NEWS ARCHIVE cont.

• Archived TOUR DATE information from 1990 to present day located here.

FEBRUARY 23, 2007

DETROLA INSTRUMENTAL

The instrumental version of Detrola is now available only through ITUNES
and also contains vocal-less versions of songs from the Summer Bird EP too!!!


JANUARY 17, 2007

1. NEW YEAR * NEW ALBUM * NEW THING *

HIS NAME IS ALIVE have just finished recording a new album!!! Its a new kinda thing and we guarantee you will have a freak out when you hear it!!! We don't have a name for it yet, but it includes these hits:

MTUME
SILVER MAKEUP
I DRAW THE LINE
COST OF LIVING
PUT IT IN YOUR MIND
WE BLIEVE U
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD
THE WOLF PUT HIS MOUTH ON ME
WHEN YOU FALL FOR SOMEONE WHATS NOT YOUR OWN
PLUS THREE MORE!!!!

Mixing is not completely finished but we can tell you this much: it does feature a lot of homemade electric thumb pianos!!!
YAY!!! More details coming soon!!!!

2. LAST YEAR / LAST WEEK / LAST ONE
Thanks to all the writers who put DETROLA in their top ten lists for 2006. What a great year!!! We still can't believe David Bowie put us in his top ten!!! He's still got it!!! I was a big david bowie fan when I was younger and wrongly believed in recent years that perhaps he had "lost it", but this proves he still really knows whats going on!!!

3. HNIA FILM FESTIVAL '07
UTUBE and HNIA have teemed up to bring you the His Name Is Alive "Series Archive Film Library" (HNIASARFL for short). We got the quay brothers, time stereos, new concerts, old concerts from ten years ago and more!!!


DECEMBER 21, 2006

LAST SHOW (OF 2006)

HNIA play a New Year's Eve show in hometown Livonia - and it's FREE!


NOVEMBER 6, 2006

HNIA EURO TOUR DATES!!!

Hey everybody!!! Go to Europe!!!

Sunday, November 12th is HNIA's first UK concert in many years!!!!! The venue is WATER RATS (sounds fancy). Also Saturday, November 11th wil be HNIA's first ever concert in SPAIN, at THEATRE PRINCIPAL!!!

OCTOBER 12, 2006

HNIA DOWNLOAD-ONLY REMIX ALBUM!!!

In 2001 His Name is Alive released the controversial SOMEDAY MY BLUES WILL COVER THE EARTH (4AD), an introspective album that mixes contemporary beats, old time blues, sad songs, and minimalist chamber music, all shrouded in the darkest shades of blue.

These companion remixes, done at that time, represent an amazing cross-section of underground electronic music artists then and now - including Four Tet, Minotaur Shock Herrmann & Kleine and Burnt Friedman among others.

For a limited time only, fans may download these remixes with custom printable artwork included! Enjoy!

OCTOBER 12, 2006

DETROLA TO BE RELEASED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPE!!!

His Name Is Alive's latest album DETROLA will see a domestic release in the UK and Europe this fall!

Released by Silver Mountain Media Group via Essential Music, the CD will be available in UK stores on October 16 Place your order now at Amazon UK, Germany and France.

DETROLA tracklisting:
01. The Darkess Night
02. Maybe Again When I Leave U
03. Mama Don't You Think I Know
04. Sometimes Screw
05. Here Forever Always
06. Your Bones
07. You Need A Heart To Live
08. You And Me
09. Summer Left Your Heart Behind
10. Seven Minutes In Heaven
11. I'll Send My Face To Your Funeral

"DETROLA is dizzyingly eclectic, veering from the warm '70s bounce of "I Thought I Saw" to the frigid techno of "*C*A*T*S*" without losing any of the loveliness of HNIA's best work." - SPIN MAGAZINE

"DETROLA is the most nearly flawless HNIA album there has been. It's as if Defever, a notorious studio perfectionist, poured everything he's learned in 16 years into this album. And it shows. 4 out of 4" - DETROIT FREE PRESS


SEPTEMBER 22, 2006

NEW HNIA TOUR DATES!!!

Catch His Name Is Alive on some select Fall dates. First off, a few Michigan-centric shows starting with Bohemian National Home in Detroit with TARA JANE O'NEIL on September 30 plus a rare Spanish show as well! Check the tour page for more details!


