The very first Snowflakes song available on iTunes has just gone live. It’s a cover of INXS’ Beautiful Girl featuring Marina Babenko on vocals. While we work on our album, we were blessed with a visit from Marina, Natasha’s sister. Marina was practicing the guitar and mentioned Beautiful Girl was a song she’d like to learn. It was a magical evening. The track was done that night and the vocals were tracked the next day. We all had a wonderful experience, and wanted to share that joy. It was an unexpected collaboration that we are glad came to be.
We pulled together a slideshow video for our cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. We played so many great shows last year and have been chipping away at our upcoming album. In the meantime the meaning of this song was speaking to us. We weren’t planning on recording a cover. But the spirit struck and we are pleased to share John Lennon’s prayer for peace and photos from the fun gigs we’ve played.
Maybe it’s no big deal to the experienced podcasters, but we’re tickled silly that iTunes carries our podcast:
It’s just a pretty cool world that lets us share what’s up via iTunes’ really big umbrella. No money changes hands. They incorporate the RSS info into their podcast store but don’t host the media. That stays of our server. It’s a win-win. It’s easy to subscribe from the iTunes store.
I (Martin here) was slow to learn how to enjoy podcasts. Once I finally forced myself to study my iTunes for 5 minutes, I got tons of pleasure from podcasts that I’ve now followed for a couple of years. One of them is nearing its 200th episode. And the shows I listen to are never never never going to be on a mainstream outlet.
Did I dream that I’d be a podcaster? Or that Snowflakes would podcast? Never once until we attended the Los Angeles Podcast Festival recently. Now that the RSS thingy is worked out I believe our next Snowflakes episode will automatically appear on iTunes. Time to check the microphones…
We’ll be playing Venice, CA’s The Love Dome on Nov 16.
“Doors open at 9:00pm, music starts promptly at 10:00pm. Immerse yourself in hours of acoustic tunes with Snowflakes. Cash donation bar, no outside beverages please. Artist Q&A after the show. Only 40 tickets available. Pre-sale only.”
We are so looking forward to this. It seems almost like a house concert, which we’ve yet to play. There’s an hour of music, an hour of mingling and then another, shorter set. It sounds like a perfectly lovely evening to us. All the details are on our gig calender Tickets are being sold through EventBrite. The Love Dome is a westside institution.
We loved the Los Angeles Podcast Festival last night and got inspired to make our own podcast. Included is a live in studio performance of our newest song “Alien Girl”.
We love the Phoster app for making gig posters. And we love playing electric shows with Tom Gonzalez on drums. Rock you soon!
UPDATE: We didn’t take a single picture last night. How did that happen? It was a fun vibe opening for Eagles tribute group Best Of My Love. We played as a duo because our drummer Tom was too sick to make it out. Usually we go acoustic when it’s just the two of us. But the electric guitar and amp were all rigged up. When the the music starts up, we always have fun with it. There was some creative echo that magically appeared on the vocal. Funny how the echos seemed at least as loud as the original. Funny as in, well, nevermind… It actually was fun making spooky Halloween sounds with it.
Snowflakes is proud to contribute a performance tonight for a film, The Forgotten Heartbeat, promoting mental health awareness. Pics to follow. Mini red carpet. Great cause.
Edit: The event was lovely. Amanda’s trailer is compelling. Her movie deserves to be made. The mysteries of electronics made the PA unavailable. So we just played acoustically. The electric bass worked because we just plugged the amp into an outlet. We were really touched by how carefully people listened. The Medusa in Silverlake was the locale. Photos by Haldane Morris
Pic update: shots from the Freaky Tiki Photos by Todd Riffel
We love a Friday night tiki party. We love the movie Freaky Friday. Enter the Freaky Tiki Beach Party. The venue is Raw Star Cafe in Santa Monica. We’ll be alternating sets with Bliss Factory which we’re jamming in too. Lots of playing time and healthy food. Pics will be taken