July 2017

If you weren't at our living room show on 7/11, People with Bodies is playing with a new person with a new body named Julian Jacobs. You may know him from Reno band Spitting Image.

Photo by Emiliy Jiang

Photo by Emiliy Jiang


Kent and I ambushed Julian immediately as he got out of the shower with some hard hitting questions:

Kent+Fil (KF)A/S/L?
Julian (J): 27/Julian Jacobs/People with Bodies

[Julian wet and confused]

KF: Hot breakfast or Cereal?
J: Hot Breakfast
KF: Favorite hot breakfast?
J: Dinner..?
KF: wrong answer, real interview.
J: I really enjoy putting over-easy eggs on top of oatmeal with peanut butter. It's weird but I like it.
KF: Favorite breakfast spot in Reno?
J: El Salvador
(right answer)
KF: If bacon was a band, what band would bacon be?
J: [Pause] Led Zepplin
KF: Explain
J: 'Cause it's overrated but still really good - a little bit too rich for my taste, and kind of over done, but sometimes it just hits the fuckin' spot and it's very, like, unabashedly simple and effective.
KF: Beautiful. Lastly, explain the history of eggs as a breakfast item.
J: How long do you got?
KF: Infinite.
J: Well it all started in uuuuh..,,l,,, 1492?

[Julian pushing past interviewers, still wet, wearing towel, carrying street clothes]

J: When a man by the name

[Kent takes phone call - K: Yeah, can you hear me?]

J: Of Kent Irwin sailed. 

[Bedroom door slam]

J (muffled): to Dennys.....


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This month we had the lovely opportunity to open for our good friends Team Francis at their EP release show. It was a blast and we're proud to be from the same city as them.

Also, we had the pleasure of playing with Turtlenecked, So Many Wizards and Cool American - all of which have great music out, and I've been listening to Cool American's Infinite Hiatus tape on repeat for about 5 days. I recommend it.

Lastly, we're gonna try to play a brand new song live tonight.
And that's it, y'all.
Big news coming soon.

Fil

In Julian's current rotation:

May 2017

"Con Cuerpo" - a full length album from People with Bodies.

Hey folks,

Very excited to announce the release of our first full length album. It will be available Tuesday June 13th as a compact disc. The release show will be held in Reno at the Record Street Bibo (945 Record St). We'll be joined by the great David Dondero.
$5, all ages, and we'll have the CD available for $10.
Each copy purchased at the release show will include a personalized note and a little bit of Fernie or Palm. (We recorded the bass guitar pointing a microphone through Palm)

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"Con Cuerpo"was recorded over 10 days in October 2016 by Watson Meyer with help from our good friend Noah Dickie. It was then sent off to Diego Poloni in Southern Brazil who mixed and mastered it in this house:

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The cover was designed in Porto Alegre, Brazil by artist Jessica Nakaema. Mike Corbitt did the packaging layout, and Tea Haze finalized the tracks. Huge thanks to Jake Reid for playing Sax, Ronan, and Steve Roggenbuck. 

See you June 13th!
PWB
 
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in current rotation:

April 2017

Every branch leads away. You follow it with your hands until the branch turns to a stick, and the stick comes to a point and you're out of the tree just floating beside it.
The trick is to shake it around a bit. Be wind in the trees.

We give a river a name, but it's filled with other things with other names. Rocks, fish, cyanobacteria, a man, his shoes. It's filled with currents, pointing different directions, sometimes folding back into itself and running upstream. We call those eddies. The river is not the water, but the movement.

We've received the mixes for our full length album.
Stay tuned.

