Pretty Dirty

Hey all,

It’s no surprise that Character Nine has been quiet for a little while, but I thought I’d share some update about what we’ve been unto since the the last time we played out.  Also, It’s a little ridiculous that “We’re Coming To Boston” has been the first post on this site for coming on two years. Unacceptable!

Ladies & Gentlemen, peep this:  Pretty Dirty

Pretty Dirty Music

Samantha Farrell, Jon Crowe, Chris DeSanty, Pete Durning

Jon & Desant are working with the lovely and talented Samantha Farrell & Pete Durning to create gritty soulful jams with deep groves and steamy vocals.  They’ve played a few shows at Arlene’s Grocery and Rockwood Music Hall, and they’ve been hard at work on a debut EP.  Here’s a taste…

 

Annnnnnd this:

 

Is that foxy or what!?!

Stay tuned here and on The Pretty Dirty Facebook Page for more updates on the Boot Stompin’ EP.  You can also check back here for updates on other C9 projects and side projects as they drop.

We’re Going to Boston!

Hey Team,

For the first time ever, Character Nine is playing Boston, MA.  We were lucky enough to sync up with our friends Chris Cubeta & The Liars Club and share the bill at Church of Boston, an awesome looking venue near Fenway Park.

If you live in the area, or just feel like going on tour with ‘Nine, we would love to see you at the show. Check out our Facebook invite to learn more about the details and RSVP.

The Essentials:

Character Nine
Saturday, June 26th | 9pm to 11pm
Church of Boston | 69 Kilmarnock St. (Fenway Area)

Woodwork

This is one from our back catalog, called “Woodwork.”  Although short and simple, I’ll bet it’s the prettiest song you’ve heard all day. [Right-Click to Download]

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Breaking Upwards

Far more influential ink than mine has been spilled over Daryl, Zoe, & Peter’s movie Breaking Upwards, so I will save the ‘wax poetic’ for another occasion.  Instead, I’m just going to tell you to see it: See this movie.

After a successful opening weekend at the IFC Theater in NYC, their run has been extended to through Sunday, April 11th.  They open in Los Angeles on Friday, and if things go well, IFC might consider a nation-wide release.

If you don’t live in either of those cities, they’ve got you covered as well.  You can watch it home through your cable provider’s On Demand menu.  How bout that?

Richie Kotzen Live @ BB King’s

Just thought I’d post some photos I took of Richie Kotzen’s last show in NYC.

What an amazing time. Richie is one of the most talented rock vocalists I know of. His vocal chops are only exceed by his work on the guitar. He has the technical mastery and speed on par with any ‘shredder’ but the taste and soul of an old-school bluesman. It’s an unbelievable combination of talent that gave way to one of the most impressive live performances I’ve ever seen.

If you want to see Richie for yourself, he’s coming back to NYC to play the Highline Ballroom on May 25th and promote his new album Peace Sign.  Barring an act of god, you can bet that the four of us will be among the melted faces in attendance.

Merp!

Samantha Farrell – “Shoulda Known Better”

Here’s a video of the lovely and talented Samantha Farrell performing ”Shoulda Known Better,” the second track from her sophomore album, Luminous.  The soulful performance was shot on the streets of Brookline, Massachusetts by Character Nine’s own Christopher DeSanty.  In spite of the cars, busses, and leaf blowers conspiring to drown her out, Sam’s voice–as always–floats effortlessly above.

Enjoy!

New Earl Greyhound Album – Suspicious Package

w00t!  I just got an awesome email…

We are pleased to announce that our new record, “Suspicious Package” is available for pre-order on our website . And even better, when you pre-order the CD, you can download the album immediately. You’ll still have to wait for the full color poster insert that comes with the CD, but at least you’ll have some new music to listen to during the wait!

Done and done.

GaluminumFoil Productions – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Before recording The Sound, we vetted dozens of potential studios in New York and Connecticut in order to find the perfect combination of cost and quality.  Our search eventually brought us to GaluminumFoil, a few blocks off the JMZ in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  We were immediately impressed by the spacious wood-paneled Live Room, generously ‘decorated’ with vintage instruments and equipment.

GaluminumFoil Live Room

We poked around and eventually ended up in the Control Room to talk about our project with Jeff Berner, our prospective engineer.  We quickly discovered our mutual admiration for the work of  producers like Brendan O’Brien, Rick Rubin, and a handful of others.  Artistically and personally we were a great fit.   Next we listened to a few audio samples, paying close attention to the drums.  Achieving a great drum sound is one of the most difficult aspects of the recording process, but their dedicated overhead mic setup and spacious live room allowed everything to sound big and clear.

GaluminumFoil Production - Control Room

I can’t remember if we closed the deal then and there, but I do recall leaving the studio and being extremely fired-up to get to work.  Six months and a few goofy videos later, we had a recording that we were proud to call our own.  In 2009 we returned to Galuminum to record a single called “The Man You Made” where Jeff played a more collaborative roll in the process, acting as our producer.  The result: Awesome.  Listen for yourself:

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If you’re looking for a place to record in New York City, you should definitely give these guys a hard look.  They are extremely talented and always a blast to work with.  As a band, we are always looking forward to our next project together.

King’s X – Picture

The song “Picture” describes the first and only occasion that dUg Pinnick and his parents were at the same place at the same time.

We all got together for the first time last September.
I said “Somebody take a photograph I’ve got a camera.”
Now I got me a favorite picture.

It’s a soulful and touching example of exceptional songwriting, easily one of my favorite King’s X songs.  If more musicians held themselves–or at least aspired to–this standard of content and emotional honesty, rock music would be in a much better place than it is. I hope you can set aside some time to throw on some headphones and take this song in.

Picture – King’s X

“Picture” by King’s X
From the album, Ear Candy (1996)
She was a white skinned black beauty,
the daughter of an Indian
Her Grandparents raised her in northern Illinois.
I call her mother.
He was the son of a hellfire holiness preacher woman.
They say nobody was wilder,
but maybe his brother.
I call him father
She was young, calling love.
He was young, stealing love.
We all got together for the first time last September.
I said “Somebody take a photograph I’ve got a camera.”
Now I got me a favorite picture.