Watch Bottomless Pit live on KEXP.


Perhaps you have already heard Bottomless Pit’s four song set that was recorded earlier this year at KEXP. Now you can watch it too!

All four tracks can be found on the band’s most recent album “Shade Perennial.”

Help Karl Hendricks!


For over 20 years Pittsburgh’s Karl Hendricks has been not only a good friend, but one of my favorite musicians. I’m not alone in either of these regards.

Karl has personally served as an inspiration to me as a dad, a writer and a small business owner as Karl’s the individual who keeps the excellent Sound Cat Records running smoothly.

He’s a quiet guy, not one to draw attention to himself and certainly not a person who is comfortable asking for help in this fashion.

His friends however aren’t as reserved. That’s why I am writing these words today.

In short: Karl Hendricks has oral cancer. He is working to get better, but it is going to be a long road to recovery.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Team Hendricks, you can do so using this GiveForward page. This fundraiser is being done with his consent.

With Karl unable to work this summer as he mends, times are tight in his household and if you’ve ever appreciated what Karl has done to better your own life, please consider passing some money his way.

There will be at least three benefit shows for Karl and his family you are encouraged to attend and spread the word about.

A series of rare items will also be auctioned off to benefit Karl around this time.

Friday, August 22
Brillobox (21+)
Pittsburgh, PA
8:00 pm ET
$10/door – if you wish to donate more you will be able to.
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Line Forms
Tim Midyett (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm)
DAMA/LIBRA
Andy Cohen (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm)
The Gotobeds
Carousel

Saturday, August 23
Little Rock Bar (21+)
Columbus, OH
8:00 pm ET door : 9:00 pm ET show
Facebook RSVP
$7
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Marcy Mays (Scrawl)
Sue Harshe (Scrawl/Ft Shame)
Andy Cohen (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm)
Tim Midyett (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm)
Kyle Sowash
Lizard McGee (Earwig)
Ron House
Lou Poster
+ more to be announced.

Saturday September 27
Modern Formations
Pittsburgh, PA
8:00 pm ET
$7/sliding scale
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Readings by:
Jason Baldinger
Kris Collins
Jerome Crooks
Lori Jakiela
Jeff Martin
Dave Newman
Bobby Pajich
Scott Silsbe
Hosted by Red Bob

Karl’s short story chapbook “Stan Getz Isn’t Coming Back” will be repressed in an edition of 100 copies for this reading.

Thank you very much.

Jon Solomon
July 2014

Ps. If you want to write/blog about our fundraiser to help Karl Hendricks, please use this link, as GiveForward has offered to make a contribution to the cause for each time this specific URL is used.

Comedy Minus One – News for May 2014.


This month's headlines: Silkworm "Libertine" re-issue out now! Bottomless Pit shirts and live sessions! Minutes video! Read on!

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Silkworm’s “Libertine” re-issue available everywhere today!


Comedy Minus One’s long-awaited deluxe re-issue of the third Silkworm album “Libertine” is finally available in stores worldwide as of today.

This classic record can also be procured via your favorite digital providers.

iTunes : eMusic : Rhapsody : Amazon : Google Play

If you would rather pick up a 2×12″ + Cd pressing of “Libertine” through the Comedy Minus One shop, copies can still be ordered here.

Wondering Sound wrote of this expanded, definitive edition:

“Libertine, the third record from indie titans Silkworm, remains as riveting and peerless today as it did on its release 20 years ago. Its tangled guitars and plainspoken vocals feel more like narratives than rock songs, slim, moving short stories capturing odd, specific moments in time in rich, poetic language — journal entries and excerpts of lives in progress, presented with only hints at the surrounding details. The songs obey their own internal logic: guitars scramble and scrape, the bass lurches and collapses, the drums quiver and quake. Two decades later, it still sounds like little before or since: defiantly raw and unadorned, Libertine is indie rock verite. You enter its world according to its own rules, inside the parameters it has set. And once you do, you get lost inside it.”

In a 9/10 rave review, The Line Of Best Fit called it “46 minutes of the best US rock music you’ve never heard. Now it’s time to sort that out.”

LIBERTINE 2×12″/CD TRACKS

01 There Is A Party In Warsaw Tonight
02 Grotto Of Miracles
03 Cotton Girl

04 Yen + Janet Forever
05 Oh How We Laughed
06 The Cigarette Lighters

07 Couldn’t You Wait?
08 A Tunnel
09 Written On The Wind

10 Wild In My Day
11 Bloody Eyes

CD ONLY

12 Insider
13 Grotto Of Miracles (alternate)
14. Couldn’t You Wait?*
15. Scruffy Tumor*
16. Cotton Girl*
17. Raised By Tigers*

*Marco Collins Sessions

Advance stream of “Libertine” up on Wondering Sound.


