With the generous help of a small dedicated battalion from our little army we raised $13,500 to fund our 2015 UK Tour, record a live album (and split single with Welsh band Sendelica) in Wales at the beautiful MWNCI Studios, and manufacture a limited edition Pop-Up CD for our next release The Acceleration of Time. I’m humbled by the support everyone has shown during this campaign. Author Neil Gaiman and Matthew Wright from Prog Magazine and the BBC show The Wright Stuff, both retweeted our Kickstarter message. I also have a huge list of blogs, radio stations and sites that will be immortalized on the back of our 2015 UK Tour t-shirts for their help. So far we have five dates in England, Scotland and Wales and I hope to add two more. You can see the design and order our tour tees at http://theluckofedenhall.bandcamp.com.
Next week the paperback of author/critic Dave Thompson’s new book A Seance At Syd’s will be available, and a limited edition hardcover that will include a CD of the bands involved will be published by Mega Dodo next month. TLoEH appears on the CD. I was interviewed for the book and had the honor of illustrating the book’s cover. I can’t wait to see it.
The Fruits de Mer four LP box set Side Effects has been delayed due to a back up at the pressing plant, but is expected to be available in late August. TLoEH did a twenty minute version of the YES classic Starship Trooper, with guest guitarist Vito Greco, for the box set, and I created all of the artwork for the project, including a poster. I can’t wait to see that too.
In the next few weeks I’ll be printing the tour t-shirts, recording tracks with the boys for The Acceleration of Time, finishing up all of the planning for the tour, running my daughter all over god’s acre, and I have been asked to create something very special for a tremendous, influential human being, and friend: The certificate for Grandmaster Fred Degerberg’s 10th Degree Black Belt. If you want to know more about him, Google Degerberg Academy or visit www.degerbergacademy.com. It’s a huge honor.
Oh! And you can catch our music and theme song on the Moochie Kalala Detectives Club television show, starring Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live) every week on WTTW in Chicago.
Wrapping Up The Present We’re nearing the end of another amazing year for TLoEH, with the release of our first single on Headspin Records. THE HAPPINE$$ VENDING MACHINE limited edition 7 inch (300) comes in a choice of two colors (Yellow/White mix or Pink/White mix) and includes one of our authentic TLoEH happiness notes, each of which is hand stamped with a copper $. For the front cover I took a photo of foreign monetary notes and coins that were given to me by friends or collected while traveling (see if you can find the Hell Bank note or the German Reichsmark), and I took apart my Sequential Circuits Pro One and snapped a shot of the circuit board for the back cover (yes, the Buddha and the psychedelic mushrooms are really stamped on it). The singles are in line to be manufactured at the record plant now, but with the renewed popularity of vinyl records, that line is long. With a little luck we’ll see them before the end of the year. For all of you Fruits de Mer fans, not only are we included in the box set Postcards From The Deep that’s currently available at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com , but we have 50 copies of our clear Psychotic Reaction flexi-disk and the wonderful postcard with artwork by Mick Dillingham that will be one of the many collectible premiums to be included in our Kickstarter campaign next Spring, along with our next album The Acceleration Of Time (a limited edition CD pop up package) and some more amazing things are in the works. (Hang tight Neil Gaiman fans!) All of this will be to help us once again cross the Atlantic and tour Europe to play a small series of shows in August, the first of which is a soon to be announced festival in Wales on Saturday August 8th, with Bevis Frond, Sendelica and more. This will be stupendous! There’s a review of THE HAPPINE$$ VENDING MACHINE in the current issue #43 of Shindig! Magazine. Did you catch our feature in issue #42? It’s just one of the great reviews that have been coming in around the world. We’ve just had our first review of Victoria Moon in Japan and it’s awesome as well! Goldmine Magazine helped TLoEH celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a phenomenal article that’s well worth a read: http://www.goldminemag.com/news/artist-news/living-luck-eden-hall-25-years-chicagos-finest Here are some Christmas ideas: http://theluckofedenhall.bandcamp.com Thank you all for your support and for making this madness worth while. Have a fabulous holiday and new year! Curvey
They’re Flying Off The Shelf! What an amazing summer. I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had the time to sit and write a blog entry. The long awaited vinyl release of Victoria Moon has had a very successful start with Shiny Beast claiming “They’re flying off the shelf!” and it’s remained in the top three on our European distributor, Clearspot’s Best Seller list since it’s release. (That’s out of hundreds of releases folks!) We have a two-page article in the current issue of Shindig! Magazine (No. 42) with a photo and everything. It’s in honor of our 25th Anniversary as a band. Twenty five years of underground obscurity coming to an end, thanks to Fruits de Mer Records, Headspin Records, Bucketfull of Brains, Shindig!, Classic Rock, Record Collector, Goldmine, a small army of DJs and Bloggers throughout the world and YOU. Mainly in the United Kingdom, but there are sparks in all of Europe, Australia and North America. With your help we just may get a fire going. (Call your local DJs and request our music.) I think I’ve found another US distributor, along with CD Baby to get our records out to the states, which is going to be a tremendous help. In the space between the chaos we’ve been writing for our next project, The Acceleration of Time, and the first single The Happine$$ Vending Machine has been getting tons of press and airplay. Headspin Records claimed, “It’s a hit!” and it looks like the single will get a 7” vinyl pressing in the near future. Our next FdM release will be in November on Postcards From The Deep, a set of ten flexi-disc postcards, with art by Mick Dillingham who wrote humbling liner notes on the back of the Victoria Moon LP. We’ve covered Psychotic Reaction by the Count Five. I guarantee it’s going to be grooooovy! I’ve started working on booking dates for our 2015 European Tour and we’ll be running another Kickstarter campaign next year to help fund it, so stay tuned…by the way, get your colored vinyl LPs here: http://theluckofedenhall.bandcamp.com.
