Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I played a bunch of shows on tour, drank a lot of seltzer, saw a lot of nice things and met a lot of nice dogs/cats/people. Thanks, tiny pocket of the Northeastern United States!

Then I got home and played shows with Matt in Wassaic & Kingston! Nice.

We're playing a GUILT MTN set on October 8 at Elting Library in New Paltz with Hermit Thrushes (Philly loves) and Breakfast in Fur (local loaves). 9pm after-hours library shenanigans, you know the drill.

I'll be reading on SUNY New Paltz campus on October 28th in the Black Box Theatre. Readings start at 7pm & there's a Q&A afterwards. This is spurred by the New Paltz Zine Collective, and thanks to them there is now a zine library in the campus Sojourner Truth Library! Everything is catalogued and the collection is growing steadily and open to perusing. So cool.

I'll be tabling at Boston Zine Fest this year! I'll also be on their "Personal Narratives" panel on Saturday at 3:30pm. Tabling happens on Sunday, October 12!

Go Ogres are playing The Big Day In in Ithaca this December! Mark yr calendars, it's Saturday, December 6th at the Haunt. Waxahatchee, The Realbads, Perfect Pussy, Math the band, and a whole slew of others are also playing. ~~Should be cozy~~

I played drums for a song on Sarah's new tape, Baby Ice Cream Castle. The whole thing is my favorite thing that's been put out all year, no joke. Order the tape from her to get the bonus B-side 19-minute epic organ jam. Go check it out:

The Le Sigh reviewed my new tape! You can read what they said here: http://www.thelesigh.com/2014/07/ep-guilt-mountain-hey-witch.html

Monday, June 16, 2014

i'm going on tour starting tomorrow with the best people on the planet, no lie. jordaan, sarah, and i will be these places:

06/17 - nick and cheryl’s house, rochester, ny

06/18 - steve’s house, ithaca, ny 

06/19 - the pallas theatre, pittsburgh, pa

06/20 - the foxhole, baltimore, md

06/21 - random tea house, philadelphia, pa

06/22 - the vandal house (52 new street), newark, nj

06/23 - starship, worcester, ma

06/25 - crackskulls, newmarket, nh

06/26 - eggyworld (#333 in the paragon building), easthampton, ma

06/28 - team love (11 church street), new paltz, ny

06/29 - TBA, new york, ny

06/30 - three sheets, new haven, ct

come see us if you're around any of these spots! i'm hoping to see a hundred old friends and make a hundred new ones.

i just finished a new tape! it's called "hey witch" and you can listen to it/order it/download it (zero dollars, babes) on the bandcamp, or find me out there in the world & get one. they are so blue and so nice. 

tapes of jordaan's cover record: complete with robyn & third eye blind & bjork oh my
i've been glued to the duplicator this past week, but there are good things to show for it!

new run of story zines: now they're gold! i'll have these with me on tour and will put them online for sale when i return. the last ones were just loose cassettes bundled with the zine, but these ones are in poly cases, so they're a little bit safer/less likely to get loose and cause trouble.

mood swings has tapes now, too. they're pink and come with a full-color zine of sarah's watercolors. 

i made a new run of "tiger hour" tapes, too.

guilt mtn pins for your floral denim jacket? okay!

zines (issues 9 & 10) are now back in stock in the following places:

quimby's, have company, elation press distro, pressed zine rack, bluestockings, inquiring minds, team love ravenhouse, twelve oh two distro, cindy crabb's distro, stranger danger distro, food for thought, and copies are now in the papercut zine library

cynthia at le sigh reviewed my latest zine here!

see y'all out in this weird world.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I just finished a new zine. Ye old yearly task: gather all the words together, get them to make sense on a bunch of pages. It feels harder to do every time, and yet. This one is about a lot of things: making sense of life in remission, getting comfortable with total uncertainty, trying to do as much as possible and remembering every little thing, ever. It's 48 pages with a hand-embossed cover.

