Hotei Euro Tour 2017

March 21, 2017

Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in April 2017 with live dates scheduled in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, playing in many cities for the very first time.

Says Hotei:

My career started from playing in small clubs in Japan, and we built it up to the level where I was able to play in front of stadiums full of screaming fans.

And now, I’m opening the door to the world, starting again from playing small clubs in new, unfamiliar places. Back to basics, never lose your ambition even in your success―that’s my philosophy. One step at a time with your own steps, that’s the only way to achieve your dreams.

I can guarantee you that you will be up on your feet dancing once you hear me play live with my amazing band, even if you are not familiar with me. Those who are bored with experiencing live performances with no soul will be surprised at how refreshing it is to see a real ‘live’ performance!

I am really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible on this Euro tour! If you can’t connect with the soul of the audience in front of you, there’s no chance to grab the hearts of thousands!

Hotei celebrated his 35th anniversary in music in 2016 with a new “Best of” album release and an extensive touring schedule in Japan, with 57 dates across the country. The shows ranged from intimate club shows, to a free open-air concert in his hometown in front of 25,000 fans and finishing the year with his 40th performance at the Budokan in Tokyo on December 30th, where Hotei performed 35 songs to celebrate his 35 years in music.

Hotei also found time in 2016 to continue building his international profile, striking up a personal and professional relationship with Italian superstar Zucchero and performing on his latest, platinum selling, album “Black Cat”. Hotei and Zuccchero performed live together several times in 2016, including Zucchero’s first ever performance in Japan at a special event in Tokyo, and at headline shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Arena Di Verona in Italy.

That special relationship has continued into 2017 with Hotei joining Zucchero on stage at the prestigious San Remo Festival in Italy in February, a major TV performance viewed by millions.

Also in 2016, Hotei released singles with godfather of punk Iggy Pop and Richard Z. Kruspe (from Emigrate/Rammstein) from his critically acclaimed debut international album, “Strangers”, and performed his first-ever LA show at the legendary Troubador, returned to the Highline Ballroom in New York, and performed headline dates in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

Hotei released his debut international album, Strangers, in 2015 through Spinefarm Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music. The album features an array of guests including the godfather of punk Iggy Pop singing on two songs, Emigrate/Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, Noko from UK electronic band pioneers Apollo 440, and acclaimed Texan singer Shea Seger.

Heralded by Time Out as “iconic”, and a genuine superstar in his native Japan where he has sold more than 40 million records, Hotei is best known internationally for his Kill Bill theme ‘Battle Without Honor or Humanity’ and is sought-after as a collaborator both in the studio and on stage.

http://www.hotei.com

https://www.facebook.com/HOTEI

Hotei – European Tour April 2017

March 17, 2017

I will be working with Hotei in April. For those of you interested to know, his website says “We’ve added a couple more shows to the Euro tour, which now encompasses shows in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Tickets are available now for all shows. Hotei will be joined by longstanding live collaborator, Zac Alford on drums, Japanese keyboard player Okuno, and London based all rounder Noko, who will be playing bass.”

Hotei’s new album “Strangers” features collaborations with the legendary Iggy Pop, Richard Z. Kruspe from European rock gods Emigrate/Rammstein, Matt Tuck from British rock band Bullet For My Valentine, Noko from electronic music pioneers Apollo 440 and acclaimed Texas singer Shea Seger.

Hotei comments, “When I was a teenager I was going to the record shops to buy everything I could by The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin… I soon realised that almost all of it was British. With idols like David Bowie and T-Rex, I’ve always felt a strong connection to the UK and now that I am living in London, ‘Strangers’ allows me to take a step out of this new and relatively anonymous space to introduce myself. A stranger to many, remembering the days when I was young and just starting out, playing gigs to a room of only 20 people, I want to connect with people individually and let them understand me through my music.”

