Folks, this is the first in what will surely be THE blockbuster travel blog of the summer. For now though, the story is that our tour is in place (though a few more shows are coming down the pipe), and y'all oughtta check it out. Go on!
Hey Refugees and Honey Bees, Spring is finally upon us, and for those who are looking to celebrate and find the party this week…Look no further!
We get it all started THIS THURSDAY 5/5 in San Francisco for the 2011 Cinco de Mayo "Bone Girl Coronation Party"being presented by the Bay Area's rock station 107.7 THE BONE! The party is from 7-9PM and hosted by the Bone DJ's at Jillian's San Franciscowhere you'll find fine drinks, fine food, fine girls, and fine music by PETTY THEFT! Then, as if that were not enough… THIS FRIDAY 5/6 we're back in Walnut Creek at Dan's Barwhere it's always a wild time. They've just finished remodeling the place with new carpets, stools and a new and improved larger stage! 3 Sets! All Petty, all night, all right!
So, come out and party with us this weekend people! Cheers, ~Petty Theft aka Dan, Django, Bagel, Mike, Michael, Monroe
We have some GREAT upcoming shows:
May 13 - Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol (very special guest: Jerry Hannan)
At last the 3rd completed tune recorded by the boys at their final Survival Studios session with Mark Bowles producing, "Now I've got the blues" has been added to this site. Last week we spoke to Guitarist Spanish Tony at one of his secret West London drinking establishments (The Half Moon, Putney) and he promised to provide a short piece on the session that produced this tune. We will keep you posted.
Please take care!!
In the "I'm with the band" gallery of the photo's section we have posted a picture of a super-fan who had been waiting all evening in a tree only to jump on the roof of a Moriarty Mobile at the entrance of Casa Mojo. The band have made it clear that although being chased by women is very much part and parcel of being in a band, they do worry about the injuries and mental anguish caused resulting from these now all too common escapades. So the message is clear. Feel free to chase and hound the Moriatys, but do so in a manner that will not result in legal action. Take care!
I've got some great news. I've started a special bootleg series and for a limited time it's only available to my fundraiser Backers! Volume 1 contains the performances from the first ever DAMcast. Volume 2 will be songs from the second DAMcast and so on. So expect at least one more volume over the next couple months while you wait for the new album. This will be available for free to the Backers first, then it will go out to the public June 1 on Bandcamp for a minimal price. This is a Digital Only series or releases, so expect much much more over the coming months! I've got mountains of ideas and I'm so excited about this album. You guys will not be disappointed!
I just got through attending the 3-day ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo in Hollywood! I had pretty much the most amazing time at the Expo and it has inspired me on so many levels. Also, at the Expo I won a prize package from Limelight! I'm so excited to work with them, and more details will be released soon. Read their congrats message to me on their Facebook page here! (click on 'wall')
I had an amazing time at the ASCAP Expo in LA! Now I'm off to San Diego for some gigs. Then back to Nashville again!!
It's going to be a busy summer, and this month kicks it off! Read my new May Newsletter, "San Diego, Nashville, Limelight, and May News!" available now! Just click here :)
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When asked about the winking girl who appears on the video, Rick Moriarty told us " She's one of those odd ball German chicks who follows Fenwick around when he's over at Casa Mojo (The Moriarty's European HQ) working on new material. I think her name is Melanie Felony. Anyway one day Fenwick noticed that she kept winking at him as if they shared some secret. He said to her "Listen girl, you're always bloody winking at me and it's becoming a drag, but I got a tune that I need some visuals for, so don't move, I'll get my polaroid"
Don't miss your chance to see 2 time Grammy winner and National Medal of Arts recipient Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
Elliott hits the East Coast for his annual 'Mud Tour' with tales of sailing, cowboy stories, trucks, women and a fantastic life full of historic memories. It is an inspriing show to witness.
This year hitting some new venues and towns in Fall River, Ma.; Rockville, MD.; Piermont, NY.; a very special evening at the Rubin Museum in NYC; Canton, CT.; Portland, Maine; nice new show just added in Cambridge, Ma. and ending in Saratoga Springs, NY. All 8 dates and ticketing information now on the webiste.
As always, thanks for your support of this true American treasure.
BIG LIFE hits the ARFM global audience on May the 8th with Steve and Mark joining 'the legend that is' Mr Steve Price, for his Sunday show, from 6pm to 9pm BST. Tune in and if you miss it, it's repeated on the following Thursday at 4pm BST and Friday at 6am BST.
