Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The New NormanKelsey.com Is Here

Be sure to visit my refurbished website: normankelsey.com

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Please enjoy your visit. Loads more content to follow. Book mark it. Like it. Share it.

Thanks!

Peace & Disco Beats

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Up All Night" Loses Its Mind

Hey y'all. A recent episode of Up All Night (2.9.2012) features my song Done Lost My Mind. It is their Valentines' day show entitled "Day After Valentine's Day." You will hear the song playing on the stereo during the dinner date gone wrong between Maya Rudolph and Jason Lee. Watch it on HULU or download it via iTunes by following the link above. TV14. Honestly.

Peace

Prometheus. Not A Musical.

If you've been following my recent threads on facebook, you know I have started obsessing over the release of the trailers for an upcoming sci-fi film. This summer, Prometheus arrives in theatres. I have had recurring nightmares about this movie for 30 years. How? Well, in case you haven't heard, Prometheus is the (maybe) prequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 gothic masterwork Alien. It was a brilliant character study and scary as hell for taking place in well-lit spaces. From the first time I saw Sigourney Weaver, H.R. Giger's titular monstrosity and the Space Jockey, my imagination was captured. The soundtrack featured Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2, which the local classical station played with some deliciously creepy frequency; along with the evocative, skin-crawling score by Jerry Goldsmith.

The sequel, James Cameron's Aliens was a worthy one with as much black humor as but more action than the first. However, the intense bug hunt did little to build on the mythology of the original. I'll be merciful and disregard what followed. Now, here comes Mr. Scott again, abetted by LOST's Damon Lindelhof, to fulfill a void in the dreamscape of my adolescence.

The trailer for the new movie is staggering and I haven't felt this much anticipation for a film since the first installment of the Lord of the Rings in 2001. Fox is wisely releasing clever parallel trailers that may or may not contain entire scenes from the film, specifically this fun sequence featuring Guy Pearce as the narcissistic Peter Weyland (of Weyland-Utani) at TED 2023.

The cast for Prometheus is top notch: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Mr. Pearce. I have no real clue what the plot is about, but if the references to the legend of Prometheus and the opening of Pandora's box are as relevant as I think, we are in for a wild ride that will be as thoughtful as it is suspenseful. Mr. Pearce's Weyland certainly seems to be meddling in God's domain. Ms. Rapace's Shaw certainly seems to be lifting the lid on untold horrors for humankind. In Ancient Greece, no one can hear you scream; especially, if you are bound to a rock. Ridley Scott managed to make some interesting sociological statements and predictions with the original Alien and its dystopian cousin Blade Runner. Can't wait to see what he has gotten us into now.

I know this has nothing to do with music or my new LP; but this is the next most exciting thing arriving this summer after my album. See you at the movies.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

International & Sophisticated

The album is nearly completed. One more mixing session before we ship the tracks off for mastering. Still looking at a May release and now a late April release for the first single!

Earlier this month, I announced via MySpace and facebook that I will be taking the Sophisticated & Solo show to the UK for the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival in Liverpool for the third time. This is the 10th Annual IPO/Liverpool at the Cavern Club and my first time since 2008. So, I am very excited to perform in Britain again and to reconnect with my loyal fan base there. A few more dates will be added; but for now, mark your calendars.

Wednesday 16 May @ 10 PM
Cavern Club, 10 Mathew St., Liverpool, UK

Thursday, 17 May @ 10 PM
The Cavern Pub, 5 Mathew St., Liverpool, UK

Cheers and Soul!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Sophisticated & Solo

I am pleased to announce the first official date for my Sophisticated and Solo acoustic series. These shows will feature hits from A Talent For Loving, debuts of new songs from my upcoming release So Sophisticated and some surprise cover songs. Don't miss these shows. Dress cute!

The first show will be 8 PM, Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Good Hurt.
12249 Venice Blvd. West Los Angeles. 90066.

The set will run about 30 minutes and this venue does start on time.

I have played the Good Hurt many times in the past and it is always a fun venue.
Cover is $5. The club is 21+.

Alright, now watch out for more dates to be announced; including shows in the United Kingdom in May.

Peace!

Friday, March 02, 2012

No Monkeeing Around

Lots of news this week.

I received the proofs from my photo shoot for my LP cover taken by Hendershotts photography. I am very excited to get to work on the design for the cover this weekend. Not to mention sharing new pix on my website, myspace, facebook, etc. Which also means revamping my current website, so watch that space, too.

We are a song or two away from being done with the mixes for the album. Producer Adam Marsland is focusing on the album closer, A Miracle Is On The Way. It's a blast of 1978 in all the best ways. I am still aiming to release the lead single at the end of the month, beginning of April.

I was saddened by the passing of Davy Jones from the Monkees. However, it seems he was on tour at the time. A true performer. I am an apologist for the Monkees. Everyone mentions Daydream Believer, but my favorite lead vocals by Davy were Valleri, She Hangs Out, Star Collector and the super-breathy ballad Forget That Girl. Revisit them and hear a bona fide pop singer at work.

Finally, tonight, I am performing with Adam and his band the AMCB at Cinema Bar. It is a free show, no cover. Lots of great music from Adam and some cool covers and mini-sets by guest vocalists, including yours truly. I will be up for a handful of tunes, so y'all come. Dress cute.

Peace!