"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.

An Evening with Alan Watts & Jas Walton: EP Release Party May 19!

On Tuesday May 19th, join us in celebrating the release of Jas Walton's "Face the Facts: Words by Alan Watts" at Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books (34 Carmine Street). It'll be a free listening party, live performance, and release celebration at this West Village bookstore, with tea and tea-infused gin provided throughout the night. The very first batch of 10-inch vinyl records will be on sale at the store, and Jas Walton will be there to sign them for you. 

Since eastern philosopher Alan Watts would have turned 100 this year, we'll be screening some archival Watts footage and projects from the Alan Watts Audio Archive including Henry Jacobs' "The Fine Art of Goofing Off" and Mark Watts' biographic documentary film "Why Not Now" starting at 8pm.

As the sun goes down, Jas Walton & drummer Miles Arntzen will perform a live duo recreation of a couple of tracks from "Face the Facts" plus other never-before-heard Wattstrax and instrumental jams.

At 9:30pm sharp we will drop the needle on the EP for a listening session and meditate to all four tracks on vinyl. It's a short piece, so it'll be over before you know it. The late-night tea hang will continue into the bookstore's after-hours.


Hope to see you there!


Iced and hot tea courtesy of David's Tea (around the corner)

Face the Facts EP Production Update

Proud to announce that the production phase of "Face the Facts" is complete! It's been an great learning process with many moving parts—from formatting and cutting the download cards at FedEx to corresponding with designer Jake Schueller in Chicago. We managed to keep the production within the US, with Jas and Jacob Blumburg mixing the record in Ditmas Park, Josh Bonati in Red Hook cutting the dubplate, and pressing with Erika Records on the West Coast. Sheila B of Cha Cha Charming, fellow Dust & Grooves cohort, helped immensely with the editing of all the copy.  Also, special thanks to Yale Evelev for offering a casual crash course in vinyl production. 

Thanks for making it all possible.