Category Archives: Dakota Slim

▶ Dakota Slim – Night Thief

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by DEVIN W. MILLER

Here’s a brand new song from the long slumbering Slim as he continues the construction of a new e.p. (CACTUS CROWN) and progress on the comic book/record remains steady!

Please visit THE REVEL REVIVAL for all projects concerning Revel Rosz (Travis Keats Ross) henceforth!

And of course, be sure to leer at WE THE HALLOWED for major news on the art collective/ religion Slim cotton’s to.

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“DESERTER PSALMS”: A 16 TRACK DS RETROSPECTIVE OUT NOW

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DESERTER PSALMS: HYMNALS FOR A Dead Decade (2003 – 2013)

This, is the beginning of the end for DAKOTA SLIM.  Sadistically honoring a fictional character’s impending demise, I’ve compiled 16 of the most un-crindge worthy “Slim Hymns” into a full length release.

Lengthy Linear Notes are being compiled as we speak, as I had a lot of help from some of the most clever artists working today helping me realize this shadow-self, and for that I am forever grateful

“DESERTER” is available in all major online digital music retailers such ad iTunes or Amazon

But this isn’t THE END…

I still have one more plan for Slim… entitled “ZOZOBRA” ; His life’s work and the opus that I’ve been scheming and mapping for the last decade.

“ZOZOBRA” is essentially a gonzo-histo-folkloric comic about the death of Dakota Slim and the trial and tribulations each Bardo of the afterlife has in store for him.

So before I truly kill him, I figured he was  due a collection of the least-terrible songs from his decade long, and 7+ album, legacy errr career errr prolonged artistic hiccup…

This compilation should be the bookend record from a character that started as a trivial pursuit of fiction to mask my artistic loneliness and experimentation, now I am ready to set him on the path of becoming a ghost, made of the wanderlust dreams of a young desert deserter…

_Rev. Keats Rosz

“REVEL” by REVELATOR ROSZ

KAMEN ROSS sketched the portrait.

KAMEN ROSS sketched the portrait.

This was my first major foray into writing, performing, producing, and distributing an E.P. in 4 days through the intense use of sigilism (as evidenced in the cover art) and culling sonically-astral “automatic” compositions from a basement meditation. What birthed? “REVEL:” the 5 song E.P. and my first release under the REVELATOR name. It totally utilized what I refer to as “PRAGMAGICK” or magick, through means of focus and execution (like practice or rehearsal) for practical means such as an honest piece of work to help ends meet – and hopefully mend.
The songs vary in style and vibe. Thing is, for every song there were hundreds of invocations and conjurations, I only chose to follow five of them.
The 4 days were damp and desolate, mixed with teeth gnawing integrity – I am ,actually, building a home studio and  an editing bay in the “terror-firma” known as our basement. Through the dreaded webs and rat rollicking I managed to detune and calibrate THIS piece of art:

It may or may not help boost my forever – ramshackle ways, but I gotta girl to impress. A love. I got friends  I mean to never distress. I got love. More so now, that I had to be productive in pragmatically producing an instantaneous artifact.  An artifact that may somehow sell to those who care to hear my 4 day triumph over writing, production, performing, and editing but also my madness and synapse lapsed moon shivers and shakes recorded on tape.

The five songs adequately represent my thought process if a millisecond were represented as exactly 20 minutes in song.
Whie SPARE∆SPELLS continues to perform visually and musically ambitious sets while rounding out a collection of demos (for a very conceptual plan) and DAKOTA SLIM stays quiet for just a little longer – I figured my role in WE, THE HALLOWED and in the soon to be posted show, WAYWARD WORSHIP, as REVELATOR (more a lavishing lingerer than a revealer) would enact the responsibility of measuring my most obscure work.
It’s getting frosty here in the Oregon perma-dusk. I manifested through magikal means a product that might help keep me warm. And keep that love confident. And friends not stressed.

From the Basement,
REV. KEATS ROSZ

UPDATED C.V. AND PERSONAL SITE HERE:

REVROSZ.me

ALSO, UPDATED C.V. AND PERSONAL SITE.

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SPARE ∆ SPELLS live debut at HABESHA (PDX) HALLOWEEN 2014

“SALVO (SIEMPRE SALVO)”

“NAYSAYER”

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“PRAYTELLER”

Performed at Habesha Lounge in Portland, OR 10/31/14

Our set was sequenced with my re-edit of the 1945 film “DETOUR” which is spliced in amidst the performance footage.

It was shot and edited by JOSH WINSOR.

