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  • After growing up playing in metal bands in NH, Jason Lakis moved to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 90s. He then moved to Oakland, bought an 8-track and started recording on his own. What started as a solo project slowly turned into a real band, as he formed The Red Thread sometime in 2002. From there, they put out 3 albums on Badman Recording Co., shared the stage with like-minded artists like Neko Case and Radar Bros., toured the states and are now on semi-permanent hiatus. "Broke up" sounds too depressing.

    And that brings us to the most current of Jason's projects...Mist and Mast. In 2007 he wrote and recorded the eponymous debut album in his Oakland apartment, playing all the instruments himself. Wanting to play the songs properly live, he enlisted a bunch of friends from San Francisco and Oakland to fill out the live band. 2009 saw the release of album #2, Action At Distance. Currently, he's preparing to release a new album, recorded in his new studio in Berkeley, CA.

Untitled. Photo: Grimmlok. CC: BY-NC-ND

Mist and Mast Eyes Adjust to the Dark

"The song "Eyes Adjust to the Dark" is about a trip I took to the SFMOMA when I didn't have a job. I heard Brian Eno had an installation there. I walked in, and it was super dark, there were a bunch of CD players playing Music for Airports-style Brian Eno. I walked to the back of the room because I could barely see anything, and leaned against the wall next to another guy. Half an hour later, I realized the guy was still next to me and it became a contest of wills...who would stay longer. I thought, "this guy can't be a bigger Brian Eno fan than I." Then a class of young kids came in, flailing around in the dark. One of them walked over to the other guy next to me and knocked him in the leg. Turns out it was a mannequin."

  • Brian Eno's installation "New Urban Spaces Series No. 4: Compact Forest Proposal" opened on March 3, 2001 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of "010101: Art in Techological Times."
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