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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Joe's Pub

425 lafayette street, NYC

New album release! Come join your favorite band in the world, Life in a Blender, as we unleash another set of songs into the universe. BUY TICKETS NOW.

Life in a Blender Releases Its Ninth Album, "Happy Enough" at Joe's Pub in NYC

Happy Enough album cover

New York's longest-lived band ever, Life in a Blender, squirreled away at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY, in the summer of 2016, to record their most personal album to date. Each CD comes with its own special tissue.

In between endless bowls of pale pasta and bourbon from a can, a visibly distraught Blender committed their secrets to tape. Kenny Siegal manned the large recording knob.

In the title song "Happy Enough," lead singer Don Rauf laid bare the workings of his tortured innards.

"Happy Enough is not for cowards," said Rauf, through three-day-old growth (not hair). "I hope you feel as bad as I did when I wrote it."

In an advance review published in Stool magazine, Bran Culver writes:
" I dreamed I was attending my own funeral and everyone was naked."

Some of the better songs are inspired by (not really stolen from) other people's works of art. A few of the songs were written for the Bushwick Book Club, a project developed by the shimmering Susan Hwang. The BBC forces musicians to write songs based on books and other written works.

The song "Let the Baby Cry" takes its lyrics directly from a poem by Emily PĂ©rez. She teaches English and Gender Studies in Denver where she lives with her husband and sons. Don's screaming at the beginning represents human childbirth.

"Underneath the Banyan" comes from Unfamiliar Fishes, and hopefully taps into a small splinter of the Hawaiian spirit presented in Sarah Vowell's book. Don wrote it semi-nude in Courtney Lee Adams' apartment while she was away and none the wiser.

Two songs come from the works of Kurt Vonnegut—"Rocket to Love You" is based on the novel Galapagos and "What Did You Hide in the Potato Barn?" came from Bluebeard.

Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Black Francis, Bojack Horseman theme, etc.) who appeared on Life in a Blender's first album Welcome to the Jelly Days, finally decided to come back decades later and play clarinet again with us. He plays on "Umbrella," which was written to honor and remember Fernando Vescia, a joyous soul and a scholarly gentleman who was Don's father-in-law. He brought a strength, grace, charm, and laughter to his family and to the world.

"Trust" is a follow-up to an old Blender song, "Sleep for Years."

Overdubs were recorded at Dubway Studios in New York City where the album was mixed to perfection. The album was produced and engineered by Al Houghton.

String arrangements are by Mark Lerner, who also designed the package. The cover art is by outsider artist David Kramer.