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December 7, 2005

When Johnny strikes up the band
Posted by Patrick at 04:35 PM * 13 comments

Just weeks from the release of our forthcoming CD Some Other Place, Whisperado plays tomorrow night, Thursday, December 8, at 8 PM, in the performance space upstairs at the Pussycat Lounge, 96 Greenwich St, two blocks south of the World Trade Center site. Yes, that link is Not Safe For Work; no, we’re not playing background music for pole dancers; and no, you won’t have to walk through the strip club in order to see us. You will have to pay $8, though, and be at least 21 years old. That’s the breaks.

If you’ve been thinking of trying to get to one of our gigs, this would be a good time to do it. As a music venue, this place has a decent reputation and of course bands get rebooked when they get people to show up. More to the point, we really have finally finished the process of recording, mixing, and mastering a six-song CD, and we’re pretty charged up, so with any luck we might actually be good. (You know, for rock-and-roll values of “good.”) And ask yourself, how often do you get to hear a political blogger sing a self-penned song about economics called “Invisible Hand”? In the heart of the financial district, no less. New York City, it’s like a neverending tapestry of life itself.

Comments on When Johnny strikes up the band:
#1 ::: Bill Altreuter ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2005, 05:57 PM:

I'm totally loving the tracks on the band site. I won't be in town, but put me down for a CD.

#2 ::: Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2005, 06:22 PM:

Gee. Makes me want to actually pay for babysitting. Don't think I can pull it together that fast though.

#3 ::: Sherwood ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2005, 06:33 PM:

I am already dealing with serious NY withdrawal, and the thought of seeing another gig just adds to the oomph. I really enjoyed what I heard in June, and want to order the CD since there's the small matter of 3,000 miles between me and attending. (The Pussycat Lounge sounds kinda fun, actually.)

#4 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2005, 07:23 PM:

Will there be self-absorbed republican bloggers slumming there?

#5 ::: Paul ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2005, 07:43 PM:

Any chance of getting some real music files up to listen to, rather than the strange Myspace player...?

(The little I heard sounded good, but their Flash player is not my idea of a good way to listen to things!)

#6 ::: LauraJMixon ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2005, 12:11 AM:

Break a leg, Patrick. Wish I could be there.

#7 ::: Robert L ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2005, 01:09 AM:

Unfortunately I will still be here in DC. Say hi to the strippers for me.

#8 ::: Lisa Spangenberg ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2005, 01:09 AM:

I"m going to just miss the gig by two days, well, three, technically.

I like what I've heard, and look forward to the CD. Would also please consider submitting to Apple's iTunes?

Here's the form.

The link to Producer, the software used to encode and tag files on is this page, center bottom.

#9 ::: Christina Schulman ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2005, 01:28 AM:

So how does one buy the CD? (CDBaby doesn't seem to know about it yet.)

#10 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2005, 12:51 PM:

It'll be available on CD Baby and, yes, the iTunes music store. This is indie music, folks; we haven't got it manufactured yet. Be assured that when there's something the readers of Making Light can buy, the readers of Making Light will be the first to know.

I've said this before, but: one of the things I most enjoy about being in this band is that I'm not in charge of anything. I don't arrange bookings, find studio space, maintain the web page, decide what to offer on line, or any of that. This stuff is by and large handled by our bass player, lead vocalist, and Fearless Leader Jon Sobel, The Hardest Working Guy In Show Business. I just have to show up and play.

That said, I imagine we may offer a downloadable music file or two, as opposed to mere streams, at some point.

#11 ::: Andrew Willett ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2005, 01:21 PM:

Wish I could bolster the ranks of screaming fans, but we've got immutable plans for tonight. Break a leg.

#12 ::: Harriet ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2005, 10:52 PM:

So pleased to have finally seen and heard at least part of a Whisperado gig (not to mention having the chance to say hello to Teresa in person at last!)

Another well-upholstered bolster in the ranks of screaming fans

#13 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: December 09, 2005, 03:34 PM:

Harriet, it was nice meeting you.

I discovered something wonderful at the gig last night: tonic water fluoresces. I hadn't known it did that.

The effect was beautiful. All it took was one unobtrusive UV tube, mounted high up on the ceiling. In the room's middling-dim light, my gin & tonic, and Deborah Green's vodka & tonic, both glowed a lovely ethereal pale blue.

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