Here’s a new video directed by my pal Mike Landry. He’s the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas all rolled into one. He was also the DJ at my wedding. In short, Mike’s a renaissance man. I also wanna thank everyone involved with the video. Thanks for being so generous with your time and talents. For a list of those fine people, behind the scenes footage, and more examples of Mike’s work, please go here: http://www.iheart2d.com/?p=159
T-shirts and the LIMITED EDITION VINYL have been added to the MK Store. Check it out…
I keep getting tons of emails about the tour, especially from kids who were too young to see Beulah live. They all ask the same question…”are you gonna play any Beulah songs?” Well, I honestly hadn’t thought too much about it, but maybe I should. After all, it’s your show too. I mean, I guess I was pretty bummed when Bob Mould didn’t play any Husker Du songs on his first solo tour. That said, I need to know what you want to hear. Lord knows I can’t be practicing 50 songs. So, let’s get this party started…what Beulah songs do you wanna hear? I know it’s hard, but try to pick a good one. Leave your requests HERE.
After Beulah called it quits six years ago Miles Kurosky, the band’s singer and songwriter, got married (to a woman he met on the final Beulah tour), had reconstructive surgery on his shoulder (twice), and was hospitalized for kidney trouble. The result is his first solo album, the highly anticipated Frank Lloyd Wright-referencing The Desert of Shallow Effects. It’s only “solo” in titling: More than two dozen musicians join Kurosky with sundry stringed instruments, keyboards, horns, etc., on the 10 tracks. He produced it and old Beulah-mate Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Why?) engineered. “I Can’t Swim“’s a good place to get started: Kurosky crammed a million details (and clearly a lot of living) into the ambitiously skewed pop song. If you find yourself missing vintage ’60s nodding Elephant 6 and of Montreal give you a headache, this should make you smile.
The Desert of Shallow Effects is out 3/9 via Majordomo Records, an imprint of Shout! Factory. You’ll also find a 3-song EP on iTunes. It’s a preview of sorts and includes “I Can’t Swim” along with “Dog In The Burning Building” and “An Apple For An Apple, a song we posted in earlier form last year.
O Cracker Barrel, my Cracker Barrel! Our fearful trip has just begun. How I miss your grandmotherly embrace and your delightfully mass produced faux rustic décor. Not to mention your charming and utterly authentic clientele, who, when not waiting for the rapture and praying for lower taxes, gorge on your better than Denny’s home cooking. I can almost hear them whisper “You know, Obama’s gonna take away our guns and pot roast. It’s on page 9,992 of section A, subsection G, paragraph 3, line 4 of his socialist manifesto.” O Cracker Barrel, fear not. The tree of liberty will be watered with your delicious gravy…
Well, you get the picture. Like the ill fated Kurtz, I’m going up river, into the belly of the beast…the horror. Find tour dates here.
Around the turn of the decade, the San Francisco indie pop crew Beulah cranked out ornate, catchy Beach Boys pastiches, generating themselves some serious buzz in the process. But after releasing beloved albums like 1999’s When Your Heartstrings Break and 2001’s The Coast Is Never Clear, Beulah broke up in 2004, and we haven’t heard much from the band’s principals since.
Well, former Beulah frontman Miles Kurosky has signed with the Shout! Factory subsidiary Majordomo, home to the Airborne Toxic Event, the Von Bondies, and Earlimart. And he’s just finished work on a solo album, which is set for a March 2010 release. A U.S. tour will follow.
In a press release, Kurosky said, “Shout! Factory made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Needless to say, I’ve never been happier to find the head of a horse between my sheets. I’m very excited to be part of the ‘family.’”