I hate Soundcloud, but I got some stuff archived there. "Valuable Experience" is an ambient piece we made for the score to the 2010 DC play "suicide.chat.room." Written and directed by Marcus Kid and produced by the Taffety Theatre Group. Streaming for a couple days and then back in the archives. The woman in the picture is beloved DC actor Kimberly Gilbert, who played the character LostBooks. The photo is of the final LostBooks soliloquy in the play.
As you may have noticed, Beauty Pill “Describes Things As They Are” has disappeared from the marketplace. It’s not on Spotify anymore. You can’t find it in record stores anymore. You can’t get it on iTunes, or buy it on Amazon. It’s pretty much been erased. This is because we parted with Butterscotch Records. Suffice it to say we feel relieved to have escaped Allen Farmelo (Butterscotch is a one-person operation.) When someone you loathe owns and controls your music, it’s utterly depressing. We made no money and received no royalty statements from Butterscotch. In every way possible, it was the stark opposite of Dischord, who are consistently ethical and transparent. The good news is I now own the rights again to both “Describes Things” and “Cigarette Girl.” They will be reissued at some point. We may reissue them ourselves or, more likely, license them to the next label we sign with. Regardless: Don’t fret, they will be available again someday soon. In the meantime, if you bought the vinyl or CD, you have that. For the time being, “Describes Things” is available as a Bandcamp download. This is currently the only place to access this music. In other news, I have a new bandmate, Erin Nelson. Pretty excited about her. (Erin is now our Facebook profile.) We have new music and art projects in the works. I’ll talk more about that soon. Thanks for listening. Thanks for caring. Happy New Year! ❤️ - c
Our show tonight is nearly sold out. If you want to get tickets, act fast. See you soon! http://www.beautypill.com/live
Today it is revealed that Beauty Pill is the secret "surprise musical guest" at this symposium on design and the punk spirit. This will be an intelligent and entertaining conversation between the exceedingly handsome and thoughtful Bill Barbot and the exceedingly handsome and thoughtful Roman Mars, as they explore and parse the ways in which punk ethics and aesthetics have shaped their work and worldview. Beauty Pill seemed to acquire an entirely new audience with "Describes Things As They Are," and much of that audience is unaware of our connection to Dischord and DC punk. But DC punk thinking and DC punk methodology is a foundational element in what we do and it has informed all aspects of our work. The fact that our music is sometimes lush and detailed and technological -- coming from a scene that valued economy and rawness and confrontation -- is, in my mind, a rebuke of orthodoxy. And what could be more punk than that?
ICYMI August 19, Beauty Pill will play U Street Music Hall as part of their Go-Go Residency. (Yes, we know we're not a go-go band. Please do not hurt our feelings.) We're playing with the masterful Be'la Dona, DC's only all-female go-go band. Very excited. Join us! http://www.beautypill.com/live