We would be remiss if we didn’t start off our update by giving “big ups” to all the world class athletes braving the “dangerous face water”, amongst other off-the-wall conditions to compete in the Sochi Olympics. You are all a testament to the dedication, devotion and sheer perseverance, which marks the highpoint of the human spirit. You are all champions—each and every one.
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So, with our quick, verbal head nod to the games behind us, we’d like to invite all you late night party people out to Tom & Jerry’s this Friday, the 21st, for original music night, hosted by Greto of the fantastic local band, The Silent Signals. While we will not be raining audio goodness down on you until closer to the witching hour, we highly suggest you get there early, buy us a beer with the money you saved by NOT paying a cover to get in, and watch the Rob Perna Band, and Stone with us.
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Our excitment could not be greater to officially announce that we will be receiving our championship rings for winning the Gashouse “Tournament of Champions” when we play the Legendary Dobbs (upstairs), as part of Gashouse Radio’s March showcase, on 3/8. We are migrating to South Street for a night of awesome music, including performances by Life on the Horizon, Delco Pacers, and Wave Radio. Wave Radio absolutely stole our hearts in Atlantic City, what with their creative, sweeping arrangements, and embarrasing wealth of musical talent. We are excited to be playing for the first time with both Delco Pacers, whom we originally heard on Gashouse, and Life on the Horizon. You should seriously hunt and peck through all of the bands profiles on ReverbNation—where you will find plenty of songs and videos to keep your ears whetted until the show date arrives. Mark your calendars, friends, family, and fine-feathered-fans! This showcase is also a celebration of our first anniversary as a gigging band. It has been a remarkable year for us, musically, and while we’re already wings deep into “Year 2” we hope you will join us in commemorating this milestone, as we all move together towards making new, valued memories in the year(s) to come.
Last, but certainly not least, we begin production this evening (2/19/14) on our “Live at The Spartan Tone” live video for “Aviator Glasses” and “Definition”. This will be a joint effort between The Spartan Tone Audio and videographer Charles Old of the UTS Network to capture Magnificent Birds of Prey as real in the live setting as possible. We think it will be pretty fun to bring a few songs from our debut Self-Titled EP to life, as we continue to work on new music for your earholes.
We have a new music update in the works for you, birdwatchers, but for now, you will have to catch us on the fly.
Hope to see many of you soon!
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Welcome to a new year, bird fans! We have SO much planned for you this year, so it’s probably best we dive right in…
First let’s start off by thanking all of our family, friends, and fans—everyone who supported us—in making 2013 a great year for MBOP. Thanks to all of you for flocking to our corner, we were very blessed to have won the Gashouse Radio “Tournament of Champions”. We would like to thank Gashouse Radio whole heartedly for an amazing year, as well as the great bands and friends such as: The Lost Will Follow, Amber Ladd, The Defused, The Good Excuses, WaveRadio, East of the West, Easy Company, The MaineStreet Band, Blue Matches and in the Presence of Wolves, among many great others who all participated with true class. There really were NO losers in this tournament, as all of the acts were proven, talented artists, many of whom have become good friends. Admittedly, my inner-dork is pleased as a Hobbit at second breakfast, that we take home the rings, “my precious…” We’ll defnitely post some pictures of our rings as soon as we get ‘em!
Secondly, let’s not glaze over the fact that “Definition” was the 2nd highest voted/rated song of 2013 on Gashouse Radio, which means a lot of people hit that “thumbs up button” and enjoyed our tune, which really tickles our tail feathers. Check out the full top ten of 2013 right here: http://gashouseradio.com/2014/01/top-10-songs-2013/
Magnificent Birds of Prey will be playing our next show with a flock of very talented artists on Saturday January 18th, courtesy of PMC and Little House Booking's night at Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City, NJ. Doors open at 7 PM, and there will be two stages (upstairs/downstairs), featuring Hot Breakfast, The Lost Will Follow, Amber Ladd, Wave Radio, Last Great Hero, Lila, Angry Bears, For What it’s Worth, Terrible Friends, and Ego Alien. We’ve been looking forward to playing with some of these bands since we heard ‘em on Gashouse Radio, so, we’re hoping to make more new friends, and don’t worry, even if you’re not in a band, please come up and say hello. We’ll have tons of merch for sale, if you’re interested, just be sure to talk to us about “whatever”—it’s not like we bite (well, we’re birds…so, I guess we sort of “peck”, but you get the picture). Make sure to get your MBOP “Facepin”, which are free while supplies last.
Following our trip to Atlantic City, Magnificent Birds of Prey will be swooping down on The Legendary Dobbs Wednesday January 29th, as a featured artist in their weekly open-mic hosted by John Faye of John & Brittany. There are sure to be plenty of interesting characters out and about, networking, hob-knobbing, drinking, and generally having a good time—plus there will be MUSIC! We are psyched to be part of the festivities, as we prepare for a special full set return towards spring.
We are happy to announce, we’ve been added to Gashouse Radio’s March showcase, Upstairs at Dobbs, on Saturday March 8th. We’ll be playing with Delco Pacers, Life on the Horizon, and a few special others TBA, all bands you should be listening to in your headphones, in your car, in your sleep—wherever! Please mark your calendars and plan on getting there early and staying out late. More details to follow, but be ready to party all night.
In closing, we hope to see you all soon, whether at our shows, at YOUR shows, or just out and about. There are many more show announcements to come (mostly booked through July or August), but we didn’t want to completely overwhelm you with dates and deets. Soon, evil Ted (yeah, I made a “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey reference, wanna fight over it?). We’re beginning to pre-produce new material for our next record, and while we were happy with our debut EP, we believe our next cuts are gonna dig way deeper. But don’t take our word for it, keep your ears piqued and your eyes on the sky, and soon enough, you can decide for yourself.
Sweaty hugs and butterfly kisses,
MBOP (C. Kunz - 1/10/14)
Well, we’d like to start out by thanking everyone who came out to Big Shots in Burlington, NJ, as we played our first full-length acoustic set last Saturday (11/16). We had a fantastic time, and felt lucky to play first, so we could kick back and roost while The Defused, The Lost Will Follow, and The Mainestreet Band (brothers) rocked us deep into the (“acousticky”) night. The jams were chiller, the sound less-deafening, but the rock was still present in high spirits. I’ve always believed if you can’t rock it acoustic, in some capacity, the song has flaws from a basic songwriting standpoint. I believe our acoustic set, featuring a percussive array of “what did he just play?”, courtesy of our multi-instrumental rhythm section, really helps to show off the raw spirit, and the true essence of MBOP’s meaning and message. I am proud that our songs seem to flex, and fly, and, well—just breath—separate from the boutique pedal shop we normally tap dance through in our regular, electric set (40+ band pedals and counting LOL).
Tonight we have practice in preparation for Tom and Jerry’s this Friday, 11/22. We are playing with recent, well deserved, WMMR artist of the month, The Good Excuses, and extremely excited to meet and see Mo Lowda and the Humble. It’s going to be a great evening, and we’re hoping to see many of your smiling faces. There will be a new, larger batch of MBOP Face Pins, due to popular demand. We ran out of the previous batch quickly at our last show. These are silly, free promotions. Keep on the lookout, as we’re planning to hold a “create the next MBOP pin” design contest (great for all you designers out there!).
What else has MBOP been up to you, you ask? The answer is: “A LOT!”.
Lyle and Carl (via The Spartan Tone) have been working with the very talented Amber Ladd, to assist with tracking the last of her vocal tracks for the pending new album, eleKtro. Can’t wait to hear the final product, and we think all ya’all should mark your calendars for 12/14 @ Dobbs for the official album release.
Lyle was in attendance at the first Gashouse Radio Open-Jam at Dobbs. It seems to have been a great success (unfortunately, I was not in attendance, keep reading to see why), based on the large number of pictures posted across the interwebs. Looks like it was an absolute blast. Lyle, would you like to interject here: SWELL, mighty SWELL my friends, so glad this was just the beginning!
Carl (that’s me!) and Jeff hit up Fishtown, and Kung Fu Necktie for Turning Violet Violet (possibly their last show, so sad—such a great band—we were lucky to play with them, previously, while in Mini Mammoth), and Elsinore. Elsinore came all the way out here from Champaign, IL on tour to support their new album (out now!), Push/Pull. They are a uniquely poppy blend of rock with many subtle, spacey elements, and vocals that range dynamically from loud to soft, while maintaining a beauty that feels pushed to just before the edge of shattering. Simply awesome stuff. They say they will be back here soon, hopefully this coming Spring 2014. Be sure to check them out, as they are NOT to be missed.
In case we don’t get to see you before the New Year, we would like to wish you all a Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and SAFE New Year, as we look forward to trimming our Thanksgiving turkeys (our less “manificent” breathren), and knocking back some beers at the pending Gashouse Christmas party. It’s ugly sweater weather time, people. Make with your favorite ugly sweater, be grateful for all that you have, and be sure to find something to be hopeful about, as you look towards 2014.
