Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Mix #6

Here's a mix I made of some of my very favorite jams

Love, Nedelle

1. Nina Simone "Please Read Me"
2. The Bee Gees "Please Read Me"
3. Biff Rose "Shell of a Man"
4. The Nu-Sounds "I Fall Asleep Counting My Blessings"
5. Billie Holiday "I Get Along Without You Very Well"
6. Art Tatum "Over the Rainbow"
7. Prince and the Revolution "Teacher, Teacher"
8. Denise Darlington "War No Right"
9. Shirley Ellis "The Clapping Song"
10. The Acoustix "River of No Return"
11. Judy Garland (Untitled)
12. Bobby McFerrin "Blackbird"
13. Abida Parveen "Ho Jamaalo"
14. Dion and the Belmonts "Where or When"
15. Stevie Wonder "Never Had a Dream Come True"

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Friday, November 20, 2009

photo grab bag '09

'carpool ghoul'
(*this person in the back seat is not real!)

Monday, November 9, 2009

It's All For L-O-V-E

Corey is our space efficiency expert


on a day off we went to the movies

it was a slow night

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nov. dates with Fiery Furnaces and Dent May

hi everybody
this'll probably be the last tour for a little while...
but we wanted to let you about some shows we just added -
hope to see you at one of em!

11-04 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
11-05 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
11-06 - Troy, NY - Revolution Hall
11-07 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
11-10 - Toledo, OH - Frankie's Inner City
11-11 - Ferndale, MI - The Magic Bag
11-12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11-13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
11-14 - St Paul, MN - The Turf Club
11-17 - Vancouver, BC - The Red Room
11-18 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11-20 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
11-21 - Los Angeles, CA - The El Rey

(all shows w/ Fiery Furnaces + Dent May)

oh, and also - we added an Orlando show in Oct :

10-10 - Winter Park, FL - Rollins College

Saturday, September 12, 2009

mix #5

here's a brand new mix for you all -
hope you can dig it!

and by the way, if you live in Orlando FL come to Rollins College on the 10th - and we might even play another one somewhere on the 8th...

Francis Bebey
Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou
Cortijo and his Combo
Ngone Ndiaye
Etoile de Dakar
John Baker
Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach
Ellie Greenwich
Capt. Beefheart
Negash Tekie
Pinchos Jassinowsky
The Residents
Robo Arigo
Ornette Coleman
Alvarius B
Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy
Abdel Halim Hafez
Glenn Gould (Bach "Goldberg Variations")
Renata Tibaldi (from Verdi's "Falstaff")
Miriam Makeba
John Schneider (Lou Harrison guitar music)
The Robert Corbert Orchestra plays the theme to "Dark Shadows"

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ban for Birmingham buskers who only knew Wonderwall and Faith

Aug. 20, 2009 - A ‘busking duo from hell’ who turned Moseley into anything but an oasis with their renditions of just two songs have been turfed out of the area.

Andrew Stevens and James Ryan

Guitar-strumming James Ryan and pal Andrew Stevens, who would bash dustbin lids and street furniture with drumsticks, only knew two hits - Wonderwall by Oasis and George Michael’s Faith.

But the plug has now been pulled on their impromptu gigs after fed-up residents, plagued by their late night begging antics, said it turned Moseley village into a nightmare of loud noise and fighting.

Now 40-year-old Ryan, from Dollery Drive, Edgbaston, and Stevens, also known as Andrew Cave, 39, of no fixed address, have been banned from entering parts of Moseley and playing musical instruments in public in the area.

The pair were also banned from begging anywhere in England and Wales.

They were warned they faced jail if they breached the two-year anti-social behaviour orders handed down yesterday by District Judge Qureshi at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

After the hearing, Ryan said: “The whole thing’s about playing a guitar, it’s a joke. Most people loved it.”

Birmingham City Council said the pair stood outside various pubs in Moseley singing and begging, often playing from early evening into the early hours.

The pair also waited outside taxi ranks and cashpoints along St Mary’s Row demanding money.