11th April 2017 Euro Tour: Frankfurt, Zoom
12th April 2017 Euro Tour: Cologne, Clubbahnof Ehrenfeld
14th April 2017 Euro Tour: Amsterdam, Paradiso
15th April 2017 Euro Tour: Paaspop Festival, Netherlands
17th April 2017 Euro Tour: Hamburg, Indra Club
18th April 2017 Euro Tour: Berlin, Musik + Frieden
21st April 2017 Euro Tour: Zurich, Papiersaal
22nd April 2017 Euro Tour: Brussels, Rotonde Botanique

Hope to see some of you on the road…..you can find out more on Hotei’s website. He’s a kind and decent bloke but he’s a demon on the guitar. Come and see…..

http://www.hotei.com/en/

Tour Management Services

November 26, 2014

Luxury Splitter Vans for Hire- Driving You Crazy 2012

Iron Man offers Tour Management Services to bands and artists.

Tour Management – A professional solution for touring artists, providing a reliable service at a reasonable price. I can help organise the administration for a schedule of appearances, contacting each promoter or venue to ensure the clients technical and hospitality demands are met. I ensure the work remains within the budget. I will take care of the day to day planning and management of activities on the road, and any unforeseen issues or emergencies should they occur. Some recent clients have included: Seasick Steve, John Paul Jones, Madness, The Stone Roses, Killing Joke, Adam Ant, Roland Gift, Fatoumata Diawara, Talib Kweli, Little Barrie, House of Pain, Vagina Monologues, Ivo Papasov, Sierra Meastra.

Transfers – A simple and cost effective transfer service to or from the airport, the office, an exhibition, or an event.

Backline and Gear Moves – A reliable service to pick up or drop off backline, gear or trailers depending on your need. I use a suitable panel van, splitter van, or a Land Rover Defender, which will pull a Trailer (with a ramped load-on/off) capable of moving up to 2 tonnes of gear.

Email: mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk
Telephone: Mark (+44) 07974 746810

I can help with Merchandise, Production, Backline, Crew, Rehearsal, Recording, Press, Promotion, Online strategy and equipment storage.

From the point of pick up, to the final destination, your client is in safe hands. I offer a courteous and helpful service with an eye on safety and security. You and your clients can relax as I understand the importance or being discreet, reliable and friendly.

Safety and comfort is of utmost importance. All vehicles are always in a technically and optically perfect condition. Furthermore, all vehicles are non-smoking and undergo regular interior and exterior cleaning.

Email or Call for more info: Mark (+44) 07974 746810

Tour Management and Transfer Services

I can be found frequently in Birmingham, Cardiff and London.

Luxury Splitter Vans for Hire- Driving You Crazy 2012

Tour Management Services

Most of my work is based around Tour Management in the Music Industry but I have also worked with the Theatre and Film Industry.

I have played in all sorts of bands myself over the years, I’ve organised 1000’s of gigs as i used to put on regular shows in Birmingham, I’ve set up tours, managed bands, put together press kits, pr and promotion strategies, worked out online strategies for artists big and small, I run a record label, and I’ve dealt with all sorts of madness along the way. I have an understanding of most problems, pressures and issues that performers and their crew may face. I’ve taken a lot of people to a lot of gigs from living rooms, small venues, squats, warehouses, TV and Radio Stations to major music venues and festivals of all shapes and sizes.

I have a clean driving licence with a C1 and D1 which means I can tow trailers and drive any car, van or splitter.

Vehicles

I’m a freelance. I work for you, not the hire company. This means that if you employ me I can find you a good vehicle or trailer or anything else you might need so that’s less work you have to do. I can source Splitters, Gear vans, Cars, Minibuses…anything you might need.

Online Strategy

I have an active interest in internet and social media. If you’re interested in how I could help with your, or your artist’s on-line presence get in touch.

Rates

I charge per day. A day is 8 hours, after the first 8 hours I charge per hour. The hours run from when I collect the vehicle for the work until I return it.

Alternatively, I also charge a ‘set day rate’. This is negotiable, in advance of the work, depending on what you want me to do. Longer term clients tend to be on a set day rate, It works out cheaper and no one has to watch the clock.

