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Cosmic Bug Loaf was formed October 2010 in the town of Spring, Texas; with the founding members being John Alton and Chad Leibold.  The Loaf went through a few member changes until a stable group was established in 2011, that being Chris Bauman on bass, Chad Leibold on drums, and John Alton on guitar and vocals. 

The Loaf records and mixes all of their own material, allowing the albums to have their own unique sound.  


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July 9, 2014

Christopher Bauman Obituary

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Chapel of Forest Park The Wodlands Funeral Home
18000 I-45 Frontage
The Woodlands, Texas 77384
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Chapel of Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
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The Woodlands, Texas 77384
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Christopher Martin Bauman

August 23, 1988 – July 4, 2014
Christopher Martin Bauman, born August 23, 1988 in Des Moines Iowa to Martin Kevin and Saundra Dale Bauman. Christopher’s life was taken from us in a tragic accident July 4, 2014 outside San Marcos Texas by a drunk driver.Christopher attended high school in The Woodlands, TX, graduating in 2006. He was a born musician, and the bass player/sound engineer of the band “Cosmic Bug Loaf”. He touched the souls of many with his charismatic presence. A true lion, he was an avid sports fan, loved the outdoors, his pets and his family and friends.Christopher Bauman: a good soul, caring person, son and friend, his passing will leave a large void in the lives of all he leaves behind. His caring nature and sense of humor will live on thru all those who knew and loved him.Christopher is survived by his parents Marty and Saundra Bauman and his brother Bradley Bauman of the Woodlands. He leaves behind his grandparents, Nellene Bauman of Ackley, Iowa and Dale and Carol Stark of Council Bluffs, Iowa, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the Midwest, including band members Chad Leibold and John Alton. Christopher was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Francis Bauman. The family will be recieving visitors at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 between 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM with a service to follow at 4:30 PM. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to: Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas /
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“Our deepest sympathies to Christopher’s parents, brother, and extended family. Words cannot adequately express our sorrow for this senseless act that…” Martha Dolese (Luling, TX)

“Saundra, Marty and Brad. Chris and I are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences are with you and your entire family. God Bless you.” Chris and Debbie Longoria (Spring, TX)

“You do not know me and I only knew Chris from the tragic accident. I have not stopped praying for his family and friends (especially the ones with him)…” Bill Schietzelt (Houston, TX)

“I knew Chris as a creative, easy-going and very comical guy. He was beautiful, inside and out. I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Will keep you all…” Megan (Las Vegas, NV)

“Dear Saundra and Marty, Words cannot express the sorrow and Sympathy I feel for you and Bradley at this time of your great loss, May the great hand of our…” aunt Mid Bauer (Falls City, NE)

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Cosmic Bug Loaf Bassist Chris Bauman Killed in Accident


Houston’s music scene lost a unique voice over the Independence Day weekend. Chris Bauman, bassist, keyboardist and sound engineer for Cosmic Bug Loaf, was struck by a suspected drunk driver and killed outside of San Marcos. He was 26.   Bauman came to the Houston area from Des Moines, Iowa, living in The Woodlands and graduating from high school in 2006. In 2011, he became the final piece of the puzzle that solidified Cosmic Bug Loaf’s lineup, joining founding members John Alton and Chad Liebold to create a truly unique psychedelic sound experience that remained one-of-a-kind throughout the band’s career. REWIND: The Rocks Off 200: John Alton, the Madness of Cosmic Bug Loaf Cosmic Bug Loaf: the Death of William Shatner Via Spiders “My dear friend, this is not the end, our love for you will never die within,” said Alton via his Facebook. “I know in my heart our paths will cross again, but until then, our love for you remains within, my dearest friend.”


Liebold simply said, “I love you Chris Bauman.”   The above video shows the final live jam between Bauman and Alton, an acoustic run-through of “White Lightning” recorded in June. The future of Cosmic Bug Loaf is unknown at this time, but in the time that he was with the band it’s undeniable that Bauman brought something very special to the Houston music scene. The Bauman family will welcome mourners and friends at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a service to follow. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas. Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds. You can also connect with him on Facebook. ROCKS OFF’S GREATEST HITS The Ask Willie D Archives Houston’s Top 10 Hipster Bars, Clubs & Icehouses 2014 Today’s 10 Most Promising Young Metal Bands Hip-Hop’s Seven Best Breakup Songs Houston’s Top 10 Rooftop Bars and Lounges


