"The Valencia Street Rehearsals" by Tuxedomoon Now Available!

26 Sep 2018 09:15

The Valencia Street Rehearsals, San Francisco circa 1978 by Tuxedomoon
Around 1978 Tuxedomoon shared a rehearsal space at Valencia Street, not far from the Deaf Club. The place would see the birth of many classics in their early form, but would also produce a wealth of jams and compositions that would never see the light of day…
… until now, that is. Thanks to the diligence of Peter Principle, some of these loose rehearsals were recorded on tape, duly digitised around 2015.

Blaine: “I would put this in the basement at 16th and Valencia. Our shared space with Noh Mercy and home of our manager Adrian Craig and Esmerelda Kay of Noh Mercy and angels of light. [Only the Strong Survive] only ever got played at Mark Shause’s Halloween party. The head of surgery at USF hospital who later performed surgery on me on the floor of our apartment to remove a calcified growth from my arm. I still bear the scar. [...This version of Crash includes] the line that [Michael Belfer] played forwards. In the sessions it wasn’t working so we turned the tape over and I played forward keyboards with the backwards track. Then we added the drums. This gave us the backwards guitar on the Half Mute version”

The band agrees it’s a magical piece of sound, evocative and nostalgic, fresh and hardly ever boring. You can hear the excitement of exploring “strange new toys”, as well as the mutual acquaintance between the musicians’ individual ideas and styles, gradually becoming something larger than the sum of its parts…

... in other words, gradually becoming Tuxedomoon.
Heitor Alvelos, September 2018
Recorded at Valencia Street basement rehearsal rooms, San Francisco, circa 1978


Michael Belfer
Steven Brown
Peter Principle
Blaine L. Reininger

Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle, 2015

Edited and sequenced by Heitor Alvelos, 2018
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

Cover photo by Richard Alden Peterson

Cover design based on original “No Tears” layout by Winston Tong

Project management and design by Heitor Alvelos

"Tuxedomoon Live in Hamburg, 1988" Now Available for Download

30 Jul 2018 13:37

This recording from the 1987-88 "Reunion Tour"of tuxedomoon, features the band in a tight and polished formation, including drummer Paul Zahl, for one of its most rock manifestations.

Recorded live at The Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, 29 February 1988 

Steven Brown 
Bruce Geduldig 
Peter Principle 
Blaine L. Reininger 
Paul Zahl 

Live sound by Luc Gerlo 
FM tape originally shared with Peter Principle 
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018 

Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 are previously unavailable as official recordings from this particular tour; they may double as an appendix to the 1989 double-LP “Ten Years In One Night”, largely based on recordings from the same tour. 

Promo photograph by Danny Willems 
Concert photography by Hans-Peter Habicht 
Project management, cover photograph and design by Heitor Alvelos 

Live in Hamburg, 1988 by Tuxedomoon

Tuxedomoon Live in Angouleme, 1983 Now Available for Download

24 Jun 2018 09:58

Live in Angoulême, 1983 by Tuxedomoon

A historical recording duly preserved by Peter Principle, showcasing the short 1983 tour that momentarily brought together the then-departing Blaine L. Reininger and recent recruit Luc van Lieshout, albeit never sharing the stage. The recording itself is a fine one, despite the two obvious setbacks that betray its provenance (a 90-minute cassette tape): Saint John required an edit due to being caught in the tape-flip exercise, and Again needed a fade-out in order to avoid an abrupt ending. One could argue this fade-out works well as a metaphor for the band’s transition into a new chapter...

The somber mood is somehow palpable, the classics taking on an elegiac tone, and the new compositions still evolving (in his own personal notes on this recording, Peter himself wrote “Early version of Manner has Bruce still looking for a part”). Towards the end of the gig, right before “What Use”, Blaine announces his departure, which would indeed occur two days later after one final performance in La Rochelle.