I expect PDs and buyout/catering on any work where I’m away overnight, and buyout/catering on any day over 8 hours.

Some recent Artists / Clients

Seasick Steve, John Paul Jones, Madness, The Stone Roses, Mika, Killing Joke, Adam Ant, Roland Gift, Fatoumata Diawara, Anthrax, Modestep, Talib Kweli, Little Barrie, House of Pain, The Enemy, Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles, Bullet for my Valentine, The Orb, Barry Adamson, Vagina Monologues, Taio Cruz, Jay Reatard, Nightingales, Ivo Papasov, Sierra Meastra, Endbutt Lane, The Rakes, The Magistrates, Soulsavers, As I lay Dying, Roisin Murphy, Police Bastard, Dufus, Arrows, Ladytron, Son de la Frontera, Jeffrey Daniel, Johnny 2 Bad, XOVA, Johnny Foreigner and many others…..

(Long Wheel VW Crafter Splitter Van shown above is an example of the type of vehicle I most often use when working with Clients.)

Tour Management and Vehicle Hire

January 6, 2014

I work as a Tour Manager Email or Call Mark: (+44) 07974 746810

I can be found in or around Birmingham, Cardiff and London.

Luxury Splitter Vans for Hire- Driving You Crazy 2012

My work is based around Tour Management in the Music Industry but I also work with the Theatre and Film Industry.

I can help with: Merchandise, Production, Backline, Crew, Rehearsal, Recording, Press, Promotion, Online strategy and equipment storage.

Luxury Splitter Vans for Hire- Driving You Crazy 2012
Driving / TM Services

I have played in all sorts of bands myself over the years, I’ve organised 1000’s of gigs as I used to put on regular shows in Birmingham, I’ve set up tours, managed bands, put together press kits, PR and promotion strategies, worked out online strategies for artists big and small, I run a record label, and I’ve dealt with all sorts of madness along the way. I have an understanding of most problems, pressures and issues that performers and their crew may face. I’ve taken a lot of people to a lot of gigs from living rooms, small venues, squats, warehouses, TV and Radio Stations to major music venues and festivals of all shapes and sizes.

I have a clean driving licence with a C1 and D1 which means I can tow trailers and drive any van or splitter.

Vehicles

I’m a freelance. I work for you, not the hire company. This means that if you employ me I can find you a good vehicle or trailer or anything else you might need so that’s less work you have to do. I can source Splitters, Gear vans, Cars, Minibuses…anything you might need.

Online Strategy

I have an active interest in the internet and social media. If you’re interested in how I could help with your, or your artist’s on-line presence get in touch.

Rates

I charge per day. A day is 8 hours, after the first 8 hours I charge per hour. The hours run from when I collect the vehicle for the work until I return it.

Alternatively, I also charge a ‘set day rate’. This is negotiable depending on what you want me to do. Longer term clients tend to be on a set day rate, It works out cheaper and no one has to watch the clock.

I expect PDs and buyout/catering on any work where I’m away overnight, and buyout/catering on any day over 8 hours.

Some recent Artists / Clients

Seasick Steve, John Paul Jones, Madness, The Stone Roses, Mika, Killing Joke, John Sinclair, Adam Ant, Roland Gift, Fatoumata Diawara, Anthrax, Modestep, Talib Kweli, Little Barrie, House of Pain, The Enemy, Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles, Bullet for my Valentine, The Orb, Barry Adamson, Vagina Monologues, Taio Cruz, Jay Reatard, Nightingales, Ivo Papasov, Sierra Meastra, Endbutt Lane, The Rakes, The Magistrates, Soulsavers, As I lay Dying, Roisin Murphy, Police Bastard, Dufus, Arrows, Ladytron, Son de la Frontera, Jeffrey Daniel, Johnny 2 Bad, XOVA, Johnny Foreigner and many others…..

(Long Wheel VW Crafter Splitter Van shown above is an example of the type of vehicle I most often use when working with Clients.)

