Thursday, March 24, 2011

Anti-Pope


This is definitely the most avantgarde and one of the most twisted abstract recordings I have ever taken part in.

This was one of my bands when I was living in South Florida/Miami from 1996 to 2000 and was the last recording I made before I left.

Anti-Pope actually started out as just being called "Pope" and we were a two piece band consisting of myself on drums and Dan Hosker (Holy Terrors, Harry Pussy) on guitar. We played several very intense improvised shows in the somewhat hostile Miami music scene of the late 90s accumulating Henry Rajan on bass and Gerard Klauder on electronics and basically causing chaos wherever we went.

The music scene in the late 90s of Miami was an interesting and somewhat hostile,  scary place. There were a lot of unpredictable people going anywhere from somewhat, to very insane at any given moment. I'm not talking about every now and then having a little too much to drink, I'm talking about true psychopathic and outright dangerous behavior. You never knew what was going to happen. Tables could fly, There was riotous drunken behavior that often erupted in to violent frenzies, and unfortunately Gerard was often at the center of these frenzies, or at least partially responsible for them getting started. However, I cannot profess innocence at all in this period either.

We recorded this album at Gerard's house in January of 2000. Dan and Henry and I improvised all day and Gerard recorded it. Then he cut it to a million pieces and put together a pretty incredible album from it a few months later.

This is still one of the craziest sounding albums I've ever been on and really think it holds up rather well.

Gerard ended up taking his own life a few years ago, and despite he crazy episodes, really deep down was a good hearted person. Rest in peace old crazy friend.

Download the zip here, or stream below.



Recorded in January of 2000 by Gerard Klauder in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Drums, keyboards, alto saxophone, salad bowl - Justin Wierbonski

Guitars, keyboards, rattling wrenches, sticks, beer cans and keys - Dan Hosker

Upright and 5 string bass, banging and clarinet - Henry Rajan

Mixing, cuts and production by Gerard Klauder.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lincoln Videos

Since there's good number of these floating around on the youtubes, I thought I post them up here to share my checkered past with all the readers of my blog.

Lincoln was the band that I played drums for in the early 1990s. We are considered by some to be one of the originators of the sound that became known as "Emo".

Although this isn't really accurate in the truest sense, since even back when Lincoln was playing there was already something called Emo, but it was a different sound.  It wasn't as heavy and the vocal style of Emo of the late 80s was more post-punk like Dag Nasty or Some of the early ALL recordings. So I guess Lincoln could be considered a band that influenced modern interpretation as to what is considered Emo, filled with super heavy dissonant guitars, screaming vocals and spastic drumming to a relatively medium tempo.  However, I don't and never did consider Lincoln an Emo band, we were just a rock band to my ears, and a pretty darn good one at that.

The history of Lincoln starts out in the late 80s in Morgantown, WV as a 3 piece called Ice Fan with me on Drums, Jay Demko on bass and vocals, and John Herod on Guitar and Vocals. Later we added bassist Dan Ball and Jay moved to just vocals. Our sound became a lot heavier and hardcore until Dan moved away and we got Johanna Clausen to take his place. At this time Jay Demko started playing guitar as well instead of just singing. With drums, bass, two guitars and Jay screaming, It was at this time the name changed to Lincoln and our song structures started to advance.

We played tons of shows throughout the North East US and Dan moved back to Morgantown taking back his slot on bass. Once Dan was back in the band our sound evolved once again to a more complex and dynamic sound. Dan and I always locked on quite well rhythmically. Not to take anything away from Johanna, looking back at these videos the one with her in it is quite good.

We toured most of the US in 1993 and it was quite successful and we were actually returning with money made! But sadly, the fun was short-lived since upon our return vocalist/singer Jay Demko announced he was quitting the band for personal reasons.

Overall Lincoln/Ice Fan lasted around 5 years and still to this day the tour in 1993 is one of my fondest memories. We released a handful of 7"s as lincoln, and one extremely rare comp 7" as Ice Fan on Shredder Records in the late 80s. Its so cool to see people posting these videos online and seeing so many nice comments about the music even to this day.

The first video here is one of our last shows of the 93 tour in Detroit, Michigan-




The next video here is also from the 93 tour in Washington DC, I remember we played with the Krishna Hardcore band "Shelter" that night




This one was from somewhere in Pennsylvania and was an early date on the 93 tour




This last set of videos is the oldest live Lincoln footage I've found to date. It is probably from somewhere around 1991 or 1992 and was shot at a place called The Hanger in Wheeling, WV.  My God I'm young here, and check out my cool "Dead Milk Men" haircut!




Saturday, March 5, 2011

Should my new album be available on CD?

Okay, my new Album Coruja is all done, mixed and mastered and ready to go. It has already been submitted to the major download stores like iTunes, Amazon, Emusic and whatnot and will be available there in April, so do you guys think it is worth it for me to actually make a CD? I would really like your input here. Vote using to poll below!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Miles Davis Electric '73

I just thought I'd share this incredible Miles Davis performance from 73. This is some great footage and performances. Pete Cosey /guitar, Reggie Lucas /guitar, Michael Henderson /bass, James Mtume /percussion, David Liebman /sax, Al Foster /drums & Miles Davis /trumpet

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Justin Robert & Jeremy Powell - Gramineae

This is an album recorded by me and saxophonist, Jeremy Powell in 2007. It was recorded on Easter Sunday and the first time Jeremy and I had ever played together. I met him at a local jam session and thought he playing was incredible and asked him if he wanted to come over and record some improvised music. This is what happened.

This is free and intense music of only acoustic drums and soprano saxophone. I really think we captured some great performances here and if you are a fan of the free music genre, you should like this album.

It was recorded with two Sennheiser MD421s going straight to standard cassette tape.  Everything was recorded live and the recording is practically unedited.

Justin Robert Wierbonski - Drums

Jeremy Powell - Saxophone

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Download the full album MP3 format in a zip
Download full album art by Jeremy Powell