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Saturday Sidebar - The Blue Screen Of Death

Saturday Sidebar – The Blue Screen Of Death

 

You can imagine my surprise. Having spent the last couple of weeks playing Post Office; by which I mean selling some old recording gear on ebay, boxing it up, having a living room carpeted with brown paper, parcel tape and so on; I took delivery of a new laptop and instrument interface.

 

The idea that I was finally catching up with the rest of the world (from a technology point of view…..and some would say musically too heh, heh, heh…..I run on average, about 15 years behind everyone else) did not last long unfortunately. Somewhere along the path of installing various bits and bobs, registering my details for updates countless times, configuring this and configuring that and restarting the laptop as instructed at the relevant points, I hit the blue screen of death. Yeah, the one where the laptop told me that something catastrophic had happened, followed by the one that said it couldn’t repair itself automatically and then died.

 

In the GOD (good old days…..hmmm, interesting acronym) of hardware, and I’m talking old school plug this into that to get this to do that, this happened to me rarely. However, given that I am a bit of a luddite (not proudly so, you understand) I was happy to accept that somewhere along the line I’d done something wrong and figured the application of logic and a little retracing of my steps might rectify the situation. Well, to cut a long and to be frank, boring story short, and without diminishing the tech support capabilities of Venom Carter, everything’s fine now. The fact remains that I am still none the wiser as to what went wrong, nor indeed how it has all rectified itself. I’m going to hang onto the recognition that clicking on certain options in sub-menus here and there clearly did not do what they were supposed to do for a little while longer though. Just because you’re paranoid etc. Suffice to say that my state of general bewilderment about pretty much everything continues…..

 

…..apart from actual death that is. Did you see the Terry Pratchett Choosing To Die program on BBC2 recently? Coincidentally, Matthew Good (fave Canadian muso) had written eloquently on the issue of assisted death recently and you can read it here:

 

http://www.matthewgood.org/news-comment/2011/6/3/a-mile-with-none.html

 

The program was incredible moving and I remain a firm supporter of the right to a semblance of choice in such matters. The discussions concerning safeguards over potential abuse are inarguably necessary but to be honest, I cannot see a time when anything remotely resembling approval by consensus happens here. The interest in the death of Robert Cowie:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-13823288

 

will no doubt keep the debate going and while it is not prudent to suggest that such cases are the tip of a hitherto unforeseen iceberg, it shows that even with assisted suicide as a criminal offence here, people are willing to allow their compassion and sense of morality to guide them.

 

The instinct to preserve the self is astonishingly strong, as I’m sure anyone that has been in a truly life or death situation will tell you. However, that instinct is as separate from the intellectual discussion concerning the quality of a life lived as it is from the debate on the morality of assisted suicide.

 

I’m sure many would admit to at least a fleeting acquaintance with the idea that at some point their lives had not lived up to their hopes or expectations and that it barely seemed worth the effort. Imagine if a different job/home/hobby/lover/circle of friends was not the solution because those choices were irrelevant and there was nothing that you could actually, as opposed to perceptually, change (or indeed have changed for you) about your existence. On an individual basis, a percentage would cherish every new day, regardless of the circumstances, because that is just how some people are. A percentage, however, would not.

 

Of course, passing into law an acknowledgement that the sanctity and quality of life is not immutable would open up an unholy can of worms. Still, with all these elephants in the room it’s going to get pretty crowded soon.

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The Despoilers

O'Neill's Up Next

Well doesn't time fly when you are enjoying yourself. We are back at O'Neill's Bar, Leeds on Saturday 18th June.

Steve's already spent the bands fee on another very silly shirt. 

We like the place, the punters are good and so are the acoustics. Beer not bad either and some us gonna drink a lot of the stuff.

The Despoilers

 

Brian Hudson

Harlan Won Telluride Troubadour Competition

We got to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on the 16th.  Matt won a slot, out of 600 contestants, to compete against nine other singer/songwriters from around the country in the Troubadour Competion held here annually.  Anyway, he won the thing yesterday, and so we’re gearing up to watch him singer-songwrite his way into the hearts of about a zillion stoned Festivarians tonight before the Decemberists take the stage!   Way to go Matt!

