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Residual Modes – 5.18.2011 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Katie Collins, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae, Dane Hill & Samuel Williams]

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“Really Horrible Shit is Popular”
“Finite Mass”
“Via Chicago” (Wilco cover)

This session is filthy.  It plugs on, unapologetic and held together only by the semen everyone ejaculated from their instruments.  There is unfamiliar territory here, taken from the deepest depths of feeling through the darkness, up to epic highs of triumph and grandeur.

“Finite Mass” was the warm up jam this session, but I didn’t feel it was the best way to introduce the session.  “Really Horrible Shit is Popular” seemed much more in-one’s-face and abrasive.  A better way to begin sometimes…definitely this case.

Yeah.  We cover Wilco at the end.  The vocals are terrible.  I couldn’t really remember the vocal nuances for shit and barely knew the lyrics.  So if you can put up with that karaoke bullshit, you’ll find some very nice music underneath, most of the time.

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

Wander the Silence – 5.11.2011 – Arrison Kirby, Samuel Williams and Lulu Skidoo

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“Afraid of the Ghost”
“Michael in the War”
“Until I Die (Rum Blues)”

Instead of tuning up the piano, Samuel tuned his banjo to match the piano.  The result is this macabre and winding session of standards.  It’s another really minimal session, as well.

Lulu Skidoo (aka Michelle Sanders) joins us again for “Until I Die.”  This is the first version we had tried on any keys at all, let alone an actual piano.

“Teamworking” is the only new song here and is most likely incomplete, but still worth sharing, I guess.  It’s about a person getting involved in someone else’s new relationship.

Arrison Kirby –piano, vocals
Samuel Williams – banjo, vocals
Michelle Sanders – vocals

“Michael in the War / Give Peace a Chance” by Never Sorry – at Le Carnival des Autres – 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, TN – 5.6.2011

Here is another clip from the footage taken by Maurita Roman at Le Carnival des Autres from back in May. This one is not as consistently strong as “Until I Die (Rum Blues)” was, but it’s the only other complete video of an entire song – or a two song sequence in this case.

So yeah. It’s a somewhat frantic push of “Michael in the War,” segueing into John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” And of course, I never know the verses. Just the chorus.

“Until I Die (Rum Blues)” by Never Sorry with Lulu Skidoo – at Le Carnival des Autres – 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, TN – 5.6.2011

This weekend, Never Sorry played a crossdressed acoustic set at Le Carnival des Autres at 1010 Gallery in Knoxville.  In this video, we are joined by Lulu Skidoo (aka Michelle Sanders) for this performance of “Until I Die (Rum Blues).”  She wrote these lyrics.  Myself and Megan Driscoll fleshed out the music.  Then, obviously, everyone else together brought it into form.

This video was filmed by Maurita Roman. I have at least one more good recorded excerpt from the show and it will likely get posted soon.  For now though…

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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“New Beginnings”
“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

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”
“Anemone” (Brian Jonestown Massacre)
“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

Part 3 by Arrison Kirby

Arrison Kirby
Part 3

“Going Away”
“Jim On the Plane”
“Train to Nagano”
“Zenkouji Exit”
“New Feeling”
“Sad Bus”
“Nagano Return”
“Chippu and Mimi”
“Sad Divide”
“Goodbye Again”
“Anastasia at the Bar”
“I Will Wait”

Written, produced and performed by Arrison Kirby

Samuel Williams – banjo on “New Feeling”
Rhiannon Coulombe – bass on “Bamse”

Artwork by Saitarou

Recorded at El Studio, Knoxville, TN.

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Samuel Williams, Jeremy Meister & Arrison Kirby @ Toots, Knoxville, TN – 2010.06.17