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"Sewn Together" (the new album) [11 Feb 2009|09:39am]

Recorded at The Saltmine in Phoenix, Arizona in winter 2009, and produced by rock progeny Elmo Kirkwood, the album features the Kirkwood brothers, Cris and Curt, with drummer Ted Marcus. Sewn Together will be released on May 12, 2009 on Megaforce Records.
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meat puppets recording new record in hometown, Phoenix, AZ! [15 Jul 2008|04:22pm]

reposted from meatpuppets@yahoogroups.com

good news for all the fans out there...the meat puppets are already back in the
studio making a new record in their home town of phoenix, AZ !!

With a few years of touring and working together the band is better than ever and
ready to put out a serious record.

even better news? Elmo Kirkwood, of Kirkwood-Dellinger, is one of the producers of
the album.

(if you haven't heard lead singer Curt Kirkwood son's band Kirkwood-Dellinger, I
suggest to go to their myspace and learn more about them....)

the record will have the same meat puppets sound inspired by the desert, but this
time it will be mixed with the strange and dark world of Elmo's mind making this new
record closer to the early meat puppets.

more coming soon........
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Madison, Wisconsin [10 Nov 2007|09:25am]

Ears still ringing. All the rumours are true. It's not the well-oiled machine of Golden Lies-era Puppets, nor the approachable pop of volcano, nor the sensative introspection of curt's solo ventures. It's the endulgent, happenstance-as-art energy of the trio of old. Ted endulged Curt while Curt indulged himself, and Cris, like the soul of a hyper child trying to opperate an old man's weathered body, walking the fine line tweenst the two. Curt was overjoyed (all the stories are true - he was all smiles). Cris had an air of pride to him, especially during a rousing rendition of his own song "Station". And when he thanked the crowd after the initial set, and again after the encore, you got the feeling he really meant it.

The best tune of the night was "Look At The Rain" which embodied the sense of abandonment and gracious abundance of the the renuinion. "Snow" was electric in more ways than one. The jams were pure indulgence, sometimes just plane silliness with curt and cris both pounding atonally on their instruments like hippie drums. And the insturmental at the end of "Climb" played like and outer-space rock-n-roll lullabye.

the playlist is as follows:

Attacked By Monsters
Touchdown King
Up On The Sun
Look At The Rain (best song)
-Working On A Building (trad.)
-Whistling Song
-? (was this an extention of TWS, or was he whistling the melody from some other song?)
Severed Goddess Hand
Buckaroo Blues (marty robbins)
My Babys Gone (chris hillman)
Comin' Down
Oh, Me
Never To Be Found
Lake Of Fire

Sleepy Pee Pee (paul leary)
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[28 May 2007|02:29pm]

Meat Puppets
Rise To Your Knees
(release: 17 July 2007)

1. Fly Like the Wind
2. On the Rise
3. Radio Moth
4. Tiny Kingdom
5. Enemy Love Song
6. Spit
7. Island
8. Vultures
9. Stone Eyes
10. This Song
11. New Leaf
12. Disappear
13. The Ship
14. Ice
15. Light the Fire

On Tour
June 1stAustin, TX Republic of Texas Biker Rally
July 21stIsle Of Palms, SC The Windjammer
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Rise To Your Knees [18 Mar 2007|08:43pm]


The Kirkwood brothers are back at it with drummer Tim Alexander (previously of Primus). The band's new album Rise To Your Knees comes out in June on Anodyne Records.

Hear a sneak preview from the new record: "Disappear".

Their new tour started yesterday at the South By Southwest music festival.

Curt was recently interviewed for Stereogum.com by Brandon Stosuy.

the interviewCollapse )
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Curt On Tour With (his son) Elmo! [05 Jul 2006|08:26pm]

[ mood | pretty jazzed ]

Minneapolis, MN
400 Bar
9:00 PM
Milwaukee, WI
Shank Hall
8:00 PM
Chicago, IL
Abbey Pub
9:00 PM
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick
9:00 PM
Toronto, ON
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
9:00 PM
Cambridge, MA
T.T. the Bear's
9:00 PM
New York, NY
Mercury Lounge
8:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA
World Cafe Live
10:00 PM
Arlington, VA
9:30 PM
Charlottesville, VA
Starr Hill Music Hall
8:00 PM
Chapel Hill, NC
Local 506
9:00 PM
Atlanta, GA
The Earl
8:30 PM
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Raw Meat [13 May 2006|11:38pm]

London released a promotional 12" vinyl pressing of "Too High To Die" which included a bonus 10" disc called Raw Meat. Raw Meat includes an updated recording of Up On The Sun, and three covers: El Paso City, White Sport Coat, and Goodnight Irene.