SEPTEMBER 2, 2006

HNIA / ASM
"COME OUT THE WILDERNESS"

Four performances 19th-21 September in NYC

Anti-Social Music and His Name is Alive join forces for a three-day four-event residency in New York City called COME OUT THE WILDERNESS, starting with a peaceful prayer meditation in a park, ending with a midnight bell jam in the street and with shows at Mercury Lounge and Tonic in between.

Help celebrate INTERNATIONAL PEACE WEEK with punk-chamber music group Anti-Social Music (ASM), and Detroit based band His Name Is Alive (HNIA) who will provide everything from earth-toned outdoor folk music to mountains of extreme sunshine jams. COME OUT THE WILDERNESS is a performance based piece and a three day celebration of peace, nature, wolves, chamber music, and magical vibrations!!!

ARTIST STATEMENT by warn defever
"COME OUT THE WILDERNESS" is performance/event oriented piece that celebrates a child's earliest memories, a primal love/fear of nature, and hope for a peaceful world. It was originally conceived as a "peace conference."

In 1972, when I was three years old, my mother gave birth to twin boys. Several monthes later during a Labor Day vacation, my family was visiting relatives in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan, and one of the twins, Michael, was attacked and killed by a wolf, commonly found in the northern region of the state. His brother, Matthew, survived somehow. Upon arriving back in the Detroit area and shortly following the funeral, my parents changed my middle name to Michael, as a sort of memorial. This experience is one of my earliest memories.

In 2002, I attended a "peace walk" led by Thich Nhat Hanh, a gentle monk from Vietnam whose vaguely Buddhist writings teach that world peace can only be brought about through individual internal transformation. The deceptively simplistic nature of this act profoundly affected my life.

In 2005, I found a folk song, performed by Mississippi Fred MacDowell called Come Out Of The Wilderness, in which the Wilderness seems to be a metaphor for living without religion in your life. The Wilderness as depicted in the Bible is where Jesus is tested for 40 days and where the Israelites spend 40 years on their journey to the Promised Land. In my piece the Wilderness is not a metaphor but simply refers to nature, the woods, organic food, and drinking fermented "muddy water out of a hollow log."

NOTES
1. A peace walk is a form of non-violent protest in which protesters march a distance, often to raise money for a charity.
2. HIS NAME IS ALIVE are a difficult band to categorize. Their sound is constantly evolving. Their sound is consistently unique. They made their name with expressionistic experiments for the 4ad label. Later music is guided by more graceful concerns.
3. Wilderness is defined by the State of Michigan as "non-managed, roadless areas."
4. COME OUT THE WILDERNESS is not a "staged" event, it is participatory and requires very few materials.

19th PEACE WALK at noon
*introduction/ initiation + silent meditation in the park in the sunrays*
Empire-Fulton Ferry Park

19th EXTREME CONCERT
*HNIA / ASM live sets, come early, bring tambourines*
Mercury Lounge MANHATTAN

20th QUIET NIGHT
*ASM performs "After Devil's Night" by Warn Defever*
Tonic MANHATTAN
with The Naysayer and Nanang Tatang

21st MIDNIGHT BELL JAM
*conclusion celebration in the street at midnight*
Meet at the corner of Stanton and Ludlow in the street in MANHATTAN
Margaritas to go!!! Bring a bell!!!

COME OUT THE WILDERNESS is supported in part by Meet the Composer's Creative Connections Program, NYSCA, and the Meet the Composer JPMorganChase Fund for Small Ensembles.


AUGUST 22, 2006

NOISE CAMP 2006!!!

Finally it's time for PRINCESS DRAGONMOM'S 12th annual NOISE CAMP!!! CPOP was great from 1998-2005 but this year we decided to hold our annual electro-acoustic noise celebration at the CONTEMPORARY ART INSTITUTE OF DETROIT. Don't worry, we'll still have all the usual NOISE CAMP activities: the HOLLOW LOG, THE ELECTRIC PINECONE, the NURSES in case you get hurt, FORT LAKE, THE GOOD BUSH, the CRAFT TABLE, THE SKUNK and lots more!!! And don't forget the ultra-loud noise coming from PRINCESS DRAGONMOM'S tent at midnite!!!

PDM'S 12th annual
NOISE CAMP!!!
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
8pm-midnite, all ages, FREE
Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
5141 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit MI 48208

More info HERE!!!


