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Archive for October, 2013
This is Texas Clem, from Mineola, Texas, and his Willie Nelson Doll. Clem says the doll is as old as he is.
“I’m a year and a half older than Silas so he looks like me. Little Willie was made in the Dallas area by Suzanne of Not Just Dolls. You may have seen her on an episode of Storage Wars Texas last season. LW wears size 2 toddler and has black Wrangler jeans, genuine New Balance running shoes and a printed Future Legend shirt from Liberty Linens. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LibertyLinens. Little Willie has been on both the band and the crew buses Tuesday night and may or may not have posed for the camera with a very large doobie.
Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Fenway Park
“This is a song by a friend of mine, who is also my hero — Willie Nelson.” — Dave Matthews (4/21/02)
Micah Nelson and Insects vs Robots: Halloween Show in Hollywood TONIGHT! (New album streaming live, too!)Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Halloween show TONITE!
October 31, 2013
The Lyric Theater
520 N. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA
New Album Out!
Listen to an exclusive preview of the band’s new album, streaming live at TEAM COCO now.
Team Coco’s “Fresh Noise” is like a secret club with tomorrow’s hot new music, and absolutely no hand stamps. We’re proud to premiere the trippy new self-titled album from retro-psychedelic rockers Insects vs Robots, which won’t be available until Nov. 5th.
You can pre-order Insects vs Robots on InsectsVsRobots.com.
Funded by fans via PledgeMusic.com, the focused but frenzied six-track, self-titled collection is mixed, mastered and almost out the door. All it awaits are the finalization of business details and the completion of band-created multimedia touches that will complete the multi-sensory Insects vs. Robots experience. A limited-edition vinyl pressing will feature original cover art by IvR violinist Nikita Sorokin, band-created artwork, while the digital release will encompass videos inspired by the music. But “right now we are just sending the digital album to industry folks and labels,” says band member J. Micah Nelson.
The new record finds Insects vs. Robots further exploring their musical horizons. The three-part, eleven-minute epic, “Eucatastrophe” exemplifies the band’s creative rekindling. Starting in barefoot acoustic territory, it’s a push-and-pull through feverish peaks and mellow valleys. “I’d originally written it on charango,” Micah says, “then [guitarist] Milo [Gonzalez] ran with it and we brought it to the band. Once everyone gave their input, it became really beautiful.” Actually, most of the songs – like schizophrenic “Time to Rest” and freaky “Fej Gruv” – materialized that way. “Sometimes the foundations or skeletons of our songs just pop up out of the ground during jams or manifest out of thin air like spirits,” Micah says. “We have to catch them and then add the flesh and blood… and get to really know what their souls are.”
Never ones to rest on laurels, Insects vs. Robots also played several shows in New York as preparation for a tour behind the still-unnamed album. Prior to their appearance at Farm Aid 2013 on September 21, IvR played in Port Chester with Willie Nelson (Micah’s father). Afterward, the group planned to play a show or two on their own in NY. They even worked on their days off. “We played on Sirius XM radio,” says Micah of Insects vs. Robots’ appearance on Freewheelin’, which aired September 24 on Sirius XM channel 128, Road Dog Trucking Radio. And in true IvR fashion, “We then busked in Washington Square Park and made new fans/friends.”
Switching coasts, the band headed to California for shows in southern California and a performance at the 27th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Insects vs. Robots will take the side stage at the all-acoustic event on Sunday, October 27 just prior to performances starting on the main stage at 2:00pm. The concert, which will feature Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, The Killers, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, fun., Heart and Jenny Lewis, benefits the nonprofit school founded by Neil and Pegi Young for children with severe speech and physical impairments
Insects vs. Robots, whose collective talents include illustration, painting, animation, poetry and filmmaking, are also continue to work on a video game – IvR: Tone Quest. In addition, the band is developing ideas for music videos, creating a new t-shirt design from Micah’s illustrations and developing new merchandise to sell at shows.
Insects vs. Robots formed in 2008, immediately birthing “a universe for creative people.” Their sound – a swirling vortex of trippy sounds – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals and vocalizations, bass, violin, percussion and far-out effects – fuels communal, inclusive performances that make instant fans of anyone in attendance.
Insects vs. Robots is Tony “Grandma” Peluso (drums, synths, screams), Milo Gonzalez (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, engineering), Jeff “FEJ” Smith (bass, grooves), J. Micah Nelson (charango, guitar, vocals, percussion, vocals, noises, whispers, drums), and Nikita Sorokin (violin, guitar, vocals, whispers, screams).
Micah Nelson and Insects and Robots, at Farm Aid 2013, Saratoga Springs, NY (9/21/13)
For more information, visit www.insectsvsrobots.bandcamp.com.
Willie Nelson cover photo and article in December issue of Acoustic Guitar, on news stands now!
Cover photo by the great Jay Blakesberg Photography
by Lauren James
The Red Headed Stranger will tell all in a planned memoir.
US singer songwriter Willie Nelson has snapped up a book deal that will allow him to get his autobiography published, reports USA Today. Published by Little, Brown in 2015, the memoir will apparently be and “unvarnished, complete, and tremendous” account of the country star’s life.
The 80 year-old musician is a safe bet for the publishing house: he has already written several books, including his 1988 autobiography Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road but it seems that Nelson’s personal story needs an update.
The new book promises to be more personal than his other books, sharing untold stories that involve Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, the publisher has stated. However, Nelson’s life is fascinating on its own: the actor and musical performer was born in Texas during the Great Depression.
The son of a mechanic father, his mother left when he was young leaving Willie and his sister to be raised by their grandparents. Influenced by artists including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Django Reinhardt, Willie earned money by singing from as young as 13. After stints working for television and radio stations in the fifties, Nelson cut his first record in 1956 and although it was not successful, he persevered with his music career and eventually signed a record deal in 1961.
To date, the Country Music Association Honouree has written some of the most popular country songs of all time, such as his hit, ‘Crazy.’ During his extensive and successful career, Nelson has written more than 2,500 songs and has released close to 300 albums, winning countless Grammys, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards along the way.
Willie Nelson’s as-yet untitled autobiography is slated for release in summer 2015.
“We’re delighted to announce that Little, Brown has acquired a new – and most definitive autobiography by American music legend Willie Nelson!
“Willie’s book will be authentic to the core and bursting with the stories, insight, and wild wit of this true American icon,”
John Parsley, Executive Editor
Little, Brown and Company