I am deperately looking to aquire these 4 rare tracks. If anyone has these songs ripped or has any leads as to where I could purchase Raw Meat or the vinyl Too High To Die with the bonus disc, it would be severely appreciated.
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Meat Puppets Reunion!!! [08 May 2006|12:54pm]

That's right, kids! Curt and Cris are going into the studio to record the first Meat Puppets record in 11 years (no, Golden Lies doesn't count)! Derrick has turned down an invitation to participate in the project. He will be replaced by Primus drummer, Tim Alexander.

says Curt:

"I've got the album written already. I'm going to record it on my own and then see who wants to put it out. It's epic. It's big Meat Puppets stuff. I haven't seen my brother since like 1998, but I'm talking to him a lot. He's been clean for more than two years and he's all raring to go. Cris' resurrection is no less than miraculous -- it's like a Lazarus-type thing. I was just like, 'If Cris is back, I know his frame of mind.' If he's upright and walking, it's hard to knock him down."

The forthcoming reunion is slated to manifest an album sometimes early 2007. It's no joke, people.

And speaking of No Joke!, MeatPuppets.com is sporting a 9-song set of studio demos from the No Joke! sessions, including the unreleased "Vaseline", "Not Now", and Buck Owens's instrumental classic "Buckaroo".

Check it out!
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West Coast Tour! [25 Apr 2006|11:31pm]

Curt will be doing an upcoming west coast tour with Son Volt & Drive by Truckers

04.30.06, El Rey Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
05.02.06, Cane’s Ballroom, San Diego, CA
05.03.06, House of Blues Sunset Strip, Hollywood, CA
05.04.06, House of Blues Sunset Strip, Hollywood, CA
05.05.06, Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
05.06.06, Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
05.08.06, Roseland, Portland, OR
05.09.06, The Showbox, Seattle, WA
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FREE MP3's!!! [12 Feb 2006|07:10pm]

<td>Holy crap, you guys! If you haven't yet discovered the The Meat Puppets Live Repository... well, here's your chance. I mention this now, because there are two new Snow-era sets avaiable on mp3 for free download, including a 4-part KXCI radio inverview and a full live set at The Hemlock Tavern in SF. So what are you waiting for? It's free and easy! Fill up your roommate's hard-disk space with Meaty goodness!</td><td></td>
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Midwest and West Coast! [06 Feb 2006|08:01pm]

<td></td><td>Curt will be doing 3 west coast shows with Bob Mould (formerly of Hüsker Dü) and then will be doing a midwest solo tour: Feb 9, The Casbah, San Diego, CA Feb 10, The Troubador, Hollywood, CA Feb 11, Slim’s, San Francisco, CA Below are confirmed dates for midwest tour (check curtkirkwood.com as more shows are confirmed) Feb 22, 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN Feb 23, The Annex, Madison, WI Feb 25, Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago, IL Feb 26, Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH March 1, High Five, Columbus, OH March 2, Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN</td>
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East Coast Tour [11 Jan 2006|08:54pm]

Ok, fellow East-Coasters! It's our chance to get a wapping dose of Curt Kirkwood live!

<td></td><td>Jan 17 Paradise Lounge, Boston MA Jan 19 Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ Jan 20 Living Room, New York, NY Jan 22 Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA Jan 23 Iota, Arlington, VA Jan 24 King’s, Raleigh, NC Jan 26 Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA Jan 27 Five Spot, Nashville, TN</td>
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Tour Dates [02 Dec 2005|12:18am]

Curt is on the West Coast promoting his first solo effort, "Snow".

check him out!

Dec 6, Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
Dec 7, Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
Dec 9, White Eagle, Portland, OR
Dec 10, Sam Bond’s Garage, Eugene, OR
Dec 12, Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Dec 13, DiPiazzas, Long Beach, CA
Dec 15, Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA
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Q$A with Curt [20 Nov 2005|11:10am]

01. Describe the moment in which music changed your life.

I always liked music as far as I can recall, but after a small plane I was in crashed near Hudson Bay in ‘76 (I was on my way to a summer fishing guide job in the arctic; no one was seriously injured) I decided to become a musician -- a fairly new fantasy for me at the time.

02. I wish I wrote this song, and why.

Anything other than the stuff I write. I'm sick of myself. Maybe something about an hour long in Swedish, Thai or Navajo.

03. If I could have been at any concert in history, what would it have been, and why?

Hank Williams in a small nightclub; so I could get drunk and see Hank Williams in a small nightclub.

