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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.