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Okayplayer premieres a never-before-heard bonus Watts track

For a special Throwback Thursday, Scott Heins from Okayplayer talks about Walton's process and presents the world premiere of a never-released B-side Watts track, "Bottle of Ink." Here's the track + an excerpt of the feature:

"The philosophy and teachings of Alan Watts defy simple descriptions. Born in England and educated in the United States during the early 20th Century, Watts remains one of the most respected and quotable writers on Zen Buddhism in the English-speaking world. Across a multitude of books, speeches and recorded lectures, he championed experiences and conscious living over the accumulation of things and is still referenced by many in the fields of politics, religion, philosophy and the arts.

"The arts were particularly dear to Watts, and now, in commemoration of Watts’s 100th birthday year, a brand new 10″ vinyl EP, Face the Facts, has been released. Utilizing some of Watts’s own home recordings, captured and preserved by his son, New York-based musician and producer Jas Walton has created a new, deep-grooving sonic landscape in which listeners can encounter Watt’s insights into life. The end result comes across as rich and natural, with Walton’s bass and drum lines gently interweaving beneath Watt’s charming candor.

"'Bottle of Ink,' pairs Watts’s rumination on creation and human existence–an inquiry into difference and its simultaneous unity–with gently rolling congas and circulating strings. Not quite afrobeat, the track is a worldly moment all its own and one that quickly draws listeners deep into its own expanse."

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Read more at okayplayer.com.

"Watts’s words plus new electronica are entrancing"

What an incredible night. Thanks to Jim and the guys at Carmine Street Comics, Melody, Stephanie - it wouldn't have happened without you! Bob Krasner has the story in The Villager:

"Jas Walton and Miles Arntzen helped bring Eastern philosopher Alan Watts’s words to new life during a one-night-only performance at Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books.

"May 19 saw more than 60-plus bodies crammed into the miniscule, non-climate-controlled Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books on Carmine St. to hear Walton, playing keyboards and laptop, and Miles Arntzen, on keyboards and percussion, bring three of their pieces to life.

Read the full story at: http://thevillager.com/2015/06/04/wattss-words-plus-new-electronica-are-entrancing/

SF Gate talks to Walton about his Watts influence

Thanks to Masaki Koike for digging deeper into the story and showing "Face the Facts" some San Francisco love. Below is an excerpt from the article:

📷  Sasha Arutyunova

📷 Sasha Arutyunova

Jas Walton sets Alan Watts’ words to music

Guest post by Yoshi Kato

"For its inaugural project, Jas Walton’s “Face the Facts: Words by Alan Watts,” the Brooklyn-based Figure & Ground record label is drawing on the Bay Area’s spiritual legacy. The four-track EP will be released digitally with PDF booklet (when purchased at the label’s on-line store) on May 19 and will be available in physical form as a thoughtful — and thorough — 10” vinyl package with digital download card on May 26.

"Watts’ influence as an Asian Studies and Eastern philosophy scholar, author and KPFA regular remains strong. His son, Mark Watts, recorded lectures that he gave on his famed Sausalito houseboat and elsewhere that are now available online as podcasts and via a related iOS app. 

"Walton was introduced to Watt’s writing while studying jazz as an undergraduate at NYU. A saxophonist, composer and producer who frequently gigs with Antibalas, he was best friends with a philosophy major.

[...] Read the full story at sfgate.com.