I'll be tabling at Chicago Zine Fest this coming weekend! It's at Columbia College at the Conaway Center. Tabling is Saturday the 15th from 11-6, and there are hundreds of zinesters, enough to fill up two floors with a few metric tons of paper and ink, etc. There are sweet events all weekend too, and workshops all day on Saturday. Check out the CZF website for more info!  I'll have my new zine and old ones and if you come talk to me about the movie face/off i'll give you a real deal.

You can order the newbie at http://teamkate.storenvy.com, I'll ship them out when I get back. I'll have them in tow for the shows listed below, as well, if you're around any of those areas and wanna come say "hey let me see your feelings" and I'll hand over a zine and that'll be that.

Sarah and i are playing a few shows on our way out there and back, creating a nice little halo around the northeast/midwest.

guilt mountain / s.ayton NO TROLLS 2014 huge mega giant woah world tour
March 11: Alpine, NY (outside ithaca) @ chimney swift (4160 n. schuler road) w/ red sled choir, 7pm
March 17: Toronto, Ontario @ 272 geary ave w/ jordaan mason, 8pm
March 18: Montreal, Quebec @ le cagibi (5490 boul st. laurent) w/ loosestrife, 8pm

Go Ogres played a show in Ithaca with Red Sled Choir, Jordan Morton, and Paper Armies. It was really fun.

I wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction for this collection, which just came out.

It's very blatantly inspired by my crushing desire to go to space. So, like, if you read only one volume of fanfiction this year, it should probably be this one? Definitely. It's so new I'm not sure where you can get one yet, but eventually, you can snag it at http://origintales.info/

Lily Pepper reviewed issue 9 of my zine, here's what she said.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Go Ogres recorded two songs at Pyramid Studios in Ithaca. It was a good time / the studio had a lounge with a Nintendo in it so, like, you know, we were set. The songs will be on a 7" eventually. Working titles: "Bleach," "Nevermind," "In Utero," "Wife Songs."

We're playing in Ithaca on February 21st at Just Be Cause for Red Sled Choir's CD release show! It's gonna be the best thing that's ever happened to anyone. Exaggerations aside, it's gonna be real nice.

I played last weekend at The Team Love Ravenhouse with some cool cats.

I played a show a couple of weeks ago and projected "spider-man 2" behind me during the set. Cross it off the bucket list, I can die happy, etc.

Other show things happened too, one of them might have been on a local pirate ship made completely of grime.

Another one might be able to be boiled down to me butchering a Liz Phair song in front of a room full of Liz Phair fans. Oh well / no problem / YOLO?

I have a song on the new boytears compilation. You can listen to it here: http://boytears.bandcamp.com/track/south
The rest of the comp is rad as heck, so listen to the whole dang thing while you're there.

I made more guilt mountain tapes! This batch has an embossed O-card, so these little buddies look extra gaudy. Get em on the bandcamp if you want one.

I finished teaching a course this fall on nonfiction and the memoir! It was really great. Here's a shot of the rough curriculum:

& I'm forever trying to keep up with shipping to distros and stores. Trying

So, zines are now in stock in some new places: Stranger Danger distro in Chicago, Cindy Crabb's distro in Athens, Sleeping Creatures Distro in Brooklyn, and re-stocked at Portland Button Works in Portland, Bluestockings in NYC and In Other Words in Portland. Guilt Mountain tapes are now in stock with Pansy Twist Distro based out of Toronto.

Some people reviewed zines! How nice. Here: a write-up on no better than apples #8, and a review of #9.

I'll be tabling at this year's Chicago Zine Fest in March! I'm currently underway on work on a new zine, aiming to have it ready for then. Fingers crossed, sometimes these sorts of things care little for deadlines. Alas. I'll see you there, right? Oh, good.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hey world,

I made tiger hour tapes! They are black as midnight on a moonless night, stamped with gold ink, full color O-card, blah blah blah. They have a bonus track on em that you can't hear through the interwebs: a cover of an Emperor X song. You can get one for $3 on the bandcamp: guiltmountain.bandcamp.com

Photo and advanced floral decoration by Lagusta

I played two shows.

I made this flyer for a show at Market Market with Breakfast in Fur. Drawing all those triangles felt really great.

