Kitchen Mick’s new Rock Album. Listen: https://soundcloud.com/kitchenmick
Tags: rock; new music;kitchen mick; unsigned artists;home recording
It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been busy trying to master the 11 new tracks from my upcoming album “Head Trauma”. 4 of the tracks have just been posted to soundcloud/kitchenmick, so check them out and let me know what you think. More to come over the next few weeks. Take a listen:
Tags: indie music, indie rock, Jilly Rizzo, kitchen mick, music, pop, punk rock, rock, Seattle Music, Tacoma music, The Jilly Rizzo, TJR, Washington State
The Jilly Rizzo Fall Tour 2013 is underway, including an Eastern Washington leg. Following is the line-up with links to the venues. FESTIVAL SEATING! Please: No Flash Photography.
9/14 Skylark Lounge – West Seattle
9/20 The White Rabbit — Fremont
9/21 New Frontier — Tacoma
10/5 Slim’s Last Chance — Seattle
10/25 Mootsey’s — Spokane
10/26 Emerald of Siam — Richland
11/14 – El Corazone (with The Fleshtones) — Seattle
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Summer has finally kicked in hear in the great Pacific Northwest. Have you put together your ultimate Summer Playlist? Here’s some suggestions from mine, broken out by the decades:
OutsideInside — The Tubes (1983)
Love Life — Berlin (1984)
Standing Hampton – Sammy Hagar (1982)
School of Fish – School of Fish (1991)
Can You Still Feel — Jason Falkner (1999)
Luce — Luce (2001)
The ’59 Sound — The Gaslight Anthem (2008)
Weezer (Red Album) — Weezer (2008)
Foxy Shazam – Foxy Shazam (2010)
The Spade — Butch Walker & The Black Widows (2011)
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My 5th show with The Jilly Rizzo was captured on video — WITHOUT MY PERMISSION! Just kidding; I don’t mind. As usual, I am somewhat hidden in a dark corner. You can check it out here:
Tags: Chord chart, conundrum, Guitar amplifier, keyboards, keys, music, Soundcheck, The Jilly Rizzo
Last night was my third show with the new band. Actually, I guess the band’s not new — I am. Anyway, I was able to fly without a net and drop my written chord charts for the dozen+ songs in our set. No stepping on breaks or bridges. So that bodes well for tonight’s performance in Tacoma. But I encountered a problem that is rare for keyboardists (at least in my experience): I could hear myself.
Most sound guys don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the keys, as in rock bands we’re often second class citizens. Over the years, I’ve come to adopt the 6/8 rule: sound check at 6 so they can dial you in at that level, which will be inadequate. Then when you start playing, dial it up to 8. You usually still can’t really hear yourself (unless you have a great monitor mix), but the crowd probably can.
On the flip side, I could hear myself. . My amp was elevated over the guitar amp behind me, and the sound guy was awesome and knew what he was doing (thank you Sound Guy; you’re a true pro). Hearing myself completely on top of the band was too much for me, though. I felt exposed, naked. Everything I played felt out of the pocket. I thought about turning down, but the amp was mic’d and I didn’t want to mess with it for fear of dropping too much. That’s the conundrum. Don’t get me wrong — my playing was fine. It just felt strange.
So this is an example of the f’d up shit that goes through my head after performing. Happily, the band is solid and tight and the songs are great, and that quiets the over-analytic demons in my next-morning-brain.
Addendum to the post above: Just got off the phone with a friend who was at the show, and he said the mix sounded great. Once again, the answer to my questions is: “It’s just you.”
Tags: live music, punk rock, The Jilly Rizzo
Just got the show dates for June-July with the new band, The Jilli Rizzo:
- 6/7 Yakima- Bill’s Place
- 6/8 Tri-Cities – Emerald of Siam
- 6/14 Seattle – Slims
- 6/15 Tacoma – Harmon Brewing Co. Taproom
- 7/1 Seattle – El Corazon
- 7/27 Tacoma – Acme Grub Cage
Hope you can catch one (or more) of these! For more band info, see: https://www.facebook.com/TheJillyRizzo