Thing of the Day
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM presents: The Last Human Being
July 20th 2011
"The Museum Proudly Announces the Aquisition of the Last Known Human Being in Existence."
The announcement earlier this year that Oakland, California based, theatrical avant-rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum were to be no more disappointed - scratch that, devastated - a lot of people - but they're having one last creative fling. True to their extravagant brilliance, it will come in the thrilling shapes of an album AND a movie... the (almost certain) working title of the album is 'The Sleepytime Gorilla of Museum of The Last Human Being' and is best explained by a visit to http://www.sleepytimegorillamuseum.com
...where "you can sign up to volunteer to be 'our specimen!' :
'Filming of our final transmission to the world takes place on August 7th 2011 in Oakland, California': VOLUNTEER NOW'"
Goodness knows what that means.
The Widening Eye
Hymn To The Morning Star
The Widening Eye, live
to their extensive liner notes for Grand Opening and Closing, their
official history and repeated in interviews, the name "Sleepytime
Gorilla Museum" comes from a small group of Dadaists, Futurists, and
artists named the Sleepytime Gorilla Press who owned and operated what
they called a "museum of the future" which was "anti-artifact,
non-historical and closed."
The "museum" opened on June 22, 1916 (the same date as the bands' first concert, 83 years later). The exhibit was a fire which caused wide chaos and confusion. The following day the museum was closed (hence the name of the first album). The name itself apparently comes from a poem called "Of the Future Hides the Past," written by Museum members Lala Rolo and Ikk Ygg.
The only source of information on the internet regarding the Sleepytime Gorilla Press, Lala Rolo, and Ikk Ygg arises from the band's interviews."
Both a world unto itself, and a magnificent, mesmerising band, SGM recorded three studio and one live album. The Last Human Being is in the last stages of production and a release is expected before the end of the year.
We can only hope for more.
One more treat for the devoted: a 2009 interview: