itemap news

| household ink home | products | roster | press | news | photos | gigging| links | mp3s | contact |

household ink newslets  

News re: "HI @ 25" (and counting)...

check out story on Household Ink Records' 25th anniversary in Down Beat magazine here (download pdf)

Household Ink YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HouseholdInk

Newest Household Ink album...

Season's greetings and album-istic salutations: after working on its latest long-playing record for the past 15 months (with various interruptions and detours), Headless Household is finally poised to release its latest album, the ninth in the band's 31-year history--and its first since 2010's double-disc Basemento. Balladry is the theme, although the distractions and seductions of the group's built-in electicism leads the song set into the usual bewildering sonic bevvy.

Many of the band's usual and beloved guests help make it special, including vocalist Julie Christensen (now hailing from Nashville), Glen Phillips (now hailing from Santa Barbara.. and the world), trumpeter/vocalist Nate Birkey and alto sax wizard Dave Binney from NYC, longtime HH tenor saxist Tom Buckner, pedal steeliist Bill Flores, violinist Sally Barr, bassist David Piltch and a newcomer--vocalist Nicole Lvoff, sneaking into the Headless mix, the Headless way.

Stay tuned: with luck and fairydust (and with the help of our very kind Kickstarter helpers), a Christmas release date is the goal...

____________________________________________________________________  

nate birkey, Just a Closer Walk (2014): the jazz trumpeter-vocalist of quiet intensity continues his discography with the eagerly-awaited new album, Just a Closer Walk, a unique and soul-felt treatment of spirituals and gospel-flavored material...  

nate birkey's site, nate's myspace page

 

 HI-143= $15 (postage paid) to buy  bio

(review in All About Jazz)

 

 



_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

HI gigs coming up in July, including CD release for NYC's Nate Birkey's new album:

 

Lucinda Lane, with Spencer & Todd's Swingin' Moods, @ SOhO, Wednesday, July 16, 7:30      flyer     press release    soho

_______________________________________________________________________________

Nate Birkey at SOhO, Monday, July 28

presenting the CD release party for his brand new gospel-oriented album, Just a Closer Walk

Message from Nate:

Hello all,

The new album is finally here!
Stepping into some familiar musical terrain, Just A Closer Walk offers Jazz infused approaches to the realm of gospel music and spirituals. These are songs I've known and grown up with my entire life.
We recorded this album live last August when I was in Santa Barbara, CA., spending a day recording in the sanctuary of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Isla Vista. We did it the "old school" way - putting a stereo mic in the middle of the room, positioning ourselves accordingly and then just playing. The album features Tom Buckner on tenor sax, Jamieson Trotter on piano, Jim Connolly on bass, and Peter Buck on drums.
I believe we captured something special. I hope you'll enjoy listening to it, and I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming release shows. (see details below)
Thanks,
Nate

Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver
Saturday, July 12 at 7:00 and 9:00pm
930 Lincoln St., Denver, CO.

55 Bar in New York City
Monday, July 21 at 7:00pm
55 Christopher St., NYC

Squashed Grapes in Ventura
Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00pm
2351 E. Main St., Ventura, CA

SOhO in Santa Barbara
Monday, July 28 at 8:00pm
1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA

Links


Natebirkey.com

iTunes

Soundcloud

facebook

CD Baby

YouTube

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Headless Household postpones xmas,

plans 2013 xmas concert/CD release shindig in February

Greetings, Household friends, fans, allies, strangers-here-but-once, curiosity seekers, curios, and outliers:

Just a note from the Headless Household front to let you know that we have decided to postpone what would have been our 21st (sorta) annual xmas concert at Center Stage Theater in early December, and work on a date in early 2014, possibly around Valentine�s Day.

            We are currently and doggedly at work finishing our new, ninth album --a reportedly �all ballads� affair--and wanted to finish the album before our next official concert. This project, timed with the 30th year in the trenches for the band (ouch, how�d that happen?), is coming along nicely--and in agreeably surprising degrees, �not nice�-ly--and is being made, in part, by the kindly donations of folks involved in our Kickstarter campaign.

�And a hearty Happy Holidaze to you all, from our Household to yours.

 

Previous albums, on Household Ink Records:

Headless Household (1987), Inside/Outside USA (1993), ITEMS (1995), Free Associations (1999), mockhausen (2000), post-Polka (2003), and Blur Joan (2005), Basemento (2010).

