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Terrifying and Thrilling

MAKE PREPARATIONS

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An outtake from our stellar shoot with Deneka Peniston.

Preparing for the next shows coming up and the album release has stirred up a lot of energy and emotion in the coyote pack. It’s a mixture of excitement and pure terror. The preparations have been bittersweet and thrilling. On the one hand, friend and crucial guitarist, Moonie Pusey, is moving to Arizona, on the other hand operatic tenor and guitar slinging Scotsman, Jamie Ignao, has agreed to replace him. Aside from Moonie and I, no one in the band has actually met Jamie or heard him play. So it’s a leap of faith for everyone, including Rachel, when I say “he’s awesome, trust me.” Jamie’s first show with us is in December. Lets see what my newsletter says after that. Stay tuned. But wait there’s more…

With four songs left to record, delays of every kind that are beyond my control, almost nightly mixing sessions, a twelve-hour recording session on Sunday, and more nightly mixing for the week following, things are getting really, REALLY real. We are in rehearsal with everymuzzahfuzzzah in the band and my wife and child think I am a ghost who just occasionally appears and makes them tacos, uses the bathroom and then disappears again. This whole situation is getting a bit trippy. Everyone on the team is definitely committed, but this trapeze act has no net.   You feel me? Okay back to the thrilling part…

FRED THOMAS TO PLAY ON ALBUM

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Fred Thomas, bass player for James Brown, and the JB’s (and other cool acts), has agreed to play bass on two singles on the record. WHAT? Yes, I said it! Not only that, but his band is our support act at our Album release on Nov 5! After our own set, we’re going to dance to him all night long. And he’s sitting in with Coyote Love. I think I’m gonna FREAK OUT! Yes, YES I AM ACTUALLY FREAKING OUT AS I WRITE THIS!

Okay, I’m cool now….

WE STILL NEED MONEY TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT!

We have a lot of expenses, not limited to literally thousands in studio time, session musicians, photo shoots, graphic artists, and legal fees. We’re less than $1200 away from our goal for our crowd-funding campaign. Thank you if you’ve already helped us raise over $3800 so far! If you have not, would you consider pre-paying, and/or donating to the cause?  https://www.gofundme.com/CampCoyote2016  There’s cool gifts-back to get and you’d be making a real dream come true. Not just for us, but for you too. Why?…because no one wants great music to die. This record was (and is being) recorded in two churches, in a studio, and in our apartments. We’ve used a 75 year old organ, a couple of 50 year old amplifiers, a 60-year old guitarist, (lol, sorry Moonie, cats outta the bag)…and now have a 72-year old funkified bass player from James Brown’s band playing on this joint. Ummmm, you like old-school? We got it. This ain’t no boy band. Please consider donating. Every little bit helps! Even guitar strings now cost almost $10 a pack in NYC. Rachel’s sax reeds cost a bundle too!nov5albumreleasecrd

Shows –

  • Oct 22: Full band at Sarah Street Grill, Stroudsburg, PA. 10pm NO COVER EVER.
  • Oct 26: Inwood Local Acoustic show (monthly). We love this place. Previews of new songs the full band will play at release party.
  • Oct 30: Coyote Acoustic at An Beal Bocht w Mike D Blues! Show starts 8pm. FREE
  • Nov 5: THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY FOR “I’M BREAKING DOWN” OUR SOPHOMORE ALBUM, featuring Mike D Blues, and Fred Thomas of the JB’s!
  • Dec 9: Full band at Sarah Street Grill, Stroudsburg, PA. 9:30pm JAMIE IGNAO’S FIRST FULL SHOW WITH US! No cover.
  • Dec 11: Coyote Acoustic at An Beal Bocht w Mike D Blues! Show starts 8pm. FREE

 

 

 

 

 

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Take Me to Church! Help produce our new album!

Hi folks!

Coyote here to tell you that the composer’s residency at “The Church” has begun! I went up last Sunday eve and made good on my goal to make a children’s record the first week.

We are still crowd funding for the Coyote Love record being recorded this week! Please pre-order the CD and/or become an Associate Producer on the album by donating to the cause. We have already raised over $2600 thanks to our amazingly supportive extended coyote family! But we are still about $2400 short of our goal. Your donations can not only get you cool hand-made merch and producer credits on the album, but also access to works in progress as we go, and our daily videos and/or streams! Go to https://www.gofundme.com/CampCoyote2016 to pre-order and contribute!