“In April 1983, Reininger was contractually obliged to rejoin Tuxedomoon for a few gigs in France. Interview footage shot at La Rochelle made it clear that the show to be performed that night was perceived by many to be Tuxedomoon’s last waltz. But that wasn’t the case and this in spite of the Les Disques Du Crépuscule press releases that...  more


released June 19, 2018

Recorded live in Angoulême, 20 April 1983

Steven Brown
Bruce Geduldig
Peter Principle
Blaine L. Reininger
Winston Tong
Luc van Lieshout

Live sound by Gilles Martin
Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle, 2015
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

Project management, notes and design by Heitor Alvelos
Photography by Pierre Radisic (used with permission of the author)
Tuxedomoon signature by Winston Tong (from “Music in 4 Suites” press kit, 1983)
Ornament by Kjpargeter @


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Blaine and Steven Live in Tokyo, 1985 Now Available on Bandcamp

8 May 2018 06:13

A rare document from the tuxedomoon archives now mastered and made available on Bandcamp.

Tuxedomoon Live At Amsterdam's Melkweg, 1981 Now Available

12 Apr 2018 07:53

"A set of glimpses into Tuxedomoon's early days in Europe, these extracts from a gig at Amsterdam's Melkweg in early 1981 are shrouded in a scarcity of information or associated materials. And yet, with a setlist including tracks from Desire and Suite en Sous-Sol, and never before shared in any form, the recording perfectly captures the journey the band was undertaking at the time, from post-punk to more hybrid territories. Tuxedomoon had just settled at Rotterdam’s Utopia commune a few weeks earlier: this edition thus signals the nascent signs of their European sensibilities, soon to blossom fully in projects such as Divine and The Ghost Sonata.
The recording is provided 'as-is' - the files were housed in a folder inside Peter's hard drive, fades included; you can actually hear the cassette recorder being paused on occasion. This means that, in a way, this edition is not so much a faithful record of the gig as much as it is a collection of snapshots. Anselmo's attentive mastering and a quasi-narrative sequencing will hopefully ensure a coherent whole for the listener."
Heitor Alvelos, April 2018
With thanks to Isabelle Corbisier for the contextual information at Tuxedomoon's biography, “Music for Vagabonds”, 2008.

"Nothing really remarkable to report, outside from the performance. Melkweg at this point was still deeply hippie, functioning as the original "coffee house" pot store. Terrible dessicated brown rice catering with equally dry vegetables. Later they got more globalized and hipster in decor. I remember sitting outside waiting to load the van, thinking what it would be like to jump into the dirty beer bottle filled canal water surrounding the venue."


released April 10, 2018

Recorded live at the Melkweg, Amsterdam
April 26, 1981

Steven Brown
Bruce Geduldig
Peter Principle
Blaine L.Reininger
Winston Tong

Live sound by Martin Van Der Leer
Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

All photography: © Saskia Lupini, 1981
Tuxedomoon logo from a printed newspaper article, 1985 (from Isabelle Corbisier's archives)

Project management and graphic design by Heitor Alvelos


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Tuxedomoon Live at the Deaf Club, October 1979 Now Available

11 Mar 2018 07:18

Now available for download, this stunning collection of Tuxedomoon live from the charged atmosphere of the late 1970's San Francisco scene, at the very epicenter, The Deaf Club. Features several previously unknown and unreleased tracks as well as early versions of well-known classics. There is a bonus pdf booklet featuring posters and photos from the time.

Live at Deaf Club, 1979 by Tuxedomoon

Steven Brown's Cinema Domingo Orchestra Kickstarter Campaign

25 Feb 2018 11:12

CINEMA SUNDAY ORCHESTRA. New directions in music for silent films.

Pioneers in audio explorations with more than 20 years of work in resignifying classic films from the last century through live sound, Cinema Sunday Orchestra under the direction of renowned musician/composer Steven Brown has performed in Film Festivals and special events through-out Mexico.

