Big Star’s Third will be performed next month at First Avenue in Minneapolis, featuring Ken Stringfellow, Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Chris Stamey, and more. Tickets are available here.
On June 14th, Neumos in Seattle will be hosting a memorial for Darius Minwalla. Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer, Matt Harris, and Joe Skyward will be present, though we don’t yet know who will be performing and when. All proceeds will benefit the Minwalla family.
Also, Hugh Cornwell was interviewed by Sean Nelson last week about Darius, who played drums in Hugh’s band for the past few years. You can read that interview here on The Stranger.
A cause of death has still not been determined.
Statement from Ken Stringfellow.
We cannot put off this announcement, as much as we wish to: our dear friend and drummer for the last 14 years, Darius Minwalla, died yesterday. Causes yet unknown. He was at home. He was loved very much by many people; we’re still struggling to cope with the loss. I was dealing with it yesterday, hoping the news was some kind of cruel prank, but alas, no. We love you, buddy.
Sean Nelson wrote a touching article for The Stranger: Seattle Music Community Stunned By Untimely Death Of Darius Minwalla
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
The Posies will be presenting new material, in a new format, this spring in Europe. Experiments abound…
May 1 — Gebouw-T, Bergen Op Zoom NETHERLANDS
May 2 — De Peppel, Zeist NETHERLANDS
May 3 — Manifesto, Hoorn NETHERLANDS
May 6 — Muziekodroom, Hasselt BELGIUM
May 7 — Nijdrop, Opwijk BELGIUM
May 14-16 Great Escape Festival, Brighton UK (exact date and stage tba)
On October 31st, the Posies will be headlining the Pray for Snow party, held at Mission Ridge in Wenatchee WA. Tickets are available now for $10.
Later this year, Jon & Ken will be performing a number of acoustic duo shows in the Netherlands.
Nov 13 — Posies duo, P60, Amstelveen NETHERLANDS
Nov 14 — Posies duo, De Lakei, Helmond NETHERLANDS
Dec 10 — Posies duo, Ekko, Utrecht NETHERLANDS
Dec 19 — Posies duo, Nieuwe Nor, Heelen NETHERLANDS
View all upcoming shows, including two Big Star 3rd performances, at the tour page.
Starting next week, Ken will be doing a short tour of Germany with Hanna Fearns. Here are the dates:
Oct 15 — Ken Stringfellow @ Glockenbachwerkstatt, Munich GERMANY
Oct 16 — Ken Stringfellow @ private party, Ulm GERMANY
Oct 17 — Ken Stringfellow @ Klimperkasten, Konstanz GERMANY
Oct 18 — Ken Stringfellow @ Hafeneck, Mainz GERMANY
Oct 19 — Ken Stringfellow @ King Georg, Cologne GERMANY
Upcoming shows in Washington:
Aug 23 — The Posies (acoustic), The Triple Door, Seattle WA (Two shows – an early one at 8pm, and a later one at 11pm. Tickets here. VIP tickets are available for a meet & greet/wine tasting with Waters Winery.)
Aug 29 — The Posies (acoustic), house show, Bellingham WA (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info)
Aug 31 — Big Star’s 3rd, Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle WA
Sept. 5 — FM Collective (KS will do some solo material), Columbia City Theatre, Seattle WA
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: