October 5, 2019: The first video from the upcoming SQUID1969 retrospective features Chris Campbell [AKA The Creeping Man] in a depressive state. Sometimes life does not turn out quite the way you thought it would.
A Stockpile of Tepid Hits comes out on November 15th.
October 4, 2019: Bjor6n Oranj shares some details from his time while living on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is a surreal tale of mini-golf and concessions of the food variety.
Featured music in this episode: The Bell and the Bull Maverick by Bjor6n Oranj, Quixotic Demagogue by Squinting Matador, Jingoistic Juggernaut by Squinting Matador, A Letter to Alex by Bjor6n Oranj, Take That by Bjor6n Oranj, and Just You and Me by Bjor6n Oranj
September 27, 2019: It’s been 20 years since SQUID1969 [Christopher Campbell of The Creeping Man and Bjor6n Oranj] began and burned out in a blaze of glory with two albums and one ep all released in 1999. But, get ready, it’s all coming back in digital form. Here is the first single from an upcoming retrospective. Itchin’ To Make it Right is the musical equivalent of a hangover-induced migraine. A lamentation of self-induced destruction. A slow, churning retrospective of the waste of life. Missed opportunities drowning in ethanol, grains, fruits and sugar. It is now up on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and will be available everywhere shortly. Check your Spotify, iTunes, Google Play…whatever over the next week or so. Enjoy.
September 7, 2019: The latest episode of the podcast is a special conversation between Björ6n Oranj and The Creeping Man. Although deeply secretive, over-all distrustful and a bit of a recluse, The Creeping Man contacted long-time collaborator Bjor6n Oranj via some sort of ham radio device to discuss his latest work– A Hit or Miss Proposition. Meandering through a bizarre set of topics including hit men, detective novels & the plight of the artist, this interview is the only recorded glimpse into the inner workings of this creative visionary.
Check it everywhere, including Anchor.
September 6, 2019: Set Upon by Satellites, the fourth album from The Halcyon Brothers, has been released with all new artwork.
You can find it everywhere, including Spotify.
August 31, 2019: Yet another dalliance with Nonsense Rock from your ol’ pal, Bosky.
Xtina Sex Machina provides backing vox on Bleu Vein Throbber, whilst Sir Thomas Bacheller loans borrowed lyrics to the same track. J and P most certainly contributed to the lyrics on Get Hip. EB+War inspired NITBG.
SDB had a hand in GH and Hocken. Over and OUT! Oh…and enjoy.
Find it on Bandcamp now.
This is a ive blitz recording on July 26, 2019. After the ambiance of ‘The Complete Handbook of Oppositional Defiant Disorder,’ here is something with mellow, downbeat grooves.
Korg hardware: Korg Electribe Sampler 2; Electribe, and the Monologue. Strymon Big Sky was used for effects. This is DAWless recording on the Tascam DP-32.
Available at Bandcamp.
August 17, 2019: The Long Lightning pt. 3, episode 6 of This Isn’t Just a Cult: A Work of Real Fiction is now available. The Long Lightning by Erik Blagsvedt as read by Bjor6n Oranj. Beginning-less and endless abstract poetry inspired by surprised freedom and words cut-up purely to be found flashing fragments arranged into non-arising light. Awareness in not-knowing. Liberation is center-less. . Read along with your own copy which you can find at Abstract Editions and Amazon. This episode features music by The Creeping Man, Bjor6n Oranj, This Isn’t Just a Cult, The Halcyon Brothers and Squinting Matador. You can listen to it just about everywhere including Anchor. Or, just click on PODCAST in our menu.
July 22, 2019: The Long Lightning pt. 2, episode 5 of This Isn’t Just a Cult: A Work of Real Fiction is now available.
Björ6n Oranj continues reading Erik Blagsvedt’s book of abstract poetry, “The Long Lightning”. Read along with your own copy which you can find at Abstract Editions and Amazon. This episode features music by from The Creeping Man, The Halcyon Brothers, Björ6n Oranj, Squid1969 and Squinting Matador. You can listen to it just about everywhere including Anchor. Or, just click on PODCAST in our menu.
May 23, 2019: This Isn’t Just a Cult: A Work of Real Fiction Episode 04 – The Long Lightning pt. 1 is now available.
Björ6n Oranj reads Erik Blagsvedt’s excellent book of abstract poetry, “The Long Lightning”. Read along with your own copy which you can find at Abstract Editions and Amazon. This episode features music by from The Creeping Man, The Halcyon Brothers, Björ6n Oranj, Squid1969 and Squinting Matador. You can listen to it at Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or, just click on PODCAST in our menu.
May 9, 2019: It was a long and hard winter in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It must have been. As evidence: Bosky Rumbluffer has released his second full-length, solo album in a week.