The Telluride Festival gets the Hudson/Harlan thumbs up.  Also, big thanks to Mateo Meany and his roomie Sarah for the Denver digs and the morning hang and big breakfast.  

 

 

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Harlan Wins Telluride Troubadour Competition

We got to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on the 16th.  My tour partner Matt Harlan won a slot, out of 600 contestants, to compete against nine other singer/songwriters from around the country in the Troubadour Competion held here annually.  Anyway, he won first prize yesterday, and so we’re gearing up to watch him singer-songwrite his way into the hearts of about a zillion stoned Festivarians tonight before the Decemberists take the stage!   Way to go Matt!

The Telluride Festival gets the Hudson/Harlan thumbs up.  Also, big thanks to Mateo Meany and his roomie Sarah for the Denver digs and the morning hang and big breakfast.  


Dave Magario

DAMcast! Vol. 2 is up for grabs

So, against conventional wisdom, I'm releasing DAMcast! Volume 2: Smile for the Camera just a couple weeks after Volume 1. I figure... if you want it you'll snag it. Of course, you can listen to the whole thing for free on the Bandcamp site. But for just $2.oo, you can have the whole thing.

For those of you just tuning in, it's a bootleg digital-only series from a semi-regular webcast I've dubbed 'DAMcast!' Now and then there will be internet parties where I'll sit down with you to chat, play originals and covers, and be goofy. This is for the friends around the world that can't come to shows, or for those hermits that don't want to leave their cozy caves to see me in person right down the street. (It's ok, I do the same thing. I understand.)

And, of course, I spent 3 1/2 weeks working on the new record. There's still a LOT to do. I'd say I'm a quarter of the way done with actually recording and that's being generous. But don't fret none. It's happening! I still can't believe it myself. I returned to the day job about a week ago... and what a week it's been. I've been out of commission for a few days with dental issues that resulted in emergency yankification of two teeth. So now I'm hopped up on antibiotics and tylenol-codeine and unable to eat more than applesauce, yogurt, and a little mac'n'cheese. Needless to say, I've had a hard time staying focused on work of any kind so this is my attempt to reset that focus and get back into the groove.

"So in conclusion, ladies and jelly-spoons..." check out Bandcamp for the DAMcast! downloads. Watch the website/blog for updates on recording. Oh, and don't be afraid to say hello, eh?

Happy weekend folksy folks,
--dam

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Christian D

Cool new website TorontoRockabilly.com

So there's a cool new website in the town of Toronto. And it features us and a bunch of our T.O. friends like Alistair Christl, Buzz Deluxe, The Howling Bullets, The Swinging BlackJacks- you get the idea.  

Big thanks to Mr. Andrew Wright for starting this thing up- it's a really cool addition to the Toronto scene!

Go check it out at torontorockabilly.com

 

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L'eclipse Nue

6/18 - 今夜! TONIGHT! at 鶯谷WHAT'S UP!

6/18 - 今夜! at 鶯谷WHAT'S UP!

HOLY&BLIGHT, 小川直人, CARAMBA, SLEEPING BEAUTY, and L'ECLIPSE NUE!

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London's Black Cotton Club books Hamer & Isaacs

Tomorrow night Hamer & Isaacs Gypsy Swing Band will perform at Volupte in London for the legendary Black Cotton Club. It will be a night of hot swingin' 1930s jazz, dinner, cabaret, burlesque and dancing into the small hours! If you're not dressed straight out of a high class jazz-age speakeasy you might aswell not show because this place fills to the gunnels with some of the finest dress and smoothest dancing you'll ever see! Add to this the guest violinist Bobby Valentino and you have the recipe for a perfect night out. The swing scene and electroswing music is thriving all over Europe right now and the Black Cotton Club is at the helm... so don't miss it! Tomorrow night London is definitely where it's at:

From 8 'til late, June 18th:

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Huke Green

Samuel Barker "All This For Gas Money"

My Duo partner of more than three years, Samuel Barker, Has released his first solo disc, 'All This For Gas Money' The Official CD Release show is July 16th at Almost Austin House Concerts. It is highly recomened that you come out!