Kick Bricks/ Test Chicken Carolina Mountain Jam 8.27.10, documenting the second night of our mountain Jam, is ready to go & will be put up in the coming days. Heavy on improvisation, 8.27.10 marks the arrival of Brian and J.B to the cabin. Highlights include two keyboard- based jams and an epic 30+ minute excursion featuring a radically re-worked Bones and a hard-driving Trippin'. Check back soon!
$10 (Students/Seniors/Series Performers: $5 with valid ID at door)
Free street parking is available, and there is also parking available at the Bank of America parking lot.
Michael White Quintet UNIT2
Michael White - Violin
Leisei Chen - Vocals-Voice-Percussion
Timothy Young - Guitar
Jon Ossman - Acoustic Bass
Danny Frankel - Percussion
The Concert will be filmed by Andrew Van Baal followed by an Interview session!
CD "Voices" $15, CD "Voice Of Brazil" $10
On Sale At This Show. We Accept Credit Cards!
About Open Gate Theatre
Open Gate Theatre was founded in 1982 by Artistic Director Will Salmon. They are dedicated to opening the gates between music, dance, and drama; between cultures; between the unconscious and the conscious; between emotion, mind and spirit. Open Gate is both an ensemble and a creative collective, combining image with sound, voice with movement, and poetics with light; Open Gate strives for a theatre that is both passionate and numinous. Open Gate is a unique approach to theatre; unified in its expression and impulse, diverse in its sources and disciplines. For more information, contact Artistic Director Will Salmon 626.795.4989
A welcome distraction from the bloody Royal Wedding! The Survival studios recording of "Torn in Love" is now available on YouTube. The band would like to thank Mark Bowles for producing the recording, and also for adding his keyboard and backing vocal talents without any nasty additional charges!
Hey, so the Talent Show went well! I didn't place, but my friends did, so I am very proud of them! As of right now, I am working on some new stuff music-wise, and it's turning out great! Can't wait for you all to hear it!
Howdy folks! we are very pleased and exited to announce we are in the process of recording our first Loner's Junction album! Good To Go will include 10 songs, mostly original pieces! We are planning to have it out for ya'll this Summer!!!... In the studio in May! yeehaww! -the Loners
SO.... I am super excited for summer! I mean really, who isn't? Summer is awesome! I am finaly going to get my drivers permit! Yeah! Woot Woot! Anyway.... Just a few more weeks, and then hopefully I will be doing more music-wise! Yep Yep Yep! Hope you all have a great rest of the school year! Summer is coming!!!!!!!
As I stated on the homepage of my website: "Thank you to everyone for helping me reach my goal on Kickstarter! To keep up to date on the progress of the album and the project as a whole, please come back often. Right here at davemagario.com, you'll see everything and hear everything there is to share! This website is still under construction (clearly) but rest assured there is tons more content coming! Thanks again to all 53 Backers..."
It's hard to believe that 5 weeks felt so very long to get through. But now that it's over, it seems as if I just began the campaign. And here we are. Finished! Thanks to all of YOU, I'll be able to take the time I need to make this fantastic album. I'll be able to access the money in a few weeks, so hopefully that is when the recording will begin!
I'll fill in the details as the weeks move along. But for now just know that I'm working out the where, when, and how of it all. I've started charting out the songs I want to record. And after some wonderful conversations and idea swapping with several people, I've narrowed down the idea and focused it into what will hopefully blow your minds.
I'm working very hard on the new website ( davemagario.com ) I've connected this blog to the site and I've got a new store in the works that I've dubbed the DAMshop! There will be some special FREE digital downloadable content for the Kickstarter Backers coming soon! (It will become available to everyone else at a later date.) I'm compiling performances from DAMcast 1 & 2. 43 tracks to listen through and tweak! Tons to work with. Big ol' smile!
Seth Vaill gives a 60 second tour of the 4-mic setup in the new studio's live room where I belted out a tune on Monday. The former theater located in Akron, Ohio will soon be home to both a concert venue, and fully-equipped production facility.
Fight the Lion has been hard at work on new music during the last couple of weeks. Look for some killer new tunes on June 11th at our upcoming Jammin Java show. A little secret about Jammin Java - after the show, the bands often head over to Amphora. Open 24 hours and a menu that includes basically every kind of food ever. It's just a few blocks from the club, and they don't seem to mind our ... condition ... after a night of rocking out.
We're playing at Union Square Best Buy tomorrow. I think this will be our fourth trip to play Live @ Best Buy, and our first time at Union Square. I hope the sound guys in Union Square are cool like Greg at the Chelsea BB.