The official press release states: “Bolstered and inspired by the universal apathy that greeted The Whammy Won’t Last Forever, Bosky unleashes the sonic powerhouse that is Hapless Romantic. Bob Pollard would be proud. If he cared. As always…(try to) enjoy.”
Ahhh… Bosky, you had us at inspired, or maybe it was apathy…either way, you can listen and buy it at Bandcamp. You can’t go wrong with Bosky.
May 2, 2019: There is only one artist creating rude and dirty sounds that are combined with smutty visual suggestions to create an ideal embarrassment predicament. And, there can be only one.
Here ya go, more drug-fueled inspiration derived from every day conversations from Halcyon Brother and This Isn’t Just a Cult member Bosky Rumbluffer .
You can listen and buy it at Bandcamp.
April 25, 2019: This Isn’t Just a Cult: A Work of Real Fiction Episode 03 – Elaborate Rabbits is now available.
Is it a trick? Is it authentic? Is it permissible? Björ6n Oranj ponders these questions and the work of Doug Henning, Anthony Perkins, Charleze Theron, Mo’Nique, Morgan Rhodes and Bryan Ferry while promoting openness, vulnerability, and support for the legitimate self. This episode features music by from The Creeping Man, This Isn’t Just a Cult, The Halcyon Brothers, Björ6n Oranj, and Squinting Matador. You can listen to it at Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or, just click on PODCAST in our menu.
March 19, 2019: A special little treat for our Soundcloud users. Exclusive. Short. Funky. Sound.
Mint Machete inadvertently wrote the lyrics. He’s like that. You are probably too.
Go ahead, it’s okay. You can listen.
March 19, 2019: With the idea that the scientific approach to the examination of phenomena is a defense against a mystical experience or at least space disease, collaborators Ed Hoffman and Björ6n Oranj shut a studio door, inhaled and created Squinting Matador. Little is known about what actually occurred during these secretive sessions. Most with any knowledge seem to believe that the bulk of the recording occurred in 2001. Rumors of a possible 15 track album titled “Tacit Esperanto” abound, but actual copies seem to be something of a holy grail. We do know that Björ6n Oranj had been in squid1969 prior to these recording sessions and he was forming The Halcyon Brothers at about this same time. Later he would also form the art collective This Isn’t Just a Cult. Very little is known about Ed Hoffman. Some insist he became a painter in Winona, MN. Others swear that they have spotted him in the Canary Islands. One thing seems clear, he has a parrot named Chico.
March 17, 2019: This Isn’t Just a Cult: A Work of Real Fiction Episode 02 – Near-Death Experience App is now available.
Pondering the effectiveness of offices, the similarities between golf and therapy, and the ramifications of near-death experiences all surrounded by a soundtrack from the This Isn’t Just a Cult constellation of artists. This episode features music by from The Creeping Man, This Isn’t Just a Cult, The Halcyon Brothers, Björ6n Oranj, and Squinting Matador. You can listen to it at Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or, just click on PODCAST in our menu.
March 8, 2019: DASTARDS the long-awaited solo album from Björ6n Oranj is now available everywhere. Recorded between 2001-20015, this is a collection of experimental music skirting the edges of pop and rock while not attempting to be any genre.
Give it a listen yourself. Try it on for size. MP3Hugger says, “This is a jam, the kind of confection that might need some getting used to but you never feel like anything but the funk is going down.” Discover for yourself on Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes, Deezer and just about everywhere else you find your music.
February 20, 2019: Björ6n Oranj will be releasing a collection of 20 tracks on March 8th. The album will be called “Dastards” and it was recorded between 2001-2015 and is now, finally, seeing the light of day. It will be available on all your favorite platforms including Spotify.
February 9, 2019: This Isn’t Just a Cult: A Work of Real Fiction has been launched as a podcast. It is a fictional tale featuring music from the TIJAC constellation of artists and stories of regret, elation, mysticism, headaches, heartaches, harpoons and merit badges. Prefect for every situation. Except four.
Episode 01: None of This Matters starts off in a pretty dark place where only a mantra can save you. It was written by Neno December and Björ6n Oranj. Music from The Creeping Man, This Isn’t Just a Cult, Bosky Rumbluffer, The Halcyon Brothers, Squid1969, and Squinting Matador is woven into the story. You can listen to it at Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or, just click on PODCAST in our menu.
