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"Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world." - Annie Lenox
Members of The Blind King (Josh, Andy, Dave, Kevin, maybe Beth) will be performing this Sunday, September 7th, in Union Square, Somerville, at around 4pm. Here's the info:
Members of The Blind King (Josh Beth & Dave) will be playing a set today in the Courtyard at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. It starts at 3:30 p.m. and runs for an hour. It’s just us. The BPL restaurant Sebastian’s will be selling food. Here's the website (http://www.bpl.org) & here's the flyer (http://www.bpl.org/concerts.pdf). We'll be playing with a drum machine, reminiscent of the first album. More about The Blind King: http:www.blindkingmusic.com
The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
The Blind King is the first local (Boston area) music act to have their music added to the Boston Public Library's music database.
Check out our new Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/theblindking
The Blind King'll be playing at the Lizard Lounge, one of our favorite venues, next Saturday night October 28th, along with The Dirty Truckers and Georgia Overdrive. We have some new material to try out along with our perennial favorites. We're up first, so come earlyish if you want to see us. The show starts at 9:30 and there's a $7 cover. The Lizard Lounge is a great, low-key place to see live music and hang out. They have a fairly extensive assortment of beers on tap, and right upstairs is the restaurant Common Ground if you fancy a hearty meal before the show.
Hey, check us out on IndieFeed! They just added our song, "Til You're Gone".
We'll be opening up for Georgia Overdrive at Toad in Cambridge this Friday, August 4.
Our bass player, Dave Sakowski, was interviewed in a mini-documentary about Somerville, and also our music is playing in the background for the whole thing. We even get a credit at the end! The songs I can hear are "The Smartest Girl In Town" and "Punk Rock Dream".
For some reason I like songs that have "Spain" in the title. For instance:
La Scena Musicale - Vol. 6, No. 4 December 2000
We'll be playing this Saturday, February 4th, at Toad in Porter Square Cambridge. We'll be opening the night at around 10pm.
We're playing for the first time at Great Scott in Allston this coming Monday, January 30th. We'll be sandwiched between The Plastic Constellations and The Juliet Kilo. The show starts at 9 and costs $8 at the door.
The show at the Lizard was a blast. Hilken played with a full band which was kind of loud in the small space, but she sounded great. Then we played for about an hour to a very appreciateive crowd. In the end Tiger Saw played a mesmerizing set without the use of mics or a PA.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We're having a CD release party on January 14, 2006, at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. We'll be playing with Tiger Saw and Hiken Mancini. Should be a great night! More details to come...
Here's a sampler of MP3s - please feel free to download, distribute, and enjoy:
by The Flaming Lips
I was interviewed in September on www.smallworldpodcast.com - check it out here:
The farmer's market show was really fun, and we got some complimentary squash and onions from admiring fans. We also sold a bunch of advance CDs and some t-shirts.
This Saturday August 13 there's a Farmer's Market in Union Square Somerville. Bands will be playing from 9:30 am or so until 1 pm. I think we're starting at around 11:00 and playing 2 sets. We love playing outdoors and hopefully you like sseeing music outdoors!
Well, Jeff @ Peerless is gonna kill me but after letting the album sit on the shelf for 3 weeks I came to the conclusion that I should leave the 2 older tracks off - they make the album too long. Also, they're available on the first album which I'm going to try to also get out to people so the songs will be available anyways.
...last night was fun. The "White Trash Trailer" show was a benefit for the Brattle Theater. There was BBQ and beer for attendees as we played from 7:15 to about 8:15. It was Ned's new song order and I think it worked well. Eric played bass since Dave was on vacation, and so there was no trumpet. We were also missing Kevin's guitar parts. I think it still sounded good, but I always prefer the sound when we have the full band.
Sunday July 10 - Emily Operator plays violin with Hilken Mancini (Count Me Outs, Fuzzy, Punk Rock Aerobics) at the WASHINGTON STREET ARTS CENTER with Brett Saiia and The Blind King.
The new album is nearly through the mastering process; yay!
...the Independent Film Fest party last night was fun. It took place in a cool space in Boston near the Fort Point channel. Basically a giant concrete cube with windows at one end. Hence the acoustics sucked and none of us could hear; our first set I think we pretty much created an ambiance more than anything. There was an open bar and free food and lots of beautiful people. Our second set we decided to just rock out and so we did, which was a lot of fun. Gave away 10 promo CDs and sold a couple T-shirts and everyone went home in a good mood. Eric did double duty as sound-engineer AND trumpeteer and is to be commended for his dedication, his tasty solos, and his good looks.
We're playing the after-party for the Boston Independent Film Festival tonight. So if you're going to the Festival try to sidle up to someone who looks famous and shmooze your way into the party and come see us play! I think you can also buy a ticket. We're playing 2 sets, pretty late I think.
