His bandmates then were named Dave and George. In a couple of years they’d find proper aliases and an insatiable need to leave their mark on hip-hop as the melody-bending, psych-rap, jinglecore trio Restiform Bodies. His bandmates are still Dave and George, only they’re better known as Passage and Telephone Jim Jesus. In 2001, after cutting his teeth on college radio shows and making records with his cohorts (1999’s Moods & Symptoms with Passage; Restiform’s Oubliette tape and self-titled album debut), Bomarr moved to Oakland to join Anticon’s growing army of innovators. Since arrival, he’s been a veritable creative force.
2002 saw the self-release of his first solo instrumental comp, Beats Being Broke, and 2003 brought the highly sought handmade 3-inch disc, Fetal Antiseptic Drama Party (featuring a pleasantly warped redux of Ginuwine’s “Pony” and a track composed entirely of sounds sampled at a local Whole Foods). In 2005, Bomarr began his annual limited-release Wild X-mas mix series compiling bizarre holiday songs rescued from the dollar bin. And with the close of 2007 came Freedom From Frightened Air (self-released) and its companion piece Scraps (free for download), which document Bomarr’s recent forays into beat mastery, his critically praised collaboration with San Francisco’s Clovis Heald, and his growing success as a remix artist for folks like Grizzly Bear, Midstates, Of Montreal, Alan Astor, and Sole. Bomarr’s been putting his vast obscure video collection to use as well, composing music/film collage for exhibition and release (see 2003’s Surface Sincerity DVD). And as if all that wasn’t enough, he’s been working with the Sneakmove label on their 7-inch “Minicomp” series, contributing to the 365 Days Project (a celebrated found music blog), and DJing S.F.
clubs. Despite his early love of the spotlight, Bomarr gets nervous before going on stage; yet despite that, he loves improv. He and Passage operate a punk-dance party band called Bat Rays, and in 2005, Bomarr and TJJ released their freewheeling electronic experiment Live at Chapel of the Chimes. With the RBs, Bomarr has shared the stage with the Arcade Fire, Unicorns, Kid606, Animal Collective, Hrvatski, Cex, Métal Urbain, Grand Buffet, Barry Andrews (Shriekback), the ECC and various members and friends of Anticon. His past work compiled and sufficiently purged from his computer’s coffers, Bomarr is turning his attention to power moves in double-ought eight.
He’s currently preparing his official album debut, mixing Restiform’s next record (due out on Anticon in 2008), dreaming up a Bat Rays LP, and entertaining collaborations with Ross Peacock of Ned, and Lida Husik (Shimmy Disc, Astralwerks). He recently remixed Tunng and maintains a dayjob at IODA in S.F. digitally distributing the hard work of indie labels everywhere. Surprisingly, he sleeps.
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