Good morning, dear murderdumplings! In a flurry of activity as we light a fire under ourselves to begin work on our second album, we’ve recently uploaded a boatload of live videos from our May 2016 house concert with Marnen Laibow-Koser to YouTube for your viewing and listening pleasure: in addition to the “White Stag” clip posted earlier, we present three tracks off of Pretty in Scarlet (“Strowler’s Song,” “Five,” and “Battle Raven”), one old solo bit of Adam’s (“One by One”), and one new co-written track, “Fireside Song,” which we created as our non-dairy “Parting Glass” substitute.
Also, we’ve been posting to our Patreon again in earnest. There’s one more video from the Medford show, the not-yet-released “Spider and Wasp,” which is avaiable only to our Patreon subscribers, so if you’re of curious mind and have a few pennies to toss our way, please consider subscribing at http://patreon.com/murderballads. Thanks again to everyone who has joined, and watch this space for more shiny moving objects of fascination.
Our last official act of this just-past rehearsal weekend: a video of our most recent, “Same Old Song,” revisited. Lyrics by Catt Kingsgrave based on Rudyard Kipling, melody by Michael Longcor, arrangement by us, camerawork by Ken Ernstein. There are times in this life for silence. This is not one of those times. We hope you like.
We are delighted and honored to announce that Murder Ballads has been invited as music guests at this year’s Lunacon, New York’s longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention, in Rye Brook, NY on the weekend of March 18 – 20. Schedules are still being finalized, but as it stands we’ll be doing a full set on Saturday during the day and halftime at the Masquerade that evening, with our usual drop-ins hither and thither. The event promises to be a blast: an amazing guest list, a great venue, and a really fun con (this will be Adam’s first Lunacon experience, but Catt has greatly enjoyed her previous visits). Plus, this will be our first gig within a stone’s throw of NYC, for those of you who can’t get further afield. Give them a look at http://2016.lunacon.org/, and we hope to see you there!
At last it can be told: Murder Ballads has been invited as the Musical Guests of Honor at this year’s Philcon, held in Cherry Hill, NJ on November 20-22. Philcon is the oldest SF/F convention in the US, and we are honored beyond words to be invited, not to mention excited to the point of Kermit-flaily-hands-levels of hyper. This is our first GoH in the history of ever, and we hope you all will check out the event and come join us for what we’re anticipating will be a weekend of, dare we say, epic proportions. Let the strategy meetings and obsessive rehearsals begin!
So this is the one we’ve been knocking them (proverbially) dead with this year, a Catt original entitled “White Stag,” performed here at our May 2015 house concert in Medford, MA with Marnen Laibow-Koser tearing the roof off the joint on fiddle. Hells to the yeah.
We, your murderous balladeers, are stuck with a living situation that keeps us too far apart to just drop in whenever we feel like making music, which leaves us with one whole weekend a month on average to cram everything in. And cram we do: our song list has increased by at least a dozen titles since Pretty in Scarlet came out in November, but with all too few performance opportunities and no studio time available to us, sharing is bloody hard.
By becoming our Patreon supporters, you’ll enable us to get all this good stuff out in the world. We’re going on a per-item rather than a monthly subscription model, in anticipation of putting out roughly two things every month, most of it exclusive to our supporters. (Our page opened a month ago, and so far we’ve posted two items. Quod erat demonstrandum.) Our focus is on demo recordings of new material and concert videos, but possibly offering other nifty doodads that come up. In so doing, you’ll be feeding the band, putting gas in our cars to make that long drive back and forth, and eventually, hopefully, start funding our second album, which we’ve already begun to discuss.
So if you have a couple of bucks to toss our way, we’d love to hear from you at https://www.patreon.com/murderballads, and to share some of what we’ve been up to. We’re tremblingly excited by our new material. We hope you will be, too.
All hail breaking the silence! Rest assured that the lack of news shared since the release of Pretty in Scarlet does not represent a lack of music-making. To that end, we have an announcement coming shortly that we’re pretty excited about; in the meantime, please enjoy this video of us in Catt’s Mandala House living room with our dear friend Matt Young, who lent his bodhran skills to “Battle Raven” on the CD, tearing up the joint on “Crúiscin Lán.”
So guess what’s available for purchase today! Go on, guess!
(Have you guessed yet? No? Okay, I’ll tell you.)
It’s that album we’ve been working on for a damned year now, is what! It’s available for download on Bandcamp as of this morning, and that means that if you want to stream the whole thing before you pay a cent for it, you totally can.
Obviously, we’re hoping you like it enough to pay for it, but hey, at least this way you know what you’ll be getting. (Among other things, your own copy of The Ballad of Captain America’s Disapproving Face, which a few people have mentioned wanting…)
So here it is! Go have a listen, and if you like what you hear, please shill the site — we’ve put a lot of work into this one, we’re proud of it, and we really want to share it with the world.
We’re pretty sure you already heard the massive relieved exhaling noise: The Pretty in Scarlet Indiegogo campaign has drawn to a close. In the final tally, we find ourselves humbled: over 70% of our $5000 goal reached in just 60 days, and two excited musicians blown away by the response. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, and to everyone who boosted the signal! Even though we won’t be able to do everything we’d hoped, the campaign earned enough to do the big things, starting with paying Joel the Producer of Fantastic and our session musicians and clearing cover royalties, moving on to mastering the final mixes (we’ve sent them off to the engineers, and expect the polished tracks in our hands within a week from now), and finally—a pause for effect—the first pressing of physical CD copies of the finished album. By this time next month, we’ll have nearly a year’s worth of work compressed down to a generous pocket-size. So worth every mile of commute, every re-tuned guitar string knocked a quarter step flat during “Girl That’s Never Been,” and every baleful stare from the resident Mandala House cats, ever irked with all the kerfuffle.
This week, we’ll be seeing each other in person for the first time since recording wrapped, partly for much-missed rehearsal, and partly for the Big Thing we want to mention: we’ll be giving our first-ever live interview for the Pagan Music Project on Pagans Tonight Radio with Pamela “Kelly” McAfee this Wednesday, October 22, starting at 10 pm Eastern time and ending whenever we get done yammering. You’ll be able to call or write in with questions, as well as get your first shot at hearing some of the tracks from the new CD. Just click on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/witchschool/2014/10/23/ptrn-circle-talk-pagan-music-project to get in; if you happen to miss the live show, that same link will take you to a podcast of the interview to be downloaded after the fact, free to listen to any time.
Thank you all again, dear ones. Chin up, enjoy your tea, and we’ll talk to you soon.