JAK LOCKE
May 10 2019
Monochromes stickers are here!
"Where am I supposed to fit that giant thing?" you blurt out loud to your screen. Realizing you're talking to a website, you quickly look around to make sure nobody noticed. Oh good, they didn't. Then you read further to the next sentence that tells you these stickers are actually only two inches. These stickers are actually only two inches, it's just the lack of context in the picture that makes them look large.

So yes, as you can see, The Monochromes now finally have stickers you can vandalize things with. Small but classy, get one for a buck at any shows I happen to have remembered to bring them to.

May 10 2019
New Shape Dream release "Substratum Atlas"
Out of nowhere, a new Shape Dream album "Substratum Atlas" is out today!

Five months in the making, here's nine tracks and 40 minutes of drone and ambient experimentation. Proper frame of mind required for maximum settling and unsettling.

April 23 2019
The Monochromes live clip reel
Here's some clips from the past six months of Monochromes shows!

April 8 2019
Project spinoffs from Jak Is A Four Letter Word
I'm splitting off three projects that were once under the Jak Is A Four Letter Word name, as it's felt too broad a brush to me for a while now. Error 164 is chiptune /glitch, Shape Dream is ambient / drone, Autodestructor is harsh noise / postgenre, while Jak Is A Four Letter Word will continue to be the antifolk / noise rock project it started as.

The digital releases have been reorganized under these names for clarity.

March 16 2019
Red glitter stickers
Is there such a thing as having too many sticker designs? Oh wait, that's right, I don't care!

As you almost certainly noticed in the picture above already, the Skelly Barker design from 2008 and the Rock Stance design from three months ago are now available with glittery red elements, making them the shiniest stickers in your sticker book. The effect's proven completely impossible to show in a picture so I went ahead and made a 10 second video of them. You can get them at shows with all the other designs, and I bet you knew that already by now.

March 13 2019
2010's "Mood Swing Era" digital release
And here's "Mood Swing Era", the other CD that never quite made it digital for whatever reason, and it certainly lives up to its name. I touched up a couple of muddy tracks with brighter mixes but aside from that, here's what 99.9% of you missed nine years ago.

March 13 2019
Black Lodge 2600 OST
Speaking of taking more than seven years, the soundtrack for Black Lodge 2600 is now available under my Error 164 banner for anyone who needs a two-tone rendition of Sycamore Trees at all times. I promise the scream sound effect isn't anywhere in the tracks either. Now wouldn't that be a dirty trick if it actually was? It's so loud and piercing and jarring that it would be the perfect sound to throw in out of nowhere. Well, good thing I didn't.

March 12 2019
2011's "Tomorrow Is Postponed" digital release
A couple of CDs from 2010 and 2011 never made the transition to digital, so let's go ahead and fix that. "Tomorrow Is Postponed" is an EP of acoustic guitar instrumentals from August 2011 and is finally available via Bandcamp. And it only took more than seven years to get there, who says customer service is dead?

March 11 2019
"Bloom" from 2002 remastered
"Bloom" was a bizarre half hour of depitched antifolk and primal blues available for about three weeks on cassette and CD in June 2002. I left most of the copies of it around Danneel Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Westbank in random places for people to find, though a few did end up getting sold at shows. Once they ran out I never bothered making more and eventually forgot all about it while I focused on the next album "All Our Sunlight Scattered".

A casual glance at the title of this post spoils that I've found the tracks and remastered them and put them back out there for someone to once again find. Oh hey, that's you! Get in the proper state of mind and go listen to this weird thing.

March 9 2019
Buttons!
Oh look, more merch! Get a Jak Locke or Pale Devil Sun button for a buck at any shows that I remember to bring the merch bag to, which is most of them. Secret heads up too, there's a couple new sticker designs coming soon, and they actually aren't another palette swap of the chaos logo.

December 19 2018
Green chaos sticker variant
Since I'm already running low on the blue chaos logo stickers and some of you asked about different colors, I'm going to periodically get some different shades printed for those of you who actually do pay attention to color wheels. Moving backward up the rainbow, we're doing green this time. And I certainly didn't just color-shift the picture of the blue ones from last month's update for this one, I'd never do such a lazy shoddy thing.

REWIND to DEC 2018 - MAY 2018


UPCOMING EVENTS
     
saturday
MAY
25
9:00PM
PALE DEVIL SUN
TWIST OF LIME
METAIRIE, LA
2820 LIME ST

w/ Pale Shelter, TBA
 
     
saturday
JUN
1
9:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
VENUE 182
RACELAND, LA
2639 LA-182

no supporting act
 
     
saturday
JUN
8
9:00PM
JAK LOCKE ROCK SHOW
BABYLON
METAIRIE, LA
2917 HARVARD AVE

w/ TBA
 
     
saturday
JUN
15
9:00PM
PALE DEVIL SUN
THE BRICK HOUSE
HOUMA, LA
7934 W MAIN ST

w/ Lucy Fears Goats, Cyanide Smile
 
     
friday
JUN
21
9:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
THE BOXER & THE BARREL
HOUMA, LA
7817 MAIN ST

no supporting act
 
     
saturday
JUL
20
9:00PM
JAK LOCKE ROCK SHOW
GASA GASA
NEW ORLEANS, LA
4920 FRERET ST

w/ CLKB8, TBA
 
     
wednesday
JUL
31
7:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
SOUTHPORT HALL
NEW ORLEANS, LA
200 MONTICELLO AVE

no supporting act
 
     
friday
AUG
9
8:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
RIVERSHACK GRETNA
GRETNA, LA
714 1ST ST

no supporting act
 
     


