“Creation care”? You’ve got to be joking…

And the office’s are back in motion; a year well spent, but now entirely passed.

Here we are compiling a list of very notable individuals and websites whom have given us recognition (one’s we’re thanking endlessly, and this passed year would not have been complete without you.):

Jona Weinhofen’s 2010 Top Album’s
Absolute Punk’s Prestigious Members top 30
Bedwetting Cosmonaut Top Albums
Bill Lohr at DecoyMusic.com
Decoy Music writer Top 10 mention
Another Decoy Music Top 10

This year will see a lot of movement from the letlive. camp; tours, label announcements, and most importantly, new music.
On that note, it is very possible we are currently in the studio – working musically. For what exactly, we unfortunately can not say.
Stay golden, pony men and women. We’re here to walk you through the year.

Food for thought:

“Melville hoped for a life that steers happily between two dangers: nihilism and fanaticism.”

-R. Johnson



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“If you ask people to imagine winning the lottery, they typically talk about the things they would do — ‘I’d go to Italy, I’d buy a boat, I’d lay on the beach’ — and they rarely mention the things they would think. But our data suggest that the location of the body is much less important than the location of the mind, and that the former has surprisingly little influence on the latter. The heart goes where the head takes it, and neither cares much about the whereabouts of the feet.”

Ran across this article and figured it was worth sharing.
Check it out:


-R. Johnson


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KVWN-TV Channel 4 Evening News

News; so on and so forth.
We are on tour, and will be on tour for the next four months.
More dates should be announced shortly.
We are damn excited to announce a few things.
One thing we’re currently able to is as follows:

We have recently brought Tim Borror and Dave Shapiro from The Agency Group collectively on board to represent our booking dept.
Both are incredibly great guys who believe in both what you and we do, and we couldn’t be happier adding them to the team. Means a lot.

Remember those b-sides?
It is more than likely we will be releasing those and more (possibly new material) through a new host shortly – keep paying attention.
Until then, listen to what follows.

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Food for thought:
2+2=5 isn’t lacking its attractions.

-R. Johnson


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New alchemy.

We will be releasing important updates, eventually.
We will be releasing important updates, possibly.
We will be releasing important updates, in time.
We will be releasing important updates, appropriately.
We will be releasing important updates, perhaps.
We will be releasing important updates, hopefully.

We will be releasing important updates, (probably).
We will be releasing important updates, (as one option).

Food for thought (no pun intended):

   /ˈmɒnəˌkʌltʃər/ [mon-uh-kuhl-cher]
–noun Agriculture.
the use of land for growing only one type of crop.

In modern agriculture the fruits are produced and chosen based upon the sweetest, generally most satisfying final assortment. These fruit trees are propagated asexually through something called grafting (where the tissues of the blossoms from the sweetest trees are inserted into a small slit in the trunk of newly sprouted trees – at which they fuse and create a replication of the previous, perfectly sweetened fruit.) There are setbacks in the replication process. The trees aren’t allowed to evolve in the process – i.e. create genes to fight against virus’ or insects that may keep the plant from successfully growing. This is why insecticide is created – the plants aren’t able to protect themselves. In the end the plant is affected directly by production fueled by the popular demand of consumers and their inherent inclination toward sweet edibles. Of course, most of the time, rightfully so. A bitter apple is a bit hard to swallow. At which the bitter apples were, and occasionally still are, typically used for hard apple cider (that is, alcoholic cider.). But, there are thousands of apples that are equally as sweet, if not more sweet, or produce more interesting qualities that the macintosh, golden delicious, or granny smith apples do not. Those are what interest me most, personally. The undiscovered, unique apples.
A lot of the detail here is irrelevant while trying to describe my final point, but interesting nonetheless. (maybe just personally…)
The main point, I believe, is the production and deterioration of the monoculture. (the word – definition following, standing pretentiously in the introduction of this post. Please forgive the condescension.) It can so very easily be carried over into endless factions of culture metaphorically.
Take music into account, for example. It’s production purposes – as well as it’s inevitable and obvious side effects. The lack of desire in variation. The “monoculture” that develops a specific metaphoric music “apple”, that is endlessly sweet, never bitter, and lacking contrast – not to mention flaws and other unique qualities that keep it fresh, interesting, and exciting. Unexpected surprises and “genetic mutations”. Of course, this is by no means discrediting the music. It is moreso addressing the obvious lack of contrast, and my personal (as I’m sure many can also relate) desire, for fresh new “fruit”, or, music. Just like produce, it is fueled by the consumer. It’s easy – and at times fun – to support the music that is so easily available and familiar to your immediate taste. And everyone, absolutely including me, buys into that world. But there is also a lot that is left out with a focused mentality on that popular selection. Some very unique and interesting pieces. Some of which will make you feel something entirely different than what you’re accustomed to feeling. You should, very obviously, hold on to your personal preference, and become a master in the art of your preferred genre – but, at the same time, you need the “genetic variation” and “mutation” of influence from other genres and ideas to understand the evolution and fresh progression of it. It is always great to support and explore bands that may be, subjectively, interesting – rather than buy into the popular opinion and scrutiny. Which, in the end, if personally possible, is a great mentality while creating music. Just takes the smallest amount of thought and effort to understand the greatness of, not only music, but everything in life. That simple initial thought and effort will unfold boundless amounts of information and intriguing ideas in any field, that keep your mind keen and progressive. In moderation, and with subjectivity in mind, as goes with most in life.

