The Nautical Rock Singer, Songwriter, Historian!

Friday, December 31, 2010


happy 2011 to all of you!
paul & may-bell (the guitar)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Introducing The Paul Starling Bandcamp Page

Head over to my new bandcamp page and download my brand new track "Mirage". You can also pick up the "Aimed Arrows" Ep!Link

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


photo by meredith stone

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

On Tour With Bearkat

Hello Friends. For the next month I will be playing guitar for the lovely Bearkat. We will be playing all over the states so perhaps I will see you. For more info go to Bearkat's Facebook page HERE
I will be back December 14th!
la la love,
Paul Starling

Here's where we'll be:

November 14th: Austin, TX 7pm @ The Ghost Room
November 17th: Oklahoma City, OK 9pm @ The Conservatory
November 18th: Little Rock, AR (TBD or for sleep)
November 19th: Knoxville, TN 8pm @ The Birdhouse
November 20th: Chapel Hill, NC 8pm @ Champions Bar and Grill
November 21st: Richmond, VA 6pm @ Gallery 5
November 22nd: Baltimore, MD 8pm @ The Clycops
November 24th: Easton, MD 8pm @ Night Cat
November 26th: NYC, NY 7pm @ Arlenes Grocery
November 27th: MAINE! House show
November 28th: Biddeford, ME 8pm @ Oak and the Axe
November 30th: Chicago, IL 8pm @ Reggies
December 1st: Rochester, MN House Show @ the Mangans!
December 2nd: Minneapolis, MN 8pm Kitty Kat Club
December 3rd : Lincoln, NE 8pm Clawfoot Club
December 4th: Denver (IN THE WORKS)
December 5th: Boulder/Nederland (IN THE WORKS or AT YOUR HOUSE!?!)
December 8th: Yakima, WA 8pm Northtown Coffeehouse
December 9th: Seattle, WA 8pm Comet Tavern
December 10th: Bellingham, WA (In the works!)
December 11th: Portland, OR Alberta Street Pub


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween! Free Download!

All The Good Looking Girls Are Dead

Download the Mp3 HERE

Happy Halloween friends! Since Halloween is my favorite holiday (and yours), I decided to share with you something very special. It is a track off of my brand new record that is nearly complete! "All The Good Looking Girls Are Dead" has a bit of a Halloween feel and might be a good tune to dance around in your costume to. This is an early mix but quite enjoyable all the same. Have a great Halloween night!
la la love,
Paul Starling

"All The Good Looking Girls Are Dead" Track Info:
Paul Starling - guitars, tambourine, vocals
Steve Bringelson - bass
Dave Lotfi - drums
Produced by: Chris Jago & Paul Starling
Mixed by: Gabe Dulek

Saturday, October 9, 2010

happy birthday john lennon

i could listen to his songs & interviews 24/7. can't say that about any other artist.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Free Music Friday: Treason 4/4 & 3/4

Treason 4/4

Download "Treason" in 4/4 HERE
Treason 3/4

Download "Treason" in 3/4 HERE

Welcome to another Free Music Friday! This week we have 1 song but 2 mp3's! You may be asking, "wait what?". Here's the story folks. A few moths back I started work on a song called "Treason". As I wrote the song it was in 4/4 time, and remained that way until completion. The time then came for the song to be recorded, except as I started recording it something just didn't feel right. So I decided to change it to 3/4 or a waltz. I then finished the track complete with backing vocals, many guitars, bass, drums, and even banjo. But of course I still wasn't too happy with it. Then a few days later I played it for my Dad and he said "wait, I thought when you were writing this it was in 4/4. what happened?" So I explained the whole story to him and he then said to me that I should re-record the song in its original 4/4. So that is just what I did. And since I am still hard at work on the new album (ya thats still going friends) and have no place to put new songs I decide to share both the 4/4 & 3/4 versions of "Treason" with you. In my opinion the 4/4 version is the best, although I do believe the 3/4 has a bit of charm. What do you think? I'd enjoy your thoughts on the matter.
la la la,

Monday, September 27, 2010

more photos from last night

I would like to thank Jared Berke for filling in at the last minute and doing an amazing job. The man can drum folks.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

tonights show

Thanks to everyone that came out!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Free Music Friday: Dream Lover

Dream Lover

Download the mp3 Here
Hello Readers. A friend of mine recently asked if I would do a cover of "Dream Lover" written & made famous by Bobby Darin. Since I have always liked the song I decided to fill her request and here it is for you to enjoy as well. Have a great Friday!
la la la,

