Hate Life Presents Greg Ashley and The John Brothers Piano Company Tonight at Fond Object



Greg Ashley is quite the musical renaissance man. There's a striking breadth and depth to his catalog, beginning with The Strate-Coats and The Mirrors, heavily inspired by the fuzzy kaleidoscopic psychedelia of The 13th Floor Elevators and others from his native Texas. His next group, The Gris Gris, helped light a fire under the garage-psych scene that's been bubbling out of his adopted home of San Francisco over the past decade, which he helped stoke as chief of a studio called The Creamery. Besides the emphasis on texture and sonic impact, those records also showcased an aptitude and affinity for songcraft, played up heavily in his full-album cover of Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies' Man.

Among other projects, Ashley has lately been playing bass for The John Brothers Piano Company, a quintet schooled in trad jazz but in no way bound by it. They returned the favor by joining him on his latest solo record, Another Generation of Slaves, which was released by Trouble in Mind in February and incorporates a little of everything he's tried before in a haunting, rocking pop song cycle. It's cool, it's loose, it bites, it stings, it's got a silly grin and a degree in philosophy from the Jonathan Richman correspondence course. They make an excellent unit, and they'll be playing in the little house behind Fond Object Records over in Riverside Village tonight.*

The show kicks off at 7 p.m. with a solo set from Dillon Watson of D. Watusi/Nashville's Dead/Kindergarten Circus fame, and five greenback dollars will get you in. Keep tabs via Facebook here.

To get you up to speed on the multitudes which Ashley contains, Hate Life impresario and Third Man Records consigliere Ben Swank has created a dandy playlist featuring songs from Another Generation, as well as choice cuts from Ashley's work with The Gris Gris and The Mirrors, before wrapping up with the intro to his quietly apocalyptic instrumental album Requiem Mass and Other Experiments. Check that out after the jump.

*Due to inclement weather, tonight's show will likely be moved inside the shop. We'll update this post if anything changes.

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