On two different occasions, Cinema Domingo Orchestra has been commissioned by the Goethe Institute of Mexico to compose and perform original music for german silent films. In 2012 for the national premiere of the recently restored ALGOL The Tragedy of Power (1920) by Hans Werckmeister, and in 2016 for the newly restored DESTINY by Fritz Lang (1921).

Former director of the Institute Reinhard Maiworm has stated; “If anyone in Mexico is perfect for putting music to silent film, that would be Cinema Domingo Orchestra.”

Over 15 years Cinema Sunday Orchestra has positioned itself to be the most innovative and unique producer of audio accompaniment to silent (and sound) films, providing cinefiles and the public in general with a unique experience that inevitably leads to new interpretations and new ways of appreciating the seventh art.

This project began in Bruxelles Belgium at the end of the 80s when Steven Brown (founder of musical groups Tuxedomoon, Nine Rain and Kafka Ensamble) began to intervene in public forums projecting 16mm silent films. At the beginning of the new millennium Brown moves to Oaxaca Mexico where he renews the project, now with local musicians with whom together will compose and perform new musical accompaniments to silent films.

The Cinema Sunday Orchestra is: Steven Brown, clarinet, saxophone, piano and keyboards; Bruno Varela, Bass Guitar and curator; Julio García, Guitar, Jarana and Oud; Oxama, Percussion and electronics.

Tuxedomoon Archive Goes Live!

18 Feb 2018 15:37

Announcing the new Tuxedomoon archive page. We will begin posting live shows from Peter P's massive archive for your listening pleasure. Go check out our initial offering!

Tuxedomoon Archives

Tuxedomoon provide a selection of their private and live recordings, footnotes in the band's history and legacy. Some were previously shared by/with Peter Principle in online trading circles; others have never been heard before. These recordings are selected according to sound quality and/or historical relevance.

Tuxedomoon provide a selection of their private and live recordings, footnotes in the band's history and legacy. Some were previously shared by/with Peter Principle in online trading circles; others have never been heard before. These recordings are selected according to sound quality and/or historical relevance.

Blue Sleep First Review

15 Feb 2018 16:50

Here is the first review for BLR's new album "The Blue Sleep"

BLAINE L REININGER The Blue Sleep - The Electricity Club

As a cardinal of the European avant-garde and co-founder of TUXEDOMOON, Blaine L Reininger is both schooled and shrouded in mystery. He currently lives in Greece - ground zero for the continent's myths and a portal for all things Oriental. The influence can be seen on his new solo album 'The Blue Sleep'.

Blaine L. Reininger New Album, The Blue Sleep

24 Jan 2018 16:29

From March 28, 2018, Les Disques du Crepuscule will release a new studio album from Blaine Reininger called "The Blue Sleep".

The Blue Sleep [TWI 1237 CD] | Blaine L. Reininger | Crépuscule

The Blue Sleep is a 2018 album by Blaine L. Reininger of Tuxedomoon

The Blue Sleep is a brand new studio album by Blaine L. Reininger, the Colorado-born composer and founder member of avant-garde music group Tuxedomoon.

Written and recorded by Blaine in 2017, the album was mixed in his adopted hometown of Athens by noted electronic music producer Coti K. Like most of his previous solo projects, The Blue Sleep combines vocal songs with atmospheric instrumental tracks, three of which (Lost Ballroom, Jacob's Ladder and Odi et Amo) were written for Caligula, a theatre production.

"These days the music plays me," explains Blaine. "The unifying principle behind the songs on Blue Sleep is the method of composition. I apply fine old aleatory techniques - John Cage, William Burroughs, Tristan Tzara - and filter these through my instinctive knowledge of melody and harmony. Lyrics are generated algorithmically (I work with programs which assemble phrases according to mathematical rules) and then edited by me, with phrases suggested by the random output. That's pretty much my modus operandi in the 21st century."

10 track CD. Cover image by George Terzis.


1. Public Transformation
2. The Blue Sleep
3. Lost Ballroom
4. We're Tearing Out
5. Dry Food
6. Camminando Qui
7. Jacob's Ladder
8. The Dull Sea
9. Molecular Landscape
10. Odi et Amo

Available on CD and digital download. Mailorder copies are delivered in Crépuscule slipcase. To order CD please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button below cover image, or else contact LDDC by email for other payment options. FOR RELEASE IN MARCH 2018.

Peter Principle's Birthday

5 Dec 2017 09:44


New York City Peter Principle Memorial

11 Aug 2017 18:38

There will be a memorial service for Peter at 23 windows in New York on August 19. Details in the post.

Livestream Video From Peter's Memorial 25/7/2017

27 Jul 2017 10:29

Here is a video derived from the livestream from Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels of Peter's Memorial Gathering, July 25, 2017.

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate. Bodhi. Svaha!

Tuxedomoon Dates Cancelled

19 Jul 2017 09:04

It is with deepest regret and sorrow that Tuxedomoon must cancel all of the shows that had been booked for July and August 2017, due to the sudden death of our beloved brother and bandmate, Peter Principle Dachert. Watch this space for further news.

A Eulogy for Peter from Neil Martinson

18 Jul 2017 06:40

I was deeply saddened to hear that a dear friend of mine named Peter Principle (née Dachert) passed away today. Peter was a truly remarkable person, a brilliant musician, and an inspiring intelligence.
In 1990, I arranged to meet Peter for an interview which ended up being published in the first issue of my magazine Proof. We hit it off right away, and as it turned out, this first meeting would dramatically change the course of my life forever. Aside from being generally impressed with this tall, dignified, stentorian and highly articulate entity, during the course of this first conversation I was introduced to numerous things that would deeply influence my thinking, including Anthroposophy and a particularly profound Alchemical/Rosicrucian worldview. Those who know me well understand how significant all this is for me. Well, it was largely Peter's influence that set me on that path!
Over the years, we became pretty close and spent a lot of time together. He did the final mix of some recordings by my band Mercurians (some of which were released on a 45), and I was instrumental in arranging Tuxedomoon's last US appearance over a decade ago. In addition to being a warm and generous friend, he continued to introduce me to tons of amazing music, film, and esoteric knowledge; to say he was an influence seems a dramatic understatement. Getting to know Peter was absolutely revolutionary for my mind, and I was always proud and excited to introduce him to various friends of mine. Pretty much anyone who met him was equally astounded and transformed by him.
It must be noted that he had quite a temper and would occasionally explode about something seemingly small, like a book borrowed and not returned in a timely manner. Once during a heated phone call I told him to "stop yelling at me" and he immediately softened, gently explaining "well, if I don't yell it seems like nobody ever listens." He occasionally complained of people treating him poorly, condescending to him, insulting him and downright ripping him off. He was not shy about naming names, and many of his alleged detractors were people well-established in the avant garde music world. I sometimes wonder if he didn't imagine some of these slights, though I really have no way of knowing. Mostly, I found it hard to imagine anyone not liking him! It definitely conveyed a certain sense of loneliness and shyness, which I don't think most people who met him were aware of, as well as a generally well concealed class-conscious insecurity. He described his upbringing to me as quite rough and tumble and would joke about being "just a yobbo from Queens," although I gather his household prided itself as "enlightened proletariat." I suspect his bold demeanor and choleric temperament may have been offputting to some. In many ways he was a classic Sagittarian and definitely rode a pretty high horse! In any case, I felt honored that he was comfortable enough around me to reveal this vulnerable side of his complex personality.
The last time I saw him, he stormed up to me and griped about being "almost dead!" It was indeed quite offputting, but I do believe he was having a hard time financially and emotionally during his last few years in New York City. He had a wonderful girlfriend at the time and I gather they moved off to Kentucky or Tennessee or somewhere flabbergasting like that for several years … His landline was disconnected and we lost touch, and I regret not making more effort to reach out to him during these last few years. I had been hoping to arrange for Tuxedomoon to come back and play the United States again, and I just figured we'd be reunited some sunny day and pick up where we left off with some more wonderful conversations. Now it looks like I'll have to wait until some future incarnation!
Blessings on all your future endeavors, friend of ages.
Neil Martinson