MAY 3, 2006

DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE

Announcing HNIA's first headlining full USA tour in ten years!!! Like an appearance by a werewolf or a unicorn, a HIS NAME IS ALIVE concert is a rare thing!!!! Mystical-sound-art-beast His Name is Alive has been suprising everyone at their beautiful and freaked out concerts which mix bells, saxophones, chants, sad songs, and waltzes. HNIA is playing all your old favorites and new jams from Detrola, which has been heralded as "a return to form" by music journalists and has zoomed up the CMJ charts!!!

Some of this year's tour specials will include sing-alongs, storytelling, cloud amps, the "HNIA-POD," an i-pod that contains over one thousand HNIA songs (every LP, CD, CDR, TAPE, EP, 7", and compilation track), and home-made electric thumb pianos. Previous tour highlights have included a giant robot, a rhino, and a cardboard whale that thought he was Iggy Pop!!! Some rare HNIA spottings have been at a festival for contemporary composers in Mexico (that was a mistake!!!), London's famed ICA (we didn't exactly pull a throbbing gristle), a 500yr old buddhist temple in Osaka (the monk was cool!!!), and most recently at cuban restaurant at SXSW!!!

HIS NAME IS ALIVE'S "DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE TOUR" 2006

May 15
T.T. the Bears
Cambridge, MA

May 16
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

May 17
Maxwell's
Hoboken, NJ

May 18
Garfield Artworks
Pittsburgh, PA

May 19
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA

May 20
Gspot
Baltimore, MD

May 21
Black Cat
Washington, DC

May 22
Local 506
Chapel Hill, NC

May 23
Drunken Unicorn
Atlanta, GA

May 25
The Republic
New Orleans, LA

May 26
The Proleteriat
Houston, TX

May 27
The Cavern
Dallas, TX

May 29
Solar Culture
Tuscon, AZ

May 30
The Casbah
San Diego, CA

May 31
Spaceland
Los Angeles, CA

June 1
Bottom Of The Hill
San Francisco, CA

June 3
Tractor Tavern
Seattle, WA

June 4
Doug Fir
Portland, OR

June 6
Kilby Court
Salt Lake City, UT

June 7
Hi-Dive
Denver, CO

June 8
O'leavers
Omaha, NE

June 9
400 Bar
Minneapolis, MN

June 10
Annex
Madison, WI

June 11
Empty Bottle
Chicago, IL

June 17
Magic Stick
Detroit, MI

Special guests NOMO at all shows!!!

Come early!!!
Bring a tamborine!!!
Wear a costume!!!!


APRIL 5, 2006

MOUTH BY MOUTH ORIGINAL UK VERSION

Just a quick note, I know some people have been looking for this:

The US version of MOUTH BY MOUTH (4AD, 1993) was always compromised by the Warner Bros Sample Surveillance Office violently cutting out several illegal samples and one entire song, THE HOMESICK WALTZ, so we now have the original UK version in stock. "At the time I couldn't believe that Warner Bros had an office devoted singularly to spotting uncleared samples on their own releases (for fear of getting sued) but also i couldn't believe they overlooked the most obvious samples including a song made up entirely of bits and pieces from the PURPLE RAIN soundtrack." - WAR

Note: NOW SOLD OUT!!

Order other HNIA items direct from HNIA at the SILVER MOUNTAIN MEDIA online store!!!

MARCH 7, 2006

LIVONIA STRINGS

Available March 13, 2006 only at the SILVER MOUNTAIN STORE (now SOLD OUT)!!! LIVONIA STRINGS contains tracks from the album "Livonia," (4AD 1990) re-did with strings. These songs were re-recorded once in 2001 while under contract with our former label, and have now been re-did once again!!!

"I read interviews with Prince, and Axl Rose, where they both said they had re-recorded all their old songs, although for different reasons. I decided to do the same." - Warn Defever 2006.

FEBRUARY 15, 2006

VINTAGE HNIA INTERVIEW ONLINE

Complementing Jon Whitney's brand new interview is a vintage one now posted at Warped Reality, courtesy of Andrea Feldman. It was originally published in 1993 at around the release date of HNIA's Mouth By Mouth album. Enjoy!

FEBRUARY 5, 2006

HNIA INTERVIEW ONLINE

Check out the new interview with HNIA at Brainwashed! Jon Whitney interviews Warn Defever in a video that also features HNIA concert footage.