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Elliot Hughes And The Vision

Celebrate America Picnic

Elliot Hughes and The Vision will be Ministering at the Celebrate America Church picnic at Victory International Fellowship Church 3285 N Calhoun road in the City of Brookfield WI on Sunday June 26 at 1:30 pm. Come on out and join us there will be plenty of food, fun and activities for the whole family AND most importantly bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Praise and Worship hope to see you there.  Elliot

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David Ullman

New Record Production Vlog #12: A (Blue)Bird in the Hand...

After 2 months and 2 studios, we're heading back to the homestead for voice-and-guitar tracking. In this late-night/early-morning update, shot just moments after FINALLY finishing the BPM tracks, you'll see our humble, dining-room setup--including our newly-acquired, "ball-boosting" BlueBird microphone.

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With special guest Lolina Vur!

 

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Petty Theft

This Friday in Napa + Summer shows!

Hey Refugees and Honey Bees,

This past weekend we performed three incredible shows in 24 hours!  Once again we had another full house at George's Nightclub. The next day we were off to Monterey to play for five thousand beer drinkers at the 2011 Monterey Beer Festival and then to top it off, we debuted at the new Club Fox in Redwood City later that evening!  It was a jam packed weekend but we had a BLAST!

This Friday we return to Napa's premier wine bar, Silo's. This intimate venue serves up Napa Valley's best wines fused with great music. Capacity is a little over 100 so advance table reservations are HIGHLY recommended.

Please join us for some fun in Napa this weekend!

Summer is here! Please see the schedule below for a PT show near you!

~Petty Theft

 


  • June 17 - Silo's, Napa

  • June 24 - Thunder Valley Casino (Double bill w/ Zoo Station)

  • June 25 - El Balazo, Pleasanton
  • July 2 - Montgomery Village Mall, Santa Rosa - (Free show, All Ages)
  • July 10 - BBQ on the Lawn 2011 - Rancho Nicasio (All Ages Welcome)

 

 

MANY MORE SHOWS ALL SUMMER LONG STAY TUNED...

 

Check our website for more details!

Join us on Facebook and TELL your friends!

Vote for Petty Theft in SF Bay Guardian's 'Best of The Bay 2011'

 

We are also available for private parties, so if you are interested in turning it up a notch for your event please CONTACT US

Audible Mainframe

Patriotic Piss Up Part 2!

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Al Pitcher

DAILY PHOTO BLOG , SMILE EACH DAY

I am doing a photo blog , I am showing old , new and true photos from my show, travels and life 

Please take a look at it

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Secret Sirens

BBC Introducing - acoustic version of 'My Favourite Obsession'

We had the pleasure of being invited onto BBC introducing a couple of weeks back and performed some acoustic tracks as well as having a nice chat with Alan Raw.

Check out our video below of us performing an acoustic version of our current single 'My Favourite Obsession' in the studios.  Andy is on the Cajon (no he is not just making drum noises between his legs!), Narelle singing/playing keys and we have the very talented Neill Ryan playing acoustic guitar for us!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Christian D

Getting some new songs ready ...

Working up to go and record some new stuff in July....

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Kate Furister

Coming Home

Today we are on our way home! Yep! That means I get to come back and play some guitar for a while and work on my music a bit! Yay! Hopefully I can record a little bit! Maybe I will use my brothers elc. guitar and add some awesomeness! Ok, well anyway, I'll be home by tomorrow. It's about 16 more hours so hopefully the rest of the trip doesn't seem so long. Don't you just hate that!?!? When you're on a road trip but it seems like it's never going to end! Whew! Well anyway, getting back soon to go record!

Southern Fryde Inc

Fun Show in Orangeville! THANK YOU!

We had an awesome time over the weekend. We played TJ's Hangar in Orangeville, which is near Toronto. Very cool place. What a great bunch of people and musicians we met!! Thanks to our band mate Roy and his better half Amy for putting us up. It was a blast and we can't wait to come back and perform for ya'll again!! Thanks to Jennifer Brandon for the cool pics! You are the best! We will post more pics from the show on our photo page. Ohhhh, there will be video soon, within days, from this show, so be on the lookout.

