18 he'll celebrate the first release of SF twosome Pale Hoarse's The Gospels on his new label, the Time Between the Beginning and the End. Call it a handmade labor of love: Duncan stitched and silk-screened about 100 multihued covers for the limited-edition record. Each one available at Aquarius Records and via Duncan's Hot and Cold Web site promises to shimmer with different tones beneath the pink fluorescent-ink silk screen.
It's the first record the Oakland artist has made, though he once designed a cover for a Jade Tree split with Songs: Ohia and My Morning Jacket, as well as for Battleship's Presents Princess (Ononswitch, 2005). "There's a total Sub Pop Singles Club influence, for sure. Music has always been part of my whole trip, and record collecting was such a big part of my growing up," says Duncan, whose also recently edited his first book, My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories (AK Press), a project that mushroomed from a slim zine, and he's embarking on the next issue of the wonderful art zine he assembles with Griffin McPartland, Hot and Cold. (The next issue sounds like a doozy and will include contributions from Colter Jacobsen, Chris Corales, and Hisham Bharoocha and a CD by Golden Bears, a new project from the Quails' Julianna Bright and Seth Lorinczi.) "Making a record fulfilled the need to hand-make stuff," Duncan continues. "A lot of projects I do outside painting are about gathering and collecting things, doing records, zine assembling. Now I'm inspired to put out a record every year." *
With Sustenance and The Holy Mountain
Wed/16, 8:30 p.m., $5 donation
83B Wiese, SF
Thurs/17, 8 p.m., $15<\d>$20
Phyllis Wattis Theater, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third St., SF
With Raven and Hannah, visuals by Chris Duncan, and shorts
Fri/18, 8 p.m., $6
Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia, SF
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