Frenchy and the Punk’s BIG Music Project Kickstarter

One of my favorite bands to be embraced by the subculture, Frenchy and the Punk have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their latest musical undertaking, two full length CDs! But the need your help to make it a reality!

Unfortunately, WordPress and Kickstarter don’t always get along with regards to embedding videos, so you’re going to have to go toFrenchy and the Punk’s Kickstarter to see the video and hear their appeals for your help.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a website that allows you to become a patron for creative works that would otherwise go unfunded and as a possible result, uncreated. Kickstarter gives you the power to support the arts in ways that used to only be viable to foundations, corporations, and wealthy families by pooling your contributions with the support of others who love the arts and giving the artists the means to create.

Here’s the catch about Kickstarter, though. If the project you have backed does not reach its minimum goal, the project flops. The pledges don’t come through and the artist doesn’t get any of the money that was promised. So, its very important that if you are interested in seeing a concept become reality, that you consider contributing. Every dollar counts towards meeting the goal and the project going underway.

Let’s help Scott and Samantha make something amazing with this Kickstarter! Check it out and contribute if you can!

Concubine Waltz Teaser

I had the distinct pleasure of getting to meet Joel Clayton, the sitar player for the band Sunday Driver earlier this year when he visited Seattle. I didn’t have much more than a passing familiarity with their music at the time of our introduction, and now all I can wonder is why I didn’t stumble upon them sooner.

He and the rest of the band have been hard at work lately, and they’ve released a new single for your enjoyment entitled Concubine Waltz. Here’s the teaser:

Like the track? Head over to their bandcamp site and download the new single. All proceeds from this download will go to fund their 2012 Tour and PR, so if you’d like to see them in your area, downloading this song is a great way to express your interest in their ongoing projects.

Concubine Waltz in the first single in Sunday Driver’s upcoming album The Mutiny. Be sure the check back to their website often to catch updates on the album and where they might be touring come next year.

Voltaire’s New Album

Voltaire has a new album that’s slated to come out next week on September 6, 2011 on his Mars Needs Music imprint. The title for his new release is, I kid you not, Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children. Yep that’s the title.

And here’s the artwork for it:

I honestly don’t know if I can handle all the epicness that’s going on in front of me right now. You can listen to excerpts from the new CD here on Voltaire’s website. Check out the video below to get a different sampling of music including a ton of awesome guest artists.

And, if you just have to see this all for yourself, you’ll be pleased to know that Voltaire will be undertaking the “The Black Unicorn Cabaret Tour”a five-week nationwide tour with This Way to the Egress and The Hellblinki Sextet. Here’s the dates and locations below:

  • Weds., September 21 – New Haven, Conn. at Rudy’s
  • Thurs., September 22 – Manchester, N.H. at Milly’s Tavern
  • Fri., September 23 – Portland, Me. at Asylum
  • Sat., September 24 – Providence, R.I. at Club Remi’s
  • Sun., September 25 – Ithaca, N.Y. at The Haunt
  • Mon., September 26 – Pittsburgh, Pa. at The Rex Theatre
  • Weds., September 28 – Charlotte, N.C. at The Milestone
  • Thurs., September 29 – Atlanta, Ga. at The Masquerade
  • Fri., September 30 – Savannah, Ga. at Yong’s
  • Sat., October 1 – Jacksonville, Fl. at The Factory
  • Mon., October 3 – Austin, Tx. at Elysium
  • Thurs., October 6 – Scottsdale, Ariz. at Martini Ranch
  • Fri., October 7 – San Diego, Calif. at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center
  • Sat., October 8 – Los Angeles, Calif. (TBA)
  • Sun., October 9 – San Francisco, Calilf. at Stud Bar
  • Tues., October 11 – Portland, Ore. at The Fez Ballroom
  • Weds., October 12 – Seattle, Wash. at El Corazon
  • Fri., October 14 – Salt Lake City, Ut. at Area 51
  • Sun., October 16 – St. Louis, Mo. at Crack Fox
  • Mon., October 17 – Nashville, Tenn. at The Rutledge
  • Tues., October 18 – Kansas City, Mo. at The Beaumont Club
  • Weds., October 19 – Indianapolis, Ind. at Birdy’s
  • Thurs., October 20 – Columbus, Ohio at The Shrunken Head
  • Fri., October 21 – Milwaukee, Wis. at Club Anything
  • Sat., October 22 – Flint, Mich. at The Masonic Temple of Flint
  • Sun., October 23 – Philadelphia, Pa. at The Starlight Ballroom

With so many dates and locations, there’s sure to be something close for your to go and check out. In the meantime, don’t forget to pick up the new album on the 6th!

