Friday, July 25, 2008

S.W.A.K. #2, print edition

At long last, SWAK #2 has arrived. "The Exquisite Corpse" issue. Filled with lots of fantastic illustrations and exquisite corpse stories by Michael Baird, Michael Bain, John Kolar, Sam Miller, Willis McClung, Will Patterson and yours truly. We did most of the work during the "Slightly Annoyed Max" tour. Also in there are some photos from Sound Team's last tour, which was indeed exquisite and the band was shortly to be a corpse, so I guess it fits with the theme.

If you would like a copy, please paypal $4 ($2 plus $2 shipping) to:

Make sure you include your address!

If you catch one of {{{SUNSET}}}'s shows, they will be on sale for only $2. Limited edition of 100 copies, cut, copied and stapled at that bastion of local diversity, FedEx Kinko's.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Chris Schlarb, in conjunction with his awesome new album "Twilight and Ghost Stories," has put together an ensemble in San Francisco and Austin to perform his album. I (bill) am fortunate to be part of that ensemble and I think it'll be innaresting...

here's the flyer:

more info at chris schlarb's website

Friday, July 11, 2008


The cassette is mostly live performances... in some cases, i prefer these to the final versions... there is a real spirit to the tape... much of it seems like stand-up comedy...

In addition, there is a phone call track called "sausage" and a monologue called "self-help heckling" and a few other songs available nowhere else, like the elusive "Civil War."

There are only 100 and there will definitely never again be another printing.

North American orders:

International orders:

Monday, July 7, 2008

sk8r boi party, july 11 // "eternally dead" tape


the "eternally dead" tape is being born right now, as we speak...

hopefully..... at the sk8r boi show, they will be available.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Other Music, part 2: Too Much Wes Anderson

Other Music wrote a full review of the album:

Sunset's Bill Baird is depressed, or maybe he's just been listening to depressing music, or maybe he's watched one too many of Wes Anderson's movies (they're both from Austin, TX); anyhow, this singer/songwriter is channeling something that has led to the creation of the must-hear prog-folk record of the summer. The Glowing City is a smorgasbord of sound that seems to have been crafted in a toy factory with a tape machine and an ethereal piano. By his lonesome, Baird is able to do what the Polyphonic Spree uses upwards of 20 musicians to achieve, which is crafting triumphant harmonies of disharmony in the style of '70s pop by the likes of ELO and Bowie. There are most likely some collaborating musicians, but Sunset is Baird's opus. As Baird alternatively croons and chants deep within a densely layered mix, you can hear his passion seep through instruments as diverse as French horns, tribal drums, Kraftwerk-esque keys, and accordions. This album is apparently the conflation of two separate complete records, yet a narrative arc is undeniable and the overall tone is cohesive to a fault. Bill Baird took some chances recording this music, and you should take a chance listening to it...the effects could be emotional.
-Max Gray