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Kalila: The Slug and The Shell (More Metaphors)

19 Nov

My latest song and live video ūüôā

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The Slug and The Shell (More Metaphors)

One board
off my body
replace it with two more.

The years we spent
caught in
yes, it shows.

Stuck and still
thinking of
the same things
who said it would stop?

We build
we absorb.
And wood to flesh
bury me in this house
for good.

For Good.

Snail, snail.
You wouldn’t dare leave this house!


Dear Man Man, A Confession

22 Oct

man man

Dear Man Man,

I have a confession. I snuck into your concert at the Horseshoe Tavern. But it was only because your tickets were sold out! I bought your albums… does that help? FORGIVE ME.

-Kalila (a.k.a A Starving Musician)

Okay I needed to that off my chest. I’m normally a very complacent human being, I obey the rules, I pay the full TTC fare. The most badass thing I’ve ever done is sneak food in a tampon box into Canada’s Wonderland and a bag of chips, which I duct taped to the inside of my leg under my dress, into a movie theatre. (I’m passionately against inflated prices for food and I really, really like chips.)¬†Last Friday was an exception to my obedient lifestyle, I needed to go to Man Man and the very fact that the show was sold out further reinforced my desire to break the rules.

Man Man is a band of multi-instrumentalists from Philadelphia who play music written by the lyricist and freakazoid pianist Honus Honus. The first thing you need to know about Man Man is that they sound the way Tom Waits, Beirut and Metallica would sound if they had a creepy/hairy baby that performs in dingy bars. By the way, I say that with pure love and admiration. Man Man is obviously it’s own band and has created their own style and it’s pretty awesome.

Man Man just released their latest album, “On Oni Pond” in September, not surprisingly the album is rich with wit, puns and musical genius. ¬†I’m also really glad I snuck into their concert because it was an experience I will never forget. The entire band was crazy enthusiastic creating a high-energy atmosphere that even got a non-dancer like myself to break out the moves. The crowd went especially crazy when Man Man came on for their encore playing some of their old hits from Six Demon Bag. To conclude, if you haven’t started listening to Man Man, you probably should, these guys are great and are likely going to keep impressing. Buy their albums here¬†or go to a CD store you lazy shmo.

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

22 Oct

The Dodos:

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

The Dodo’s released their sixth album,¬†Carrier¬†in August. The Dodo’s never disappoint and although this album¬†has a darker, more ambient sound to it than their previous albums, I had it on repeat for a couple of weeks. This has been the case with every Dodo’s album I’ve listened to, I’m a fan. ¬†This is the first time I’ve seen the Dodos live and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. The Dodos are incredibly engaging with their audience, their live performance was as good if not better than their recordings and at the end of the show, I got to geek out and talk with them.¬†The¬†nice thing about being a fan of musicians that play in small venues is that you get opportunities to meet your idols.

What turned out to be especially exciting is that Meric Long, the lead singer of The Dodos is totally into cooking! There was another girl talking to him and she actually gave him a cookbook the last time The Dodos were touring in Canada. After hearing this I immediately launched into telling Meric my Starving Musician’s Kitchen idea (which is a secret until I decide to write a post about it…). This led to Meric telling me about his favourite chicken recipe. It turns out Meric used to work in restaurants in San Francisco before going into the music industry! ¬†I’m still waiting for a facebook message with a chicken recipe, but I’ll survive if it never comes, the experience in itself was all I needed!

In addition to finally seeing The Dodos live, I also met Joe Haege, the lead singer from 31knots. Joe has been touring with The Dodos playing the guitar and he recently released a solo album under the name Vin Blanc/ White Wine called “In Every way but One.” A quick Joe Haege google search reveals that he is “the creepiest guy in Portland…”¬†and I have to admit, “In Every Way but One” reinforces this idea, but also shows that Joe Haege has some serious talent. I’m thoroughly enjoying this album and I highly recommend checking it out! Click here to read my post, which likens Joe’s album to celery.

Here’s a Dodos video for a song off their latest album. Do you like it? Yes? Awesome,¬†buy an album!

Joe Haege’s Latest Album is a bit like Celery

22 Oct

For those of you who don’t know, Joe Haege is the lead from 31Knots and currently a solo musician under the name Vin Blanc/ White Wine. ¬†Joe has also worked with bands such as Tu Fawning and Menomena. I’m not going to give you a whole history of Joe’s career you can look into that by following a wiki link (come on, I’m too lazy to copy that stuff). What I would like to talk about is Joe’s latest album, “In Every Way but One,” which he gave me when I met him a few weeks ago at a Dodos concert in Toronto.

First of all, I had no idea he would be touring with The Dodos, second of all I was kind of thrilled. After the show I awkwardly approached Joe to confirm that he was in fact the lead from 31Knots. We talked for a little while about his music and the odd coincidence that I, a fan of 31Knots, would know about the Portland band. That’s when Joe announced that he wanted to get his solo album for me. When Logan Kroeber, the drummer from The Dodo‘s heard that Joe was giving me his latest album he said something along the lines of, “oh no you’re going to ruin her innocence!”

vin blanc

At the time I didn’t really get what he meant. I TOTALLY DO NOW. And it’s great. Phooey to innocence. If lost innocence means exposure to good art that’s fine with me. On the inside of CD cover of “In Every Way but One” Joe talks about his struggle in the music industry in terms of gaining recognition and his coming to terms with the reality of his career. This album is a product of Joe coming to terms with his frustrations and accepting his passion for music and I think it’s a thoroughly enjoyable and honest piece of work. This album reminds me of an¬†Aldous Huxley quote I once saw on the internet, “I’m afraid of losing my obscurity, genuineness only thrives in the dark, like celery.” On that note, “In Every Way but One” is a lot like celery, it grew in the darkness of obscurity and it’s pretty great. This album is also calorie free… it might even help you lose a couple calories. (Terrible pun.) You can listen/buy his album by clicking here.

Some sick tunes bro.

22 Oct


I found out about Jesse Woods a few years ago and I have to admit, I’m obsessed with his sound. This guy has a great feel about his music, sort of a christian blues/ rock sound. It’s kind of unfortunate he isn’t touring in Canada, I would totally go to his show and “fan-girl” all over him. Check out his bandcamp site and buy his album if you like it! Or make a purchase on itunes, support this guy!

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