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Archive for September, 2009

Cobra Lilies EP at Origami Vinyl right now

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

I am pleased to announce that Origami Vinyl in Echo Park now has copies of In The Key Of Bicycle Bell for sale–the very selfsame white silkscreened 12″ beauties that we unveiled last Saturday. Obviously you can also get a copy directly from us, too, but it would please us greatly if you’d support a wonderful local business like Origami. They are just a few doors down from The Echo…and a block away from Stories…and they’re open late and are wonderful people. We plan to play an in-store show there soon. Check it out! We’ve only pressed 250 of these things and at the rate we’re going with the silkscreening I HIGHLY DOUBT there will be more, so please do get yours while you can.

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Release show photos

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Some photos from Saturday’s In The Key Of Bicycle Bell release show courtesy of LA Underground. Did anyone get shots of the fashion show? I hope so…

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Demolisten revisited

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Thank you to all who came out to see the show on Saturday, and also thanks to all those who tuned in to our Friday set on KXLU Demolisten–apparently their stickam software showed 900 people watching during the show, which is more than I can wrap my head around.

For those of you who missed it, you can hear an archived mp3 of the show here.

And here are archived videos of the live stream! Thanks again to Fred, Octavius, Elaine, and everyone at KXLU, we had a wonderful wonderful time!

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Demolisten tonight! Record Release & Fashion Show tomorrow!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

A little reminder that Cobra Lilies will invade KXLU Demolisten tonight to play a live set–show starts at 6pm and we will most likely play at around 7-ish. Probably the best way to witness this is via live video at Demolisten’s Stickam stream.

And then of course tomorrow night is the Cobra Lilies record release and fashion show at the very same venue, also $5, and you best be there sweetlips! Or else you’re gonna miss a spectacle and a half. Of some kind. Tommy Santee Klaws, Amanda Jo Williams and Moses Campbell are all playing! FFFFFFASSSSSSHHHHHIIIIIIIIOOOOOOONNNNNNNN SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW! Yeah!

An updated poster:

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Silkscreening the records

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The new EP is coming out on one-sided, 45rpm 12″ white vinyl. That is pretty special in of itself but we wanted to up the specialness by doing a stupid amount of work, by hand, to each copy. So! We decided to silkscreen our logo onto the blank side of each record. Because blank vinyl is non-porous (unlike paper or a t-shirt) you can’t just silkscreen straight onto the record–you have to apply primer first, let it dry, and THEN you can print. We chose Pittsburgh Paints SealGrip which had the advantage of already being white–so it matches, sweet.

My original plan was to spray on the primer with a paint spraygun, except that our spraygun hasn’t been used for about 5 years and doesn’t work anymore. So I ended up applying it by hand with a brush, and then stippling the surface with a sponge to make it even. This was a really really slow process–I think it took me at least 2 hours to get primer onto 30 records in this way.

We also decided to order the records with blank white labels and have a custom stamp made for the playable (IE, non-primered) side. This seemed like a good idea, and it saved us some money (pressing plants charge about $150 just for printing labels), but it turned out to be NOT WORTH IT. Stamping 30 records also took a really really long time–you gotta be careful not to scratch the damn things. Also, the records aren’t perfectly flat in the label area–they’re sort of concave, and it’s hard to get the stamp to cover the entire label area. So, I won’t try doing that again next time.

Last night Mary and I printed the logo on the 30 primered records. Oddly enough this was the fastest part of the entire process. They look like this:


30 down, 220 to go! We’re hoping to have 50 ready for the release show. Wish us luck.

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EP release show next weekend!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

After what seems like an unbelievably long wait, we are finally set to release our very first EP, “In The Key Of Bicycle Bell,” at the Highland Park American Legion Hall on Saturday, September 19. We will have copies of the EP on 12″ white silkscreened vinyl available at the show! We’re thinking they’ll be in the $10 range–we wanted to make them $8 but the ridiculous amount of work we’ve put into making each copy JUST SO has bumped up the price a little bit. I hope you understand.

Also, reminder! We are playing LIVE on KXLU Demolisten on Friday the 18th! That’s only one week from tomorrow! Aiieeeeeee!!!!




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