The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow, Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper, and Midlake’s Jesse Chandler will be touring together as Tears of Silver, playing selections from their different catalogs, plus a few covers and maybe a new song or two. For the tour, they’ve recorded an EP, including covers of Big Star’s “Nighttime” and Bread’s “Down on My Knees.” You can stream the Big Star cover below.
Much like The Posies’ tour last year, Tears of Silver will be playing unconventional, intimate venues in the cities they’re visiting, and the venue locations will only be revealed the day before the show. The tour starts September 12 in Baltimore, MD and wraps up October 8 in Pittsburgh. There’s currently no Northeast dates, unfortunately. Tickets are on sale now and all tour dates are listed below.
From Brooklyn Vegan, where you can listen to the new songs.
Tears of Silver US Tour
(Unless specified, venue location will be revealed to ticket holders via email the day before the show.)
September 12 – Baltimore MD [tickets]
September 13 – Richmond VA [tickets]
September 14 – Raleigh NC [tickets]
September 15 – Charlotte NC [tickets]
September 16 – Atlanta GA [tickets]
September 17 – New Orleans LA [tickets]
September 18 – Austin TX @ Austin Wine & Cider [tickets]
September 19 – Dallas TX [tickets]
September 21 – Albuquerque NM [tickets]
September 22 – Phoenix AZ [tickets]
September 23 – San Diego CA [tickets]
September 24 – Pasadena CA [tickets]
September 25 – San Francisco CA [tickets]
September 27 – Portland OR [tickets]
September 28 – Seattle WA [tickets]
September 29 – Boise ID [tickets]
September 30 – Salt Lake City UT [tickets]
October 1 – Denver CO [tickets]
October 2 – Omaha NE [tickets]
October 3 – Minneapolis MN [tickets]
October 4 – Milwaukee WI [tickets]
October 5 – Chicago IL [tickets]
October 6 – St. Louis MO [tickets]
October 7 – Cleveland OH [tickets]
October 8 – Pittsburgh PA [tickets]
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’ 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.
Ken Stringfellow and Holly are making a country album through the crowdfunding site PledgeMusic. Get involved here! A message from Ken & Holly with more information on the project below.
We (Ken Stringfellow and HOLLY) are thrilled to be embarking on a musical odyssey the likes of which anyone (well, at least neither of us) has seen.
This April, we’re spending one month at Ken’s studio in perfectly-sunlit Tours, France working on a response to Willie Nelson’s 1975 pièce de résistance, The Red Headed Stranger. Where Willie’s demanding collection of brief, interwoven song-poems and standards followed an outlaw preacher on the run after murdering his wife and her lover, our project, The Record: A Country Concept Album tells the story of two hopeless reprobates, ne’er-do-wells you can’t help but love, cousins or in-laws you, admit it, wished had a reality show on Bravo.
We’re calling our project The Record: A Country Concept Album and we want you to join in on the adventure! Simply pre-order here, and you’ll get to see what’s happening behind-the-scenes as we write and record the new songs. Follow a pledger-only blog about our experiences in France, and so much more. You can also order some unique experiences and merchandise in the store below. Everything from vinyl, used cowboy belts, and highly collectible paint-by-number paintings to a trip to Ken’s studio in France and cowboy hat shopping in Nashville!
Thank you so much for you support. We can’t wait to create this album with you.
Ken & Holly
On August 19th, Omnivore records will reissue the Posies’ first album ‘Failure.’ This new release will have the original 12 song playlist on the cassette – when released on vinyl, one song was removed. It will also feature 8 bonus tracks. Here’s the tracklist as well as a breakdown of where you may have heard some of those tracks, from the Second Disc blog:
Blind Eyes Open
The Longest Line
Like Me Too
I May Hate You Sometimes
Believe in Something (Other Than Yourself)
At Least for Now
What Little Remains
Believe in Something Other (Than Yourself) (Live)
I May Hate You Sometimes (Demo)
Paint Me (Demo)
Like Me Too (Demo)
Alison Hubbard (Instrumental)
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan (Instrumental)
Blind Eyes Open (Instrumental Demo)
At Least for Now (Demo)
Tracks 1-12 released PopLLama PL-2323, 1988
Track 13 from At Least At Last box set – Not Lame Recordings NLA-006, 2000
Tracks 14-19 from 15th anniversary expanded edition – Houston Party HPR091, 2004
Track 20 previously unreleased
Omnivore has released a trailer for the reissue, which you can see below:
Yesterday, Premiered one of the bonus tracks, a demo of “Paint Me.”
Ken Stringfellow will be releasing “I Never Said I’d Make It Easy: a Ken Stringfellow Collection” next year, and the record includes a new song, “Kids Don’t Follow.” Here is the tracklist:
1. Any Sign At All
2. Down Like Me
3. Find Yourself Alone
5. Reveal Love
6. Here’s To The Future
8. Don’t Break The Silence
9. Ask Me No Questions
10. Kids Don’t Follow
11. You Drew
12. Any Love (Cassandra Et Lune)
13. Known Diamond
14. Cyclone Graves
15. Death of a City
16. Never My Love
The expected iTunes release date is 3 January 2014.
Paste Magazine is now streaming a track off Ken Stringfellow’s forthcoming solo record ‘Danzig In The Moonlight,’ “Doesn’t It Remind You.” The song features guest vocalist Charity Rose Thielen (from The Head and the Heart).
Listen to the track here, and pre-order ‘Danzig In The Moonlight’ (set for release October 1st) at http://www.danziginthemoonlight.com/shop.
European tour dates for this fall can be found here, and the most up to date info from following Ken on twitter.
Ken’s new album Danzig In The Moonlight is available for pre-order! Set for release 1 October on Lojinx, you place your order at danziginthemoonlight.com, where several limited-edition bundles are available. More information:
I’ve made some extra items including a vinyl single with a unique, only-available-here track called “The Well” which was just recorded in Cordoba days ago (next to a very old well–they say: “write what you know”), the first ever Ken Stringfellow T shirt, and of course the album in all its digital and analog glory. Hi quality double vinyl cut by the lab coat wearing geeks at Abbey Road. CDs with deluxe packaging, both wrapped in intricate artwork by some of Holland’s most cutting edge illustrators and designers.