The Ocean Blue premiere new video and single

The Ocean Blue will release their first new album in 6 years – “Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves” – June 21 on Korda Records (Korda 020). Billboard premiered the Seventh Seal-esque video for the first single “Kings and Queens” (directed by Typsy Panthre and starring Starfolk’s Brian Tighe) ahead of the release and tour which starts the first weekend of summer in Lancaster, PA and Brooklyn, NY. Pre-order the LP and CD, and buy tickets for the band’s shows, at

Ice Palace new song “Gift of Love”

The second pre-release song from forthcoming KORDA 017  How I Came to Win the War  by Ice Palace is out today!  The full album comes out 10.12.18 and represents a rich three year collaboration between Ice Palace songsmith Adam Sorensen and Korda’s Brian Tighe (The Starfolk, The Hang Ups) and Allison LaBonne (The Owls, Typsy Panthre).  Sorensen achieves an effortlessly poignant simplicity in this latest single “Gift of Love.”  We hope you enjoy the song and video, and stay tuned for more soon from Ice Palace!

“Suits” video by Deep Pool

Loving this rocking track from Deep Pool’s brand new LP “Something in the Eye,” and DP songwriter Jeff Kearns’ music video sensibility is a blast!  Release show 10/22/14 @ Turf Club in St. Paul.  Don’t miss any of the above or the below (song, album, video, show)!

Deep Pool! Something in the Eye! Jasmine!

Another killer track from Deep Pool’s debut “Something in the Eye,” which hits the world today!  Here’s Jasmine…join us @ Turf Club 10/22/14 for the Deep Pool release show with Old Gold and Runes av Vaskeri!

Deep Pool “Track n Shop” Video

If you haven’t heard of Deep Pool, perhaps it’s because their captivating debut doesn’t come out til next week.   Titled “Something in the Eye,” this beautiful 9-songer is the funny, smart, very-very cool new-old rock brainchild of Jeff Kearns (The Hang Ups).  The project has spent years evolving and percolating for the right moment, and we’re so excited that the right moment is 10/7/14 on Korda Records!  Here’s an advance song/video to whet your appetite.

Release show 10/22/14 @ Turf Club!

Deep Pool Poster

Jim Ruiz Set Tunes Up for final shows in Minneapolis and Brooklyn

Thanks to an invitation from Gail O’Hara, the JRS postponed retirement last week, and at the same time scored a “natural” hat trick, by accepting an invitation to play Day One of CF 22.  This will be the third time in a row JRS has had the good fortune to be included on Chickfactor’s New York bill.  The festival of pop will take place in Brooklyn at the reliable Bell House, March 20 and 21.   An exhausted Jim reports “It’s been a goal of mine to play on the same bill as Amor de Dias ever since we first saw them play in Minneapolis three years ago.  Check another one off my bucket list!”  Also on the bill will be indie charm-eleons The Lilys, and from Scotland, youngish up-and-comers Withered Hand. Our Brooklyn squad will feature the mellifluous mallet work of Kim Serene and, filling in for her sister Charlotte, the equally talented Allison LaBonne on bass.

Sharing Bill with Bethany Larson and Bee’s Knees Coincides with Premiere of Newly Restored Video

Thanks to another invitation, this time from our friend Bethany Larson, we will be returning to the Aster Cafe this Friday, the 7th.   To coincide with our last show in Minneapolis, we are making available, for the first time, the director’s wife’s cut of the legendary Minneapolis video.  Mark Preston (The Funseekers – Northwoods Holiday, dir.) and his wife Anne, have cleaned up the video, and with the help of a technology I don’t understand, transformed this slice of Minneapolis life in the nineties into a quality that defies all description.  See for yourself!