News & Updates

October 8th
Feathered Coyote Records has released Lunar Jams For Tom Carter, a two cassette box-set featuring new tracks by MV+EE, Herbcraft, James Jackson Toth, Hellvete, Common Eider, King Eider, Autistic Argonauts, Bird People, and many more. Two hours of music by twenty artists. Comes in a plastic box with one white and one black tape, all-monochrome artwork and an 8-page booklet. Download code included. 100% of the proceeds go to the Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust. For more information go to the Feathered Coyote website or Feathered Coyote’s Bandcamp page.

August 4th
Tom left the rehabilitation center in Germany, and arrived back in New York City this past Wednesday.

July 25th
Two more benefit shows have been announced, these taking place August 24th and 25th in Houston, Texas. Details are on the Benefit Shows page. In addition to these, Houston’s Nameless Sound will be presenting an intimate benefit show sometime in September. The specifics are still being worked out but rumor has it that Jandek has confirmed to take part.

Also, two new album benefit sales have been announced – a new release from Fire Museum Records, and a re-release of a 2001 Primordial Undermind album (from the time when Tom was a part of Primordial Undermind).

July 20th
Mid-August Multi-City Southern Benefit Shows: A number of cities in the southern US will be presenting benefit shows around the third week of August. The cities include Asheville and Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; and Charlottesville, Virginia. Check the Benefit Shows page and the various venue/presenter websites for updates on the developing line-ups and other details, including possibly some additional cities.

July 17th
A new way to contribute: The print edition of the photograph of Tom Carter by Stephan Laackman, featured on this site, is now for sale. 30€ numbered + signed by Stephan Laackman, 40€ lettered + signed by Tom Carter and Stephan Laackman. All proceeds will be donated to the Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust.

July 12th
Two days ago, Tom, accompanied by his mother, was transferred to a medical rehabilitation facility in Germany, near the Baltic Sea. Tom will receive medical care, monitoring and physical rehabilitation at the facility until the end of July.

It is still unknown whether Tom will be able to return to New York immediately after the rehabilitation, or if it will be necessary for him to, instead, reside elsewhere with his family for a time. Although his condition continues to improve, Tom is still weak and his condition must come closer to what his normal baseline health will be, in order for doctors to assess what type of further treatment he will need in the US. It does seem to be certain that Tom will require follow up care once back in the States.

Tom and I were able to have a few short conversations on the phone in the last week. He stressed, again, to let everyone know how much everyone’s caring and support has meant and continues to mean to him. He appreciates all of the benefits that have been organized and all of the messages wishing for his recovery. He is able to receive email messages at the facility, however computer access is limited there, and so he may not be able to reply for some time.

All of the help that everyone is providing will most definitely make a huge difference in Tom’s ability to get back on his feet when the time comes, and has also made a huge difference in Tom and his family’s peace of mind (especially with the projected length of recovery time and additional medical care needed.)

—Christina Carter

June 30th
Doctors are going forward with the plan to keep Tom in intensive care for an additional two weeks, and then transfer him to a medical rehabilitation facility in another town in Germany through the end of July. If all progresses well with recuperation at that facility, he will be sent back to the US to continue evaluation, treatment and recovery.

Tom’s health continues to improve, and the doctors have been able to continue to reduce medications and other treatments. He is finally breathing entirely on his own and beginning to receive physical therapy. At this time the prognosis is good, although there are some questions about long-term health complications due to the pneumonia. Evaluation and any treatment or therapy to address these questions will most likely take place in the US.

The doctors in Germany are also recommending that Tom not return to employment and normal levels of pre-illness activity until January 2013. This recommendation will be periodically reevaluated, but it seems to fall in line with common recovery projections for people who have experienced pneumonia at this level of seriousness.

We still have not spoken directly with Tom, but through his family, he wants everyone to know how much he appreciates all of the benefits that have been and are being organized (everyone who puts together, plays at, donates, and/or attends); he also wanted everyone to know how much he appreciates the messages of concern and friendship that have been passed on to him.

