Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's Exit Clov's Vinyl District Ticket Giveaway!

You have to know by now that if we’re going to be promoting a new release and a few live dates around the release that we’re going to give you a chance to win said release and concert tickets, right? We are just that transparent.

Em and Suz of Exit Clov have hooked TVD readers up with a pair or tickets for both CD release shows this coming weekend— Friday night (1/29) at the Strathmore Mansion with True Womanhood and Saturday night (1/30) at Iota with Olivia Mancini and the Mates. They’ve also tossed in the brand new CD ‘Memento Mori’ for each ticket winner. Cuz they do indeed love you back.

Here’s how it’ll go (as it always does:) jump up and down in the comments to this post and plead your case to attend one of the two shows this weekend. We’ll have two winners—one per show—who sufficiently inspire us with their brilliant entry.

Em and Suz are picking the winners too, so y’know, put some effort into it. You’ve got til noon on Friday!

TVD Recommends | Thornley & Friends, The One Year Anniversary, Monday (2/1) at Solly's Tavern

John Thornley’s Monday night outing at Solly’s, Thornley & Friends, celebrates its one year anniversary this coming Monday night (2/1) and it’s not only spawned a fine evening of spontaneous music in its lifetime, but a brand new collaborative whose track streams below. John gives us the back-story:

"So this is a little collaboration between John & Paul Thornley, Matthew Hemerlein, and Ryan Mitchell called The Four Horsemen. We play mainly guitar, ukelele, banjo, violin, mandolin and whatever else we can carry around on our stagecoach. We play a mix of originals, gospel/spiritual tunes, blues, and 80's power pop.

This number is a tune John Thornley wrote on a borrowed ukelele from Ryan Mitchell while at home for the holidays. Everyone then pitched in on several different instruments until we came up with the song you hear now. It's just a demo version but we thought it would be fun to stream it to promote the show on Monday.

Named after the four great Notre Dame linebackers in the 1920's, The Four Horsemen have no relation to these men, just admirers. A perennial group comprised of, John & Paul Thornley(1), Matthew Hemerlein(2), and Ryan Hunter Mitchell(3) formerly of Deer Wolf(4), their live shows are seldom performed beyond the confines of their chateau in Montreal. With a keen knowledge of Russian(5) literature, The Four Horsemen lyricist writes strictly on such topics. This show will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to broaden your musical horizons. There will be sing alongs.

Also opening up the gig is good friend Sonny Kilfoyle, "Sonny Boy", from NYC via Boston. Previously in acclaimed bands such as "Blonde Acid Cult" and "Calypso", he will be making his debut solo appearance this Monday in DC."

Doors: 8:30pm | Cover: $5

(Thanks to BYT for the streaming link!)

1. It should be mentioned at this time that the Thornleys, John (1982- ) Paul (1984- ) are brothers by birth and any other rumours to the contrary are suspicious.
2. Mathew Hemmerlein (1983- ) was awarded the Tchaikovsky Award of Honor for his aptitude in violin, but donated his award to various charities.
3. Ryan Hunter Mitchell IV (1984- ) is a recent novelist and world expeditionary.
4. Deer Wolf (tm) is a fictional band with no offense intended to bands such as Deer Tick, Deer Hunter, WolfMother, Wolf Parade or Owl City.
5. Russian in the soviet sense. Referring but not limited to Czech, Ukrainian and other Cyrillic based languages.

It's Exit Clov's Vinyl District!

Sometimes it's hard to believe, but Exit Clov's been a band for 6.5 years. We've survived quite a lot together—relationships come and gone; broken down vans in Marshall, TX; 22-hour drives from Austin to DC; shady motels; and even the passing of loved ones. At the end of all of it, we're still making music together.

As we've grown together, each of us has also started up other projects with friends involving art in many forms. We've all branched out beyond Exit Clov as musicians & songwriters, crafters, audio engineers, writers, producers, entrepreneurs and even web & graphic designers. So we decided to create an umbrella entity -- called the Nervous People Collective -- to house all of these projects. We're launching the new website (designed by Susan!)

Please indulge us by reading our mantra, along with a brief description of each of the Nervous People projects. Hopefully you'll enjoy them, knowing they all have little pieces of Exit Clov. For each music project, we've posted a song for free download.


drunken sufis | Glenn Beck is edible...a dollar item on the duality menu...Obama smokes butts...he's still a shape shifting reptilian...Karzai's got warlords living can't believe what you we just watch... "What would we do baby without us..." Watch our video and listen to our track Torture Me, off our latest release. Free download: "Torture Me"

imoM | imoM is an independent line of artwork, jewelry and fashions we (em & suz) founded, inspired by the work of artist Ming-Yen Hsu. Our shop offers various adaptations and prints of his works on jewelry (acrylic earrings and necklaces), 4x6 cards and 11x14 prints that can be framed. Visit our etsy shop; friend us on Facebook; and follow us on Twitter!

milly beau | Milly Beau is a band from NYC making pretty sounds from urban grit... calling it soul thrash. We are named after a good ol' southern storyteller with a big heart and a salty mouth. We come from hip hop, jazz and indie rock. Beat and LES poems ignite the lyrics and the JMZ train lives in every recording. Visit our myspace page or follow us on Facebook. Free download: "So Chic"

mousybabe | mousybabe is a website that houses all of Em & Suz's miscellaneous projects. We blog, we read, write & play music, rant, meet interesting people, eat food, make jewelry and little videos. Our latest video is a holiday stop-motion film short, featuring imoM art/jewelry and the soundtrack of a holiday tune we wrote/recorded last winter 2008. Last summer, we also filmed a home fundraising video that went viral on YouTube across the Pacific Ocean!

the sounds of domestic living | Spare dark folk country soulful pop blues. Debut track just released and available for free download below. The track was mixed/mastered by Greg Maly of Basshound, engineered by Patrick White and Greg Maly. Check back for a lounge remix of this track from Greg, which should be available shortly. Be our friend on Myspace and Facebook. Free download: "Gold to Refine"

sri | An "avant-pop" duo from New York City, formed in late 2008. Self-produced and engineered, their debut EP, Bone Bazaar, is the result of nearly a year of experimental recording, meticulous sound design, and richly layered instrumentation. A haunting example of modern-day DIY, keep an eye out for upcoming live performances! Get Sri's Bone Bazaar from iTunes or visit their Myspace page. Both members of Sri are also the founders and chief engineers of Stitch Sound Mobile Recording, Mixing and Mastering. Free download: "Vog"

stitch sound | Guerrilla-style recording, mixing & mastering. Located in Billywick. With an emphasis on performance and creative solutions, at Stitch, we pride ourselves on capturing unique sound in any location. Wherever we end up, our sessions are always pressure-free and set to inspire. Whatever the time table, whatever the budget, our greatest joy and satisfaction comes in seeing each project reach its fullest potential. Visit our website for more!