June 24, 2022
TODAY IS THE OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE OF ALPHA CAT'S VENUS SMILE EP!!!
And today is the last day to buy it on sale from the website, or at least until I’ve had my coffee tomorrow, LOL!
Thanks again to all you supporters, I appreciate you more than you will ever know! And this record is dedicated to my late, dear friend and collaborator Brett Thorngren, without whom it simply would never have existed at all. I miss you Brett!
June 9, 2022
LABELMATE KID ANANSI @ GLASTONBURY 2022!!!
I am so happy to announce that Kid Anansi is performing at the sold-out Glastonbury Fest UK on June 24!
Kid Anansi Website: https://kidanansi.bandzoogle.com
April 7, 2022
ALPHA CAT'S ORBIT VIDEO PREMIERE TOMORROW @THE BIG TAKEOVER
Finally!! The exclusive premiere of the Alpha Cat video for the new single Orbit is tomorrow, April 8, 2022 at 7 AM EDT on The Big Takeover. Hooray! This video literally took 8 months of collaboration between me and Mick Finn (@kukikoori and @gamma_lit) to make, cause I wanted the meaning of the song to be as diverse as the way it revealed its meaning to me over the last year. So thanks to Mick for hanging in there, and unbelievable gratitude to the brave photojournalist in Afghanistan for allowing me to use their footage for (after my showing them what I was trying to do) for free. Incredibly generous of them. I really hope you all like it as much as I do, ha, ha!
Jan 4, 2022
ALPHA CAT A FEATURED WINNER ON UNKNOWN SOUNDS REVERBNATION PLAYLIST
I’m so sorry for the extended break, but I must acknowledge the sudden and tragic loss of my closest friend and musical partner, Brett Thorngren. What he did for me and my music was and is unforgettable and irreplaceable as a mixing and mastering genius, and his support and love, always unwavering and unconditional. I miss him more than I could ever express. So it’s been quite a long grieving process, but it’s time to get back on the horse.
So I want to acknowledge the wonderful sites and people who have put the Venus Smile single on their playlists, and I know it’s a long time coming, but better late than never, right?
First off, cheers to Pete Saxer for featuring “Venus Smile” first, just playing the single on Episode #39, and now as a Reverbnation winner on <span style="color:#2ecc71;">Revenge FM’s UK UnknownSounds Show!!</span> You can listen live at 6 PM UK time, on Mixcloud and you can ask Alexa to "Play Revenge FM" anytime…
Next up: The Cats Pajamas (ha, ha, cats!) Thanks so much to Surrey Hills Community Radio UK! Check them out!
And finally, thanks so much to Eclectic Storm Radio UK for featuring the Venus Smile single in Episode 39!! This means a lot!!
Thanks to everyone for their patience, xoxo, e.
September 15, 2021
NEW AC INTERVIEW TOMORROW W/ CHAT & SPIN
Hey all, just a heads up that I will be doing another live interview tomorrow (Tues, Sept 16) at 12:40 PM, with Ian Johnson of Chat and Spin Radio in the UK. Last time was so nice, I'm doing it twice!! (Cheesy, I know) If you can't make it, I believe it goes online an hour later. REALLY good station with lots of fun music! And Ian is lovely!
July 24, 2021
Brand new Alpha Cat - Venus Smile video is now public!
And the song is available to stream and download...
Please like, share and subscribe if you haven’t already! I can’t go into it now, but this would REALLY help right now, so THANKS AGAIN!! And thank the universe for Nick Donatelli for helping to translate my vision for this video into something real, and I think quite brilliantly!
Venus Smile Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5T67O2t9hc
First, Jamal! On June 6 (I know, this is a little late) was part of a poetry program on Sky Network, “Life and Rhymes" which won for BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM!!! It beat out such mainstays as “Dancing with the Stars” in its first season! Jamal performed poetry he has written in two of the episodes, as well as helped hook up the Producer Isaac Nartey, with several of the other poets featured in the program. It took ME a while to hear about it, since Jamal spent a good a good bit of time partying before he thought to inform me, LOL!
And an interview I actually did in February went up June 10 on “Scotch and Good Conversation” but I had lost control of my Instagram and still haven’t gotten it back!) so thus the delay in my posting - since I wanted to post it on all platforms at once. And I remember it being more than “GOOD” conversation, but a really, really fun and enlightening one! Peter is truly a joy to speak with!
So you all are the first I’m telling about this stuff.
Please check out both Jamal / Kid Anansi as well as “Scotch and Good Conversation” and like and share - always, if you do that is!
May 31, 2021
Spin.com review for pearl harbor 2020 just went up, and in AMAZING company!!
Spin.com’s Ron Hart reviews Pearl Harbor 2020, and WOW, nearly speechless at being included in such great company as The Who, John Lennon, Teena Marie, Fleetwood Mac, L7, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, and OMG, Richard Pryor! I cannot thank Mr. Hart enough for even considering this record for review!
Now I have to go buy and listen to ALL of these!!!
The only issue I have with this review is that he fails to mention the band (!) Angela Babin, Lori Bingel, and Derek Dragotis, without whose unique contributions, and two years of gigging and recording, as well as all the other contributors who played their parts, this album would never have been made. So thanks to all of you!!!
Mike Watt, legendary (widely considered “one of the greatest bassists on the planet.” CMJ New Music) bass player and co-founder of the Minutemen, also of Big Walnuts Yonder, and 10 year player with the Stooges, has been producing his podcast for a while, and it’s a great one!
He not only allowed me to muse freely on this past year’s transformation, but encouraged it! The interview is sandwiched between a lot of great music, and I am honored that he has given me the opportunity to speak with him not once, but twice! All of his shows are a great listen, so please go and listen to this one, and subscribe! Thanks Mike!!!
April 17, 2021
ALPHA CAT & KID ANANSI
ON PERFORMANCE ANXIETY PODCAST
I want to thank Marc Shea at Performance Anxiety profusely, for allowing the spotlight to shine on my new Aquamarine Records signee, Jamal Hassan aka Kid Anansi. This is really more Jamal’s interview than mine, and will give you an idea of how funny and brilliant he is! I am proud to have him on the label! Oh, and I talk about pearl harbor 2020 as well…
Hey Everyone, My interview with Andrew Daly of Vinyl Writer Music is now online! Vinyl Writer Music is dedicated to providing passionate music journalism by music addicts, for music addicts featuring countless interviews with artists and key individuals in the music industry, as well as many interesting and unique guest columns. Go dig in!
Upon further convo with Andrew, I discovered that he is a fellow Aquarian! A quote from him - when I asked him if he had a “hard” deadline - since it was a written interview.) “The best part of founding my own website, is I make the deadlines lol. I'd rather it be awesome than quick… I try and be very in depth. If you're willing to give me your time, the least I can do is give your work my full attention. I also want the readers to have a full and clear picture of the artists, so they can really get a hold on your work. At the end of the day, if I am not showcasing the artists, then it’s merely self-serving. I just can't do that.” Me: A perfect Aquarian answer
December 16, 2020
Brett Thorngren’s totally new master of “Something of Value” from our upcoming release: pearl harbor 2020, is track #5 (my lucky number!) on the winter edition of Relix magazine’s CD sampler and Spotify playlist! Please check it out, and share if you are so inclined.
Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/RelixPlaylistDEC20
TODAY, 8/26/20, IS THE OFFICIAL STARTUP DATE OF AQUAMARINE RECORDS!
YAY! THIS WILL BE A DIFFERENT KIND OF LABEL, PROMISE! FOR ARTISTS, BY ARTISTS, AND AS CLOSE TO A COLLECTIVE AS IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE...