Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Splitsville, USA

So, after a protracted discussion, I can safely say that Cinemasophia are done ("indefinite hiatus"). There's not much to say on my end rather than to apologize to anyone who felt that the band was disjointed and broken down over the past few months. Any frustration you may have experienced out there was coming from the radiant nuclear core of exasperation onstage. I'm very proud of the records we made and they'll always hold a place close to me, but the emotional distance had been mounting and I can't put myself/other people through a pantomime of something that all of us should be enjoying. Thanks to everyone who helped put out our records, went to our shows, and slogged through band membership.

Cinemasophia were: Landis, Jay, Dan, John, Elise, Miles, Travis, Brooke, Patrick

If anyone is interesting in grabbing one of the remaining copies of Fits & Cycles, go to www.littleblackcloud.com and snatch one up before they've disappeared. We've got a limited number of Dialectic and Whole Ghosts as well if anyone's interested.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Top of the Pops

Here at Cinemasophia World Enterprises, we love WRIR. So to say that we are happy that WRIR loves us back is something of an understatement. Number 1! Thanks for keeping it local, fam. If you are in Richmond, spin your dial thing to 97.3 FM or listen worldwide on the internets with this here stream. And call them at 804-649-9737 to request your favorite track from "Fits & Cycles" to keep the dream alive. Also, shout out to Tracy Ringfinger for cracking the Top 10 with a strong showing for her great record, "Decimal".

As always, you buy either "Fits & Cycles" or Ringfinger's "Decimal" from Little Black Cloud Records here or from your favorite online mp3 boutique. Word.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Thought I'd share the band description from the MACRoCk memorial souvenir limited collector's program. I'm not really sure where this Death Cab thing comes from, but as Dan said, they get to make music for a living, so it's not so bad. People are really struggling for unusually flowery language in reviews and band descriptions these days, but I like rockets, pinatas, birthday parties, and Stephen Hawking. Anyway, all in all a pretty favorable write-up.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fits & Cycles NOW AVAILABLE!

After what has seemed like years (because it has been years), our new album, "Fits & Cycles", is now available digitally from your favorite online e-tailer or in limited edition CD-R form from Little Black Cloud Records. If'n you're vinyl-minded, watch this space for updates on the release of "F&C" on ass-kickin' double LP. But if'n you're all like, "What's a vinyl?", you should totally buy this right now. If you go the iTunes route, you can even get ringtones.


Limited Edition CD-R:

Weekend Update aka Landis Shat His Panel

We arrived at Sound of Music on Friday at 5pm for something called "sound check," which we were previously unfamiliar with, but have come to appreciate and even love. After setting up our equipment and playing through a couple of "numbers", we all departed to Christine's house for some wonderful avocado hummus and butternut squash lasagna. Upon our return to Sound of Music, we witnessed the first live Ringfinger performance. After some technical issues, things smoothed out and the crowd seemed to have fallen under the RingFing spell by the end of the set. Then we played. We were in a good mood, and the crowd was great and relatively large (not individually, but as a whole). We didn't sell many CD-R's, but several people asked if we could e-mail them once the vinyl is finished. We certainly will do this. And I will certainly post it here.

Saturday we woke up and headed to Harrisonburg. There, Landis spoke on a panel about independent publishing. He can be seen above making a completely natural and unintentional talking face during said panel. After Dan took this photograph, he showed it to Elise, John, and Jay who attempted unsuccessfully to stifle laughter for the next 30 minutes. We then headed over to the Artful Dodger and caught a lively set from our friends the Invisible Hand, followed by Whatever Brains (who John recognized from the Jackpot in Raleigh), followed by a band that Jon Bray said sounded like 2002. The Iron City Lager was flowing and good times were had by all. Finally, we headed over to Court Square Theater, loaded in, and played a disappointingly low-energy set for a disappointingly low-energy crowd. We were appropriately and slighly harshly taken to task here by a grumpy blogger. To you, sir, we apologize and hope that you can find it in your heart to give us another chance. We loaded out, sold a couple of t-shirts, and hit the highway so as not to have to look this gentleman in the face. More photos of the happy times during the day can be found here. Like a phoenix, we will rise from the ashes of MACRoCk 2009 and set stages across this great land on fire with our gamboge Decemberists-go-garage wings.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Notes From The Underground

