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We Already Have Birds That Sing

by Life in a Blender

Compared to Captain Beefheart and Modest Mouse with a burlesque twist, the band delivers a skewed, dark absurdist sensibility along with a mighty brass section.
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3. Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped
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4. Shards
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5. Mamanama
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LIFE IN A BLENDER barrels into Spring with a new album 'We Already Have Birds That Sing'

“As a songwriter, Don Rauf is a manic combination of Alice Cooper and F. Scott Fitzgerald…The new album, “We Already Have Birds That Sing” mines new gold out of Rauf’s vein.” Gersh Kuntzman, New York Daily News

New York, NY -- The indie chamber-pop punk rock band Life in a Blender (who have earned high praise and comparisons to artists from Robyn Hitchcock to David Byrne to Tom Waits and R.E.M.) celebrates Spring with the release of its new seven-song album, We Already Have Birds That Sing (Fang Records). The title comes from a line in the lead track "Tongue-Cut Sparrow". Frontman Don Rauf wrote the song based on a true-life story by Japanese-American author Mitsu Sundvall about Mitsu's cousin who was a burlesque dancer at the Forbidden City in San Francisco in the 1950s. Don explains: "Despite being told repeatedly by family and others not to pursue a career in burlesque, Mitsu's cousin found her creative voice in boozy theaters filled with music and questionable behaviors. Her story parallels Life in a Blender's exactly, except we wear smaller tassels."

The other songs on Blender's latest dark journey into the absurd take you into a sonic rabbit hole of oozing melody and skewed lyrics. "Good Answer" is LIAB's bleak commentary on social and political conformity, ironically celebrating our ability to parrot the latest meme. In "Falmouth" a recovering alcoholic tries to help a relapsed friend with the power of chicken and roller derbies. "Shards" starts off as a hip-swaying Tom Jones romp before the façade cracks to reveal a middle aged man alone in his solitary world haunted by the fragments of his life. Drawing on Edward Lear’s poem The Jumblies, LIAB paint a curiously detailed off-kilter portrait about a sea voyage, complete with strong cheeses and marmalade, in "To Sea in a Sieve." And "Mamanama" is a rootsy story about the other LA, where a hard-partying guy returns home to find a little peace the only way he knows how – with cigarettes, strip clubs and vodka on the beach.

Horror film impresario Larry Fessenden is directing a video for "Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped," Rauf's song about a man watching the tragic film Frankenstein, hoping against hope for a different outcome.

We Already Have Birds That Sing was recorded and co-produced on a crisp fall weekend by Kenny Siegal ((Langhorne Slim and The Law, The Wiyos, Chris Whitley) at Old Soul Studios, located in an historic Victorian house in Catskill, New York. Brian Dewan, inventor of the Swarm-a-tron, guest appears. For Rauf and cellist/guitarist Dave Moody, recording in the Hudson Valley was a coming home of sorts. They both grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York, where they began writing and recording music in high school. Their first hit was "Poughkeepsie – City of Sin" which rocketed them to local fame after winning the Gong Show at The Last Chance in Poughkeepsie.

Life in a Blender, a band based in New York City, is the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Ralph's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released six ...

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PRESS for LIAB's We Already Have Birds That Sing:

“As a songwriter, Don Rauf is a manic combination of Alice Cooper and F. Scott Fitzgerald…The new album, “We Already Have Birds That Sing” mines new gold out of Rauf’s vein.” Gersh Kuntzman, New York Daily News

“True to its name, Brooklyn’s Life in a Blender funnels an impressively broad range of influences into its quirky rock, from Tom Waits to R.E.M.” Time Out New York

“When people need a quick way to establish a territory for Life in a Blender, the names Waits and Beefheart offer themselves to help describe Don Rauf’s cultured, barking madness and the bawdy, egocentric Rococo of the band’s chamber-rock arrangements…Every line buzzes with meaning, specificity, evocation, implication, reference and raw, emotional purpose.” John Burdick, Almanac Weekly

“If Captain Beefheart and Modest Mouse could have a baby, you might be able to understand the vocal disposition coming from Life in a Blender. That’s really all I have to say about that and it’s a compliment on the deepest level.” Dingus

"Don Rauf's lyrics are wry, both raunchy and literate, and incisively relevant to the pathos of our daily existence; his vocals are eminently listenable, his screams a delight; oh, and this band also rocks like mad. The horn and string accompaniment is, as on LIAB's other albums, joyful and wonderfully supportive; the guitar work superb; Life in a Blender is, simply, beyond category. BUY THIS ALBUM!" Author Kurt E. Ambruster, Before Seattle Rocked: A City and its Music

“A towering marching band a la “Tusk” dominates this mood-jumping, cabaret, Tom Waits-ian, carnival-hawking experience.” Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses

"... vaudevillian pop with a jazz twist. Like They Might Be Giants they can spin a tune about almost anything." Hans Werksman, Here Comes The Flood (The Netherlands)



For over 25 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Rauf's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released eight albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle.

Don Rauf formed the band with high school friend Dave Moody (then bassist, now cellist), and within a couple of years had acquired the drumming services of Ken Meyer. Guitarist Al Houghton and bassist Mark Lerner joined in 1992, and violinist Rebecca Weiner Tompkins signed on in 1993. While the band's core lineup has remained remarkably constant for the past 18 years, the list of former members, guest artists, and collaborators includes Chris Butler (The Waitresses, Tin Huey), Chris Rael (Church of Betty), Jonathan Gregg, John Linnell (They Might Be Giants), Gavin Smith (Les Sans Culottes), Susan Hwang (Debutante Hour), Brian Dewan, and Olivier Conan (Chicha Libre, Las Rubias Del Norte).

Life in a Blender's "Friend from Quebec" was featured in Michael Moore's Canadian Bacon, and "Mobile Wash Unit" appeared in Sara Lamm's documentary, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox.

The band has released eight albums, the most recent being We Already Have Birds That Sing, produced by Kenny Siegal and the band. LIAB's last album Homewrecker Spoon (2011) received raves and one of the tunes, "Does The Lady?" was nominated by the Independent Music Awards in the Eclectic Song category.

We Already Have Birds That Sing Album Credits:
Official release date: 13 April 2014
Produced by Kenny Siegal and Life in a Blender

Don Rauf: vocals
Dave Moody: guitar, cello, backing vocals
Mark Lerner: bass, backing vocals
Al Houghton: guitar, backing vocals
Ken Meyer: drums, cymbals, sound effects
Rebecca Weiner Tompkins: violin

All songs © 2014 by Don Rauf/Life in a Blender (Stingy Brim Publishing/ascap)
Recorded at Old Soul Studios, Catskill, NY by Kenny Siegal on a crisp fall weekend in 2013.

Mixed by Matthew Cullen and Kenny Siegal. Additional engineering by Al Houghton. Mastered by Scott Hull/Masterdisk. Executive producer: Dave Moody.
Cover photograph by Stephen Lewis. Fig photograph by Marc Kjerland.
Graphic design and other photography by Mark Lerner at Rag & Bone Shop.

Otto Hauser: additional percussion
Kim Nicholas: trumpet
Sam Newsome: trombone
Bill Ylitalo: alto sax and former plumber at CBGBs
Brian Dewan: organ on “Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped” and shouts
Horn and string arrangements by Mark Lerner


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