One dead, nine injured after six-vehicle wreck near San Marcos


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One man is dead and another is under investigation for intoxication manslaughter after a six-vehicle wreck on Texas 80 just east of San Marcos that left nine people injured Friday, police said. Christopher Bauman, a 25-year-old Woodlands resident, was traveling with three other passengers in a Nissan Altima preparing to turn left onto County Road 101 from Texas 80 when the driver of a Dodge Neon failed to stop and struck them from behind, sending the car into oncoming traffic, police said. A car and a truck collided with the Nissan, which then struck a Department of Public Safety vehicle and sent debris hurtling toward the sixth vehicle involved in the wreck, police said. Bauman was taken to the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, where doctors pronounced him dead at 1:49 p.m. Friday, police said. Of the nine people sent to the hospital, all have been treated and released except for Jeremy Deanfield, 22, and Chad Calkins, 29. Both were in the car with Bauman and remain in serious condition at Brackenridge Hospital, police said. The San Marcos Fire Department, the South Hays Fire Department, the Hays and Caldwell County sheriff’s offices, and at least a dozen DPS troopers responded to the accident, police said. Leontiy Oleg, the 20-year-old Kyle resident who may be responsible for the crash, is under investigation for intoxication manslaughter, police said. Oleg also was taken by STAR Flight to Brackenridge, but was treated and released, police said.

Correction: This story corrects the day of the accident to Friday, July 4, 2014.


The Rocks Off 200: John Alton, the Madness of Cosmic Bug Loaf

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community — a lot more than just musicians, but of course they’re in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
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Who? Every Cosmic Bug Loaf song sounds like your last brain cell committing suicide as the world burns around you, which is just about the nicest thing I’ve ever said about anyone. Much of that is due to John Alton, whose strange and intense guitar work feels like two different people alternately berating and coming on to you at the same time. Then there’s that voice…it comes out of the speakers like Pennywise came out of the sewers in IT. There’s just something insidious about it, even though it’s all dressed up in bright colors. When he was a boy Alton started learning the classical guitar from his father; you can hear a LOT of Bach in a Cosmic Bug Loaf song if you listen closely. His favorite game was to set his metronome faster and faster and see if he could play the pieces perfectly far in excess of the proper tempo. Eventually he took to the electric guitar and teamed with childhood friend Chad Leibold (drums) to form first the June Bugs and eventually Cosmic Bug Loaf. Previously he’s been signed to Esotype Records as part of a math-rock outfit called Eternal Life, and has contributed guitar to recordings by the Wheel Workers’ own Steve Higginbotham. All in all, Alton keeps busy laying down strange and wonderful sounds, so keep an eye and ear out.


Home Base: Practice and writing sessions for Cosmic Bug Loaf usually take place by rotating between the members’ houses. Whenever Alton wants to work on solo projects, he prefers to take himself out into the woods with a guitar to write. When it comes to playing live, he loves every venue for different reasons. Like a lot of local bands he praises the sound quality of Rudyard’s, but also enjoys the atmosphere of AvantGarden and Notsuoh. Good War Story: “I was abducted by aliens.” Author’s note: there is simply no way to know if he is joking on that or not. Music Scene Pet Peeve: Though he doesn’t cite any statistics or anything, Alton feels like the scene just isn’t as big as it used to be. Why Stay Do You Stay In Houston? “I stay in Houston because my family is close and also my bandmates are close,” Alton says. “I get a little overwhelmed with industry and cities, so I hope to move to somewhere that has more nature than humans sometime in the future. Then again, it might be too late for that.”


Five Desert Island Discs:

  • Radiohead, The King of Limbs
  • The Doors, Morrison Hotel
  • Elliott Smith, From a Basement on a Hill
  • Pink Floyd, Meddle
  • Converge, You Fail Me

Best Show You’ve Ever Seen: “Radiohead by far,” he says. “I have seen them live three times, and every time it blows me away.” First Song You Ever Fell in Love With: Portishead, “Half Day Closing” Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds. You can also connect with him on Facebook.

What’s In a Name?

Cosmic Bug Loaf: The Death of William Shatner Via Spiders

By Jef With One F Fri., Jun. 21 2013 at 7:00 AM

Categories:     What’s In a Name?

It’s a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here on Rocks Off we’re trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers.


