Myspace is the New Blog
At least for me...
If you haven't noticed, I haven't posted here for quite some time. It's not because I threw away my computer and became a buddhist monk in the mountains of China. It's because I've been spending my online time over on myspace. And I've got two blogs over there (one at myspace.com/theoldceremony and one at myspace.com/djangohaskins), so forgive me for slacking off, but come join me over there for god's sake! Love, Django
When life gives you Oranges, make Lemonade
Some of you may have heard that International Orange is no more. I just wanted to clear up the rumour here with the facts. The fact is, it's true - Int'l Orange decided to call it quits. It's also true that we're all on excellent terms and felt that this was the best thing for us to do at this point. It's entirely possible that we will collaborate in the future in different combinations on other projects - it's been an amazing experience travelling and working with these guys, and I know we all have a huge amount of respect for each other. So there you have it. We'll all be busy working on our various other musical adventures, and we'll try to keep the IO.com site updated a bit as to where to find us. Thank you for all your support - it's been a great ride.
From the Cradle to the Grave/Winebar
Thanks to everyone who came to the cradle show. I love how these two bands, who seem to play incompatible styles of music (country, and whatever the hell it is we play) fit so well as a bill. I wish more clubs would try that kind of booking, where the common thread is quality songs, not a particular category of music. And I have to give a particular shoutout to Rich, Thad's new guitar/steel player (also of Frank Black & the Catholics), who was one bad mother, especially when he stood up from the pedal steel and played guitar. I couldn't stop grinning the whole time he was playing.
The Old Ceremony is returning this week to our old stomping grounds, the West End Wine Bar, for two Thursday shows. I can't wait, cause it means that we get to play a ton of new stuff and create the kind of 20's Berlin speakeasy atmosphere that we like to create. The usual suspects will be appearing - horns, strings, female vocalist, etc. and we can pretty much assure you a great time. The shows start at 10pm, and if the last three times were any indication, it will get pretty packed. Or at least, let's hope so.
back to the old sounding board
hi folks, the usually relatively quiet month of january has been a flurry of activity over here - int'l orange has been touring (played the cradle twice, and a trip down to florida and back), and the old ceremony has been recording what will most likely become our first full-length release. so far, we've done eight songs:
shadows on my trail
blood and oil
you belong to me
carry the one
the late shift
and the sound so far is pretty amazing - the horn parts (courtesy vamsi and will on sax and trumpet) really added a lot of punch, and the accordion (jil) and violins (daniel hart and gabriele) make the dark stuff that much darker. i'm really proud of what everyone has done so far, and i think when the album is finished, you'll see what i mean. in the meantime, i put up an updated version of "shadows" at the OC site (www.theoldceremony.com), with the strings added, and a rough mix of "ole" with a near-perfect violin solo from daniel hart (check him out at www.gomachinemusic.com).
we've got some great shows coming up too; we're playing the cat's cradle for the first time on sat feb 12th at 9pm SHARP. when i say sharp, i say it because we absolutely will be finished before 10pm, so latecomers will miss the show. we're opening for my buddy thad cockrell (www.thadcockrell.com), who is a fantastic singer and songwriter currently living in nashville. he reminds me at times of a mix between willie nelson and roy orbison, which is a pretty damn good combination.
The Old Ceremony Moves On
first of all, thanks to everyone who came down to the wine bar shows. we envisioned a certain kind of vibe that we were trying to create with them, and it was seriously exciting to see it actually come to fruition even better than we had imagined. as you know, it was pretty dang crowded in there and hard for some people in the middle and the front (by the entrance) to see/hear the band, so we're scouting for new locations for the next shows. it looks like we may do a short residency in raleigh next - details to come. stay tuned.
the other thing we're up to is planning some more recording. there are two sets worth of material that we've been playing, and i for one am dying to make a decent record of it. and with the newer additions to the sound (trumpet, sax, female vocals, accordion, violin) it's going to be one helluva sound.
we're looking into getting a message board for theoldceremony.com, but in the meantime, feel free to use this space here to discuss all things TOC, music, politics or whatever. mi blog es tu blog.
So the IO guestbook is sick and the company (guestbook.com) that manages it has been unresponsive to requests to fix it, so feel free to post here anytime about IO and we can actually have back and forth dialogue rather than just one-way posts.
home sweet residency
the old ceremony starts its short residency at the west end wine bar on franklin street in chapel hill tomorrow night. we've been looking forward to this one for a while - got some great guests coming in on accordion and violin and we'll be trying out plenty of new stuff. check out www.theoldceremony.com for updates. if anyone here sees the shows, we're always up for feedback here too.