Stanley Brinks (fka Andre Herman Dune) + Freschard on tour April 22nd to May 5th

February 13, 2013

Stanley Brinks sets the bar high when it comes to artistic independence, freedom, tradition and avoiding fashionable trends. In 2006, André left his band, Herman Düne. Now based in Berlin he releases timeless albums, playing them live in small venues and private apartments where he can remain true to his musical ideals.

Stanley Brinks (fka Andre Herman Dune) + Freschard will be on tour from April 22nd to May 5th. Please email radicalbaboon at gmail.com if you’re interested in organising a show in your area.

Here are links to some audio and video:
www.stanleybrinks.bandcamp.com
www.freschard.bandcamp.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRUqSTNwLX0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I75XEq-P1M

 

Tour Management, Vehicle & Driver Hire

June 20, 2011

OY59JEU - Good 2 Go Tours (uk+44) 0208 904 2022

In addition to running Iron Man Records, I work as a Tour Manager and help bands find just about everything else tour related.

I can also find the best Vehicle for your tour and help keep you to your budget. (Splitter, Gear Van, Car, Minibus etc)

Email or Call for more info: Mark: (+44) 07974 746810

I can be found frequently in or around Birmingham, Cardiff and London.

I can help you find: Drivers, Vehicles, Merchandise, Production, Backline, Crew, Rehearsal, Recording, Press, Promotion, Online strategy.

Driving /TM Services

Most of my work is based around Tour Management in the Music Industry but I have also worked with the Theatre and Film Industry.

I have played in all sorts of bands myself over the years, I’ve organised 1000’s of gigs as i used to put on regular shows in Birmingham, I’ve set up tours, managed bands, put together press kits, pr and promotion strategies, worked out online strategies for artists big and small, i run a record label, and i’ve dealt with all sorts of madness along the way. I have an understanding of most problems, pressures and issues that performers and their crew may face. I’ve taken a lot of people to a lot of gigs from living rooms, small venues, squats, warehouses, TV and Radio Stations to major music venues and festivals of all shapes and sizes.

I’m not an expert in everything ever but if I can’t help you or fix a problem i usually have a name or number in my phone that might resolve any issues along the way.

I have a clean driving licence with a C1 and D1 which means I can tow trailers and drive any van or splitter.

Vehicles

I’m a freelance, I work for you. This means that if you employ me I can find you a good vehicle or trailer or anything else you might need so that’s less work you have to do. I can source Splitters, Gear vans, Cars, Minibuses…anything you might need.

Online Strategy

I have an active interest in internet and social media. If you’re interested in how I could help with your, or your artist’s on-line presence get in touch.

I’ve been on the internet since 1996, and I’ve been active running sites since then.

Rates

I charge per day. I charge a ‘set day rate’. This is negotiable depending on what you want me to do.

I expect PDs and buyout/catering on any work where I’m away overnight, and buyout/catering on any day over 8 hours.

Some recent Artists / Clients

Seasick Steve, The Brand New Heavies, Crystal Castles, The Orb, Barry Adamson, Vagina Monologues, Jay Reatard, Nightingales, Ivo Papasov, Sierra Meastra, Police Bastard, Dufus, Son de la Frontera, Jeffrey Daniel, Johnny 2 Bad, XOVA, Johnny Foreigner and many others…..

(Long Wheel VW Crafter Splitter Van shown above is an example of the type of vehicle I most often use when working with Clients.)

Life in a Blender – Tell Me I'm Pretty CD (2002)

February 28, 2010

Life in a Blender - Tell Me I'm pretty
Track listing
1. Something Must Break
2. Kent
3. Hero Rising from the Sea
4. Mobile Wash Unit
5. Dead Get Down
6. Dolly Down the Hole
7. Sex With Cops
8. Sleep for Years
9. Eyes Are Red
10. Paterson Falls
11. Prize at the Bottom
12. Drunks Have All the Answers
13. Party Soon

buy it here: http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Details
Producer: Al Houghton, Chris Rael, Mark Lerner
Distributor: Big Daddy Music Dist.
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo

Album notes
Life In A Blender: Don Ralph (vocals); Al Houghton (guitar); Dave Moody (cello); Rebecca Weiner (violin); Mel Melon (horns); Mark Lerner (bass); Ken Meyer (drums).

Personnel: Al Houghton (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Mark Lerner (vocals, dobro); Dave Moody (vocals, cello); Don Ralph, Julia Douglass (vocals); Olivier Conan (banjo); Chris Rael (sitar, piano); Rebecca Weiner (violin); Mel Melon (trumpet, trombone); Ken Meyer (marimba, drums, cymbals, percussion).

Recording information: Dubway Studios, New York, NY.

Photographer: Paolo Vescia.

Admittedly it’s a case of slightly dashed expectations (for some) when it turns out that opening song “Something Must Break” is an original rather than a Joy Division cover, but who says that titles can’t be used again, after all? As for Life in a Blender itself, at this stage in its lengthy existence the Brooklyn-based septet seems to occupy a quirky space between Firewater and Soul Coughing when it comes to try-anything-once eclecticism with the lead singer’s voice and vision front and center. In that regard the group seems like one of those many New York bands that has a love and hate relationship with rock & roll as such — they can certainly crank the volume as needed and drummer Ken Meyer can get some full-bodied stomp in, but there’s no mistaking them for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or the Ramones. Lead figure and songwriter Don Ralph is unsurprisingly still at the core of it all when it comes to how the band can both work and not work in equal measure. Sometimes he seems to be exaggerating a strident speak-singing approach that aims for wry and witty but can just be tiring (or else seems to be trying to fulfill the non-present demand for a clear-singing Tom Waits). Then again, he can just as easily find a breezy, bemused wistfulness that works far better, sometimes in the same song (“Kent” and “Paterson Falls” in particular capture him at both his best and worst). When both band and singer bring it together to concentrate on a good song — the wistful New Orleans jazz/sea shantey tip to the street cleaners “Mobile Wash Unit,” the spaghetti Western-tinged drama of “Eyes Are Red” — then the group really has a certain fun and entertaining something. ~ Ned Raggett

Dark but humorous, an oddly skewed vision of the American landscape set to a unique score of string-driven rock.

Life in a Blender is an extraordinary band from Brooklyn that is not unlike the drunken clown lost in the darkened carnival grounds. Spectacular arrangements with strings and horns, a keen melodic sensibility, and a sense of humor that swings wildly from the absurd to the bleak make Life in a Blender a true original. Life in a Blender has carved out a special spot in the ears of fans worldwide. They show up unexpectedly, even at the breakfast hour, and begin playing. These guerilla tactics have made Life In A Blender one of the most notorious bands in the music business. When you open your garage door tomorrow, be warned. Life In A Blender may be waiting.

From the opening line of the first tune you’re attention is grabbed by the acoustic goolies and the album just doesn’t let go. Brilliant lyrics. Brilliant tunes. If there is a God, and he likes music, Life in a Blender will go far. 11 out of 10 – Pete Wade

Life in a Blender is the personal playground of Don Ralph, a bizarre vocalist that offers a deep-voiced quirkiness to match his charismatic college rock. Working with high school friends Dave Moody, Mark Lerner (Rosine,) Rebecca Weiner (Patti Smith,) Ken Meyer, John Donne, and Al Houghton (a frequent They Might Be Giants collaborator,) Life in a Blender is a project that is often put on hold due to the member’s various musical commitments. Still, as members of They Might Be Giants’ inner circle, they enjoy a status as a cute and lovable pop band that hides a twisted sense of humor and wicked attitude underneath the surface. Starting in the late 80’s, the band comes together every four to six years and makes fun rock music that offers a deranged lyrical viewpoint in contrast to the jangly guitars and lushly produced music. Based in Brooklyn, New York, the band makes waves in their home city with fun publicity stunts such as performing at a strip club art opening, and playing “Stairway to Heaven” on the street in their underwear. A lengthy absence marked the time between records after Motivational Tape #1, but they returned in 2002 with Tell Me I’m Pretty. ~ Bradley Torreano, All Music Guide

Tell Me I’m Pretty, the band’s fourth album, paints a landscape with strange, sad, and at times funny images. From the opening track, Something Must Break, very reminiscent of Cake, with its la la la’s and slinky trumpet to the sad finale, Party Soon, the tunes offer a welcome peek into Don’s fascinating off-kilter mind. The album’s strongest piece, Dead Get Down, is sure to become a Halloween classic, with its spooky horns, cymbals, and killer percussion. This song sounds like an outtake from a Danny Elfman soundtrack. The song Mobile Wash Unit is featured in the movie Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox.

I just latched onto this CD as a result of playing a couple tracks on my radio program. I am surprised that more spot reviews have not been written on this group. In fact, a search of the web will find nothing but discounts on household appliances. On the subject of originality- to me there are two gigantic, but pleasing similarities. Vocalist Don Ralph must be holding a very large torch for David Byrne (Talking Heads), and to a lesser degree Fred Schneider (B-52’s). Ralph possesses that dark, keening vocal style reminiscent of Byrne, and perhaps even uses a few of the other expected stylistic tricks. Other times, his natural voice comes very close to the plaintive barking of Schneider. A bit darker than much of the Heads or B-52’s material, but these factors alone make this band in instant must have for any fan of those seminal 80’s groups, The Talking Heads, or the B-52’s. Enjoy it. – Jonathan Colcord

http://www.lifeinablender.net

http://www.myspace.com/lifeinablender

Life in a Blender – Two Legs Bad CD (1997)

February 27, 2010

Life In A Blender - Two Legs Bad

Strange, sad, and at times funny songs about chickens and teens featuring horns, cello, and violin.

buy it here: http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Like the Cyclone, Life In A Blender is a long-time Brooklyn institution that has been exhilarating and possibly nauseating audiences for years. Blender’s tunes leave you dancing in your seats and very often laughing thanks mainly to Don Ralph’s quirky stage presence–he belts out his off-kilter musings while dancing Sprockets-style or flashing his “bag of doorknobs”–aka beergut. The stellar band includes Don’s friend from junior high, Dave Moody, on cello; Mark Lerner (leader of the renowned country/dub band Rosine) on bass; Rebecca Weiner (she played with Patti Smith) on violin; Al Houghton (producer of They Might Be Giants) on guitar; Ken Meyer (author of The Solid-Time Tool Kit) on drums; and Mel Melon (a John Donne expert) on horns.

Blender was chosen as a 2003 Emerging Artist finalist in Washington State. Watch us as we now emerge.

1. Chicken Dance
2. Not Your Problem
3. Asshole from Menlo Park
4. Easy Eggs
5. Hard to Swallow
6. Headlights
7. Buzzing
8. Tiny Ankles
9. Teens
10. Power Mower
11. Man and a Woman
12. Big Hat
13. Grand Union
14. Motherlode

Life in a Blender – The Heart is a small Balloon CD 2007

February 27, 2010

Life in a Blender - The Heart is a Small Balloon
After a day of carnage and deboning, these would be the sounds that soothe the troubled brows of Odin and his Norsemen. Sven, the bashful oarsman, says, “I enjoy this music with my grapes.”

Audio CD (18 Nov 2008)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Fang
ASIN: B000O780P6

Track listing
1. Blood Is Worthless
2. Fill My Glass
3. Whole Thing Down
4. Into the Bleak
5. Unfamiliar Sting
6. Sweet Things, The
7. Rope to the Water
8. What Happened to Smith?
9. Seagull
10. Teach Me How to Be Cool
11. Ashamed
12. She Handed Me the Mitten
13. Kissusness
14. Professional Mover

buy it here: http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Details
Producer: Al Houghton
Distributor: Burnside Distribution
Recording type: Studio

Album notes
Personnel: Don Ralph (vocals); Al Houghton (guitar, harmonica, piano, percussion, background vocals); Andrew Solin (slide guitar); Rebecca Weiner (violin, viola); Chris Rael, Jason Parker (trumpet); Ken Meyer (marimba, drums, cymbals, percussion); Mark Lerner (background vocals).
Recording information: Dubway Studios, New York, NY.

Like the Cyclone, Life In A Blender is a long-time Brooklyn institution that has been exhilarating–and possibly nauseating–audiences for years. Singer Don Ralph belts out his off-kilter musings backed by cellist Dave Moody, guitarist Al Houghton, bassist Mark Lerner, violinist Rebecca Weiner, drummer Ken Meyer, and horn player Mel Melon.

Having toured from Toronto to Berlin to Chicago to Seattle and back to New York, Life In A Blender has developed a devout fan base that is as broad and fat as the underbelly of the U.S. and Europe combined. Over the course of four albums, this orchestra of the bizarre and melodic has collaborated with the likes of John Linnell (They Might Be Giants), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits band), James Mastro (The Bongos), and sitarist Chris Rael (Church of Betty). Life In A Blender has played on bills with NRBQ, Camper Van Beethoven, the Buzzcocks, Scrawl, and even Billy Idol, who sucks.

“For nearly forever, Life in a Blender has been the secret jewel of New York City; their shows always frantic and feisty without being venomous, their songs merry and melodic without being vapid. Their newest CD, “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” is their best yet. Still as inventive, intelligent, and invigorating as ever, Life In A Blender has a new warmth, an immense and soulful complexity of sound. Highly recommended.” –Camden Joy, author of “Lost Joy” and contributor to Village Voice and Spin.

“Shows by local quirk rock favorites Life In A Blender showcase the band’s absurdist sensibility and oddball, prop-laden spectacles.” –The New Yorker

“An alternative five-piece with a curious sense of humor and a knack for the catchy pop song.” –Billboard

Isn’t It Time You Accepted Life in a Blender Into Your Life?
Here’s What the World is Saying About Life in a Blender and Their New Album “Tell Me I’m Pretty” on Fang Records.

“Life In A Blender have a bizarrely theatrical show (often involving tirades from a sheep-headed hand puppet named Rugged Rick) and lighthearted surreal sensibility that’s capable of amusing even the surliest indie rocker.” —The New Yorker

“Tell Me I’m Pretty was easily one of the best records I received in the mail in 2004….from Life In A Blender, a great band that puts out catchy and corrosive rock albums.” —J.R. Taylor, The NY Press

Photo: Paolo Vescia
“Life In A Blender is basically two parts cleverness, one part Stan Ridgeway’s dead-end gumshoe, and a pinch of Tom Waits’ grimy barker.” —Timeout New York

If They Might Be Giants got hammered and picked a fight in a bar with Tom Waits, if carnivals didn’t suck, if dancing were permitted on your boss’s desk, if Mark E. Smith were articulate and friendly, if instead of “mosh pits” rebellious teenagers congregated in “swoon pits” at rock concerts, if if if — then a brief glimpse of something akin to the experience of hearing Life in a Blender might be achieved. They are a band that is passionate about finding the absurdity that lurks within the marginalia of mundane everyday existence. And also rocking out. They make me feel like transcendence is constantly achievable.” —Francis Heaney, musical producer and DJLunchboy

“An American Robyn Hitchcock” —The Big Takeover

“Tell Me I’m Pretty, the band’s fourth album, paints a landscape with strange, sad, and at times funny images. From the opening track, “Something Must Break,” very reminiscent of Cake, with its la la la’s and slinky trumpet, to the silly “Mobile Wash Unit,” to the sad finale, “Party Time,” the tunes offer a welcome peek into Ralph’s fascinating off-kilter mind. The album’s strongest piece, “Dead Get Down,” is sure to become a Halloween classic, with its spooky horns, cymbals, and killer percussion. This song sounds like an outtake from a Danny Elfman soundtrack. I’m also fond of Ralph’s gravely vocals on “Prize on the Bottom,” as well as Houghton’s guitar work.” —Delusions of Adequacy online magazine