JANUARY 24, 2006

DETROLA AVAILABLE NOW

Released January 24th, you can ORDER your copy of DETROLA today!!!

You can find DETROLA at the Amazon sites (US, UK, CA & JP) and at CD Universe (for a great low price of US$9.79 plus shipping). It's also available from Insound and ARTISTDirect among others. It should also be available at your local CD stores now as well.

DETROLA is released via Silver Mountain Media Group through Reincarnate Music and distributed worldwide by Sony-BMG.

"DETROLA is dizzyingly eclectic, veering from the warm '70s bounce of "I Thought I Saw" to the frigid techno of "*C*A*T*S*" without losing any of the loveliness of HNIA's best work."
SPIN MAGAZINE

"DETROLA is the most nearly flawless HNIA album there has been. It's as if Defever, a notorious studio perfectionist, poured everything he's learned in 16 years into this album. And it shows. 4 out of 4 stars! "
DETROIT FREE PRESS

DETROLA tracklisting:
01. The Darkess Night
02. Maybe Again When I Leave U
03. Mama Don't You Think I Know
04. Sometimes Screw
05. Here Forever Always
06. Your Bones
07. You Need A Heart To Live
08. You And Me
09. Summer Left Your Heart Behind
10. Seven Minutes In Heaven
11. I'll Send My Face To Your Funeral

NOVEMBER 12, 2005

RAINDROPS RAINBOW - NEW HIS NAME IS ALIVE RELEASE!!!

RAINDROPS RAINBOW (part 5) is available on NOVEMBER 22, 2005, on ITUNES!!! This "acoustic" ep contains four tracks: two new ones and two old ones (re-did). Consider it a sneek preview of the new HNIA album coming out in 2006. Although the lead track is called I'LL SEND MY FACE TO YOUR FUNERAL any reference to November 22, 1963 and famously assassinated presidents is purely coincidental!!!


NOVEMBER 2, 2005

CHICAGO HNIA CONCERT

HIS NAME IS ALIVE is coming to the windy, cold, mexican restaurant-filled city of Chicago on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2005. HNIA hasn't played there since I can't remember!!! This concert will be a special "acoustic" performance, showcasing new songs (i seen her) , new members (gentle jamie), new instruments (the electric candle) and other new stuff so new it hasn't even been invented yet!!!! Plus the show also includes CASTANETS and PHOSPHORESCENT.....

IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE, YOU MUST COME TO THIS SHOW!!!

SCHUBAS
3159 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60657
TEL: 773-525-2508

OCTOBER 10, 2005

HNIA / NYC

On October 30th (Devils' Night) HIS NAME IS ALIVE will play an acoustic show at New York's CAKE SHOP!!!  Come check out this "sneak preview" concert of new songs and stuff!!!! Wear a costume and get there early!!!!

9 pm Sunday Oct. 30 2005
THE CAKE SHOP
152 Ludlow NYC
213 253-0036 (call 'em)

SEPTEMBER 30, 2005

UFO CATCHER ORDERING INFO

New HNIA album on german label EN / OF (Merzbow, Rob Mazurek, Nobukazu Takemura) released next week!!!! A small number of UFO CATCHER vinyl LP's will be available directly from TIME STEREO next week. SOLD OUT! On October 3rd, we will begin taking orders for both editions of UFO CATCHER. The cost is 15 dollars (USA) and 23 dollars (non-usa), including postage. The first ten orders will receive the original EN/OF edition which includes a gatefold sleeve, the EN / OF standard cover, and a photograhic "print", the rest will be filled with a hand printed single sleeve design.



ABOVE: The EN/OF version, BELOW: The Time Stereo edition



Detailed ordering info: Sold out from Time Stereo -- but this record can also be ordered right now at these locations:

FORCED XPOSURE (140 us dollars + shipping!!!)
EN/OF (99 euro + VAT/shipping!!!)

