Here are a few shots of the Bountiful Hearts recording at Josiah Mazzaschi’s The Cave, back in L.A., October 2010. This is the lineup that helped me develop the songs on Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & the Bountiful Hearts. Randy Billings, Becky Gebhardt and Joel Isaac Black are all extremely talented musicians who poured their energy and magic into the album and made it something special. Listen to it this Friday on your favorite streaming service via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records.
We’re going to be stars! At least it felt that way, when we appeared on the now defunct Joiz– a call-in style TV program where artists competed against each other in front of a live-at-home audience. Our brand of indie rock and roll was no match for the woman whose pop stylings we lost to- at least in the hearts of German teenagers. There isn’t any footage of the performance on the internet, but we do have this photo, which is notable for the one-time-only appearance of Ferdinand Kumpfmüller on guitar. Watch our two music videos here and here.
Photo by Alison Bell.
Here you have portraits of Bountiful Hearts DE which featured Robert Kerner on guitar, Dino Gollnick on bass and Joel Isaac Black on drums. These were taken before our gig at the former Bang Bang Club in Kreuzberg which is now called Maze. Our album will be released via RIP Ben Lee Records on 30. October. Pre-order here.
Photos by Dominik Wojcik.
We were opening for Allah-Las at Columbia Theater Berlin. During our soundcheck we made the ‘Oh Baby!’ video. It took about 15 minutes. We were so rushed, I didn’t have time to take the “hearing protection” (aka toilet paper) out of my ears. I think it perfectly captures that excited-soundcheck feeling. Watch it below.
Directed by Tom Phillipson.
Every day I take a selfie. Every day I pick a song. This month, I lost my funky mind and took a deep dive into the 80s. You’ll hear drum machines, synth bass lines, vocoders and more hooks than Mike Tyson could throw. This is my Selfie Playlist for September 2020. Enjoy!
Selfie Playlist 2: Funky 80s
1. The Time – Jungle Love – 45 Version
2. Wendy & Lisa – Waterfall
3. Madonna – Lucky Star
4. Vanity 6 – Nasty Girl
5. Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
6. Mary Jane Girls – Candy Man
7. The Egyptian Lover – Egypt Egypt
8. More Bounce to the Ounce – Zapp
9. The Staple Singers – Slippery People
10. Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
11. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Head to Toe
12. Chaka Khan – I Feel for You
13. Carly Simon – Why – 12” Version
14. Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
15. Apollonia 6 – Sex Shooter
16. Kleer – Tonight
17. Herbie Hancock – Rockit
Listen on Spotify.
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