Attention all Southern Illinois folk!
Having spent considerable time on the streets of Carbondale, IL some time ago, King Mixer returns to the home of the Salukis with a landmark concert during the town’s Sunset Concert Series this July 6, 2017. The band will play a two hour set of both covers and songs off King Mixer’s ‘Hang On’ LP in the sweltering heat, backed by The King Mixer Horns and a few special guests all on one stage. This show marks the very first King Mixer performance for new rhythm section Justin Loftus (bass) and Colin Rambert (drums). The date of July 6 also happens to mark the 60th anniversary of The Day John Met Paul, and King Mixer will mark the occasion with a performance of Eddie Cochran’s ’20 Flight Rock’, from the auspicious surroundings of an open field in Carbondale’s Turley Park, under a gazebo. The very same gazebo that Eric Howell performed under some 30 years ago with his Carbondale band, The Reform. It just keeps getting weirder.
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King Mixer’s ‘Hang On’ album has found a launching site at Martyrs in Chicago on June 18. It’s about guitars and harmonies, wild behavior, birthdays and brethren, a live horn section and various surprise musical guests, coming and going together in celebration of a project which began exactly two years ago, this month. I’m excited to to launch this music into the world like the screaming newborn spastic it is, as we raise the roof as one, like proud drunk parents.
Also on the bill: The Phil Angotti band. Phil Angotti is my doppelganger, my compadre, the musical yin to my yang. When Martyrs asked if I had an opening act in mind, I immediately said “Phil.” The man has the dual-vocal capability of a solemn angel like Elliot Smith, or the razor-cut grit of a McCartney “Helter Skelter”, which Phil conjures at will, repeatedly, without fail. The bastard. I still don’t know how it does it. We’ve traveled together to Liverpool, England, and back, in the name of vintage guitars, scouse accents and actualizing the dream. Many can testify to the joy and energy Phil puts into his musicianship, along with his band, but for those who don’t know, June 18th is my chance to convert you. Lord knows me and Phil shall cross paths on stage more than once on this night.
Also confirmed: King Mixer will be graced with the presence of power pop royalty during our set, with an appearance by the legendary Cliff Johnson of Off Broadway.
The first 50 people in the door will receive a free copy of ‘Hang On’, the new LP from King Mixer (preview the full album here). It’s all part of the King Mixer launch party and we aim to mix it up! So ring your sitters, bring your sisters and drag your most skeptical pals to this party. They’ll be thanking you for weeks afterwards, or your money back. See you ’round the clubs!
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We’re going live, limbering up for a full night of raw, exhilaration in the months ahead. For now, we’ll be debuting at Redline Tap in Chicago’s Roger’s Park neighborhood for a set at the International Pop Overthrow festival 2016! Here’s what you need to know.
Yesterday’s rehearsal went well : )
See you at Redline!
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The debut single from the upcoming King Mixer full length album is now available! Stream & download HERE.
Recorded partly at Chicago Recording Company and also at Parka Studios in Berwyn, IL, ‘Zookeepers’ (side A) and ‘45′ (side B) marks the launch of new King Mixer music in 2015.
Both a CD single and a vinyl 7″ format will be released in the coming months. Meanwhile you can enjoy both tracks digitally HERE and HERE
Produced by ace sound designer/audiophile Christian Cullen along with King Mixer, both Zookeepers and 45 are standout meditations on the subject of father time and paradise perhaps lost. There’s a psychedelic quality to both tunes, but when paired together each song has its own unique individual energy which may wind up being the standard for King Mixer music: Same songwriter, same producer, same studios, same time frame = a deliberately different vibe, striking in both songs. 45 was originally billed as the official A side, but fans who opted into crowdfunding this project got a sneak preview of the singles and now insist that Zookeepers take center stage. Both sides beckon repeated listening. Download now and feel free to comment on which side you prefer~
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