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The Road is Frought with Human Error

In Hidden Number, News on August 23, 2011 at 3:28 am

The aptly named Human_Error tour is over, and we’ve finally had some time to catch our collective breath. Here is the saga.

The Human_Error Tour Must Have Errors

Loading the van

Loading the van

Error_1  The first job was to find some decent transportation. At one point, we were actually seriously considering installing a hitch on a Prius. But luckily we were able to borrow a Subaru Outback from some very dear family. Once we had the trailer loaded, which is an understatement since the trailer was twice the size of what we needed, the car would not shift out of park. I was thinking, Oh great, we’re not even going to be able to get on the road. But luckily Justin knew how to override the shifting mechanism and get us in gear. Things were getting very, very real.

Who is Justin? Why, he is our Touring Bassist, playlist dj, and Mechanic! The Joe Stuhff that we all know and love, is busy getting the Father of the Year Award for 2011. In fact his whole family was upgrading to some nicer diggs around the time of this tour. No more view of the Space Needle, but who needs that anyway when you get to give your youngest child a real bedroom? Joe is our hero. So is Justin, who Saved The Day several times. More on that later.

Error_2  We got lucky in the past by borrowing projectors so that we could show off Josh’s heartfelt and epic visual display. Yet no unlucky sap would volunteer for the tour. So we stopped off at Fry’s to grab a good projector at a good value (an Acer). The salesperson was extremely helpful. He loaded us down with a ton of accessories. Later, we would discover that the projector came with all the same accessories. This would become the first set of returns we would need to make after the tour. More on this later. After a sandwich and a smoothy, we loaded the car with a pallette of water, our new projector, and 4 fancy lads–and hit the open road for Portland.

[More about the tour after the break…] Read the rest of this entry »

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The 2011 Hidden Number Human_Error Tour of 2011

In Events, Hidden Number, Philosophy, Science on August 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Dearest friends, it is the year 2011.

We have flying cars.

We have slave robots.

Yet, we do not have personalized human cloning that would enable Hidden Number clones to live in your attic and come down to perform the songs from our hit record, Human_Error, for you at your every whim. This is why we have organized for the original, non-cloned band members to leave the Magnet Large & Small dungeon and recording studio–to make a sojourn southward from Seattle, down through the open expanses of Oregon valleys and passes, and then back again. The band must gain these experiences so that we can properly train our future clones.

We were pretty surprised and excited about the turnout at the record release back in May. After 4 long and hard years, it was the culmination of a new state of mind for us. We spent that time getting our new band member Josh up to speed and focusing on new material that brought out the strengths of the new lineup. Josh contributed a bunch of melodic guitar parts, while Dean spent time on expressing with his voice exactly what the new paradigm of lyrics demanded. Joe and Kai worked out some super tight rhythm parts to lay a foundation. Then we iterated over all the songs again and again. Honing, building, distilling. I think we were aiming to inject more expression into the music. We didn’t use any sequencing on the parts, and kept it all live. Together, our souls are very turbulent, and over those 4 years we had a lot of ups and downs in our personal lives and with each other while locked in the same room for hours. And that’s what went into the music. So, at the record release, it was pretty rewarding to look out at a packed Comet and realize that this was the moment it was all leading to. We had to inspire. And we heard from folks that it might have been our best performance to date. I felt like we were all in the band together that night, everyone in the room. Yet it was only for those few in Seattle who could make it, and the moment was fleeting.

The Tour

Hidden Number 2011 Human_Error Tour Dates of 2011

PORTLAND, OR – Thursday, August 4, 2011 – @ Slabtown

EUGENE, OR – Friday, August 5, 2011 – @ The Black Forest

MEDFORD, OR – Saturday, August 6, 2011 – @ Johnny B’s

SEATTLE – Friday, August 12, 2011 – @ The Blue Moon Tavern

In today’s democratized music business, the only rare thing is performance. All the recordings are free. We can consult the oracle whenever we please. Yet, we still cannot be together. So, we want to come and meet you and play some music and hang out. That is the 2011 Hidden Number Human_Error Tour of 2011. Head over to our music site to hear all the songs for free in advance, get a free download, and read some of Dean’s inspiring lyrics.

You can also find out about all the bands we’ll be playing with. First, and foremost Warning: Danger! With these guys rocking, we can all sleep soundly at night. Other bands: Dartgun and the Vignettes, John Wesley Coleman III, Rayon Beach, Los Other Phux, and BioLuminescent Sea Witches. Head over to ReverbNation to listen to most of these bands.

QR Code for Hidden Number Mobile Site

QR Code for Hidden Number Mobile Site

Hidden Number Mobile

We are trying to keep our mobile site up to date so that you can have some useful information on the day of the show, on your mobile device. One easy way to visit the site from your phone, is to scan the code that will take you there.

Keep in Touch

We’ll try to update everyone on the progress. You can keep in touch on our facebook page, or through Twitter. Follow @DeanAlanSwanson or @kaiweb.