February 4, 2019: Before there was This Isn’t Just a Cult, There was Squid1969. Take a janky Goodwill crock pot with a frayed cord. Insert the following: two synthesizers (one operable, the other not so much), one garage sale drum machine, one Tascam 4-track cassette recorder, one circular saw, two recent university graduates [Björ6n Oranj and Christopher Campbell], one pint of confusion, a heaping tablespoon of anger, and 1/8 teaspoon of talent. Cover and set on high for two weeks without stirring. Remove noxious slurry. Place in one gallon container. Add sulfur. Set on fire. Scrape residue into Castleberry Beef Stew aluminum can. Feed to Iggy Pop. Record audio from Mr. Pop’s colon blockage surgery…that’s Squid1969 in a nutshell. Now, there is a Soundcloud page and an anniversary release of their seminal 1999 albums is anticipated in 2019.
December 18, 2018: The single version for Hyde from Set Upon by Satellites was released by The Halcyon Brothers. This song asks the questions: What the hell is going on? What can we actually believe? What I thought was true is an actually a lie. Or is it? Am I a part of this or am I separate? Is that me grinding those teeth? The world is Hyde.
The line up includes founding Halcyon Brothers Bosky Rumbluffer [guitar and backing vocals] and Björ6n Oranj [lyrics and vocals] with Zack Scott on drums backing vocals, Ted Eastman [inactive brother] on bass and Jason Lamb on guitar.
December 7, 2018: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Institute Professor!!! Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928. This is an homage to Noam: A faithful radical, a power pirate, a poet of politics and an institute professor.
We thank you for speaking truth to power. We admire your insights. We appreciate your tenacity. We are your fans.
December 7, 2018: The latest single from TIJAC, Ultra-Violet Tea, is live on all your favorite platforms. It’s a Buddhist song of redemption. Tasting the light organic and what is obscure by huddling in the found joy of all of us that is true via a Plymouth Barracuda looking at birds.
November 16, 2018: The single version for Red Eyes Turn to Blue from Set Upon by Satellites was released by The Halcyon Brothers. Love longed for from a position of confusion and fog sometimes happens and actually lifts you out of your stagnation. It happens.
The line up includes founding Halcyon Brothers Bosky Rumbluffer [guitar and backing vocals] and Bjor6n Oranj [lyrics and vocals] with Zack Scott on drums backing vocals, Ted Eastman [inactive brother] on bass and Jason Lamb on guitar.
September 16, 2018: The single version for Suntastic Weekends from Set Upon by Satellites was released by The Halcyon Brothers. Memories can be gossamer, floating in the air with indeterminate and shifting landings. Quite often they are distortions. Sometimes we only remember what we want to remember. Sometimes we only remember the suntastic weekends.
October 4, 2018: Single number six from TIJAC is now available just about everywhere. The world is a very complex place, yet it has a predictability in some sense. That is, we all know it is going to crash at some point. Shakespeare knew this and wrote of it often in both comedies and tragedies. Maybe, they are the same thing. It’s really just point of view.
September 25, 2018: Bandcamp is a major part of our distribution. We like their style and appreciate their stand. We also appreciate their service. In their words, “In just seven weeks, the United States will hold its midterm elections—a vitally important moment that will determine whether the country stays on its current path, or renews its commitment to democracy. we’re encouraging U.S. visitors to Bandcamp to register to vote, and helping them do that on our site. The unfortunate fact is that most people don’t vote in midterm elections: only 17% of young people voted in the 2014 midterms, and 40% of eligible voters overall. Turnout for the 2016 presidential election was not much better, with the predictable result being a government that reflects the values and priorities of the very few. We can change this, but only if more of us vote. You can register or find your polling place here.”
Further, on Friday, September 28, Bandcamp is donating 100% of their portion of sales to the Voting Rights Project. We support this move and The Halcyon Brothers along with This Isn’t Just a Cult will also donate 100% of our sales to the Voting Rights Project. U.S. Citizens, the election is November 6th, register and vote!
September 24, 2018: The single version for Institute Professor from Set Upon by Satellites was released by The Halcyon Brothers. Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928. This is an homage to Noam: A faithful radical, a power pirate, a poet of politics and an institute professor.
September 14, 2018: Single number five from TIJAC is now available just about everywhere. In “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”, William Blake states that we should “Expect poison from the standing water.” Sure, stagnation is calm, but it is also dull and lifeless. Conformity is also a form of pooling oneself off from the stream of ideas and thoughts. The advice of this song is to pocket your Swiss Army knife, dispose of your fear, crank up the volume and go find your love. Christopher Campbell of The Creeping Man supplied the beats and Bjor6n Oranj brought the lyrics and vocals. You can hear Mint Machete on guitar and Bosky Rumbluffer on keyboards.
September 14, 2018: The single version for We’ll Always Be Together from Set Upon by Satellites was released by The Halcyon Brothers. A song about loving and being loved despite being daft and having maybe too much fondness for foosball.
The Fencepost Reclamation is an open-ended remix project of Fencepost material originally released by Evelyn Records in 2002.
