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Anything Box in Minneapolis | The Connection — June 22, 2010

Anything Box in Minneapolis | The Connection

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever met Paul Robb of Information Society, but our lives have always crossed paths throughout my career (and theirs). For one, I have a friend named Christopher Anton who I met in California (we did a few gigs together) who later became INSOC’s singer for a time. That was on the album Synthesizer.  For another, while Paul Robb had left INSOC, we toured with them throughout the USA, mostly doing shows at Six Flags. Paul also did a remix of Living In Oblivion while we were on Jarrett Records. And all this time we’ve never met! And if I did, I might not have been sober…

But the story actually goes farther back. Back in the day, 1989 I believe it was, we were seen at a small club in Northern New Jersey by band members of Stacey Q. One of those guys, a keyboard player by the name of Michael Eckhart, would engineer our first album a year later (Peace). 

The club was small, and we were pretty loud. Back then, we still had this metal percussion ‘thing’ we affectionately called The Ice Cream Machine (because that’s what it sounded like when you carried  the damned thing). Our percussionist was pretty loud, and our beats were rough around the edges. Anyone who remembers us at that stage will recall how ‘industrious’ we were… 

And on the night in question, we met Michael and Stacey’s band after a really good but clangorous set. They invited us to see Stacey Q, which was cool because it was free, but truthfully it was Information Society that we wanted to see, and they were opening. We had a great time that night, and relationships were sealed between us and Mike. This singular event was the one that caused me to move to California. In all honesty, once we saw Stacey Q perform, we were smitten (we also made friends with The Jetts that night), but it was Information society that got us to go to the concert at Roseland.

This September on the 11th, Anything Box will play Minneapolis (check our myspace and FaceBook for updates), and quite possibly, I will meet Paul Robb in person.

Gound Zero
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413-2219
(612) 378-5113

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (done at 10pm) All ages. $15 adv. $20 door at Brown Paper Tickets…

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miraflores — May 7, 2010


Birds that fly but they’re standing still,
kissing statues underneath the moon,
I am sailing…
Walking through a mall near the cliffs I found,
staring at the gliders as they reach the ground…
I’m boundless…
Taking pictures with some friends I know,
stealing all the moments of an afterglow…
that’s silence…
Sing yourself into another world,
no one sees and no one knows…
its secrets…
Hear the flow coming though my veins,
calling a cab just to feel this pain…
Is this over?
Are you happy, miraflores…
Are you happy, miraflores…
Are you happy, miraflores…
Are you happy, miraflores…

((( C )))

First draft / 05-06-2010


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El Paso… It sucks… — November 15, 2009

El Paso… It sucks…

Hah! Made you look! Yes, it really sucks…. To be leaving! I really love this place, and I really enjoy the people here. Love this city in all of its glory. Last night was like a family gathering with a thousand people. I loved the show last night.
Dania looked great, Paul was a bit spooky and I even wore a tie and my bug-eyed glasses. We actually had no mishaps that got in the way and we had a few surprises for them that rocked the night. The fans also surprised me with their kindness and hospitality. I was a bit tipsy in the end.

We even did Hypocrites and… well, I won’t say…. Tonight we have San Antonio and I’m going to give it my all…

If you took pictures of the show, please post them, send us links! We want to see them. God the stage looked really cool last night….
I love you all, you were all FAN-tastic!


Anything Box | There Is No Meaning — September 29, 2009

Anything Box | There Is No Meaning

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It began with the idea that the studio could be spontaneous, just like the old days when all I had was two synths and a drum machine. The setup is rather simple… Well…. OK.

The laptop is running Ableton Live and a video triggering program. I had an MS20 loaded on there for the bass sound. Prior to filming, I had recorded some samples into the Kaos Pad as well as some strange loops from my radio (you can see its flashing lights). I also sung into the microphone and recorded the sample, "There is no meaning", which I then began to mangle live as I sequenced and affected the audio output of my Maschine…

So yes, this is my room, and it dos look that spacey right now. I love it! Enjoy…

Oh, the camera I used wasn't the best and a few frames were dropped, so it does go out of sync here and there. Could not be helped, as this was all improvised as I did it.