Tour Dates:
April 29: Merced @ a house w/ Awahnichi
May 2: Medford @ King Wah's Bamboo Room
May 3: Eugene (TBA)
May 5: Seattle @ The Moon
May 6: Portland @ The Boathouse
May 12: Reno for Gremfest
Then we'll be quiet for a bit. More to come.

fil



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1 part Tuaca
1 part Rootbeer
Serve in pint glass on ice
Lime twist
The perfect Toiyabe Sunset

 

March 2017

HEY

Okay, first of all, Treefort was tight.
We camped in our good friends' back yard all weekend and stayed surprisingly warm despite the rain. 
Some highlights: Jonathan Richman (what a completely honest performer), Open Mike Eagle (who Mark and I never heard before but blew us away), AU (insanely tight and cool), Delicate Steve ("Maybe the only good 1.5 hour long guitar solo I've ever seen" - kent), Willy Vlautin (author of Motel Life, telling a really excellent road story about rural Nevada), Sun Blood Stories (SHREDDING OUR FACES), Mac Demarco (who's music I had never heard, but had a crazy fun live show with great stage presence), Jenny Don't and the Spurs (killing it in a small bar), and finally VCR (playing rockin' ass jam shit in an upscale fast food restaurant.)


Good job, Boise.

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NOW the news:
We'll be touring the Northwest in May.
Show schedule now:
Reno, NV March 30th @ The Saint
Reno, NV March 31st @ TLC


Medford, OR May 2nd @ Bamboo Room

Eugene, OR May 3rd @ Boreal
Seattle, WA May 5th @ The Moon w/ Jacob Jaffe, The Co Founder, TBA
Portland, OR May 6th @ a house w/ Cool American
Sacto, CA? Somewhere? (Help if you want)
Reno, NV May 12th @ Gremfest (more info TBA)


OK that's it this month.
Lots of good stuff coming, so stay tuned.

-Fil
 

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1 part Carlo Rossi
1 part Tecate
serve in cup from under your coffee table
The perfect "TeCarlo"

February 2017

You may have followed on Instagram that we released a video EP yesterday.
More on that here: https://reno.craigslist.org/search/cms


https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Treefort-2017-Schedule.pdf

https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Treefort-2017-Schedule.pdf


If you're going to be a Treefort in Boise, we're playing Thursday at the Neurolux with longtime friend Up is the Down is the. If you've started marking a fest schedule, take a pic and send it our way. We'd love to see what you're checking out.


Lastly, we recorded a session with A Fistful of Vinyl at KXLU last month. They released the first video last week and it (very surreally) did the rounds on the internet and was on the front page of reddit. So a shout out to all you new people.

I think that's it.
More in the works.
-Fil
 

1 part gin

1 part scotch

Serve neat in a tin mug

the perfect "Forest Fire"

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January 2017

Hey Folks,

Palm died on stage.

Palm toured the northwest US with us.
played drums in the woods with us.
was in the car when we crashed in a snowstorm on our way to play Tijuana.
had a final broadcast appearance on KXLU's A Fistful of Vinyl (in Los Angeles, coming soon to youtube)
And after a grueling few months, Palm died on stage at The Loving Cup in Reno, Nevada.
In the final moments, Palm dove from the stage, shattering our lamp on the floor, and began to crowd surf, filtering a few last breaths of air before shedding it's physical form, floating away into the cold night.
Palm will be greatly missed.

In other news,
-We have a new lamp.



-February we're releasing a compilation album called "American Music" featuring bands from all over North and South America.

-AND an experimental split release with our close friends, City Wolves.

-Lastly,
In March, we will be releasing a standalone video EP called "L a n d l i n e . c o m"

In current rotation:
US AMIGOS NUEVOS

December 2016

I am under a palm tree before dawn. The clouds are starting to light up pink. I saw a really big snail.

The news:

Remember our EP? the 4 song one we released back in January? It's being re-released in South America by the Chilean label Botanical Party. It has a couple alternate songs on there, its own artwork, and will be available on Cassette soon for all you buddies from below. We'll be released alongside our good friends and bad-ass cats Decurso Drama.

Also exclusive news for the email list - we're releasing a • v a p o r w a v e • video EP soon.

The sun's almost up now. It takes longer to write than to read, usually. Input/output, ya know? The tourists are awaking I have to go see ya!

Fil

November 2016

Hey Folks! I'm in Texas right now.

We are still working on the album production -- our release date is as specific as "2017." More news on that later.

In the mean time, we released a new song on Noise Loves Audio's Midnight Mixtape.

Hard copy is available at Spectre Records in Reno, and also includes a track from our good bud, Tea Haze.


