Since then, I have had the good fortune to take up an energetic correspondence with Mr. Flynn, who has not yet failed to delight with a thorough and thoughtful banter somehow reminiscent of the magic stream of consciousness that emerges in his videos.
I casually mentioned to Devin that I am a musician, which thankfully prompted him to bring up his own music. Remarkably, Devin's musical accomplice is another artist-of-note, with one foot in fine art and the other in comics, design and illustration: the legendary Gary Panter. The band's third member, Ross Goldstein, completes this unholy triad known professionally as Devin, Gary and Ross. Ross is a musician and artist based in Troy, NY, with—to my surprise—ties to Pittsburgh, the city from which I recently relocated after spending the majority of my adult life there while I muscled through my degrees at Carnegie Mellon University.
Encouraged by Devin and my own eager curiosity, I went to Feeding Tube Records and picked up a copy of the gang's latest collaboration, "A Honeycomb of Chakras," an impressive double-disc 12" described to me by Devin as being "made of 100% friendship and curiosity," and adorned with a hallucinogenic collaborative gatefold cover drawn by Devin and Gary. I've listened through this hour-and-a-half of zany, haunting, magical, gonzo music several times now and must say it may have come to outweigh my praise for Devin's videos. This is seriously great stuff.
I am most enamored by the organization of the songs, which flow smoothly from one into another, consuming each side of each disc in phases or sections, rather than existing as separate tracks. Of note, is disc 1, side B, "The Other Side / See Through Windows / Pot Holed Road / What Did The Hippie Pen Say To The Hippy Pencil?" which takes a long journey from a spooky ballad commiserating the encroachment of global warming to a kind of sound-collage over dialogue about what sounds like Dungeons & Dragons.
In the words of our friends at Feeding Tube Records, "It's a totally whacked effort, ending with a piece of spoken spuzz that demonstrates what it would be like to go to a Star Trek Convention, very high on bad acid, wearing cartoon hand puppets. Completely befuddling!"
I can't seem to find a good spot online to stream any of this mind-melting audio, but it's well worth taking the chance on purchasing this disc. Go for it!
Here's a sample of the cover: