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Friday, August 28, 2009

Trivial Pursuit

this may be a new Every Bunny Welcome record. it may be a new Canaries record. regardless of what it's called, it's definitely the Canaries playing on it and it's definitely songs you ain't heard before. Alec on L guitar, drum, vocal and songwriting duties, Conor on bass and Joe P on R guitar. and who knows what else by the time we get through with it. Godspeed!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

GNARLY CHARLIE! BIRTHDAY BASH!

DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

CANARIES :: RETROSPECTIVE/UNRELEASED TUNES

It's been a while since Canaries broke up. It's definitely been over a year and there's definitely no sight of (or need for) a reunion of any sort so I figured I'd put together all the Canaries-related material that we were either too discouraged, ignorant, or broken up to think about putting on the internet. We should probably start at the beginning, huh?

the Canaries were born out of the needs of young musicians to write and play loud music following the dissolution of their high school bands. From the Pidgeons were Conor Meara (bassist) and Alec Gabin (every bunny welcome, Pidgeons vocals & rhodes piano, Canaries vocals & Left guitar.) From the Flemington hick-punk heroes At Any Cost was Joe Plourde (Right guitar), whom Conor met one fateful night in a Pennsylvania diner (post-NJ indoor smoking ban) when they were introduced by a girl who they both thought they were on a date with. These three then invited Rob Lundberg, an upright jazz bassist (and at-times-rock-bassist with Milwaukee-based Bob Gun) studying at the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music (and roommate of Conor) to join on drums. Why? Nobody knows. We all liked each other, had absolutely nothing to lose, and Rob wanted to try playing the drums.

One weekend Conor, Joe & Rob took the train down to meet Alec at Joe's parents' basement, where Joe had recorded all the At Any Cost records in high-school. We recorded our first demos, played a high-school battle of the bands as our first gig (we won) and the result was the sloppily recorded, no-holds-barred experimental untitled demo record. it was like this ::





We kept writing and playing live when we could, rehearsing everywhere from Washington Heights to a New School Dormitory bathroom to a New School dormitory to Joe's parents' basement, to Conor's parents' garage. After Conor dropped out of the New School, he moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Jersey City, NJ where he would soon be joined by roommates Alec and Joe (and for a short time Rob and for a longer time Eskimeaux). We then repackaged the demos as something we could actually hand out to clubs, cut some tracks and added a crappy rehearsal recording of a new song called "Beefeater" (which is now lost forever.) It was like this ::


Following the death of my step-grandfather, my grandmother wanted to move and soon enough she bought a house for herself. The house she lived in with her husband in Bordentown, NJ was now vacant, unsold, clean and furnitureless. the Canaries set up shop one weekend and recorded what we would refer to as the "2007 DEMO." It was like this ::




We continued to write and rehearse in central NJ while living in Jersey City and after meeting a 50+ year old coke-head bassist realtor who was in love with the Dead Boys, we began looking for a house where we could load in all of our recording and rehearsal equipment. Around this time we performed on Manhattan Neighborhood Network's "the Colors Project," a live television show where people do drugs, paint eachother different colors, assume alternate personalities based on their colors and then wing it. it was a fucking mess. Alec played drums for Eskimeaux & Stella's project the Duchess of Lightning and then the Canaries performed a couple new songs. It sounded like shit, looked like shit, was unbearably stupid, but somehow fun ... but maybe just in retrospect. the whole episode is still online, streaming HERE.

We finally found a house in North Bergen NJ, terminated our lease in the Jersey City apartment early & moved in. It was christened "1331." Conor, Joe, & Alec moved in with Eskimeaux [she created this video from some of the experiences] while Rob moved to an apartment in Harlem with fellow jazz students. We then began work on a full-length album, tentatively called "Healthy Young Canaries." The original artwork concept looked something like this ::


or maybe this was better received by the group ::


I can't remember. Either way, Alec didn't like either of those (or the name) and we were all frustrated by Rob's slow right foot. After all, he was a bassist, not a drummer, and as far as the technical aspect, it added a lot of time to rehearsal and recording. We loved Rob, we still love Rob, but in order to record at the pace we wanted to, Alec filled in on drums to complete the full-length album titled "Poke the Machine." It was like this ::



OUTTAKES ::



We made about 200 physical copies through Sire Press, sold almost all of them to friends & family and started work on a split EP with Michael Jordan. We never finished our half [READ ABOUT THE DISINTEGRATION!] and then broke up. the unfinished tracks are currently being dug out of the grave somewhere in Joe's hard-drive... we'll see what he comes up with...

Conor joined Le Rug, Alec began recording solo Every Bunny Welcome recordings, and Joe started a band called Popsicle. They were later renamed Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks. Rob disappeared into the mysterious world of JAZZ!

THIS HAS BEEN A SYNOPSIS! Feel free to fill in the gaps in the comments....

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

SUBURBIA.

HEY YOU! KID! WITH THE FUNNY HAT AND THE TIGHT PANTS!!! ARE YOU FROM THE SUBURBS?!?! DO YOU FEEL ALONE AND UNLOVED IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S BEEN DESTROYED BY POURED CONCRETE, OLD MEN WITH TOO MUCH MONEY AND PLASTIC?! DO YOU LOVE YOUR HOME TOWN BECAUSE, WELL SHIT! IT AIN'T NEW YORK CITY?! THIS IS FOR YOU!!!

"THE GREATEST MISALLOCATION OF RESOURCES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD"

NOW DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

SHOWCASE IV photos are up!

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loves,
Bobbie

SHOWCASE IV :: VIDEO

videos are piling up over at the video blog [http://tamurvids.blogspot.com]! every bunny welcome & NoN-SToP! are up already, Rasputin's Secret Police and Trench Mouth are going up next!

Penguin

Saturday, August 22, 2009

showcase IV

hell of a show. hell of a hell of a show. thanks to everyone who helped me pull it off last minute, to the All Call Inn, to Grant for running sound, to Cameron for hooking it up, to James for providing a drumset + vocal mic for the whole show, to debbie hay from NoN-SToP! for finding the venue and bringing me to the AMAZING black comedy show (one thursday a month, folks) thursday night, to the bands for showing up and rocking out, to everyone who showed up and brought friends. seriously went so smooth it was unbelievable and i think people had a damn good time judging by the drinking, dancing & laughter.

there will be more. Trenton is blowing up tamur style so get yer mind in the garden state if you wanna be there for the ride.

there's a ton of video from the show i've got to sort through and there were two excellent photographers doin what they do best (bobbie parker & dina mild) so there will, indeed, be some proof of all this.

till then stay sexy,
Conor Gerard Meara (c/o tamur.records)

Friday, August 21, 2009

TAMUR RECORDS SHOWCASE IV

TAMUR RECORDS :: NEW JERSEY
@ the ALL CALL INN :: 241 Weber Ave, EWING NJ
[2 miles from the TRENTON train station]

:: Every Bunny Welcome [you know him. you love him. NJ/Philly]
:::: TRENCH MOUTH [friends of the Timid Roosevelts. Philly PA]
:::::: NoN-SToP! [NJ METAL]
:::::::: Rasputin's Secret Police [PHILLY]
:::::::::: TRIGGERED IMPULSE [NJ METAL]
:::: DJ J-MART in between, before & after sets

Doors at 9pm. $5/all profits to tamur.records. 21+ to enter [legally], 18+ for bands.

call CONOR 609-865-5522 for a ride from the train station, more info, etc. etc. etc.

FUCK BROOKLYN, (sorry if you live there), FUCK THE MARKET HOTEL (sorry ray is an asshole & a drama queen), come party NEW FUCKING JERSEY STYLE. the way TAMUR started and the way TAMUR should be.

peace, love & chicken grease,
Conor Gerard Meara (c/o tamur.records)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Motorcycle Maus - Knockout EP


a new eskimeaux-related band: MOTORCYCLE MAUS

Motorcycle Maus is a West Philadelphia based semi-acoustic skitzo-pop partially industrial/gothish indulgent percussive band. they don't have a drummer right now, but for a hot minute they toured with E. Bunny (m4dd respekt <3)

DOWNLOAD NOW

ENJOY!!!

i have left tamur records

hello everyone
i regret to say that i have been asked to leave tamur records.
it is safe to say that things are not working out, and i think it would be best if i was not involved.
i want to say that i believe in tamur, i think it is an important part of our generation and an essential part of our broader music scene in general. there is alot of work to be done, and i have faith that tamur will be able to do that work well.
all of the records i posted on tamur i have taken down, and will be reposting them on another label i am starting up by september. if i have taken something down that you would rather keep up here, please be sure to email conor [conormeara@gmail.com] the record so he can post it back up.
i really had a great time working with tamur and i love everybody invlolved.
with love
ray

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

VIRGIL WARBUG NEWS

NOTICE :: TO WHOMEVER IT MAY CONCERN ::

the members of Virgil Warbug fell hard into bad luck when they were framed for the Great New Jersey State Treasury robbery of the first winter of two-thousand and eight. Being run out of town by pitchfork and torch wielding New Jerseyans they fled the homes they loved and spent all their cash on enough cigarettes, booze, and gasoline to drag them through the confields of Macon, GA, the endless Florida pan-handle and the ruthless deserts of Texas border towns leading to Tijuana, Mexico.

They never made it to their destination.

While driving their 1954 Cadillac DeVille one-hundred and twenty miles per hour towards the infamous crossroads of Robert Johnson, Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio [the Karate Kid], John cursed the heavens and screamed "BEETLEJUICE, BEETLEJUICE, BEETLEJUICE!" :: who then appeared in the road, causing Virgil Warbug to spin-out a full 666 degrees before a sweeping dove-tail landed them ass-over-tits into a tractor-trailer convoy containing five million liters of imported spiced rum.

Drunk on their own blood and the gallons of liquor propelled into their guts from the force of the crash, John summoned what seemed should be his last breath to ask Conor if indeed the Devil Himself were standing in front of them as they lay in pieces across Route 66. Conor confirmed the guest to John and John then asked the Devil what the fuck he was lookin' at him for.

the Devil took a liking to the duo :: in fact, he had heard of them before this incident. He thought they were a handsome and charismatic lot with souls fierce and evil enough to serve on his executive board in Hell for all eternity :: guaranteeing endless work with colleagues such as the recently-elected Billy Mays, Michael Jackson and Walter Cronkite. He offered Virgil Warbug one more year on Earth to party as much as they possible, spreading hedonism, anarchy, and Rock & Roll throughout the world.

John upped the ante ::

the Devil would have to give them three years to party with a 100,000,000 $ (US) bankroll and a chance to redeem their souls and stay here on Earth. the Devil smiled and countered :: if John and Conor could organize the most epic Rock and Roll concert on the eve of the apocalypse [December 12th, 2012] at the highest point in the Mayan ruins and play the Devil's music to all those at said concert [concert population exceeding 2 million travelers], the Devil would allow them to stay on Earth for all of eternity, keeping them out of Hell and doing the Devil's work throughout the world until the end of time with their continuously evolving brand of Rum, Sodomy & the Lash.

this is the last we've heard from Virgil Warbug :: forthcoming album in the works :: wish them luck.

I SAW THIS BAND...

IN BALTIMORE AND STARTED CRYING


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

L.E.G.S. @ PS 122 - SPEEDFREAK


the band featuring a young Eskimeaux on vocals, a young Lucian Buscemi (from Fiasco/Le Rug), Stella Jones on bass, and a rotating cast of drummers (gabby should remind me of all their names so they can get their respects)

there's two old/new videos comin up on the video blog. one is here too and the other is a cover of Stray Cat Blues. rock, roll, fuck and yeah. Reunion?

more coming including Hunt Club and Anna Bradley and hopefully the upcoming showcase.

danke,
Conor Gerard Meara (c/o tamur.records)

Look at it

75/81

of all the records tamur.records has in its catalog are now available for free immediate download, permanently shared on media.tamurrecords.org. the rest will be coming shortly (sorry to those who got shafted tonight)

CLICK HERE.

Monday, August 17, 2009

TAMUR RECORDS SHOWCASE IV


NoN-SToP!
Rasputin's Secret Police
Hunt Club
Thy Burden
Every Bunny Welcome
Anna Bradley

@ THE MARKET HOTEL
1142 Myrtle Ave @ BDWY, BKLYN, NY
JMZ TRAIN TO MYRTLE

* * * *

DON'T MISS IT.

love,
Conor Gerard Meara (c/o Tamur.Records)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

tr#079-81 - 3 ALBUMS FROM HUNT CLUB


WOOD :: DOWNLOAD NOW
1. DJ Nostalgia Machine
2. Red Sea
3. Tiny Dream
4. Ghosts in the River
5. Trog
6. Staten Island Salsa

LIVE AT WNSR :: DOWNLOAD NOW
1.
Mister Blue
2. I Love Your Wife
3. Yellow Marine
4. Drowning Man
5. Spike
6. Collapsed Lung
7. This is the Sound

HUNT CLUB :: DOWNLOAD NOW
1. Knife Fight
2. Mr. Blue
3. Drowning Man
4. Punch Line
5. Spike
6. Cappuccinos

For those of you who do not know, Hunt Club kills it every chance they get.

Hunt Club is Jesse (bass/vox) John (drums) Nico (guitar/vox)

Sadly, this hunting party is about to take a little break thanks to U.S. immigration. It seems that their raucous past, or at least the U.S. gov't, is finally catching up with this band of outlaws.

Be sure to catch them at the tamur showcase at the market hotel on august 21 and at the charleston in BKon august 26 w/ Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

mj/tom blacklungs side project's first show tonight


"dentistry" is the tentative name for right now.

the band consists of me (mike sheffield) on drums, kyle murray (mj & gt) on guitar, and joe plourd (tom blacklungs & the smokestacks, the canaries) on vocals.

tonight we are playing with chinese stars, passive aggressor, rice, and all leather (which is the new band from the dudes of the locust) at death by audio. we go on around 9:30 p.m. @ 49 South 2nd St. between Wythe & Kent.

our set will be short, so is life. come unleash your thrash animal.

-mike (c/o Michael Jordan)


p.s. dentistry doesn't have/ won't have its own internet presence

p.s.s. this is my first post. fuck yeah. more to come.

ic10

scans from negatives that are exposed on two separate occasions

if you wanna see more please visit our site.

-Ricky (c/o the Timid Roosevelts)

Friday, August 14, 2009

tr078 - ESKIMEAUX, I AM A SPIRAL

Finally! A new Eskimeaux release! Can you believe that?? after all this time???
I read somewhere that there's a new EP in the worx as well... keep an eye out on tamur... you'll hear it here first guaranteed. lovely!

1. I Am a Spiral (Prelude)
2. Dreamy Pop Song III
3. Fur Coat Wearers (Toy Puppy Version)
4. Wales
5. School Lane
6. You Are a Spiral (Ukellerkelele Version)
7. I Am a Spiral
8. Max's Song
9. An Apology to Nelly (hidden track)

TAMUR SHOWCASE IV

There is going to be another Tamur Showcase Friday, August 21st with a super special line-up of groups. Take down that date, write it on your iCal iPhone non-paper hippie shit, and I'll be on here ASAP to let you know where it's going down.

::Anna Bradley (definite opener, definitely loud)
::::Thy Burden (bluegrass + whiskey project booked by Joe P)
::::::Hunt Club (booked by Joe P)
::::::::NoN-SToP! (now with Conor Meara on bass)
::::::::::Every Bunny Welcome (possibly Michael Sheffield from Michael Jordan on drums)

possibly !!!! Radiates
possibly !!!!!! Rasputin's Secret Police
but I'm waiting on their replies...

also, the albums are uploading... check out the new and improved Catalog to see where we're at with it!

love,
Conor Gerard Meara (c/o tamur.records)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A SMALL STEP FOR MAN, A GIANT LEAP FOR T.RECS

except it's more like Jim Lovell lookin at the moon...

anyhow, tamur recently purchased a new hosting package that's strictly file uploads. we've got 2 gigs of space and 250mb download bandwidth so I'm currently in the process of uploading every single tamur record onto our dedicated server.

THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

a permanent link to a faster download directly from tamur! NO MORE ZSHARE/MEDIAFIRE/OTHER BULLSHIT! EVERY ALBUM AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY!

but... it takes a while to upload 2gigs worth of music, especially when ya don't have internet at the trailer park.

so it's on the way. this has been your heads up.

love,
conor gerard meara c/o tamur.records

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

PLAY DRUMS 4 FUN?

hello. would anyone like to play some drums for me for an upcoming show at the market hotel?

i have new songs and old songs and thong songs

love
every bunny welcome

Saturday, August 8, 2009

FRIDAY 8/14 :: Rock For Refugee Relief

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14th at 6:30pm
@ Biko Transformation Center
1474 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn NY

A benefit to raise money for refugee relief in the Swat region of Pakistan who have been displaced by fighting between the Taliban and Pakistani army on Pakistan's Independence Day.

Featuring:
:The Kominas (taqwacore band from Boston)
::Sarmust (taqwacore band from DC)
:::Amul9 (afropunk band from DC)
::::PropAnon (Palestinian MC from NYC)
:::::Lyrical (MC from Cambridge, MA)
::::::TOM BLACKLUNG & the SMOKESTACKS
:::::::Knifey Spoonie (from Bloomington, Indiana)

We're also pre-screening selects from a documentary about the taqwacore (kind of muslim punk) movement. It is BYOB and there are likely to be samosas. $8 Screening is at 7 and bands are at 7:30 and onward.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Virgil Warbug's "With the Shambles Haus Choir"

has been reposted...
GET AT IT

tr#77 - ANNA BRADLEY, "NERVOUS [EP]"


Track Listing
1. Sky
2. Nervous
3. Cats
4. I Feel Like A Goddamn Zombie

All songs written and recorded by Kipling
Mastered by Joe Plourde (of Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tamur @ the Market


Tamur Showcase 3 Photos are up!

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Ruv,
Bobbie

Saturday, August 1, 2009

tr#74 - Le Rug, "NUKE WHALES"


NUKE WHALES

Engineered by Joe Plourde
44 Songs about the presidents of the united states.
the track listing is too long so here is a list of the presidents that corresponds with the track listing.

DOWNLOAD HERE
DOWNLOAD LYRICS HERE

This album was recorded and finished in 2 and a half weeks, and being that the size of the project was immense, there was no way it could have happened without several people. First being the wonderful kids in Fiasco who played on the bulk of the record. The rest of the thanks go out to Tim Rusterholz (Le Tim), Joe Plourde, Joel Feingold, Joe Izzo, John Conti, and everybody else who helped compose, played on the record, encouraged me and helped me figure songs out.
with love
ray