The Nite Owls and Saint John and The Revelations, both excellent artists that I highly recommend you check out.

After this show, the focus turns to the next phase. In 2018 I have new singles, new videos and a new EP that I think you'll really like. Don't miss this show and don't you DARE think you've seen all the tricks I have up my sleeve! I'll be seeing you Sunday!

PG

The Current State of My Being

Currently Listening to:

The Raincoats, “Odyshape”.

I love discordant records with fucked up timing and lots of strings. This album, as best I can tell, is not loved quite the same as their debut but it is my favorite. Ana De Silva, Gina Birch, and Vicky Aspinall prove here that artistic vision trumps technical brilliance every time. I always turn this on when I’m feeling a little…well…

Currently feeling:

Exposed and impatient

My daily pre-release ritual is sending dozens of emails to press outlets every morning. It is an exercise that is both cathartic and absolutely horrible. There are the inevitable rejections, which are better than the inevitable apathy, and then, every once in a while there is the “I love it!” email that I’m not-so-secretly hoping everyone will send.                  
Possibly my greatest talent, if it can be called that, is investing my whole self in my music. I leave it all on the stage, the studio, whatever the place, I leave it there. That said, sending your heart in to the hands of the press can be kinda demoralizing if you don’t harden yourself and stay focused on what really matters.

After more than 20 years, I must confess that my biggest blind spot is my sensitivity to rejection. But my faith is stronger than it’s ever been and, though rejections will continue, so will I.

Currently feeling:

Better.

That felt good to say.

Currently really digging:

Kikagaku Moyo "House in the Tall Grass"

Beautiful Japanese Psych Rock. I don’t think I need to say more but I will. If Can was Radiohead with a  pinch of early Mogwai and everybody was pleasantly stoned, they would be Kikagaku Moyo. Highly recommended.

Currently hoping you are aware of:

The big release show on 11/17 at Sunset! You can get a copy of “Running from the Sun” on CD or cassette two weeks before the album drops and see a diverse bill of great bands. Let’s make this a bash to remember! You can buy tickets here and RSVP to the show here and/or here.

New EP, New Video, Big Release Show

Cover art by Logan Rohrkemper
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My debut solo EP "Running from the Sun" will be available on all streaming services and Bandcamp on Friday, December 2nd. 

If you've followed my music over the years, you've heard it take on different forms. This album represents a new way to hear my songs and I am proud to finally share it with you. It is atmospheric, haunting and very easy to sing along to. If you are a fan of Death By Stars or my solo stuff, you'll dig it! 

I put my whole heart in to this. I think it's the best thing I've ever done. If you want to hear it REALLY early...sign up for my mailing list and stand by.....

 

I filmed my first video this weekend. Directed by CTPAK Film Crew's John Theroux, "Center of Command" tells a surreal and cerebral tale. Have you ever stalked yourself through a playground? Have you ever had your ass kicked by your inner child?  I have.

The video will drop in mid-November but if you sign up for my mailing list, my sources tell me you can probably see it early.

 

Ok, so you don't want to sign up for the mailing list but want to hear the album early anyway?! FINE! How about you get your ass to The Sunset in Ballard on Thursday, November 17th and see a RAD show and buy a CD or a cassette copy (or both) of "Running from the Sun" two weeks before it comes out?! Ya happy now?! 

Seriously, I am so excited for this show. Among Authors, who just released an excellent album of their own and A Breakthrough in Field Studies, who are releasing a new album this month, will be joining us. 

I'll have brand new shirts and stickers for sale as well.

Music starts at 9pm, 21+, $8 at the door. Get tickets now!

Or let's say you wanted to go to the show for FREE, get a copy of the CD for FREE and a FREE shirt and sticker? 

There is an answer....

Sign up for my mailing list before 10/15 and you will get your chance!  

The Monster in Me

TBASA. Hell Mary. Patrick Galactic. The Triple Headed Monster Tour. 9 days, four thousand miles, and a Chrysler 300. It’s done. It was awesome. It’s…weird. I was happy to come home, see my cats, my roommate, and sleep in my own bed but I was JUST getting used to waking up early in some strange-ass room, silently listening to tour mates talk in their sleep, take a shower and get the hell back on the road. 

Things I Learned

-        Instagram is the best thing ever when you’re traveling and seeing new cool shit all the time. It also prompted me to think about how to make my day-to-day life more interesting. In short, Instagram saved my life.

-        Everything is expensive when you have no money. This was a DIY venture through and through. Thanks to our amazing family of artists and assorted creative types in Seattle, we made enough money at our send-off show to pay for nearly all our lodging. My total hotel bill for the tour was $21. Thanks friends!

-        Gas costs a lot more in the desert where there are only a few places to fill up over several hundred miles.

-        There is no such thing as a bad dancing meth girl in the audience. ‘Nuff said.

-        Big cities like Portland, San Francisco, and LA are cool. Very cool. But the weird in-betweens are also pretty amazing. Jamestown, California is a one-road old gold mining town that is still set-up to look period-correct. Lots of weird history, weird tourists, and great pictures. Just as rewarding as any other place we visited.

Most Important Thing I Learned: playing a show every night brought me closer to my songs. Performing for me is like a waking dream. When things are going well I'm not paying attention to anything or anyone around me. Without a week or several weeks in between shows, I spent more time in that trance-like state and felt the regenerative, medicinal effects of it. When I got home I was exhausted but in a way I felt stronger than I had when I left.

Tim's wife, Pauline (aka PBASA) ran our merch stand and gave our swag the swagger it needed on a nightly basis. She managed a lot of aspects of our tour and deserves a huge thanks! It is SO worth to bring someone to focus on the non-musical aspects of putting on a show. Whoever it is probably won't be half as rad as Pauline but it's worth a shot.

Because we were in a large sedan and not a van, I don't think there are many people I could have made this trip with. We had very little space to spread out and, as it turned out, that was just fine. I had a blast with my tour mates! We listened to a ton of music, talked a ton of shit to each other and laughed our asses we off. We saw burning cars on the highway, drove through the Redwood Forest, walked the streets of Los Angeles in 108 degree weather, almost got our balls bit off by a really sweet dog, drove through the desert and eventually got an entire bar to sing "Stand By Me" a capella in Bend, OR when the karaoke machine broke down. 

Now it’s back to getting my EP done so that there’s a reason for me to tour next year. Very special thanks to Erika, Ryan, and Seth for putting us up along the way! Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our social media bombardment and to everyone who came to our shows and bought our merch. 2016 is already shaping up to be a very big year for me, I’m excited to share it with you!

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Photo by Pauline Basaraba

Photo by Pauline Basaraba

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PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Patrick Galactic

Photo by Patrick Galactic