Human Zoo tracks confirmed

Though not in the final order, the following songs are set to appear on ‘Human Zoo’.

(Who the Hell) Just Call My Phone
Alone With Your Body
Good View of the Violence
Gun Rights
I’m The Devil
I Need A Restaurant
I’ve Seen Rio in Flames
It’s Horseshit
Karate Lips
Satanic Wheels
The Afterlife
Worst Movie Ever

Dick Valentine’s 2014 Party Planner eBook Now Available

You can now download a new eBook by Dick Valentine at http://store.payloadz.com/details/2089490-ebooks-food-and-cooking-dick-valentines-2014-party-planner.html

From the website:

It’s here!  Dick Valentine’s 2014 Party Planner!  The Electric Six frontman shares with you some of his favorite cocktail recipes, tasty party snack recipes, essential music mixes and fun facts about food and drink!  Party like it’s this year!

New tracks announced for ‘Human Zoo’

The following songs have been confirmed on the band’s Facebook page for their upcoming album ‘Human Zoo’.

Karate Lips (Opener)
Alone With Your Body
Gun Rights
I’ve Seen Rio in Flames
(Who The Hell Just) Call My Phone
I Need A Restaurant
Worst Movie Ever
The Afterlife (Closer)

The press release, in full below, suggests the album will include fourteen tracks.

The concept of the “human zoo” has existed in art and literature for centuries, thus Electric Six recognizes and accepts it is not breaking new conceptual ground by naming its tenth studio album Human Zoo. It recognizes and accepts that old ground is being broken. Like teeth.

The first known reference to a human zoo is believed to be from the mid-to-middle 12th century, when the famous Flemish monk Wenslaus De Trappe wrote of his base desires to cage human beings and charge money to display them in humiliating fashion in his classic 14 Trappist Monk Tales. From there, the human zoo concept snowballed and could be found everywhere from Restoration literature (Lord Percy Nutton’s Northumberland Abbey), to Nazi propaganda (Die Mensch Zooiedieschennel) to 20th Century American counterculture (Tal Rosenberg’s 20 Days on Acid – I Am a Pinhole Camera), the last of which where the author famously imprisons his lawyer/traveling companion in a cage and places him at the corner of Haight and Ashbury to stand trial for helping contribute to a bad trip.

Electric Six recognizes the legacy of the human zoo concept and throws its hat into the conceptual milieu with a great deal of respect and humility. We do not seek to define the human zoo, nor do we seek to deconstruct it. We seek to explore it. We seek to expand it. And most of all, we seek to sell it to you.

Electric Six recognizes that when men and women are placed in cages and displayed like animals, a power dynamic is being constructed. The human in the cage has his basic rights discarded, his dignity stripped from him, whereas the human who pays to observe other humans establishes his superiority just by casually standing and watching, choosing to leave whenever he likes. In this same way, Electric Six seeks to put itself on display in such a manner that empowers the listener and debases the band all while making everyone feel like partying.

From the opening track “Karate Lips”, Human Zoo takes the listener immediately into a teenage karate tournament for girls as refereed by Def Leppard. The crunchy guitars hit you in the face like a teenage foot and you immediately remember why you purchased or illegally downloaded this latest Electric Six album.

Like many E6 albums, Human Zoo does not have one defining sound, rather it is a sampler’s plate of the entire history of rock and roll music. Like Motown…now we are doing Motown. “Alone With Your Body” is the feel good necrophilia anthem of the summer and it sees the band embracing this oft overlooked section of our hometown’s musical history.

From there we ramble into the spaghetti-western marching band good times of “Gun Rights”, the triumphant Disnification of “I’ve Seen Rio in Flames”, and into the absurd hip hop of “(Who The Hell Just) Call My Phone”. Thrown in a few classic rockers in “I Need A Restaurant” and “Worst Movie Ever” and you’ve got an E6 album, son!

But it’s not an E6 album until the closer is better than the rest of the record combined. The gorgeous, haunting pop of “The Afterlife” might be the greatest thing the band has ever done. Ever.

Okay we said some stuff, told you some song titles, and threw you a few bones. Come on now, buy the record! Who cares about all that other stuff? Have a go, see what happens! Give it a shot! Human Zoo is available on Oct. 14 on Metropolis Records. Come see Electric Six play in your town this fall on the Some Girls Do It for Love tour. Visit electricsix.com for tour dates.

 

Kickstarter: Drumming lesson from Mike Alonso

The latest Kickstarter stretch goal has been revealed on the band’s Facebook page.

Crazies…we’re offering a brand new package for the “Mimicry And Memories” Kickstarter campaign. Check it:

$300

DRUM LESSON FROM MY DRUMMER – A copy of “Mimicry And Memories” PLUS a copy of “Sexy Trash” PLUS a 30 minute drum lesson from Percussion World at the gig of your choice. You pick the show, we’ll arrange for you to secure entry to the venue before doors and Percussion World will proceed to school you for 30 minutes on the drums. Bring a pair of sticks and you’re good to go.