Revellers often joined in with them at pub closing time. As well as the excessive noise nuisance fights would often break out between groups heading home, the council said.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

live in Van Nuys !

more songs from Luxury Wafers session

... plus we are pleased to announce these upcoming shows!
(all shows w/ Sufjan Stevens except SF)

08-18: San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord w/ Max Tundra & Tune-Yards
09-21: Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
09-22: Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
09-23: Ithaca, NY - Castaways
09-24: Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
09-25: Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
09-26: Champaign, IL - The High Dive
09-27: Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
09-28: Madison, WI - The Majestic
09-29: Bloomington, IN - Buskirk Chumley
10-01: Toronto, ON - Lee's Place
10-02: Montreal, QC - Cabaret
10-03: Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
10-04: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10-05: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10-06: Brooklyn, NY - Hall at Williamsburg
10-07: Brooklyn, NY - Hall at Williamsburg

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

St. Joseph & the Abandoned Food

someone posted this on

(an old band of mine!
I played drums) - Chris

from a 7" circa 1998...

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Zamboney guy

the other day, this guy pulled up alongside us on the freeway, driving a Zamboney machine!
(photo by Aaron)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

studio city

we haven't checked in with the blog in a while...

how are you ?

we were gone forever it seemed like!

the tour with Casiotone was awesome -
we played at What the Heck Fest in Anacortes WA, saw lots of really great bands, put on another production of Nick Krgovich's musical "In the Yard, Havin' Fun" (this time I got to play Nedelle's love interest!), got funny looking sunburns.

right now, Nedelle and I are back in California, relaxing and reorienting at my parents' place in LA. I wish we had some pictures to post up here from the tour for you - we saw lots of good things - but the camera got left behind...
maybe there'll be photos later ?

for now we're just laying low, making up some new music, going swimming.

we have more touring planned in the fall and winter
but Mike won't be joining us -
Nedelle, Aaron and I have all decided to move to LA, unfortunately Mike has not.
he loves living in Berkeley, or rather, would not love living in LA. which we understand.
but we're going to miss him!

more soon,

Monday, June 22, 2009

New 7" on Slowboy

We're starting a U.S. tour tomorrow with a new 7" in tow. You can't tell by this picture, but they're hand-printed silver and white, OR silver and black. Clear vinyl.
Our tourdates are in an earlier post- they're mostly with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, which we're very excited about!
See you soon!

the 7" is also available at:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Tail & Mane" video by Vim Crony

on a sunny day in Long Beach, CA - filmmaker Vim Crony had us set up and play in his backyard for a video of the song "Tail & Mane" -
(before Aaron joined the band...)

please enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

a note from the backseat

it's overcast. i'm hungover. yesterday we got detoured for 2 hours because of a d-day anniversary parade. 65th anniversary- is that a round enough number for such balleyhoo? these french tolls are verging on piracy! i keep taking off and on my sweathshirt like a maniac. feeling a bit feverish, a bit panicked. this constant movement, let me tell you...
one time my brother said, "i wonder if your brain will develop a certain way over time in which you can only equate progress with traveling.." (he's a neuroscientist btw) i hope this isn't true!
i wonder if we'll get slight brain damage from too much car time. our brains just jiggling around in their jelly encasements. i should ask sam...
i've developed a ridiculous new obsession- filing my nails to symmetrical perfection, so my right and left hands are exactly the same. i feel guilty (well, almost) about having all this free time. time to do anything that could possibly be done in a car. what next???

PS- my friend amy and i made a little video for the 'teen vogue' blog that got posted a couple days ago- it's about vintage stores in the bay area.

Europe + UK sights

hey there

it's been a while, we've been computerless in foreign lands,
but we're finally getting around to this again...

the shows over here have been amazing!
we've met many wonderful people, heard, seen and tasted some incredible things -

'roof dog'!!!

pagan rites on the way to Exceter

at our Union Chapel show in London w/ Final Fantasy,
this place was big, beautiful and soo echoey!!!

Gent, Beligum

D-Day re-enacters in Normandy -
also, Obama was in town...

these ones are from the coast of Scotland, near Ayr

Tartan factory in Edinburgh

Scottish hairstyles and fashionz through the ages

Mike's favorite activity during our many ferry rides

climbing outside Quilit-Quilit in Bethune, France