I wrote about sf writer and historian Ada Palmer's music before -- heart-stoppingly beautiful music about space and Icelandic gods -- and now's your chance to help bring more of it to life.
Ada and her group Sassafrass are kickstarting two new albums of "close harmony a cappella story and myth music." $15 gets you the digital versions, $25 gets you CDs, $75 gets you access to a "secret album," and at $250, Ada and her partner Lauren will make a new, custom recording just for you.
Sassafrass's music literally made me cry the first time I heard it.
"Stories and Stone" is a companion album to our Norse Myth song cycle "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" which was funded by an earlier Kickstarter and released on CD and DVD in Spring 2015. "Stories and Stone" contains alternate arrangements of most of the music from the Sundown project, plus our encore Space exploration anthem "Somebody Will". The music is finished, and the goal of this campaign is to raise the funds to produce the CD by the end of this summer. If we make our first stretch goal we will also release a second CD during the next year, "Friend in the Dark," collecting experimental arrangements of our Norse music and many of Ada's earlier songs, which have been out of print while we concentrated on the Sundown project, performed by Ada and Lauren Schiller, performing as the duo "Sassafrass: Trickster & King."
The music for "Stories and Stone" is already complete, which means backers will receive an instant digital download once the campaign is done. Physical CDs will ship no later than September 2015. You can already listen to the entire album streaming below. Several finished sample tracks from "Friend in the Dark" are also streaming here.
Sassafrass: Stories & Stone [Ada Palmer/Kickstarter]
According to a piece on Deadline, 70s prog rock behemoths, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, are having a movie made from their 30-minute sci-fi song suite, “Karn Evil 9”, from 1973’s Brain Salad Surgery. Centered on a society that has drained all its blood with a dependence on technology, the film will explore the world controlled […]
Bertolt Meyer wears a myoelectric prosthetic arm and hand controlled by electrodes attached to his residual limb that pick up impulses generated when he consciously contracts that muscle. Those impulses are then translated into control signals for the prosthetic hand. An electronic musician, Meyer had the idea to swap out the prosthetic hand for a […]
For the last couple years, my dear friend Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco, Quindar) and Isaac Koren (The Kin, Bråves) have been exploring their shared passion for the great American songbook and electronic music. They call their act Expandards and have been making the SoCal scene to great acclaim. These two are the real deal. Above, Expandards’ […]
You kill it at the gym all week, your nutrition is dialed in, and you’re drinking so much water that your spare time is spent walking back and forth to the bathroom (way to get those steps in!)—so how do you take things to the next level? By focusing on recovery. A proper post-workout routine, […]
Everybody wears socks, even presidents, but not everybody wears sophisticated, ultra-comfortable socks made with bamboo yarn that offers softness, ventilation, and durability. So with all these DeadSoxy socks on sale for Presidents’ Day, why not use this opportunity to make those hard-working feet of yours happier than they’ve ever been? With styles for work and […]
If you’re looking to read more in 2020, you probably wish you had more time to get that done. Well, we can’t create more hours in the day (we’re mad about it too), but we can help you maximize those hours. Catch up on that book list and get ahead of the game when you […]