The Praying Mantis visits… — September 26, 2009

The Praying Mantis visits…

When I came home a few days ago, my daughter pointed out this rather large brown praying mantis above our front door. He was actually quite the looker for a scary insect. As I studied him, his head would move and study me. He seemed to be amused by my presence. I pondered for a moment… Exactly how many of these have I seen in my lifetime? The answer is just a handful of times, and here in California, it seems they are even more elusive… But there he was. I decided he was some sort of sign, but for what I could not tell. I went into the house and he was forgotten…

Fast forward this morning. I went to bed at nearly 4am, and forgot to set my alarm. I had a deep and dreamless sleep, and when I awoke the sun was beaming through my curtains. I awoke with a start. More than a few thoughts went through my head at that moment.. Was I late? Did I miss my alarm? Where was my clock? And in that instant my eyes focused on something that seemed to be wavering just inches from my face… The Praying Mantis was on my pillow!!!!

I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was reactionary fear of course. Normally, I love these guys… I’m not afraid of them in the least. But right there on my pillow? ON MY PILLOW??? I sat next to him, and he gave me that look, the same one (I know how that sounds) and I knew it was the same one. I picked up my red pillow and I set him loose on my porch. He stayed perfectly still right in front of the door. I bent down to the ground and got a really good look at him. He was beautiful, a perfect little slice of life in this great little world we call earth.

I went about my day, decided to see if I could find some lore on Mr. Brown Mantis and discovered the following:

The praying mantis has a great deal of myth and lore associated with it.  Its name comes from the manner in which they hold up the forepart of the body, with its enormous front legs, as though in an attitude of prayer.

Martial art forms in China have adopted specific movements of the mantis into their practices. These movements help the student reconnect with their personal chi or energy.  The discovery of how energy moves through our body, what it is projecting and where energy blocks are located can be a great aid in healing ourselves.   Those with this totem would benefit from prayer, meditation and martial arts.

These amazing creatures serve the earth and her people in various ways. They consume large amounts of insects helping to maintain ecological balance. Excellent hunters with an efficient attack strategy the praying mantis always knows the right moment for attack and for retreat. Time in the linear sense is irrelevant to the mantis.  They move according to their inner instincts and remind us to do the same.  Moving effortlessly between worlds the mantis is associated with time travel. They help us break out of linear time and move according to our personal bio rhythms.

The praying mantis can remain motionless for an indefinite period. This ability helps them blend with their environment becoming invisible to predators. They hold the secrets of materialization and de-materialization and awaken this ability in people who hold this medicine.  Perception through stillness is part of its teaching.

Patient, perceptive and focused this little totem holds a powerful message. When it appears in your life it is asking you to direct your energy, your thoughts or your actions in a different way. Asking the following questions can give you the insight necessary to motivate appropriate changes.  Have I lost patience with a particular situation?  Have I been too patient, and if so, has this had a detrimental affect on me?  Is my perception correct regarding a situation?  Have I become narrow minded? Am I focused on my objective?

So… What do you make of this?

— Claude S.

Warning! | Politically Incorrect… But Funny. — September 17, 2009
Anything Box | Going LIVE — September 14, 2009

Anything Box | Going LIVE

The latest news from the Abox camp is that they have signed up to Ustrem.TV for doing live video feeds from the studio (and who knows where else). This team-up will also allow for the group to chat live with their fans as they stream video and audio…. Here is the link: 

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Endpop | Links — September 11, 2009

Endpop | Links

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Anything Box | Nineteen | Spanish Review —

Anything Box | Nineteen | Spanish Review

Como salido de una cápsula de tiempo, Nineteen es un álbum rescatado después de veinte años de creado, un regalo del pasado. Claude S., el lider de Anything Box, lanzó en el 2008 este trabajo personal, un recopilatorio de sonidos de finales de los ochentas bastante dulce y nostálgico, con sus sentimientos marcados en él. Las canciones fueron grabadas en un cassette en dos días, durante un fín de semana de 1987 o 1988, utilizando solo dos sintetizadores, un “drum machine” y la voz de Claude. La cinta había sido olvidada durante años hasta que el mismo Claude la encontró guardada en una vieja caja y volvió a escucharla. Fue en ese momento que decidió remasterizarla, digitalizarla y lanzarla a la luz después de veinte años de olvido junto a un pequeño libro en formato digital que él mismo diseñó llamado The Book of 19, treintaidós páginas llenas de recuerdos, dibujos, fotos, notas y poemas para acompañar el álbum. Como nota curiosa, entre las fotos incluídas en el libro, encontré una de Macchu Picchu y otra del Parque del Amor de Miraflores (ambas de Perú). Más que un álbum en sí, Nineteen es un mensaje personal, con ocho canciones del synth pop más puro y simple, fieles al sonido Abox. En la página web de Nineteen se puede escuchar el álbum en su totalidad.