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The Carpettes

The Carpettes USA Tour 2011

 

Stop Press!

The Carpettes are coming out of hibernation this summer for their first tour of The USA, organized by NDN Records. Ten shows are planned , including appearances in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Las Vegas, San Diego, Las Vegas and San Francisco.The line up for the tour will be George and Jimmy on bass and guitar with drumming by young Houstonian Nick Raver.

Support on all shows will be from Texas band The Shadow.

For details of venues and dates see the "Shows" page.

Cory Hite

Motown Highlights!

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Leonard Koggins Trio

New Dates!!!

LK3 is back up and running strong with several dates added for July and more to come as the summer heats up!! We look forward to seeing you at a show soon!!

We are looking forward to being a part of the annual 4th of July celibration in Marrietta!!!

We will be on the patio at : Johnnie MacCrakens

starting at 6pm till we all fall down!! enjoy the fire works with us and some kick ass music!!

Circle7

Circle7 Featured on Edge of The X Website

Circle7 is currently featured on 105.9 The X's Edge of The X website on www.edgeofthex.com

Make sure to go check us out there and leave a comment.

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Kate Furister

Chicago

So, at this moment in time, I'm camping about an hour from Chicago! Yesterday we went into town, but it was very cold... Anyway, having fun on my trip, but I miss my guitar... I just want to play it right now. Maybe work on my music a little bit. Oh ya, by the way, I'm coming out with a new album. Not sure when it will be out yet but I'm working on it! It will have some of the music that was on the last one and will take the place of it but will also have some new stuff! So when it's all done check it out!

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Dave Magario

Thoughts on recording, so far.

My time off from the day job has come to an end, essentially. But I'm sort of ok with that. I think I work far better under pressure (albeit, self imposed) and deadlines. Sometimes I call it procrastination. Ultimately it just means I work best when I don't know what I'm about. If I tell myself the night before, "I am going to do this, this, and this tomorrow. I will accomplish something." More often than not, I end up sitting on my duff, staring at a computer screen, enveloped in fictions and non-fictions that will ultimately inspire me and my creative process. 

These last three weeks have been equal parts infuriating and exciting. Time constraints and scheduling meant I was working in the studio one day and the next I might be sitting around not sure what to do with my time. I know I should have been working on something to do with the album but some days, just like any one else, I simply didn't want to.

So far though, I've really gotten some great ideas recorded and a fantastic all around idea of the landscape I'm working in as far as an overall feel of this album. Even though stylistically and genre-wise the songs are across the map, there is still the sense that these are still my songs I'm working on. I think the direction everything is headed is amazing. It will take more time than I'd hoped to accomplish everything. Still, in the end I think we'll all be more impressed for it. I mean, I still can't believe I'm recording this album!

Here's a teaser clip where I worked through the bass part with Zack. Since I can't play upright bass, Zack is clearly the right guy for the job. What you hear may is no where near finished. Oh yeah, and the song has never been performed for anybody.

There will be other clips and photos as i go through them all. There's not much at the moment though. So be patient!
 
And here, friends, is my newest addition to the family. My gorgeous Telecaster. It sounds wonderful and it will be played on this new record and subsequent touring. Now if only i had amps, pedals, and other fancy tech to go with it... With that, I say goodnight.  

--dam


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Sue DaBaco welcomes Craig Omick

Sue DaBaco and Double Down proudly welcome percussionist extraordinaire Craig Omick to the band.

WELCOME CRAIG! 

 


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David Ullman

New Record Production Vlog #11: Bangin' Out The BPMs (Part2: The Beat Strikes Back)

The struggle between (Ull)man and machine continues as our singer-songwriter sorts out a strategy for testing the electronic tempos threatening to regulate his (sometimes irregular) rhythms. Can he conquer the evil robot beat and use it for good?

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Petty Theft

3 shows this weekend - George's Nightclub in San Rafael, Monterey Beer Festival, and Club Fox with Z

Hey All,

Our first headline show in SF at The Red Devil Lounge this past weekend was a total success!  We had a packed house and played a two hour set of all the best Petty classics for a very energetic crowd.  Thank you San Francisco!