Jesse Stormo took this pic at it. I think it catches the microphone stand princess wand at a real good angle.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lagusta commissioned me to make a banner to celebrate the chocolate shop's 2-year anniversary. I did it in a week (personal challenge! many hours with a rotary cutter at the sewing machine!) and am pretty happy with how it turned out. I used the familiar teal & brown color combo in some nice florals, hand-cut the letters & pennants, and voila. 

Celebration banner. I cut out all the numbers, 1-10, so it can be modified every year until the fiery end of time. 

I am playing a show at the end of the month as Guilt Mountain. It's at BSP in Kingston on the 30th! I'm playing at 10pm. Come if you wanna make me hella nervous. Come if you want to heckle me in public. Come if you wanna throw stuff at me. Just make it soft and/or useful, okay? My friend Matt will be playing drums with me, which is pretty exciting. Don't throw anything at him, please. Thanks, buds.

I went up to Montreal for a week a month ago to see friends, but also got to practice with Sarah. We worked on a pop song that is a far cry from the stuff we recorded in February (mood-swings.bandcamp.com), but is so incredibly fun. I can't wait for the day I can share that with y'all.

So, I made these Fleetwood Mac back patches, like I've been threatening to do for years now. A bunch of summers back, I made myself a stencil of this, and made one shirt, sort of as a cathartic souvineer of a stupid breakup, and also as a salute to a band I was listening to too much. Since then, I have gotten lots of positive feedback (largely from middle aged women), and decided to make them for everybody. You can buy em at teamkate.storenvy.com, or send a trade or a few bucks to my p.o. box, with a note saying what color combo you want (full color list is on storenvy site) Brown florals are all sold out, but everything else is fair game.

The patches, as well as copies of my latest two personal zines, and the games zine are now available at Have Company, a storefront my friend Marlee Grace just opened up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It looks like a total dreamboat of a shop, and I'm so glad to have my stuff there.

Klessa was supposed to play this year's Thing in The Spring in New Hampshire, but we decided to cancel and minimize the stress on all of us to practice and travel and play, etc. Instead we got together in Ithaca for a weekend and swam (for fun) and hugged (for fun) and practiced (for fun.) It was great.

I made this flyer in hopes of finding a lost bathing suit. 

That is all.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I just finished a collection of songs as "guilt mountain," a band that is only me and my misguided recording techniques. 

It includes all the obligatory junk you've come to expect of songs cooked up from bedroom recordings: one gratuitous pick slide, one voicemail track, one song about the weird ice formation that hung off the side of our house for a week. Typical. You can listen to these scrappy lil dudes at guiltmountain.bandcamp.com. Ideal for headphones, but, like, c'mon. No one's gonna do that.

"Album" "art" inspired by Metallica and the arm cast of days past. One in the same, really.

I am teaching a class this fall for the Lifetime Learning Institute on the SUNY New Paltz campus! It's on the craft of non-fiction and the memoir. I've been working on the reading list and curriculum, and I think it's going to be really great! We'll be reading selections from different memoirs, and work on writing and workshopping our own pieces. Get everyone way stoked on writing about their lives, get everyone to read bell hooks & Kate Millett & so on & so forth, get everyone to tell each other their secrets & wacky off-color deep dark feelings. I've got high hopes.

photo by Shauna Roloff
Go Ogres played a show at Angry Mom Records on this year's infamous & blessed holiday of Record Store Day. It was fun! They traded us records for playing! I am a curmudgeon who was very excited about that! Here's a video.

Behold, the 2013 Muffin Subscription varieties, in weird stitched-grid visual representation. 

March's muffin was of the carrot spice persuasion, and April's was strawberry lemon. They're full of gluten, so I didn't eat any, but I heard they were pretty darn good. Baking, right? Muffins, right?

Nick & I have been making our own (soy) yogurt, because: WHY HAVEN'T WE BEEN DOING THIS, ALWAYS? Geez. I feel like I've wasted so much time! Well, look. Yogurt!

It seems that all I talk about these days is yogurt. Glorious yogurt.