Monday, February 28, 2011

Womyn fest, Musicians on call and re-cycling for the arts

Lots going on I thought I would keep you all.... “IN THE LOOP”.

The Wyld Womyn of Wongo

This Sunday (March 6th 2011) Lexie and I will be performing at Womyn fest. Womyn are kind of like women, but spelled all funky and kewl. It should be a pretty good show, we are playing the Rotunda Theater which would make this our first Theater show. Admission is free and it's all ages, so if you are anywhere near Philadelphia come on down. The show starts at 7 PM and it's FREE to get in.

Calling doctors Kinagree-Smith

No we aren't really doctors, we just play them on TV. But we do practice the healing art of music and have offered our services to WXPN's, “Musicians on call”. This is a volunteer effort to bring live music to those recovering in the hospital. So if you find yourself ill and are recovering in the city of brotherly love (that's Philadelphia for those of you playing at home) it's possible that Kinagree-Smith could show up at your bedside, guitars in hand and a song in our hearts.

We are #53 in the Philadelphia Folk charts

You may recall we were #52 the other day, and our goal is to break into the top 50. Your help is needed. Please take a moment to visit our Reverb Nation page and listen to a few songs or view a few videos. Remember just about any action on the page improves our numbers so please take a moment to help us crack the top 50.

Re-cycling for the arts

Lexie and I have been talking about doing some video work for a while and the major impediment seems to be we don't actually own a video camera. While trying to budget to buy one, we always seem to run out of money. Curse our need to eat almost everyday.

So we've come up with an idea. It's very possible that someone in our readership has a brand new video camera that is replacing a less impressive video camera they really have no further use for. If you happen to have a video camera laying about collecting dust, please contact me at and we'll find it a new home.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stuff is going on

Just a quick overview of the “Stuff” that is going on with the Internet's first Super Group, Kinagree-Smith.

Who says we are unmanageable?

After booking us for a while, our good friend Loegan had too many irons in the fire to really keep up with the demanding task of keeping us working... and trust me, it's harder then it looks.

We contacted our good friends... wait, great friends, Desiree and Sally from Surfside Hideaway and asked them to form the Kinagree-Smith management team. After much begging, crying and hours in the fetal position they consented (note we have no shame). So far they are doing an amazing job at getting things organized, which is something Lexie and I could never do.

Radio radio.

This week Kinagree-Smith were offered an online weekly radio show with Radar Radio. It should consist of Music, interviews, special segments. We haven't done it yet, but since everything we put our hand to prospers I'm expecting great things.

Hey if you don't have a healthy self-esteem you never do anything interesting.

I put on my frilly shirt and wax poetic.

The Literary magazine “Enertialcall” has approached me about publishing some of my lyrics as poetry in their magazine. Of course I agreed. Hey I've gotta establish my poet persona. This will give me an valid excuse to get “four sheets to the wind” every pay day. Speaking of pay day, my compensation for this submission is a free copy of Enertialcall. How could I say no? I have a paper and ink fetish and I think “A free copy” is the standard rate for any Literary magzine.

We put the ICON in ICON Magazine.

We've recently done an interview with ICON magazine, and I'm not sure how it will come out, but it's always nice to have questions asked that you know the answer to. We did finish up the photo shoot for the magazine today, so I hope it will be out shortly. When it does come out, I'm sure you can find a link here.

Let the cross promotion begin!!!

Today we've undertaken the daunting task of cross promoting Kinagree-Smith/Zorch and Lexie. Hey what is the point of being the first internet super group if you don't cross promote it. And if somebody is getting all frothy about me referring to Kinagree-Smith as a super group, take your medication and sit down for a moment. It's called “Hyperbole” and people with healthy self-esteem often use it to suggest something that may or may not be true.

The team is growing.

We got a prospective Public relations and Record Producer interested in working with us. This is a very good thing indeed, because while it's cool to “Do it yourself”, it's not always best. Speaking of not doing it yourself, a new Kinagree-Smith web site is in the works, and this time, I'm not the designer. The person offering their assistance is an art director for a major corporation and a web wizard.

I must admit, I'm talking about all this good stuff because I find people offering to help us very affirming. They are NOT asking for money and offering their help because they appreciate what we do.
While we have proven in the past we can get it done when nobody is helping us, I'm sure things will be better attended by more competent people. Finally, we get to be songwriters and musicians, and not Managers, PR people, producer, and web designers.

After our little set back, this is a real boon to us, and I feel our hard work is starting to pay off in the most valuable commodity. Support.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the people that follow the blog. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Things look good, stuff is moving forward, and I suggest you expect great things.

Ack, One more thing.

I talked to Fox at Indie Spectrum Radio the other day and asked him if I had the most songs posted in the ISR catalog. He said there was one guy with more songs posted, so I've added the songs from "Me and My Monkey" and "Emotion and Reason" to the ISR play list. I don't know if I am #1, but at this point the full Zorch Recorded music cataglog is available there. Drop by
and Request your favorite Zorch Boomhauer song.

Wow, so busy I can't keep up with it all.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

To Macungie and back..... plus over 8,000 fans in one day

This so far has been a red letter week for the wonderful whacky world of Kinagree-Smith. Lexie and I played our first live show as Kinagree-Smith in beautiful but cold Macungie Pennsylvania.

How did it go? Well frankly way better then it should have. While we are not a household word in the Philly area as of yet. We do know a few people around here that might like to attend one of our shows. Out in Macungie... where the hell is Macungie anyway? I've been there and I still don't know. I understand it's part of the Pocono's mountains, but beyond that I'm rather clueless.

While we came in without a fan base to draw from, we left with a few new supporters in tow. Much thanks to Steven and Mary for having us out at “The Longswamp Tavern” in Picturesque Macungie.

In other news, today our Reverb Nation page went from 18 fans, to well over 8,000.

How did we do it?

Well I use to be a lot more famous then I am now, and I synced the Kinagree-Smith Reverb Nation page with my old MySpace music page. So now we “seem to be” a lot more popular then we actually are. Now some might call this cheating, but that is only because they didn't think of it first, and more to the point, those 8,000+ people actually our fans of at least my music. They might want to know about the coming and goings with my current musical project.

Of course there is so much going on it's hard to fit it all in one blog, so I'm going to save some for tomorrow.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

History in the making

This upcoming Saturday is the first official live show of “Kinagree- Smith”. While we have played live together before, this is the first booking as a duo named “Kinagree-Smith”. How cool is that?

Lexie asked me if I was a bit nervous about the show and I told her, “I'm more apprehensive about getting to the show then playing it”, and as odd as it might sound that is the troof. The Longswamp Tavern is not around the corner, it's a bit of a drive.

In other news, yesterday, Lexie and I played our first show from the REALLY BIG HOUSE location. We had our Internet hooked up (after much gnashing of teeth) and logged on in time for our Surfside Hideaway show. Of course, the good folks at Surfside Hideaway didn't know we would be there, so they didn't list the show, because they didn't know we would be able to play it. Of course, we didn't know we could play it until about a half hour before show time, so everybody was surprised.

It was great to be back, and while we did have a small impediment to work around, it was still a great show. Thanks to everybody that showed up on short notice.

Stuff is happening and I hope you log on to ye olde blog to keep up with history in the making.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I live in a really big house

It's been a while since I've updated the blog and I'm sure people are imagining all sorts of things. In a information vacuum that seems to happen. But don't panic, we didn't die, quit or find Jesus. We just had a situation that required a solution and sometimes solutions are slow in arriving.

Long story short, the location we were playing from was usurped from us. Seems the guy we were sharing it with decided he didn't want to share any longer. Keep in mind we were paying half the rent, but he was being a Dick.

Then we tried to play shows from the room I rent, but my roommate didn't appreciate the free entertainment, and he was being a Dick too.

Then we played some shows from Lexie's Mom's Kitchen. That was a short term solution, but kitchens are used primarily for preparing food, and having musicians, instruments and computers in ones kitchen can prove to be disruptive to the day to day operation of family life.

We looked for a new home for our show... and looked and looked and looked some more. Then just as it seemed we would be looking again tomorrow, Lexie caught up with and old friend of her's and told her about our situation.

It seems this fellow is working with a guy that is building a rehearsal studio in Philly, and he just may have a space for us. Fingers crossed we went out to have a look at this place.


This is NOT just a rehearsal space, but will become a rehearsal, recording studio, and performance venue in the future. It could well become the new Epicenter of Musical coming and goings in Philadelphia. There really isn't a facility like this in the area at the moment, and it seems like a no brainer.

We are getting in on the ground floor. The building is a HUGE old warehouse in one of the cities more colorful areas. And currently there are a row of rehearsal rooms and that is pretty much it. There is a stage in the performance area and a roughed in control room for the recording studio. But that is all. There isn't even heating at this point. We did invest in a oil filled heater that seems to keep the room quite cozy. In case you are wondering, there is one working bathroom.

Here is a bonus, we didn't have to cart any furniture over to the space. No, it's not a furnished room, but the guy that is building it had a bunch of brand new furniture stored there, and it seemed the guy that owned that brand new furniture wasn't going to pick it up, so we were instructed to take anything we wanted to use. Looks nice and homey in there now.

We don't have an internet connection yet, but we should have it Wednesday. We are scheduled for service that day and barring any weirdness we should be playing shows that evening.

If this were the only news I had to share, things would be going well, But there is more.

Next Saturday (February 19th) is the first official Live performance of Kinagree-Smith. We are playing the Longswamp Tavern in picturesque Macungie PA. If you are in the area make plans to drop in.

We've also have found a drummer/producer that is interested in working with us. His drumming is world class and he's also pretty good with hand percussion as well. He's also interested in recording us. In the past I've not been too keen on the idea of letting someone PRODUCE me, but I've had a listen to this guys stuff and it seems like it might prove fruitful. His stuff sounds amazing.

Engineering wise, he's quite an audiophile type. I've never been much of an engineer, so this could be a new beginning. We are meeting tonight to have a Jam/Skull session.

Now you may be wondering what happened to the “2 BIG 4 THE INTERNET” tour. It is going to happen. But we are basically starting over so it's going to be... when we are ready. We plan to be as successful as possible with this venture, and not in a rush to go off half cocked.

Simply stated, if we do it right we get to do it again. If we do it wrong... well, we'll probably do it again, but it would be better to do it right the first time. Success or Failure is not the boss of us.

Stuff is happening. Soon we'll be back on the grid playing shows, and grinding some pavement playing live. Who knows what kind of situations we'll find ourselves in. Check the blog to find out what's shaking because things are about to get wobbly.