Here’s a bonus! Just for reading this post, I’ll share with you the link to the works in progress for children’s album!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lfwu710niuya7d1/AAATkyKm_8xgoHPqwXvI5zmNa?dl=0

password: coyotepupsdonor

Plus here’s a video about my first day! For more videos about the trip become a contributor and share the LOVE! https://vimeo.com/173310162

The trip to the church was as inspiring as arriving.

The trip to the church was as inspiring as arriving was.

Hope you dig!

With love,

Coyotehank

 

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Bowie Leaves Earth, Inspires Coyote

Howooo lovelies,

If you are human, you are probably aware, and most likely touched by the passing of David Bowie in to the light. I’m sure he is reunited with many old friends and ancestors, and possibly an alien overlord or two.

What Bowie’s passing meant to me was that millions of people in the world are suddenly delving deep in to the life and art of this celestial being. His path was so organic, so packed with highs and lows, so full of rebirth, of searching; of living life to the fullest…it boggles the mind. And my prayer is that it reminds others, like it has me, to embrace these aspects of life and not stay in any rut for too long.david-bowie-06

We love you David Bowie. Thank you for being you. You will be missed, but always remembered.

Coyotehank

SHOWS!

snug harbor“SNUG’S” IN NEW PALTZ THIS FRIDAY NIGHT – 1/15/16 11pm – ???

This Friday night! Snug Harbor, in New Paltz, NY! How much do I love Snug’s? Almost as much as David Bowie?   But for the opposite reason. Snug’s has stayed Snug’s for as long as I can remember and I hope it never changes. Good old juke-joint style hootenanny bar with an amazing cross-section of people. We hit around 11pm. When we stop? Nobody knows.

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THE UPTOWN SCENE

Kickin’ it uptown style for the rest of January once we get back from New Paltz. Come and hang!From Wikipedia - An Béal Bocht (Irish: The Poor Mouth) is a 1941 novel in Irish by Brian O'Nolan (Flann O'Brien), published under the pseudonym "Myles na gCopaleen". It is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish-language novels of the 20th century.

Sunday 1/24 8pm-10pm at An Beal Bocht! ACOUSTIC double-bill with Mike D!   (Blues extraordinaire).  Favorite small venue in the Bronx! More art, food, drink, music, and theater gets made and shared in this two-room bar than is possible without understanding quantum physics.   Basically it’s a dimensional thing. You are also transported to Ireland the minute you walk in. Like I said…Quantum physics y’all.

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Wednesday 1/27 9pm-11pm at Inwood Local! ACOUSTIC, with special guests. We fuggin’ love playin’ our monthly show at Inwood Local; great vibes, the awesome Harry and his team behind the bar, lovely affordable food…and COYOTE LOVE.

an beal bocht exteriorSunday 1/29 9:30PM – FULL BAND AT AN BEAL BOCHT! – Featuring Tobias Gebb on drums!

 If you’ve read our emails, you know how freakin’ bad I wanted to play there. Ta Da!   We’ve been angling for this full band show for a long time. Feels good. And TOBY on the drums. Tobias toured the Virgin Islands and recorded a lot with us. We are blessed to have our uptown bro back for a night.

MORE TO COME!  See Schedule!  And THANK YOU!

Yipeeeyipyip howlywoo!

coyote

 

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It’s all Inwood this week!

INWOOD LOCAL TONIGHT 10/28!

Stoked that our Inwood Local residency continues tonight; with more special guests, more new songs, and the same great time we’ve been having since the first show there!

Come up to see the acoustic act in a chill uptown setting, if you haven’t already and even if you have!  Inwood Local is a saweet li’l spot.

9pm. 4957 Broadway, bwtween 207 and Isham. “A” Train takes you right there. WHOOT!

INWOOD GOURMET WAS A HOOT AND A HALF!

Our Inwood Gourmet event with Lauren Skoulatos was a great time! Our show, supporting her great little fresh gourmet goods store, was part of the continuing positive fall-out from Elizabeth Bower’s house concert/party where we met and played for all kinds of cool Inwoodians. And the residents of Inwood, Manhattan, still continue to share the great community vibes whenever we get together. It’s lovely to see our shirts on more people in the hood.

