Greetings, fellow travelers. (As always, hypertext in this post is in bold red.) This here is just a little post to update y'all on some of the new developments in the world of the Brazillionaires... last weekend, we went into tiny telephone studios here in our beloved San Francisco, and we recorded the first two songs of our latest effort, "The Hitchcock Suite." We worked with Ian Pelicci, who also engineered our EP "Last Night In Town." We had a most excellent time, and we successfully recorded a fine new version of our song "Theories About You" parts 1 & 2. (We'll be shooting a video to accompany the track on May 19th at Viracocha, one of our favorite SF venues, and we'll have the final product up on our website, on Facebook and on YouTube in June. More on that to come!) Interestingly, we were in Studio B, the (slightly) smaller recording studio at tiny telephone, and in the studio was a Story & Clark upright grand that the folks at t.t. have been refurbishing. It's not quite totally up to 100% refurbished, but it had a magical, almost there, in-tune/out-of-tune sound that the piano tuner was supposed to correct the next day, but the quality of the piano was absolutely perfect for the brief piano outro that Joe recorded on the tail end of the track... kind of a minor kismet moment, when we just happened to be in the studio when that piano was in a perfectly imperfect state. 'Twas a fleeting moment of slightly flawed beauty, and we just managed to catch it before it drifted away... And now that we think about it, perfectly imperfect is an accurate description of our sound, generally; our sound is real, it's gritty, and it's noirishly torn and blemished. Perfect beauty is just so... boring, right? Which is why we record to 2" tape and use minimal overdubs, thereby capturing the essence of a live performance. None of this track-by-track, futuristic high-tech songbuilding for us, no sir! And definitely no synths or (gasp!) drum-machines. Not that that there's anything wrong with all that (Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk kick ass) but No, we prefer to play it straight though on acoustic instruments in one take, thanks. It's how we roll. And as for the piano, as Ian was mixing on Sunday, Joe played a bunch of old blues and ragtime tunes and recorded it on his little handheld recording device; he's promised to get all those tracks sorted and up on the website soon. We're looking forward to sharing it all with you, and we should have some videos of our session up soon. Good times!
Also, since you asked, we've got a few gigs lined up in the near future, and besides, we thought you might like to know. :-) First off, on Friday May 11th, Erin's playing a solo show at The Center for Sex and Culture, located at 1349 Mission Street between 9th & 10th Streets. Then the following morning, May 12th, we'll all be at the Noe Valley Farmers Market at 9:45am for an acoustic hoe-down. We really do love playing the Farmers Market; it's an SF institution and it's a great place to get all your organic fruits and vegetables (as well as tasty Samosas and Quesadillas!) Then Towards the end of the month, on May 27th, we'll be playing a special event at The MakeOutRoom at 3225 22nd Street, to be known hereafter as "Crafternoon" ...or at least, that's what we're calling it. It's at 2:00pm in the afternoon, and it will feature local arts & crafty types doing their thing (knitting, letterpress, sewing, etc...) as well as local bands rocking out and a few novel surprises to boot. It should be a nifty little event, kind of unusual and perhaps unique, but that's just the sort of thing that gets us all riled up. We do love the unusual. We've also got a couple of gigs booked in June as well, playing Saturday June 9th at Noon for an OffTheGrid foodtruck event at McCoppin And Valencia, and then we'll be supporting our good friends Tidelands at The Hemlock Tavern on June 14th, located at 1131 Polk Street between Post and Sutter. So put 'em in your calendar, and come on out and join us!
And Yes, indeedy, we played the Listening Room at The Lost Church on April 21st, and it was an exciting evening of Music, Theater, and Enlightenment. It's a cozy and warm new space in the heart of the Mission at 65 Capp Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. With incredible sound, an eclectic yet refined aesthetic and musical sense, and a suspended walk-way twisting and undulating through the air above the seats and the stage, it's one of the coolest new places to see live, acoustic music in San Francisco. We played there earlier in the year, on February 17th, and we were pleased to discover a very hip, but kind of under-the-radar new venue; we performed there most recently as part of an evening of music and performance, "Another Rock & Roll Nightmare!" There was, in fact, an Alien invasion, as well as the appearance of an interstellar bounty hunter (complete with shotgun and eye patch) and more than a few clever references and allusions... The Lost Church hosts a variety of different types of bands and performances, from Bluegrass Bands to Local Theater Productions to Experimental Music to Improv to Jazz, Funk, and Punk to Vintage Noir Pop with a Swing from yours truly, the fantastic and oh-so-charming Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires!! We had a great time, and we're looking forward to the next opportunity to grace their space. Seriously, though, you should check out The Lost Church and see what they're all about; it's tops.
All righty then. That's about it for now; we'll get some new photos and videos and audio tracks up in the near future. Stay tuned, and keep on rockin in the free world, peoples!!