Photos From Rehearsal 2/23

These were taken at AM Studios on 30th and 8th. There’s this building on that block with dozens of places that offer studio space ranging from $15 to $150 an hour.   We’ve done some of our best work in the room pictured below and  thankfully, it’s toward the lower end of the price spectrum.

That’s all for now, but hopefully we’ll have pictures from the big show soon.

the wind-up | You Are A Beautiful Thing

Our friends, the wind-up, have been gracing NYC stages for the last year, steadily building momentum towards the release of their debut album, You Are a Beautiful Thing (2010).

The album is a treat. Energetic, original, fun, and liberally adorned with magnetic hooks thoughtfully layered by engineer/producer (and bassist) Matt Bernstein. The deep and impressive recording is a testament to the blood, sweat, and tears poured into it. No one could ever guess that the bulk of the work came out of a home studio featuring a closet for an isolation booth. By splurging on a Manley Labs mic pre, and a kickass mastering session at The Lodge, the wind-up delivered an exceptional record for a fraction of what it would have cost a less resourceful, less talented band. Kudos.

Although the band has encouraged fans to rip, burn, and share their album with others, I’d rather point you in the direction of their page on Bandcamp where you grab it for free or kick them a few bucks to support a promising young band when they need it the most.

They’re good friends and lot of fun to gig with so you’ll definitely hear more about them here on For more information and direct updates, you should check out their website. Let us know what you think in the comments, and we’ll be sure to pass it along.

New Logo

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you may have noticed our latest profile pic taken from Muir’s iPhone.

I took the muir’s snapshot into Photoshop, flipped it so it actually looks like a C and a 9 and started going to town on it. What do you think?

If there are any designers out there who want to take a crack at it, here’s the Photoshop file I’ve been working with.   You can also just start with the full-res source photo like I did.  If you send us something we’ll post your work, give you the proper credit, and take you out for a night of adult beverages.

Coldplay Are Wankers

This is Steve Wilson, the vocalist, lead guitarist, and mastermind behind Porcupine Tree, one of our band’s favorites.  An account of the photo above said that a fan threw the piece of paper on stage and Wilson held it up to the crowd — an endorsement of sorts.

When I think of these two bands, Porcupine Tree and Coldplay, I think of Ayn Rand’s characters Howard Roark and Peter Keating from The Fountainhead.  Roark is a brilliant, forward-thinking architect who is unsuccessful due to his immutable creative integrity.  His close circle of friends and clients consists of characters who admire and respect his genius.  In spite of being a lesser architect, Peter Keating, (Roark’s classmate and contemporary) is extremely successful in his field because he operates by pandering to the demands of others, and appealing to a safe and traditional artistic sensibility.

Like Howard Roark, Porcupine Tree earned a small but passionate fanbase of listeners throughout their pursuit of personal artistic ideals.  Their music is beautiful, complex, rich, and versatile, but not everyone’s cup of tea.  Coldplay, their UK contemporaries, in step with with Peter Keating, have pursued a more accessible sound and become a household name.  Critically, however, they are a punchline. Even their most recent and most mature effort, Viva La Vida (an album I thoroughly enjoyed) received mixed reviews, and was under scrutiny for plagiarism.

Also, the word “wankers” is hilarious.

Cloud Nine

Going in to last night we knew it would be an amazing time, but we never expected it to unfold the way it did…

On top of sharing the stage with one of our strongest musical influences, John Hogg, the drummer from one of our all-time favorite bands (Jerry Gaskill of King’s X) was in the audience. It sounds like I’m speaking in hyperbole, but I’m not. Hanging out with these guys after the show, talking about music, art, inspiration, and anything else was a dream come true. We were legitimately starstruck.

Our set felt great. We debuted a new song, “By Myself” and brought some older material back to life. We represented ourselves well and warmed up the stage for John Hogg’s latest band, Cassini, who absolutely crushed it. They are the real thing. I can’t wait to hear their work in the studio.

We owe a huge thank you to everyone who came out. Wednesday night be damned, you were a GREAT crowd: attentive, responsive, and loud as hell. Thank you for being a part of such an amazing evening for the band.

VIDEO | “I Saw The Change”

At the end of rehearsal the other day, we decided fire up the webcam and make a quick acoustic recording of a new song, “I Saw The Change.” Stylistically, it’s a slight change of pace from the usual stuff but it should make a nice addition to the set.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments…

Character Nine + Cassini: 02.24.10

On Wednesday, February 24th we have the honor of sharing the stage with one of our band’s major musical influences – John Hogg, formerly of the band Moke.

At an acoustic show a few months back we covered one of Hogg’s songs “Rockstar,” and posted the video online. In December we went to see him play in New York and struck up a conversation after the set. Sure enough, he had seen our video of his song and remembered “Character Nine” by name. The exchange was surreal and humbling. At the end of the night, he suggested that we play a show together when he was back in town, and here we are.

Character Nine & Cassini - Live @ Arlene's Grocery 2/24/10

Please take a second to mark this one down in your calendars. We’ll be taking the stage at 9PM to warm it up for John’s band Cassini at 10. If you’ve ever trusted a musical recommendation from Character Nine, you are going to want to come to this show and see them do their thing.

In the meantime, you can watch him on youtube. Here’s one of our personal favorites Down performed with Moke.

Hope to see you there!

C9 + Cassini
February 24th, 2010 at 9PM
Arlene’s Grocery – 95 Stanton St. (link/map)
21+ / $8 Cover

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