We all know SF can be a cold place come June. While the Bay heats up, Mister Fog cools us down. What better time to pull together a few Secret Society members and go heat up old Pop's bar in the Mission! The night is hosted by our old pal Lester T. Raww from the Pine Box Boys - and yes friends - he will be playing too! Come on out, have a drink or three, and let's get the good times rolling! xo
Well kittens the Canadian tour with Carolyn Mark was an unbelieveable success. From late night jams in Victoria's Chinatown, to limo rides around Gabriola Island, to music video shoots, countless bottles of wine, and so so so many songs sung, written, and stomped along to - we had a great time! Here's a few photos just to prove it! Huge thanks to all of the new members of the Secret Emchy Society (Joel, Dennis, Sweet Diesel, Carolyn, Grayson, & J.) as well as Hearse, Dave Lang's epic Jazz Ensemble, Carolyn Mark, and all of the other rockstars that shared stages and couches with us!
Well last Friday's show was one of those solid barnstormer sorts of shows. We got a good crowd. I got to hear Storm Florez and Shawna Virago perform some just amazing music - and we all came together to celebrate music and share a little intense intimacy over the loss of Prince. A loss that hit me (as well as so so so many people) incredibly hard. Prince was my childhood musical crush. My 'you can do it' guy. The person who inspired me to be me and to run to Detroit and buy every bootleg of his Motor City shows that I could find on cassette because a. what he had released just wasn't enough and b. I was too young for my parents to let me actually go see him live. It has been a lifelong obsession, sometimes more at the forefront sometimes less, but most people who know me in a real way know that I'm a Prince kinda gal. Storm paid excellent tribute in song and we all just sang, snapped, and wiped away a few tears while we came together.
In just under a week I hop on the plane for the Great White North. My good friends up there are waiting and we have a ton of shows to do in a short amount of time. ... ADVENTURETIME! :) I'm up to my eyeballs in customs paperwork to make sure I can bring a few cds and shirts up for people who've already asked. And so with that... please enjoy a little video of the Lost Church fun.
Dang. When it rains it pours and the Northern California rains are pouring a ton of activity over onto Secret Emchy Society Headquarters. First off - I had an AMAZING time yesterday on FCCFREERADIO during Lilycat's show! Performed a few live songs, told some stories, fangirlled out on Storm Miguel Florez, Shawna Virago, Carolyn Mark, Hearse, Shovels and Rope and more, and of course went on a ton of lefty political tangents. Hear the podcast here: http://www.fccfreeradio.com/shows/lilycat/live/lilycat_show.mp3
We mostly talked about the upcoming show at The Lost Church on 4/22. Advance tickets ($5 cheaper in advance) are available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/204686073226705/
and THEN I got the art for the flyer for the Canada Island Queens tour with Carolyn and J. <3 SWOON! Design by the incomparable J. McLaughlin.
and then the tshirts came in early - holy wow! get yours today! https://emchy.bandcamp.com/merch/official-secret-emchy-society-tshirt
So excited yesterday to donate to AIDS/LifeCycle! This may be the first official Secret Emchy Society donation as an actual business. I'm VERY happy to have it be for such a good cause - if you can chip in as well - click >>>HERE<<<
And in other news - last night in the music cave I decided to pull out The Book and turn two songs from orphan drafts into the real deal - complete with phone recorded demos and everything. VIVA LA MUSICA!
So it looks like 2016 is the year where I hit the road and often. Right now I'm holed up in Oakland watching it rain and making budgets, staring at calendars and maps, and starting to send out a kabillion emails to get the next few months in serious order. First things first - The Secret Emchy Society has a private parlor show with a KILLER line up on April 22nd. It's me, Storm Florez, Shawna Virago and as my pal Meliza Bañales said - BABEFEST is gonna be HOT! It's an acoustic songwriter night full of amazing folk, americana, rock, and straight up badass roots music. Plus you're HELLA supporting queer artists. Tickets are available (and cheaper) if you get them in advance so please do. These shows often sell out. https://www.facebook.com/events/204686073226705/
So in honor of sharing a stage with such rock stars, AND the pending May shows up in Canada with alt country legends Carolyn Mark and Hearse - I have ordered TSHIRTS... AND PATCHES! Not only that... but you can EVEN buy them online. https://emchy.bandcamp.com/merch
New songs are being written, travel is being planned, and I almost died! Ok well not quite but I was at the ER with a gnarly health scare last night. Nothing like the old mortality panic to get the creative juices flowing! At the moment there are about six song drafts rolling around, shows booked for Mar and May, and a songwriting / recording session for Rhubarb Whiskey in Feb. Woo what a year! Hopefully y'all will come out for a show soon - see the show pages for details.
This past holiday weekend under a pile of cough drops and chicken noodle soup I heard the bing quack squawk of my phone overlord. Who knew it could be good news?! Bandmate Ed was letting me know that we (Feral) just got a killer review from the UK site AmericanRootsUK.com. Well hot damn. Not much made me feel good in my full on crudded state of sick over the weekend - but that sure as hell did! Comparing us to old school 1920's americana, praising the live sound of the recording and the hauntingly dark integrity of the music... amongst many many other praises - it was a home run of a review and just absolutely awesome. To read the whole thing click here: http://www.americanrootsuk.com/feral---aromatic-bitters.html and to hear the album go to http://musiciansareferal.bandcamp.com
In other news - tickets are officially on sale here [http://www.ticketfly.com/event/996985-alone-together-kim-lembo-san-francisco/] for the Secret Emchy Society private parlor show at the Lost Church in SF with Kim Lembo. I will have stickers, albums, and temporary tattoos on hand for your merch needs. Plan so far is to showcase a bunch of Secret Emchy Society, Rhubarb Whiskey, Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, and Feral tunes for your listening pleasure. Consider it a grab bag of the favorite songs I've been honored to help write in the various bands.
Things are heating up around these parts. Got an intimate art reception show in Berkeley on Nov 12 (details pending) and a solo showcase with Kim Lembo at our private parlor show at the Lost Church on Dec 17 called Alone Together (for the holidays) hope to see you there!
The time is nigh - we are about to release the debut FERAL album AROMATIC BITTERS.
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