Hope everyone’s settling into their holiday traditions with as little anxiety as possible. To that end, we’re very proud to announce the release of two original yuletide-themed numbers to help ease the transition – “Holiday Pathos” b/w “I’ve Forgotten More Lately” – December 3 on Fin Records. (Purchase here.)
The A-side examines a bustling holiday scene through a world-weary lens, in the tradition of cynical holiday favorites like Graham Parker’s “Christmas is for Mugs,” and the B-side is an all-too-true (or so we’re told) tale of holiday overindulgence, set to a rowdy barroom shuffle. Both tracks were produced by Johnny Sangster, and feature the talents of Jim Sangster (Young Fresh Fellows, the Tripwires) on bass guitar, lending them a swing heretofore unheard on a Red Jacket Mine recording.
The single will be released in CD and digital formats, and all net proceeds will benefit SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital), a wonderful charity founded by Brandy & Pete Nordstrom to raise money for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The annual event raised over $175,000 last year, and this year’s installment takes place on December 14 at Showbox at the Market.
Can’t wait for you all to hear the songs – in the meantime, hang in there!
We’re gearing up to hit the studio this coming weekend, but we’ve got a couple of very cool things to do first:
This Tuesday, November 5, Lincoln and Dan will perform a duo set (acoustic guitar/Wurlitzer electric piano) opening for Garland Jeffreys in Seattle’s swankiest room, The Triple Door (216 Union Street). Tickets are still available…don’t miss this chance to see a legendary songwriter in an amazing venue!
Then, on Thursday, November 7, we’ll be performing live (full-band) on the Spud Goodman Show on NWCZ Radio (straight outta Tacoma!). We go on at 7pm Pacific, and you can stream it live worldwide at nwczradio.com. Expect new songs and all manner of shenanigans – Spud’s a loose cannon, and we’re Cardinals fans!
Hope the summer-to-fall transition has been pleasant, wherever you are. We’re busy writing songs for some more recording this fall, but we’re sneaking out to play a couple of shows this weekend in Washington:
Friday, September 27 at the High Dive in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The Trouble Starts open the show, and our pals the Glass Notes headline, with RJM manning the coveted middle slot. That’s right, folks: the fabled catbird seat! Hope to see all of our Seattle pals there.
Saturday, September 28 at The Vogue Lounge in lovely Chelan, Washington. This is our first trip out to the Vogue, but we’ve heard very good things. Extra-long set, good times guaranteed. Road trip for sunshine!
Lots more shows coming up in October, so please keep it tuned to our Shows page for details!
PS – Check out this video of us performing Big Star’s immortal “Ballad of El Goodo” at the Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove earlier this month! Thanks to our buddy Craig Leve for capturing this!
The Portland show is sponsored by community radio station KZME, and we’ll be appearing in-studio for a live performance and interview on Friday at 12pm Pacific. Stream along from your desk or car at kzme.fm!
We’ll also be stopping by the KWVA Eugene studios before our Cottage Grove show, taking over the airwaves on Saturday from 1-2pm Pacifc – we’ll play some of our favorite records, chat with our pal Craig Leve, and play a few songs! We’re hoping for a cross between Flo & Eddie by the Fireside and this:
Tune in at 88.1FM in the Eugene area, or stream worldwide at kwvaradio.org to witness the chaos in real-time!
Seattle, we haven’t forgotten you: we’ll also be performing next Thursday, September 12 at our beloved Sunset Tavern, with our good pals the Tripwires and amazing NYC soul-rollers the JayVons (aka 4/5 of the Reigning Sound)! Very excited about this one!
Lots more coming up this fall – keep an eye on the Shows page for details. See you out there!
We’ve got a special preview our new single “NyQuil & Wine,” out August 13 on Fin Records! This ‘singing postcard’ features photos by the wonderful Anna Hoychuk…check it out, and please share it with your friends!
The A-side is a re-imagined cover of a tune by our Fin labelmates Davidson Hart Kingsbery…but suffice to say we took some liberties! Check out their lovely original here:
And while we’re spreading the love around, feast your eyes on the magnificent cover art by Mr. Shawn Wolfe!
The critically-acclaimed documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me opens at Seattle’s Grand Illusion Cinema this weekend, and we’re honored to be taking part in the event. We’ll perform a set of Big Star songs immediately after the 8pm showings on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.
Our good friends Paul Hiraga (Downpilot) and Jeff Brown (Half Rushmore) will graciously lend their talents (on vocals and bass, respectively). Friday night’s set will focus on the darker, more atmospheric Third material, while Saturday’s set will feature a mix of the more up-tempo pop gems from the first two albums. We can’t promise that we’ll play your favorite, but we can promise it will be good!