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SPARE∆SPELLS Debut HALLOWEEN 2014

My new project, SPARE ∆ SPELLS, is debuting at an epic hootenanny we’ve arduously concocted on Halloween Night (2014) here in PORTLAND, OREGON.  Here’s a “promo” with a snippet of “live” audio as well as a preview of my set-specific edit of the 1945 Film-Noir, “DETOUR,” that will provide the visuals for our unveiling…

and Here’s a flyer for the FREE debut designed by yours truly…

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“HITHERTO THE aMiNals” —– REDUX and DIGITAL RE-RELEASE!

 

 

(c) Dakota Slim and Ryan W. Brewer 2008

(c) Dakota Slim and Ryan W. Brewer 2008

Finally, the final album from DAKOTA SLIM to be re-released, “Hitherto The aMiNals” is now available in all major online retailers such as iTUNES, SPOTIFY, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, ETC. This particular release is special due to a different cover from Ryan Brewer and new track listing that separates it from the original release on Bladen County Records
This means that the 6 records which document my artistic growth and output throughout the last decade are now widely available for the first time. This process has had me relive the amazing artistic life I have been gifted thus far, and instilled an incredible amount of excitement for what I have planned for the next decade. I’M ONLY GETTING STARTED.  KEEP YOUR HEARTS CROSSED AND YOUR EYES PEELED FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER!

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FULL DIGITAL DISCOGRAPHY NOW AVAILABLE

All DAKOTA SLIM releases ( aside from 2007’s “Hitherto The Aminals” which is forthcoming) is now available through most online retailers for the very first time:

SIMPLY SEARCH “DAKOTA SLIM” WITHIN ONE OF THESE APPS TO STREAM OR PURCHASE:   ITUNES, SPOTIFY, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON, BEATS MUSIC, Rdio, and DEEZER. 

DIGITAL RELEASES INCLUDE:

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With ANONYM 2005

● With ANONYM 2005

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Cover art by Ryan W. Brewer (c) 2006

● The HYMS Of DAKOTA SLIM 2006

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● With The ZYDECO FUNERAL: THE BUNGLED 2009

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● With The HALLOWED MARCH: THE BOTCHED 2009

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● GOD GONNA GET ME RIGHT (BUT THE DEVIL GONNA MAKE ME FAMOUS) 2010

WE THE HALLOWED’S First Salon 6/6/14

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WE, THE HALLOWED’s FIRST SALON

Keats Ross, AKA DAKOTA SLIM, is part of a conceptual art based spiritualist movement entitled WE, THE HALLOWED.

The movement was announced to the Portland Arts Community on JUNE 6th, 2014, unannounced, by the chapter’s REVELATOR -amidst a costumed procession- pictured here.

Please visit WE, THE HALLOWED’S WEBSITE for information on becoming the “saint of you” or any information regarding the cause.

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SOUNDS FROM SATURDAY EVENING>>>

 

Around the 2 minute mark, shit get real.

Preview of NEW BAND

My satchel was stolen with two years worth of handwritten material across, at least, four projects I was dilligently determined to finally square away.  The Great Spider that weaves her tangled web, connecting us to validation through resolve, certainly didn’t see the fruits of my labor.  Perhaps she felt that I, after a rebirth of sorts, needed more of a cataclysmic surge to truly reinvent myself, a spark that only a dharma bum could ignite burning down his worldly possessions in one awesome flick.

The anger still haunts me, a sort of primal protection a father instinctually ignites when his offspring is attacked in front of him.   A macabre revenge lust permeates when I’m left with my thoughts, for the fate of all that work must have been nothing more than skimmed and discared into the narrows of nothing…

Those lost confessionals and documents were the only testament to finding what kept me alive through some of my most torrid times in life.  But que sera, sera.

Alas, I haven’t been able to break focus or weep over the lost work… I quickly started to trust that the Great Spider weaves a web of calculated deference, a familiar web, later discovered to be manifested by my subliminal guidance.

So I took most of the structured music and re-appropriated them with the hopes of instilling the fervor and tenacity of lust for weird.  Let this video be a testament to a conjuration of sifted ephemera from the past and exciting/revitalizing prospects of the future.  I am birthed, and earthed all over again…

This is an early rendition of a song intended for the aforementioned long labored album PRAGMAGIK – “Pray for Strays” – it, along with most of that record are being deconstructed into a few different conceptually focused projects.

This song, and most of the sequence driven material written the past couple years, have turned into this live theatrical ensemble featuring DODGE LOGIC / ELEGANT BACHELOR – Justin Shelp manning Guitar, Orchestrated Noise, Drums, Misc. Perc… hell… Anything he can grab with two fists.   I cover Vox, Baritone, Sequences, and Kick Drum + Pedal work (new appreciation for the art of tap dancing).

The full announcement regarding this new outfits identity (along with other projects), tracklist, and concept is forthcoming.

JOSH WINSOR shot this beautifully constructed montage of us.

For now this is an exceptional document, or glimpse, on the set-up thus far of our writing process of our third session performing together.

The video is a montage while the audio is a single, live take.

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