We have a really BIG weekend coming up starting this Friday, June 10 at GEORGE'S Nightclub in San Rafael. Our two previous shows have been sell outs so we highly recommend you get your tickets in advance! Plus, you save $5.00 per ticket on the advance purchase.  This is a great new club with very good food, drinks, nice seating and a big dance floor!  JOIN US!

 

*** Get Advance Tickets ***

On Saturday, June 11 we have two shows:  In the afternoon at 2:30PM we will be back at the 2011 Monterey Beer Festival at Monterey Fairgrounds to headline for the 3rd year in a row!  Afterwards, we will head back up to Redwood City to make our debut at Club Fox (formerly Little Fox Theatre) with our musical cohorts and drinking buddies ZOO STATION (U2 Tribute)!  We will be opening this show so get there early. Petty Theft kicks off the show at 9PM sharp!

This is sure to be a great weekend!

Check out the rest of our June schedule below for a PT show near you!

~Petty Theft


  • June 17 - Silo's, Napa

  • June 24 - Thunder Valley Casino (Double bill w/ Zoo Station)

  • June 25 - El Balazo, Pleasanton

 

MANY MORE SHOWS ALL SUMMER LONG!

 

Check our website for more details!

Join us on Facebook!

 

We are also available for private parties, so if you are interested in turning it up a notch for your event please CONTACT US


Audible Mainframe

Full AMF Remix Album Available for FREE Download!

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Huke Green

June 2011 FPS calendar

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The Green Pajamas

PJ Country cover

So here it is - a sneak peek at the retro-style, digipack cover for Green Pajama Country, now (finally) in production for release in July.   

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Al Pitcher

FIKA TOUR 2012 - STOCKHOLM DATES

 

TICKETS ARE ONSALE NOW  : COME ONE AND COME ALL 
Click to buy tickets below or go to UPCOMING SHOWS
Dates are March 28 and 29 in the year they call 2012 , thanking you loads , AL 

 

Revis

Release - Fire and Ice

To our friends,

We cannot thank you enough for your support in

respect to the delay of our new record.  Here is a

download fire and ice for you.  You can pay 

nothing, or whatever you'd like! :-)

 

You can get the song here.

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Secret Sirens

NEW single OUT NOW!!

Our new single 'My Favourite Obsession' is out today!  You can download on itunes, Amazon and many other online retailers!

CLICK HERE to access on itunes

CLICK HERE to access on Amazon

 

Secret Sirens My Favourite Obsession

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BK CoZier

"The Prince of Mo. County" Volume 2

BK announced today via his Facebook page that he will be releasing his highly anticipated mixtape "The Prince of Mo. County Volume 2" which is set for release this fall.

BK plans to feature production from long time friend James Campbell.

No other information is available at this time.

If you want to contribute as an artist, producer, or promoter for BK's new project, please contact him at bkcozier@gmail.com

Brian Hudson

Hudson and Harlan Hit Marfa

Somewhere between Ft. Davis and Marfa, TX.

 

Yesterday we got into Marfa, TX after a stay at the La Quinta in Ft. Stockton.  On our way we stopped off at the Balmorhea swimming hole and took a dip there.  So far, we’re having a lot of fun... we’re hitting some old haunts and some new ones too... hanging out with old friends, hanging out with new friends.  I’d like to just real quick thank our gracious hosts in Angelo: Shawn Lewis for the digs and house concert and Toni at Fifi’s for the gig.  Also, big thanks to the Library in Ft. Stockton for funding our concert at the Zero Stone Park. 

Okay, so Marfa, in case you hadn’t heard has a reputation for being a strange and interesting place.  But it’s not just empty promo buzz; this place is unlike any small town I’ve visited.  There’s an eclectic mix of hipsters and cowboys haunting the streets on Saturday night, and people are talkative, snarky, and like to mix it up.  That seems to hold true for the locals as well as the visitors.

Last night, we met and got to hang out with a writer from Pitchfork, the lead singer of the El Orbits and Banana Blender Surprise (Sir David Bebe), and also, good ol’ Bo Hill just happened to be in town buying an airstream. 

