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Congratulations, Dyan!

Congratulations to my longtime creative partner, Dyan Valdés , on her debut as a solo artist! If you haven’t heard it yet, please listen to her magnificent new single “Fade Away” via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records. It’s fantastic!

Here we are, a few years back, at a Stereo Total concert. Scroll through to see a bit of our music-loving and music-making history: The Strokes, Nick Cave, The Blood Arm and Mexican Radio. It’s been a wild ride and I’m happy she’s rocking on her own now!

Photos by Maurice de la Falaise, Joe Dilworth, Nora Heinisch, Andrea Augustin, Petra Valdimarsdóttir

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Bountiful Hearts

White Trash Fast Food, 2011

2011: Fresh off the airplane and into the Keller. Joel Isaac Black comes in from Dallas and we put together a band, consisting of Jack Wharton and Adam Neal of Eight Legs. Afterwards, we DJ with Dyan Valdes at one of White Trаsh Fast Food ‘s legendary indie parties. We quickly learned that we weren’t in L.A. anymore. The night raged on. Check out the photo evidence below.

Photos by Nilina Mason-Campbell , Ali Bell

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Berlin Reguided

Photos and write up courtesy of Ryan Balmer of Berlin Reguided:

In the summer of of 2012, The Blood Arm attempted an afternoon tour of Berlin’s U8 line, playing one song on the platform of each station. The 2nd picture shows them getting busted by the BVG and the 3rd pic is them finishing the tour outside the last stop on the line, Hermannstrasse.

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Hotel Room

Unused promo shot, 2003.

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Infinite Nights

Happy Birthday to The Blood Arm‘s fourth album “Infinite Nights”- released on this day in 2013! 

Written largely on laptops when we first moved to Berlin, the record took an introspective and experimental turn. There’s something for everybody here- hard rockers, acoustic ballads, bedroom pop and even a surf workout. The album was made in the early days of crowdfunding, and since it was paid for by fans, we still hold it close to our hearts. 

Released via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records , “Infinite Nights” spawned two singles, the guitar-driven “Midnight Moan” and the gonzo-country-romp “Matters of the Heart”. Follow the link in our bio to see the videos for both, directed by Ivan Flugelman . CD copies of this album are still available via The Blood Arm’s website

Polaroids by James Perou.

Live shot by Bekki Newton.

Album artwork by Matthew Wheeler.

Illustrations by Bárbara Fonseca.

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U8 Concert


In 2012, The Blood Arm held a concert on Berlin’s U8 subway line and played a different song at every stop. This was to promote our album Infinite Nights. Admission was the cost of a ticket. Eventually, the BVG stopped the concert and a small riot ensued. Watch video of it here.

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SXSW 2007

Here are some wild photos from The Blood Arm‘s performance at SXSW in 2007. A big thank you goes to Andrea Augustin for sharing these.

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Celebrity Sightings

Kim Deal

Throwback Thursday to when Dyan Valdés took me to see Pixies perform Doolittle in its entirety at the Hollywood Palladium. Afterwards, we lingered in the VIP section, Kim Deal came out and we snapped this blurry photo. The Breeders’ Cannonball was the first cassingle I ever bought and I was beyond excited to meet her.