Thursday, December 24, 2009
Have a great one, all!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Make It A Date To Come See NATIONAL EYE at the North Star Bar, Thursday 10/22 because DOUG KIRBY WILL BE THERE PLAYING
Anyway, I just wanted to tell everybody on the blog that National Eye will be performing a whole bunch of classics from our future album Ramparts (along with at least one classic from previous albums, though definitely not all of them because who has that kind of time?) at the North Star Barpub on Thursday, October 22.
And in a special surprise appearance that only you and he (and I) know about, playing up on stage with us will be Doug Kirby, whose last live appearance with NE was November 2006! That's longer ago than heck by most calendars!
Doug has of course been a huge part of recording the past two albums (or the past one [The Farthest Shore] and the future one [Ramparts]), but due to the size of our continent, he has not been able to perform with the group.
Also playing will be The High Strung, Floating Action, and Giant Cloud!
So please join us for this fun, wild, and completely accurate night of pleasures past, present and future!
Friday, October 2, 2009
The show they're talking about is going to happen on October 22 at the North Star Bar and it's going to be a banner night for several reasons, which I'll explain in further detail in an upcoming post to the blog. Until then, go buy something from this store and cast your will to fate!
Monday, September 28, 2009
It is with great excitement and wonderfulness to report that Founding Member of our band National Eye just became a big old proud DAD. He and (non-founding member but where would we be without her?) wife Nancy just welcomed a little lady called Vivienne into this vale of tears. But don't worry: tears are OK if you're a baby, and so are vales.
So warm and hearty congratulations to them. Another non-founding member (but where would he be without us?) Kyle Lloyd had his very own child recently, so we might as well use this moment to celebrate all these young families.
IN SUM: best wishes to Will, Nance, Viv, Kyle, Jes, and Moll. May your enemies forever perish!
While we're talking extracurriculars (or, really, curriculars; THIS is extracurricular, no matter how much we love it, right?) (at least until those big royalty checks roll in) (next August), Gianmarco has posted two more terrific renditions of selections from the Great American/English/Canadian Songbook with a piano-ized take of "Bastards of Young" -- which is by the Replacements AKA the 'Mats which you should not confuse with "The Matz" who is the guy who shows up to Silver Ages practice less often than Bob Stinson showed up for 'Mats practice* -- and a de-piano'd take on "Love In Mind" by Neil Young.
I got an email from Neil yesterday and he said he hadn't heard it yet but he is "looking forward to it." This from the guy who still owes me a birthday present from like two years ago!
Here both hear:
Sorry. I meant, Hear both here:
More events on the horizon, but for the time being I'll be visiting babies.
All the best,
* Give him a break! He's got a kid!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
There you'll be able to listen to "Long Ago A-Go-Go" and "Hum Along, Please."
Also up there now is a song from the last album called "Dread Flight of the Crimson Bee" but you already know that one because you saw the Ben Stiller movie in which it was featured so prominently (can't remember what it was called).
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Just like last time, the mix was done by none other than Mr. Nick Krill, and he has done a bang-up job.
I'm excited about this one because about 90% was recorded since the release of The Farthest Shore which, for slow-motioners National Eye, is pretty quick work! Especially when one considers that most of Mr. Kirby's contributions were done via transcontinental mail (he lives in the desert in California -- I can't be any more specific than that -- and the rest of us live in Philadelphia).
Anyway, enough pattting of one's own back. Especially since it's not even available yet for listening and loving. But my hope is it will be before too terribly long. And some advance songs will be available even before too terribly longer. Or less long.
In the meanwhile, check out this nifty compilation Park the Van whipped out semi-recently:
Enjoy that and check back in soon about Ramparts details.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A Guest From The West, Performing Music Without Being Asked, and a Charming Story From the Annals of C&W
And then (I) Rick (me) sang some songs dressed like Dr. Who!
As you can see (if you're a slyboots-observant-type) these moments happened at the famous Philadelphia place The Fire. Open mics are fascinating for a million reasons and I always learn a lot when I go to them. The music, of course, ranges from the bad to terrible to good to mental hospital, but I've never walked away without some new piece of information to put in the great book o' life.
