Friday, November 19, 2010

4our : inspired by the album "4" from The Link Quartet (March 2011)

The complete chapter thirteen of
a socialized poem by GIBRAN

The Earth mother is freakishly ablaze with larcenous intrigue and discordant dissertation by the fattest of cats, polled and controlled by the wettest of rats. “How can this be as enlightened as we / dreaming the life and living the dream?” The beat of this manifesto 4our and those horns of Hellfire raze these facts into ravishing form: The True. As the soul grooves and body flows, the mind excogitates harmonious, candid belle epoque.

4our scores and underscores the progressive impulse to reconcile sunsets with moonbeams, banish apologies of apoplexy, celebrate the reunion of abstract into expression, and tease the tangiest lime into the sweetest coconut. The sun is reborn (again) – the citizen takes another breath from the forever-and-ever and the God-construct is like all surfer-modal: “Whoa! Dude, we were made to make this.”

From one modicum of stardust to another I relay this profane auditory aesthetic, distinctly 4our, as one of an incalculable number of random stations that this yearlong reconnaissance could evince – but fatefully the singularity that fearlessly exemplifies the universal Hammondbeat state of mind.

4our is consummate, humanely exquisite, and the civilized rush:push toward and beyond social divine.

^ Freedom ^ Justice ^ Equality ^ Solidarity ^

For Kat, Anna, and Theresa : 3 that sum the 4 of me.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Does it have a pulse?

"Physician heal thyself", or something like that is how the saying goes. As a computer systems designer by day, it seems that I'm the last to benefit from my particular talents, complicated further by some of those events that go under the category of "LIFE". But none of that has kept the shipments from going out on time, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the rather vacant homepage at! That is all about to change...

We have a new navigation underway that will refocus an expanding catalog in a more helpful way. It's going to take the next 3 months to get it out there completely, but we will be making incremental changes to the catalog as we move along to our final goal. Chalk it up to a database design that has gone about 2 years passed its expiration date. In the meantime a little news for you to groove on:

October is our 8th anniversary since the release of "Beat.It" by The Link Quartet. In honor of that event, for this entire month every HB release is priced at $8 (or less). That's as much as $5 off the original price. Does this mean that next year there will be $9 each sale? No! So here's a chance to get a really great deal on every CD we've produced all at once. The next change to the site will go live on November 1, so when that happens you'll know the sale has ended!!

Next April will be the release of the long-desired "The Link Quartet IV" CD that went into production this summer. We've got a third of it finished (mind-blowing), a third of it in post-production (even without the bass and horns in place these guys sound more complete than most of what's going on out there), and the last few tracks get recorded next week. Artwork is underway from the graphic genius of Craig "zilla" Kristensen, who also happens to the brains behind Fred Leslie's missing Link. We have special promotion planned in January with the launch of the new site.

Thanks ever so much for your patience and continued support.

Kahlil Breithaupt, serious music lover

Sunday, June 20, 2010

End of a forum...beginning of a blog

If you were on your way to the Hammondbeat Forums and landed here, please read on. If you are already a member of the Hammondbeat Blog, worry not, what follows does not directly affect this place.

Well, it's been a very long time since we created the Hammondbeat Forums, and even longer since JTQgroove. But it is time to bring that old platform to an end and focus on new things. I suppose there was a lost innocence when Ryan and I decided to put our emphasis on the record label several years ago and move away from something that was dominated by a single band...a band we pointed out at the time was not even on Hammondbeat, but we were painfully aware that this caused many to abandon what we had built up and for that alone I regret the decision, but while I will always have a fond spot for The James Taylor Quartet, for better or worse they too have transformed and I'm sure JTQgroove would have gone to news heaven by now anyhow.

So, with the domination of digital media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I have noticed that the forum world has become something of an antique, and Hammondbeat's forum hasn't had any serious activity for well over a year and is quite frankly a bit embarrassing if not down right depressing. Other forums I once followed have become cesspools of hate and sniping, something I'm proud to say HB never suffered, but at the risk of becoming a hacker's target for pornography and dope peddling, it's pretty clear the HB image is in jeopardy if I just let it sit there untended.

So, about a year ago I started this blog. Though it hasn't been exploited as of yet, it was created to replace the "news" portion of the Hammondbeat Forums, and hopefully many of you that miss the dialogue of the forums will find reason to join in.

I will be back in 2-3 weeks to get things fired up...Peace and the ever lovin' Groove...