My NEW album Under Glass is out! 12 new songs on CD, limited edition Vinyl, and download featuring guests galore and my awesome sextet. For sale at CD Baby, Digi downloads at Bandcamp and Ameoba SF, Aquarius records SF, Dave's record shop, in Berkeley, and of course at shows!For publicity plz contact FLYPR @ flypr.net T. 323-667-1344
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NEW YORK DAILY ALBUM REVIEW - 10/30/2015
Imaginative, Lynchian Chanteuse Karina Deniké Slinks Into Brooklyn and Manhattan This Weekend
Darkly eclectic San Francisco singer/organist Karina Deniké plays with her band at Union Hall tonight, October 30 at 9:30 PM for $12. Then she’s at Cake Shop on Nov 2 at the same time. Her excellent latest album, Under Glass, is streaming at Bandcamp – it’s a ride packed with both thrills and subtlety, the rare collection of songs that’s so good that you don’t notice that there’s no bass on any of them.
“First you rev it, then you move it, but you never park it here for good,” Deniké sings on the bouncy, oldschool 60s style number, Park It, that opens the album. Anchors Away opens with ethereal, creepy vocal harmonies that bring to mind late, great New York rockers DollHouse, then shifts back and forth: “What shall we do with a drunken sailor?” ponders Denike with a tender menace that brings to mind Karla Rose in a rare semi-vulnerable moment.
Aviatrix, a starkly strutting Weimar cabaret waltz, is over way too soon. Musee Mecanique, the album’s title track more or less, blends layers of funereal vintage organ over a simple lo-fi 70s drum machine beat: imagine a more soul-oriented Siouxsie. Then the lurid ambience really sets in with Sideshow, Aaron Novik’s bass clarinet lingering under blippy organ and Meric Long’s staccato reverb guitar: “Do we get whatever we want at the Sideshow?” Deniké asks, completely deadpan. The song wouldn’t be out of place in the Carol Lipnik catalog.
Boxing Glove brings back the cabaret strut, fueled by pianist Michael McIntosh’s blend of ragtime and grand guignol. The best track is the menacing, plaintive bolero-soul ballad Stop the Horses, reverb-drenched guitar and Eric Garland’s vibraphone echoing in from the shadows: it draws a comparison to Marianne Dissard’s brooding desert rock. Then the band picks up the pace with Havin’ a Go, a deliciously upbeat mashup of early 60s soul, doo-wop and macabre garage rock with a decidedly ambiguous Novik solo.
Golden Kimonos opens with what’s either the vibes or an ominously twinkling glockenspiel setting on the organ, then picks up with a moody 80s sway. Balmy backing vocals bolster the album’s sparest track, the distantly gospel-tinged soul ballad You’re So Quiet. Deniké offers sympathy for the doomed on the metaphorically-loaded Persephone, Bay Area tenor sax great Ralph Carney (who just played an AWESOME show at Barbes a few weeks back) adding his signature, darkly soulful touch. The album winds up with the stately, elegantly poignant piano ballad Až Budeš Velký, Deniké drawing on her heritage as the child of expat Czech dissidents. Albums like this make every night Halloween – or Blue Velvet – if you’re in the mood.
****June 19th's - 100 year celebration of SF City Hall - Civic Center in front of 15,000 people was to say the least a total FUN FEST! What a HUGE honor to represent SF and SF's music history with an incredible line up led by the amazing Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express. featuring The Beau Brummels, Penelope Houston, The SF Symphony, Jello Biafra, Spike Slawson, Deborah Lyall( Romeo Void), Amoray, Oona Gainworth and many more!
****THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT REVIEWS to ALL - Including - KQED's California Report by Andrew GIlbert!
****HOME STREET HOME - I've been working on this for years now ( read below) and it's finally coming Out Feb. 10th - HOME STREET HOME - new musical by Fat Mike of NOFX -
Punk icon Fat Mike (NOFX) announced today that Home Street Home, a new punk-rock musical concept album will be released on February 10, 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords in advance of a theatrical production. Home Street Home tells a story of survival and love among runaway teenagers living on the streets, and features music by Fat Mike with lyrics by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx (Tony® Award winner,Avenue Q) and Soma Snakeoil (AVN Award winning writer/director). The theatrical production of Home Street Home will be directed by LA Stage Ovation Award winnerRichard Israel.
The studio album features performances by Fat Mike and NOFX, and sees the play’s characters inhabited by a wide roster of vocalists includingFrank Turner, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Tony Award winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Stacey Dee, the late Tony Sly of No Use For A Name, and Dance Hall Crashers’ Karina Denike. Members of Descendents, Lagwagon, Old Man Markley, Mad Caddies, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Aggrolites, The Living End, The Real McKenzies, and RKL also play on many of the tracks. The Home Street Homeconcept album includes a portion of the songs that will ultimately comprise the full score of the new musical.
Based on true stories of the authors’ experiences, the story of Home Street Home revolves around Sue, a 16-year old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture and alternative lifestyle of the streets. After being adopted into a tribe of homeless teens, Sue finds empowerment and acceptance from her new chosen family.
Fat Mike said, “Ever since I saw Rocky Horror when I was 8, I’ve been intrigued by musicals. Well, not all musicals, just the ones that break the mold. Luckily, I found two people, Jeff Marx and Soma Snakeoil, that love breaking things as much as I do. This is fucking fun!”