Haunted Toast

arts and media collective

New AO release!

Oa creates experimental music from the sounds of language. Writer Hugh Behm-Steinberg and sound manipulator Matt Davignon have recorded various anecdotes, conversations and sung pitches from their peers, neighbors, musicians and other writers. Performing either as a duo or collaborating with other sound artists, they break down these elements with samplers and digital turntables, then rebuild them into improvised musical passages and narratives.

Music is created from 100% voice sources, including:
Sheila Bosco (1, 3)
Rafael Canales (3)
James Cline (1, 3)
Ron Heglin (2, 3)
Gretchen Jude (2)
Denise Newman (1)
Sarah Elena Palmer (all)
Laena Wilder (2)

Artwork by Mary Behm-Steinberg
Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab
released February 16, 2018

Dire Wolves & Swimming with Bengal Show Jan 20, 2018!

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster in Oakland (19th Street BART)

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Dire Wolves/New Year’s Eve at ATA in San Francisco!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 9:00 pm  $7-$10
ATA (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco
(@21st Street – BART 24th Street Station)
ATA NYE 2018
Live performance, expanded cinema, installations, we’ve done it all- but if anything is for certain-We’ve been known to throw a good party or two over the years. DRINKS, DANCING, LIVE MUSIC, DJS, OLD FRIENDS AND NEW. FEATURING LOFI LEGS, DIRE WOLVES, DJ 4AM + MORE.

Dire Wolves, Samvega and Die Geister Beschwören at Hotel Utah 12/10/2017

Sunday, Dec 10, 2017
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107

(Dire Wolves)


This Friday 12/1/17 at ATA: Synthestesia live AV show!


Friday, Dec 1st, 2017 @7:30pm
Artists’ Television Access
922 Valencia Street, San Francisco
(between 20th and 21st Streets)

Synthestesia is a quarterly live A/V show, where modular synthesizers and 16mm/video installation commune for spontaneous performance. Simulated effects may include feelings of viscous, spacey, dense and/or ethereal transformation.December 1st Show will be featuring: Shelia Bosco, J. and Maizies’ Surgical Theater experiments, Ron spoones., Davvy Jones, and Neil Davis.

Sheila Bosco is a keyboardist who enjoys experimenting live with her own sound libraries and loops. Sheila also plays keys with Collette McCaslin in Alien Planet, in experimental super group Thomas Carnacki and hanging in the DFM Radio studios with Big City Orchestra. When not playing keyboards, you will find her banging away on the drum set with San Francisco’s Dire Wolves and quartet zBug.

J. and Maizies’ Surgical Theater experiments with biological themes using overhead projectors and various layers and fluids. Maizie is an artist, violinist and student at New Traditions Elementary School. Her dad J. is a musician, visual artist and one of the founders of Synthestesia.

Ron spoones- Let’s just say this year hasn’t been one for the faint of heart and my only retort has been and will be always the bombastic joy of noise, fizzing, crackly pop of 1000 sheets of paper, and a soft French whisper interrupted. Technically, it’s all ordered around Euclidean percussion and the punk drummer that takes my breathe away. In a dense fog of marijuana smoked and soldered it together, and here we are now.

Neil Davis is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles who specializes in experimental editing. His works are often effect-heavy and collage-like, playing with patterns both visually, aurally, and editorially. Neil often tries to blur and confuse various digital and analog effects in his works – trying to replicate practical effects digitally and digital effects with more traditional, practical techniques. Recently, Neil has been experimenting with forms of visual meditation in both individual and group settings.

+ a Lofi VJ set by Davy Jones

Wed 10/18/17 – Bird of Paradise, John Dylan and Dire Wolves

Please join us for a night of fun music at SF’s El Rio bar in the Mission!  Come and relax with a cocktail and take your mind away from your woes for just a little while….
(photo: Rachael from Bird of Paradise)

9pm Bird of Paradise
10pm Dire Wolves
11pm John Dylan

@El Rio
3158 Mission St
San Francisco (on Mission 3.5 blocks west of 24th st BART)

Dire Wolves in Greenfield, MA @ The Root Cellar club

Sept 21, 2017 on tour with Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band – a clip from the Root Cellar in Greenfield, MA – such an awesome club – thank you for having us and for the post!

NYC Taper records Dire Wolves at Union Pool, Brooklyn!

Sept 21, 2017 on tour with Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band:

September Chris Forsynth/Dire Wolves Mini-Tour

We are excited to announce a Chris Forsynth/Dire Wolves Mini-Tour!

9/21 – Brooklyn NY – Union Pool ** No Quarter Record Release show
9/22 – Providence RI – Aurora
9/23 – Greenfield MA – Root Cellar
9/24 – Philadelphia PA – Jerry’s On Front

Tour poster by the amazing Lucy Drury. In her own words: “The poster’s been on tour too, on top of a mountain, by a dried up creek in the canyons, under the full moon. I found thin sheets of wood and burned the band names with the sun and there are some flowers collaged on from the mountain she was built on.”
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band (Philadelphia)
Dire Wolves Absolutely Perfect Brothers Band (San Francisco)
High-res tour poster download:

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