Valet Confidential

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“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful”

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or: I learn to channel my inner Marilyn

For the third year in a row, I’m going to be the Artist Wrangler/Associate Producer for the Bubbles in the Think Tank record about records for Record Store Day 2014.

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Somehow I’ve become a record company exec

I’m the Associate Producer and Artist Wrangler for the second annual Record about Records for Record Store Day to be produced by the ever-embiggening staff over at Bubbles in the Think Tank.  This year’s edition is “Eponymously Entitled” and we just started taking advance orders for the record over at love.bubblesinthethinktank.com

That’s right … “record” … real vinyl … 7 inches of it, in fact.  Last year we made a purple record, “The Petite 7 Inch Record.”  This year we did something completely different.  We made a clear record.

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Killer Twitter App for Android

Where is it?  That’s what I want to know.  Lots of decent apps out there, and some do several things well and others do other things well, but nothing I’ve found does them all, at least not all that I want them to do.

Here’s what I want my Android Twitter app to be able to do:

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I’m on a brand-new CD! And we’re having a Release Party this week!

The Chandler Travis Three-O, a four-person spinoff of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic (I’m sure most of you know that I’m a member of both), have produced our debut CD, “This is What Bears Look Like Underwater“, and we are having a release party this Friday (October 12) at Club Passim in Harvard Square (47 Palmer St).  The show starts at 8pm, and it’s just us – no opening act.

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A Record About Records!

I am the Associate Producer (ie “Musician Wrangler”) on a new project being put together by my friends Belinda & January Fairy over at Bubbles in the Think Tank.  We have started the below Kickstarter campaign to try and raise the funds for the project.

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You have been Warned!

I’m going on a little 4-show Halloween weekend tour-ette with the Chandler Travis Philharmonic this weekend, and it sure would be much appreciated if any of you reading this were able to show up and see us! Also, if you have friends (or enemies) who you think might enjoy (or hate) the band, please encourage them to come out and see us, too.

We will be terrorizing the following towns:

  • Thursday, October 29, 8pm – The Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY (468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY – (845) 359-1089) – $15

    Our first appearance at the Turning Point. I’ve been hoping to play this spot for quite some time, and we’re all really excited about playing there. Personally, I think the admission price is worth seeing how we’re going to fit all 9 of us in the general vicinity of the stage!

  • Friday, October 30, 8pm – The Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD (40 East Dover St. Easton, MD – (410) 822-7299) – $20

    Our return to the wonderful Avalon Theatre. We were there in the spring of 2008 and had a great time. It’s a beautiful old vaudeville theater with a great sound.

  • Saturday, October 31, 8pm – Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA (7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA – (610) 867-2390) – $18.50

    We’re back in steel country for the 3rd time since last November, when we played this intimate listening room for the first time. We were back again this summer for the Bethlehem Music Festival. And heck, it’s Halloween – how much more fun can you have than seeing the Philharmonic on Halloween!

  • Sunday, November 1, 8:30pm & 10pm – The Rodeo Bar in New York, NY (375 3rd Ave, New York, NY – (212) 684-6500) – FREE!

    The first of our Month-o-Sundays at the Rodeo Bar, our new home in NYC. We’ll be there every Sunday in November except the 15th. Two sets, no cover charge. Come on down!


If you haven’t seen or heard this band yet, be sure to check out the website; we have quite a few audio & video samples there. If you have already seen or heard the band, well … please ignore what you remember and show up anyway!

I’m not 100% certain, but I believe the band lineup for these shows will be:
Chandler Travis – guitar, vocals, King of the World
Rikki Bates – drums
Dinty Child – mandocello, mandolin, accordion, guitar, vocals
John Clark – bass
Phil Clements – keyboards, vocals
Mark Chenevert – tenor sax, clarinet, vocals
Keiichi Hashimoto – trumpet, vocals
Bob Pilkington – trombone, vocals
Fred Boak – vocals, valet

Sure hope to see youse – be sure to say “hi” if you make it.

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It seemed somehow fitting …

One of the best radio stations out there, WFMU, is having their big fundraiser marathon right now, and there’s a special online-only promotion. In addition to other cool swag, if you make a paid pledge of $180 or more by March 8th (using a credit card or PayPal, they’ll give you naming rights to an item or person at WFMU Headquarters for one year.

I present to you, The Chandler Travis Intestinal Fortitude Scale Model:

It, along with other named (and yet-to-be-named) items/people can be seen on Flickr as part of WFMU’s 2009 Adoption Gallery

I highly encourage any of you who dig free form radio to help out this great station if at all possible. They have great swag and other cool promotions, too. For example, next Friday (March 13) from 8-11 pm is the annual Yo La Tengo plays cover song requests for your pledges event – pretty freakin’ cool.