Here’s a second one, this time of Loupine on her own. Isn’t she lovely? (I took this one - so proud of it I had to make that clear!)
The Vuk & Loupine Cabaret Extravaganza is now officially in existence! Follow us at the Tumblr link below. Still setting things up a bit, but here’s our first promo shot. Loupine and I set it up. Loupine’s sister, Riikka Tarkkanen, hit the shutter button. I designed and made our dresses. More to come.
I experimented with scanning and manipulating a carved lino sheet I used to make a print I made for “The Plains’” album artwork, just for fun, to see how it would differ from the print. This is what it looks like. I think the texture is interesting. I like making lino prints because it’s a slower, more arduous process than drawing. The planning it requires, the process of carving out the sheet, is meditative. I suppose I also have an affinity for a semi-mechanical aesthetic. You could say a lino print in visual art is analogous to the pump organ as an instrument. Mechanical, but breathing.
This picture is another illustration of the elephant dream I posted about a while back. It stands for some of the best forces for good in my life. Guidance, foresight, protection, fulfilled potential and courage.
Here’s a little video we shot of “The Archaeologist” last night at Semifinal. The sound didn’t come out as well as I hoped, but at least it’ll give you an idea. I think this was musically one of the best shows we’ve played in a long time. Too bad the Siberian weather we’ve been having probably deterred a few potential audience members from making it out. See you next time!
Apparently, the German translation of SLKJ is “Der finnische Löwe und der tote Hase”!
Today is the day I finally finished my digital mini-Doppelgänger version of “The Plains,” called “The Plains, Wide Open, Alive.” This is a link to where you can download it and/or buy it from Bandcamp. It’s a collection of songs from the album recorded in our rehearsal space (with a bunch of overdubs), arranged to reflect the songs as they are played live - or, more precisely, how they would be if I had a nice, big choir of backing vocalists. It isn’t strictly a live album, but we recorded the drums and harmonium live, and built up from there. One might think of this as my last farewell to “The Plains” before recording my next album. I hope you like it. I’m keeping “The Plains, Wide Open, Alive” payment-optional all month. Enjoy it, share it, spread the word! This is my gift to all of you.
P.S. Janne Lastumäki played drums on the album and helped record it. Katri Onnela played electric organ. Gratitude!
We’re busy booking a full-band European tour for this spring! I can’t wait to be on the road again. Á propos, I’m pleased to announce our collaboration with booking agent Christian “Kirmes” Kühr at Eine Welt aus Hack. He’s the man to get in touch with if you want us at your venue! Find him at the Eine Welt aus Hack homepage.
See you soon!
…And what makes me extra happy is that they picked up on the Little Richard reference!