 

Headless Household has joined the Kickstarter generation!

Thanks to one and all who helped us achieve our goal, raising money for our ninth album, an all-ballads project in the works, in time for our 30th anniversary year.

click to Kickstart

_____________________________________________________________________________

HI@25

 

a "microfest," celebrating 25 years of Household Ink Records, SOhO, May 21

with Headless Household, Julie Christensen, Natalie D-Napoleon, Lucinda Lane, Zen Horse Repair, and ... ?  flyer    press release

 

--Check out the sweet review in No Depression of Natalie D-Napoleon's Leaving Me Dry

http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/cd-review-natalie-d-napoleon-leaving-me-dry-household-ink-records

News re: "HI @ 25"... check out story on Household Ink Records' 25th anniversary in Down Beat magazine here (download pdf)

Household Ink YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HouseholdInk

--this month's "secret" track: "Everybody's Talkin'" mp3, an outtake from Dudley, doin' jack...

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

--20th (sorta) annual Headless Household xmas concert at Center  Stage Theatre, Monday, December 3, 2012 ...  press release  flyer

________________________________________________________________

Household Ink Records proudly welcomes to the HI family, the fine Australian-turned-Californian alt country singer-songwriter Natalie D-Napoleon, whose album Leaving Me Dry is a thing of pleasure and wonder...  with Natalie's induction into the Household Ink zone, the label steps further forward into the brave new-old world of "Americana."

 

 

            Headless Household, jazz division, plays at Muddy Waters, Thursday, September 13

At the invitation of Colter Frazier, intrepid founder of the "Santa Barbara New Music Series," Headless Household returns to its more seminal,  "jazz" form, in an instrumental quintet, at Muddy Waters on September 13. Quintet in question: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard, Tom Buckner and Jim Connolly...  press release

 

 

 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Headless Household goes for another "Spring Sing" at SOhO, Wednesday, June 6  

Santa Barbara's hopelessly eclectic and seemingly demise -resistant band, Headless Household returns to a favorite venue, SOhO, for its annual-ish "Spring Sing '12," on Wednesday, June 6. Santa Barbara's favorite (and only?) "etcetera-ist" band still mixes up elements of jazz, free improvisation, avant-Americana, Europeana, rock, soul, Braziliana, dada, yada yada...

press releaseflyer

 

In this, the 25th anniversary year of Household Ink Records, one of the exciting new releases is diversely-gifted Julie Christensen's eagerly-awaited new album, Weeds Like Us... Following up her jazz album Something Familiar and the folk-rock-soul Where the Fireworks Are, comes a strong new song set of "great plains soul," with natural veins of Americana running through it...

Weeds like Us bio

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

"A Brief History of Headlessness," for SBMA blog:

http://blog.sbma.net/2012/02/a-brief-history-of-headlessness/

...Headless Household plays Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, celebrating the new "Pacific Standard Time" exhibition, "Pasadena to Santa Barbara."     press release

Free Community Celebration

Sunday, February 26, 1-4 pm
Location:         Santa Barbara Museum of Art
                        1130 State Street, Santa Barbara

  

Members of Santa Barbara�s Headless Household featuring Dick Dunlap, Joe Woodard, and Tom Lackner (not pictured Chris Symer, Tom Buckner and Glen Phillips)

 In the Plaza: Enjoy live music from Santa Barbara's own Dada-inspired band Headless Household, and a special re-visiting of Intersphere, a visual and aural project created for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art by Richard Dunlap in 1981. Interact with artist Patrick Melroy and his Fluxus-inspired team as they improvise from period performance art pieces.  Experience "Now and Then," a re-invention and homage to the poetry- and jazz-laced performance created by artist Richards Ruben in Pasadena in 1962--led by noted local poets Paul Willis, Perie Longo, David Starkey, and Chryss Yost, with jazz iterations by Jon Nathan.  Cheer for your favorite team in the Marcel Duchamp-inspired "Five Minute Found Object Sculpture Game."

Headless Household goes Rhapsody... and Spottify

http://www.rhapsody.com/#artist/headless-household

Biography

No, Headless Household is not an Industrial band. They sound like Miles Davis playing with the Kronos Quartet conducted by Sun Ra with occasional vocals by George Jones and backup singers from A Man and a Woman. Wonderful and wonderfully bizarre. If and when Twin Peaks gets another stab at prime time TV, Headless Household would be the perfect band to play at the lodge.

