Archive for November, 2009

Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT with Kid Dakota

Photo by Alexandra Khttp://www.alexandra-k.com/

In a previous post, I mentioned that the upcoming date at The Turf Club would require it’s own blog entry. The reason behind that is because I finally get the chance to share an evening with a musician who I hold in high esteem.

In 2001, I was passed a copy of Kid Dakota‘s “So Pretty”. I listened to it on repeat for quite some time. In 2004, before leaving Minneapolis, I picked up “The West Is The Future”. I was immediately sucked back into that binge cycle that pissed off friends and roommates (“Are you listening to that again?!?”). Even from afar, I tracked Darren Jackson’s projects and was routinely kicked in the head by them. I have been spinning “A Winner’s Shadow” regularly for the last year.

So here is what happened with December 3rd at The Turf Club… We were given the evening as a headliner. For whatever reason, I felt like I needed to stop looking for openers, went with my gut, and emailed Darren asking him to have Kid Dakota take the evening. I received his affirmative response as I was standing outside of an electric supply store, in the rain, after having bought fuses for a blown amplifier. I was thrilled.

I was also able to pull my good friends Breaksea Caravel to open the evening up. I never really know what to expect with them. Nikolas already emailed me asking if a bicycle powered generator would be ok to bring. This night is going to be pretty wacky.

Also to be noted is the image we are using for this particular show. The photo was taken by a friend in Brooklyn named Alexandra K. She has done work for Beirut, Magnetic Fields, and many others. Check out her website. She’s really talented.

The big news of the end of 2009 is that we signed on with a new management agency. Invisible Button Entertainment will be working with us in 2010 to see what we can get ourselves into in the coming year. I’m walking into this extremely confident and hopeful. I have a feeling that there will be some cool advances. This will also give me a chance to spend more time on writing and rehearsing. Feel free to check out their other bands. I think you’ll recognize a few…

OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

If you happen to be unfamiliar with Kid Dakota, check out the video below. If you haven’t checked the first instalment of “Video Confessions by Ryan Paul”, check it here.

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I have decided to start doing some video taping of shows (pre & post). This was my first attempt. There is some funny stuff there, but I couldn’t  include the pieces in their entirety because I was jerking the camera around so much. I’ll get better at it soon…

Around the 20 second mark – Sam Roberts confesses about his Flip Video recorder…
Around the 44 second mark – Steve Goold confesses about his heavy blog traffic and possible suspicions as to where the hits may be coming from…
Around the 55 second mark is video of the debut of our new song “Slow.Steady”

Sam and his band were really great! It was a lot of fun to play and hang out with them. Sam sent me home with some vinyl and some of his ideas about keeping shows interesting.

Remember, if you would like to download FREE mp3s from this show and others, visit: http://ryanpaulandtheardent.bandcamp.com/

-Ryan Paul

OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

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