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December 14, 2012

Dec 14 Show, Dystopian Ideas, Euro Tour Post-Mortem

Dystopian ChitChat

My recent pessimistic obsession with things ecological congealed last week into an idea for a dystopian science fiction movie/series: in the future, the population has exploded and all resources (food and fuel, which by then are basically the same things) are running out fast. However, habitable planets have by then been found in other solar systems. The race is on to transport humanity to these planets using the remaining fuel and food before it runs out and strands us on Earth forever. Simultanously, an alternative strategy is being pursued: staying on Earth, but shrinking everyone (using a new shrink-ray invention, of course) so that the ratio of population to resources improves. Of course, if this is done, we still have to contend with monstrous insects. And the evil few who stay unshrunk in order to lord it over the tiny new people. It could be a whole series! Go ahead, make the movie. I’m too lazy.

Dec/Jan Shows

Meanwhile, on planet Earth, Sword & Slave is playing a trio show Friday December 14 at midnight at The Church, the most excellent loft at 142 Manhattan Avenue (Brooklyn) that was once a pentecostal church or something like it. $5 gets you 5 bands: Sword & Slave, Ichicuts, Public Speaking, Sprinkles, and Martin Lucifer. Doors at 8:30. Also psychedelic visuals will be provided by B.A. Miale. Sword & Slave play at midnight.

Saturday Dec 22, 7:30 pm – playing a duo or trio set at Bowery Electric’s Map Room. 327 Bowery, NYC
Friday, Jan 11, 11 pm – playing a duo or trio set at Branded Saloon. 603 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn (Prospect Heights).

European Tour Post-Mortem

I played several shows in Europe in October & November, all by my lonesome self, and I enjoyed playing solo and seeing the friends who turned up, as well as making many new ones:

Saturday Oct 20: Liege, Belgium: L’An Vert, with Belleclose – Liege turned out to be a lovely town with a new train station that looked like something from a 1960s French Sci-Fi movie. Belleclose, also known as Catherine, kindly took me on a tour of the charming old city, its huge flight of stairs to the old fortress/park, and its cafes. L’An Vert is a lovely club too, run and patronized by nice, cool people.
Thursday Oct 25: Bern, Switzerland: Cafe Kairo – Trina, Queen of Kairo, harangued me into reading Kinky Friedman, the Jewish Redneck Detective author. I’m still absorbing the shock. I slept and ate well in Im Klee, the B&B on Bern’s outskirts, which I recommend highly. Kiss the staff for me.
Friday Oct 26: Zurich, Switzerland: BundesHaus zu Wiedikon – Tom Rist kindly had me play at his other club in Zurich (other than Helsinki) and treated me to a tasty pancake and some whiskey. Frank and I discussed the joys of playing music in a band when it all goes well.
Saturday Oct 27: Longwy, France: L’Appartement, with Skatebirds – the Skatebirds and I performed the Stephin Merritt’s adorable song ‘San Diego Zoo’ together, and the crowd of Lorrainers there made me play “Here in the Hurricane’ again at the end of my set, even though I’d already played it at the beginning. Everyone danced. I also had some excellent political discussion with Metahri & friends.
Friday Nov 2: Berlin, Germany: Mandy’s – despite having to assemble my own makeshift P.A., which didn’t manage to fill the room of revelers with sufficient sound, I had a great time, as I always do at Mandy’s. I don’t think the other patrons or staff were too offended either. I kept Miss Koala up too late and got her too drunk.

Oh Yes And

Hurricane Sandy happened. Taking an excellent suggestion from a perceptive friend, i decided as a publicity stunt to donate all $ from any bandcamp sales of my EP or single ‘Here in the Hurricane’ (presciently written two years before) to Hurricane Sandy relief (The Red Cross, Humane Society, Foodbank NYC, and Occupy Sandy). So far several kind folks have downloaded the tracks and paid money to do so. Aside from the 15% that goes to Bandcamp, I guarantee that ALL of the revenue goes to charity, though the end of 2012. Donations have already topped $500. Here’s the link to the EP to download it: Here in the Hurricane ( .

Finally, I will return to Europe in the late spring or summer, and bring some other musicians this time. If you simply must have us play your club or ballroom or theater or livingroom, contact me at to discuss.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ the Facebook page for Anton Sword ( . to get more up-to-date updates to update yourself.

November 19, 2012

‘Here in the Hurricane’ – Download to Donate for Hurricane Sandy Relief

With Thanksgiving coming and many people in the NYC/Tristate area still lacking safe houses, electricity, heat, hot water, clean water, and access to food & services, and with many pets abandoned or lost, the uplifting vibe of my song ‘Here in the Hurricane’ (recorded a year ago) combined with my desire to help; the song was originally written a year ago and meant metaphorically, but then reality caught up, and suddenly it all made a different kind of sense.

I’m therefore donating all revenue from any downloads of the ‘Here in the Hurricane’ single or EP for the rest of 2012 to NYC area Hurricane relief, split between
Food Bank NYC (,
The American Red Cross, (,
The Humane Society ( and probably some other grass-roots groups and/or Occupy Sandy, once I get it set up.

Purchase the tracks at or
and at the end of each week (starting the Sunday night after Thanksgiving) I’ll tally it, announce the tally here, and donate the week’s revenue to these groups. Total disclosure: 15% of the money is kept by bandcamp for distribution; the other 85% will go entirely to hurricane relief via the charities in question.

I will begin by donating $300 myself, 100 for each of these charities. You can pay the $1 per track or anything you wish. People wanting tax receipts can contact me on Facebook and I’ll do my best to provide them. Please share as desired. .. this is my first attempt to organize anything like this, so any constructive suggestions would be welcome. This charity drive will last from now until Dec 31, 2012. I guess I’ll deal with any questions and answers and issues as they arise. And if anyone has any suggestions of other charities who might be interested in participating or promoting this, let me know.

I know lots of you have already downloaded the EP or the song, but you could always share the event on facebook! Or link to this site or bandcamp. Much appreciated. The link to the Facebook event for this is