Last weekend we all met with a video production company and discussed ideas for our first music video. Super cool guys and the ideas are pretty involved. We put up a poll on our facebook page so that you can help us decide which song to use first. Look for more updates as the summer progresses.
This is the first I've been introduced as "warm and fuzzy"--though I do look pretty fuzzy in this interview wherein you can hear about why I call my music "furrow-browed folk rock," why my songs tend to be so serious and what I actually do when I'm happy.
There's also a bit about my formative years recording 50's rock-type songs in my bathroom, my teenage years as a camp-fire Pearl Jam cover act as well as my current plans for releasing music and playing record stores across the country.
PLUS a live version of "Who You Say" shot with multiple cameras and featuring sound-board-audio!
Although 12:27 did not win the MGM/PYE/Pathe competition, better things have come from it. Satellite Records have show interest in 12:27, who are now waiting for more information. Thanks to everyone who came to Barnsley, It wouldn't have been the same without you!
Well, Steve seems to have survived thus far on his final excursion to USA, hence the band can start kicking ass again on his return. We get rolling at The Tarn Inn, Yeadon on Friday 6th May. Get ya buts down there, coz we gonna rock the place.
Front-man Tim is gonna celebrate his birthday with a gig at The Original Oak, Headingley on Saturday 14th May. We envisage a night of hard drinking, immature, silly antics plus a little music, as we do get paid to entertain. Yes,The Despoilers signature style.
Finally O'Neills Bar Leeds Friday 20th May. Always a great night.
Hey everybody! We have the new CD in our hot sweaty hands, ready to ship out! If you'd like a copy, please just purchase one from our store - thanks! Keep an eye out for new merch - girls shirts, guys shirts, and hats, too!
Big Life are a British melodic hard rock band, with an album due out next month. They provide the latest Track Of The Day. Check out all Tracks Of The Day here.
Big Life are Steve Newman (guitar/vocals/keyboards), Mark Thompson-Smith (vocals) and Rob McEwan (drums). Between them, these talents have played with the likes of Praying Mantis, The Sweet, Steve Overland, Grand Illusion and David Rosenthal.
Newman has forged a firm reputation in his own right during recent years, touring and recording under the name of Newman. Now, this trio are determined to bring their on mark to the world of AOR., proving a British heartbeart to what is a global sound.
Their self-titled, debut album is released by AOR Heaven on May 2, with plans for live performances soon.
Now you can download the song Dying Day (the album’s opener) for free right here.
Al Pitcher is a New-Zealand born, London-originating-from Sweden resident, and more importantly, a professional humourist. Having won more comedy awards than most people could even conceive of, he’s increasingly becoming an international success, beloved everywhere he goes. Despite this, however, he’s still remarkably grounded (and just plain nice), as you can see from this interview, in which we talk about roots, first times, and reaching goals.
The Humourdor: How did you get started in comedy?
Al Pitcher: I came over to London from New Zealand, I had no ambition to get into comedy at all, I went to an open mike night in North London and it blew me away, it had about 47 acts on, I didn’t know this scene existed. I thought Bill Cosby and Billy Connolly were the only comedians in the world. it was a massive moment.
H: What was your first gig like?
AP: After seeing that first comedy night, I thought I would love to give it a crack, again with no expectations. I booked a 5 minute spot at the Purple Turtle Bar in Islington, London. I was so nervous, the actual date of the gig was 6 months after the booking, so there was a massive internal build up. I turned up for the 8pm start, at 5 pm, I sat in a little park, for 3 hours, almost suicidal with fear. I considered leaving about 12 times. I went in all naive and smiley, I was just pointed to a corner to wait, the audience was a bit pissed, I got up, no laughs at all, nothing, just a few awkward murmurs. The stage was a door on some beer crates, I went to reach for the microphone stand and I slipped, nearly sliding off the horizontal door, big laugh, well 8 people laughed. I felt like a superstar, I forgot all about the preceding 4 minutes of silence. In my head I had smashed the gig with slapstick. I was on the underground afterwards looking people in the eyes and pleading “ask me what I did tonight, ask me”.
H: How would you describe your particular brand of comedy to someone who had never heard of you?
AP: I try to make every show a special moment, I always work with interaction from the audience. I cringe when comics slam hecklers; I think its funnier to work with them. I hope if someone comes to see me,its unique to that room, that night and that audience …oh and funny.
H: How has your act developed since you first started?
