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Monday, June 25, 2007

Our Musical Asses Get Kicked By a Two-Year-Old

Our friend Archer is giving Kate a run for her money. Here's his rendition of "The Things That I Do.":
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hicks with Sticks Review

Jose Segue, who is a huge supporter of Bay Area twang bands (and quite a dancer, to boot), reviewed Songs from the Pine Room for his Hicks with Sticks site and newsletter:

"Axton Kincaid manages to impress everybody with their live shows and their debut CD, Songs from the Pine Room, has all the potential to bring them the fan base they deserve.

Eleven of the CD's 12 songs are originals, but their cover of the Stone Roses "I Want to Be Adored" is a surprise standout. There are only a dozen or so words in the song, but tight, understated music and near-Gregorian vocals provide enough light and longing to carry it for four minutes. It reflects a sense evocativeness that pervades this CD; even on up-tempo numbers like "Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?" about losing a favorite bartender, and "Red Light," a road song about a couple on a streak that they know will have to end.

Song after song evokes emotions that bind the listener as in "Pine Room" which is about a 16-year-old girl coming of age. One of its verses starts with "You know I never liked my mother," a line that would surely lead a lesser lyricist than Kate Howser into the goop, but it all works because the song is about moving on rather than getting stuck. The song writing, arrangement and vocals work throughout these songs, and credit is due to the entire band for playing within itself. Live or on CD, this band plays as a team, each member holding his or her own without stepping on the others, making it easy for the listener to approach their music, relax with it, bop with it, reflect upon it or be touched by it.

Look for their upcoming shows in July. If you're not already tuned in, you won't want too miss out much longer. Resistance, as they say, is futile."
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Thursday, June 14, 2007

All Music Guide Review of "Songs from the Pine Room"

We're official now:

A five-piece largely acoustic alt-country band from San Francisco, Axton Kincaid break few rules on their debut album. Even the one cover, a startlingly good and stylistically effective reworking of the Stone Roses' Madchester classic "I Wanna Be Adored," is a perfect fit in the bluegrass-up-an-unexpected-rock-standard category of covers. But while Axton Kincaid might not be covering new ground on Songs from the Pine Room, they do what they do quite well. The linchpin of the band is singer/songwriter Kate Howser, whose tradition-minded songs and lovely lead vocals are embroidered by the band's unfussy musical interplay and the gorgeous close harmonies of mandolinist Jen Daunt (Howser's bandmate in a long run of minor Bay Area indie outfits) and pedal steel player Mac Martine. Comparisons to Freakwater and the Be Good Tanyas, among other low-key acts with twangy tunes and female vocalists, are perhaps inevitable, but the lovely harmonies, Howser's catchy tunes, and the overall sense of summery languor make Songs from the Pine Room a most entertaining listen.--Stewart Mason
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

June 5, 2007, 1:44 PM

That's when Charles Whalen Fojtik entered the world! Congratulations, Jon and Jenn!
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Friday, June 01, 2007

How Did We Ever Promote Before Blogs?

I don't know how these "bloggers" hear about us, but it's always nice to find a nice review by a stranger. Here's the latest:

Q: What happens when indie rock kids decide to play country and bluegrass music?
A: Axton Kincaid

Axton Kincaid is a band (not a person) that calls San Francisco, CA home. Armed with gritty female vocal harmonies, soaring pedal-steel guitar, and a sassy mandolin, their songs about love, loss, and drinking drip ever so sweetly into your ears. They serve as a perfect accompaniment for beer, whiskey, or whatever you prefer.The band's wonderful "indiegrass" sound begs me to ask the questions that I've been asking for a few years now: "Why am I drawn to roots music in the same way that I am to punk rock? What do they have in common?" Whatever the answer, Axton Kincaid's recently released debut album Songs From The Pine Room is definitely worth your time. It is out now on Free Dirt Records.
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West Coast Performer Review

We've been reading this magazine for years and have been bitter about never getting into it. Consider us bitter no more!

"Axton Kincaid--Songs From the Pine Room
Recorded by Bart Thurber
Mastered by Myles Boisen at House of Faith in Oakland, CA

Regardless of genre, dance numbers attract crowds. Sadly, typical crowds will dance, dance, dance and then move on to the next dance. San Francisco five-piece Axton Kincaid, however, has the chops, and thus the rare chance, to hold such a crowd's attention in between jigs.

The dance of all dances, "Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?" has gained the band much acclaim around the Bay. Other fantastic foot-stompers and arm-flailers are "Pine Room," with a well-placed drum solo, and "You'd Be Mine," a delicious ode to regret. A closer listen to Songs From the Pine Room, however, reveals a big secret: Though the dance numbers are fun, the other tracks on the album are actually much better songs. Starting with "Red Lights," "Eulogy Song" and especially "When You Go Away," a greater depth surfaces in the stories yet untold. The rhythmic mania relaxes, and gorgeous vocals from Kate Howser and Jen Daunt are able to really shine. The frankness of lines like "It would be easier if I didn't love you anymore" and "I go to hell when you go away" comes across unfiltered.

Several tracks like "Irene Goodnight" and "I Still Miss Someone," named after folk and country standards, leave the intended reference unclear. In what could be a significant association between the band and its audience, the meaning is unfortunately lost. Meanwhile, the band's cover of The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" suggests a less expected kind of influence.

Axton Kincaid has an honest and versatile sound--let's hope they can make it out of the dance hall and into our living rooms."

--Ali Marcus
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