Peter Principle Dead at 63

17 Jul 2017 16:11

Tuxedomoon's bassist and co-composer, Peter Principle Dachert, 63, has died. He was found in his room at Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels, where Tuxedomoon has been preparing a new tour and new music. He was the apparent victim of a heart attack or stroke.

We are all stunned. Words will come later.

Peter on the James River in Virginia, June, 2017

Tuxedomoon Summer Tour 2017

29 Jun 2017 15:57

Tuxedomoon's tour of Europe for Summer 2017 will begin with the arrival of the members in
Brussels July 3rd.

The following dates are planned

Jul 07 - Art'n'Music Festival - Lublin, Poland 
Jul 28 - festival Brindisi, Italy
Aug 03 - Tolhuistuin - Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Aug 04 - Jazz Cafe London, United Kingdom 
Aug 07 - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany 
Aug 08 - Lagerhaus - Bremen, Germany
Aug 09 - Day off Bremen
Aug 10 - Festsaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, Germany 
Aug 26 - Castelo de Leiria - Leiria, Portugal
Aug 28 - Magasin 4 Brussels, Belgium 
The setlist will feature previously unperformed music from Tuxedomoon albums, spanning the entire discography, with two tracks selected from each of the records.
tuxedomoon, December 2016.
from left, Luc van Lieshout, Blaine Reininger, David Haneke, Steven Brown, Peter Principle.

Half Mute Tour Finished

10 Jun 2016 10:38

Tuxedomoon's epic 2016 Half Mute Tour comes to a close tonight, June 10, here in Milano. It has been quite a ride. We thank all the fans, friends, and others who have come to these shows and made this the rich inspiring experience it has been. Much love to all and sundry.

Peter Principle and Dok Gregory's Zero Gravity Thinkers

9 May 2016 18:26

Peter Principle and Dok Gregory's Zero Gravity Thinkers' new CD is now released. It will be available at the Merch table for all of the dates on the tuxedomoon Half Mute tour.

Les Disque du Crepuscule Releases Steven Brown's Album of Music for Film and Theatre

11 Apr 2016 14:30

Announcing the release of Steven's album of Music for Film and Theatre 

Music For Film & Theatre | Steven Brown | Crépuscule

Music For Film & Theatre is a soundtrack anthology by Tuxedomoon member Steven Brown

David Haneke Joins the Tuxedomoon Tour on Visuals

9 Apr 2016 07:35

Due to the recent passing of our beloved friend and comrade, Bruce Geduldig, Tuxedomoon has recruited a new visual arts man for the upcoming Half-Mute tour. His name is David Haneke, an Austrian artist resident in Switzerland. We look forward to welcoming him into the fold.
 Here is an excerpt from his CV:

David Haneke, born 1965 in Vienna, Austria. Lived from 1985 - 2005 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since 2005 in Switzerland. Studied “performing arts” at the National School of Arts in Amsterdam. In addition to acting in many Dutch theatre productions - including several years as performer with innovative site-specific theatre group BEWTH - he has directed and produced a number of independent films and video installations in the Netherlands, as well as creating pre-recorded and real-time video projections for theatre, opera and dance groups. His short film 'Humming Wires' won a special award at the Advanca Film Festival in Portugal in 1998. In 2000 founding Studio Ame and works additionally as Cameraman and Camera director for Events- and Television productions. From 2000-2004 worked as editor and cameraman for Postproduction Studio Vermaas, Amsterdam. 2001 Teaching Sound and Cinema in collaboration with Marco Vermaas at the Film festival Avanca- Portugal. 2000 MEMBER OF JURY at the Short film Festival Köln: Short cuts Cologne
1988 - 1992 PERFORMING ARTS at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (NL) AHK, De Theaterschool - Mimeopleiding*
Diploma 1992: Bachelor of Arts
1985 - 1987 MIME and Pantomime with E.J.Dijkstra & R.v.Rijn Studio A'dam
1974 - 1983 VIOLONCELLO with Professor Wolfgang Ebert. Vienna.

