Singer Social Club 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Party Event

Anniversaries are special. They mark the yearly passage of time, and allow us to remember and celebrate milestones passed. Some anniversaries can even get us to ask ourselves the tough questions like, “I’m xx years old, and this is what I’ve accomplished with my life?” (birthdays after age 21), or, “Will I really commit to my resolutions this year to make myself a better person, or do I just like making these lists?” (Every other New Year’s Eve).

Well, this time we’re going to be asking ourselves, “How much fun are WE having??!” at Singer Social Club’s 1 year of business anniversary on June 13th. Check It Out!



New, Limited Edition Tees!

It’s surprising, but not everybody knows how great tambourines are. There’s a tambourine part recorded in that song you’ve been listening to a lot lately. Got a flat? Don’t sweat it! Tambourines can be used to as a tire iron in a pinch. Bob Dylan even played a tambourine one time, or something like that, remember? This new FM tee will help you assert to the unenlightened serfs of the world how real and understated this fantastic instrument really is.

Check it out over on our bandcamp page.

Shake it on.

Shake it on.


WIENER RECORDS: The Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage of Labels

Our new cassette isn’t for sale at that many places. You can buy them from Spencer. From Harry. Or Zac, or Clint. From our bandcamp page. You can buy them from the homeless man who found the merchandise case we lost in San Francisco two weeks ago. OR, you can buy them from the neatest, most tangy yet spicy record (cassette) company out there… WIENER RECORDS.

Wow, it's a record (cassette tape)!

Wow, it’s a record (cassette tape)!


FMBL (Fantasy Band Draft)

It’s finally over. The 2014-15 football season has come to an end but even though the Lions went another season without a playoff win and the Patriots took the whole thing, there are always pros to balance out the cons.  After all, I managed NOT to draft Toby Gerhart this year… that’s good.  Oh! And no one has to watch Jim Harbaugh mouth-breath his way through another season with the Niners… that’s great!  Overall, I give this year a B-.

Sadly though, we’re now in a bit of a lull. Football is over, baseball hasn’t started, basketball isn’t in the post-season, and hockey is still just hockey. This leaves a lot of us wondering what to do with our long misplaced competitive natures. Luckily, the boys and I developed the answer, I present the Failure Machine Band League (FMBL). FMBL is just like any other fantasy sport except instead of drafting mentally underdeveloped millionaires (See: Gore, Frank), we draft members of bands that we’ve either played with on the road, or folks from around the local scene.  It’s a great way to kill time and it’s an even better way to talk about your friends and colleagues as if they were just objects.

To play along, send us your picks and we’ll send you an arbitrary score based on our personal feelings toward you!!  And check out all of these bands.

The drafters:
Clinton “CP30” Philbin
Spencer Kilpatrick
Harry Mahony
Zac Curtis

1. CP- Alex Korostinsky (bass, guitar, bg vocals for Mark Sexton Band, Whatitdo., Synthesize Her)
2. SK- Blair Dewane (vocals, guitar for Rusty Maples)
3. HM- Keith Damron and his pug, Malcolm(vocals, guitar for El Camino Sutra)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: Terrific move. Primo songwriting and an adorable pooch. Cute sells.
4. ZC- Miranda Zipse (vocals, bass for The Pip Squeeks)

5. ZC- Kevin Mohn (vocals, guitar for Kevin Moan & The Reptiles)
6. HM- Ben Ingle (drums for Moondog Matinee)
     -FUN FACT: His favorite food is Pop Tarts.
7. SK- Rachel McElhiney (sax, bg vocals for Buster Blue)
8. CP- Clark Demerrit (bass for Pelvis Wrestlies)

9. CP- Mike Hickel (bass, bg vocals for Joan and The Rivers)
10. SK- Ben Einstein (keys, bg vocals for Bear Lincoln)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: Big Ben Einstein was my sleeper pick all along. In this group he’ll play B3 and a large bowl of assorted fruit.
11. HM- Morgan Smith ( drums for Irie Idea)
12. ZC- Kevin Gautschi (guitar, vocals for Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony)

13. ZC- Sam “The Luscious Lefty” Turman (guitar, vocals for Naked For Safety)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: Personally, I’m a little concerned about his health going into this season. There’s a lot of blood on that guitar.
14. HM- Eric Smith (guitar, vocals for Joan and the Rivers)
15. SK- Dan Weiss (drums for Mark Sexton Band, My Flag Is On Fire)
16. CP- Adam Carpenter (bass, bg vocals for Moondog Matinee)

17. CP- Patrick Dougherty (bass for Fox & The Law)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: I think Clint really hit his stride with this pick.  With his 5th bassist in 5 picks he has successfully given me an uncomfortable rumbling sensation in my stomach.
18. SK- Jeremy Hunt (bass for Jelly Bread)
19. HM- Adam Landis (keys for Rigorous Proof)
20. ZC- Toby O’Brien
      -FUN FACT: Toby isn’t in a band, he’s just a really cool guy. Not a great pick… or is it?

21. ZC- 3 cases of Old English
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: High risk, high reward kind of pick for Zac Curtis. On one hand, a case of Olde English can get the creative juices going, but on the other hand it can trigger a bender where you wake up missing your wallet, your shoes, and your sense of self worth.
22. HM- Rob Habel (vocals, guitar for Millburray)
23. SK- Zac Curtis + Harry Mahony (horns for Failure Machine)
24. CP- Tyler Hansen (drums, bg vocals for BandMaster Ruckus)

Here are the bands:

Rumble Chunks (CP)
Alex Korostinsky (bass)
Clark Demerrit  (bass)
Mike Hickel (bass)
Adam Carpenter (bass)
Patrick Dougherty (bass)
Tyler Hansen (drums)

B.D. & The Meat Raisins (SK)
Blair Dewane (vocals, guitar)
Rachel “Rachbot” McElhiney (bari sax, vocals)
Dan Weiss  (drums)
Ben Einstein (keys, vocals)
Jeremy Hunt (bass)
Zac + Harry (trumpet, alto sax)

Harry’s Hamsters (HM)
Keith Damron and Malcolm (vocals, guitar)
Ben Ingle (drums)
Morgan Smith (drums)
Eric Smith (guitar, vocals)
Adam Landis (keys)
Rob Habel (guitar, vocals)

Zac (ZC)
Miranda Zipse (bass)
Kevin Mohn (guitar, vocals)
Kevin Gautsche (guitar, vocals)
Sam Turman (guitar, vocals)
Toby O’Brien (N64)
3 Cases of OE

We want your fantasy bands. Give em to us.


5 Things You Really Shouldn’t Do This Year/Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

You did it, I did it, a few of my friend’s pets did it – we lived through 2014! Everything hurts a little more than it did last year and I lost my iPod, but we still think 2015 is going to be real neat.

New Year's Eve @ Singer Social Club (Photo: Tony Contini)

New Year’s Eve @ Singer Social Club (Photo: Tony Contini)

The things you shouldn’t do this year:
1. Get your car towed
2. Stay home instead of going to the Moondog Matinee release party on January 17th @ Cargo
3. Start selling Cutco knives to your friends and family
4. Drink less soda
5. Pretend EPII doesn’t exist