(photo by Iain MacAdam)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Free Music Friday: Come On Carol

Come On Carol

Download the mp3 Here

Hello friends! Here is a free download of "Come On Carol" for your Friday afternoon music needs! "Come On Carol" is the tale of a 1940s pilot spy that finds herself in a bit of trouble. This song was recorded during the time of the "Aimed Arrows" EP, but didn't really fit with those tunes. Anyway its here for you now. Enjoy!
la la love,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Free Mp3: Don't Let Me Down (live)

Don't Let Me Down (live)

Get the Mp3 Here

Hey Folks. Take a listen to this live version of "Don't Let Me Down" recorded at a recent show. A few of you have been asking if I had a recording of "Don't Let Me Down" so I went searching and found this. Hope you enjoy it! Listen above and download the mp3 as well.
la la love,
"Don't Let Me Down" written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, as if you didn't know that.
The Band on this recording is:
Steve Bringelson - Bass
Dave Lotfi - Drums
Justin Smith - Guitar
Paul Starling - Guitar, Vocal

A few months back

Harmony California w/Justin, Ian, Katie, & Iain
(photo by Iain MacAdam)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Free Music Friday: Venus

Download "Venus" mp3 Here
Hello Folks. I wanted to give all of you a "thank you" for being so great! The album is taking a bit longer than anticipated but only because I keep finding new ways to make it better & better. All of you have been so positive with your facebook & e-mail messages that I decided I should give you something. A few months back I was approached by a nice lady asking if I would contribute a song to a 60's bubble gum pop compilation. I asked her which songs had been recorded so far and she gave me a list filled with "The Locomotion", "Sugar Sugar", "It's My Party" etc etc. I then went to work trying to figure out what song I could record. I then hit upon the idea of asking my Mom (who is a 60's bubble gum pop expert) which song she would like me to do. She suggested "Johnny Angel", and while I really love that song (Lou Adler, producer of the Mama's & the Papa's & Johnny Rivers, wrote it) I didn't think I could tackle a song that is sung from the perspective of a lady....So I then decided upon another of my Mom's favorite tunes "Venus" made popular by Franky Avalon. Its really quite cheese ball, but there is something about it that I really love. I remember going to a 50's diner with my parents and this song coming on the juke box. A very lush production. Anyway I decided to replace the string section with backing vocals and lots of guitars. The 60's bubble gum pop compilation never came to light and my version of "Venus" has been sitting unloved for a few months. Please give it some love. Hope you enjoy.
la la love,
Paul Starling

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Songs I Enjoy At The Moment

1. Pulling Mussels (From A Shell) - Squeeze
2. The Pharaohs - Neko Case
3. Through Lovin' You - Bearkat
4. Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands - Bob Dylan
5. Tempted - Squeeze
6. Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka
7. Band On The Run - Paul McCartney

Friday, August 27, 2010

Exclusive Preview: Visions Of Drowning

<a href="">Visions of Drowning by Paul Starling</a>
Hello folks! Take a listen to this exclusive preview of "Visions Of Drowning" which will appear on my new album! More info soon! Let me know what you think.
- Paul

Monday, August 23, 2010

Show Wednesday

Thats right folks all three of us will be at Cinema Bar in Culver City this Wednesday! Its a free show (free!) so come on down and listen to some rad music.
Take a listen to Bearkat's music:
Take a listen to Gianinna's music:
And of course you can hear some of Paul Starling's music: Paul Starling Facebook

Friday, August 20, 2010

a request

eric from france asked for "key#4" from "floors & attics". its a bit of a demo/experiment but i think its quite interesting. 3 songs in 1! anyway thanks for the message eric and enjoy the tunes!

Download Key#4 by clicking HERE

Thursday, August 19, 2010


check out this new shirt from my friend Curtis Rx!
Pick one up for yourself HERE

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

fun at the fair

photo by heather kelterer

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Giuce Clothing Mixtape Redux

Hey Folks! My new song "Shipwreck" which will appear on my new album "Shipwrecked Commotion" is available on Giuce Clothing's newest mixtape. Other artists featured include: Class Project, Tyler Steven, & many more! Take a second to download 'Not From Concentrate' Mixtape Redux at: (click the NFC redux tab). It's 100% free!!