 --Nick Dedina, Rhapsody.com

 

--two Santa Barbara gigs on the horizon: post-Polka returns for a "N�vemberfest," at Muddy Waters on Saturday, November 26, and Headless Household finally gets back to Center Stage on Monday, November 28, for its "19th (sorta) annual Center Stage xmas concert" (after 18 in a row, the band hasn't played there since 2007, but ready to get back to it... )

      

HH 2011 xmas concert press releaseflyer

post-Polka flyer, press release

--news alert: the Household Ink site now sports streaming radio stations on each artist's page, with programming suitable to that artist. check it out...

--Julie Christensen is busy working on her next album for the Household Ink label, Weeds Like Us... we're all ears.

--a nice review of Headless Household's 2010 album Basemento review in Relix...

http://www.relix.com/reviews/cds/2010/07/22/gabor-szabo-headless-household-omar-souleyman-and-more-ear-crystals

Santa Barbara's Headless Household celebrates 25 years of criminal neglect with a wonderful double album, Basemento (Household Ink). Come for "This, That...", guitarist Joe Woodard's song-oriented SoCal strip-mall blend of jazzy bossa nova and Bakersfield country laments (i.e., "Jobim Meets Jim Beam"). But stay for "...The Other," a disk's worth of some of the smartest and friendliest psychedelic jazz you�ll ever snuggle up to. Guest saxophonist Dave Binney applies the hot sauce liberally to these nine smart, incisive sonic meditations encompassing everything from British progressives like Henry Cow, gnarly New York downtown jazz, Weather Report's international feel and the heady cosmic geologies of countless Grateful Dead space excursions.

--Richard Gehr, Relix, July, 2010

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

download press release, flyer

Independent story,   News-Press story

Headless Household paid tribute to friend and ally Kenny Edwards with "Remembering Kenny," featuring the band, and guest singer-songwriters, Monday, March 21, 2011, at SOhO

promo_pic_small_kenny_v8-20-10.jpg

What: Headless Household, "Remembering Kenny," with guest singer-songwriters

When: Monday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: SOhO,  1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: $10

Information: (805)-962-7776, www.sohosb.com

Who: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard, Julie Christensen, Tom Buckner, Jim Connolly, Sally Barr, Bill Flores, Tom Ball and ? Guest singers include Rebecca Troon, Natalie D-Napoloen, Julia Baucke, Susan Reeves, Rich Phillips, Tom Kell, Freddy Koella, and more... (photo: Paul Wellman)

Members of the eclectic group Headless Household were among the many shocked and saddened by the passing of the wonderful musician Kenny Edwards last September. There was a highly personal connection in that Edwards had recorded and performed with the band for seven years, always game to join in the band's style-hopping antics and enriching the band's music - especially the "Americana" chapter of the band's songbook.

      In tribute to Edwards' contribution to the band, and to the music of other artists in his adopted hometown of Santa Barbara, Headless Household is hosting a tribute night, Monday, March 21 at SOhO. "Remembering Kenny" will feature a set of its own music which involved Edwards, live and on record (he was involved in the albums post-Polka, Blur Joan and Basemento). An opening set will feature singers connected with Edwards' work, as producer, guitarist, vocalist, mandolinist and all-around supportive, spiritually centered and deeply musical persona.

     Edwards,  who moved to Santa Barbara a decade ago and got enmeshed in its musical community (including with Headless Household) had finally begun recording as a solo artist in the last chapter of his life, releasing the wonderful albums Kenny Edwards (2002) and Resurrection Road (2009). This capped off a stellar resume including working with Linda Ronstadt, starting with her earliest public phase in the Stone Poneys, working as an important architect of the '70s country-rock sound in Los Angeles, and working as accompanist with longtime ally Karla Bonoff and Wendy Waldman.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Edwards

 http://www.kennyedwards.com/

http://www.myspace.com/kennyedwards2      

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2010/08/linda-ronstadt-kenny-edwards.html

http://www.independent.com/news/2010/sep/13/kenny-edwards-1946-2010/

Links:

 

Links:

www.householdink.com/news.htm

www.myspace.com/headlesshousehold

www.householdink.com/headless.htm

 for photos: www.householdink.com/hhphotos.htm

 Press bites

 ��solid musicianship and an admirable willingness to toss in whatever strikes their fancy.�

