For immediate… er uh… “release”… it’s POOPSLIDER! Installment #1 of our new Quick&Dirty Garage Singles, Poopslider is the epic barn-burning vengeance rant against the infamous, National-News-making Ypsilanti Mystery Pooper. Always quick to capitalize on our kids’ coming into contact with human feces at our local park, Black Jake & the Carnies recorded this song in Billy the Kingpin LaLonde’s garage on Thursday night and dropped the single two days later. Not yet satisfied, we strained a little harder and squeezed out a Quick&Dirty video a day after that! I tell ya, coffee really gets ya goin’!
“While the Mystery Pooper has only now made the headlines, we’ve been dealing with this for years! Prospect Park is our local park, and he’s struck so often that we’d taken to calling it ‘Poopslide Park.’ Every time we take our kids there, we make sure to check all the slides first… and if I can give any visitors some advice, sometimes the Mystery Pooper hides it under the mulch — the shiny green flies are the giveaway. We’ve got to come together to protect our kids! The Poopslider’s reign of funny-but-not-funny-when-it-happens-to-your-kid bio-terror must end!!!” — Black Jake
Enjoy listening to Poopslider for free on Bandcamp and YouTube, and please consider purchasing the fruits of our labor for a measly wrinkly buck on Bandcamp… so we can buy our kids some replacement clothes! Writing and performing original music is both a pleasure and a job for us; we really do need the monetary support to keep it going. Consider it akin to buying war bonds to help flush out the dastardly Mystery Pooper! Tell your friends, spread the word! We appreciate it!
November 8 – The Brass Rail, Ft. Wayne, IN November 14 – YpsiFest, Ypsilanti, MI December 6 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI January 10 – Foundry Hall, South Haven, MI January 11 – Winter Wheat, Grand Rapids, MI
The Carnies have two very special Halloween shows this month starting with the Theatre Bizarre Preview Gala on Friday October 18th at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. The Procession Preview Gala includes strolling dinner, open bar and valet parking. Also half of the ticket price ($125) is a tax deductible donation.
Then, Friday October 25th at Woodruff’s in Ypsilanti, Black Jake & the Carnies will be Puttin’ on the Ritz Carnie-style! Opening with our friend Chris Dean projecting a few delightful short films, followed by a bloody Miss Pumpkin Princess Pageant, and featuring the freshly reanimated corpse of the Gepetto Files! Black Jake & the Carnies will outdo themselves once again with their signature raucous set and carnival games to close out the evening. $6 with a costume, $8 without!
The leaves are changing, the pumpkins are ripening, and there’s a distinct chill to the air which foretells the coming of All Hallow’s Eve. For Black Jake of Ypsilanti’s Black Jake & The Carnies, it’s a holiday that has always held a special place in the dark recesses of his heart. For years he has utilized his less-publicized talents for makeup and special effects to private Halloween parties and grand events like Theatre Bizarre, but this year he wanted to do a little something extra.
And so he concocted his own Halloween Showcase, to be revealed at Woodruff’s Bar in Ypsilanti on October 25. The ingredients are all there for an unforgettable celebration of the ghastly. At its core lies a sure-to-be-raucous performance by Black Jake & The Carnies whose hometown shows have developed a reputation for flash, flare, and floor-shaking dance. Also joining the bill is the rock puppet show known as The Gepetto Files, the Detroit-based Doppelgänger Circus Sideshow, plus a series of hecklable 16mm film shorts screened by the estimable Chris Dean.
Come one, come all! It’s the stuff nightmares are made of!
Black Jake & The Carnies are proud to announce the release of their third studio effort, “Watching, Waiting”, a 5-song EP released April 23rd that will be followed by a whirlwind 9-day, 10-city tour starting May 31st.
The record has already received some rave reviews:
Black Jake & The Carnies, the Ypsilanti-based Kings of Crabgrass, are proud to announce the release of their third studio effort, “Watching, Waiting.” Recorded in the winter of 2012 at Big Sky Studios in Ann Arbor, MI.
The clean instrumentation and orchestrated vocals take center-stage on this 5-track EP. Traditional gospel tunes get worked up into a frenzy on the first two tracks, dissolving into the locomotive-powered instrumental, “Last Stop.” The record then veers off into more irreverent territory with their Muppets-inspired rendition of an old Red Ingle tune, before finishing off with “A Good Man Knows,” a powerful original played at a blistering pace, featuring some of the band’s most intricate playing to date.
The record has already received some rave reviews:
Happy New Year all! We were thinking we might let you in on what we’ve got cooking for early 2013.
Probably the thing we’re most excited about is our upcoming EP! Work is well under way and we’re set to have it out by this spring. The EP will consist of 5 tracks including “A Good Man Knows,” which we debuted last month on Tree Town Sound. Tuna mentioned something about a podcast, so maybe you’ll be able to get your hands on that sneak peak at some point.
We’re also in the process of booking dates for a south-bound tour this June. We’ve already got a couple dates set including the Appalachian Uprising Festival in Scottown, OH and a gig at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV. We’re still working on potential dates in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, and Missouri, so if you or a friend have a great idea of somewhere we should play, let us know either in the comments or on facebook!
We’re trying to keep this short, but we couldn’t let this end without noting the depature of our good friend and mandolin player Zach Pollock (aka Zachariah Sticks, much to his dismay). Zach has moved on to the greener pastures of Chicago and we’re sad to see him go. however, we’re happy to announce the addition of a new carnie, Andy Benes of Back 40. Andy’s been practicing with us for a few months now and we’re excited that he’ll be making his carnie debut at Folk the Police later this month.
This is already longer than I intended it to be, so just take look to the right for our other upcoming shows and friend us on facebook to see what else is going on. Cheers!