Relevant links:

Half Mute Re-Release Announced

22 Mar 2016 07:04

On the occasion of the Half-Mute tour, we are reissuing the album on CD,  in a special remastered and repackaged edition.

tuxedomoon half mute re-release package
The release includes a bonus album entitled GIVE ME NEW NOISE: Half-Mute Reflected. Thirteen artists have specially created covers of all the songs from Half-Mute and from the album's associated singles.

 The contributors include Foetus/Jim Thirlwell, Aksak Maboul, Simon Fisher Turner, DopplAr (feat. 2 members from Amatorski), Cult With No Name, Coti K., Georgio Valentino and others, with special appearances by the three makers of Half-Mute, Steven Brown, Peter Principle and Blaine Reininger.
Give Me New Noise will also be issued as a stand-alone vinyl LP and digital album.

Further information is available at Crammed Discs.

Bruce Geduldig Memorial

18 Mar 2016 09:33

Our friend Esmerelda Kay will hold a memorial service for Bruce at our old rehearsal space on Valencia in San Francisco.

BRUCE GEDULDIG MEMORIAL- SAT. March 19th 2:45-4:00pm POWA Buddhist ceremony with Bruce's family at 3324 17th St. (between Valencia & closer to Mission St. )4:30-6:00pm 992 Valencia St. ATA gallery (and the old Tuxedomoon/NohMercy rehearsal space )

Press Reaction to Bruce's Death

14 Mar 2016 07:22

There has been a tremendous outpouring of grief and condolences for our loss. Social media reaction has been especially large. Here is a collection of links to international press on Bruce's passing.
Le Monde obituary

RTBF (Belgian Francophone Television and Radio)

Panorama (Italy)

Rockol (Italy)

Rumoremag (Italy)
Dangerous minds USA
KQED San Francisco
Flanders Today (english edition)
The (Australia)

Photo archive of Bruce

Liberation (France) (Brussels)

R.I.P. Bruce Geduldig, 1953-2016

8 Mar 2016 09:11

Our erstwhile colleague and collaborator, Bruce Geduldig has died, on the occasion of his 63rd birthday, March 7, 2016. He departed from his home town, Sacramento, California, attended by his family and friends. He had been suffering for many years from liver complaints. We will miss him sorely.He joined Tuxedomoon around 1979. He had been working with Winston Tong in his theatre pieces, incorporating cinema and multi-media into their performances, and his orbit increasingly began to intersect that of Tuxedomoon. From then on, he was a constant feature in the live show, contributing to its unique gesamtkunst presentation.In the words of one our mutual friends, Jorge Socarras,

"The golden bad boy - that's what he had thought the first time he watched him walk into a room. All sharp angles he was, with a slight incline of the eyes suggesting migrations long lost under the adapted cover of blondness - invading Huns who, made docile by Teutonic magic, found themselves unable to leave the women they had raped. That fierceness and that seductiveness reconciled in their offspring's beauty, and displayed their genetic advantage when he smiled."

He had lived in Brussels, Belgium for many years, having moved there with the band in 1981. There, he met and married his beloved wife, Bernadette Martou, who died in April 2015.
In 2014, they moved to Sacramento, Bruce's home turf, having first lived for a time in Porto, Portugal.
Au revoir, dear friend. 
Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi, svaha!
the heart sutra*
some links: Bruce's youtube channel
.                  Bernadette's memorial page.
photo Saskia Lupini
*The Tuxedomoon Half Mute Tour will continue as planned. We shall dedicate it to his memory.
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