Friday, June 3, 2011
The new Lotte Kestner covers album Stolen was released on June 1, Saint-Loup Records' second release. A homemade bonus EP is also available with the 12 track album for an additional $5 here. Also available through the usual suspects of iTunes and Cd Baby, and soon to be released on Bandcamp straight from the artist.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
April was a good first month for the label. On the 1st, Sounds Like People came out and the official website went up (that would be here). Sergius had his first kind reviews from Slowcoustic and Fensepost. He played his first Seattle show at the Tractor Tavern and I got to sing harmonies, and Jeremy and Meredith from Mount Forgotten accompanied on pump organ and violin. The audience was silent and seated. It looks as though his next show will be mid June on Vashon Island, singing with the likes of Kirsten Wenlock, perhaps on a farm.
Last week I sent out the second Lotte Kestner album, a collection of covers, for mastering (J.J. who also did Sergius' album) and I'm just waiting to get that back and give it a listen through. My friend Violet has lent some of her photographs for the album art and everything is just about ready for pressing. Then more cd duplication. I have been working on this album for a few years, mixing it myself, being more choosy about the arrangements and performances since I didn't do the songwriting part. Due to come out in June, Saint-Loup's second release.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
i'm not sure exactly how many years it's been since Sergius and i first started writing each other and sending songs, it must be at least 5. but now that he is settled in Seattle, at least for the time being, and getting a band together to play some shows around his album release, i at last met up with him last night in the room he's renting in Queen Anne. our new business relationship perhaps took some of the pressure, or some of the theatricality, out of what would've been a purely wistful long-lost songwriting soul mate type of reunion if i'd flown out to Alaska to play music with him as we often talked of doing. we pretty much got down to business and he started playing songs and asking if i knew all the words so i could sing back ups at his shows. "do you know this one?" he kept asking and i laughed because i know most of his songs better than i know my own.
we passed my guitar back and forth, moving the capo up and down, playing our songs and teaching each other vocal parts. it was strange hearing how similar it sounds when we both play arpeggios, and his voice was like a naturally verbed out male version of mine. kind of eerie and amazing to hear in person. so we'll be singing together soon when his album comes out, and i want to get his voice on the new lotte kestner album, and maybe one day we'll write the ep together that we've talked of for years.
going to see him and play some more soon... and then the business meeting will be over and the pressure of 5 years. and i'll be able to just listen to him. can't wait for you all to hear him too.