2013 has been very good to Magnificent Birds of Prey, but this is just the beginning. We have things in the works for new merch, new songs, new recordings, and more shows. Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the skies, because THESE birds do NOT fly south for the Winter.
MBOP ~ Carl J. Kunz Jr.
The leaves are falling, a crispness is tinging the air, and the MBOP Family Extravaganza is in our rearview—with much fun had by all. What else have Magnificent Birds of Prey been up to lately? We are so glad that you asked—we have this spooktacular update for what ails your post-candy coma, Halloween hangover.
Pre- Halloween we kicked things off proper and went to Gashouse Radio (one of our favorite hangouts), and were guests on Gashouse Live to promote CREEPFEST 1 at Shady Katie’s —hopefully some of you heard us. Thanks, as always, to Dustin and Jim for having us in to promote and hang.
We played the aforementioned gig, with friends Amber Ladd (now playing with Dustin “Bowie” Dellinger on guitar), The DeFused, and The Lost Will Follow (playing fire drill on the drums quite well, as they continue their search for a full-time drummer). Big thanks go out to Jennifer Hillier of Fallen Angel Booking and The Defused for booking/promoting/scheduling/organizing the event, which went off without a hitch. Additionally, we must send mad props and thanks to Ashley Guest of Break the Glass Photography, as she was busy snapping incredible action shots of all the creepy, crawly rock & roll action, until there was no more action to behold. CHECK OUT THE FANTASTIC PHOTO RECAPS, JUST CLICK BELOW! Thanks to all who came out and made this event successful. We hope to see many more of you out, as we continue to play with our friends in South Jersey over the remainder of 2013.
Creepfest Album 1 (Amber Ladd/The Defused)
Creepfest Album 2 (Magnificent Birds of Prey/The Lost Will Follow/everyone shots)
Let’s just pause a second. You don’t just get to play a Halloween show every year. It was nice to see all the bands, and many of the patrons, embracing the costume party theme—really buying into the evening of entertainment, booze, good times, and rock and roll. What’s not to love about this? We were thrilled to be included, and are grateful that some nights—such as Creepfest—everything falls into place like tumblers in a lock, resulting a hoot of an evening, and what are sure to be many fond memories.
Next up, we are playing on Saturday, November 16th at Big Shots Bar & Grill (835 U.S. 130, Burlington, NJ 08016). Happy to be taking the stage once more with The DeFused, The MaineStreet Band, and The Lost Will Follow. “Hey!” you say, “I’ve seen this lineup before at Final Score Bar and Grill!—what gives!?”. Well, here’s the curve-ball, guys and dolls (that’s sports player talk for a “twist”), this is a full-on acoustic show, marking the first such event for MBOP. While we have played short acoustic sets in the past (The Boneyard, Gashouse Live, Hebe), this will be our first time playing a full acoustic set list. We hope many of you will come out and enjoy the more subtle side of our personality, and really take advantage of the chance to hear the stripped down soul of Magnificent Birds of Prey.
We continue to promote our self-titled debut EP—limited physical CD copies are still availabe—with new tunes in the works. You might even hear one or two of ‘em at Big Shots. Boom—incentive! Come on out and say “I heard it first!” We’re also pretty stoked to have been nominated for “Best Non-Local Indie Act of 2013” as part of the 4th Elephant Talk Indie Music Awards. Please vote for us by tagging us, or entering our name (you can do this daily) as your choice for “Non Local Indie” in the link below. So get out there and vote, people!
VOTE CLICK HERE and name MBOP for non local indie.
Be sure to bookmark our website, subscribe to our mailing list, and “Like” or “Follow” us on all your favorite social media sites, so you are kept abreast of all things MBOP, as we march towards 2014 with big, brimming grins on our faces. We are grateful for all of the support in this, our first full year of public existence, and are thankful for all the friends, family, and fans who have supported us thus far, and hope you will all keep walking along this path with us.
One last matter of business—be sure to mark your calendars for 11/22 @ Tom & Jerry’s in Folsom, PA. This is our last show in PA for 2013, and we’ll be playing with recent WMMR “Band of the Month” The Good Excuses. Let me guess, you’re kinda a little hot and bothered now. It’s okay, the update is over, you’re free to go smoke a cigarette, or take a cold shower, or get a breath of fresh air.
Keep on supporting local music!—we hope to see you soon.