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.

NEW TRACK!!!!!

Three of us come from a state — Massachusetts — that recently legalized the use of recreational cannabis (we’ve had medical cannabis here for a while).  For many years, we’ve been performing an original piece live that discusses the life lessons we MIGHT have learned from being part of Stoner Nation in our youth.

We certainly don’t condone such use where it’s not legal (not us, no not us never ever), but since we’re able to be a little more open about discussing it now and we like to help folks out…we’ve finally recorded it.

This is an alternate take of the track; another version will be coming out soon on a benefit album to assist someone with some legal fees in an outrageous court battle over her use of medical cannabis.  More on that when the album’s available…until then, here’s our latest track,  “All I Know I Learned By Smoking Marijuana.”

Enjoy…and then pass it on.

Three quick thoughts:

1.
Thanks to all who purchased merchandise from us or any other musicians on Bandcamp on Friday, February 3rd.  You helped make a significant donation to the ACLU in these difficult times.

2.
Great gig on Saturday at Nick’s in Worcester, where we were on a bill with all sorts of terrific musicians and poets in honor of our friend Victor Infante’s birthday.  Hope to have a video from the gig up soon!

3.
Keep an ear open — we’ve been doing some recording and will be sharing some new tracks really soon!

Details on all of these to follow…

Fundraiser Friday

On Friday, February 3rd, the independent music sales site Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their proceeds from the day’s sales to the American Civil Liberties Union to assist in the expensive legal battles they foresee engaging in over the next four years.

Anyone who has heard our stuff can guess where we stand on the current Administration’s policies.  We’re thrilled to be on Bandcamp and to support this.

Please give a thought to buying some of our tracks (or even all of them — there’s a discount deal for all five albums) and helping out.  Even if you don’t buy our stuff, Bandcamp has something for everyone and every musical taste — we’re sure you can find something you like.  Or…you could just donate or become a member of the ACLU…

Thanks in advance for your time.  Here are a couple of links for you:

Bandcamp’s statement on the fundraiser

Our Bandcamp site (or just use the tab on our home page here)