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Headless Household: now in its 31th year, the new music combo slices across genres and pursues better living through eclecticism. with a slower, cooler head on the new, ninth album, Balladismo (2015). Guests include Julie Christensen, Glen Phillips, Nate Birkey, David Binney, Tom Buckner, pedal steelist Bill Flores, and more... Previous albums in this millennium were their double-disc album, celebrating the band's 25th anniversary (a year late), Basemento (one disc leans "inside," the other "outside). the expectedly eclectic Blur Joan (2005), and the slightly less eclectic post-Polka (2003), on which the departure point is the polka genre, with elements of rock, punk, funk, zappa, nino rota, charlie parker, and other flavors. another one (or two) is/are in the works presently.
Meanwhile, a new offshoot band, post-Polka, has been created as of 2009, dealing strictly with the growing body of polka tunes in the Household songbook. So far, the band has performed at "alt-Oktoberfest" events, with other plans in the werx. Stay tuned, drink up.
Also check out Household keyboardist Richard Dunlap's wonderful solo recording, Ode to the Sistrum.
(2017), trumpeter-vocalist Nate Birkey's tenth album for Household Ink Records,
was recorded last year in Rome, Italy, a place where Birkey has been drawn back
to on many occasions, and found a natural alliance with the cultural
temperament. A mix of originals and custom-chosen classics add up to a glowing,
romantic yet thoughtful musical occasion. Joining Birkey are Italian musician
friends--Roberto Tarenzi and Manuel Magrini on piano, bassist Luca Bulgarelli
and drummer Alessandro Marzi. The album earned a glowing four-star review
in DownBeat magazine
The album earned a glowing four-star review in DownBeat magazine link.
Household Ink is proud to have embarked on a new relationship with the multi-talented and rising German jazz saxophonist Nicole Johaenntgen, via her new and wonderful jazz/blues/pop/etcetera album, Moncaup. She is the first European artist on the Household Ink Records roster, and one steadily gaining acclaim and an international presence. We are more than pleased to meet her, and help introduce her to a deservingly wider Stateside audience.
Dudley: dreamy and dynamically engaging art-folk, via singer-songwriter Ellen Turner, as heard on the third song set, doin' jack, as well as the wonderful earlier albums Are Our Oars Out? and the classic-in-the-making, Public Nudism. Dare we say ahead of its time? Dudley is nearing completion on a long-awaited "next" album, twenty years after the last model.
...Julie Christensen, the dynamic and versatile singer who gamely performed and recorded with Headless Household for years, joined the Household Ink ranks for a handful of years, we're happy to report. Julie
released her 2012 album Weeds Like Us, an Americana-rich song set, and follow-up to her "art-pop" oriented Where the Fireworks Are. Late in 2006, Julie put out her "standards" album Something Familiar--her first release on Household Ink. The album includes Jeff Ballard and Kenny Wolleson on drums, Greg Liesz on pedal steel and Jeff Elliott on trumpet, as well as her soul sister Karen Hammack on piano... On the big screen, she's also a featured singer in the acclaimed fllm Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (having sung with Cohen for years, and been involved in Hal Willner-produced Cohen tributes, including shows in Dublin, singing duets with Lou Reed.) Julie is now settled in Nashville and pursuing her vibrant life as an American artist and well-rounded human.
The Household Ink family is also a temporary home for the verstaile, well-traveled and laureled bassist-composer David Piltch, whose fascinating album, Minister of the Interior, is now available on Household Ink. Piltch, the Toronto-born musician, has been an internationally-known and traveled figure, working with k.d. lang for years, as well as Holly Cole, Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Henry, Loudon Wainwright, Liz Wright, and many others. A tasteful blend of instrumental and vocal fancies, Minister of the Interior features guest appearances from k.d. lang, Bill Frisell, Petra Haden, Holly Cole and Perla Batalla, among others, and heralds the beginning of Piltch's life as a leader...
Household Ink Records proudly welcomes to the HI family, the fine Australian-turned-Californian alt country singer-songwriter Natalie D-Napoleon, whose album Leaving Me Dry is a thing of pleasure and wonder...
Jeff Elliott: the great jazz trumpeter finally releases a solo project of his own, Different Jungles, and it's a diverse, ambitious musical joyride, not quite like any other jazz album you've heard.
Turnip Family Secrets: the original "play with songs" by Michael Smith, with music by Joe Woodard, released a cast album concurrently with its premiere production, April 12-21, 2002, at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. Musicians in the elevated "pit band:" Dick Dunlap, keys, Tom Lackner, percussion, Jim Connolly, bass, and Woodard, guitar, and the cast is Fred Lehto and Paula Re (as Cal and Bess), Geren Piltz (as David) and Geoffrey Jones (as the fairy/giant).
Brad Dutz: Household Ink is proud to host the inventive, and prolific, Los Angeles-based percussionist and composer, with his latest addition to the Dutzography, Heat the Grill Cook Loin, a new music concoction of chamber-jazz properties, and Dutz-ian wit and wisdom.
OUTPOST: showcasing non-HI artists we know and love, whose products we endorse, i.e. Creme de la Femme, Petracovich, Rob Taylor, the enigmatic rock unit Wasted Tape, reggae band The Cannons, and jazz vocalist Jerome Smith...
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last updated: July 17, 2019