For the first time, Ken’s 2001 solo album Touched is available on vinyl. More information from Azucar Records, who are releasing it:
Ken Stringfellow’s (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.) classic 2001 solo album Touched is now available on limited edition orange cream vinyl. Just 500 copies of Stringfellow’s stirring masterpiece have been pressed. Each track has been remastered for vinyl. From the somber opening notes of the first track, Down Like Me, to the album’s hopeful closer, Here’s to the Future, each song resonates with an emotional timelessness that only the greatest songwriters can deliver. Stringfellow’s compositions on Touched burst with warmth and soul, making the LP one of the truly great albums of the past 20 years.
You can order the album now at Azucar’s website.
The Posies are doing a series of pop up shows in secret locations across North America this fall, similar to their spring US tour, with drummer Frankie Siragusa. Most of these shows will not be in clubs or bars; instead, each will be in a unique alternative venue in the city listed. The actual address of the shows will be released only to ticket holders not more than 24 hours in advance of the show. All shows are on sale now, and tickets are very limited!
The Posies “Solid States” 2016 US Tour Dates
22 Sept @ Secret Show, St. Paul MN [tickets]
23 Sept @ Secret Show, Chicago IL [tickets]
24 Sept @ Secret Show, Kalamazoo MI [tickets]
25 Sept @ The Raven House, Lexington KY [tickets]
26 Sept @ The Basement, Nashville TN [tickets]
27 Sept @ Secret Show, Cleveland OH [tickets]
28 Sept @ Euclid Records, St. Louis MO [tickets]
29 Sept @ Capitol View Studio, Little Rock AR [tickets]
30 Sept @ Secret Show, New Orleans LA [tickets]
1 Oct @ Secret Show, Houston TX [tickets]
2 Oct @ Secret Show, Dallas TX [tickets]
4 Oct @ Secret Show, Atlanta (Decatur) GA [tickets]
5 Oct @ Secret Show, Orlando FL [tickets]
6 Oct @ Secret Show, Tampa FL [tickets]
7 Oct @ Secret Show, Charlotte NC [tickets]
8 Oct @ Secret Show, Richmnond VA [tickets]
9 Oct @ Secret Show, Baltimore MD [tickets]
11 Nov @ Secret Show, Pasadena CA [tickets]
12 Nov @ Secret Show, San Diego CA [tickets]
13 Nov @ Secret Show, Berkeley CA [tickets]
15 Nov @ Secret Show, Vancouver BC [tickets]
16 Nov @ The Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA [tickets]
17 Nov @ Secret Show, Portland OR [tickets]
18 Nov @ Secret Show, Boise ID [tickets]
19 Nov @ Secret Show, Salt Lake City UT [tickets]
20 Nov @ The Oriental Theater, Denver CO [tickets]
After a triumphant run of dates across Europe in March & April the newly revitalised trio-format band head back to Europe in October, following a 27-date run of secret shows in the US.
The band have always been exploring, growing and 2016 sees them continuing in that vein. None of US shows were in conventional music venues, with the location only revealed to ticket holders not more than 24 hours in advance of each show. The band are now touring as a trio, with no bass player, and Solid States collaborator Frankie Siragusa on drums. New album Solid States was not recorded in the usual band-in-a-room manner. Stringfellow and Auer sent song ideas back and forth online, writing and largely recording the album separately – but collaboratively – in their home studios.
The autumn tour starts in Manchester on 27th October, ending on 9th November in Diksmuide, Belgium. Solid States is out now Lojinx CD, digital and heavyweight vinyl LP.
The Posies “Solid States” Autumn Tour Dates
27 Oct @ Night and Day, Manchester, UK [tickets]
28 Oct @ The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, UK [tickets]
29 Oct @ Brudenel Social Club, Leeds, UK [tickets]
30 Oct @ Louisiana, Bristol, UK [tickets]
01 Nov @ Blue Shell, Cologne GERMANY [tickets]
02 Nov @ Tivoli De Hellling, Utrecht, NETHERLANDS [tickets]
03 Nov @ 60, Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS[tickets]
04 Nov @ Kroepoekfabriek, Vlaardingen, NETHERLANDS [tickets]
05 Nov @ Gebr De Nobel, Leiden, NETHERLANDS [tickets]
06 Nov @ Luxor Live, Arnhem, NETHERLANDS tickets]
09 Nov @ 4AD, Diksmuide, BELGIUM [tickets]
Tickets available from Friday 3rd June.
For their first US tour since 2010, The Posies are doing a series of pop up shows in secret locations across the country. None of these shows will be in clubs or bars, instead each will be in a unique alternative venue in the city listed. The actual address of the shows will be released only to ticket holders not more than 24 hours in advance of the show. Additionally, none of these venues hold more than 75 people (except Seattle), and some only 10, so be prepared for a very intimate experience with the band and note that ticket quantities are extremely limited for these shows!
This is a full band show with new drummer Frankie Siragusa. The new album will ONLY be available at the shows, with a bonus download. This is the only place to hear it! No streaming or downloads will be available until after the tour.
