Monday

Alan Young published a concert review of the Paula Carino + Liza & the WonderWheels double bill at the Parkside that you might enjoy reading. It's on Lucid Culture and has also been added to our own press page. Yesterday we were featured on the 6/10/07 edition of Dan Herman's Radio Crystal Blue. He played "Formerly Caroline" and "Eddie Come Down," the last 2 tracks on MEET THE ANIMAL as the second stage featured airplay. You can check out the broadcast, as well as his live field recording of "No Exceptions" (UNRELEASED) from the Parkside show (and live recordings of other bands including a nice and crazy live "Cell Phone or Schizo" by The Larch) on the RCB archive page . Got something started that I think could be really cool by updating our listening page with a "Hall of Eds" link that currently contains live versions of "Eddie Come Down" from 1) our last show at the Parkside 2) a private party we played in Owslesbury (Hants, England, UK) on our tour last summer, and 3) a show we played in January '07 at Freddy's. I picked the tracks for quality of the jams more than quality of recording, so the quiet beginning can't always be clearly heard, but all three of these versions have great sentimental value and capture some of the more interesting and diverse terrain we've explored in the improvised instrumental. Our reviewer over at Eartaste once commented that the number of tracks we have online for free streaming and download is very generous to our fans, and to that I would say not at all. It's an honor to share our music. I hope this opens the way for our concert-goers to e-mail me mp3's of bootlegs they've made of us at shows for posting. That would be so interactive & incredible! Also interactive & incredible is the music video in the works for one of the singles from our upcoming record. We had a Robot-Maid-Music-Video-Brainstorming-and-Pizza-party with all 4 Wheels plus James Dean and Elisa of Greenhead Media that lasted deep into last Saturday night at the creative Greenhead HQ loft space up in Hastings-on-Hudson, and we're all feeling really excited about the project. As you'll see by the stylish design of their web site, the surreal and animated ideas we tossed around are going to wind up looking really cool. We are truly fortunate to have them working with us. While we were together, they played us a copy of the Grateful Dead 5/8/77 - 30th Anniversary show which I have neglected to mention. It happened on Friday, May 11 and was brain child of our friend Alan "Biggie T" Bigelow. Our bass player Andy was asked to do a couple numbers during the first act of this evening in tribute to a specifically great GD show that took place on 5/8/77 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Then, after their first choice dropped out, Andy asked me to sing the Donna female harmony vocals on "Dancing in the Streets." I knew the Bowie/Jagger version, so I listened to a concert recording and practiced the GD way with Andy a few times, and said sure why not. I didn't think going to a show and getting up to sing harmony vocals on one song was really worth mentioning... until I got to the Triad Theatre on 72nd street and realized I had vastly under-estimated the eternal appeal of the Grateful Dead. The two-story theatre with balcony was sold out, and the anonymously named Band 5 that I sang with was completely all-star. If you're so inclined you can check out the details and see pictures at Dahdang Productions . Ian got roped in to playing guitar on a few songs literally the night before to replace the missing guitar player from another band. For the record, getting up in the middle of this red-hot, sold-out show was like an out-of-body experience for me. The extended jam left a lot of time for me & Andy to dance around and hit things percussively, and although my vocals on the playback were like 100x louder than what we heard on stage (we all thought Andy was singing lead, but I guess the sound person didn't...?) I think I sound good and tough doing my hippie-motown impersonation.

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