Monday, August 16, 2010


i don't believe you
dress me in bowties
visions of drowning
all the good looking girls are dead
its fine
day of the dead
hey now dana
old tack pianos
ballad of a raincoat
mark twain boat

Saturday, August 14, 2010

the reason the blog has been so quiet

i was attending the wedding of doug & crystal (of mynt green fame) in santa barbara. a great time was had by all and now i'm back and ready to get things rolling again. the album is in the final stages of mixing & we have some shows coming up in the next few months. so stay tuned folks!

Monday, August 2, 2010

what have i been doing:
- added extra lead guitar to verse 3 of "caroline"
- added organ to "ballad of a raincoat"
- started work on blending "ballad of a raincoat", "shipwreck", & "mark twain boat"
- found various recordings from the 1920's to add to in between moments on the record
- mixinggggggggggggggggg

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

IPO Show

(photo by Masaya Palmer)
Set List
1. Caroline
2. I Don't Believe You
3. Ballad Of A Raincoat
4. All The Good Looking Girls Are Dead
5. It's Fine
6. Day Of The Dead
7. Don't Let Me Down

The gig at IPO was kind of interesting. We were on stage, tuned up, ready to roll and were even announced and then all of a sudden the sound guy comes up and starts plugging in the we had to stand up there for about 10 mins while he attempted to get the sound right. I felt really bad for the guy because I could tell he was rushing around all night trying to get the very different band set ups to sound the best they could. Unfortunately he never was able to get us the right sound on stage. Both Kenny & I said after that we couldn't hear our guitars at all. Again I can't blame the sound guy too much as he was doing the best he could. I only mention this to you so I can explain what happened next......So we couldn't hear very well and it was a bit of a drag. Well instead of crying about it I gave Kenny a shrug of the shoulders and did my best Pete Townsend windmill. I then said into the mic "this set is for Harry Nilsson". We then proceeded to play our most electrically charged set to date. Now I'm not saying this was a good thing. I'm also not saying it was a bad thing. It was sort of in the middle. I felt like we made the best of a kind of lame situation. Anyway we blew past "Caroline" and charged right into "I Don't Believe You" which was a lot of fun. Kenny yelled his backing vocals which gave me a bit of a giggle. "Ballad Of A Raincoat" turned into a stomp with me yelling the chorus's. "All The Good Looking Girls Are Dead" started out a bit shaky but then we got it together and it actually grooved along not so bad. "It's Fine" was the weakest of the night. So lets pass that one by..... "Day Of The Dead" somehow became our best number. I think its because we brought the volume down for the start then really built it up so that by the end we were rolling along. By this point our time must have run out because the fella gave me the one more song signal. So we played "Don't Let Me Down". I clicked on my distortion for the whole song. I think Kenny did the same. I then broke a string and Kenny followed. We rocked too hard. It was fun I suppose, I just won't make a habit out of it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Album Update:

hello readers. i know its been a while since i've let you in on the progress of the new album. in the time since my last post the album has been given a name: "shipwrecked commotion". all along i knew it needed a nautical title, and while we were mixing "visions of drowning" the line "we'll be in the ocean, a shipwrecked commotion..." came over the speakers and into my brain. it then zoomed past the hearst castle & frida kahlo information storage shed, and zapped into the album titles folder. so "shipwrecked commotion" it is.

artwork for the album has started to come together and i am excited to show you what we come up with. as for the most important part the music, we have 12 songs mixed and ready to go. which means only 2 more are left. once we have all 14 completed i will start work on a running order. still not sure if it will 12 or 14 songs on the album. time will tell.

very soon (any day now) i will be posting a free download of one of the new songs as a thank you to all of you for continued support of my musical endeavors. i am so thankful to all of you that send e-mails, facebook messages/comments, & blog comments. you guys are awesome!

oh yeah, i have a show this sunday @ the joint! david bash of the international pop overthrow has asked us to play once again at his first class power pop music festival. we've played two times before and are just as excited to play again. its always a pleasure to see david and the bands he gets to play on the bill. if you only go to one of my shows this year, this is the one to see! check out the flier below for more info.

i hope all of you are doing well & enjoying the beautiful summer of 2010!
Paul Starling

Saturday, July 10, 2010

next saturday!

why am i up this early on a saturday? to tell you the first song from the new album will be available as a free download next saturday! which will it be? stick around to find out!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kenneth Bringelson Blog

take a look at my brother's blog. the man can write folks.

Monday, July 5, 2010

on the 4th

photo by doug broadhurst

Saturday, July 3, 2010

the last 4 days

now back to finishing the record.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney

Ram on, give your heart to somebody soon, right away, right away.....