In addition to being a band, People with Bodies does a bunch of things, and one of them is making videos. We made a music video for our friends, Decurso Drama (below)

Lastly, we'll have some big news about south america soon.

See ya!

Fil

In Current Rotation:

October 2016

FIRST:
All People with Bodies merch is now available on Bandcamp:
https://peoplewithbodies.bandcamp.com/merch
EP, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts and a Mystery Cassette. Click for more info.

We finished recording the full length. Which is really exciting. BUT as you probably know, it's the very first step in a long process so it'll be some months before it's done.

Recording was capped by 2 days of rain in the valley, and snowfall in the mountains (pictured below)

We have 10 songs - 1 of them is super, super new.

November is going to be a month of hard work behind the scenes.
In addition to mixing/mastering, we'll be getting artwork and packaging put together, and also renovating the inside of Van. I'm also working on some SoCal shows in early December.

Lastly, Van is now officially ours and registered in Nevada


THAT'S IT. 
SMELL YOU LATER
Fil


In current rotation:

September 2016

Yo,

We just got back from a Northwest tour (Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon) and we had a blast. Played some really fun shows, went to a Seattle Mariners game with a 90's G-Funk rapper, played drums in the woods, performed a road baptism in a hot spring, ect..



Our next big step is to record an album. We have roughly 10 songs and we are starting this week. We'll keep you tightly updated.

Our next confirmed shows:
10/01 Reno, NV @ Black Rock Drive In (New venue)
10/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock w/ Dave Dondero
10/29 Elko, NV @ DLC w/ Coastwest Unrest

We're working on some more bay area shows + and a few socal shows.
And Lastly.
We bought a Van
WHAT????
Yeah. It's name is Van.

Y'all email subscribers are the first to know. We're going to be building it out before we officially announce it on instagram and stuff.

Between Van and the new record, this is going to be a really good Fall. We're gearing up for some big stuff.

See y'all soon
Fil

In Current Rotation:

August 2016

YO, Okay

We are making MUGS! And going on a Northwest tour. We also have a show Friday 09/02 at Park Place. This will be a super special thing so make it out if you're in town.

flyer by Emily Jiang

flyer by Emily Jiang

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We've mostly been working on new material lately.
Both Kent and I (Fil) did a 20 song challenge, which is where you write and record 20 songs in a single day. It might be impossible, but it's a really rewarding exercise that forces you to purge yourself of every musical idea you've been storing up.
I made it to 16, and Kent made it to 18, and 3 of those songs are already in rotation as PWB songs. 

But the main news:
TOUR
09/02 Reno, NV: Park Place w/ Local Girls and one more TBA. Kickoff house party.
09/13 Boise, ID: Neurolux w/ Up is the Down is the (Radio Boise night)
09/15 Missoula, MT: VFW w/ Mendelssohn side projects (part of their monthly residency)
09/16 Spokane, WA info TBA
09/17 Moscow, ID: One World Coffee
09/19 Bellingham, WA No date yet.
09/20 Seattle, WA No date yet.
09/21 Portland, OR: w/ Husky Boys info TBA
09/22 Eugene, OR No date yet.
If you have a friend/sibling/tinder match in these cities that might like us, text 'em! 

We're working on a South West/California tour in October/November, so keep your eyes out for that.
I think that wraps it up!

 

In Current Rotation (Fil)

July 2016

July's been a surprisingly productive month for Peeps w/ Bodz (unofficial/non-trademarked).

We've got 4 full new songs, with a couple fragments in the wings.

Mainly, we made 2 videos:

2 Take Away shows from Brazil. (São Paulo + Porto Alegre)

Filmed on a 1990 Sony Hi8 Handycam by Marcelo Florentino + Alan Chaves (and us)


If you're reading this immediately, we have shows in Reno

July 27th @ Holland

August 10th @ Spectre

We'll be playing some of the new songs.  Also, we're working on some west coast dates in September/October/November.

Yep - just a quick one this month. See ya!

 

June 2016

We went to Brazil.

