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Heading to Mississippi next month! 6.24.12

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…. Mississippi Pizza, that is. 🙂

Save the date, July 5th at 9pm we’re playing. Come for the sound, stay for the semantics! (and pizza). Details here.



On the radio-UH-oh! 5.22.12

Posted by Sound Semantics in allie's thoughts, our shows.
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Wait… really?

It’s May already?


If 2012 is a day,
we are very late sleepers.

Ok, well, we haven’t only been sleeping. Though I do enjoy a late morning. 🙂

We’ve just been busy, living life. We’re doing our jobs, paying our bills, having adventures, gardening in the backyard, playing other kinds of music with other bands, learning to play new card games!, going to shows supporting our friends, taking classes, visiting friends and family… Lots of great stuff really that I feel lucky to be so busy with.

But lately I’ve begun to notice the ‘creative void’ left behind by the now-complete 2011 Song of the Week project. I think Eran felt that void since the beginning of the year. I needed more time to recuperate, but now I’ve also got those creative energies building up, wondering where they’re going to go. Luckily! we have some performances coming up that will fill  the ‘void’ a bit.

We’ll be performing live, acoustic, on the radio this weekend.

What’s this from?

Portland’s local radio station KZME features a show called Hello Cruel World, and we’ll play a few songs and chat a bit with host JBJ on Saturday May 26th. You can listen on the good ol’ radio at 1071 FM if you’re local, but all you out of towners can also stream live at KZME.fm

Then on July 5 we’re playing at Mississippi Pizza, with our pals Brandon and Aaron (you may recognize these fellows from some earlier collaborations.) That’s Thursday July 5, 9pm, if you’re a local reader. This is our first show since February.
Hope you can join us!

Ok, shameless plug over.
That’s all for now. Just wanted to say hello to all you friendly folks out there!


In Retrospect 1.15.12

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UPDATE: Thought you might find this link handy!
2011 Song of the Week Video Playlist

When we set out on our video/song project last year we had no idea what we were doing. In fact, we didn’t even admit to ourselves we were taking on such a huge project until we were almost a month into it. There were several motivations behind the undertaking that we would like to share with you, especially since one of them requires your help.

We’ve said before that for ourselves, we wanted to create more material, experiment and take off some of the pressure of constantly promoting our music.  But in addition to that, and just as important, we were really curious to see what our audience (that’s you) responds to. What kind of songs do you like? What do you dislike? What speaks to you and what’s a flop?

Well we’ve watched the videos, listened to the songs, tallied the numbers, and the results are in: we haven’t a clue! We cannot find any pattern, rhyme or reason to which songs got more views, or comments, or didn’t. We’re too curious to let it go, so we thought, why not just ask?

We want to know which are your favorites of our fifty-two 2011 songs of the week. Any feedback you have would be appreciated, but here are a few guidelines to help if you’re inclined to follow them:

1)   No more than 10(ish) selections please. Saying you like all of the songs is really flattering, but we’re really wondering about your specific, *favorite* favorites.

2)   Give some reason. This doesn’t need to be a long explanation, we’re just curious about why this particular song and/or video appealed to you.

3)   Send your response to us. You can email, post to the blog, comment on the videos in YouTube, write us on Facebook… send us a message by carrier pigeon, write it in the sky, purchase some local cable channel time and host your own show about it… or any other way you might think of 🙂

You may be asking yourself right about now, “What will they do with this information? Record an album? Write a musical and/or opera? Develop a sitcom with the best songs as its soundtrack? Create an elaborate video game where you have to listen to the worst songs when you lose?”

First of all, we will satisfy our curiosity. After that, one idea we have floated is collecting the best songs from this project in some manner—still very undecided on how exactly. Your votes will help us pick those best songs, and get us moving on the next project and chapter for Sound Semantics.

We’d like to thank you in advance for helping us out with this. We’re really excited to hear your opinions.

Peace, love and happy New Year,
Eran & Allie

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