December 22, 2014

Blythe Sword – ‘Maybe It’s Begun’ Live at Cameo

Maybe It’s Begun – perf. by Blythe Sword at Cameo Gallery, Williamsburg, NYC, Sat 13 Dec 2014. Debut show, with Brian Wolfe on drums and Kristofer Widholm on guitar.

July 12, 2013

New Video for ‘The Air’ Posted

The fabulous MEYLENSTEIN has made a video for ‘The Air’. MEYLENSTEIN is an award-winning interdisciplinary creative Berlin-based company engaged in all aspects of art, technology and geometry, founded in 2007 by Tanja Meyle. Here it is, fresh from the bits:

You can get the song here.

(It’s also available on iTunes and most other sites where music is downloaded.)

Check out MEYLENSTEIN.

April 20, 2013

April Update: New Party-Show, New Track

Little darlings, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter, and I’ve let things lapse. Now we’re awake and back.

New Show

First and foremost: The next Anton Sword show worth going to is Saturday April 27 at The Church, the sporadic loft party on the Williamsburg-Bushwick border (142 Manhattan Avenue, between Montrose and Meserole, quite accessible by subway). If you haven’t come before, come now, because Sword & Slave (Anton, Gina on bass & Michael on guitar) will be joined by fabulous adorable Skatebirds, who are returning from France to sing their garage-pop songs about life in Lorraine and visits to our ‘hood. The legendary Sans Culottes will also play at the end of the night, as well as the excellent local band Discovery, and there will again be spectacular psychedelic back projections by the video-keyboard playing B.A. Miale. Preceding the night is an Art show in the same space. You can therefore visit this hall of culture heavenly and hellish at 7 pm and have your various needs satisfied without ever leaving until 4 a.m. Yeah there’s only one bathroom, but you’ll be so entertained and happy you’ll forget you’ll need to go.

Here is a link to the Facebook event for those of you who are on FB:
Time Bender’s Ball Sat April 27

New Track

In the meantime there is a new track – actually an old song,  written decades ago but only recently recorded in NYC and then mixed by the fabulous and adorable Ingo Krauss at Berlin’s Candybomber studio. We don’t claim it will change the world or much of anything, but it is something. There will be more to come througout the spring and summer.

Play ‘Leading To The Ledge (Candybomber Mix)’

(The lyrics are below, at the bottom of this post).

Sometimes an old tune has to get finished, even though it may not represent the most current vision. It’s clogging the channel, and needs to get done just to make room for other, newer stuff waiting to emerge. Personnel on this track: me on vox, keys & programming as always; Michael Lawson on guitars; Gina Marie Rodriguez on bass. Recorded in NYC by me, with special help from the golden-eared Carl Barc; mixed & mastered by Ingo Krauss at Candybomber, Berlin.

New Gear

What else? During the winter I partly occupied myself acquiring and exploring a lot of new equipment, hard and soft. Know what I mean? Here’s some hard:

for many questions, the answer is simply MORE KNOBS

for many questions, the answer is simply MORE KNOBS

despite the predominance of the Moog logo, my favorite right now is that square semi-modular synth-box, which is called a ‘Dark Energy.’

In the soft realm I also acquired a plug-in that’s called the ‘Voice of God’. It looks like the black monolith from ‘2001: a space odyssey’ and its purpose is to give one more control of low-frequency resonance. Between the Dark Energy and the Voice of God a new universe may very well be created, but it will probably take until mid-summer at least. But enough Sonic Theology!

New Misc

MEYLENSTEIN, Berlin-based multi-media designer extraordinaire, has been busily making a video for ‘The Air’ (from last spring’s ‘Here in the Hurricane’ release). It should be ready soon!

Here are two pix from the last Sword & Slave show at The Church:
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New Fall Europe Tour

And it looks like we’ll be returning to Europe in late September if we cobble together enough shows. If anyone wants us to play a particular place, we’ll gladly consider whether it fits the tour schedule, so just contact:  earworm@antonsword.com.