It was incredible.  We played 4 shows in 3 cities, and were completely floored by the support and by the amount of killer music going on there. We played with a bunch of incredible bands: Hez + Lucas Rampazzo, Enchente, Trompa, Os Croquetes, Quasi Morto and Decurso Drama - in addition to meeting so many people in other great bands. Simply too many to name.

Kent runs a website called Howls Road and I make a podcast called Van Sounds - so this trip played 2 rolls - it was People With Bodies first tour, and on our days off, we interviewed musicians for our projects. It seemed like such a healthy and repeatable structure, that I cannot wait to a.) go back to Brazil and b.) tour a new place in the same way. 

That said, I'll just let the pictures paint the picture. There will be a bunch of new video and recordings coming from the trip, so keep your eyes out.

Hotel Bar - São Paulo

Hotel Bar - São Paulo

Minor House post show - Porto Alegre

Minor House post show - Porto Alegre

Flyer for Panama Estudio Pub - Porto Alegre

Flyer for Panama Estudio Pub - Porto Alegre

Florípa flyer

Florípa flyer

The day we returned home, we had the pleasure of opening for Flying Circles and AJJ (Formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad). It was a really incredible homecoming, and both of those bands were great.

Lastly, we are almost sold out of our cassette tapes. Right now we have 2 left, so if you want one, go snatch it up on our Bandcamp
 - we will probably make a second pressing eventually, but I'm not sure when.

Thanks so much, and a big welcome to all the new email list folks. We've got a lot of new, exciting things coming so stay tuned.

-Fil

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In Current Rotation:

May 2016

Hey Folks,

So if you didn't catch it on Instagram, we will be touring Brazil in a week. Here's the tour flyer:


We're playing 3 cities (São Paulo, Porto Alegre e Florípa)
 

There's a ton of great music going on in Brazil, so I'm really stoked to check it out and report back to y'all. 

Past that, we've recorded Waning Gibbous and Dirty Path for (hopefully) a summer release. We're probably going to play a Reno show the day we land at home (June 22nd) so keep an eye out for that.

Lastly, we made a video for the Holland Project's 3 Minute film competition.


That's it for now.
Stay tuned.
Fil


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April 2016

Fernie, the band plant, has passed away.
There will be a funeral The Holland Project during our set on April 28th, 2016. Black attire is encouraged. Also I should mention this isn't a joke. Meet us there.

Fernie was a great plant, but in all honesty not a very good bassist. He didn't even own a bass.

So in light of his loss, we've decided to replace him with our good friend and bassman, Mark Nesbitt. 

This is Mark dressed as Ron Swanson. I took it from facebook and didn't tell him.

Mark will be joining us starting in May. 

Otherwise, ongoing projects and news:

  • Recording 2 songs for split and top secret video project.
  • Finishing DVD of the self titled EP
  • Booking some rad summer shows.
  • We were on All Independent Reno's podcast ( https://www.mixcloud.com/allindependentreno/episode-7-people-with-bodies/


That's it. 
Cheers!
Fil

In Current rotation:
 

March 2016

4 new songs, video project, booking shows out of town + April 3rd at St. James infirmary.

1.  We have a show this coming Sunday at St. James. Also playing are Holiday Friends and TUFT. They both fall somewhere on the super pro sounding indie pop spectrum. It'll be the first 21+ show we've played. Free.

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2. Our tape was reviewed in the cool daily tape blog, Cassette Gods. http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2016/03/people-with-bodies-st-c18-self-released.html   and Also a write up in the Elko Daily paper: http://elkodaily.com/elko/out-and-about-this-weekend/article_7d247062-aa2d-594f-ae3e-41e60abbe428.html

3. Kent and I just got back from a road trip of Northern Nevada. Found sound petroglyphs near Austin, hung out with some rappers in Ely and played a show in Elko. It was good. We're working on booking more weekend dates out of town.

4. We have 4 new songs and have played 3 or them live so far. It's cool to have some new material. (Working titles: Optimism/Pessimism, Theme Song, Car Crash, Lluvia) Plus, we're working on 2 new video projects. One of them is top secret, but the other is a DVD version of the EP. I still have a ton of editing to do, but we want to have it out by June. It'll include music videos, plus a bunch of extra video to play. Most of my friends from Argentina and Brazil seemed to ingest music that way - through a dvd player in the house - so Kent and I thought it would be cool to release the cassette in that format. Especially since we're video nerds and stuff.

