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Clucking Blossom 9

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Can you believe another CB has come and gone? It was a fun party though I could only be there for the first half. (I’m working on a movie). I am thankful for Kyle Batley for these incredible photos! Some of the photos of me performing are by Elliot Wilson or Amanda Bent.

Photo by Amanda bent

Photo by Amanda bent

I played to a crowd of about 60. Teens and young adults love the live comics. I performed the “Beard Rap,” some family friendly stand up Comedy, and a fast forwarded version of “The History of Vaudeville and Performance Comics.” I Played a banjo song “You don’t need money to have fun,” which is one of my favorites from the new album, and an old song “The Anthropic Principle Lullabye.”

Photo by Elliot Wilson

Photo by Elliot Wilson

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 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

The enigmatic "Squatters Temple" photo by Kyle Batley

The enigmatic “Squatters Temple” photo by Kyle Batley

Squatter’s Temple played a very hard rocking version of their songs. “people can’t read and people can’t write” and “hop on one foot hop on the other” and many other of his odd lyrics will be stuck in your head for days. He is getting better as he keeps at it, and I recommend you catch him playing live near you.

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

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 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

"The Phineas Gage" photo by Kyle Batley

“The Phineas Gage” photo by Kyle Batley

The Phineas Gage play socially conscious hip hop with a powerful live band sound. They are incredible, not to be missed, especially if you like lyrics that have something thoughtful to say. Raif and Sonny Golden spar off each other with a charming rivalry.

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

Prolapse played hard fast crazy metal, you can catch them again at the Tanana Valley Fair in August, many other performers who played at CB9 will also play at the fair, including Nathan Zody, Dan Firmin, Shagg, and more!

 photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

photo by Kyle Batley

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Usually at these festivals i try to draw 50+ people, take their photo and let them keep the drawings. Some people collect them every year. I could only stay a little while, so I couldn’t continue the tradition this year.

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Jazz Farm and a color vision of the stage

Jazz Farm and a color vision of the stage

Jazz Farm (or Jass Pharm… or some other spelling) played a chill set including the old standard “Goodbye Pork Pie hat. They are two talented musicians who happen to be married with kids. Alan used to play in Stov and Amanda used to play in “3 Chord Ho!” Sometimes they play at the Marlin or Ivory Jacks with a full band and get their Gypsy jazz on.

The next big Fairbanks Festival is Angry Young and Poor. It will be at Ester Community Park on July 15th. I will not be playing, I am traveling to Homer.

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Clucking Blossom 8

I worked for hours on this, thank you Claire and Emilia, who helped immensely.

Clucking Blossom 8 has come and gone and it was a wonderful day, with memorable performances and sunny weather.

Again I brought a kiddy pool and filled it with corn starch for toddler’s enjoyment. I played a set at 5:00 with Amelia and Luke from Eating For Two. I also gave a performance of “Punned down in Cold Blood” my silly collection of puns

Some of the highlights were a Reunion of sorts of the BaCuntry Bruthers, with Amanda Bent of Jazz Farm joining on bass. Bucktoof was absent, but Huck and emit took turns playing drums with their feet while playing banjo or guitar. Huck gave us a debut of her fiddling skills on a song she called “Dog found a rabbit, was gone a long time.”

“Annie where the Sun don’t shine” played their kooky version of blues. Eli and Megan have played for years as “Not Enough Flannel,” but as a back up band for Juneau’s Annie Bartholomew and her enchanting voice.

We were blessed with the presence of two Anchorage bands: PJ Franco and the Burnouts and Pretty Birds that Kill. Both put on exciting and noisy shows.

Here are most of the drawings I made. I should have acquired model release forms for everybody, I suppose. If you have a problem with your image being on my website, let me know. I am available to make drawings at your event.

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Indie Rock Cliche Bingo, Stumblebum Brass Band

Here is a little comic I made. The bands illustrated here are the Sahara Hotnights, Marnie Stern, and members of Netherfriends and the Raveonettes. You will have to click on them to enlarge enough to read.

I debuted new songs “Haute Couture” “An ode to Star Trek Villians,” and did encore performances of earlier pieces at Rosemary’s house CLOUDBERRY CASTLE last weekend. I played alongside Avery Wolves, 58 Roadsigns, Eating for two, Feeding Frenzy and Space Boots.

Caleb Kuntz added video of me performing “Knit that Shit” with Band of Zorses from the february 5th pub league.