--Aaron Steinberg, Jazz Times

--�Music this wildly diverse can never be properly marketed in this age of specialization, but that doesn�t make it any less extraordinary.� --Bill Milkowski, Tower Pulse magazine

--�Headless Household still seems to think that a mind is a terrible thing to waste..�  --Greg Burk, L.A. Weekly

--Overall the vibe was great and the music eclectic enough to satisfy any head, household member or not.�  --Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

_____________________________________________________________________________________

e: info@householdink.com 

w: www.householdink.com

 

post-Polka plays "Nvemberfest"

at Muddy Waters, Friday, Nov. 26

 check Santa Barbara Independent listing

 After a booking mishap kept the "alt-Oktoberfest" from going down last month, the band post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household) is back in Muddy Waters action, for a special post-Turkey-day "Nvemberfest." The band kicks up the polka at Muddy Waters on Friday, November 26. Opening for p-P is Eliza Rickman.

press release     flyer

On the worldwide interweb:

www.myspace.com/postpolkatheband

www.householdink.com/post-Polka.htm

 

post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household) kicks up the polka in the second degree, at its 2nd annual "alt-Oktoberfest," at Muddy Waters on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Joining them will be Hot Ghoulash, featuring Spencer Barnitz in full-on polka mode. In 2003, Headless Household released the conceptual polka album post-Polka. Some loved it. Others didn't. Others are still snoozing in the jury box. After a couple of strictly-polka gigs, a resolve was made to create a spinoff band, hereby dubbed post-Polka. see press release   flyer

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Headless Household, featuring Julie Christensen, plays for the Santa Barbara Jazz Society,

at SOhO on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2010

 

Veteran Santa Barbaran band Headless Household, featuring vocalist Julie Christensen, was the special guest of the Santa Barbara Jazz Society, at SOhO on Sunday, October 17, 2010. Infamously eclectic but with strong jazz roots, the band will be leaning on the jazz side of the by-now hefty Headless songbook, including original tunes from the latest of its eight albums, the two-disc set called Basemento, which celebrates the band's 25th anniversary.

In the band will be core members keyboardist Dick Dunlap, drummer Tom Lackner, guitarist/composer Joe Woodard, along with longtime ally, tenor saxist Tom Buckner, bassist Steve Nelson, and Christensen. Christensen, a renowned solo artist in her own right, has worked with Leonard Cohen, Van Dyke Parks, and others, and her own discography includes the jazz album Something Familiar. That album, as with all Headless Household titles-- Headless Household (1987), Inside/Outside USA (1993), ITEMS (1995), Free Associations (1999), mockhausen (2000), post-Polka (2003), and Blur Joan (2005)--have been released on the band's independent label, Household Ink Records.

At SOhO, the band will dig into its diverse jazz bag of instrumentals, vocal tunes, moody ballads, swinging saloon numbers, straight ahead notions and gently twisted variations on the theme of jazz, America's greatest music.

 download press release

Headless Household does "Spring Sing '10"

Fresh off of a March concert at the Lobero Theatre to celebrate the release of its 25th anniversary CD, the double-disc Basemento, Headless Household returned to another favorite Santa Barbara venue, SOhO, for its "Spring Sing '10," on Wednesday, June 23. Noozhawk's Jeff Moeholis was there, and had some thoughts on the subject: review.

 

(photo: Paul Wellman, at Knapp's Castle: check out new pix on pix page)

www.myspace.com/headlesshousehold        Basemento bio

 

Headless Household to play its first concert at the historic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara

To celebrate its 25th anniversary (a year late) and the release of its eighth and newest album--a double-disc, multiple-identity thing called Basemento---Headless Household played Santa Barbara's beloved and historic Lobero Theatre on Friday, March 19. Basemento mixes up elements of jazz, free improvisation, C&W/Americana, Europeana, rock, soul and a new strain of Braziliana, and noises words can't touch... the Household remains Dick Dunlap (keys), Tom Lackner (drumcussion), Chris Symer (bass) and Joe Woodard (guitars). Guests on the album include Tom Buckner, David Binney, Julie Christensen, Glen Phillips, David Piltch, Nate Birkey, Tom Ball, Sally Barr, Bill Flores, and Kenny Edwards... stay tuned, turn out, and drop in...   www.myspace.com/headlesshousehold        Basemento bio