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Philadelphia, Richmond, and Charlottesville shows this weekend. Thanks to the people that gave us a bed. Thanks to the kid at Laundromat that reminded me of the brotherhood of the keg by hanging out after getting his Natural Lite Keystone Light to pump the keg for me. Thanks to Bobby for cutting us a break on our tabs at The Czar. Sorry to the muscle-neck guy that I accidentally threw down a beer gauntlet in front of. Sorry to unnamed guy in other band we played with who got his pectoral grabbed by our drunken friend (actually not sorry about that). Thanks to In the Year of the Pig, Medications, St. God's Hospital, Brian Bonz, Ports of Call, Caninos, and of course Fiends (now defunct). Sorry to the waitress at Cracker Barrel for Jay's language. Fuck you to rain, gimmicks, and traffic on turnpikes.

We have two big big big "happenings" coming up this weekend. One is our Album Release Show (poster up top) which is going down Friday, April 3 at none other than Sound of Music (321 West Broad Street) in Richmond. For those just tuning in, that's where we recorded the majority of the album, and John Morand will be on hand to make us sound good, or maybe even great. Our album "Fits & Cycles" will be available on hand-numbered and limited CD-R, plus it's our first show with the marvelous Ringfinger (aka Tracy, our spiritual leader/label co-founder/#1 fan/hero). Music starts at 10pm SHARP with Tracy, then we'll commence.

Second, and I'm fucking sorry for how many words I'm using in this post, is MACRoCk 2009 in scenic Harrisonburg, VA on Saturday. It is, I believe, our first festival, and being that several of the members of Cinemasophia grew up going to MACRoCk, it kind of makes me want to start singing "Circle of Life". We play at Court Square Theatre (61 Graham Street) at 7:40pm.

Come say hello, buy a CD-R, bang your head and/or slow dance.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tour Update

At a loss for words, I think this photo best sums up our experience in Philadelphia last night.

UPDATE: In truth, I really just wanted to post this image, and tried to relate it the band in some way, but Dan let me know it was bit too much of a stretch. I apologize for any confusion.

The Enemy's Friend

If you don't have it already, following this link to The Orchard's Daily Rind Newsletter will hook you up with a free download of "Pet Enemies" from the quickly approaching release "Fits & Cycles". Please enjoy.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cinemasophia Goes On Dates

Mar 26 2009 10:00P
Johnny Brenda’s Philadephia, PA
Mar 27 2009 8:00P
The Czar w/Medications and Edie Sedgwick Richmond, VA
Mar 28 2009 10:00P
The Laundromat Charlottesville, VA
Apr 3 2009 10:00P
Album Release Party @ Sound of Music Richmond, VA
Apr 4 2009 6:30P
MACRoCK Harrisonburg, VA
Apr 25 2009 9:00P
Cameo w/Screen Vinyl Image Brooklyn, NY
May 6 2009 10:00P
Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ
May 10 2009 10:00P
Fontana’s Manhattan, NY
May 22 2009 10:00P
Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
May 31 2009 10:00P
The Black Cat Washington, DC

If you ever really loved us, you'd come see us one more time. Shows start tonight in Illadelphia. More to come as we gear up for our globe-spanning May extravaganza.

Friday, March 20, 2009

AllMusic :: BlogLove

Click here to read about the first time we've ever been compared to Radial Spangle. The heyday is now.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Review #1

Jay Breitling's informative and well-written Clicky Clicky Music Blog has just posted a very nice review of Fits & Cycles. Check out his site and keep watching this space for more reviews and show announcements leading up to the release of the album on April 7th, 2009. Save the date!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Little Black Cloud Records

Hello all,

Wanted to share a link to the simple and elegant new site for our label, Little Black Cloud Records. Witness the dawn of a new era here: