Brandon Locher
a decade of My Idea of Fun

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Although he also finds time to be a compulsively productive visual artist, maze master, label head, troubadour, phone prankster, and multi instrumentalist, Brandon Locher recently took a moment to sit back and review ten years of zaniness at My Idea of Fun. Since 2007, My Idea of Fun has released 340+ physical and digital releases from musicians and artists with roots to Johnstown’s DIY scene since the early 2000s.

A veritable smorgasbord of musical misadventures awaits: Discover hilarious odes to paying taxes, quirky experiments in vocal manipulation, candid conversations on creativity, and collaborations galore with all manner of drummer, improviser, singers, and electronic spectors. Sometimes Locher is at the forefront with his easygoing, humorous manner – at other moments he’s impossible to untangle in a room full of collaborators. According to the artist:

“Like Alan Lomax, since 2007 Locher has collected days upon days of recordings from shows, parties, and everyday life in Johnstown, PA…On 03/25/2007 high school friends Ian Rummell, Jacob Koestler, and Brandon Locher resurrected My Idea of Fun with the Woods at Night cassette tape. Very quickly after other people involved with the Johnstown, Pennsylvania’s DIY music scene started to archive and release…”

Artwork for the mix appropriates photos from Jacob Koestler’s The Daily Camera (2007-10) and display Locher surrounded by all of his friends and collaborators in sequences that are Facebook intimate while retaining an openly DIY atmosphere that compliments the sounds within. Listen to the 3+ hour mix below. All 50 of these effin tracks recorded & produced by Brandon Locher, * denotes unreleased recordings.

Track list:
01. Brandon Locher - Medium Frequency (2016)
02. Brandon Locher - January 29, 2006 *
03. Nan Ding - World War II (2007)
04. Nan Ding - World War IV (2007)
05. The One and Only Matt Miller - Left, 2010 *
06. Stage Hands - #unabomber (feat. The One and Only Matt Miller) (2015)
07. Stage Hands - Regardless (Live Version) (04/07/2015)
08. Endless Mike and the Beagle Club - Mr. Miller’s Opus (Live at Mike’s) 2007 *
09. Brandon Locher - Audio Diary: 11/30/2007 *
10. Cody Wallat - Favorite Everything (Medley) 2007 *
11. Brandon Locher - Recording Instructions (2012)
12. Siamese Dream - 3/6 (2007)
13. Siamese Dream - 1/2 (Demo) 2007 *
14. Siamese Dream - 1/4 (2007)
15. Siamese Dream - Waiting For Our Mother, 2007 *
16. Siamese Dream - Arthur Ritus (2008)
17. Emmett and Mary - Clay’s Lament, 2008 *
18. Emmett and Mary - Cult Answers II, 2008 *
19. The One and Only Matt Miller - Acoustic Guitar Sketch, 2010*
20. Bikini Test Go Ahead - Lucy On Your Telephone (Live at VOMA) 2010 *
21. Dallas Zimmerman - Thanks For Waking Me Up (2008)
22. John Thorell - “Track 4” (2007)
23. John Thorell - V (ergo propter hoc) (2007)
24. Adam Clayton Cullum - In The Past Few Months… (2008)
25. The Meets - Drums & Cello (2008)
26. The Meets - Some Other Harlot (2008)
27. Emmett and Mary - Fanatical Hunting Club (2010)
28. Technological Epidemic - Birthmark (2007)
29. Brandon Locher - Geometro (2010)
30. Brandon Locher - 2/4/07 *
31. Brandon Locher - High In Art, 2010 *
32. Emmett and Mary - Early Dismissal (Teenage Queen) (2008)
33. Brandon Locher - Date Created: 1-26-2007 *
34. Brandon Locher - You’re Simply Beautiful, 2000 *
35. Emmett and Mary - To Absent Strangers (2010)
36. Emmett and Mary - The Book of Idols (2010)
37. Emmett and Mary - Spanish Blog Review, 2010 *
38. Emmett and Mary - Broadcast Fireworks Display, 2008 *
39. Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin - In Conversation (pt. 1) (2013)
40. The Meets - (closing thoughts), 2009 *
41. Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin - In Conversation (pt. 2) (2013)
42. The Meets - Knocking On The Ground (Album Version) (2013)
43. Brandon Locher - Conversations (Revisited) (2013)
44. The Meets - Knocking On The Ground (Live Version) (2013)
45. John Thorell - Unreleased Riff, 2008 *
46. Brandon Locher - Sleeping Music (pt. 2) / Walking Music (2007)
47. Brandon Locher - Popcorn, 2007 *
48. Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin - In Conversation (pt. 3) (2013)
49. The Wax Ensemble, 2013 *
50: Brandon Locher - Date Created: March 28, 2015 *
51. Emmett and Mary - Popular Invitation, 2009 *
52. Emmett and Mary - Surveying Revelations (Ash Road) (2008-2010)
53. Brandon Locher - Date Created: March 5, 2008 *
54. Elementary Thought Process - December 31, 2010 *

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