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Baudelaire in a Box goes “spinny” Jamie B. Wolcott, Curtis Eller’s American Circus, and New Town Drunks release Baudelaire in a Box: Songs of Anguish, a collector’s volvelle and EP.

Baudelaire in a Box goes “spinny”   Jamie B. Wolcott, Curtis Eller’s American Circus, and New Town Drunks release  Baudelaire in a Box: Songs of Anguish, a collector’s volvelle and EP.   In 2009 Dave Buchen, of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, launched Baudelaire in a Box, a serialized recasting of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs du mal”, currently in its eight episode.  Buchen creates and operates “crankies” (hand-cranked, scrolling images), while a varied cast of musicians provide a soundtrack of musical adaptations of Baudelaire’s haunting poetry. After participating in Baudelaire in a Box, Episode 4: Bad Luck, Curtis Eller’s American Circus and New Town Drunks recorded four of the pieces they had composed for the stage show, and illustrator Jamie B. Wolcott was recruited to design an accompanying volvelle or “spinny”, the handheld cousin of the cranky. The team is now proud to release Baudelaire in a Box: Songs of Anguish, four original musical compositions based on Baudelaire’s poems presented in a hand-made, screen-printed, 7″ x 7″ collector’s spinny that illuminates the grim imagery described in the music. Turn the wheel and watch as horrors beset the heart of the poor tormented soul. For a short video demonstration of the spinny please […]

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Bellows: Fables from the Musical Underground now available

    Bellows: Fables from the Musical Underground Now available Hmm Media is proud to announce a new book by New Town Drunks songwriter and guitarist, Roberto Cofresi.    The book is a collection of 10 musical fables, each fable illustrated by one of 10 fantastic artists from Los Angeles to Texas to North Carolina to New York. In a story where time didn’t start at the beginning, and music can be heard inside the trees, The Folk Singer, The Teenager and other archetypes from the world of music wander through grassy plains, heavy woods, basement camps, streets, living rooms, and mountains in their search for a true song and the meaning of music. These ten darkly comic fables feature a cast of animals, some of them soft and fuzzy, some of them vultures and squids. Together they weave a story like a Möbius strip where you are at once an insider and an outsider in the magical world of music. Each fable is illustrated by one of ten awesome artists. Kevin Dixon (NC), David K Rose (LA), Nathan Golub (NC), Sarah Dougherty (LA), Scott Gilbert (TX), John Voskamp (TX), Ali Nickles (NC), Andrew DeGraff (NY), Jamie B. Wolcott (NC), and […]

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New Town Drunks headline Head On Management & Booking summer showcase

We are super excited to be headlining this fantastic show.  It’s going to be a great start for the summer!  see the press release from Head On Management below.  We hope to see you there!    Head On Management and Booking announces summer showcase at Southern Rail, Carrboro NC Saturday, June 8, 2013   Head On Management & Booking is proud to announce their first summer showcase featuring the music of New Town Drunks, Michael Rank & Stag, Wood Ear, The Fair & the Foul, Mark Holland, Tom Maxwell, John Howie Jr, Salt to Bitters and more.  The showcase will take place on Saturday, June 8th at Southern Rail in Carrboro starting a 5:00pm.  The music will begin outside and move inside after sundown.   Head On Management has selected eight choice acts and a few surprises from its extensive roster of North Carolina roots artists to launch its first summer showcase.  Headlining the show will beNew Town Drunks who are releasing a new album, Kiss, on May 28th.  Also performing are Michael Rank & Stag who are riding a wave of acclaim for their February release, In the Weeds, while also preparing for a second 2013 release, Mermaids, later this year.  Wood Ear, The Fair and the Foul and Salt to Bitters will bring […]

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New Town Drunks release new album, Kiss, on May 28, 2013

On the 2598th anniversary of the eclipse that ended the Battle of Halys, Hmm Media is proud to announce a new record by New Town Drunks (Diane Koistinen and Roberto Cofresi).    NTD’s new full-length record, Kiss, produced by NTD and Stu Cole (Squirrel Nut Zippers), was recorded at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond VA with Alan Weatherhead (Sparklehorse, Lucero, Camper Van Beethoven) and mastered at Ultra Fin Riz Studios in Chapel Hill NC. The record features 9 new songs by NTD including a translation of a song by Catalan artist Joan Manuel Serrat, and a musicalization of a poem by Charles Baudelaire.   The recording features outstanding performances by Mr. Cole on bass, Robo Jones (Sex Police) on trombone, Nathan Logan (Hooverville) on drums, Doug Norton (See No Weevil) on keys, and Miguel Rodriguez-Urbiztondo (Cracker) on percussion. “This is a more song oriented album, than the last one, each song is a kiss.” says Cofresi, “Some are sweet, some have more bite to them.” The album will be available on CD, and on air fresheners with download codes.  You can hear the first single from the album, Kiss Kiss, and pre-order the album, on the band’s website and from bandcamp (for downloads).  After […]

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