Tracklisting:
1. Dying You Destroyed Our Death
2. Seven Minutes In Heaven
3. We Were Young Wolfes (Nitsch Und Brus)
4. Savages De La Nation
5. The Pilgrims (Viennese Aktion)
6. Here Forever Always
7. Raw Materials
8. I’ll Be Your Mirror By A River
9. Something Nothing Mountain

SEPTEMBER 8, 2005

HNIA UFO CATCHER LP

Released on Germany's En/OF label, His Name is Alive's latest LP is called UFO CATCHER LP and is the 4th part of a six part series, all of which explore similar themes and contain unique pieces to the puzzle leading up to the first properly manufactured and distributed album in some years (January 2006!!!). UFO CATCHER is a limited edition (100 copies) collaboration with visual artist Jason Dodge who supplies each LP with an "undeveloped photographic print exposed to the sunrise 21 June 2005 - Gdansk, Poland". This record can be ordered now at these locations:

FORCED XPOSURE (140 us dollars + shipping!!!)
EN/OF (99 euro + VAT/shipping!!!)



For those of you on a budget, a small number of reasonably priced copies will be available directly from TIME STEREO, as well as a small numbered edition with handmade covers that do not contain the photographic "print". These will not be available for ordering until October 3rd. SOLD OUT!

AUGUST 29, 2005

AFTER DEVILS NIGHT



ASM CHAMBER ENSEMBLE presents
AFTER DEVILS NIGHT by Warn Defever / HIS NAME IS ALIVE on Saturday, September 17. It takes place at La Tea at the Clemente Soto Velez Center, located at 107 Suffolk Street, NYC, 8:00 PM.

More info at the TIME STEREO site.

AUGUST 29, 2005

HNIA / GHOST DOG

HIS NAME IS ALIVE announce the inking of a deal with THE PEACE CORPS allowing them the use of a remix/edit of SOMEDAY MY BLUES WILL COVER THE EARTH in radio and TV commercials. The thirty second spot features the voice of FOREST WHITAKER, who you all remember from Jim Jarmusch's film GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI (which is one of my all time favorite movies - its about a mafia/hitman type who follow the ancient code of samurai conduct.



Normally we don't license our music to radio and TV commercials but since this one features my favorite actor, GHOST DOG, I thought it would be okay, plus its for a good cause too, I guess).

AUGUST 3, 2005

A nice lady at "depravedfangirls" has written an extended review of the SUMMER BIRD EP, (actually its a complete career overview!!!). Go read it and leave a funny comment. Thanks.

JUNE 23, 2005

REMASTERED KING OF SWEET ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!!



NEW! Download the remastered KING OF SWEET album right now! Only US$10.00.

MAY 9, 2005

NEW HNIA RECORD!!!

On Friday the 13th, HNIA will unveil the SUMMER BIRD EP available for FREE as a downloadable release thru this site!!! This 4 song EP contains two non-LP B-sides and two tracks from the upcoming full-length release!!!! SOLD OUT!



(Yes, the Summer Bird EP is different than the summer bird LP recently released by Ypsilanti Records, and yes we know having two different records with the same name can be a little confusing).

APRIL 19, 2005

NEW HNIA RELEASE!!!

"Summer Bird" by His Name is Alive is released on April 19, 2005 on the Ypsilanti Records "every tuesday" series. Only fifty copies were dubbed and the hand-made artwork includes real whale bones (not really). Regarding the music on the record, a source close to the band claimed, "Side one sounds a lot like the record they've been working on for the last five years, but then Side two gets really weird, plus its a CD!!!" Label head honcho Fred Thomas originally limited the sales to FRIENDSTER and MYSPACE pals, recently expanded the marketing campaign to include shoppers at Encore Records in Ann Arbor, Michigan and direct mail order. SOLD OUT!!!!

APRIL 13, 2005

HIS NAME IS ALIVE SPRING CONCERT

In celebration of this great new season, HNIA is doing a concert with NOMO and FARUQ ZINJI BEY at the Blindpig in Ann Arbor on APRIL 23, 2005. HNIA plays at 10:30 pm. (and yes we will be selling advance copies of the new album!!!)

FEBRUARY 12, 2005

WARN DEFEVER'S CONTROL PANEL NOW AVAILABLE!!!



French label Isonauta has released WARN DEFEVER'S CONTROL PANEL "music inspired by Abraham Lincoln's civil war" CD. Originally began as a collection of all the CONTROL PANEL tracks from various 12"'s and compilations, this album took a strange turn and soon became a sort of tone poem beginning with a CIVIL WAR XMAS, "tracing my families roots through the last a hundred years, passing through techno, and ending up at Windy and Carl's house." This album was completed in 2001 but contractual problems have delayed its release until now. It features beeps, blips, beats, strings, piano, and some vocals by the lovely Miss Erika Hoffmann. This cd is now available from STORMY RECORDS!!!

