Last February, my very dear and monstrously talented friends Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi –whose various other projects I've mentioned on Coilhouse many times– launched a fantastic new multimedia musical subscription service called Rabbit Rabbit Radio.
“Saying ‘rabbit, rabbit’ on the first of the month is a tradition here in New England,” Carla explains. “It is said to bring good luck and a sense of renewed purpose. We’ve taken it to heart and are releasing a new song on the first [day] of each month along with photos, videos, and other implicating evidences of our creative process, all on rabbitrabbitradio.com“
Last year, not long before the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (that oh-so-legendary band that they were members of) closed its doors, Carla & Matthias moved from Oakland to Cape Cod with their baby girl Tallulah. ”Our lives have changed a lot since [she] was born and since we moved back East.” Kihlstedt and Bossi are hoping that their Rabbit Rabbit Radio project will help them to accomplish many things, warmly and comfortably, in ways that more traditionally grueling channels (constant low-budget touring is exhausting enough without kids!) could not: “It keeps us in touch with you [our audience]. It conveys each song with much more depth and dimension than a simple iTunes download would. It holds us to an ongoing commitment to our own creativity. It allows us to be creatively independent from home, which in turn allows us to be good parents. In short, everyone wins. We have finally created our very own dream job.” Fans who subscribe to Rabbit Rabbit Radio can choose to pay between $1 and $5 per month (but there’s no difference in content access; it’s just a chance to pay them a bit more for their efforts, if you can afford to).
Every month, in addition to releasing a new song and related materials, Carla & Matthias share lists of inspired and inspiring things. This month, their lists are devoted to teams of two, and they've had me contribute my own list of favorite pairs of two. Sez Carla:
Below, you’ll find four lists: CK’s top five, MB’s top five, CK & MB’s favorite musical duos past and present, and Meredith Yayanos’ list of eleven (because 1 + 1 = 2… geddit?) of her own favorite duos. An amazing violinist and thereminista (Faun Fables, Beats Antique, The Dresden Dolls, The Parlour Trick), Meredith is also a co-founding editor of Coilhouse, a (daily-updated) website and (sporadically produced) high-gloss print magazine that describes itself aptly as “A Love Letter to Alternative Culture”. Meredith houses an encyclopedic network of cultural splendors and oddities in her mind. My browser’s homepage is set to www.coilhouse.net so that I don’t miss a single post. Their print magazine is one of the few magazines that I subscribe to. It is a wondrous thing of strange beauty about wondrous things of strange beauty.
(Daww. Warm fuzzies.)
I hope you'll consider subscribing to Rabbit Rabbit Radio today. So very good and nourishing.
Below, just for shits 'n' giggles, a picture of Carla and I from 2002 or so (SGM/Barbez tour), plus a behind-the-scenes shot from the SGM Helpless Corpses Enactment music video. Gah! I miss spending time with these wonderful folks... Thank goodness the internet lets us stay close and collaborative.