Wondering Sound is gracious enough to offer a full stream of Silkworm’s “Libertine” in advance of Tuesday’s release date.

Editor-in-Chief J. Edward Keyes writes:

“Libertine, the third record from indie titans Silkworm, remains as riveting and peerless today as it did on its release 20 years ago. Its tangled guitars and plainspoken vocals feel more like narratives than rock songs, slim, moving short stories capturing odd, specific moments in time in rich, poetic language — journal entries and excerpts of lives in progress, presented with only hints at the surrounding details. The songs obey their own internal logic: guitars scramble and scrape, the bass lurches and collapses, the drums quiver and quake. Two decades later, it still sounds like little before or since: defiantly raw and unadorned, Libertine is indie rock verite. You enter its world according to its own rules, inside the parameters it has set. And once you do, you get lost inside it.”

Listen to the record here.

The Kelpies in New York City.


As seen on the cover of Bottomless Pit’s “Shade Perennial,” a pair of 1:10 design models for Andy Scott’s equine sculpture The Kelpies can be found in New York City’s Bryant Park between now and April 22.

Two weeks only: Upgrade your original “Libertine” order.


Trust me, things are far calmer at Comedy Minus One HQ than they were four weeks ago!

The several hundred copies of our definitive 2×12″ + Cd re-issue of Silkworm’s Libertine that you pre-ordered have shipped to every possible corner of the globe well in advance of the May 5, 2014 release date.

Our warehouse/living room no longer houses all the boxes of t-shirts, bonus 12″s and photo prints that gathered over the past year.

Well, almost all of them…

Several of you have reached out during the past month to ask if there was any way to “upgrade” your Libertine purchases after the fact.

There wasn’t then.

There is now!

If you want to add a SKWM t-shirt (a dark heather-colored Gildan 64000) to your original order, you can do so for $20 + shipping. Please email to arrange.

If you want to order a new Libertine/SKWM shirt combo, you can do so for $40 + shipping. Please click here to reserve.

If you want to upgrade your original order to include a Libertine/SKWM shirt/bonus 12″/photo print/sticker/two hours of live downloads bundle, the price will vary depending on the original level you’re starting from. Please email to arrange.

A warning: Just six full packages remain.

This will be your final, final, final chance.

Can’t stress that enough.

You’ve got two weeks.

On April 15 the shirt total will be tallied and a new run of shirts will be produced by Pittsburgh’s Commonwealth Press.

Orders will then ship as soon as said shirts arrive.

Jon Solomon
Comedy Minus One

Bottomless Pit live on KEXP.


Photo: KEXP Instagram feed

Bottomless Pit played live on Seattle’s KEXP earlier today. The band performed four songs from their most recent full-length “Shade Perennial“: “Fleece” and “Sacred Trench” followed by an interview, before concluding their visit with “Horse Trading” and “Felt A Little Left.”

Audio of their 2008 KEXP performance can be found here.

Bottomless Pit on the West Coast next week.


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Bottomless Pit visit the West Coast for just the second time ever next week. Updated tour dates, including Facebook event invites for you to share can be found below.

Wednesday, February 26 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA – RSVP
With Kinski.

Thursday, February 27 – Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA – RSVP
With Kinski. Part of Noise Pop 2014.

Friday, February 28 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – RSVP
With Kinski & Chris Brokaw.

Saturday, March 1 – Live on KEXP – 3:00 pm PT

Saturday, March 1 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA – RSVP
With Kinski & Bali Girls.

Monday, March 3 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC – RSVP
With Joel R.L. Phelps & Kinski.
Guest DJ Darcy Hancock of Ladyhawk.

“Roland” by Minutes is out today!


Surprise! The second full-length album by Kalamazoo’s Minutes is out TODAY. It is called “Roland” (cmo027) and it is wonderful.

This record can now be officially obtained through all of your preferred digital providers.

iTunes : eMusic : Rhapsody : Amazon : Google Play

We have a limited number of physical LPs for sale in the Comedy Minus One shop. Order a copy here.

“The only negative here is that the band has been around for a while, and I missed them. Don’t make the same mistake.”Cabildo Quarterly

“That there be no mistake, these guys…are not here to offer an anthology of past glories, but offer direct universe, consisting of short titles and contagious. Spontaneous compositions as their joy of playing transpire on all pieces, chained themselves to the speed of light, without hollow or musical lengths. Members let go brilliantly on their instruments, and light voices are bursting with freshness, despite sometimes dark lyrics.”MOWNO (after being run through Google Translate)

For more on “Roland,” please direct your attention to this post or scroll further down the Comedy Minus One blog…