Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Caroliner Rainbow Retrospective

Imagine that - a look back at the scary performance-art-and-19th-century-economic-policy-as-seen
-through-the-eyes-of-a-singing-bull that is Caroliner Rainbow
(aka Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins, Caroliner Rainbow Scrambled Eggs Taken for a Wife, etc.) As the old saying goes, if you've seen Caroliner Rainbow perform, no explanation is necessary. If you haven't seen Caroliner Rainbow, no explanation is possible.

23 Years of Caroliner
Curated by Sarrita Hunn, Marcella Faustini, and Museum of Viral Memory
December 13, 2006 – January 19th, 2007
Closing Reception:Saturday, January 13th, 6-8pm
with Caroliner performance starting at 8pm

"This is some lost American Baroque, retrieved at rummage
sales...Caroliner holds on to an old-fashioned esthetic of sensory
assault, raised to anunusually high pitch of musical sophistication"
-Alex Ross, New York Times, April 15, 1993

23 Years of Hernia Milk and Ergot Dreams: A Retrospective of Caroliner
and itsHomage to a 19th Century Singing Bull

Echo de Pensees Sound Series in conjunction with The Museum of Viral
Memory presents,

23 Yearsof Hernia Milk and Ergot Dreams,
the first ever opportunity to see the internationally recognized band
Caroliner's extensive ephemera (propitious props, salutary sets,
corrupted costumes, random releases, maligned missives, reviled relics
and loquacious lyric books) collected in one place!

Caroliner was formed in San Francisco in 1983 when a ragtag band of
temporally misplaced troubadours ran afoul of an astrally displaced
gang of misbehaved minstrels.
Initial violence blossomed from the dead bull ghost into corporate
confusion when deep inside a mould induced hallucination they
copyrighted the original songs of a singing bull,Caroliner, who was
tragically killed and eaten by its starved owner in the mythic age of
Taking ergot-poisoned pills through a Wisconsin death trip, the group
began recreating their hallucinatory dream state through hypnotic
sound, flamboyant costumes, and glowing props. Two decades later they
are still digging through Caroliner's prodigious aural droppings with

s helmets and home made shovels of calcium-welded bone.
The sounds are a heady mix of toxic shock and shocking talk, folk
confusion and percussive dissolution.
For Hernia Milk and Ergot Dreams concerned folks have dug through the
group's checkered past and black-light warehouse to choose the cream
of the crop of 23 years of Caroliner props, costumes,instruments,
records, books, flyers and assorted other detritus.
The show will close on January 13thwith Caroliner's first performance
in a year and a half.
The set will take place at California College of the Arts' Graduate
Center in San Francisco,
with Luz Alibi and Georgio Marauder, Theremin Barney and Ploc Monster.

23 Years of Hernia Milk and Ergot Dreams exposes Caroliner's tragic
trail of tears through the American dream and across the world.

PLAySPACE California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
San Francisco, CA 94107
Regular gallery hours are Wed., Thurs., andSat. 12-3pm. or by appt.
Contact marcella.faustini@gmail.com for more information.


1 comment:

Cthulberg said...

Ah, the life and times of Caroliner. I never found another band quite their equal.

Anyway, we got a site coming up which we hope will incorporate a very large portion of their lyrical output in addition to scans and whatever else.

I'll drop you a line if you wanna check that out when it's online.