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Simple Times – 4.17.2011 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Katie Collins, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae, Dane Hill, Samuel Williams & Michelle Sanders]

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“Trimpers”
“New Beginnings”
“Blue”
“Dead”
“House of Satan”
“Michael in the War”
“Automobile” (NWA / Parliament)
“Until I Die (Rum Blues)”
“Afraid of the Ghost”
“Cute Little Echo”

Though used to our full on assault you may be, we’re meddling in acoustic music at the moment.  Primarily, this is in preparation for Le Carnival Des Autres, as we will be giving some kind of stripped down performance at the event.  We actually played an Easter  “show” we didn’t advertise.  We used the same arrangement as on this session.  The amplification of acoustic music felt unnatural.

This session was recorded without any electric amplification (aside from the built in speaker on the omnichord), and that is also how we intend to perform at Le Carnival Des Autres.

So we have Samuel Williams back with us on the banjo.  Doing an excellent job, as this is the first time he had played many of these songs.  I’m not going to break down each song as I usually do because – what can I say?  It’s acoustic music.  Period.  I would, however, like to point out “Until I Die (Rum Blues).”  The girl singing is Michelle Sanders (aka Lulu Skidoo) and these are her lyrics.  Myself and Megan Driscoll worked out the music with her.  This was the first session that it was introduced to everyone else.  We hammered it out over and over again,  but I think this is the most solid recorded version.

Katie Collins – omnichord, ukulele, vocals
Megan Driscoll –  flute, harmonica, tambourine, vocals
Dane Hill – guitar, vocals
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – guitar, vocals
Samuel Williams – banjo, vocals
Michelle Sanders – vocals

Never Sorry Performing as part of Le Carnival des Autres @ 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, TN – 5.6.2011

Le Carnival des Autres is a mixed media art project by Dorothy Verbick and Sarah Holland.

Other performers include:  Fine Peduncle, Delinda D’Rabbit & Salome Cabaret, Maria Kateri McGuire & Balazs Sipos, Lulu Skidoo, Hudson K and American Panda.

There will additionally be tarot readings by Madame Cristalyn

Seedlings – 3.30.2011 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Katie Collins, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae & Dane Hill]

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“Everyone In”
“Michael in the War”
“Trimpers”

After the Pilot Light show, we reconvened the following Wednesday and went right to work on new material…which is actually old material to me.  Only these three made it to the surface.

“Everyone In” – This was just another standard Never Sorry warm up jam.

“Michael in the War” – Okay.  Last summer a storm put my power out just before dusk.  I decided to record a session, by myself, on a battery operated sound recorder.  I played acoustic guitar and sang, making it up as it went.  This song came out of that session.

“Trimpers” – I wrote this song before I really knew how to write songs, back around 9th grade or so.  Trimper’s is a real place in Ocean City, Maryland.  It’s apparently been open since 1893.  Anyway, the song ends rather abruptly due to a beer spill.  And no…it was not extra light.

Katie Collins – omnichord
Megan Driscoll –  flute, vocals
Dane Hill – bass, drums
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, vocals

Never Sorry at the Pilot Light – The Goddess of Awesome – 3.27.2011

So apparently The Goddess of Awesome came to our show at the Pilot Light on March 25th.  She wrote up a pretty cut and dry review of the show.

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That picture is linked from her blog.  It’s pretty good except for how misshapen my head appears.

Pilot Light Rehearsal – 3.23.2011 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Katie Collins, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae, Dane Hill & Nathan Brown]

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photo by Tara Williams

“Monkey Waltz”
“Afraid of the Ghost”
“Blue”
“Anemone” (Brian Jonestown Massacre)
“Dead”
“House of Satan”
“Single Politician”
“Cute Little Echo”
“Tender” (Blur)
“Reading Rainbow” (Horelick, Kleinman & Weir)

Sorry it took a minute, but this is the rehearsal session from two days before our show at the Pilot Light.  This is almost exactly as we played and what we said but for a small edit before “Tender” due to things said and done that I’m best not to repeat, lest I would not have removed them in the first place.  It was actually a really enjoyable moment, but a name was said in a context best left private.

Anyway.  Holly Denman was hanging out at that night’s session.  She’s the Holly referenced in the inbetween talk.  Remy is my dog.  Also, Dane didn’t actually eat any LSD.  I was trying to be funny…or something.

There are a few aural differences between this rehearsal and the live set.  They are as follows:

1. You can hear the flute.

2. Samuel Williams is not playing at the rehearsal, though he did join us on banjo for the “Reading Rainbow” finale.

3. At the rehearsal, we took Reading Rainbow into the weird Ghostbusters tease at the end.  It was considered for the show, but ultimately not used.

4. At the show, I used a much more organic guitar sound on “House of Satan.”

5. The ghost (played by Jonny Andrews) played beam theramin at the show, but not on the recording unfortunately.

Katie Collins – omnichord
Megan Driscoll –  flute, vocals, harmonica, tambourine
Dane Hill – bass, drums
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys
Nathan Brown – keys, electronics