AP: I didn’t improvise at all when I started, it was a monologue style of comedy. I think I found my voice when I forgot about trying to be a comedian and just getting up there and trying to be myself more (not totally, that would be dull). I tried character comedy as well: I did a Steve Irwin style character for 6 months, it was horrific. It was a lecture about crocodiles coming through the London underground and killing people. Comics loved it- audiences did not . My girlfriend at the time who is now my wife brought her 5 best friends from her homeland Sweden to a show once, they saw me to utter silence, wrestling a blow up crocodile accompanied to Ricky Martins Livin’ la Vida Loca. Mate that was a low point.
H: How do you come up with new material?
AP: I used to try and write every day, because that’s what you are told and expected to do, but I don’t really do that any more. I find that if you try to do fun things, keep your mind alert and get out of the house you can then go onstage and talk about your day. I now do a show called the Al Pitcher: Picture Show(see what I’ve done there) where I go into the city of the place I’m playing during the day, take photos and then do the show about those pictures that night, using a projector. This has been a massive breakthrough for me: as well as a number of awards (which was a boost), its really helped my improvising style and has proven a great way of garnering more material.
H: Is there anything a comedian shouldn’t joke about?
AP: I think its easy to be negative on most subjects, the majority of the so called “edgy comics” have about 5 topics: cancer, rape, paedophiles, abortion and racism. They seem to pick from these, like a smorgasbord of shock. The audience are sometimes shocked, but after 20 minutes of the same joke (but with different variations), I just zone out. One hack line is to ask “what do you want? Politics or Filth?” The audience are always persuaded to want filth. One day I just hope the audience shout out politics. Personally, I really love seeing a positive comic; a storyteller or a creative comedian who doesn’t rely on the 5 so called taboo subjects.
H: Is Comedy Art?
AP: In the right hands it can be, I find some comics try to do anti-comedy to make their stuff more artistic. Comedy has to be careful though as it really is a big old business now. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon I hope , but I live in Sweden and I’m looking from afar , So much stand up on TV , then those comedians after a 5 minute spot on a show go out on tour . So many tour shows and the comedy club experience will get squeezed out , this is the bread and butter of comedy and gets audiences loving the genre. Its now a real career comedy, comics don’t look at Edinburgh or working all the clubs they look at a TV presenting or a TV spot as the way through . I say fuck all that , do it for the love of it and see what happens , its a great life as a comic, too much ambition destroys it in my eyes.
H:Are there any comedians/writers/TV shows you’re particularly fond of, or feel are under-appreciated?
AP: Phil Kay is my favourite comic in the world, he tries to create every time he is onstage. I’ve seen him die and die, but I’ve also seen him set up the greatest scenarios and improvise the greatest comedy nuggets. Daniel Kitson is someone I know well and I can only admire him. He really is one of the best and his career choices have to be applauded. The guy had his show in Edinburgh at 10 am, he’s either struggling with sleep or he knows just how good he is to do that and still get an audience.
I spoke about Shock comedy. I think in the right hands it can be great, Stewart Lee can do that to me, a punchline from nowhere.
H:Who makes you laugh?
AP: I’ve just become a Dad. Its blown me away and I have laughed like I’ve never laughed before. He’s going to speak Swedish in a few years- that could make the relationship a tad tense, when I’m shouting “speak English for gods sake”.
H:If you weren’t in comedy, what would you be doing?
AP: I used to write radio ads, I didn’t really like it that much. I discovered pretty early on that it was quantity rather that quality that they wanted. I used to write the ads and the client would bully me and say “No, I don’t want the professional voice person voicing it , I will do it myself”. It was horrific, the campaign would be a disaster and nobody really pointed the finger at the butcher who screamed and improvised his own ad about pork chops, they would say to me, “WHY didn’t the voice-over guy do it?!”
H:Are there any upcoming projects you could tell us about?
AP: I’m living in Sweden and doing loads of things here. I have a big tour planned for here next year, it will be exciting. I hope to come over to the UK and continue to do picture shows but I’m just so busy in Sweden now. I’ve also visited Australia and NZ loads so I must go back there. There’s also a book of my picture show coming out next year, I will send The Humordor a copy when its done (Ed-we thought about editing out this last line but we’d like to make it clear we are always open to free gifts).
H: Do you have a career goal that you are yet to reach?
AP: No, mate, I really cant believe I do this. Any comedian who says that comedy is hard work is having a laugh. I’ve worked on building sites, I’ve even worked in a bottle factory; standing there, making sure the bottles were full enough. I came back on the Monday, they said nobody ever returned to the job on a Monday. Comedy is a brilliant life, I’m still waiting for the tap on the shoulder to tell me “it’s all a scam, you’re not funny at all, Pitcher”.