Anyone interested in submitting a remix or reinterpretation is encouraged to do so. Check it out.
August 31, 2018: The single version for Over the Moon from Set Upon by Satellites was released by The Halcyon Brothers. A song about a love so fierce it produces stars radiating through space as the stellar wind.
August 23, 2018: Single number four from TIJAC is available for your musical consumption. Remember, while you are holding your breath stretching out your hand to be held by someone who can distract you from your anxiety and fear, make sure they actually give a damn. Christopher Campbell of The Creeping Man supplied the beats and Bjor6n Oranj brought the lyrics and vocals. The guitar work was provided by the one and only Mint Machete.
August 20, 2018: Multi-instrumentalist, Halcyon Brother on the drums and TIJAC member Zack Scott released his latest, solo single for what might become three eps simultaneously, possibly a bloated album or a slightly thin double album. We think the answer lies in String Theory. No Sister is a pop-rock gem that conjures up that period of time when, in the 1970’s, Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr were best buds. Did they happen to travel to Memphis and have drinks with Big Star? Zack might be channeling an alternate reality.
Go give it a listen on Bandcamp and feel good about life.
August 17, 2018: The single version for Kennedy Remedy from Set Upon by Satellites was released by The Halcyon Brothers. Some say the that the Kennedy Family might be cursed. Being loved and allowing yourself to be loved can be difficult for everyone. Once you find that special someone, you want to avoid the tragedy of losing them. You might need a Kennedy Remedy before you get on a plane.
August 9, 2018: Inspired by The B-52’s, Captain Beefheart, Ween, Frank Zappa and Devo: Halcyon Brothers and This Isn’t Just a Cult member Bosky Rumbluffer released a solo album of drug-fueled inspiration derived from every day conversations.
You can listen and buy it at Bandcamp. You should. You do like being happy don’t you? Well, be happy. Be amused. Be real. Be inspired. For maximum enjoyment, listen in an altered state of consciousness….
You can also check out a couple of other albums from his wonderful career. Seriously, this is a good use of your time…this…as well as needlepoint.
August 1, 2018: Single number three from TIJAC is available for all of your musical needs. Inspired, sort of, maybe, probably by Terence Malick’s 1973 film Badlands, minus the murder spree, it’s a song about the love that happens when you can’t trust yourself so you trust someone else and give up caring about anything other than that bond. Christopher Campbell of The Creeping Man supplied the beats and Bjor6n Oranj brought the lyrics and vocals.
Stream it at Soundcloud. Check it out.
It’s tragic story of misguided, egoistic and diabolic leadership all leading to a pile of ash but set to a jaunty jam.
July 19, 2018: Bjor6n Oranj created a video for TIJAC’s second single, OK Uruguay. Based on a 1940’s film called “Soundie, Help a Sailor on a Night Like This”, it’s a drunk, drinking song that echoes life long about egos and heroes and minds on the run. It is also a tutorial on how to mispronounce Uruguay. Well, this isn’t just a Cult. Check it out.
July 13, 2018: Single number two from TIJAC is available for all of your musical needs. It’s a drunk, drinking song that echoes life long about egos and heroes and minds on the run. Christopher Campbell of The Creeping Man supplied the beats, Mint Machete soothed the guitar and Bjor6n Oranj brought the lyrics and vocals.
July 13, 2018: This Isn’t Just a Cult and Squid member Christopher Campbell released a new album under the moniker of The Creeping Man . Seven Percent is a mix of ambient experiments, field recordings, drones, noise electronic wonder and general sonic mayhem. There are 8 tracks on the album. Five of them are noise and three have beats that you can dance, knit or disseminate to. You can get your own copy at Bandcamp. Mr. Campbel would like to thank you for listening.
July 10, 2018: This Isn’t just a Cult released it’s first video for the single Clever, Clever. Created by cult member Bjor6n Oranj, it features vintage footage from a number of commercials and public service messages from the 1940’s and 1950’s. An overtly political commentary on the modern era. Check it out.
July 9, 2018: The first TIJAC single is now available. It’s a morality tale for birds of a feather with deep, ominous, foreboding drones and wiggly beats built to confuse those waiting to be famous. Christopher Campbell of The Creeping Man supplied the beats, Mint Machete corrupted the guitar and Bjor6n Oranj brought the lyrics and vocals.
July 3, 2018: Before there was This Isn’t Just a Cult, there was The Halcyon Brothers. The 2011 release Set Upon by Satellites was just reissued. The fact is that this is a great album. It’s big power-pop. It’s indie rock. It’s experimental and even jams. Founding Halcyon Brothers Bosky Rumbluffer and Bjor6n Oranj were joined by Zack Scott on drums, Ted Eastman [inactive brother] on bass and Jason Lamb on guitar.