That’s all for now. Oh, here are the lyrics to ‘Leading To The Ledge’. They date from the days I was still writing obsessively in couplets:

Our love’s a combination lock set in an ancient safe
We work the picks and the cylinders until our fingers chafe
Kneeling there together sweating underneath our masks
We both got so tired of questions we never even asked

Partners in crime, our treasure is unhoardable
What’s yours? What’s mine? The portions are unsortable
We bit the dust and tried to split the take to escape
But all our dynamite couldn’t put the wine back in the grape

Our secret names all blew away in dead confetti mail
And all our dreams in bottles from the belly of the whale
They spilled out across the flood but could not make a bridge
No they just rolled out a thin red carpet leading to the ledge

Love is a word with a hole punched in the center
The silence may hurt but it lets the pleasure enter
Still upstairs in the bedroom dresser in the back of the bottom drawer
There is a crumpled paper ball that won’t unfold anymore

(repeat the chorus).

Copyright 2013 Anton Sword/Fugue State Music.


October 3, 2012

NYC and European Tour Dates Oct/Nov 2012

After a six-month hiatus, the full We Ours quintet reunites for a show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, Thursday October 11, at 10 pm. Kristin “Dr. Fill” Mueller on drums, Julian “Flash” Maile and Michael Lawson on duelling guitars, and of course Gina Marie Rodriguez on bass. Come and say hi. The planet is spinning crazily through a dark cold void. Who knows when we will see each other again? And if you get bored, there is always food and indoor bocce (yes!) upstairs. We will play some new songs. Preceding us will be our friends The Snow at 9 pm and our other friends Roman Game & Ghostwise at 8 pm. Union Hall is in Park Slope, near the R,2,3,4,5 and Q trains, sort of. 702 Union St, Brooklyn. Admission is $8. If you come and tell me your favorite (or least favorite) song in the set and do so intelligently I will give you a free CD. And as I mentioned, if you hate music but just want to come to see friends, Union Hall has indoor bocce upstairs.

European Tour Dates:

I’m playing several shows in Europe this month, all by my lonesome self, and I very much look forward to saying hello to you at one of them. Besides the singing, drinking, eating, and moving equipment, the fun of touring is seeing old friends. I promise to play something you haven’t heard before. Here are the dates (all dates are also posted on the ‘shows’ page on this site):

Saturday Oct 20: Liege, Belgium: L’An Vert, with Belleclose. rue Matthieu Polain 4
Thursday Oct 25: Bern, Switzerland: Cafe Kairo. Dammweg 43
Friday Oct 26: Zurich, Switzerland: BundesHaus zu Wiedikon. Kalkbreitestrasse 33
Saturday Oct 27: Longwy, France: L’Appartement, with Skatebirds. 12 bis rue Victor Hugo
Friday Nov 2: Berlin, Germany: Mandy’s (Bierstube). 61 Reichenberger Strasse

After returning to New York, I will rejoin the duo that has become a trio, Sword & Slave, for another show at the fabulous disco/new wave/electro dance party VVYNL –
Monday, Nov 12: Brooklyn, USA: The Woods, with many other acts. 48 South 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Other Problems and Solutions

I became unhappy upon hearing that there is a lot of elephant slaughter happening again in Africa. Elephants are like fascinating wrinkly people; should one kill them just to take their oversized teeth? I became pointlessly obsessed with the seemingly endless Presidential campaign for a while, then recovered. I began eight books but have only finished one. My dog got sick but seems to have recovered. So it was a tough few months, but I also was given a used bicycle and I rode it, which was fun.

Last but perhaps least, the ‘Here in the Hurricane’ EP is now available in PHYSICAL (gasp!) form from CDBaby.com here.

September 6, 2012

Sword & Slave play VVYNL – Mon Sept 10

Monday Sept 10, Sword & Slave (Anton on keys, Gina Marie on bass, Michael Lawson on guitar) are excited to be playing VVYNL, the ongoing synthpop, new wave & disco night at The Woods in Williamsburg (48 South 4th St between Wythe & Kent). We’re also excited to play a few new songs. The set’s at 11, and the night is free as usual. Here’s a quickie collage image of the band I just threw together – now that I post it, it sort of reminds me of the three villains from Superman II (General Zod et al)

Sword & Slave

Sword & Slave