Lauren (and family) had a tasty selection of olives and cheeses and deserts and sparkling wine from our local wine merchant for people to sample (and sample we did). We played a few sets, saw some old friends, made new ones, and just had a really positive experience.

All of us were amazed that Lauren could fit a couple of musicians, and have a party, and even sell food and merchandise in such a small space. But we did! And I don’t think it could have worked out better.

Thank you to all who attended!  Howwooooo

Face Licks,

Coyote and Rachel

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Lookin’ Back at TCF 2015

SHOUT OUT!

Taste of the Catskills 2015 was fantastic this year. Blessed with two days of great weather, they had even more people, more tents, more local vendors, more food, more beer, more bands, more bouncy houses, and even a Delaware Bulldogs inflated tunnel…thing…(that I am trying very hard not to make too much fun of).

IMG_1740Jonah Shaw of Catskill Food Company, Todd Russell of Clean Green Music, advocacy organization, Catskill Mountainkeepers , and Jay and Abby Wilson of Maple Shade Farm (and hundreds of other people) come together, annually, to make these amazing events happen. This was the best year yet!

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Todd Russell doing what Todd Russells do.

People at FestIt was an idea, a good one. Then it was a first try. Then they tried again. Then they learned,and grew, and made new plans. And they keep doing it again and again. Rain or shine.   And now it’s a “thing.” It’s the best part of what people can accomplish.Maple Shade

For the last few years, Rach and I have played on the acoustic stage in the Oomegang beer tent and have been blessed to play before and/or after old time Appalachian band, The Stoddard Hollow String Band and the freaky, adorable, and poignant duo, Technicolor Trailer Park.   And while I could go on about every great act that played there, I’ll keep it small and keep it local and say that both bands I discussed above are masters of their genres. I was stoked that we are just folky enough with our set, to be put in the line up with them. Bob Mierop is both a dedicated sound engineer and a natural comedian (hardee har har) and he kept the party going and sounding great all day. Thanks Bob! He also helped sell our hand-made merch.   Shit got crazy when his mom showed up and bought our Rolling Papers and a shirt too. LOL.

So do you enter the chest and exit the butt? Or other way around?

So…do you enter the chest and exit the butt? Or other way around?

We played both on Saturday and on Sunday. Saturday night we stayed with Jonathan Mogelever, a friend since I was 14 and someone with whom I share a startling amount of connections. In fact it was at our first Taste of the Catskills Festival that I reconnected with the Mogester after decades apart. He, of course, being an advocate of all things wild and free, had a booth at the festival with a certain, well-known Catskill Mountain advocacy organization. So, it was like hand to glove when we re-established contact and shared stories about old friends and our own journeys.

Jonathan was a great host to us, and made some tasty “Messy” Martinis. We had a great hang, and then after the Martinis hit the brain, Rach and I had a nice sleep in in prep for our second show. Here’s a vid about it, or it may be about my stroking my chin a lot.  You decide…

The next day we hit Cassie’s Cafe in Roxbury on the way back over the hill to the festival. They fed us well and treated us with love, as always. Thanks Cassie. We hear she went on a long overdue vacation overseas after the weekend. Good for you, girl! Hope the trip was (or is still) amazing!

Typical Coyote Rachel dynamic while dining at Cassie's

Typical Coyote/Rachel dynamic while dining at Cassie’s

Second show was a blast. Got to see old friend Paul Ryan and family but couldn’t see their set as we were on the road back to NYC by then.

Rach and I made a deal, I drank a few local beers after the show while shmoozing, and she drove back to NYC (we were both equally stoked with out missions I might add).  We hit the road, all smiles, and then, of course, 60 miles from NYC the late Sunday afternoon roads were already slammed with traffic.  Thankfully we two have been down this road once or twice.  We were kickin’ the Google traffic maps on the phones, and knew enough detours to get around a lot of the worst interstate jams, so we got home safely enough, if not swiftly.  Rachel’s boyfriend, Spencer, was forced to walk the dog and cook dinner for Rachel, due to our late arrival (Oh the humanity!) and back home at my place, Sarver and Tanaz were like “when are you not home later than you said you would be?”  Soooooooooo…all things considered, everything was pretty smooth for the Coyote Pack at TCF 2015.

