A benefit for The Y

Yesterday was a blast! We were on Twit.TV’s Game On! and did a live performance. But, if you missed it yesterday, the archive is now up and you can view it here. We come in at about the 30-minute mark.

Our next show is this Wednesday, April 4 at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco. The show is a fundraiser for Urban Services at The Y, and we’ll be playing with Leilujh and Skyfalling! More details below. Hope to see you there for this good cause!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
@ Brick & Mortar, San Francisco
With Leilujh and Skyfalling
$7 donation | 8PM | 21+ | Facebook | flyer

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The next show, and the last show

Thanks to all who came to our show at Red Devil Lounge last night for Jonathan Mann‘s 1000th Song-A-Day and Album Release show. It was truly an honor and a blast to share the stage with over a dozen other extremely talented musicians. Aside from our own set, we joined Jonathan Mann on stage with his core band, The Rock Cookie Bottoms; Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen on trombone; Jeanne Geiger of Teeny Tiger (who also played trombone for Radiation City a few weeks ago at Bottom of the Hill); Ami Nashimoto of All My Pretty Ones on cello; Meeranai Shim on cello; Sarah Dabby of The Family Crest on violin; and Ivory “Sweaty Girlfriend” King on bass clarinet.

Matt also played trombone, keys, percussion, autoharp, and drums, and I got to play guitar and bass for some songs. The biggest challenge I think was trying to fit 13 or so people and equipment on that tiny stage, but Matt made it happen. Here’s the video for Mann’s 1000th song from last night. As you can already tell, even the camera couldn’t capture everyone on stage:

Our next show is actually coming up pretty fast, on Monday, Oct 3 at a new music venue called Vitus that recently opened up in Oakland. Not only do they have killer deep fried zucchini sticks and Bloody Marys with BACON garnish (yeah, dude), the show is also FREE! And we’re playing with our friend crashfaster, and an electronica duo named HoverKraft.

We’re playing a few more shows in October, so make sure you check out our Shows page on the site, but our LAST show of the year will be with Planet Booty at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco. After that, we’re going to concentrate on new songs and a new album until 2012, so make sure you’re at Cafe Du Nord on Saturday, October 29!

-lc

Don’t stop us now – FREE MP3 download!

It takes a lot of effort for us to put together a good cover, and we enjoyed sharing our cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” on our Quest Coast tour (and recording it for our special edition release of Anything Past That).

We’re planning on retiring this particular cover after we play it at the Convergence Festival in Japantown on September 4, so for a very limited time (ONE DAY!) we’ll be making the recording a FREE DOWNLOAD on our Bandcamp page! Be sure to join our mailing list (on the right sidebar) and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the link! We’ll release it closer to Convergence.

Live videos from PulsewaveSF!

AJAPOPFILMS released two videos this weekend of our live set at PulsewaveSF, which launched July 7, 2011. This was our homecoming show, EP release show, and very first PulsewaveSF all in one! The first video is of our first song of the set, “Epilogue.” We even had a pretty bad-ass opening video, also by AJAPOPFILMS, highlighting the shows of our Quest Coast Tour. Check it out!

The second video is of our song, “I Know Now.” But this isn’t your ordinary “I Know Now.” We had Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen and Uiliami Fihaki join us on trombone. It was really cool! Matt Payne even knocks the camera with his drum stick at 2:49.

We can’t say enough how truly amazing this night was. Stay tuned for announcements on our next show! In the meantime, Lizzie will be working with crashfaster for a couple of shows, as well as recording some vocals for Wizwars.

Quest Coast Tour Diary #3

Gosh, I thought this would be a brief post, but so many things happened in the last 24 hours. We’re currently in Kirkland, WA staying with our dear friend Salisbury after having played an EPIC show last night at Pink Gorilla in Seattle. I try to choose when I use the word “epic” wisely, but I’d say this time would be very appropriate… wouldn’t you think?

Above: Blood splatter – a sign of copious amounts of rocking out. Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Also, two great videos went live yesterday. The one above is a short montage of our journey to Portland, OR, plus some live footage of our set at Backspace. We’ll be posting another one soon of our Seattle portion of the tour, but first, here’s the video from the Song-A-Day thing we did for Jonathan Mann last Thursday:

For those who missed the livestream two days ago on songatron.com, we and crashfaster spent all day tracking instrumental parts on this song. Crashfaster tracked Game Boy and vocoder, I tracked some guitar, and Matt tracked –wait for it– bass, toy piano, accordion, organ, and synthesizer, and we all tracked some handclaps. Matt also choreographed our dance for the song. Check it out at the end of the video.

Today, we’re heading back to Portland, OR to party at a house show and say goodbye to our friends there. I personally am not ready to go back to the Bay Area, but we’ll see you all at our homecoming show at DNA Lounge on July 7! You can already get advance tickets here.

I asked Matt if he had a quote for the end of this post:

“Pfff, no. Too early for that.” -Matt Payne


Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

-lc

New mini webisode, and other videos

Here’s mini webisode #4 by Digital Accomplice about Game Boys. We forgot to post about the third mini webisode, but you can find that at our YouTube channel! We’ve also updated our Videos page, which features our latest videos. Give it a click at the top menu and check it out.

And speaking of videos, we found some cool live footage from our DNA Lounge show last Thursday surface the internet. Here’s a good one of our Queen cover of “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Thanks to Ryan Hom for posting it! The crowd energy is amazing in this video – everyone sang along!

Thanks for rocking out with us!

We had an AMAZING time at our debut show last night opening for Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z! If you missed both the actual show and the livestream, someone thankfully uploaded our entire set on YouTube. Watch it above!

Major, major thanks to crashfaster for hooking us up with this show. He even performed for a bit before our set!

Now that our first show is out of the way, we’re going to take the time to finish up our EP, which a few people have been able to pre-order at our show. Those people will be receiving e-mail confirmations soon, and we’ll announce online pre-orders in the next week.

Where do we go from here? Well, we’ll be announcing our next show dates very soon once the dates our confirmed. We have a show in the works for May, as well as our first West Coast tour in June. Very exciting!

Oh, and not sure if anyone caught it, but we had a couple of QR codes out that linked to secret The Glowing Stars videos. Did anyone catch those? 🙂


Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

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