Victoria Moon is a discrete symbolic political statement of a time whose train of thought is coming to an end. Four men dressed in one hundred year old horse and buffalo fur jackets posing in front of a pile of felled trees, a double-barreled flintlock rifle, a giant flower, the time traveling Dr. Who’s famous scarf, an era when you could imagine being greeted by the bird headed inhabitants of a moon you’ve reached while riding in a hot air balloon. Wispy thin sounds of gramophone’s spinning fuzzy dream sequences at an eternal soiree. Infamous Native American warriors performing sideshow tattered spectacle in fountains of buffalo nickels. The madness of old age when realizing you are still just the same little girl you’ve always been, happily sad in twirling circles. Covering eons of distance enlightened to the thought that you are, and always will be here and now. Blaming your misfortune on faeries and devils, Gods and aliens. An extremely developed seed-spreading organism on the never-ending quest for love, searching for a magic pill to distort your perception of the light, the truth. Drunk on electrical currents, propelled forward to the beginning by high wheeler horsepower and mustache rider affection. Zap! One hundred eighty grams of petroleum by product pressed into succulent cherry red platters filled with sonic cordials wrapped in a gatefold jacket. Pre-order now at http://theluckofedenhall.bandcamp.com
Let the Crabstocks Begin!
This Friday we’ll be headlining Crabstock USA, one of four Fruits de Mer Record’s festivals of psychedelia happening across the globe. This show’s sponsored by WPKN fm in Bridgeport and the club is The Outer Space in Hamden Connecticut. The first 20 people in the door get a copy of our limited edition Greatest Hits Vol. 1 CD, sponsored by Active Listener Records (New Zealand). It’s only $5 to get in, plus everyone will receive a goodie bag at the door that includes a couple limited edition FdM compilation CDs. That’s a lot of swag plus three great bands (The Luck of Eden Hall, Sky Picnic, The Seventh Ring of Saturn) for the price of a cup of coffee and a roll!
Our next FdM release date is scheduled for September and we’ve been asked to work on a couple more possibilities for release as well. I shan’t give you any hints of the content other than we said Yes.
I’ve started working on art for the Victoria Moon LP to be released on Headspin Records (Netherlands) this summer. There will be 500 copies pressed, with a portion (maybe all) on lovely red vinyl. We’re all very excited, to say the least. I’ve also started working on booking shows to help promote the release so we may be coming to your town.
I have interviews on CKCU and WPKN this week, and another one scheduled on WLUW in a May. The new issue of Bucketfull Of Brains (UK) features an interview with FdM Record’s Keith Jones and myself and our moniker (The Luck of Eden Hall) made the front cover again! Available now for pre-order at: bucketfullofbrains.blogspot.com
Come celebrate National Record Store Day at Vintage Vinyl in Evanston Illinois, the best record store on the planet, on Saturday April 19th. Our hour-long set that includes some new live material will start around Noon, so come early because we’ll be giving away a thing or two plus we have limited edition vinyl for sale. All ages are welcome and admission is free.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in our successful Kickstarter event. All of the money we raised will go right back into creating music and producing the quality product you expect from The Luck of Eden Hall. We’re honored to have you all aboard!
To say we’re on a sugar high is putting it mildly…
1) We received word today that Headspin Records, the label that released Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 & 2 as a double LP last year has decided to release Victoria Moon as a very limited edition LP. Only 300 copies will be pressed. We see red vinyl in our future…
2) A few hours ago we we’re approached by Nathan Ford to put together a “Greatest Hits” compilation CD that will be sponsored by his groovy New Zealand site The Active Listener and available only on Bandcamp. The album will include Twelve of TLoEH’s all time favorite compositions from the last 25 years. We’ll get more information out to you when it’s ready…
3) The movie Curvey composed the soundtrack for last year called The Stream (www.thestreammovie.com) has been released on DVD and is being distributed in Europe. The producers at Dreaming Tree Films are big fans of The Luck of Eden Hall and have chosen to use our songs exclusively for a children’s television show they’re producing called Moochie Kalala’s Detective Club, featuring Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live). Curvey composed the theme song too. More information to come…
4) Our good friend Keith Jones at Fruits de Mer Records is putting together Crabstock USA, the sister version of Crabstock happening in Wales this Spring. Crabstock USA will take place on the eastern seaboard during early April (working on the venue now, hold on…), and the line up includes The Seventh Ring Of Saturn, Sky Picnic and The Luck of Eden Hall. The first 100 people in the door will receive a FREE FdM compilation CD (you know, the one’s that end up on EBay for outrageous cash, like the goody bag from last Summer’s All-Dayer in London). We are thrilled to say the least and looking forward to meeting our East coast friends…
5) TLoEH’s next FdM release will be our very own rendition of Count Five’s psych hit Psychotic Reaction pressed on a lovely 7” x 7” postcard bearing artwork by the talented Mr. Mick Dillingham. That’s right, like the cereal box records your Grandma has in her keepsake chest. A complete set of ten different postcards with original artwork and ten different songs from ten different FdM bands. Sold separately to be sure, but we believe the phrase is “collect them all!”