The 27 date tour launches on April 28th at a Secret Location in Van Nuys, CA for just ten lucky guests, and winds through the US for the rest of May, stopping in Austin, Memphis, NY, Nashville, Chicago, and Seattle among others, wrapping up in Oakland on May 29th.
THE POSIES “SOLID STATES” SECRET SHOWS
Venues revealed only to ticketholders.
April 28 — Rehearsal in Van Nuys CA [tickets]
April 29 — Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
April 30 — Los Angeles CA [tickets]
May 1 — Phoenix AZ [tickets]
May 4 — Austin TX [tickets]
May 5 — Denton TX [tickets]
May 6 — Memphis TN [tickets]
May 7 — Lawrenceville GA — [tickets must be reserved via Facebook]
May 8 — Chapel Hill NC [tickets]
May 10 — Washington DC [tickets]
May 11 — Philadelphia PA / South Jersey [tickets]
May 12 — New York NY [tickets]
May 13 — Boston / Somerville MA [tickets]
May 14 — New Canaan CT [tickets]
May 15 — Pittsburgh PA [tickets]
May 17– Charleston WV [tickets]
May 18 — Nashville TN [tickets]
May 19 — Chicago IL [tickets]
May 20 — Indianapolis IN [tickets]
May 21 — Minneapolis MN [tickets]
May 22 — Rapid City SD [tickets]
May 24 — Boise ID [tickets]
May 25 — Walla Walla WA [tickets]
May 26 — Seattle WA [tickets]
May 27 — Bellingham WA [tickets]
May 28 – Portland OR [tickets]
May 29 — Oakland CA [tickets]
The Posies have announced tour dates for spring 2016 in support of their forthcoming album Solid States. Tickets for several dates are on sale now – see the links below.
29 March – Leuven, Belgium @ Het Depot [tickets]
30 March – Joure, The Netherlands @ Cafe de Stam
31 March – The Hague, The Netherlands @ Paard [tickets]
1 April – Apeldoorn, The Netherlands @ Gigant
2 April – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso (small hall) [tickets]
3 April – Eindhoven, The Netherlands @ De Effenaar (small hall) [tickets]
4 April – Cologne, GERMANY @ Live Music Hall, supporting Nada Surf [tickets]
6 April – London, UK @ 100 Club [tickets]
8 April – Paris, France @ Point FMR
10 April – Berlin, Germany @ Monarch [tickets]
12 April – Stockholm, Sweden @ Kagelbanan
13 April – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee [tickets]
14 April – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Nefertiti
15 April – Lund, Sweden @ Mejeriet
16 April – Hamburg, GERMANY @ Monkeys [tickets]
17 April – Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia [tickets]
19 April – Bilbao, Spain @ Kafe Antzoki (small room) [tickets]
20 April – Madrid, Spain @ Sala Arena [tickets]
21 April – Bacelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 2 [tickets]
22 April – Valencia, Spain @ Loco Club [tickets]
23 April – Cartagena, Spain @ Sala Budokan [tickets]
24 April – Sevilla, Spain @ Sala Malandra [tickets]
The Posies’ 8th album Solid States will be released this spring, launching via the innovative new music platform My Music Empire. Please visit the Posies’ page here, where you can listen to a new song called “Squirrel Vs. Snake.”
The intro video “A Message From THE POSIES” has more information on how you can get involved with the project using My Music Empire.
The Posies’ 8th album, Solid States, is going to be released in the spring of 2016, and the band have announced a contest to design the album cover. One winner will receive $500 USD and a special Posies prize pack. From Creative Allies:
We are making our 8th album, which for us represents major changes in our lives from the recovery of the loss of our drummer, Darius Minwalla, who passed away last year, to major musical reinventions of our sound and style. The album Solid States encapsulates an irony. In fact, we acknowledge that nothing is solid; everything is fluid, exploding, falling apart, recombining and that is the true nature of life. As much as we try and hold on to things, they change. And getting comfortable with this concept is the source of a lot of anxiety for most people (including us).
Our ideas for the cover concept are that it’s very scientific (solid being one of the states of matter). We envision a little bit of the above mentioned anxiety coming thru in an abstract drawing. Something frenetic and frantic, but also mathematical. We imagine the lettering for the band/ title would be several layers, like an exploded drawing.
Yes: Pencil, pen & ink, precise, scientific, hand made but controlled. Computerized art is OK too, but there needs to be a human aspect to it. Not *too* cold.
No: Photographs. We’re looking to avoid anything “retro” as well.
For more information on how to submit a design, please visit Creative Allies‘ website. The deadline to submit is February 10th.
Claudia Rorarius has launched a website for the Ken The Movie, and you can sign up to their mailing list to receive updates. They are planning on launching an IndieGoGo campaign soon. Ken says that “the story follows a unique character that shares his name and many of his traits but is moving thru a fictional story.”
You can also like their Facebook page and see more information there.
On October 1st, Big Star’s Third will be performed at Slim’s in San Francisco.
The band includes Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Ken Stringfellow (Big Star/Posies), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Pat Sansone (Wilco) Audley Freed (Black Crowes), Brett Harris, Ralph Carney & Skylar Gudasz, with a Chamber Orchestra featuring Kronos Quartet and conducted by Van Dyke Parks
Tickets are available here.