FEBRUARY 12, 2005

FARUQ Z. BEY VS. WARN DEFEVER CONCERT / BATTLE #1

His Name Is Alive presents Faruq Z. Bey vs.Warn Defever on Thursday, February 17 at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor also featuring special guest NIKO!!! Faruq has been performing free jazz, improvised music and more for 35 years (Warn was born 35 years ago). Faruq's old band GRIOT GALAXY wore silver make-up (as a member of the WOLFMAN BAND, Warn wears a wolfman mask and gloves). Faruq had a radio show on WDET (Warn is a frequent guest on WDET). Griot Galaxy was a collective with a frequently changing lineup (His Name is Alive has had over 150 members)!!! There are so many similarities between these two artists, its a wonder they haven't collaborated sooner!!!

February 17
Canterbury House
721 E. Huron
Ann Arbor, MI
all ages welcome, doors at 8 pm

FEBRUARY 12, 2005

FARUQ Z. BEY VS. WARN DEFEVER CONCERT / BATTLE #2

Also appearing will be MARSHALL ALLEN and HENRY GRIMES. Marshall Allen is last surviving member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, he is eighty years old and has been an Arkestra member since 1957!!! Henry Grimes is a super sweet bass player who jammed with Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, and Pharoah Sanders in the 1960's before taking a 30 year vacation from improvised music!!!

March 9
8pm, all ages
Young Soul Rebels Records and Tapes
4152 Woodward, (313) 832-2001
Detroit, MI 48201

FEBRUARY 12, 2005

HIS NAME IS ALIVE CONCERT

HNIA's been in the studio for five years!!! This new album better be good!!! Check out the new songs (and new members) before everybody else does!!! (HNIA plays at 10:30 pm)

March 11
Blind Pig (18+)
Ann Arbor, Michigan

FEBRUARY 12, 2005

HIS NAME IS ALIVE St. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY!!!

Brief history lesson: a hundred years ago a great man named Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland. Wild parties followed!!! Lets celebrate!!!

March 17
Foran's Irish Pub (18+)
612 Woodward
Detroit, Michigan

JANUARY 8, 2005

TWO HNIA CDs AVAILABLE AGAIN



One of the Detroit area's finest record stores, STORMY RECORDS, is now carrying HNIA's DETROIT RIVER CD and LEAF CLUB CD. Previously only available at concerts, a limited supply of these very special releases is now available at this super nice store. STORMY RECORDS does mail order and accepts paypal too!!!!

JANUARY 8, 2005

CONCERT ALERT

HIS NAME IS ALIVE is doing a special preview "new songs/new stars" concert at OSLO in Detroit on Thursday January 27, 2005. Tickets cost ten dollars and performance begins at 11pm. By day OSLO is a sushi bar, but at night in the moonlight OSLO werewolfs into a nightclub!!!! www.osloworld.com (we recommend the avocado rolls!!!)

DECEMBER 15, 2004

BENEFIT CONCERT

Thursday, December 23 His Name Is Alive will help out at the Third Annual Detroit Sound and Spirits Concert, a benefit for COTS (a groop that provides shelter and support services to homeless individuals and families). Also appearing will be Blanche, Saturday Looks Good to Me and more!!! Click HERE for info.

DECEMBER 15, 2004

NEW (OLD) RELEASE



Early 2005, French label Isonauta releases WARN DEFEVER'S CONTROL PANEL "music inspired by Abraham Lincoln's civil war" CD. Originally began as a collection of all the CONTROL PANEL tracks from various 12"'s and compiltaions, this album took a strange turn and soon became a sort of tone poem beginning with a CIVIL WAR XMAS, "tracing my families roots through the last a hundred years, passing through techno, and ending up at Windy and Carl's house." This album was completed in 2001 but contractual problems have delayed its release until now. More details, pics and MP3's coming soon!!!

DECEMBER 15, 2004

AFTER DEVILS NIGHT BEFORE XMAS

2005 Sees HNIA working on a commission from NYC-based chamber music ensemble ASMC. The work will be specifically written for this new music collective, and will be premiered in concert "after devils night but before christmas." More info soon!!!

