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Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are
The Unsustainable Lifestyle
Beauty Pill Jun 19, 2019
ICYMI, Beauty Pill released the soundtrack to a play called "suicide. chat. room." It's called "Sorry You're Here." Created a decade ago, but still sounds futuristic, I think. Leap ahead and build it to last. That's my steez. (I just made that up.) Make it yours. - c
Beauty Pill Jun 17, 2019
When meeting strangers, I generally answer the “What do you do?” question with “I am engineer.” It’s not a lie (I am a recording engineer) and it sounds dull enough that people don’t ask follow up questions. This way I avoid the “I make music/I’m in a band” discussion. Sometimes people figure it out anyway. A few years ago, my evangelical neighbor googled me, bought my band’s CD, listened to the first song, then returned it to me, scandalized by the cursing. (The fifth word on the album is “fucker.”) When I say “returned it to me,” this dude literally dropped it on my doorstep. With a note taped, sternly expressing his distaste for the swearing. As if I had sold it to him! As if I had said “Hello, I am in a band called Beauty Pill and you should definitely buy our latest compact disc via Thanks.” I wanted to give it back to him and say “I’m afraid you’ve mistaken me for someone else. But THANKS, this album is GENIUS!” - c
Beauty Pill Jun 11, 2019
To anyone who tried to buy and got shut out, some small good news: We did a very precise second inventory and we've added a few more shirts to the stock. There are a few more BP Grace Kelly t-shirts now available. Recommend moving quickly.
Beauty Pill Jun 10, 2019
In one day — ONE DAY — BP Grace Kelly stamp t-shirts are nearly sold out. Wow. If you tried to buy one and were shut out, please try again tomorrow. We’re adding more stock. Sincere thanks to everyone who has purchased.
Beauty Pill Jun 08, 2019
Beauty Pill's fabled Grace Kelly stamp t-shirt is available to buy online for the first time. Make it yours.
Beauty Pill Jun 05, 2019
Thanks, Dischord.
Beauty Pill Jun 05, 2019
“...Clark revealing once again why he's one of the best composers working in D.C., if not America...” Thanks to Glenn Griffith for the kind words. Sorry You’re Here, the lost BP album, is available now at Bandcamp.
Beauty Pill Jun 02, 2019
There’s a track on this album called “At A Loss,” constructed from a lofi recording of me improvising “jazz chords” (in quotes because I don’t know how to play jazz) on the piano. I printed the recording to 1/4” tape and manually manipulated the tape and then printed the result back to my MPC. Next I chopped up the recordings to capture single chord fragments. I triggered those fragments with the MPC pads. As a play, “” provoked an unnerving sensation of vertigo. Marcus Kyd’s script was constructed from verbatim transcripts of early-internet Usenet support groups for suicidal people. And when I say “support groups,” it’s not support in the way you might hope! Marc used their ACTUAL real words and sometimes even user names. It’s kind of shocking stuff. Paulina Guerrero’s convulsive choreography also had a vertiginous character to it. So I tried to capture that in the “wilting” vibe of the music. I’m happy with the result. The most striking sound on this piece comes at the end. It is mysterious to me. (This music was made a decade ago, I don’t remember how I did a lot of it.) It sounds like a car skidding slow motion into a downward spiral. Or something. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m impressed with 2010 Me. 2010 Me had a lot of ingenuity, apparently. - c
Beauty Pill Jun 01, 2019
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Beauty Pill May 24, 2019
There is completely new music on the way, but this is apart from that: BP’s 2010 score of “” will be finally be released in one week. Click over to Instagram.
Beauty Pill May 24, 2019
There is completely new music on the way, but this is apart from that: BP’s 2010 score of “” will be finally be released in one week. Click over to Instagram.
Beauty Pill May 22, 2019
“Describes Things As They Are” double red vinyl gatefold edition is now available in a very limited quantity at Dischord. If interested, I advise you to act quickly. The record is also streaming once again. And it is now artist-owned. We are FREE. This is all good news. But it is just the beginning of good news for BP fans this summer. New music. New art projects. New collaborations. All very soon. - c
Beauty Pill May 18, 2019
Make it yours.
Beauty Pill May 14, 2019
Sometime next week, Beauty Pill “Describes Things As They Are” will be available again via streaming platforms (Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal etc.) As of now, it is exclusive to Bandcamp. But starting soon, you will be able to access it anywhere you listen to music. Additionally, next week Dischord Records will have a limited number of copies of the double vinyl record. We will announce this when they announce it. You will want to order fast. The vinyl edition of this record is truly lovely — a full gatefold, red and clear vinyl — and it may sell out quickly. cheers, c
Beauty Pill Apr 27, 2019
Writing a new song called “Make A Speech Now!”
Beauty Pill Apr 23, 2019
Tomorrow night this piece — which I make available each Spring — will disappear for another year. Why are you doing this? you ask. Answer: I don’t know. Feels right. Poetic for it to bloom only briefly. Some things in life are like that. Recommend downloading now.
Beauty Pill Apr 17, 2019
Our cherry blossom piece seems to be even more popular this year. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it! However -- fair warning -- it's an exclusively seasonal thing and will shortly disappear for another year. If you want it, I recommend grabbing it now. Sorry, I don't make the rules. (Yes I do.)
Beauty Pill Apr 03, 2019
#songreasons series continues on Twitter. RE: dog with rabbit in mouth, unharmed: Just remembered this was a note my 7 year old neighbor Kira gave me after my dog Lucy died.
Beauty Pill Apr 03, 2019
The musical model for “Drapetomania!” was the Fat Albert Theme. Not kidding.
Beauty Pill Mar 30, 2019
‪If you’re going to visit the cherry blossoms this weekend, don’t be one of the rubes NOT listening to this exquisite soundtrack on headphones. Download it this morning!‬
Beauty Pill Mar 30, 2019
#songreasons series continues on Twitter
Beauty Pill Mar 28, 2019
People have been discussing the BP song “Dog With Rabbit In Mouth, Unharmed” on Twitter. I almost forgot that Brian Libby has documentary film of the Colin Stetson and Zeena Parkins session. You can observe Zeena’s organic, improvised magic here. You can also observe Joel Hamilton’s delicate rapport as producer. He understands her power and guides her only very gently. He mostly leaves her a dignified space to create. Very smart.
Beauty Pill Mar 27, 2019
Essential Tremors is a podcast with exquisite taste. Guests have included Colin Newman, Steve Reich, Ian MacKaye, Mimi Parker, Greg Saunier, and... me! The concept: Discuss three songs that changed your life. Newest guest is Guy Picciotto! You should subscribe to this fantastic podcast. Trust me.
Beauty Pill Mar 25, 2019
This is "Cherry Blossom Symphonette." For the last 3 years, I only ever make this track available during springtime. My aim is ubiquity. Everyone who visits the cherry blossoms should listen to this at least once on headphones. Get ahead of the wave.
Beauty Pill Mar 23, 2019
I started this series on Twitter called #songreasons. Basically answering questions about the content and process behind Beauty Pill songs. I try to do one song/day, depending on time availability and my mood. So far I have done Copyists The Idiot Heart Afrikaner Barista Exit Without Saving You, Yes You The Mule On The Plane I guess I’m building a searchable archive. Eventually I will do an entry for all the songs. Right now I’m doing it by requests and polling. This is how you can access it: If you want to learn background info for “Afrikaner Barista,” just do a Twitter search for #songreasons #afrikanerbarista. The thread should appear. Scroll up to the first post. There you have it.