That about wraps it up for this month. Mostly working on material. Keep an eye out for the DVD and new songs, and we'll maybe catch you on Sunday 4/3.

-Fil

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February 2016

Cassette Tape, Another Video and an Infomercial.

February has been very productive.  First, we finished our self titled EP and put it out on Cassette. You can buy it on Bandcamp, at Spectre Records. and you can stream it this second right here:

The online version is 4 songs, but the cassette version runs a few minutes longer. We drove out to visit Mike Branch, an environmental writer who writes about his pastoral/anti-pastoral experiences living in the high desert wilderness. Plus, we added a few clips from a trip we took to Peru in 2013. At the end of Side A, there is a weird choir song that was blasting from a bell tower on the top of a hill in Cuzco. I drank a beer next to some teenagers and recorded it. Here is the view from that bench:

 

Next -- When Dave Dondero came to Reno in January he showed up late due to car troubles. He eventually made it and played a very intimate "story-teller" set that gave a lot of his songs a new depth. After the show I didn't sleep.

In the morning we drove up to the dry lake bed, Winnemucca Lake, then the wet lake bed, Pyramid Lake, and we walked around all day. I brought my hi-8 camera and later made the footage into a video. The loop is from a thrift store keyboard we found, and then Kent scored the rest with violin.

Lastly, I made an infomercial for the tape. I hired a dude on the internet to do the voice.

Most of these blog posts probably won't be so eventful, but February has been hectically good. I think we're onto something./

-Fil

 

In current rotation via Kent:


January 2016

We made a video.

TAPE NEWS:

We're done. They're in the mail.   

We originally planned to duplicate the cassettes ourselves, and we got 100 clear yellow tapes - after I finished them (with a ton of help from hugely supportive friends), they didn't sound right. Quiet/warbly. I think I bought low quality tapes and couldn't quite figure out how to properly fix them in time to release them.

SO, we pulled the trigger and paid somebody to duplicate them in Missouri. They will be light blue, which matches the artwork. I got the test tape and it sounds really nice. -- I guess the lesson is sometimes you don't know what you're doing and that's good, but sometimes your tapes sound bad and that's not good. DIY and also die eventually.

That said, we are goddamned stoked. The official release show is February 13th at Spectre Records in Reno. We'll have them at a pre-release house show in Carson City too.

Cool. See you soon.

Fil. 01/27/2016

 

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December 2015

Ok, what's up.

We're shooting to update this every month with something new - if you want to be updated in a monthly bite-size, sign up for our email list at the bottom.

We are done tracking our first EP that is most likely going to be self-titled. We have a mix that we're tightening up and we'll be putting out 2 versions: a normal internet version with 4 songs on Bandcamp, and a cassette tape version that includes soundbites from a conversation we had with author and general bad ass, Mike Branch. The cassette version will dive into the lyrical themes, which mainly revolve around the idea of home, place and the romanticism we assign to leaving. Mike Branch's work is largely about living in the sticks and ripping up stereo-types of pastoral identity. He lives in the high desert hills outside of Reno with his wife and two daughters.

The release date looks like February, but we're definitely antsy to put it out asap.

We're working on a live-style music video of the song "A Mirror, A Storm". Both the tape and video have been recorded completely DIY in our basement, and I've been learning a ton about how to engineer sound. It's been a really cool experience getting tones right and mixing them. I've had experience doing vocal tones for radio, but this is my first time filling out an entire range of frequencies. There's a violin on one of the tracks and we found out that putting a mic close to the body sounded terrible. After frustratingly stumbling through a few takes, we put Kent in the stone-walled meat cellar behind my bedroom and put the mic about 8 feet from him. Suddenly it sounded right. In that vein, Google has been a huge help. ("How to mic guitar amp very high end.")

So that's that.  Check back for an update next month. The motor's just getting started and I'm excited to see which way the steering wheel jerks.

-Fil. 12/2015

 

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