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New Teen Paranormal Romance will play a show this Friday (march 11) at the marlin. its 5 dollars and profits go towards CLUCKING BLOSSOM. We are performing with the Good Daze, Jesse Hobbes, and my good friend Greg who calls himself “Black Flowers Black Sun.” Highly Recommended.

We also made a Facebook Page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Teen-Paranormal-Romance/173243516053895

Please add us as fans, there are things we can’t do until we have over 35 fans. Also, it helps when we are trying to book shows if the booker knows we have some fans out there. 🙂

My friends in the Stumblebum Brass Band are coming back to Alaska for a tour.

They will play in Fairbanks June 4 at the Marlin, I will be their opener. They also have dates all over the state in May and June, including: Talkeetna, Anchorage, Homer, Denali and Trapper Creek. Their live show is amazing. They have gotten arrested for playing outside on Christmas without a permit. Punk rock.

Check out their tour dates at
http://www.stumblebumbrassband.com

Frantic New Orleans style street jazz meets Punk rock frenzy

Stumble Bum Brass Band
Fuck You Lady Gaga. (no label)
New York, New York
Recorded at Bisi Studios by Martin Bisi
Mastered by Dr. Kevorkian
Key tracks Sweet Spot, 2nd Avenue, Girls, Anarchy, I Killed a Man.

The Stumblebums borrow from New Orleans street jazz for the bones of their skeleton, then punk rock for the teeth. . Those snare hits slam and that tuba is huge in the mix. The tuba is so expressive, and its pilot is adept at giving each blast character and verve, even when the tempos are enough to exhaust to anyone sane.The trumpet soars and the vocals, sometimes shouted through a bullhorn, sometimes crooned with the whisky soaked gravel, provide many “did he really just say that?” moments. Most of these songs are fast, offensive, wild and fun.
Many songs come in around 2 minutes, and would be fantastic on your mix tapes or inserted into radio playlists for a satisfying wtf moment.
Many of these songs are reproductions of sketches from their first album- redressed and touched up. Shortened and tightened perhaps from two years of intense live shows. On the first version they sounded a little flat, soggy and honestly, like they were just playing into a mic in a dead room. They sound fantastic now, Smidge’s voice and lyrics channeling vice from the great frontmen he follows, Janis Joplin, Iggy Pop, Louis Prima, Tom Waits, a touch of Hank Williams, and of course a nod to all the hip-hop frontmen who revel in being as ‘nasty’ as they can.
On “Try” they actually slow it down and let things swing. “My body’s had enough, lord I tried,” it’s a refreshing reintroduction to the blues; guitarless, undeniable, and immediate.
Jonny Balls comes out from behind the drumset to sing some lyrics on “GIrls.”  His spastic and perky drumming is hard hitting and perpetually consistent. They let him cut a brief solo on “I Wanna.” Johnny wheres the cowbell? Subtle rhythm changes in “Dirty” prove that the drum set can be a melodic element in punk rock, and help establish that the Jazz influence make sense.
Martin Bisi’s production is in your face and always faithful to the live show- the only place where there are obvious effects and overdubbing is in “Blue Eyed Blues.” Otherwise the disc just seems to be mixed and mastered very conservatively and expertly.
“Pink Cadillac,” is a nod to those 50s “oldies but goody” songs, but of course the tempo picks up and Smidge delivers a rapid fire rap. As he sings “Cuz I ain’t so bad,” he must be winking and acknowledging the nod to Louis Prima. “Hey Jonny” quotes hey Ronnie” and has a spoken intro that reminds me of the Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack.” It’s a celebration of cheesy pop culture, with a post-modern revisionism, or its just hilarious dirty fun. Try to keep a straight face while hear the lyrics, “Hey Jonny he’s so fine, he’s so fine I wanna fuck him from behind.”
I listened to ska punk from california back in the 90s, some of these catchy zippy trumpet lines remind me of the thrill i felt when I first heard that sound: the rich white kid angst version of authentic jamaican music.  The closest this gets to it is “Sweet Spot,” with a very busy bass line from Disco Ronnie and some “ooh ah’s” delivered like emo “ois.” This would be a great choice for a single, as its free of curses, full of catchy hooks, and the tempo changes make it consistently energizing. Here the Stumblebums enthusiastically turn up the joy and invite their listeners to dance. This track is an inspiring demonstration as to why people play music- because its the second most fun thing you can do with your fingers, I mean lips!

For fans of: Cherry Poppin Daddies, Reel Big Fish, Galactic, but that marginalizes them too much, anyone who loves passion, and doesn’t mind foul language will love this disc!

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