6) You want more?! It’s not even the end of January yet. Stay tuned…
The time has come! We'll be heading to the UK on August 5th for a whirlwind cross country tour, Sheffield, Glasgow, Cardigan and our final stop is in London for a Fruits de Mer Records All-Dayer sponsored by Record Collector Magazine, who gave our Butterfly Revolutions LP a fabulous 4 Star review in this month's issue. We'll be recording all of the shows with the intention of releasing a Live in the UK CD and Mark with be filming our adventure to create a rock-u-mentary as well. Rumor has it that Fruits de Mer may release some of the All-Dayer performances on vinyl. Wish us luck!
...and now it's July! (RIP FZ) We've made it to the other side and our Kickstarter campaign was a great success. Thanks again to all who participated in helping us achieve our goal. Most of the planning for our 2013 UK Tour is in order, including travel, lodging, equipment rental and a voltage regulator (so our 110 devices won't burn up in the land of 220). We're still waiting on one passport to be issued, but with a little luck that will arrive next week. 2013 UK Tour T-Shirts and Button Badges have been ordered as well. Now to finish up the mixing for Victoria Moon so we can choose what songs will make the grade and then layout the 8 page booklet to be included in the CD. 150 covers have been printed and are ready to assemble, which I'll get to next week. I hope to be able to say that Victoria Moon is in the can on my next installment. This month is going to fly by! -Curvey
We are on a roll! I've been interviewed in Wild Thing Magazine (Greece) and we've made the front cover. The people behind the magazine like us so much that we have two songs included on their compilation CD, and they're launching a label and want to press a single. I've also been interviewed by Bucket Full of Brains, a print only magazine (UK), which is to appear in the June issue and at the end of the story they're mentioning our show in London on August 18th with the Pretty Things! Yes, we we're contacted by the promoter and asked to be on the bill! This is where a huge favor comes into play....
We are going to be launching a Kickstarter Campaign to help us raise funds to get to the UK. We have had a lot of success with European labels lately, pressing 7 inch EPs and just recently the fabulous Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1&2 double LP, but the current trend is to be paid with product, not cash. The labels issue bands a limited amount of free copies for us to sell and keep whatever profit we can make and in exchange they pay for the pressing, printing and a bit of advertising. We've saved most of our copies for this campaign, along with our next CD Victoria Moon and a bunch of other fun premiums, including the chance to have me paint a Drum Head or a Stratocaster for you.
This is our only hope of getting to the UK. We have two solid shows and two more in the works and though we realize the odds we would hate to have to cancel this fabulous opportunity, so please join us in a bit of fun. This will be a 30 day all or nothing campaign starting next week! http://www.wildthing.gr/eightmileshigh.php See you on the other side.....-Curvey
Today (April 15th, 2013) is the official release date for Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 & 2 on 12" LP format. HeadSpin Records (Netherlands) has put together 200 limited edition colored vinyl double LPs housed in a beautiful 350 gram jacket, including an insert with lyrics and photos, as well as 300 limited edition copies on black vinyl. The colored vinyl was hand picked by Curvey to match the cover art and we're very excited! Our video for Sassafras Overcoat, featuring burlesque stars Bella Canto and Ray Ray Sunshine, was well received, appearing on sites worldwide, and we'll soon be getting started on the next one. As promised, we will release a video for each song on our next album, Victoria Moon. (At least that's the plan...) Stay tuned! We really want to get out of Chicago this Summer and you can help by calling your favorite local station and requesting The Luck of Eden Hall. Lets' get buzzing, Spring is already here and times is flying. Slow on the draw? Perhaps...but I've finally added a counter to our official website. Widgets were never my thing. The website is continually updated with information you may have missed on FaceBook and ReverbNation. Have a look! This Saturday (April 20th) we will be celebrating National Record Store Day with a Noon performance at Vintage Vinyl in Evanston, IL (925 Davis Street). We'll have rare copies of Eden Hall colored vinyl available on the Fruits de Mer label (UK), as well as the last 6 copies of When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep (CD). Our music will forever be available in the digital format, but we have no plans to repress previously released CDs. The world is filled with enough clutter, don't you think? Come out and grab one for your collection....See YOU there!