Concert review, Santa Barbara Independent, 3-23-10

Santa Barbara News-Press story, by Brett Leigh Dicks, 3-12-10

Charles Donelan's story in Santa Barbara Independent, 3-11-10

 Lobero notice, flyer, press release

 

photo, Kim Reierson, from Eighteen

 

 

links:

Headless Household plays the Lobero, March 19, press release

"alt-Oktobefest" press release  

post-Polka page

post-Polka on myspace: www.myspace.com/postpolkatheband

gigging

Santa Barbara Independent blurb on the "alt-Oktoberfest" wingding" http://www.independent.com/events/2009/oct/29/18252/

 

 

 

 

 

Old News...

2009 was a strange and slow year for Household Ink, for various reasons, but things heated up in the last quarter. The newly-launched band called post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household, focusing on the avant-polka segment of the songbook) made its official debut at an "alt-Oktoberfest" show at the picturesque Mercury Lounge in Goleta, California, on October 29... also

Nate Birkey opens for Diana Krall at the Santa Barbara Bowl, August 23  

 Trumpeter-vocalist Nate Birkey, a longtime member of the Household Ink Records family, brought his quartet to open up for the Diana Krall concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, on August 23, 2009, and had the crowd wowed. Birkey, who spent years in Santa Barbara and has been based in NYC for a few years now, has been venturing upward and outward into the jazz world. The latest albums in his Household Ink discography are Almost Home and Christmas--his first recordings with his east coast-based group. (press release)

The "Ink" on the Internet, a work-in-progress: in its slow but sure effort to investigate and penetrate cyberspace, Household Ink Records is venturing into new internet locales, such as...

Household Ink Records on Facebook,  myspace, and linkedin...
 

 

Headless update: Headless Household postpones its planned concert/CD release party at Center Stage Theater

Eclectic new music combo Headless Household, which was working towards its 25th anniversary concert and CD release party, postponed the event, in the aftermath of the tragic Tea Fire. Most likely and with luck, the album and concert will occur sometime in 2009.

Drummer Tom Lackner's Mountain Drive home/studio--known as "The Tompound--" miraculously survived the Tea Fire blaze, in the midst of some of the fire's worst devastation. Due to clean-up, helping neighbors and other factors, the Headless Household project has been put on hold.

 

 press release

 

 

The newest addition to the Household Ink family of fine artists is bassist-composer David Piltch, whose fascinating new EP, Minister of the Interior is now available on Household Ink. Piltch, the Toronto-born musician, has been an internationally-known and traveled figure, working with k.d. lang for years, as well as Holly Cole, Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Henry, Loudon Wainwright, Lizz Wright, and many others. A tasteful blend of instrumental and vocal fancies, Minister of the Interior features k.d. lang, Bill Frisell, Petra Haden, Holly Cole and Perla Batalla, among others, and heralds the beginning of Piltch's life as a leader... Piltch page... (available now, at products page)

 

On Monday, December 15, Piltch brings his music back home to the live stage, starting with his first official show in Santa Barbara, at SOhO on Monday, December 15. Joining David will regular allies Gaby Moreno, on vocals and guitar, and ace guitarist Mark (Jackson Browne) Goldenberg--who join him at his regular residency shows at Largo in Los Angeles--with assorted guests dropping by--including Joe Henry and Brandi Shearer... and... ?  gigging

What: David Piltch (with Gaby Moreno, Mark Goldenberg, Joe Henry, Brandi Shearer)

When:  Monday, December 15, 8 p.m.

Where: SOhO 1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: $10

Information: (805)-962-7776, www.sohosb.com

press release

RADIO DISPATCH: Piltch's song "Wonder Why" (featuring Petra Haden) was featured as the "song of the day" on KCRW, on Friday, September 12...  live and in person, Piltch continues to bring his music to a more or less bi-weekly bresidency at the new Largo--with the Hitchcockian title "David Piltch presents...". So continues the new adventure. gigging

   Largo: 432 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, (323) 852-1073, www.largo-la.com press release

