the imminence of tour

Broadcloth, which has a brand spankin new website, is also getting ready to depart on our first ever tour starting Wednesday in Philadelphia. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to bring our act on the road in a highly focused manner, and we'll be playing in New Haven at the Big Room the following Friday, April 8th. It will also be quite nice to be able to take in a bunch of new music in a semi-focused fashion. For the tour we'll have a bunch of new schwag, including business cards, buttons, stickers, and a tour-only hard-copy run of the compilation. There are some interesting possibilities on the horizon, but many too early to say - most intriguing to us is the chance of getting in a few recording sessions after tour, and channeling some of that chemistry in a recording setting. Stay tuned to the Broadcloth website for all that info and updates from the road.


Odds and Ends


We finally outsmarted the computers and got this video of Alice to work. The version edited to our score was not quite the same cut that we played along to - the latter version had one really long title card which had to be approximated in this version. Anyhow, enjoy:

New Shows

Broadcloth will be warming up for our tour in New London, CT, at Telegraph on March 25th. Everyone will have new stuff to try out that we've been steadily working on. The tour goes as planned from March 30th through April 2nd, as unfortunately our IBeam show fell through. We'll still have the homecoming show in New Haven at The Big Room on April 8th as well.

The following day, April 9th, Nathan and I will be performing in the Lyric Hall Theater Orchestra, with music by Steve Asetta to accompany Tod Browning's "The Unknown." There are two screenings at 8PM and 10PM, and tickets are $10. If you're interested in securing a ticket, feel free to email me at weillwedance [at] gmail [dot] com.

The day after that, April 10th, Dr. Caterwaul's will play a set at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Milford, CT at 2:30 PM. We'll be slightly tweaking our repertoire for the setting, and we are expecting some guest vocals by Anne Rhodes for the occasion.

The other new date on that list to your right is May 25th at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA. We're very glad to be returning to that venue as it produced one of the more remarkable moments in our collective development as a group. Details about that are forthcoming.

that's all for now.


Triumph at Lyric Hall

Dr. Caterwaul's show at Lyric Hall was awesome. Technical difficulties led to nerves led to general jitters but all in all it was great fun. We even have a few things to show for it - check out audio of our set HERE and also one of our soundtracks, for Georges Méliés "The Doctor's Secret" which features some music I composed/structured, expertly interpreted by the rest of the band:

I am still planning on doing the same treatment with our soundtrack to Cecil Hepworth's "Alice in Wonderland" but some really weird errors with my computer seem to be blocking this from happening. Soon, hopefully.

We also backed up Tyler Bussey on a set of folk tunes. I was quite enamored of his interpretations, and it is something we hope to do again, as our musical interests bisect at just the right angles that it really makes the collaboration work quite naturally. It also has got us discussing backing up other singers or singer-instrumentalists, with a few especially tantalizing possibilities on the verge of happening. That being said, if you have any inclination to sing your tunes and you want an incredibly smart, talented and goodlooking band to back you up, you should shoot us an email at doctors.caterwaul [at] gmail.com.

Upcoming will be a performance at St. Peter's Episcopal church in Milford, CT, possibly with a special guest, as well as a spot at Jalopy's Debauchery Series, hosted by the Whistlin' Wolves, on 5/20. The series in each of its installments focuses on a particular form or method of moral debasement, and the theme in May is sex; I'll leave it to you to guess which Prince song we're going to try and adapt. Shouldn't be hard.

Upcoming immediately is the return of the Erasmus Quintet. We're playing a set with Nick DiMaria's Zero Dollar Trio on Saturday at The Funky Monkey in Cheshire, CT, and while we've all grown as musicians since our last meeting, that certain je ne sais quoi about the group's identity is still maintained, and stronger than ever. Rehearsals over the last few weeks have been fun and there are some new compositions for the group, including two by myself and one by Nate Trier , musical renaissance man and NHIC affiliate. An upcoming gig on April 15th featuring the Erasmus Quintet also features the debut of Open Spaces, a free jazz group led by Trier. The gig will also feature a large group improv led by Trier, as well as a performance by Steve Asetta's Triolocus, prompting the gig to be branded as the NHIC's first annual Verge Fest, which will hopefully establish a tradition of drawing out some of the more well hidden groups contained within the fold of the NHIC.

Broadcloth is touring awfully soon. More on that in a later post.

At some point soon both Broadcloth and Dr. Caterwaul's are going to be aiming for a proper web site, instead of these stop-gap facebook pages and miscellaneous blog post mentions. I might end up cross posting some things between them if I start getting overwhelmed. Don't worry. I'm not likely to become a spam robot anytime soon.