04. What have you blatantly stolen and incorporated into your songwriting or performance?

A great many things -- you name it.

05. With a gun to your head, describe your music.

An inexpensive trip into an ecstatic state of alienation and depression.

06. One thing I hate about the music business is:

Not a thing. I was made for this; I'm totally hollow.

07. Who is the artist your parents or older sibling listened to that you swore you would never like but have come to appreciate?

I'm the eldest child, raised by a mother who didn't listen to too much music. She used to sing Leadbelly and Burl Ives to me but I liked them then as I do now.

08. What song could you never cover because it's just too damn good and you'd be afraid to ruin it?

I'm not afraid to ruin anything.

09. What's one creature comfort you crave while on the road?

Home cooked food.

10. I can die after I've met:

Michael Jackson, Gary Busey or Richard Nixon. However any of these encounters would make me immortal so...... (I've already met Courtney Love and Tom Cruise so I'm nearly omnipotent)

11. What's your favorite poison?


12. The best way to ride out a hangover?

Relax and enjoy.

13. If you were a Simpsons character, which one would you be, any why?

Homer, so I could make the sweet love to beautiful Marge.

14. Rate these bands best to worst: Journey, Styx, Foreigner, Kansas. Explain your reasoning.

Journey, Kansas, Foreigner, Styx -- personal preference.

15. You've become King/Queen of the world, what's your first move?

Abdicate the throne, renounce all government and declare every day "world freedom day."
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Snow [11 Oct 2005|09:37pm]

<td></td><td> For those of you that don't know, Curt released his first solo album, "Snow", last week. It was produced by (Forbidden Places producer) Pete Anderson and released on his label, Little Dog Records. It's brilliant, of course. The whole thing has a twangy folk feel to it. It's gentle and (mostly) unplugged. A warning to any hard-core fans: Curt scrapped "Strangely Familiar" for parts to construct "Gold" (the 5th track on Snow). Order it here. Quothe Curt, "It’s not for me to explain my songs; I don’t even know if that’s possible. Making music has always been an intensely personal experience for me. It’s like doing brain surgery on myself – I don’t know what I’m doing exactly, but I’m bound to hit a few nerves."</td>
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update [18 Mar 2005|03:04pm]

Curt is currently in the studio with producer Pete Anderson finishing the recording of his upcoming album. Anderson is founder of Little Dog Records and is a Grammy award-winning producer whose production credits include such artists as Dwight Yoakam, k.d. lang, Michelle Shocked, and the Meat Puppets. Stay tuned for more details.
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holy crap! [14 Sep 2004|09:01am]

<td></td><td>The new Volcano CD is now available online!</td>

Also, Enemy Love Song and Twisted Seeds (from Curt's solo album), as well as one of the tracks from the new Volcano album are available for d/l on Curt's web site.
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Volcano in Seattle [22 Aug 2004|11:33am]

(Sunset Tavern - 21Aug04)

Curt took the stage in what appeared to be his pajamas and nothin on his feet but a bandaide. He had short hair a bear gut. One concert goer commented that he looked a little like Ash from the movie Evil Dead, and I agreed.

They opened the show with "Oh, Me" and wove a handful of old Kirkwood favorites (including "Aurora Borealis" and "Never To Be Found") through a hearty collection of new tunes, which were all really good. On one tune, Bud took out this exotic-looking wooden flute and played; the same song featured an interesting instrumental sound collage that Curt made with one of his fun audio toys. Another featured generous whistling solos by Curt. My favorite was the lament, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore". They did a rocked out rendition of "Move A Little Closer" (a/k/a "Blown Away"). They ended the show with a heavy "Lake Of Fire".

I contest the claim that the new music (based on what I heard) is Up On The Sun-ish. I think it sounds more like Eyes Adrift, but more artful and intircate. There are certainly some bouncy moments, and the regge influences are quite apparent in some songs.

And as Curt played, he stared, as he does, over and past the crowd with his eyes, hard as stone. Solid.

"Thanks for listening to all these new songs," Curt said. "But they're actually not new at all. I've just stolen pieces from everything I listen to." No shame in that, Curt - all great artists steel.
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[18 Jul 2004|02:33pm]

Curt's new band Volcano is going on tour in August.

Take a listen to the song "Enemy Love Song" from Curts forthcoming solo record.

also, a cool interview from my favorite magazine Juxtapos.

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Curt Kirkwood [29 Jun 2004|07:02pm]

New solo album!
New band!

Read the article in Rolling Stone

or read it transcribed hereCollapse )
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