“Life in a Blender is the secret jewel of New York City. Their shows are always frantic and feisty without being venomous, their songs merry and melodic without being vapid. Their newest CD, “Tell Me I’m Pretty” is their best yet. Still as inventive, intelligent, and invigorating as ever, Life in a Blender has a new warmth, an immense and soulful complexity of sound. Highly recommended.” —Camden Joy, critic for the Village Voice and Spin

“Like Haley’s coment, a Life In A Blender album only comes along very rarely and Tell Me I’m Pretty should not be missed.” -Splendid magazine

“I just latched onto this CD as a result of playing a couple tracks on my radio program. I am surprised that more spot reviews have not been written on this group. In fact, a search of the web will find nothing but discounts on household appliances. On the subject of originality- to me there are two gigantic, but pleasing similarities. Vocalist Don Ralph must be holding a very large torch for David Byrne (Talking Heads), and to a lesser degree Fred Schneider (B-52’s). Ralph possesses that dark, keening vocal style reminiscent of Byrne, and perhaps even uses a few of the other expected stylistic tricks. Other times, his natural voice comes very close to the plaintive barking of Schneider. A bit darker than much of the Heads or B-52’s material, but these factors alone make this band in instant must have for any fan of those seminal 80’s groups, The Talking Heads, or the B-52’s. Enjoy it.” From Amazon.com— A Pleasantly Dark and Strange Surprise…, November 18, 2002 Reviewer: Jonathan Colcord from Concord, NH USA

“Life In A Blender was hands down the most entertaining, surprising showcase we took in over the week.” —Ezra Thomas at South x Southwest Austin, 2003

“It’s a wig…! After a solid 5-4 days of music at the ’03 SxSW it all ended on a positive note after catching the Life In a Blender set to close out the weekend. The band set itself apart as one of the tightest and most talented bands I saw all week. Further setting Life in a blender apart from the pack were the lyrics, delivery and theatrics of the lead singer that would please fans ranging from Eno and the T-heads to Ween and Beck.” —Matt Zdinak Nimbit

Life in a Blender, an amazing band you haven't heard of….yet.

January 6, 2010

An Absurdist sensibility and oddball, prop-laden spectacle…..Small bows and duelling scars…. set to music from Brooklyn, New York.

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The critics rave with insanity bordering on dementia:
“Rich and complex, wry and witty, done with a great deal of astonishing stylistic panache and consummate musicianship, this album sparkles with a verve and melodicism that’s a true startling wonder to hear. The incredible howled anguished vocals, the wickedly funny bitter humor of the pungent lyrics, the sprightly tunefulness of the gorgeously intricate harmonic arrangements, the inspired use of stirring weeping strings, the sense of underlying resigned humanity lurking behind the prevalent sardonic sensibility – all are 100% on the money excellent and impressive. A terrifically dark and despairing work of beautifully bleak and burnt-out oddball art.” — Joe Wawyrzniak, Jersey Beat

Like the Cyclone, Life In A Blender is a long-time Brooklyn institution that has been exhilarating–and possibly nauseating–audiences for years. Singer Don Ralph belts out his off-kilter musings backed by cellist Dave Moody, guitarist Al Houghton, bassist Mark Lerner, violinist Rebecca Weiner, drummer Ken Meyer, and horn player Mel Melon.

Having toured from Toronto to Berlin to Chicago to Seattle and back to New York, Life In A Blender has developed a devout fan base that is as broad and fat as the underbelly of the U.S. and Europe combined. Over the course of four albums, this orchestra of the bizarre and melodic has collaborated with the likes of John Linnell (They Might Be Giants), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits band), James Mastro (The Bongos), and sitarist Chris Rael (Church of Betty). Life In A Blender has played on bills with NRBQ, Camper Van Beethoven, the Buzzcocks, Scrawl, and even Billy Idol, who sucks.

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