Made a change to our “Tracks” page…

Just did a major update to our “Tracks” page to make it easier to purchase our music.

Click on “Tracks” above to go check it out…and please, PLEASE consider making a purchase or two. Individual tracks are a buck, the whole discography is offered at a 25% discount, and anything you purchase from us goes NOT to finance our lavish lifestyles, but will get plunged right back into keeping this project alive and kicking — recording expenses, equipment purchases, you name it.

As we say on the “Tracks” page, buying work from independent artists is important to keep us going and support us in the cold, cold world.  We hope you’ll find something you love there and drop a dollar or two our way.

Thanks!!!

“Over The Borderline…”

We mentioned a while back that we had contributed once again to the Great Cover Song Challenge put forth by Victor Infante as a catalyst for a column looking at the work of a single artist.

We drew “Borderline,” added in Capri Lanning-Cafaro on vocals, tossed a poem into the mix, and did it up pretty straight and true…

The story came out this AM. At the end of it is a link to the playlist of all the cover songs as done by artists from all over the country and overseas as well. (We’re third on the list.) Tons of good stuff there; put it on and marvel at the madness we all wrought.

Thanks again to Victor for the opportunity, and congrats to all the musicians…!

Over The Borderline: What 70 Cover Songs Taught Us About Madonna

Oceans Matter.

Environmental devastation is on a lot of minds these days. (Maybe not as many as it should be, of course…looking at you, Federal Government…)

One group that deserves some attention for doing something about one aspect of that is Ocean Matters.   Through hands-on research projects and diving trips, these folks educate young people on issues related to the complex ecosystems undersea and the threats they are facing, such as the crisis of plastics in the ocean.

Here’s an old piece of ours that connects to that particular topic, “On Nantucket.”  This is a duo version of it (Tony and Faro) from our second album, “The Duende Project.”  (There’s also a three piece version of it on “Basement Takes.”) For many years, Faro and Tony spent a lot of time out on the island of Nantucket doing shows and enjoying the hospitality of Len Germinara and Dr. Sarah Oktay out at the Field Biology Station.  The poem reflects on those trips and what we learned out there.

We hope that you’ll take a moment, visit the Ocean Matters site, and think about what you might be able to do, there or elsewhere, to help in this moment of crisis.

Two gigs, two nights…

Many thanks to all those who saw us at the two gigs we’ve done in the last two days — our Thursday night stand at starlite and the short set three-quarters of the band did last night at Bull Mansion. Nice to get out and play more than once a month or so.

We’re on a bit of a live hiatus till March 31, when we’ll be in New Haven for a show — more details on that later.

Until then…see you soon.

New track…and it’s a weird and wonderful one…

Once again, we’ve agreed to participate in a journalistic critique of a single artist. Victor Infante of the Worcester Telegram asks musicians to create, without knowing ahead of time who or what, cover version of songs by a single well-known musician.

Past challenges have included the work of Phil Collins and Air Supply (our version of Air Supply’s “I Can’t Excited” is here if you want to hear it).

No restrictions on how we treat the work.

Victor then writes a story about the artist that includes a soundtrack of various versions and comments by the artists involved.

We decided once again to participate and drew Madonna’s “Borderline” on the appointed day. In contrast to the Air Supply song, we decided to play it relatively straight and even brought in a special guest vocalist, Capri Lanning-Cafaro, to help out…although it does include a poem by Tony. What else would you expect from a Duende Project piece?

Capri Lanning-Cafaro: vocal.
Tony Brown: acoustic guitar, vocal.
Steven Lanning-Cafaro: keyboard, bass.
Christopher Graham Lawton: electric guitar.
Chris O’Donnell: drums.

Go listen to it on our SoundCloud site, if you like!  We’ll post a link to the story and all the other cover versions when it’s ready.

Two gigs this coming week

On Thursday night, February 23rd, we’ll be back at Starlite Bar and Gallery, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA doing three sets from 9-12 or so. No cover.

And on Friday, February 24th, we’ll be on a bill celebrating Worcester poet Nicholas Earl Davis’ album release at the newly opened Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl Street, Worcester.  On the bill with us will be Deadstick and Hambone, Ghost Guest, the Vanguard, and Sarah Louise French, as well as a set by Nick accompanied by crack acoustic players.  $7 cover.

We’ll have a special configuration of the band that night as Mr. O’Donnell won’t be joining us due to a prior commitment…so it’ll be a trio of Tony, Chris, and Faro figuring it out as we go, or something like that.  We LOVE a challenge.  Gonna be fun.