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Imaad Wasif & The New Pornographers 28 April 2010

I’m going on a US tour with two bands: Imaad Wasif, and The New Pornographers. Instead of sitting back stage eating candy, I’ll play for both bands.

Two nights at the Henry Fonda Music Box in L.A., and a zillion nights in far-away places like Tulsa, OK. Two fantastic bands, very different musically, but equally beautiful and great vibes.

Confirmed US tour dates

David J / Wayne Kramer 27 April 2010

It’s all going so fast, I can’t quite keep up on the blogging as well as the playing! Short version of recent events is, I played a mini-tour with David J (Bauhaus) last week. Superfun time, nice to get an excuse to wear heavy eye make-up and a swimsuit on stage!

And then I played a show last night in Venice for Afghan War veterans, such a deep cause. It was organized by Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), freshly back from the premier of Iron Man, which he composed the score to (along with a ton of AC/DC tracks). I got to play with legendary MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, and Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls.

Smashing Pumpkins, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope 18 April 2010

The first EP of the new Smashing Pumpkins 44 song album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope is a limited edition box set called Volume 1: Songs for a Sailor. It will be officially released through Martha’s Music / Rocket Science Ventures on May 25, but I’m excited I got my copy today from Amoeba Music in Hollywood.

It’s a wooden box silk-screened with the image here, with a fuzzy velvet insert that holds the four-song CD, a new fifth track on a marbled vinyl 7″, and a small leopard stone obelisk. I also got the limited edition fuzzy velvet and UV poster.

If you want yours, go find it now. The pre-orders are selling like hot cakes at local independent record stores across the world, as well as online at Amazon.

U-Roy and Dub Gabriel 12 April 2010

A nice piece of press came out today in The Wire about an exciting record I made last year with legendary Jamaican toaster U-Roy and New York’s finest new dub producer, Dub Gabriel. The record features David J from Bauhaus on bass and was engineered by Mark Pistol from Meat Beat Manifesto, so that’s about a zillion different original styles thrown into the big pot with a ton of Echoplex. Wish you’d been there, the studio was so hot we nearly got baked.

Listen to the track here:

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Scanners 2 April 2010

Just came home from recording with Scanners, a band from London who are signed to L.A. record label, Dim Mak. The guitarist, Amina Bates, was the guitarist for my old band, She, when I still lived in London. She joined Scanners in 2004 when I moved to L.A., and it’s been fantastic to get to make music again with her.

It’s a great band, fronted by a passionate and skilled vocalist and songwriter, Sarah Daly, with her sweetheart Matt co-writing and on guitar, and Tom on drums.

It’s deep, vibrant, intense and good. They’re a great band.

Some guys from the record label filmed the sessions, I’ll post them when they’re ready. Meanwhile, come see us play at Silverlake Lounge on Monday night, 8 p.m. and listen to the new single here

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