DECEMBER 15, 2004

NEW MP3 FILES

Limited time free downloads added in the SOUNDS section today, including THREE different versions of "Write My Name In The Groove"!!! SOLD OUT!

DECEMBER 15, 2004

METRO TIMES CLOUD BOX REVIEW

Chris Handyside from Detroit's Metro Times magazine had THIS to say about The Cloud Box!!!

NOVEMBER 12, 2004

HIS NAME IS ALIVE CONCERT NEWS




• Click here for pictures from the music of Marion Brown free concert

His Name is Alive presents THE MUSIC OF MARION BROWN, Saturday November 20th at the UMMA in Ann Arbor!!! HNIA will honor the music of Marion Brown (1935 - ), saxophonist and composer and one of the great innovators of New Music. His body of work includes Geechee Recollections -- a blending of childhood experiences in Georgia with traditional Gullah culture -- to Bismallahi, a lyrical performance with composer Harold Budd, produced by Brian Eno. Although Brown appeared on John Coltrane's Ascension album, performed alongside Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp and recorded his albums for IMPULSE!, ECM, Black Lion, and ESP, he remains largely an unsung hero of improvised music and avant-garde jazz.

WCBN CONCERT SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
MUSEUM OF ART
ANN ARBOR, MI
NOVEMBER 20, 2004
FREE ADMISSION
DOORS 8:30 PM


• Archived TOUR DATE information from 1990 to present day located here.

NOVEMBER 11, 2004

Hello and welcome to Time Stereo's CLOUD BOX UPDATE!!!

SORRY, THE CLOUD BOX HAS SOLD OUT!!!



After years of recording and mixing and months of construction, HIS NAME IS ALIVE'S "CLOUD BOX" is finally ready!!! This sturdy, handmade wooden box contains 10 unreleased HNIA cdr's with extensive liner notes. The box is numbered (/50) and the paper folder is signed by WARN and DAVIN. It's really nice!!!

Click here for all the details.

Here's how to order: There are only 50 CLOUD BOXES available. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to order a CLOUD BOX, please send an email to Davin with CLOUD BOX ORDER as the subject. Please include your shipping address and phone number, you will be notified if you are one of the first 50. There will be a limit of ONE cloud box per customer/address. Price is $110.00 postage-paid in USA. Paying by PAYPAL is best, but please don't send the payment until your order is confirmed. If your order is confirmed, you will have one week to complete payment by PAYPAL or US MAIL (we accept personal check/cash/money-order). If you are ordering from outside the USA we will send you a shipping quote before you send payment ($105.00 + the shipping to your country). If you are not one of the first 50 orders received, your name will be placed on a waiting-list (in case any no-goods don't pay after a copy has been reserved for them).

Paid orders will be shipped starting November 15. US orders shipped by USPS PRIORITY MAIL. International orders shipped by USPS AIR-MAIL.

That's it!!! Thanks and good luck!!!


OCTOBER 21, 2004


TIME STEREO PRESENTS HIS NAME IS ALIVE'S THE CLOUD BOX: 10 CDRs IN A HANDMADE CLOUD BOX



In early November 2004, the Time Stereo label will release The Cloud Box by His Name Is Alive. This hand-made box will contain ten new CDs! The Cloud Box will be in an extremely limited edition (50) and will only be available through the Time Stereo website. This sturdy wooden box was designed by artist Davin Brainard and will be signed and numbered by the band and designer. The Cloud Box is His Name Is Alive's first release since 2002's Last Night album.

This fancy boxset contains an extremely diverse range of musical ideas and sound explorations:

• from mixed-up-minimalism to orchestral experiments (MYSTERY SPOT disc 5)

• from an early his name is alive lost album (1994's DREEM UP disc 3) to last summers soul-style (FREE CONCERT disc 9)

• from Pharoah and Alice styled free jazz (BROWN RICE disc 1) to field recordings (one highlight on EVERGLADES [disc 8] includes warn throwing rocks at a bird)

In 2000 Time Stereo released His Name Is Alive's Heart And Hand box set (which also contained 10 CDRs) and it sold out in just a few hours. Time Stereo will NOT be taking pre-orders for The Cloud Box but when it is available for purchase in early November a newsletter will be sent to Time Stereo eeemail subscribers and an announcement will be made on the Time Stereo website!