The Blind King's "Indie Pop Song" mocks the awkward position indie rock finds itself in, repeating that this is "JUST an indie pop song". But it sounds very pleasant as a drum machine leads into two guitar lines; one simple and melodic and the other spurting and more distorted. Half-mumbled lead vocals and a female backing singer make a good combination. It may be nothing more than an indie pop song, but it is at once clear that this band means a lot to them, and is the compilation's first gem. It is not unlike the quiet music of Pedro the Lion, and after noticing that they have 6 full members and 2 guests providing vocals and lead guitars, I am left wondering how on earth they make so little noise.
"Slumberville" is my latest project - it's me recording myself in my basement. In addition to some new material, I'd like to do a bunch of recordings of covers of my favorite songs by my friends.
From The Noise, re: our Dec 30th show w/ The Vinyl Skyway:
The show at Zuzu went well. Still our favorite place to play. The Kent 100s had to cancel due to illness, but Mark Kraus of Jr. Courdoroy agreed to fill in. We played our quieter stuff for the first set. Then Mark played some of his great songs.
We're playing at one of our fave venues this Thursday night: Zuzu - in Central Square Cambridge. We'll be playing 2 sets, and The Kent 100 will play a set in the middle. Here's the schedule:
The Vinyl Skyway played a really nice tight set tonight. They have the coolest songs, and they played some new stuff with these cool-ass vocal harmonies. You'll have to go see them.
I just moved all these files to a new directory so there may be a broken link or two for awhile.
by Eliot Daniel & Johnny Lange
We played at an art opening at the Nave Gallery - here is a little video clip of us playing and some panoramic pics: http://www.kelvybird.com/connection/exhibits/play.html
From a review of "This Is Indie Rock" at: http://www.mammothpress.com/
by Leon Russell from the album Carney
We're playing on this cool bill down in R.I., it's a benefit for MoveOn PAC. We're the opening band, and the sets are 1/2 hr long, so it will be interesting to see how it works out logisitcally. SO many cool acts on the bill with us, including Ida, one of my all-time favorite bands, ever! Here's the poop:
Our song "Indie Pop Song" will be included on this upcoming compilation from Deep Elm Records
JERSEY GIRL (by Tom Waits)
Last night we played the last in our 4-show series at Zuzu. This was probably the best of the four, in terms of attendance and also in terms of how much fun we had and our comfort-level on stage. It ain't easy getting 8 performers to sound good together with a so-so PA system. We hosted the 'Mericans, from Providence, RI, and they played a terrific set in between our 2 sets. Our 2nd set was a lot of fun, we did a few covers (Here Comes the Rain Again, Here Come the Dancing Horses w Dave singing, The Cat Came Back w/ Kevin Singing, and I'll Come Running). Starlight->Driving went very well and the crowd seemed into it. I'll post the set lists from all 4 shows later on, as well as tons of pics. Now we're psyched to take a little break before playing more shows, maybe finish the record or something. Yay us.
Here Comes The Rain Again
Lilli has offered us a residency at Zuzu, so we'll be playing there every Thursday in May (6th, 13th, 20th and 27th). We'll have special guests tba for each show. Stay tuned!
The show tonight at Zuzu went exceptionally well. Ned, the new drummer, really pulled things together, and the extra rehearsals paid off with everyone being pretty tight, and loose at the same time. Also, Beth and I stood up, which for me worked well because I wasn't locked in to one position the whole night. We played for over an hour and the crowd wanted more when we were done. I really like playing there. Yay us!
The gig at the Midway was fun. It was weird playing with a drummer, but everyone said it helped our sound, so we're going to keep looking for someone permanent.
Well, I'm down with the flu so the show tonight got cancelled. I've never cancelled a gig before, but I'm really sick. Dave and Kevin are going to play some Swizzle songs to fill the slot.
We're back!! In case you didn't notice we were gone, for 2 months you couldn't get here via http://www.carefulrecords.com, but had to get here via http://www.ultrajosh.com/carefulrecords/. If you care why then read this.
Added a link to Andy Santospago's groovy new website. Check it out
Not much progress on the record, lately - waiting for some studio time to come up to do more vocal overdubs.
I finally added the page for Roger Fritz's musik. Just a few things so far, I need to convert some more tracks from the other CDs he's given me. I wish storage space wasn't so frickin' expensive.
The show at Zuzu last night was fun, and we had a good-sized, attentive crowd. The usual monitor situation made it hard to tell if we were hitting the notes on the harmonies, but after-show feedback said we sounded good. Everyone played well and seemed to enjoy themselves.
UPDATE: the Zuzu gig has been postponed to either the 22nd or 29th of September. Once it's firmed-up I'll make some nice posters.
We have an upcoming gig at Zuzu, in Central Sq. Cambridge, on Monday, September 8th. It's a part of their "Unhappy Hour" Monday night series, featuring "all sad songs all the time" - sounds right up our alley! We're really psyched, er, miserable about it.
The Blind King played yesterday during the day to "a festival crowd" I hope someone took pictures, cause it sure was fun. Nice sunny day, at last! Last 2 times we tried to play Davis Square it rained...
Apologies for the quality - these are digital pics I snapped of prints, so there are some weird artifacts that aren't actually there.