Noise pop saboteur Emperor X this past Tuesday announced the multi-city
deployment of Western Teleport Nodes, a geocaching scavenger hunt for
translucent purple audio cassettes and visual artwork concealed in
locations around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The tape archives
contain songs, sound collages, and artwork produced during the making of
Western Teleport, the first new Emperor X album in six years, due out
October 4th on Bar/None Records.
GPS coordinates and location hints for the 41 hidden tape nodes were
posted today at WesternTeleport.com. Representatives of the artist are
also distributing notifications announcing nearby nodes in cities across
People who finds the nodes will own the only physical copies of the audio
and artwork, but digital copies of all music and artwork are also
encrypted and archived at WesternTeleport.com. Successful scavengers will
see tagged instructions explaining how to decrypt the digital online
version of the node, making it available to the general public. The first
three finders will also win a free Emperor X concert at their university,
home, or favorite local venue as well as a copy of Western Teleport.
The Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac inspired rhythms of Western Teleport take the
listener on a hallucinatory journey of an alternate universe Los Angeles
where paramilitary groups rain fallout-filled mortars on the Harbor
Freeway, loved ones get tasered while jogging, and doomed epileptics steal
Segways in a vain attempt to escape from an abandoned mall.
Emperor X is the project name of American songwriter C. R. Matheny. In
2004, Matheny dropped his pursuit of a master's degree in physics to
self-release a string of critically-acclaimed lo-fi speed folk albums. His
music garnered praise from NPR, Pitchfork, All Music Guide, Tiny Mix Tapes
and many others. Emperor X has toured extensively, often on Greyhound
buses, including several international forays into Mexico, Canada, and
Australia. The performances – half Billy Bragg-inspired anarcho-electric
singalongs, half Lee "Scratch" Perry lo-fi dub live sessions – brought
Emperor X's music to art galleries, bars, bookstores, university symposia,
college radio stations, garbage-strewn pedestrian tunnels, and one very
confused laser tag arena in Connecticut.
Matheny lives in Los Angeles where he writes and records new music from
the top floor of a tenement building overlooking the megaphone preachers,
fake ID salesmen, and tamaleros of MacArthur Park.