I’m happy to announce the second Chris Cacavas & Friends concert in what will hopefully be an ongoing series at the Dorfschänke, Karlsruhe! The featured artist this time will be local singer / songwriter Jessica Jamal. I first heard Jess perform at an anniversary party at a restaurant where I used to cook and it turns out she started waiting tables there after I left. I was impressed by her original songs played percussively on an acoustic guitar and sung in a passionate almost bluesy voice ! I say “almost bluesy” because her singing style is, for me, difficult to describe but there is definitely a smokey, barroom vibe behind her modern melodies! This evening we’ll be joined by fellow ex-pat Stv Gar (Putzmiester) on guitar and lap steel who will also play some of his original songs. The 3 of us are very excited about this >debut< concert and evening of original music and we hope you’ll join us - Bis Gleich !
THE CHASE: In circa 1 week I'll be playing >long overdue< gigs in Sweden with The Plastic Pals. I've posted the dates, its going to be fun, historical and epic and, most importantly - it's going to R0CK !
Korv Med Mos
" In 2007 I went to Rainer Lolk’s White Lodge Studio to begin recording with my friends Filippo Costanza on bass and Wieland Rochel on drums. At that time we recorded over 20 basic tracks with guitar, bass & drums, 12 of which became my 2009 Blue Rose Records release - ‘Love’s Been Discontinued’. At the beginning of this year I went back to the studio to re-visit and mix the remainder of the original recordings. Some songs had completed overdubs such as keyboards, a violin part from Viki Brown, or background vocals from Nadia Leonti and on about half of them I still had to finish writing the lyrics and sing the lead vocals. I’m very happy I went back and finished these songs and I hope you enjoy the ‘sequel’ as much as I do! "
Secondly, regarding live performances, In February I will be on tour (in Europe) with my long time friend, mentor and colleague Steve Wynn. I’m so excited to have another opportunity to hit the road and play shows that simply get better everytime we meet and play together - please keep in mind this tradition started over 30 years ago! What’s that you say? We’re old you say? Well youngster, ask your parents for permission to attend one of these shows and I can almost guarantee you you’ll put your current musical library through the shredder, or at least sell it on eBay!
So, please RSS this site (if that’s even possible. . ?) because there’s gonna be a flurry of practical, exciting and oxymoronic information coming up in the next days! Please check ‘LINKS’ for more information about the 2013 Steve Wynn & Chris Cacavas European Tour.
I Love You All,
These lovely folks will be playing and being lovely as well: James Clarke, Horatio Sandwich-Toaster IV, Georg E. Grimm, Paul Burke, Lars Liedtke, and many more...
Guinness on tap, need I say more?
They said it couldn't be done! Or maybe they said it couldn't be done by me, but folks let me tell ya - it is done and it's a thing of beauty! Why am I gushing about my very own latest release? Well, do you think I'd tell you how 'unbelievably ugly' my baby is? It's true, if my baby were ugly (this one is not!) I'd probably focus on the good features (lovely toes, beautiful eye) but I have yet to find anything I dislike sonically or aesthetically about Love's Been Discontinued. "Well.." you might ask "if it's so great then why are you listening to The Flaming Lips as you type this"? The answer is simple - I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while!
I won't try to dance about the architecture of this record, I'll leave that to the critics, but I can in good conscience highly recommend you run out and get your personal copy asap!
Or, better yet, since you're already sitting at the computer just open a new window (err,, in yer browser) and surf to the nearest CD shop and buy baby buy! Shameless? Indeed!
Meanwhile, there's a European tour being put into motion which will begin at the end of January and go until nearly the end of February 2010. Joining Willi, Fili and myself will be Jesse Wilder - a good friend and musical collaborator from the Slivers Of Hope days. Be sure to check the dates, mark a couple, or more, in your calendar and bring as many of your closest friends as possible! We're also putting together a 'Tour Only' cd - sordid details coming soon!
Thank you for your time and if it's as beautiful an Autumn day there as it is here in the Black Forest then - EnJoy!
On April 25th I'll be playing in Vienna, Austria at the Wiener Stadtfest. The concert will be performed by a band put together by Chris Eckmann (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic) featuring Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), Rodrigo D' Erasmo (Afterhours), members of the Austrian bands Tosca and Sofa Surfers and myself on keyboards. We'll be playing Lou Reed and Velvet Underground songs as different singers, including Steve Wynn, Eleni Mandell, Marilies Jagsch and others, take to the stage and offer their vocal renditions of the 'classics'.
I'd offer a link to more information but there is virtually no info in the internet at the time of this writing.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to this cool concept / band configuration & the good times in Wien!
It's true! But that's not why I've gathered you here today...
We're inching incrementally closer to the official release of "Love's Been Discontinued" and I wanted to give you some exciting insight into the mysterious process of what goes into the making and releasing of a record.
First, you write a bunch of songs. No less than 9 and no more than 23.
Second, you schedule 6 months of rehearsals with your band which, in the end, adds up to a total of 8 or 9 rehearsals because nobody (myself being enemy #1) has time.
Third, you enter the studio and get everything set up - drums, amps, microphones and then you go to the store(s) and buy 'supplies'. This will include an assortment of salty / crunchy snacks, fruit (that will be thrown out later because who the hell eats fruit?), assorted drinks including Cola, Juice, Jim Beam and , believe it or not, beer.
Fourth, you call it a night and go upstairs to Rainers place and debate for approx. 55 minutes about which one of Rainer's 2000 DVD's we're going to watch.
Fifth, you go to bed at 3am although you watched no DVD because nobody could agree on what they wanted to watch.
Sixth, you wake up and begin drinking massive amounts of Tschibo coffee prepared in a French Press and contemplate the act of putting music to tape.
Seventh, you walk into the studio and light candles, pray, tune, wink, nod and open up the floodgates. The best thing to do at this moment is to get the hell out of the way and let the music spill onto the (digital) tape. Don't play any song more than 3 times in a row! This is advice I got from Mister Thelonious Monk himself! Well, he told me in that BBC documentary ennyhoo...
Eighth, you better break for dinner and it better be good! I recommend Trattoria La Mamma. The pizza is SeRioUslY good! The calmari ain't bad either. Ask Lukas...
Ninth, get back in there and PLAY! I don't care if all the bloods in yer belly - filter the flavor to the fingers!! be tasty! play tasty grooves !!
and, for cryin' out loud - don't say the word "Tasty" !
10th, go back to step 4 and don't punish yourself because you didn't play 'great' and don't rest on yer laurels either - after all, tomorrow is another day...
To Be Continued...
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