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whitehaus family, treehaus, & Peace, Loving

January 15, 2010

Whitehaus Family is the collective.  Peace, Loving is a band formed from members of the collective, which live, and play, and act, and perform in a large home in Jamaican Plains, Boston, MA.

Peace, Loving started 2010 touring, and they’ll be so through mid April.  On Sunday, March 28 they’ll be in Boulder playing at s00krEEm’s.

When I booked Peace, Loving, I did so after hearing the mp3 live.  It was unique and intriguing.  I have listened to live about 11 times now and I just want to hear more.  Luckily, I’ll get the chance in a couple months.  I asked Peace, Loving member, Adam, some questions.  Take a listen:

How did the Whitehaus Family come to be?
the whitehaus began as a small handful of friends who wanted to become more connected w/ their community. we started with hosting weekly friday night hootenannies in our living room nicknamed the treehaus. we began documenting the hoots and decided to start our own ‘record label’ to share the hoot recordings. now we have hosted two major artist showcases, a new england based three day experimental music festival, and hundreds of shows and hootenannies at our house.

You hail from Jamaica Plains.  Do you live in a huge New England colonial style house?

Who is in Peace, Loving?
a peace, loving show can be thrown by anyone steady in spirit enough to hold the reigns. the peace, loving founders try to make band practice a training camp for new artists attempting to harness this ability. morgan shaker, atomfoam, and brian ellis have all led their own peace, lovings. hopefully many people will go on to continue the experience. for this tour we are traveling as a trio of atomfoam, brian ellis, and kate lee. but while we are on tour morgan shaker will be leading peace, loving shows back in boston. peace, loving also tries to utilize the entertainment power in everyone. we have taken people like our friend josh who doesn’t like “performing” but is a fine dining cook, and written scores for the cooking off of aromatics accompanying music and poetry and dance and moving sound sculptures. we believe everybody has the ability to channel these abilities of entertainment inside of themselves.

What attracted you to noise music?

What instrument(s) do you play?
lots of different things… for this tour we are bringing: large scrap chimes, acoustic guitar, nail halos, bird bubblers, flute, banjo, vhs tape, cassette tape, handheld cassette recorders, cord organs, harmonicas, the human voice, the melodica, alarms, saws, hammers, chains, bowls, gravel and quarters. but historically we’ve also used upright and electric bass, samplers, electric guitars, drums, larger scrap chimes, saxophones, electric burners w/ assorted aromatics, ukelele, etc…

Tell me about the Peace, Loving experience?
we want to entertain people. to help them forget about their everyday for a little while. and also to get people to thinking beyond the usual show experience.

You’ve got an extensive tour planned in 2010.  How are you getting from city to city?  Bus? Van? Does it have a name?
we’re traveling by car. pretty generic! but don’t overlook the excitement of being squeezed in so close w/ your friends and equipment for two and a half months. we’re trying to plan our tour w/ small drives in between shows, to save gas, money, and sanity.

I love your 2010 tour poster.  Who’s responsible?
that’s our roommate at the haus Lenora Symczak! she does a lot of the design work for things whitehaus. she’s also designed an amazing cover for our upcoming double vinyl release called the whitehaus family record family record. the record has a single track from 26 different artists around the whitehaus scene.

Who are the Digger’s of the Sea?
The diggers of the sea are mostly mystery.
Ask us at the show!
Thanks Kevin!


BackForty Presents: A House concert w/ Gregory Alan Isakov

January 15, 2010

Art Show – Kristin Marine

December 28, 2009

BackForty is proud to announce that Kristin Marine will be featuring her artwork at the Dewi Sant show on January 31 @ krEEmster’s spread.  As with any other art show, there will be cheese and crackers.  Feel free to bring wine.

:::Kristin’s Statement:::

“My artwork is an exploration of process and repetition informed by natural processes such as growth and entropy.  My thoughts, my actions, my process… repeat, and through this system I find connections to other systems governed by the same laws.

The similarities between processes in the natural world are real and indicative of deep underlying connections, extending even into our own consciousness.  Our own intelligence has been shown by some scientific models to be nothing more than a complex pattern of electrical activity arising within a cell matrix.  The complexity, like the macro movements of a school of fish, is an inherent aspect of the simple individuals making up that school.

My drawings and paintings explore and reveal the aesthetic nature of these connections and patterns, bound and unbound.  By mirroring nature’s repetitive process through layers and time, I seek to create the patterned forms we see around us.   Within these patterns and connections I am attempting to locate myself in a complex web of life.”


Kristin is (relatively) new to the Boulder area.  After getting her BA at the Columbus College of Art and Design she attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Then, she decided to leave the mean streets of Philadelphia for Boulder, CO.

Check out more of Kristin’s artwork here!!!

Dewi Sant Songs Available on Myspace

December 23, 2009

Dewi Sant has posted their songs on Myspace.  Soft and beautiful.  Listen for yourself:

They’ll be playing at kreemster’s spread on Jan 31, so be on the lookout for the invite.  Capacity will be limited to 50.

Two new shows announced!

December 20, 2009

Twenty – Ten (2010) is shaping up to be a very exciting year.

First, Pollination Population has agreed to play the second Thursday in February.  I was scanning Myspace for new music and found “PolliPop” as I have started calling her/them.  The group’s primary member is Kate Ersing, a New York native who moved to Denver in the fall of 2008.  Stayed tuned for a possible Pollipop profile.

Pollination Population Myspace –

Then, we booked Dewi Sant on January 31.  Dewi Sant, which features band members from Cloud Cult is a new folk/indie band from Minnesota and Washington.  This is a DO NOT miss event.

Dewi Sant Myspace –

Cloud Cult –

Tres Altman of The Paper Stars performs a House Concert

December 17, 2009

On Tuesday December 15, BackForty Presents was thrilled to welcome local troubadour and brilliant songwriter, Tres Altman of The Paper Stars to FlapJack’s abode for a packed house. Forty people nestled into the living room with beers in hand to hear Tres and his band member, Jack Leahy, on lap steel/electric guitar.

Tres Altman and Leahy warmed up the winter night with songs from his recent album, covers by Neil Young and DevotchKa, two brand new pieces written within the week, and a holiday-themed finale of Tres’ take on “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.” Check out the videos below and don’t forget to join our Facebook group by clicking here.

Tres Altman & Jack Leahy – Movin On

Tres Altman & Jack Leahy – How It Ends (DevotchKa cover)

Tres Altman & Jack Leahy – Shiver

Tres Altman & Jack Leahy – Swimming In My Dream

Next House Concert Announced: Tres Altman

December 4, 2009

the paper stars (tres altman)

December 1, 2009

Tres Altman will be joining on December 15th and word is he’ll be bringing a friend.

Check out more songs at

Need an  invite?  Email and message “invite me”

:::Andy Arch of Tom Thumb:::

November 6, 2009

On November 4, 2009 BackForty Presents brought our first performer into town for the inaugural House Concert.  Andy Arch, aka Tom Thumb, stopped by to perform an exclusive acoustic set for the tiny handful who were lucky enough to fit into and pack our small condo/venue.   And yes, we promise to not only provide more intimate shows down the road, but we’ll also capture much better footage to document this rooted movement.

Andy Arch performs “Providence”

Andy Arch performs “Sing, Rummy”

For more information on Andy Arch and Tom Thumb and to purchase his music, please