Incidentally, all these photos were taken by main man R. Connell who didn't sign up to play any music. Neither did Will Baggott (who was there) but that's because his banjo fell out of an airplane. But worry not: it should hit the ground in time for Friday's show! (Will plays banjo and bass in Yellow Humphrey.
More soon news. I mean, soon new mores. More news soon more news. Including a review of how Doug's week in Philadelphia went and if he managed to record anything for the upcoming new album!!!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Quarterly Report: On the Horizon Are a Number of Things and Not a One of Them is in the Least Bit Bad
Similarly, I don't want to feel too close to the finish line with National Eye's work on our (provisionally but confidently titled) next collection of music Ramparts. But I'm sufficiently pleased with the progress made so far to mention it here. I'd say the thing is halfway to being three quarters done but by that I don't mean it's three eighths because it's way more than that and math doesn't mean anything in music unless you've been brainwashed by Donald Duck in Mathmagicland which, while totally entertaining, is an unreliable teacher (at best).
The heavy-lifting (writing the songs, convincing drummers to come over and learn them, buying new curtains) has been accomplished. Future Favorites will include: "Eat the Birds;" "Man with an Aim;" "Millun Years Or More;" "Drag the Lake;" "Sticky Murderer;" "Hum Along;" "All-Black Bloom;" "One Sad Volunteer" (I think); "Down the Volcano" (maybe); "Long Ago A Go-Go" (still need to get that one up on its feet); "Mama Shipwreck"; "Introducing Dr. War"; and maybe a few others with equally promising titles.
And I offer up those promising titles now for reasons obscure even to me. But there they are, for all to see. I suppose a fun game could be to try and guess which ones will be supergood and which ones will totally stink. Then again, you would lose that game because they're all gonna be totally good.
Meanwhile, looking backward instead of forward, previous album TFS didn't get any BAD reviews and even reared its hairy head on some Greatest Albums of the Whole Heaping Year lists, though not the big famous ones like F. Scott Fitzgerald's or L. Ron Hubbard's or H. Jon Benjamin's. But we appreciate that some people are listening and hope it continues to bring joy and prosperity to the world.
And looking forward again: keep an eye out for some outtake-y type songs from National Eye on an upcoming compilation from the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and Park the Van, alongside similarly rare tracks from the Spintos, Dr. Dog and the Capitol Years. We dug deep in the vault and it wasn't empty like Al Capone's at all in fact it was full of great songs.
I will mention that on this blog when it appears. In the meantime, please fill the comments with lavish praise.
Best of luck!
Friday, January 16, 2009
While I'm waxing grateful, might as well say thanks to Sean of Daytrotter who graciously welcomed us (and others) into Miner St. Studio in the wee small hours of Thursday to perform a few songs for his fascinating and important website. He's doing a truly valuable service, capturing all of the music he does -- he should get some kind of medal (or cake). And it was our good luck that he came to Philadelphia for some extracurricular documenting. Our eternal brother Nick Krill was there performing yeoman's work as sound engineer (along with a verynice gent named John). More thanks than I've got at my disposal are due to them all. Keep an eye out on the DT site: hopefully it ends up sounding ok...
And that ellipsis seems like a nice way to move into the future. The blogging was slow and intermittent during the holiday-nonsense season, but I'm making a solemn oath to you and the breeze that we'll get back to it in earnest. The trick, of course, is finding interesting NE-related things to show and tell about. Should they get scarce, we'll make 'em up.
And 2009, fingers crossed tight, should also be the first annum where NE puts out some kind of album within a single 12 month period. We will be striving to move faster than the earth does round the sun. Work is moving rapdily, and excitedly, and I look forward to doumenting a few moments of the recording process here on the blog. I feel reasonably confident the album will carry the title "Ramparts" (as hinted at in Jeff's post below) and will be known down the ages as the NE "rock" album. Or maybe just the one that will bum people out least at parties.
So, stay with us. And have a wonderful year. I have this crazy feeling it will be a really really good one.