On a side and completely separate note, a bacterium has made an argument, and could care less about your rebuttal:



Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Buzzard

-R. Johnson

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Finite living.

Some news

We have an increasingly important show on September the 16th at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA. Make sure you come out to it – it should be fun. Maybe we will have some new merchandise by then…

There are multiple advances on the horizon for us, and we’re more than eager to announce them – but, sadly, can not do so just yet.
One that we are able to is as follows:

The Bled/Oh Sleeper/A Plea For Purging tour dates

Sep 22 – Lancaster, CA @ Allied Arts Cedar Center
Sep 23 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
Sep 24 – Fresno, CA @ Club Retro
Sep 25 – Modesto, CA @ Modesto Virtual
Sep 26 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon
Sep 27 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Sep 28 – Spokane, WA @ The Blvd
Sep 30 – Ogden, UT @ The Basement
Oct 1 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Oct 2 – Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
Oct 3 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
Oct 6 – Wichita Falls, TX @ The Hangar
Oct 7 – Lubbock, TX @ Conference Cafe
Oct 8 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
Oct 9 – Waco, TX @ Art Ambush

We’ve been on the news, up north with Mozart Season (whom we will be dealing with shortly in the future once more), and much less important, messing around with music for a distant future.

Food for thought

Current Music

Check this out, it’s been my constant.
Holmes – Wolves

-R. Johnson


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//Unlikely inspiration.

We’ve been speaking of possibly releasing a video of a song from “Fake History” interpreted differently – if possible we’ll make it into a series. (Whether that be acoustically, or otherwise.) If you have any ideas as to what you’d like to hear, and how you’d like it to be executed, go ahead and shoot us the thought.
We’re now home for the next month (minus a few dates with Mozart Season), and have enough time on our hands to be artistic and create something. Possibly will lead to new music for a distant future, or videos of us performing what you know. Either way, we don’t like being at home too long… We’ve realized being on the road and meeting people, as well as performing, is where we need/want to be.
We want to release more information for the upcoming tours, taking place in September, October, and November, but, it’s not time just yet. We will be essentially covering the entire United States in those months – and, for those of you who reside over the pond, expect us soon after the new year.

Food for thought:

Has anyone read this just yet?
Pretty heavy criticisms coming from fans, or the lack thereof. But, what Mr. Buckley’s views consisted of were, relatively, valid – whether his band, his influences, or perception of what music truly is were, subjectively, correct or not.
Anyone can go through the decades and study music and its trends, and, if you truly understand the end result of the expressionism, you would realize it is extremely relative. To state a differing opinion is incorrect is, simply put, naive. Some may argue that, objectively, the greatest artists in history existed in The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Brown, Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Skip James, Coltrane, etc. (could go on forever) – which, although I’m a huge proponent of every one of those artists, and listen to them all on a consistent basis, I’ve learned to be tolerant of the opinions of the naive, ignorant – or simply, with much less negative connotation, personal preference.
In the end, I believe that what music does to someone, and what emotions the listener receives from the experience are what matter. If you receive goosebumps while listening to (god forbid – in the utmost respectful manner) the infamous Brokencyde, while your more experienced friend is receiving an equal amount of euphoria listening to “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”, then the experience is relative, and absolutely worth the same in every way. That is what is so great about music and what it does to you.
Now, of course, respectively, I would hope that the listener who may be interested in the more modern artists, would take the time to actually listen to, and understand, passed decades, just the same as we are barraged by the modern music realm – whether the artist be generally accepted, appreciated, and loved, or not.
But, of course, this is all directed completely toward the listener who considers them self a critic in any way. Your criticism can not be taken seriously if your view is close-minded, pigeonholed, and one-sided. I would love for everyone to take a step back and experience the greatness music had to offer in the past – not to discredit the present or future either.
Many would argue, just as Keith did, that the modern sub-culture of brightly colored t-shirts, and strange hair-do’s is a little tired – and possibly tacky in ways – but, every decade has had it’s strange, unorthodox trends. (i.e. Hair metal – not to say it was bad, but undeniably different.)
I hope that a lot of people just take the idea of ultimately being yourself, and letting others do just the same. (which, in the end, I’ve realized, coincidentally or not, are exactly the ethics our band’s name implies… Ha.) Everyone experiences things differently, and grows to understand things at different rates. No reason for you to be the bitter old man that hates the modern youth just yet – save that for later. Just enjoy your tastes and possibly suggest them to the others who may not know about them just yet. And if anyone would like musical suggestions from this band, any one of us would love to talk music with you. We all have very diverse and different views of great music, and could talk about it for hours.


Some footage from our recent show at The Smell.

-R. Johnson
Reflect upon, understand yourself and what you stand for. Belief or the lack thereof – in anything.


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Devastating campain of conquest.

We suggest you come out. Should be fun for the likes of you.


letlive. w/ Mozart Season

8.10.10     Fresno, CA

8.11.10      The Farm – Las Vegas, NV

8.13.10      The Seen – Hesperia, CA

8.14.10       Wolf Gallery – Whittier, CA

8.15.10       DiPiazzas – Long Beach, CA

As is atypical with letlive – ll.ove

-R. Johnson

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