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Introducing the Texas Turntable Massacre

I must be out of my mind. I started a new project–an offshoot of Paisley Babylon–called the Texas Turntable Massacre. It’s a very vinyl-heavy music project featuring a large amount of Burroughsian cut-up technique with dollar bin records, thift store vinyl finds, obscure weird old TV preacher LPs, and liberal helpings of theremin and Moog.

There is a new album coming out in December by Texas Turntable Massacre called “Donner Party Hungry”. To coincide with this release, I will put out several EPs on CD/digital download and as an incentive to buy I’m going to offer all who purchase the limited editions a unique piece of newsprint art that specifically ties in to the album’s content.

Details on that including where to buy are forthcoming, but for now, you can sample a track off the upcoming album by way of the Soundcloud.com clip below:


Paisley Babylon Performs Friday October 17 2014 at Bridgeport Art Center Chicago

Moog Theremini Korg Volca Joe WallaceThis Friday, October 17 2014, Paisley Babylon does an opening set for Binary Partners. Both acts perform live at the Bridgeport Art Center in StudioLab,  on the 5th floor of the art center. The StudioLab space is located in the Fashion Design Center so follow all signs to that and you’ll find the show easily.

Paisley Babylon will play with not one, not two, but THREE theremins going live at once, plus Volca boxes and a turntable. This is going to be a highly unusual show!

Binary Partners (also featuring Paisley Babylon’s Joe Wallace) will do a set featuring analog electronics and a LOT of video display insanity–barrage edited video installations that will mesmerize you as you notice the unplanned (and very creepy) video synch with the music..

Join us Friday October 17 2014 at the Bridgeport Art Center, 5th floor. It’s at 1200  W. 35th Street in Chicago. Paisley Babylon begins promptly at 7:30. Free wine and beer while supplies last.


Paisley Babylon Booking

Paisley Babylon Brian Eno ambient experimental as loud as possibleI’m aggressively booking gigs for Paisley Babylon again…it’s time to unleash the power of not one, not two, but THREE theremins, all run through an insane maze of stompboxes, echo machines, and loopers upon the world.

Did I mention the video display that accompanies the music? A fast-paced visual journey through the wasteland of exploitation cinema, Italian giallos, and ancient, crumbling go-go dancing film footage.

Paisley Babylon is at times surreal, sexy, psychedelic, sinister, dreamlike, ethereal, floating, and menacing. Think of a one-man version of the Legendary Pink Dots but with stage directions whispered by the ghosts of Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs.

Behold the trippy strangeness that awaits you at a Paisley Babylon show–samples below. PB wrapped up the summer of 2014 by playing a packed house at Comfort Station, providing the unusual soundtrack to a Russian silent film called Aelita, Queen of Mars. Now restless and looking for more on-the-road kicks, Paisley Babylon wants to play a record store, unsuspecting coffee house, art gallery or more traditional venue near you.

Contact me to book this multi-media experience by e-mail: jwallace242@gmail.com


Adding The Moog Theremini To The Paisley Babylon Live Show

Moog Theremini unboxSo yesterday (October 2 2014) I took delivery of the Moog Theremini, which is a fun and intriguing re-boot of the traditional theremin. I am sure traditionalists would be violently ill at the prospect of a tone-lockable theremin that features built-in presets, effects and a USB interface, but I had a lot of fun recording with this yesterday and it definitely has a place in the Paisley Babylon live setup.

Pros–it has built in effects which can be bypassed, it has a CV out, and can be manipulated on the fly while performing with it. Cons–it requires some fussing to calibrate, the presets range from really cool to massively cheesy, and the built-in speaker feels a bit “training wheels” to me, but no matter. Paisley Babylon has, so far, found some inventive and fun uses for the Theremini in the recording studio.

Next time I plan on outputting the CV to the Paisley Babylon Moog Little Phatty to see what that does to for the recording process. Add some echo boxes and an Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy and you have the makings for some spaced out fun in the studio.

Also, I’ll be working on some demonstration videos of the Moog Theremini–stay tuned for that.

–Joe Wallace