What’s New

We just created a YouTube channel, and have been posting some videos that feature exerpts from the Human_Error record release performance. We’re going to try to repeat this performance at every stop on the tour, so now you know what to expect!

I should also note that we have a bass player filling in for us while on tour–Justin. He’s rad. More on him later. Meanwhile, Joe is moving to a new home with his family and is a top contender for the #1 Dad award on so many levels. It’s a shame we cannot clone him for the tour. And yet, Justin has somehow managed to learn all the songs in record time with a smile on his face–despite at least 4 different emergencies (at least). This guy is a hard worker, and it’s hard to keep up with his creativity. It’s important that you meet him to know what I mean.

What’s your favorite invention of the current future of today? What do you want to know about Justin? What info should we post while on the road? Anything we left out? Let us know…

-=HN=-

[Kai]

Hidden Number Record Release Party, Thursday May 5, 2011, at the Comet, $6, 21+

In Events, Hidden Number, News on February 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm
Snapshot from Human Error artwork

Snapshot from Human Error artwork

We’re announcing our Hidden Number record release party!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Ladies’ Choice Presents:
Hidden Number (vinyl release show!) – http://facebook.com/hiddennumber
Smooth Sailing – http://www.facebook.com/smoothsailingtheband
Ocelot Omelet – http://www.facebook.com/pages/ocelot-omelet/286832060105
Kled – http://reverbnation.com/kled
$6 – 21+ – 9pm
@ The Comet – 922 E Pike St.
*Update* Smooth Sailing is celebrating their homecoming!
*Update* Hidden Number will hold a drawing from mailing list subscribers to win a free record.
*Update* Ocelot Omelet will hold a drawing from mailing list subscribers to win a free record–and bash a pinata!

If you’re into facebook, you can get it onto your calendar now.

QR Code for Hidden Number Mobile Site

QR Code for Hidden Number Mobile Site

*UPDATE*  You can get all the info on your phone, including driving directions, on our mobile site.

You can help us pay our up-front bills if you pre-order a record now from our website.  We have a few deals for those into collectibles, consumables, and containers.  Then you can just pick up the record at the show.

It’s going to be a special night, and we would love to be with you.  The sun should be shining, and we will be playing the entire album live to an amazing set of visuals created by Josh.

More about the Human Error album:

  • It’s full of stars.
  • Shawn Diaz, a one-time guitarist and singer in the band, is back again as the designer.
  • Chris Unruh‘s magnificant artwork graces the cover.  You might recognize him from some of our previous show flyers.
  • Calla Donofrio‘s stunning art is nestled within.
  • Some albums come with some rules and a playing die for the game.
  • Unfortunately, due to some manufacturing limitations, fudge is not included.
  • You can hear the super top hit single inside our minds in advance right now.

-=HN=-

[Kai]

Super Hidden Number Puzzle Quiz Question Number Three

In Puzzle Quiz on February 9, 2011 at 11:36 pm
Abstruse Art

Abstruse Art

It’s a little known fact that just prior to deciding upon our band name, we almost went with “Abstruse Art”.  Lucky for you, we came to our senses.

But I digress.  It is time for us once again to have a little fun with another installment of Super Hidden Number Puzzle Quiz Question, Number Three!  And why is this one super?  It is because you, our fans, are super.  And we want to reward you with an actual physical reward from the vaults of Dean’s basement dwelling.  That’s right, the first person to get the question right, gets a free t-shirt!  You will get to choose from whatever stock we happen to have on hand, so that means that you’re not stuck with two of the same shirts if you have already pre-ordered our upcoming brand new record, Human_Error.

Question:  What location does this symbol represent?

First person to guess correctly will get that t-shirt, as well as a solid hand shake (in private).  Try crossing your eyes and/or tilting your head. You may not participate if you’re in the band, Joe.

We’re having a lot of fun with this!  We hope you are, too!

UPDATE:  Tim figured it out on our fb page.  It’s called a QR code, and it points to our website http://hiddennumberportal.com.  Tim gets a t-shirt, with our esteemed compliments and back rubs.

-=HN=-

[Kai]

Pre-orders are now being accepted for upcoming album, Human Error

In Events, Hidden Number, News on January 25, 2011 at 4:07 am

We are pleased to announce that pre-orders for our upcoming record, Human Error, are now being accepted over on our website.  Please help us pay for ordering the records!  We need your help!  We will not only reward you by printing your name in the album, but we are also providing some very special limited edition items as well.  We can hardly believe that the artwork of Chris Unrue and Calla Donofrio are included.

The deadline for the extra artwork and gratitude is February 15, 2011, so now’s the time to secure your place in space-time.

You can hear a sneak preview of a song off of Human Error named Midnight Beachboy, over on ReverbNation and on our facebook page.  Stay tuned for more background info about the album, as well as some chances to win some prizes.   You guys are why we do this, and we really want to give back to those who have weathered the past few years along with us.

And thusly we begin the countdown to the record release in April, 2011. 

-=HN=-

[Kai]