Filmmaker Claudia Rorarius has been working on a fictional film starring Ken Stringfellow, using a “unique working method, while interweaving fiction and reality seamlessly.” Claudia provided an update to the project on her Tumblr this week:
So the basic plot of the fictional film is: Ken is on tour through the US. But the people and places don’t seem to be nice to him. The shows are not going well. His nerves are at breaking point. One morning, when he wakes up, his voice is gone. Helpless of the situation he has a nervous breakdown, feeling like losing his whole life. He is stranded in a small town, not knowing where to go and what to do. He is feeling terribly lonely. Suddenly comes a long, lost story in his mind, that he had blocked out all this years. As a baby he was abandoned by his bodily mother. He has never seen her again. Ken decides to search for his lost mother, and take a long and painful way back to life.
For more information on the project, visit her Tumblr to read the post in full.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ken has released a video for “Doesn’t it Remind You of Something?” which we’re premiering in this post. While the album version is a duet with The Head & the Heart’s Charity Rose, the video co-stars comedian Margaret Cho. Theirs is a burning love in the most literal sense. Watch it below.
Visit Brooklyn Vegan to see the video!
Ken has two shows in NYC this weekend: Friday (2/15) at Union Pool (with Bird of Youth and Sky White Tiger; and Saturday (2/16) at Mercury Lounge with Chris Mills.
A new Daytrotter session recorded in Austin, TX is now available.
- Welcome to Daytrotter
- So Caroline
- Licenses to Hide
- The Glitter Prize
The Posies played a set on KEXP in Seattle last week, and it is available for streaming at their website. They were joined by Rachel Flotard on “Licenses to Hide.”
While in Minneapolis, Ken performed on The Current, and you can listen to it (and an interview) here, including a new song, “Savior’s Hands.”
Also on KEXP, check out Brittney Bush Bollay’s photos from the Capitol Hill Block Party. More photos from the Seattle Times here.
All this week, the Posies will be blogging at The Vinyl District, sharing records from their personal collections. Ken kicks it off today with the story of buying ‘The Hobbit’ soundtrack.
Also, The Vinyl District will be giving away 2 copies of ‘Blood/Candy’ on vinyl. Comment with your “Posies-related missive” to be chosen when the contest ends this Friday, 10/1.
Head over to The Vinyl District!
Magnet.com is running a poll asking readers which album they’re most looking forward to as part of next week’s releases – head over & vote for BLOOD/CANDY!
Ryko is offering a special pre-order of BLOOD/CANDY. All orders include a free mp3 download of “The Glitter Prize,” and two more mp3s delivered on September 28th of the demos for “So Caroline” and “Enewetak,” an autographed 11×17 poster, and a pack of 1-inch buttons (featuring three different designs).
The CD bundle is $15 & the vinyl bundle is $18. The vinyl (180 gram) also comes with a download card, and an additional 18×24 poster.
Click here to visit the web store!
The Posies appeared on Seattle’s 107.7 The End last week – check out their session here, with performances of “The Glitter Prize” and “Licenses To Hide.”
The Line of Best Fit asks Ken & Jon the same questions in separate interviews, for an interesting take.
Extensive interview with UberRock.
Jon talked to MTV music book club Jerzy Kosinski’s “Being There”
Jon shares the inspiration for the title of BLOOD/CANDY with Stereo Subversion:
It’s actually kind of from a poem by this guy named Thax Douglas. He’s this kind of local poet in the Chicago area that would come to rock shows and he would write poems for the bands about the bands at their performances. One of the phrases he used to describe us was something about blood candy. I think he was talking about how there is this totally sweet, harmonious side to what we do, but also there’s a lot of passion. There’s also more of a darker undercurrent than just maybe what the melodic, harmonious side might imply.
Spinner covers what to expect on the upcoming tour, and the Philadelphia Examiner asks about influences behind the new album.
Spanish-language interview from the Heineken’s website.
Gail Worley reviews BLOOD/CANDY as her ‘Rad CD of the Week’, and UK Music Review gives it 9/10
Stereogum premieres the first single “The Glitter Prize,” and it’s also featured on Spin’s October playlist.
If you missed out on getting tickets to the sold-out “Blood/Candy” record release show @ the Rock Shop in Brooklyn, here’s your chance. Brooklyn Vegan is giving away two pairs of tickets to the September 23rd show. Visit Brooklyn Vegan to get the details and enter!
Also check out The Onion AV Club’s giveaway for two tickets to the Turner Hall show in Milwaukee on November 5th.
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