15 June 2002

Caural Newsletter #2

Paint EP’s “Clear Vinyl” backing old-school skater Rodney Mullen!

I am excited to say that the closing track of my Paint EP, “Clear
 Vinyl,” was used in On Video’s Winter 2002 skate video. The video
 features many new and old skaters including Rodney Mullen, whose 
influence more or less created freestyle street skating as we know it 
today… I was more comfortable providing a soundtrack for footage of
him than I was skinning knees and elbows like I used to do back in the
 day. For you skate fans, this video can be picked up in skate shops
 everywhere… I’d recommend Push Skateboards (40 E Chicago Ave, right 
near the red line: 312-573-9996).

Stars On My Ceiling LP out now!

My second full-length album- and first for Chicago’s Chocolate
 Industries- was released domestically June 11th. It contains songs
 written over the course of last summer, and definitely fits the
 season! You can find it most anywhere; online purchasers should visit 
amazon.com, cdnow.com, etc. The Japanese version released on Tokyo’s
 P-Vine label back in March contains an extra song for all you die-hard
 collectors. Anyway, here’s what XLR8R had to say:

“In a genre where accessibility is often regarded as suspect, I almost 
hesitate to tell you that there’s absolutely no one who won’t love 
this; electronix heads and b-boys, four-year-olds and grandmothers.
 OK, maybe I’m overstating by a smidgen, but Caural’s gossamer guitars
 and shirred hip-hop beats are quite simply undeniable, carrying the
 feel good appeal of the Avalanches, the melancholy of Four Tet, and a 
happy-sad nostalgia for a time and a place you can’t put your finger 
on. Over cracked mudflat breaks, technicolor tumbleweeds kick up
whimsical jigs and dust devils morph into fantastic, ecstatic
 whipporwhils. It’s a beautiful place in the country, and I’m buying 
property there now.” – Philip Sherburne

Chocolate Industries’ Urban Renewal Program on the way…

After almost two years in the making, Chocolate Industries is releasing 
the first installment of its Urban Renewal Program this coming August-
a compilation including myself, Prefuse 73, Mos Def, Miho Hatori of
 Cibo Matto, Souls of Mischief, Tortoise, El-P, Aesop Rock, DJ Food, 
Mr. Lif, RJD2, Diverse, While, and Themselves (Dose one and Jel). The
 first single (Aesop Rock & El-P) is out now, with the second (Mos Def
 and Chicago’s Diverse) to follow this July. I have contributed a remix 
for the next single- Miho Hatori’s song “Night Light”- originally
 produced by Prefuse 73.

Caural featured on Apartment B’s New York artist compilation

Another compilation coming soon is on a New York label called
 Apartment B. Its title “Various Artists: New York” explains it all;
 ironically, many of the featured artists (including yours truly) have 
since left NYC! Regardless, snippets of songs by Blitter (Hrvatski),
 I-Sound & Daniel Raffel, So Takahashi, Zammuto, and others are on the 
website for your listening pleasure:

Songs from Stars On My Ceiling in an independent film, “Firecracker”

Songs from Stars On My Ceiling have been chosen for an independent
 film entitled “Firecracker,” built around the Los Angeles nightclub.
 Other artists on the soundtrack include Moodyman, Klute, Calibre, A 
Tribe Called Quest, and Bernard Wright. Stay tuned to PBS for its 

Who is that singing on Longshot’s album?

Longshot, a new emcee coming out of Chicago, is dropping his debut 
album later this month, featuring guest artists such as Diverse,
 Juice, myself, Freebasic, Claudia of Family Tide, and Vicious da 
Canibal; production by DJ Lok, k.kruz, DJ Anomaly, & Ted Sirota. I am
 truly excited about this album, and you should absolutely keep your
 eyes open for it!

I am busy working on new material for release later this year,
 collaborating with some folks and getting excited for some summer
 changes! Thanks for reading, and happy listening!