Marie Antoinette, Berlin, 30th May 2012

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CC BY-NC-ND license starting june 17th, 2012.

photographer: stephan laackman - berlin

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"While on a tour of Europe with Charalambides, 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." (Volcanic Tongue)

In collaboration with Christina, we're going to collect all the different efforts that will be coming to light for helping Tom Carter on this site. Please let us know your efforts so we can forward them here, too.


Saturday, 22nd September 2012
West Germany, Skalitzer Str. 133, 10999 Berlin

This is the Berlin benefit concert evening, helping assist musician Tom Carter (Charalambides and many others..) through his recovery from severe pneumonia incurred while on tour in 2012.

NADJA (Aidan Baker / Leah Buckareff)
JOCHEN ARBEIT (Einstürzende Neubauten) / HOPEK QUIRIN
HEAD OF WANTASTIQUET (Paul LaBrecque/Sunburned Hand of the Man)

Doors open 9pm – Begin 10pm

All proceeds from entrance + merch/prints etc., will be donated to 'The Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust'. Please check for further information.

The evening takes place within the 'You Are Here aka The Maze 2012' Festival.

The concert program of the evening is curated by Stephan Laackman.

Update by Christina Cater - 12th July 2012

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

NEW MESSAGE by Christina Carter - 30th June 2012

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 is some question as to whether or not there has been some type of long-lasting heart complications due to the pneumonia. Evaluation and any treatment or therapy to address this question will most likely take place in the US. The doctors in Germany are also recommending that Tom not return to work and, I assume, pre-illness activity levels until January 2012.

I still have not spoken directly with Tom, but through his mom, he wanted you all to know how much he appreciates all of the benefits that have been and are being organized (everyone who puts together, plays at, and/or attends); he also wanted you all to know how much he appreciates the messages of concern and friendship. The outpouring of love and support is, I believe, directly connected with his recovery and he seems to be in relatively good spirits, despite this ordeal, largely because of this love and support. He is already looking forward to coming back to the US, and hopefully NY, in August.

The PayPal account for The Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust is finally up and running. Anyone can contribute to it by going to:

The email address to donate to is:

tomcartertrust (at) gmail (dot) com

If anyone has questions specifically about donating, please write the above email address.

David Daniell is helping to develop the updated website, and when that is completed there will be a convenient donation button there. Donations can continue to be made through Jump Arts until that process is complete.

Volcanic Tongue will continue to post updates as well. Thank you all so much,
Christina Carter

And, as always, please forward to anyone that is interested and concerned.

by Christina Cater and Cory Rayburn - 27th June 2012

Hope this finds you well. Cory and I have the trust fund for Tom established.

Unfortunately, there are some legal complications involving opening a PayPal account for the trust at the moment. PayPal isn't equipped to properly classify an account for the purpose of a trust. We are trying to figure out a solution to this problem, though I am not sure how long that will take.

So, there is at the moment no convenient way to electronically gift funds directly to the trust. Although Cory and I are working with the Jump Arts non-profit organization and they are temporarily accepting gifts electronically for the trust fund through All monies they have already and will collect will be transferred to the trust.

If you would like to donate to the trust directly, send a check, money order, or international money order payable to:

The Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust and mail to:

Christina Carter
506 E 38TH ST. APT A
Austin, Texas 78705

I want to thank everyone for helping to keep all of the people who are concerned about Tom informed of his condition and the trust information. Please forward this message to anyone who you think might want to know about the trust fund.

Thank you and best,

TOM CARTER BENEFIT by Flywheel Arts Collective - 28th June 2012

(...) July 6, 2012 @Flywheel this event is a fundraiser to help Tom out with the massive medical bills due to being treated out of the country.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Hush Harbors
Magik Markers
Six Organs Of Admittance
Dredd Foole

There will be readings by Byron Coley, Elaine Kahn and Matt Krefting. Tickets will be for sale at the door at 7pm. For more info email |

JUMP ARTS' RECOVERY FUND by Northern Spy - 20th June 2012

Jump Arts/Northern Spy is now accepting donations on the behalf of both Tom and the Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust. Jump Arts is a 501 c (3) tax exempt arts organization and is registered with the New York Department of Charities. All donations to Jump are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. All funds collected by Jump Arts pursuant to this appeal shall be turned over to the Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust, a trust which has been established to care for all of Tom’s current and future needs. Jump Arts shall not retain any portion of any donation for administrative or other non-Tom Carter purpose.

Northern Spy have also built a site collecting all news, benefits shows and other donation efforts:

Northern Spy is donating all proceeds from sales of Tom Carter/Marc Orleans self titled Eleven Twenty-Nine LPs, CDs and digital units.

COLLECTIBLE PRINTS by Stephan Laackman - 18th June 2012

Stephan is going to publishing adjacent photo entitled 'Tom Carter #5' as a collectible archival pigment print edition. Size 8.2 x 11.6 in. (210 x 297 mm). All proceeds from sales will be donated to The Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust.

TOM CARTER APPEAL by Volcanic Tongue - 17th June 2012

(...) 'Volcanic Tongue is donating all proceeds from sales of Charalambides and Tom Carter and Christina Carter releases to Tom Carter and his family. Blackest Rainbow Recordings have also very generously offered all their available releases to VT with all proceeds going direct to Tom’s fund.'