For pictures and more info on The Cloud Box, go here:

For more information contact:
davin@timestereo.com

A detailed description of each disc follows:

disc one: BROWN RICE
Recordings from a non-stop marathon weekend session celebrating Elliot's 21st birthday + tenor saxophone and harp duets + field recordings from Bhaktapur, Nepal on new years 1999-2000 + recordings made in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Jake's high school orchestra. Previously available at shows, BROWN RICE has now been re-edited and remastered.

disc two: USA vs. GAMELAN
Elliot called, "Warn, i got the keys to the Gamelan." Warn and Hitoko jumped in the car and they recorded several hours of Americanized His Name Is Alive music on a full set of instruments of the Indonesian Gamelan orchestra kept at the University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Bonang, saron, gong, slentem and suling played by Warn, Hitoko and Elliot.

disc three: DREEM UP
Recorded circa 1994-95 back when HNIA was starting a lot of projects and not finishing all of them (the Mexican 1/2 speed ambient masters was another "lost" album). It began as a covers album but since warn didn't get around to learning the songs, Karin had to sing them acappella, but an acappella covers album didn't seem like such a hot idea so the project got shelved. Later on Warn added some "music" and now here it is ten years later, a long lost old school His Name Is Alive album.

disc four: THE PINECONE
"Part of my therapy when things were going bad with the music industry was collecting pinecones and trying to turn them into musical instruments. i eventually found a number of them that had desirable tonalities and a certain consistency. i didn't want to make a gimmicky 'hey look at this funny man playing an electric pinecone' type of album, so Iwrote serious songs or improvised duets with 'real instruments' like African thumb piano, nylon string guitar, violin, upright bass, treated music box, electric bear, percussion, and harmonium." - Warn Defever. Highlights include one track where the violinist plays with a pinecone replacing the traditional violin bow, and another track where the keys of the pinecone, instead of being gently stroked by thumbs, are bowed like a violin.

disc five: MYSTERY SPOT
"I don't wanna talk about it, but once you listen you can figure it out, if you're smart." - Warn Defever

disc six: SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST
Recorded for an installation in an art gallery in Detroit after a particularly harsh winter, this long piece was designed not for the traditional left and right stereo speaker orientation but top and bottom separation. the installation was in a stairwell with one large PA speaker placed at the top of the stairs on the third floor and the other in the basement. The music tries to recreate the experience of being trapped in a house for several months and then as the ice and snow gradually melt, the windows are eventually opened, the sound of birds are heard once again, and finally there's a party at the lake!

disc seven: WAKE UP JIN
"The band Slumber Party played an all night show in Detroit (Slumber Party- Slumber Party) and at nine in the morning we played a slow quiet set to gently awaken the still-drunk/hung-over guests." - Warn Defever

disc eight: EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
Field recordings include warn throwing rocks at birds, and an alligator attacking and eating a bird. Several birds were probably hurt and at least one bird was eaten during this recording. Warn fails to engage an owl in a flute duet, but does get a good jam going with some fish and a bell. "I was tired of being inside a studio and wanted to record new sounds in special places. A year earlier, I recorded at a beautiful 500 year old temple in Japan, but now I wanted to find somewhere closer to home. Also in this series was a field trip to Death Valley!" - Warn Defever

disc nine: FREE CONCERT HIS NAME IS ALIVE
Played a special concert in Detroit on July 10, 2004. Lovetta sings, Warn plays guitar and piano, Elliot plays piano and saxophone, Jamie plays upright bass, and Nicole plays congas, a CD of birds plays quietly through one amplifier, and many bells were handed out to the audience members.

disc ten: DETROLA
"On Tuesday, June 15, 2004, I was trying to work in my studio (located in downtown Detroit on Woodward Ave), but I was interrupted in the evening by loud sounds from the street below. The Detroit Pistons had just won Game 5 of the NBA championships finals, beating the LA Lakers 100 to 87, and the people of the city had decided to celebrate with an unofficial late night drunken parade. The steady stream of car honking, screaming, and gun shots were too loud for me to work so I decided that maybe this would escalate into a cool riot and that maybe i should tape it. I set up some microphones out the window and waited for hours thinking it would soon pass. Eventually I decided to join in. I tried to accompany the orchestra of blaring car horns and the roaring choir of excited sports fans, on the piano. After several hours of not-quite-riot behavior, the police closed of the street, but the party continued in the distance...." - Warn Defever