It was an oddly familial gathering.  By some Marfan magic, Bo happened to know David’s little brother, the writer chick (who was visiting from New York) knew some member of David’s family, I knew Bo, and Matt and David knew each other from Houston.  As Matt noted, despite our somewhat random convergence in Marfa, there was a nexus connecting all of us to one another. 

Speaking of things no one seems to be able to account for, we’re going to try to see the Marfa lights tonight... and tomorrow we’re going to play on Marfa public radio (93.5), and head down to Terlingua for a gig at the Starlight Theater, and then we’re headed to New Mexico.  Tell your peeps!

Note to Mama... so far the road has been friendly kind to us.  The van seems trust-worthy, we're eating enough, and almost sleeping enough.  

More soon...

 

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Hudson and Harlan Hit Marfa

Somewhere between Ft. Davis and Marfa, TX.

 

Yesterday we got into Marfa, TX after a stay at the La Quinta in Ft. Stockton.  On our way we stopped off at the Balmorhea swimming hole and took a dip there.  So far, we’re having a lot of fun... we’re hitting some old haunts and some new ones too... hanging out with old friends, hanging out with new friends.  I’d like to just real quick thank our gracious hosts in Angelo: Shawn Lewis for the digs and house concert and Toni at Fifi’s for the gig.  Also, big thanks to the Library in Ft. Stockton for funding our concert at the Zero Stone Park. 

Okay, so Marfa, in case you hadn’t heard has a reputation for being a strange and interesting place.  But it’s not just empty promo buzz; this place is unlike any small town I’ve visited.  There’s an eclectic mix of hipsters and cowboys haunting the streets on Saturday night, and people are talkative, snarky, and like to mix it up.  That seems to hold true for the locals as well as the visitors.

Last night, we met and got to hang out with a writer from Pitchfork, the lead singer of the El Orbits and Banana Blender Surprise (Sir David Bebe), and also, good ol’ Bo Hill just happened to be in town buying an airstream. 

It was an oddly familial gathering.  By some Marfan magic, Bo happened to know David’s little brother, the writer chick (who was visiting from New York) knew some member of David’s family, I knew Bo, and Matt and David knew each other from Houston.  As Matt noted, despite our somewhat random convergence in Marfa, there was a nexus connecting all of us to one another. 

Speaking of things no one seems to be able to account for, we’re going to try to see the Marfa lights tonight.  And tomorrow we’re going to play on Marfa public radio (93.5), and head down to Terlingua for a gig at the Starlight Theater, and then we're off to New Mexico.  Tell your peeps!

Note to Mama... so far the road has been friendly kind to us.  The van seems trust-worthy, we're eating enough, and almost sleeping enough.  

More soon...

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Rob Marcus T-Shirts!

Fresh off the press we have the brand spankin' new Rob Marcus T-Shirts.  Silk screened on high quality T's is the Elephant Logo commemorating the recently released Rob Marcus EP.  The songs from the EP were written or inspired while Rob was volunteering in Southeast Asia immediately following the 2004 tsunami.  Rob spent several weeks writing on the island of Ko Chang (Elephant Island).  The elephant is also an appropriate symbol for Rob's first official music release as it represents a remover of obstacles which paves the way for new beginnings.  You can purchase the T-Shirts and CD's at live performances as well as on the "Merchandise" section of the website.  Your purchases make it possible for Rob to continue creating, recording, and performing.  Thank you for your continued support!

hudsonandharlan

And We're Off!!!!

Hey y'all, Brian and I have officially kicked off the Summer Ramble 2011! And if our first shows in San Angelo and Ft. Stockton are any indication, this is gonna be an excellent tour! From our temporary headquarters at the La Quinta we are planning the route to Marfa with a little detour to Balmorhea in the cards. We'll be posting more pictures and exploits here soon, but we wanted to let y'all know that we've got a few new shows posted and an excellent poster that our buddy David Richardson created. If you're interested, we can probably even print you up a copy or two...let us know what ya think and stay in touch y'all!

 

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