Victrolacore

Steampunk music itself embraces a pretty wide range of musical tropes and sounds that can all be considered within the genre. But there’s definitely some music that fits in the retrofuturistic music scene that doesn’t quite fit in to Steampunk. Calling it Steampunk music seems to be simply a lack of a better term to describe the creation.

And now, we have a term that encompasses all of these different musical branches into one large, umbrella term dubbed Victrolacore by Jonathan Hagey, the Kingpin of Kingpinchic.com. In an interesting article entitled Victrolacore: Satirical Music for the Sartorical Gentleman, he describes this new genre like this:

The key elements of this branch of the punk bush are the reuse of previous cultural expressions now considered quaint and old-fashioned. Samples taken from recordings of the 20s and 30s; use of antiquated instruments like the banjolele or the harmonium and lyrics peppered with out-of-date colloquialisms are commonly combined with a modern musical approach, like hip hop or industrial structures and then viewed through the gin-soaked lens of satire.

Think Mr. B, Professor Elemental, and the now retired Doctor Steel as prime examples of this musical branch. You can check out the entire article here.

And while you are there, be sure to check out the rest of Kingpin Chic, which has excellent tips on being a well-dressed and well mannered gentleman. Check out their mission statement here, and then go and get some fabulous fashion advice.

Updates from Frenchy and the Punk

Frenchy and the Punk have started their Fall touring, and they’ll be running all along the eastern half of the United States playing shows and making lots of splendid noise for anyone who will listen.

In their recently released email, they shared some updates with those of us who subcribe to their emails. This is some of what Samantha and Scott had to say:

We’re gearing up to hit the road once again. We have been at home base in New York for a few weeks working on new music. It’s the first time in six years that we have been on the east coast during the summer months! Last year we were keeping cool in July in Washington and Oregon … it sure is hot here in NY!

We have a couple of projects in the works. We will be re-recording some drum and instrumental dance tunes (from At the Carnival Eclectique and new ones) as well as recording new material… so two new CDs in the works! We will be launching a kickstarter campaign in the coming weeks with fun gifts in exchange for donations… we will keep you posted on that as it develops. The 24hr auction in January was fun but very intense… so we’re going with kickstarter this time! BUT… there will definitely be fun photos attached to that endeavor as well.

They also included a long list of upcoming shows that they will be playing. Unfortunately, these are focused primarily on the east coast, but those of you in the mid-west and far out west with me should not fret: they are working on their plans for 2012 already. Hopefully they’ll be in your area of the country soon enough. Here’s the schedule for the fall as it stands:

  • Fri Aug 26  –  NYC, Brookyn – Branded Saloon
  • Sun Aug 28 – DE, Dover – PPD Festival by Bell Book & Candle
  • Thur Sept 1 – GA, Atlanta – DragonCon (Hyatt Centennial Ballroom)
  • Sept 2/3   –    GA, Atlanta – DragonCon (Coucourse show in Hyatt tba)
  • Sun Sept 4 –  GA, Atlanta – DragonCon – (Time Travelers Ball, Westin Hotel)
  • Fri Sept 9   –  NYC, Teneleven (Benefit for Four Legs Animal Shelter)
  • Sat Sept 17 – MA, Fitchburg – Great New England Steampunk Exhibition
  • Sat Oct 24 –   NH, Peterborough – Celebrate Samhain Festival
  • Sat Oct 29 –   LA, New Orleans – Witches Ball

Hopefully you can catch them at one of their upcoming shows. It’s always a treat to see them!

Heritage Days and the Steam Ball

Attention all Steampunks in the Greater Northwest! Tomorrow, Abney Park will be performing at Steam Ball in Port Angeles as part of their Heritage Days event. This looks to be a rather unique event celebrating the history of the town on its own, and with the addition of an Abney Park concert, it’s going to be an awesome weekend.

Tickets can purchased from the NW Performing Arts website for 22$ each and will be held at will call if purchased online. This show has the expanded line up some of you were able to experience at the Seattle show Abney Park played last month, with an extra guitar player and a brass section to flesh out Abney Park’s already amazing sound. It’s something you definitely need to experience if you haven’t heard it for yourself yet.

And, if your heading out to the show, do consider making a weekend out of the Heritage Weekend events over the weekend which includes tea with Teddy Roosevelt, Harbor tours, and plethora of  other events to entertain and delight before your favorite airship pirates take the stage.