At my day job I have a coworker who makes fun of me because I like what he calls “primitive minimalist” music. By that he means that doesn’t see the appeal in a band like the Legendary Pink Dots which is mostly droning weirdness that can’t decide on jazz or pop so does both while making exactly no sense at all.

Cosmic Bug Loaf reminds me of that… at least if LPD had Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar. It’s a bluesy psychedelic explosion that shows off some tremendous skill on the strings but really gets going by invading your mind like a fever dream. Take a song like “Springwell,” which is equal parts hard blues jam and caterwauling call to the elder gods. You fall through the haze they produce, going mad all the way. I bet someone gets murdered to this band one day. It just feels like that’s going to happen.

But that name…Cosmic Bug Loaf… seriously? It’s like they asked mushrooms what a good band name is. Don’t get me wrong, they play the exact kind of music you would expect a band called Cosmic Bug Loaf to play, but it almost too perfectly screams, “We will blow your mind, maaaaaaaaaaaan!”

There had to be more to that, so I sent off an email looking for answers from the band.

“The name arose from a combination of deep infinite space and the wise words of Shatner,” was the reply I got. I don’t know what I was expecting, really.


Sucks to be CBL, though, because I know exactly what they mean. It’s all about Kingdom of Spiders, a ’70s big-bug flick that Shatner starred in back when he was still acting rather than just playing William Shatner. It’s a good nature-gone-wild horror film that doesn’t have any of the playfulness of Arachnophobia, instead going with visceral screaming and horrific (If not very gory) death. They released a good letterbox DVD a while back, so it’s not that hard to find.

Spoiler, though, in the end Shatner and the survivors are holed up in a hunting lodge waxing philosophically and hiding from spiders. The camera pans away to see that their entire town has been overrun with webs. The spiders win, and it’s only a matter of time until our man Will and his friends are cocooned and consumed as cosmic (Star Trek) bug (Spiders) loaves (Food) themselves. All the Cosmic Bug Loaf stands for is that the world will be eaten and changed as the madness of spider death overtakes us all.

So you see, hippies! I deduced the truth. Now get back out there and make some more brain damage so I forget I know all this.

FINAL DEFINITION Cosmic Bug Loaf (n): 1. Bluesy psychedelia. 2. The death of Shatner. 3. A hippie code.

Cosmic Bug Loaf plays Springboard South on Saturday, June 22 at Warehouse Live with Hazy Ray, Jesse Roach, Clinton Ashley, VerseCity, Branden Mendoza, Celeste Kellogg, Mike Terror, Dewey Wayne, Sophi, Rainchild, Abby Gough, Celestial Centerfold, Black Queen Speaks, The Dead C Scales, and Last Ones Left.

Jef With One F is a recovering rock star taking it one day at a time. You can read about his adventures in The Bible Spelled Backwards or connect with him on Facebook.

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November 26th 2011 Grim with Uglocal “A Journey to the land of “Cosmic Bug Loaf””

I don’t remember very much from last night…. I’m not sure how I got home…. I’m not sure that I didn’t make a complete ass out of myself, and I don’t care because what I do remember, besides running out of gas and having to walk a couple of miles to get to the show, was the music.  The smokey room. The haunting vocals.  A Groove that was so thick, you could cut it with a spoon.  “Cosmic Bug Loaf”….  This Houston trio (quartet with the return of their keyboardist) having formed not even six months ago, showed up to a knife fight with a bazooka.  Its not very often that you hear a band and can say “this is why we listen to music” but I believe that these guys may very well be one of those bands.  If your in the Houston area and you get a chance to see them jam, definitely take advantage of it.

November 26th 2011 Hillary Marek with Houston Undgerground Radio

Had a great time last nigh with Cosmic Bug Loaf and Justin Meadows.  If you have never been to a Cosmic Bug Loaf show then you have no idea what you are missing!  The only thing I can compare it to is possibly being in the studio during the recording of the Beatles white album.  It was like no show I had ever been too it was not a show that is an insult to this band no, it was the Cosmic Bug Loaf Experience.  I had a euphoric music high that lasted well into today!


December 3rd 2011 Grim with Uglocal “Another Great Show Last Night”

Cosmic Bug Loaf has a great show at Acadia,  Tons of Energy!  The return of their keyboardist/rhythm guitar player (Jonathen Martinez) added a new level of awesomeness to the already mind boggling intensity that these guys bring to their performances.  If you haven’t had a change to check out their live show yet, then you are missing out!


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