Ever-tasteful jazz trumpeter/vocalist Nate Birkey, formerly a Santa Barbra and now doing well in New York City, now has five albums out on Household Ink: the eagerly-awaited new album, Almost Home--Birkey's first recording with his NYC-based band--shortest day, Ballads, The Mennonite, and Indelibly You.  Nate's off to Italy and other points and ports this summer, and playing regularly in NYC. He's going strong, and subtle... (download bio, word, pdf) to buy

this just in:

Nate and his NYC crew have just released a fab, heart and ear-warming holiday CD, called simply, aptly Christmas ...  bio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Headless Household went public, and went bust! the band's first show in the popular (and free!) "Courthouse Jazz Series," fizzled, due to a power problem and lack of sound. but a rematch is in the works--possibly on Halloween evening, 5-8 p.m. http://www.courthousejazz.com/schedule.html

Also joining the Household Ink fold is Zen Horse Repair (being primarily singer-songwriter-artist-poet-mystic-nut Neal Crosbie, with ally Tom Lackner, and rotational guests): their long-labored over new project is called Ghost Brain, a two-disc set of artful sound, poetry and desert delirium. see message... press release

On the terrestrial radio front, the Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid album Where the Fireworks Are has been racking up airplay on discerning stations around the country this spring... some kind of wave is underway. photos

 

...Household Ink Radio has been upgraded, streaming 25/8 at 96 kbps! now you can dip into the large and expanding Household Ink Records catalogue with our new streaming radio station. no commercials, no irritating DJs or other distractions from the shamelessly eclectic musical source... listen up ... press release  

   

 

 

Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid recently nestled into the Long Beach public access studio to be part of the "Portable Universe," pianist David Witham's long-running and respected showcase for musical artists deserving a spot in the teleuniverse. They donned both "art pop" and "jazz" modes in two separate episodes, which can be seen here: http://homepage.mac.com/witham/iMovieTheater38.html OR THE snipped url:http://tinyurl.com/2xwu4n

Household Ink Records celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2007, having started out humbly and without any particular plans back in 1987 with the debut release by Headless Household. On the roster, so far, are the Household, Nate Birkey Quintet, Dudley, Julie Christensen, flapping, Flapping, Shelly Rudolph, Lean-To, Brad Dutz, Brad Rabuchin, Jeff Elliott... HI catalogue

 

Headless Household made its way to Santa Barbara's Center Stage Theater on Dec. 3 for the 18th annual xmas concert. guests this year included Julie Christensen, Tom Buckner, David Piltch, Glen Phillips, Sally Barr, Kenny Edwards, Bill Flores, and Tom Ball�  


 ...Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of the Nut Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, passed away on January 28, 2007, at the age of 94. Hear/watch her sing her charming nut anthem here... check out the Lean-To song "The Beauty of Nuts," a tribute to Elizabeth and her vision, recorded on the 1989 album Malarchitecture.

 

 


 

..Julie Christensen, the dynamic and versatile singer who has gamely performed and recorded with Headless Household for years, has joined the Household Ink ranks, we're happy to report. Julie has just released her long-awaited "art-pop" oriented Where the Fireworks Are, a timely, poetic and generally moody, rocking and lovely thing. (hear Where the Fireworks Are, streamed in its entirety on HI Radio)...

Late in 2006, Julie put out her "standards" album Something Familiar--her first release on Household Ink. The album includes Jeff Ballard and Kenny Wolleson on drums, Greg Liesz on pedal steel and Jeff Elliott on trumpet, as well as her soul sister Karen Hammack on piano... On the big screen, she's also a featured singer in the acclaimed new fllm Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (having sung with Cohen for years, and been involved in Hal Willner-produced Cohen tributes, including recent shows in Dublin, singing duets with Lou Reed... photos

visit Julie's web page(s): www.myspace.com/juliechristensenandstonecupid www.stonecupid.com

 

...Household Ink Records is proud to introduce the latest member of the HI family of fine artists--unique "world soul" singer-songwriter Shelly Rudolph. Shelly's new album, Water in My Hand, made with time and care up at the Tompound studio in Santa Barbara, is now available on Household Ink Records. Shelly and band played CD release gigs in Southern California in early 2006... press release... photos, bio

            also check her website: www.shellyrudolph.com... 

 

...Headless Household has joined the expanding universe of myspace: go to www.myspace.com/headlesshousehold. be our friend. 

...old news...