Thanks for following this journey.

HOWWWOOOOOO!

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This Saturday at Inwood Gourmet

Hmmmmm can you smell the hot apple cider? It’s fall and my daughter has made her third jack ‘lantern.   Picked out your favorite sweater yet? I sure have. This Coyote’s coat is getting longer and, outside, the leaves are a fallin’. Plus, our Rachel freakin’ loves the fall. She’s been living the “this is my cup o’tea” reality for weeks now.   For all you “Fall is my favorite season” people, the next few shows are dedicated to you!

INWOOD GOURMET REDUX!

The weather was supposed to be horrid last time we wanted to support Inwood Gourmet with our acoustic, blues-based, funkrockin’ folk explosion.   Joaquin was blowin’ and, while it didn’t rain as was forecast, it was cold as a well digger’s booty that day, so we postponed…until THIS SATURDAY! (Oct 24)

We’re going to play a few sets between 4 and 6pm. We’ll likely be in the store squeezed between the cheeses and the olive oils, so it will be tight….and EPIC!

mmmmmmmm...Cheese!

mmmmmmmm…Cheese!

Lauren Skoulatos has a great thing going with her little Greek-flaired farm-to-table store. She’s got an ever-rotating selection of tasty local and imported cheeses, and breads and things, and she even sells sausages from Castkill Food Company! (That’s Jonah Shaw’s company, he’s the same dude who organizes the yearly “Taste of the Catskills Festival” that Rachel and I support so whole heartedly. We were just up there having a blast and eatin’ up a storm. I love how it all comes together.) Lauren also has the best coffee I’ve had in this neighborhood, and we have some very good coffee up here, so that’s not easy.

Great things come in small packages.

Great things come in small packages

Come on up to Inwood Gourmet this Saturday. 4-6pm. The store is on Cooper Street (1/2 block West of Broadway) between 207th and Isham, about 1 minute walk from the 207th St A train.   Let us serenade you while you sample some culinary delights!

Howwwwoooooooowoooooooo

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Keep it Small, Keep it Local, Keep it Healthy

While the electric band is on hiatus for a few more weeks, the next three acoustic shows are hitting the bull’s-eye, when if comes to our mission. We’ve always wanted our music to be a soundtrack for people who want to create a sustainable society. And these gigs, coming up, are all about serving local community efforts.

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This Wed, Sept 30th we play our monthly 9pm acoustic set at Inwood Local. The plan is to pack the place! This little show has been lovely for us, and our community. In connection with it, we just had an amazing house concert at the home of Inwood resident, super-networker, and massage-therapist, Elizabeth Bower, to promote all things local in our neighborhood. Thanks Elizabeth! The food from our local restaurants and stores was amazing! And it was great to meet so many uptowners, and to learn about your lives. We’d love to see all of you there!

One of the wonderful business owners whose food we gleefully ate at the party was Lauren Skoulatos, from Inwood Gourmet. Having met Lauren at Elizabeth’s, I had an excuse to go and buy some of her amazing farm fresh cheeses, jams and one of the best iced-coffees I have ever tasted. While there, we decided to have a Coyote Love Acoustic show right out front of her door at 95 Cooper St, this Saturday, Oct 3 so that we can promote her store and our band! It’s about ½ a block from the Inwood Farmer’s Market (and basically behind Inwood Local, as well). PrintWe are playing from 11am-1pm so come and get your “foody” on while we serenade you for your positive choices in nutrition and music.

Finally, Oct 10th and 11th we’d like to invite anyone who can make it up to the Catskills, during this lovely fall season, to enjoy the sights, sounds, and farm-to-table delights of the “Taste of the Catskills” Festival in Delhi, NY.  BIG shout out to promoter/musician Todd Russell, coordinator and local food merchant Johan Shaw, and to Jay and Abby Wilson of Maple Shade Farm for successfully organizing yet another festival that brings local food, beer, wine, crafts, fun, and music to all who attend!

blue-logo-group-v2Wed Sept 30th – Inwood Local – 9pm

Sat Oct 3 – Inwood Gourmet – 11am

Sat Oct 10 at 4pm and Sun Oct 11 at 1pm – Taste of the Catskills Fest 2015


Howl!

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