GIVE ME THE LATEST!!
Oh all right, below you'll find only the most recent stuff that's been completed and released. Looking for the rest too? The menu on the left's your offramp for that.
latest side project music release: May 10 2019
Shape Dream: Substratum Atlas


Shape Dream: Substratum Atlas (2019)
Nine tracks and 40 minutes of drone and ambient experimentation. Proper frame of mind required for maximum settling and unsettling.
latest remaster release: Mar 11 2019
Bloom (2002)


Bloom (2002)
19 tracks of anti-folk and primal blues. Originally an extremely limited release in 2002, remastered and available again for the first time in nearly 17 years.
latest music release: Aug 17 2018
The Wreckage, The Yield, & A Place I Can Crawl Up From


The Wreckage, The Yield, And A Place I Can Crawl Up From (2018)
"The Wreckage, The Yield, & A Place I Can Crawl Up From" is 9 tracks of transitional raucous rock and harmonies. And other sounds too, but let's not get too wordy here.

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latest game release: May 17 2017
Black Lodge 2600 v1.1


Help Agent Cooper escape in this Atari-ish chase game based on the last episode of the Twin Peaks series! Mildly authentic 2600 A/V with authentic 2600 frustration for browsers and PC.
latest novel: Feb 1 2017
The Junkyard Capital


"The Wind In The Willows meets Watergate." A satire about political animals that requires no prior political knowledge (just like real politics). Available in paperback, hardcover and eBook!
latest video: Sep 10 2016
Commentary for the Targeted films


The Targeted project's crew provide commentary over the first three films in the series.
latest film: Apr 25 2016
Jimmy Makton and The Counting Room Three


In this prequel to "The Bounty Hunter And The Butcher", Pinkerton agent Jimmy Makton nearly meets his match when he tracks three robbers to their hideout -- well, that's what he tells the press anyway.
latest game concept demo: Jan 19 2016
Movement & Dialog Test


Can you reach "Game Over"? More to the point, can you get bored enough to try enough things to get to "Game Over"?


WHAT'S COMING NEXT?!
Ugh, fine! Why do you shout so much?

Actually, there's not much that's lamer than someone going on about what they're "gonna do", like your friend who's gonna start writing that novel juuust as soon as the mood is right or whatever excuse feels good this week.

Buuut since you aaasked, here's some projects that have more than just intent actually done on them:
music in progress


The Cowboy takes no guff and is ready to start raising funds for his debut studio recording with his three-piece band.

His song "Sorry" got nine seconds of applause at an open mic in Kenner one night (the Saturday one too, not that Wednesday evening crap), and that's enough for him to start bringing it to the next level.

The Cowboy kinda insists that you start getting all riled up for his debut release which is sure to drop Just About Any Day Real Soon Now.


And back to me, I'm working on a new album of bluesy oily sleazy vaudeville-y numbers, many of them the ones I made and played for burlesque and circus acts over the years. Songs on this one include "Broken Joe", "Cirrhosis", "Pastel Currency", "Glass Medusa", "Narcissus Stomp" and "I Bet You I Can Tell You Where You Got Them Blues". Most of these are underway, though I'll be honest, it's going to be a while before heavy lifting's done on this one.


One-offs, micro-run releases and demos spanning from 1996 to 2003 are always being remixed and remastered for reissuing. There's a lot of them and I want you to hear them. Thing is, I only have copies of some of these releases on cassette tapes that sound like they spent a decade in a neutron star.

The good news
is that I keep everything, so I've got the master tracks and/or dub masters for everything... somewhere. As those original masters are located, organized, cleaned up and mixed, I'll rerelease them on Bandcamp and announce it on the site.
games in progress


The movement engine, the player sprite, the back story and some background graphics are finished for a combination top-down shooter / 2-D platformer I've been working on since October 2017 in (microscopically) small bursts. There's no level designs outside my own brain yet, no music, placeholder sound effects, you get the idea, it's very early in the process still, though not so early that I can't toss a screenshot up there of it.

Its working title is "The Vats" and you can probably count on that to change, though I've been wrong before on things like that. Give me some time to throw together a few rooms and transitions, and I'll put a playable engine concept demo up on the site for you.


A couple years back I made a simple game for the last phase of an escape room-themed Halloween party where the object was for two players to follow a path and reach the destination at the same time. While testing it I found it's also fun with one player using either two analog sticks or WASD + arrow keys.

I'm expanding it to a full game and kicking around some different mutations of the idea like adding rhythm aspects -- we'll see where it goes. A casual glance at the filename for the screenshot JPG will reveal that I have absolutely no inkling of a title in mind yet.


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