December 30, 2009
December 21, 2009
All I can say is, I'm bringing 'em on tour.
December 20, 2009
So, my flight was at 6 am this morning... Yeah, I'm not sure what possesed me to do that? Not sure how I thought, "Perfect! Great idea!" And now here I am, running on teeny tiny hours of sleep and (of course, and Kathy, you will totally understand this) Starbucks coffee.
I just feel sorry for my neighbors on the last plane, I'm just sure I drooled on them. At one point I woke up to them laughing at me because me head kept falling over. You know the point of exhaustion where you loose muscle control. Your body is yelling at you "lie the fuck down, dammit".
I don't blame them for laughing. Dude, that shit is hilarious.I only wish it had been flip cammed by Paul! Hahaha! Brilliant.
Actually, though, there may be a good chance of that happening because in January we are off on the road again until the summer basically. Flip cam footage will be bursting at the seams! And I'm sure many histarical, embarrassing, and wonderful moments will be captured for all you lovelies to see :)
Oh and p.s. Pumpkin
Spice?? Best fuckin' coffee on the planet. If you have not done so you must put it on your insides. Do it now!! :)
Off to get on the plane to head to Tulsa. Wonder if the Christmas tree is already up...in the past we have waited until Christmas Eve and the tree ends up being one of those Charlie Brown Christmas trees. You know - "All it needs is a little love." Those are the best:)
Merry Christmas!Happy Chanukkah! Happy Kwanza! The whole nine yards! But more importantly, "Peace on Earth." Xx
Love love love
December 17, 2009
December 11, 2009
Suffice it to say that was pretty cool. Weird, seeing us out of the context of my iTunes player or live: at rehearsal. I often forget that other people know our music; that strangers have purchased this album and God forbid listen to it once and a while. But here we have people DANCING to it. You hear that world? People are dancing to a cappella!
What marks this as particularly timely is that this ballet class was not the first one with this idea. In the new year, we will be embarking on a live collaboration with the LA Contemporary Dance Co. (lacontemporarydance.org) and stage/opera director David Bridel, part of which will premiere at the Ford Amphitheater in the summer.
Back in my days of cruise ship barbershop or high school jazz choir, the notion of people moving to vocal music was distant. Now it's only a mouse click away.
December 8, 2009
Soooo here's the other thing...i need it...got any hook-ups :) :) :)
Look. I just want to record for all you wonderful people Xxx
Oh and another thing...
I have a passport to Disneyland and I really want to go before we get back on the road again. Anyone wanna come with?? :)
I'll leave the rest to the flip cam.
December 6, 2009
To all our lovely fans over in the UK - we have two, yes TWO, lovely wintery tracks going up on UK iTunes tomorrow! Here is the link to make it quick & easy for you. We'll be hopping over there in late January for some gigs so stay updated :) Here is the link...
Show us some love!! Because we love a lot of things about you...
November 19, 2009
So may I present to you perhaps the Julia Child and Betty Crocker of humor.
Or at least two morsels of an incredible treat.
November 18, 2009
November 2, 2009
it's awesome. you can see for miles in every direction. "town" is like 15 miles away. it get's so quiet here, it freaks me out. Simon and Laurie (our homestays) are benevolent and hilarious, and they feed us into food comas every night.
the local folks shared with us a loud and tipsy halloween at a bar called "the Bank", then on to a late night diner where delicious hangover-prevention food was like 3 bucks a pop.
i hope we come here for a week every year. if they'll put up with us.
October 27, 2009
your music is love.
Your AC is sent
from the heavens above.
I wish in your trunk
I could stuff one more purse,
but I tried and was hurt
and got sent to a nurse.
Your windows have heard many
blaring rock anthems
Your passengers have many
fun, cute, short, tantrums.
If just seven hours were
spent in your court,
that journey would be
seven hours too short.
October 2, 2009
October 1, 2009
awesome. i love that.
he explained briefly that he didn't know there were buckles on the back
which is weird
because Rach was emphatically repeating "ah, it doesn't open like that. there are buckles on the back"
so, yeah. i guess i feel like it's weird that he didn't know.
to take off my pouting hat for a sec, his job is a lot less fun than mine, so i suppose i should get over myself.
September 29, 2009
awesome noodles with peanut stuff goin on
vanilla ice cream
...the list goes on.
thank you mama and papa Freedman
September 28, 2009
Three cheers for the dumbass drivers of the world!
Your true friend,
If you haven't, check the myspace to see if we'll be in your neighborhood. If we are, come see us and say hi. We'll hang out with you and it will be awesome.
September 21, 2009
September 18, 2009
youtube is one of the best inventions ever.
September 14, 2009
September 9, 2009
September 7, 2009
September 3, 2009
so i'm sitting here at Rachel's place (Rachel Bearer, a.k.a. Bachel Rearer) looking at the neighbor's dog. no, puppy.
i can't believe he's real.
i think instead of (or at least, in addition to) the pictures of us on our myspace page, there should be pictures of jonah.
August 27, 2009
Most importantly, our newest single, "Everything in its Right Place" is available on itunes! I know it's a little confusing because it was available a while ago, then was taken down, and is now back up again! Wooooooohooooooooo! We REALLY need as many ratings & reviews as possible, so if you all could take the time to buy, rate, & review, we would appreciate it sooooooo much! Here is the link:
Also, "I Want You Back" is still up there, so if you haven't bought, rated, & reviewed it, please don't hesitate to do that as well :) So many requests I know, but so worth it!
AND don't forget to keep up with everything Sonos & follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/sonosings). You'll be able to read fascinating things like how I think we should be on True Blood as the Bon Temps a cappella group, or see funny pictures of pedal boards & feet. HOW LOVELY!
Let's seeeeeeee........... can't think of anything else right now. BUT I promise everyone who rates & reviews EIIRP a BIG FAT KISS! How's that?
August 26, 2009
here's what i'm obsessed with these days:
Electro-Harmonix XO Stereo Pulsar Tremolo Guitar Effects Pedal
DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal(already have one, want another one)
DigiTech JamMan Looper Pedal
Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal(have two of these, need one for every singer using a distortion pedal. plus they also function as a multi-pedal power supply, so, ya know, that's awesome.)
please feel free to donate to the sonos cause/one man's addiction to small, durable, sound-related electronics. =)
August 24, 2009
it's probably already been written about in the blog.
i don't know. i don't read our blog. because i'm illiterate.
the point is, Ben is a creative ninja and it need be said. he does things in the realm of vocal percussion that blow my mind on a regular basis, and he's somehow figured out how to spread the responsibility across the other five of us and keeping it sounding very cool/not lame.
G J ben.
August 23, 2009
the movies already run over the designated "safe" 2 hours. why not leave more stuff in? afraid our attention spans can't handle it? i mean, come on hollywood. get your shit together.
August 21, 2009
August 16, 2009
Every now and then I have the priviledge of escaping to Orange County for game night with the old college boys. I just got back yesterday from one of these particular nights and felt compelled to right about my undying love for the boardgame Risk. THIS GAME IS SUCH GOOD TIMES!! You get like 3 dudes together and like....12 beers and then......you. try. to. take. over. the. world. What, I ask you, could be more fun? (nothing. is the correct answer to that retorical question)
On another note....we recently started work on a song I arranged by Yoav called "Club Thing." For the majority of this song all 6 of us are doing vocal percussion....If you like dirty club funk....you will like this song. Can't wait to perform it.
PS Risk is sick.
August 15, 2009
August 12, 2009
-"One Day Like This" (a song by Elbow that we perform with a badass young lady called Laura who normally fronts a Mariachi band with her voice and violin)
-an awesome reworking of an NPR theme by Kath.
-a short-but-sweet reworking of the same NPR theme by me.
t'was a busy day/night! lots of fun, quite a bit of silly video'ing, perhaps none of it suitable for posting.
been thinking a lot recently about asking fans to suggest songs they might like to hear us cover/rework/whathaveyou...?
or maybe in the interests of time/energy/slashmarks-in-blogs, posting a list of songs we'd like to cover and having y'all choose. =)
so... if we were to cover a song by "Bright Eyes", a song from the record "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" or "Cassadaga", what would a listener suggest?
July 26, 2009
July 8, 2009
always thought he was funny, but at this point, i'm quite certain he's an absolute genius.
see for yourself.
June 25, 2009
I wanted to write a little something about Michael Jackson, because it seemed appropriate, if not necessary. Obviously we (Sonos) have a special place for Michael & co. because of our cover of "I Want You Back", but I think I speak for everyone when I say that he was a huge inspiration to all of us even before we did that cover. It's been a really weird day to say the least, and figuring out how to deal with this surely is a struggle for everybody. I thought it would be best to share a few of my favorite songs, etc., and remember and realize that he was so so wonderful.
Believe it or not, my first concert ever was a Michael Jackson concert. I was probably about 5 or 6, and my family lived in London at the time. My mother took me to the concert, and although I don't remember much, I do remember having an amazing time, not only watching the show, but also realizing for the first time the majestic level of grandeur that a live musical event could rise to (although I'm sure at 6 years old it didn't quite go through my brain like that). We were sitting so far away, and the guy next to us gave us some binoculars to look through. I'm sure somewhere my mom as photos or a ticket stub that it would be so cool to get my hands on.
I think Michael Jackson is one of the few people/artists whose music is known & loved by LITERALLY everybody in the world. How cool is that? At a club or a party, everybody wants to dance to his songs. I really feel like he created undeniable magic through his music, and especially when he performed.
There are obviously sooooooooooooo many amazing MJ songs, but here are some of my favs (in no particular order):
- Thriller: Duh. This is every one's favorite. One thing that goes unnoticed in this song is the series of crazy harmonic changes that happen towards the end, at the end of one of the choruses. They are SO COOL! Seriously go listen if you have never noticed.
- Man in the Mirror: So so wonderful. It would be nice to give this a listen again, especially today. I think this song is especially inspiring.
- Rock With You: One of the first MJ songs I fell in love with, but again didn't realize its complexity until later on. It's such good pop music, and I love love love all the complex chords - I know that sounds nerdy but come one. It's all so tasty.
I guess that is one of the main reasons why I love MJ. All my life I've mainly listened to two kinds of music: Pop and Jazz (separately, not my fav when they are distastefully combined). One thing that is so often lacking in pop music is musical complexity - Sometimes it seems like writers get lazy, and in so many pop songs it seems like there is just a plain lack of creativity. BUT NEVER in Michael's songs. Instead I feel like every single one is bursting with creativity, and not just any kind of creativity - His songs are all bright and energetic and brilliant in all the right ways. I love recordings with little subtleties and surprises, and all his music that he made all throughout his life has both.
Anyways, I don't want to ramble at all. Just wanted to remember and realize. Thanks for reading :)
love u mj
June 16, 2009
June 14, 2009
strange and interesting fun.
We start touring in a month. Kinda can't wait. Let the games begin.
June 12, 2009
June 9, 2009
June 7, 2009
Tonight. I recorded my part of our new secret (and final!) track of the album. Jess and Rach are probably still recording as I type this.
Tomorrow. The rest of the band lays down their shiz. Papa Huge, Hayley and the gang have a biz meeting to discuss biz. I'll be caught up via phone conference. (How CEO is that??)
Tuesday & Wednesday. Chris mixes the few remaining unmixed tracks for said album.
Thursday. Album is shipped off to be mastered by friend/amazing masterer (Mister Master, if you will) Ron.
Friday. ALBUM. COMPLETE. OFFICIALLY.
That's right folks, in less than a week the Sonos debut album will be completely finished! You have no idea how long this has actually taken. It'll be an emotional thing for us all. This whole project started two years ago as a seed in the vegetable garden of our collective mind. Making it up as we went, Sonos realized itself over time into a legitimate band that has crossed county lines and international borders; we've been broadcast on air and on camera; we've shared stages and disc space with phenomenal artists. I'm super proud to have it all under our belt and can't wait to hop in the party van and share it with everyone on the road! I hope other people get excited too, I think that you will. Excitement is contagious. So is malaria, but not as fun.
Thanks for staying up on all things Sonos. I'll drink some wine for you!
June 5, 2009
June 3, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 24, 2009
... I call you up by the lamplight, confess to you like a sister...
- Gabriel Mann, from "When We Are One"
... Let me speak, let me spit out my bitterness. Born of grief and nights without sleep, and festering flesh...
- Joni Mitchell, from "The Sire of Sorrow"
... Was it something I said or that I didn't do? Was all I had not enough for you?
- Martin Sexton, from "Where did I go Wrong"
That's all for now. Possibly I'll post some more when they dawn on me. By the way, if you've never heard that Joni Mitchell song, it's out of this world, and the rest of the lyrics are breathtaking.
May 19, 2009
I love our audiences because they're supportive as balls, yes, but also because they're never the same. We have people who've seen almost every gig and yet we meet new fans after every show. For me, it's a blessing to get to reach out to new people and connect with them, both on stage and off. It's a chance to reengage the familiar faces and entice the new ones. If you're ever at a show, say hello afterward - it's a real treat.
*The Lion King is an excellent movie.
May 17, 2009
Anyways.... back to Star Trek. In the past 10 or so years there have been a slew of action/comic book/sci-fi /fantasy movies that have come out. Some have been awesome, and some have been... well, trash. Some of the good ones: The first two X-Men movies, but not the third, which had different writers and director. Bryan Singer made the first two awesome movies, but then went on to make Superman Returns, which was disappointing. Last year's Iron Man - another good one plus Robert Downey Jr..... enough said. I already mentioned Harry Potter & LOTR - very much worth it, plus my second cousin, Orlando Bloom, is in LOTR so that adds an extra bonus! The newest Batman movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Night, stand out at the top of the list for me. It was obvious that The Dark Night was one of the best movies of last year. It's those films with characters that feel like real people that succeed.... and the ones that have good music. I won't list the bad ones... that's mean, but again BACK to Star Trek...
The survey says: It was good, BUT because it got WAY to hyped up, I was expecting a tiny bit more. I say that with caution because I know a lot of people will disagree with me. I did enjoy the movie, but it didn't absolutely knock my socks off like The Dark Knight did last year. But I still liked it - Kirk and Spock seemed like real people who I liked and cared about. AND the music was composed by Michael Giacchino, who composed the amazing big band score to The Incredibles, and composes pretty much everything that J.J. Abrams does. He is very very cool.
Anyways, thanks for reading this ridiculous blog and letting me talk about nerdy stuff. I'm sure there are some super nerds out there who could trump my knowledge and opinions, but hopefully they won't be too harsh :)
If I've put you off going to see Star Trek, then I am sad. It is good. Go see it. If for no other reason that Spock it hot. There I said it.
May 15, 2009
May 13, 2009
May 12, 2009
Lately I've been super into reading interviews with artists whose music I love. Usually I search around for blogs, journals, magazine interviews, whatever, with my favorite artists, and spend time reading some incredibly inspirational & insightful stuff. It's comforting to hear people who are where you want to be talking about what their life is like, what they struggle with, how they stay inspired, how they got to where they are, etc. Often the artists I admire most are dealing with some of the same thoughts & emotions we are going through as we enter into this crazy, exhilarating lifestyle of being professional artists.
Anyone who knows me remotely well is aware of my healthy obsession with Kurt Elling. He is THE modern jazz singer, and both his music & his insight into his own artistic process & influences astounds me. To me he is one of those rare artists you may come across in your life, who you feel is truly singing & saying everything you feel deep down but can't express on your own. I read this little snippet tonight in regards to advice for aspiring musicians & I felt it an appropriate response to Paul's blog earlier this evening....
"As with any art form, I feel strongly that people do not "choose" to be artists. They are chosen to be - they have no choice. If this is so for any person, then that person will do whatever work it takes, engage whatever discipline, and overcome any obstacles in life to become what they are called to be. Above all that person will believe in the work, will accept the difficulties, and will be rewarded by the creation of whatever they are called to make. To be a professional is to have already crossed the finish line; it is to have already won." - ke
** if you're interested in reading more of what he has to say about his background, influences & INCREDIBLE music, check out his Q&A section HERE! http://kurtelling.com/news/faq.html *****
thank you for indulging me :)
May 11, 2009
*This anecdote does not condone performing under the influence. But c'mon, one beer.
May 10, 2009
Aloha Everyone, and greetings from the beautiful town of Kihei, on the island of Maui. I've been vacationing here since Tuesday night with my boyfriend, and we've been staying with a couple of friends of ours in a condo right across the street from the beach. I've never been to Hawaii before, and I'm very very glad that I was able to have a small getaway in this amazing place. We've been at the beach almost everyday, and got some great snorkeling in - Yesterday was the best snorkeling day, because we saw tons of little colorful fish, AND we saw a turtle, which was definitely on my to-do list. He was sooooooo cute! We watched him for a little bit while he chilled on the sand next to a rock with coral all over it. Awesome.
Earlier this week we went to this crazy bamboo forrest for a hike. We hiked the two miles to this huge damn with a waterfall that we jumped off of. It took me a little while to grow the balls to jump - I don't like heights, and granted this wasn't that high, but I'm a wuss. Finally I jumped and it was awesome but FREEZING! These bottom two pictures are from the bamboo forrest.
Yesterday we took a drive up to Lahaina, had lunch, and then continued driving to the north coast. One of the things that has really fascinated me about Maui is that both the weather and the climate and countryside can change so much depending on the time of day and where you are on the island. Kihei is on the western coast of the large half of the island, and its description would match what you'd immediately think of when imagining Hawaii. Lahaina is on the western coast of the smaller half of the island (northwest of Kihea), and it's a cool little town with shops and restaurants. After lunch we drove up the coast and around to the north, which honestly looked like Ireland - It was cloudy, and it's tall cliffs dropped off to a much more rough sea than what we found down in Kihei. Maui's weather changes throughout the day - it may be sunny in the morning, but could be super cloudy at night - Everything is full of surprises. That third picture was from our drive up north - Doesn't it look just like Jurassic Park!?!
That second picture is the beautiful sunset here in Kihei, and the top one of course was sent to my Mum for Mother's Day - Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommies!!!
Anyways.... I'm flying home tonight to continue with Xmas work this week. Yes. I know you're all sick of us talking about Xmas in May, but it's gonna be awesome I promise. I arranged the carol "I Wonder as I Wander", but it's got a little surprise in it that I won't tell at the this time - You'll just have to buy the Xmas album to find out ;)
much love, Kath
May 8, 2009
May 5, 2009
insofar as clarity, organization, etc?
well, if you haven't noticed, go notice it. it's true.
my room is unbelievably messy. like there was an explosion. or a hurricane. or like a hurricane exploded.
my brain = same way.
if they're actually linked, i should probably clean my room to attain some peace of mind.
or better yet! i should see a shrink and get my mind clear and maybe my room will miraculously become clean!
at any rate, i arranged a wordless version of "greensleeves" yesterday.
it's weird. i think i like it.
May 4, 2009
I never thought I'd be in a band. Can I say that? Is this thing on? Acting was my passion, that's the road I was taking when Sonos hopped up in my lap and starting panting. Its face was too cute to deny, but it has since brought to my attention a string of challenges I never thought of before. What I'm saying is Sonos is a new puppy. A puppy that sometimes pees on my carpet, but that also brings me great joy. Being a musician, a performer, a new dog owner - requires a lot of a person. New challenges all the time.
First step: Time for a haircut.
Actually, the first step is to finish my new arrangement. Haircut can be fourth step.
May 2, 2009
April 28, 2009
April 27, 2009
April 23, 2009
April 21, 2009
April 1, 2009
But seriously, I'm looking forward to our gig at HOME. Seems like it's going to be a cool venue and a lot of people will be in attendance. It's special for me because my birthday is at midnight. I'm ready for a night of music (my friend's band plays after us) and then a night out with my band and friends. Bev's birthday is midnight after our Royce Hall gig, so we'll get to celebrate the same for him a week from tonight. After that, many of our plans have changed. We're "in talks" with a major label right now, and a deal may be "in the offing" soon.
March 25, 2009
Ben and I just arrived after seeing m-pact at Vitello's. If you don't know who they are, please check them out: http://m-pact.com/
Prior to this, we recorded a live session at KCRW. Prior to that, we were in London. A brief summary: double-decker buses, getting lost in Cockfosters on a double-decker bus, Cornish pasties, an old church, drinking wine in an old church, reconnecting with friends, meeting new ones, singing on the tube to a little Indian boy and rocking out on stage to Cutting Crew's "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" with Tony Moore, the original keyboard player from the band. It was my first time overseas, and I could not have asked for a better experience.
I can't wait to be singing on stage at Royce Hall! It will be a little full circle for me. The first show I saw there as a UCLA student was a bizarre Halloween show starring, among others, Will Ferrell reading an Edgar Allan Poe story.
All this being said, I'm high on Sonos.
March 24, 2009
March 17, 2009
March 16, 2009
Sonos just arrived back in the US after a week of London adventures. I feel confident saying that all of us had a ridiculous time - Even though I got sick for the first time in about 8 months :) After about 6 performances & many many hours of travel time (including the 24 hours straight of travel time it took for Jess and I to get home), I'm exhausted, but always ready to get back to work, once my voice comes back of course. Excited to get back in the studio this week to finish "LB" - think it's gonna be a good one.
FYI when stuck in an airport for an extra five hours, 3 glasses of wine & new friends are mandatory to pass the time!
March 13, 2009
1) Our first UK article
2) Our first music video
The birds outside my bedroom window are chirping. It's time to sleep.
March 11, 2009
Three performances down, four or so left to go. The weather has been incredible- so blessed! It's rained only when we've been inside and hasn't been unbearably cold. Already, we've met incredibly gracious people who've all had wonderful things to say about Sonos. I'm staying with cruise ship friends (thank you Hannah and Kate!) and ran into someone I haven't seen in 11 years!
I've seen the Buckingham guards do their walk, I've rode (ridden?) a double decker bus, walked Holland Park night #1 had a pint of London Pride ale. I'm off to lunch and load-in for our second public gig at St. Giles Church near legendary Tin Pan Alley. More later.
March 10, 2009
March 6, 2009
We'll be singing in London at St. Giles church where, according to history, the plague started. Beginning in early 15th century, the church was the last stop between the town's prison and the gallows, so "churchwardens paid for the condemned to have a drink (popularly named "St Giles' Bowl") at the next door pub, the Angel, before they went to be hanged." So according to Wikipedia, we'll either be drunk or dead following our gig.
I got a camera, a passport, a plug adapter and a lot of Sudoku. I'm ready to go.
March 3, 2009
March 1, 2009
-Paul and Kathy