The Cutest Puppy in the World is Bryan Rhodes (of Baltimore) and Layne Garrett (of Washington, DC). We explore emergent forms, extremes of saturated and empty space, scorched remnants of the familiar. We play electric piano, analog synthesizer, combo organ, guitars, found-object percussion, thumb piano, bass clarinet, styrofoam, whatever is within reach. Our music is all improvised.
Since the summer of 2005, we have performed extensively in DC and the mid-Atlantic region. Highlights include: creating improvised soundtracks for experimental films by DC artists Heather Levy, Christopher Lynn, and Jay Rees; several appearances at the Electric Possible experimental music showcase at George Washington University; the 2005 Sonic Circuits Festival in DC; and a 2-hour pyrotechnic-enhanced set in the middle of the night at Soundquilt Music Festival last summer. We've had the pleasure to play alongside a number of spectacular musicians, including: Jack Wright, Reuben Radding, Andrew Drury, Nate Wooley, Mazen Kerbaj, Mike Bullock, Vic Rawlings, Joseph Hammer, Sayo Mitsuishi, Michael Thomas Jackson, Hans Buetow, Ben Hall, John Dierker, Matt Weston, Charalambides, Volcano the Bear, Na, Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Whelp, Insect Factory, Big Cats, Zach Mason, Tone Ghosting, Echolalia, Piasa, Mass Movement of the Moth, Slim Castle, Cash Slave Clique, FFFFs, etc!
In 2005, we self-released a CD-R entitled ::shut in the basement::. It made free103point9's Top 150 of 2005. Sockets put out Finfolk in early 2006, with cover art by Joseph Mills. The record received critical praise from Terrascope, Fakejazz, and Noiseweek, among others.
released March 1, 2006
All music written by The Cutest Puppy in the World:
Bryan Rhodes - piano, analog synthesizer, combo organ
Layne Garrett - guitar, bass clarinet, thumb piano, kora, etc.
Tracks 1-6 recorded November 13, 2005. Tracks 6-8 recorded at The Warehouse Next Door June 6, 2005.
Cover art: 'The Mermaid' by Joe Mills
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