You can find this and other mind bending packages athttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/e6absolutetreasure/mimicry-and-memories

Everywhere; Easy Lover added to Kickstarter; new stretch goal to come

Kickstarter voters have ensured the Fleetwood Mac cover ‘Everywhere’ will appear on the new ‘Mimicry and Memories’ CD plus a stretch goal means that the ‘Easy Lover’ cover will also appear.

A new stretch goal is to be announced soon.

From the Facebook page:

You done went and did it again, Crazies. You reached another stretch goal, which means that “Easy Lover” will now be part of the M&M set. We can’t thank you enough for the support and know that we love you all…maybe not as much as the Phil Collins puppet loves you, but a lot nevertheless. In the meantime, we’ve still got just a bit under 2 weeks to go and we will be introducing another stretch goal for $55K shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for that. You can be certain that whatever it is that we do, it will be avaiable to pledgers only, now and forever.

For pledge packages the likes of which will send your heart and soul into an eternal and unending state of ecstacy, check out “Mimicry And Memories at

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/e6absolutetreasure/mimicry-and-memories

Kickstarter Stretch Goal now available

With the main money target reached, Electric Six has now announced a Kickstarter stretch goal.

Crazies, you’ve done gone and done it. $35K…issa Stretchy. So here’s the deal: all of those who have pledged (either now or by the end of voting on Thursday, July 3, 2014) can send us a message via Kickstarter with their selection indicated as to which of the following three songs they wish to see E6 record and include on the “Mimicry” portion of “Mimicry And Memories.” Those nominated songs are:

1. Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac – Those of you who witnessed the June US tour likely saw this one done on stage with E6 and Yip Deceiver. The recorded version will include the YD boyz.

2. Easy Lover  by Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey – The two Phils. Two Phils and one Valentine. Irresistable.

3. In The Dark by Billy Squier – This one came thisclose to being included on “M&M” right out of the chute. It is a master class in early 80s AOR sass and emotions in motion. Wait, that’s another song…

For more information visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/e6absolutetreasure/mimicry-and-memories

Mimicry And Memories Kickstarter Launched

Electric Six have launched their second Kickstarter campaign, looking to raise $25,000 to create ‘Mimicry And Memories’, a two-disc CD consisting of one disc of covers and one disc of rareties, in the vein of ‘Sexy Trash’.

With a closing date of the 21st July, bonuses for pledgers include the Mustang jacket from the recent album cover; the keys and licence plate to the recently scrapped Electric Six van; and the chance to sign ‘Danger! High Voltage’ with the band. Oh, and a back rub from Dick Valentine.

Over the years, one thing Electric Six has discovered is that the appetite of its fans for more music is unending, unyielding, and insatiable. In interactions with fans, the band is asked most often about two types of potential releases (beyond the yearly album of new material, of course): covers and rarities. Electric Six has enough cover ideas thrown at it by fans to fill up 20 albums, and ever since the release of the rarities compilation “Sexy Trash,” we’ve had people clamoring for more obscurities and unheard gems.

So, we’ve decided to do them both. The purpose of this project is to make real the release of a two disc set (sorry, it’ll be CD-only, no vinyl), to be entitled “Mimicry And Memories.” The “Mimicry” disc will contain 12 covers, 8 of which have been selected by the band, with the remaining 4 cuts hopefully chosen by pledgers as part of this campaign. The “Memories” disc is a successor to “Sexy Trash,” as a collection of outtakes and rarities from the full scope of the band’s career. Included on this disc are THREE songs which were just recorded as part of the sessions for the band’s forthcoming album on Metropolis Records, “Human Zoo.” Thus, the sound quality of songs on this disc will vary from track to track, much as it did on “Sexy Trash.” However, everything on the “Memories” disc is absolutely listenable and enjoyable. As those who own “Sexy Trash” will know, the nature and construction of Electric Six songs often shifts dramatically during the course of development, so demo versions of songs which did make it to albums which are included on this disc are different (sometimes radically so) than the “final” version. For the true Crazy, it’s fascinating to see how the songs develop from embryonic version to their final state.

In keeping with the special nature of this project, these discs will only be available as part of this Kickstarter campaign. We won’t be selling them at shows, they won’t every be available at retail or via mailorder through the band’s webshop, etc.

You can find out more, and pledge, at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/e6absolutetreasure/mimicry-and-memories

For more information abou what will be on the disc, visit our Mimicry And Memories page.

Electric Six to launch second Kickstarter

A post on the Electric Six Facebook page on the 29th May confirms a new Kickstarter campaign will be coming.

Crazies…one week from tomorrow, another Electric Six tour will launch, this one covering certain Midwestern cities and leading to the Pacific Ocean before circling back through the great American Southwest and on in to home base. That day will also mark the launching of another voyage…this one a project involving a second Kickstarter campaign. You, the Crazies, were unbelievably generous and supportive of the “Absolute Treasure” campaign and so we’ve decided to, in the words of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, do it again. We’re going to keep details quiet until launch day but we think it’s something which will excite the Crazies. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are about this once we unveil the project.

More on this as we get it.

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