... Headless Household "came of age," 21 years on the planet, and, for the occasion, they released their new "hyper-remix" album Vertical Medleys, Vol. 1 (bio)

...Headless Household celebrated its 20th anniversary as an ongoing band/entity this year, 2003. They officially released their new album, post-Polka, at SOhO on Nov. 23, 2003... post-Polka is available now (products). All-important musical guests on the album include Julie Christensen, Glen Philips, Ellen Turner, Allegra Heidelinde, Tom Buckner, Nate Birkey, Tom Ball, Sally Barr, Bill Flores, Spencer Barnitz, Shelly Rudolph, Jim Connolly, David Piltch, Kenny Edwards, Bruce Winter...

...Household Ink is proud to announce the release of the debut solo album by the tasty virtuoso trumpeter Jeff Elliott. Elliott has been lending his bold, vibrant sound to the likes of Les McCann, Airto and Flora, and the legendary post-fusion band, The Eraserheads, for many years. Now comes Different Jungles, a diverse collections of ideas and sounds in and around jazz and groove music, showing off his trumpet chops, his melodic gifts, and also his unique ideas as a writer and arranger. Guests on the album include Airto Moreira, Mike Clark (Headhunters), Cougar Estrada (Los Lobos) and bassist Randy Tico... 

...John Rapson, the marvelous and forward-leaning trombonist-composer-conceptualist, returned to Santa Barbara for a special concert at his old academic stomping grounds, Westmont College, in March Rapson now hails from Iowa City, where he teaches at the U. of Iowa, and has worked with Anthony Braxton, Billy Higgins, Vinnie Golia, Bobby Bradford and many others over the past 20 years. His "California Octet" features trumpeter John Fumo, saxists Kim Richmond and Ron McCarley, organist Wayne Peet, guitarist Joe Woodard, drummer Tom Lackner, and bassist Jim Connolly... rapson info page

...joe woodard finally released his solo album, between, a self-described "faux folk" song set, 17 tracks of originals between one thing and another...

...Household Ink is venturing, sideways, into the weird, warming world of musical theater, with the forthcoming release of a cast album for Turnip Family Secrets, an original "play with songs" written by Michael Smith, with music by Joe Woodard. The musical premiered at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, April 12-21, 2002. An original cast album will be available at the performances and through this site: the "pit band" consists of Woodard on guitar, Dick Dunlap on keyboards, Tom Lackner on percussives, and Jim Connolly on bass. the singers are Paula Re, Fred Lehto, Geren Piltz, and Geoffrey Bell...

...headless household, currently joining the global campaign to render capital letters obsolete, had its 12th annual xmas concert at center stage theater, on monday, dec. 3, 2001....they are presently at work on a new cd, post-Polka, to be released in late spring, th egood lord willin' (press release)

...Headless Household had another successful shindig, with their 11th annual Xmas concert at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. The gig, par usual, involved multiple guest musicians and assorted notions, new items and old favorites. Speaking of which: the gig was also the official release party for the CD reissue of Headless Household 1987 debut album, previously available only on collectible vinyl. Read Ted Mills' nice review of the album in the Santa Barbara Independent, all these years later...

... after a bit of a dry, energy-mobilizing spell, things are picking up in Household Ink land. The splendid, poetic singer-songwriter Cara Tower releases her debut CD, Living on Bread and Circus, on Rawdog Records in conjunction with Household Ink. Check out her page, mp3 bits, and other things of delight.

life in the extended family: Jennifer Terran, whose first album, Cruel, was a product of her own Grizelda label and Household Ink, has released her long-awaited third CD, The Musician, and it's quite a weird and lovely concoction, worthy of your ears and mind and heart and other organs...check out her e-hq.

several Household Ink projects have recently been covered in the respected on-line music site, All Music Guide... The Outpost page--designated for mostly-local artists of note, outside the Household Ink realm, proper--has seen the arrival of the debut CD of the Santa Barbara folk-rock-pop group Buckley V. Valeo, and the long-awaited second album from Wasted Tape, goSolar, on the Portland-based FILMguerrero label. It's a doozy.  

...one new member of the Household Ink family is percussionist-composer-musicman Brad Dutz, via his fine new project, Heat the Grill Cook Loin, his first for the label and a doozy, at once cerebral and gutsy. Personnel includes venturesome players from the Los Angeles area--Kim Richmond, Jim Hershman, Clay Jenkins, Vinny Golia, John Fumo, Joel Harrison, Trey Henry, and Glen Garrett, plus Dutz on array of sound-producing objects... 

