Hey Calgary: Bitter Fictions will be performing at the Plaza Theatre on April 17th. Stacked bill (including friends Cold Water & Wicked Healing), movie projections, seating - and it’s all ages! For the Facebook inclined.
(Poster: Dan Hanycz)

Hey Calgary: Bitter Fictions will be performing at the Plaza Theatre on April 17th. Stacked bill (including friends Cold Water & Wicked Healing), movie projections, seating - and it’s all ages! For the Facebook inclined.

(Poster: Dan Hanycz)

Bitter Fictions’ The Life Story of the Fish c42, out now on Shaking Box Music. Stream/pay what you want DL/etc over here.

Bitter Fictions’ The Life Story of the Fish c42, out now on Shaking Box Music. Stream/pay what you want DL/etc over here.

Music video for Bitter Fictions’ “an m on a mountaintop’, the opening track from The Life Story of the Fishout Feb 27th on Shaking Box Music. Everything by Devin Friesen.

New Bitter Fictions song “Little Joy” from PIXXX4a massive new compilation put together by our friends at Unit Structure Sound Recordings in celebrating the launch of Wyrd Distro. 38 tracks in total, surveying a country-wide sect of weirdos. Free download to the first 50 people who order something from the Distro, too.

So very excited for today’s launch of Weird Canada’s distribution service, Wyrd Distro! Many Shaking Box Music titles are already available through them, w/the rest coming soon. This means you too, record stores — they deal wholesale! Many small/weirdo Canadian imprints will be stocked, and shipping from Canada is a hell of a lot easier (and cost effective) in larger batches, so there you go. Hooray!

Track from upcoming Bitter Fictions c42 The Life Story of the Fish, out Feb 27th on Shaking Box Music //

The first of three new Bitter Fictions albums recorded in 2013, The Life Story of the Fish was mostly recorded in April 2013 and features some of Devin Friesen’s earliest experiments with his current performance-ready guitar + pedals setup. Carved + cavernous drones, corrosive Alan Licht-ian feedback melt, and submerged synth tones as rendered by guitar: TLSOTF is a heady yet surprisingly melodic set fitting nicely alongside Friesen’s continuing efforts in dismantling knee-jerk “solo guitar” trappings.


SBM008: Friesen/Waters Duo FW cassettes are now here + ready to ship! Pro-dubbed + ink screened tapes hand-numbered /50.
Buy ‘em directly from me on Bandcamp (tapes $8 PPD in North America, $12 PPD Europe; please e-mail shakingboxmusic (at) gmail dot com to get hooked up elsewhere), or along with a bunch of other excellent tunes from the Unit Structure Distro. 
Full Stream + pay what you want (for a limited time) download

FW (SBM008) captures the first meeting between the Friesen/Waters Duo: guitarist Devin Friesen (of Bitter Fictions) and saxophonist Nate Waters (of the Cable-Knits and Hunter-Gatherer, here on alto sax). Recorded live in the Library Basement, FW presents a set of spontaneous compositions which belie their improvised roots—rather than free jazz aplomb, the Friesen/Waters duo operates with restraint, largely opting to carve integrative feedback drones from which either instrument can emerge. A spacious set of measured improvisation rich with intuitive feeling from both players, poised somewhere between ambient music, noise rock, and free jazz.


keep yr eyes peeledUPCOMING SHAKING BOX RELEASES (SPRING 2014):
SBM009: Bitter Fictions - The Life Story of the FishSBM011: D.F. - Snowshell 10” 

FW (SBM008) captures the first meeting between the Friesen/Waters Duo: guitarist Devin Friesen (of Bitter Fictions) and saxophonist Nate Waters (of the Cable-Knits and Hunter-Gatherer, here on alto sax). Recorded live in the Library Basement, FW presents a set of spontaneous compositions which belie their improvised roots—rather than free jazz aplomb, the Friesen/Waters duo operates with restraint, largely opting to carve integrative feedback drones from which either instrument can emerge. A spacious set of measured improvisation rich with intuitive feeling from both players, poised somewhere between ambient music, noise rock, and free jazz.

keep yr eyes peeled
UPCOMING SHAKING BOX RELEASES (SPRING 2014):

SBM009: Bitter Fictions - The Life Story of the Fish
SBM011: D.F. - Snowshell 10” 

Bitter Fictions live at a house show in Calgary, AB December 23rd 2013

New layout + discography + distributors!

I’ve updated the layout of this tumblr account, and the discography page is now up to date with information + streaming previews for all Shaking Box releases. I’ve also added links to a few of our distributors. Feels a bit more like an actual ‘website’ now!

 

SBM008: Friesen/Waters - FW will be out quite soon.

SBM010: Bitter Fictions - Journeying & The Returns lathe records are going quickly! Only 25 exist and less than half of ‘em are still available. Listen/order over here…

I went on a brief tour earlier this year and, perhaps unsurprisingly, all of my Toronto connections fell through. So, instead of merely bumming around Toronto for a few days, I met up w/David Payne (of Hamilton noise kings FOSSILS), who helped set up a show in the (shall we say) much smaller locale of Brantford, ON.

It was a Friday night at Brantford’s, um, dance club, I guess? Likely goes without saying, but nobody knew what to make of any of us. You should really check out this video of Fossils’ set - less than thirty seconds in, somebody yells “SHUT THAT SHIT OFF! NOBODY CARES! FUCK!!”

So, this right here is roughly half of the shortest set I’ve ever performed in front of people, although I usually tell people this show was more “performing to alcoholism”…

Recorded to a shitty little handheld cassette recorder on May 30th, 2013.