Originally when we announced the WXPN Key Session we had planned to premiere the performances of three hot new songs from our new album. We also announced that it would be hitting the internet on December 14th. Well here we are a week late and sadly we are not premiering any full performances of new material. When the band got the audio and video back, they we’re not as hot the performances as we had hoped they would be; they were actually kind of cold. Simply put, they didn’t sound great and weren’t prepared to put out anything less than that. But we we’re able to salvage some of the performances and you can hear some snippets of the stuff mixed in with the interview the band shot. We’re sorry its not more, but we think it should whet your appetites just enough.
Here’s a link to the full Key Session:
Also we’d like to offer a shout-out to John Vettese for putting a lot of hard work and energy into putting this thing together. Word’em up, Vettese.
Concerning the Troubadour Show on December 15th:
peace to you and hello,
thank you to everyone who responded to our offer to come play onstage in L.A. tomorrow. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to say yes to everyone…We had around 40 replies, far too many to fit on the Troubadour’s modestly sized stage. Plus, the promoters limited how many folks I could get in for free (for which, of course, I don’t blame them in the least). The result is we’ve got about 15 folks planning to play tomorrow, who were chosen based on a few factors (how quickly they responded, what instrument they play, how familiar they seemed to be with our songs, etc.). I’ve contacted them with a few e-mails with all the details, setlist, chords, etc.) So, if you’re not on that list of folks I e-mailed, I’m afraid the invitation for you to play tomorrow no longer stands. I say this in hopes that no one drives a great distance with an instrument but without a ticket, hoping to find me & get in for free – my guest list is already maxed out (and then some). Our loving gratitude to everyone who responded, and apologies that there’s not room for everyone. Please have a wonderful night, whatever you’re up to.
Thank you again, Aaron W.
The following is is a message from Aaron:
Hello – I’d like to invite anyone who’s interested & capable to bring their (preferably) non-electrical instruments (e.g., horns, strings, woodwind, percussion, accordion) and join me on stage at the Troubadour this Thursday, December 15. The only songs of ours I’m probably going to do are acoustic-guitar & melody based (i.e., not old songs with shouting vocals), plus maybe a cover or two; if anyone takes me up on this, we can choose a set list based on whichever of those-type-of-songs everyone is prepared to play. I’m hoping of course for some degree of musical competency from whoever might join me (as after all, folks are paying money for the show…we’d like it to not be disastrous). but you don’t have to be a bona fide professional, just solid at your instrument and thoroughly familiar with the song(s) you’ll play on. If you don’t have a ticket, don’t worry: I can likely get you in for free, especially if you’re a good player.
We made up a temporary e-mail account for this very purpose. If you’ll be taking part, kindly let us know:
The show will be at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on December 15th and 16th, but if you’re going to see Aaron he’s only playing the first night on the 15th. Be sure to get your tickets soon as they are sure to sell out.
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Curated by Alexandra Patsavas (Chop Shop Music)
the Mountain Goats
Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats) + Andy Cabic (Vetiver)
Ivan & Alyosha
We would like to take this opportunity to announce that the band is going to be playing two shows in the next upcoming couple of weeks and if you had the good fortune to pick up tickets to Brand New’s sold-out show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City you’ll be able to see one of them. That’s right we’ll be opening for Brand New in Atlantic City on November 26th. We’ll go on second (after O’Brother and right before Brand New) at around 9:45pm so if you want to see us and you we’re planning on showing up just for Brand New, you might want to show just a little bit earlier to catch our set. So that’s one!
The second show is on December 9th in York, PA, at the Depot (360 W. Cottage Street). It will be our last headlining show of the year we’ll have Oceans In Love and Reservoir opening up for us. It should be a great time. There’s only one catch though… it’s 18+ (sorry, minors). So if you’re of voting age and you wanted to come out and hear us play some songs from our new album mixed in with a bunch of our classics you should definitely try and make it out.
You can go to Mission Tix to purchase tickets.
Last Friday, Novmember 11th, the band got together and recorded live-in-the-studio at WXPN in Philadelphia for The Key Studio Sessions. If you’re not familiar with The Key Studio Sessions (and I’m sure most of you are not), imagine Daytrotter for bands from Philly plus video and then add in an interview.
If you’ve listened to any sort of in-studio session before you know that the best ones are the ones that offer some sort of exclusive material. So we took this as opportunity to premiere the performances of three brand new, unreleased songs from our new album coming out next year. We are really excited to share this new material with everyone and you can hear these three new songs plus two others when they go up online at The Key’s website on December 14th.
Also we wanted to mention that Eric Ashleigh shot some photographs of the sessions and he did an amazing job. You can see them up on The Key’s website, or you can head over to his portfolio site (http://lefte.co/) where he’s got higher quality versions up
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