Headless Household's 10th annual Xmas concert at the Center Stage Theater doubled as the CD release party for the fifth and latest feature-length Household album, mockhausen, a collection of "out"takes and mostly improvisatory debris that takes a very different trajectory than any previous Household item.

Keyboardist, mind man and charter Headless Household member Richard Dunlap has released a wonderful and evocative new CD, Ode to the Sistrum, conjured up virtually on his machinery, but with a great painterly, ambient flair. Created as part of a recent retrospective exhibition called "For Eyes and Ears," at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, it's a journey into a space with no name.... 

 

Violinist Gilles Apap, the virtuosic, genre-leaping and impish wit of a violinist who has appeared on a few Headless Household CD projects, now has his own web-site, label, and a grand classical CD out. Apap, who was signed to SONY for a spell before going indie and who traverses the world with his fiddle/violin, always makes a sound  worth hearing...check it out, at www.gillesapap.com  

Rob Taylor, a founding member of flapping, Flapping (formerly flapping, Flapping, FLAPPING), has been making good noise as the lead guitar hero of the band Lapdog, led by former Toad the Wet Sprocketers Todd Nichols and Dean Dinning, and with spanking good drummer Erik Herzog. Taylor is also slated to record the new album with flapping, Flapping... real soon. Also: check out Taylor's fine, raw-spirited solo album, Lumpy Bumpy... It's real good.  

...Dudley, being singer-songwriter Ellen Turner, has just completed recording six new tunes in Austin, Texas, hosted by Interscope Records... on the Household Ink front, we have finally released Dudley's beloved debut album, Public Nudism, on CD, after a five-year life as a tape-only album. Pick one up on the products page. Dudley has now mutated into a more-or-less solo operation for singer-songwriter Ellen Turner, who performed, along with guitarist Joe Woodard, on the radio show "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on KCRW (89.9 FM), and recently played the Mint in L.A. She's also hunkered down in MP3 mania, was featured on a recent sampler of artists-deserving-wider-recognition. We're waiting to see what happens, alert and aloof... 

Household Ink has joined in the surging number of indie labels encouraged by the potential of the MP3 format/web-site to create a conduit that slips right by the usual industry forces that be, to make a more direct, non-corporate sound-to-listener impact. Proceed HERE to check it out...

flapping, Flapping is finally getting off its duff and plunging into work on its third album, a double CD. The band now includes Todd Capps, Rob Taylor, Bruce Winter, Joe Woodard, and Tom Lackner, and will no doubt veer in several rock-ish directions at the same time. Look for a release in the winter of 1999...

...Headless Household, meanwhile, officially released its new album, Free Associations, at the annual Christmas concert at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara (album number four, counting the 1987 vinyl debut). Recorded at Beagle Studios in Santa Barbara, with Dennis Dragon and Emmet Sargeant twiddling knobs and sliders, the album celebrates the band's 15th anniversary as a continuous group. Plenty of associates were willingly roped into the party, including Tom Buckner, Dave Binney, Jeff Kaiser, Ellen Turner, Jennifer Terran, Jeff Elliott, Gilles Apap, Theo Saunders, Julie Christensen, Glen Phillips, Marjorie Extract, Bill Flores. ...

...Household Ink had three reviews in recent issues of the respected music magazine Cadence--covering Headless Household's ITEMS, the Nate Birkey Quintet's Indelibly You, and Lean-To's Malarchitecture. check out the verbiage on the Press page...

...Household Ink Records is now duping for its supper, offering humbly-priced small-order CD duplication, that is. Check out the humble new web-page for more info: Cd1.gif (5517 bytes)...

...Brad Rabuchin has garnered the gig playing guitar in Ray Charles' band, and is touring the proverbial world, among other fretboard-related activities...

...the page called Outpost offers recordings by artists not "officially" on Household Ink, but who live close enough to our hearts to warrant inclusion in our extended family. Take, for example, Wasted Tape, a fine and smart and semi-legendary prog-pop unit, with a fine and smart album, Lando Calrissian, jazz singer Jerome Smith's Artist of the Year, and singer-songwriter-guitarmaniac Rob Taylor's classic Lumpy Bumpy...

 

Send e-mail: info@householdink.com

 

last modified: july 10, 2014