I’ll be there for the weekend (in fact, I’m there now!) and I hope to see you out here as well! Hooray for a weekend of fun!

Free Spirit

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing is one of my favorite Steampunk bands. They do an amazing job of combining Steam and Punk in philosophy and sound into an amalgamation that creates some kick-ass music. When people ask me about Steampunk music and are expecting to hear more of the traditional punk aspects in our Victorian influenced world, this is the first band to which I direct them.

A while back, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing released wax cylinders of their first album, Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! last year, and they’ve determined to do it again. The single is entitled Free Spirit, and the wax cylinders will be available for purchase on their website.You can listen to it below:

Fans of The Men should take particular note that Free Spirit will not be released in any other format save the wax cylinders and an MP3 that comes with the purchase of the cylinder itself. So, if you want to own this song, you’re going to have to buy the cylinder! You can pick up one of 50 cylinders by going here, to their online store.

If you happen to be unfamiliar with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, you can learn more about themhrough their MySpace and Facebook page. You can also check out this brief clip of an interview they did before one of their performances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Marquis of Vaudeville’s Musical Menagerie

It’s true that I’m not as involved in the Dallas Steampunk scene as I once was. Distance and time makes it difficult to stay as connected as I once was. But, rest assured, I still keep my fingers on the pulse of that scene and love telling you about events in the greater Texas area that are likely to appeal to my readers in the area.

The Marquis of Vaudeville is pulling together another show at the Curtain Club. Many of you may have attended their last show there, A Clockwork Wonderland, in January. It was so overwhelmingly successful that I have no doubt that at least all who attended the Clockwork Wonderland will be looking forward to this new show.

The Marquis’ latest event, the Musical Menagerie, is schedule to take place on August 20, 2011. Doors will open at 8:30, and welcomes anyone over the age of 17 to join them for a night of music and mystery. There is a $10 cover, and it is $12 dollars for anyone under 21.You can learn more and RSVP at their Facebook event.

While I fear I will not be able to join the Marquis for this event, I do know that it will be a night to remember for all those who do attend. If you happen to be in the greater DFW area, I highly recommend that you circle the 20th, and consider yourself as booked for the evening!

Abney Park’s Off the Grid

Everyone’s favorite airship pirates are at it again, this time with an acoustic album in the works. Abney Park has been busy recording for Off the Grid: Abney Park Unplugged, and their poised to release the new album in the next few months.

This acoustic album will feature thirteen songs, three of which have never been released. Here’s the track list as it currently stands:

  1. The Wrong Side
  2. Bad Things Coming
  3. Evil Man
  4. The Apocalypse
  5. Space Cowboy
  6. Aether Shanties
  7. Off The Grid
  8. Daddies Side Car
  9. I’ve Been Wrong Before
  10. Fight Or Flight
  11. My Life
  12. Stigmata Martyr
  13. Neither One Lets Go

Personally, I’m really excited about this album. I loved their acoustic rendition of The Wrong Side that got posted to YouTube last year and have been hoping they’d do something like this ever since. And since so few people actually get to hear an acoustic Abney Park set, I have a feeling this is definitely going to be something worth adding to your music collection. As I hear more about about this album and when it might be released,  I’ll be sure to let you know!

Proto-Steampunk Short Fiction

There’s been something of an influx of Victorian era fiction on oi9 as of late, and I figured I’d let my readers who are also history and literature buffs know about their posting. These are not technically Steampunk works. Steampunk itself is a modern movement that takes elements of the Victorian world and transposes it in today’s world. These two works, however, were written during the Victorian time itself and dreams of what technology might do for humanity in the future. For Steampunk today, looking at science fiction during the Victorian period is akin to retracing your family tree: the connection is distant, but ultimately you’re somehow related to these people.

The first is entitled The Steam Arm and is purportedly the first cyborg horror story to enter into fiction. This ballad tells the story of a young man who loses his arm in a war and gets it replaced with a mechanical, steam driven appendage. Dripping with metaphor and commentary about the Victorian world, The Steam Arm expresses abounding discontent with the increasing influence of technology of humanity. You can read the ballad here.

The second piece is a poem by Edward S. Ellis entitled Darius Green and tells the story of young Mr. Green and his flying contraption. Flight would eventually become a huge theme in the Steampunk subculture, with airships and various other flying machines becoming quintessentially Steampunk. You can read the poem here.