June 24th
This text was originally posted on the Volcanic Tongue website.

More substantial details are coming in as to a potential recovery schedule for Tom Carter while he remains in hospital in Berlin. The doctors are now proposing a plan to keep Tom in intensive care for approximately two more weeks before transferring him to a medical rehabilitation facility for an additional month somewhere in Germany. Afterwards Tom will return to the US for further evaluation, medical care, and convalescence. However, this portion of his treatment and recovery remains largely unknown as to its nature and timescale and indeed, this is a best-case scenario and subject to change according to the vagaries of Tom’s condition.

In order to address the considerable financial difficulties that are sure to arise as a result of a projected lengthy recuperation, Christina Carter (Charalambides) and Cory Rayborn (Three Lobed Recordings) are establishing the Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust to care for all of Tom’s current and future needs. Information on how to make your personal donation directly to the trust fund will be available shortly.

Also, in order to more efficiently coordinate and consolidate efforts to assist Tom, the Jump Arts organization has graciously agreed to donate the site to the Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust. The website will be updated to reflect this transfer, so that interested and concerned parties will be able to continue to visit and make their personal gift directly to Tom’s fund. Until the transfer is complete, Jump Arts will temporarily accept donations on behalf of the RTC Trust. In addition, all monies Jump Arts has already collected will be assigned to the trust.

Volcanic Tongue would like to thank everyone who has purchased merchandise or donated monies to Tom thus far. In the coming weeks we will be announcing some very special donations to Tom’s fund that will be available for sale via Volcanic Tongue, including a new EP from Eleven Twenty-Nine (Tom’s duo with Marc Orleans of Sunburned Hand Of The Man), a reissue of a very limited Charalambides live performance + interview DVD, rare CD-Rs/CDs and cassettes from Christina Carter, Scorces and Charalambides (generously donated by Robin Barnes of Isolde) and an original copy of Richard Youngs and Simon Wickham-Smith’s massively rare private press 2xLP debut, Lake, kindly donated by Richard himself. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds for the new Rotten Masters (Richard Youngs + Andrew Paine) 7” has been donated by Sonic Oyster Records. Keep an eye on the Volcanic Tongue site for many more one-off fund raising contributions.

June 17th
This text was originally posted on the Volcanic Tongue website.

While on a tour of Europe with Charalambides, the Brooklyn based guitarist Tom Carter was hospitalized in Berlin, Germany and has been in intensive care for over two weeks. He is currently being treated for serious complications of pneumonia. At this time, there remain many uncertainties regarding his condition, which continues to be variable and evolving. Hospitalization and a projected recovery could last at a minimum many weeks and possibly months. The consideration and support that has already been expressed, during this time, is of great comfort to Tom’s family.

Many concerned individuals have asked about sending cards and flowers, all of which is greatly appreciated. However, the intensive care unit is not equipped to accommodate gifts. We will be sure to let everyone know if and when the hospital is able to do so. Additionally, Tom is currently unable to receive phone calls or visitors. Many individuals have also inquired as to what other assistance they can provide. Due to the severity of Tom’s illness, his hospitalization away from home, and the projection of a possible prolonged recovery, Tom and his family will certainly incur a more than significant financial burden. There will be medical bills as well as possible travel and housing expenses. It is thought that a considerable portion, if not all, of Tom’s recovery must take place in Berlin. A fund is being established to receive donations to offset these costs. Information on how to contribute will follow as soon as it is available. Tom Carter’s generosity and modesty as a musician and friend, coupled with his dedication to a vision of spiritual music as transformative force, provides us all with a rare example of creative and personal possibilities intertwined. Let us keep Tom, whom we cherish, in our thoughts and attune our minds to his full recovery. Please forward this notice to anyone who may be concerned. We will post updates here as more information becomes available.