the newest recording is available today. it is volume one of the 3 disc set 'the beacon hill symphony.' volume one is called 'the beacon hill serenade.' volumes two and three, to follow by christmastime, are called 'the beacon hill sonata' and 'the beacon hill suite.' 'the beacon hill serenade' will be available as a download soon. right now it is only a lowly compact disc with nice artwork.
Brand new tunes will be played LIVE on Kakie's radio show Friday 9/14 7p.m. EST. Live streaming online of WRFL 88.1 Radio Free Lexington: http://wrfl.fm/
Also on the radio show: a taste of the summer's recordings (1st album in a trilogy) coming Sept. 18, 'Beacon Hill Serenade'...
my new group cable hogue has been recording and rehearsing and done two -- count 'em two -- live shows. the group is solid but we are not exactly going on any world tour anytime soon. we do have a set list around twenty songs. it is a very good set list. the songs include some not played in twenty years or so like 'haunt' and 'tailspin' and 'the blue sun.' there are songs from the alias records period including 'imperial statues' 'deep freeze' and 'the lavender door' (as well as the aforementioned 'haunt'). the list also includes songs from the farnsley recordings period like 'generous offer' but mostly the songs are from little known discs of the last three years. some of these songs are the best like 'if you cast a shadow' 'sugar bay' 'please be here' and 'ashley's blues.' there are no currently pending engagements/gigs/bookings other than ken kurson's fiftieth birthday party in november of 2018, but that could change rather soon, depending on OUR availability. the group cable hogue consists of me on the vocals and guitar, brian arnett (formerly of ten foot pole) on the bass, bob burriss (designer of the famed burriss tube amps) on guitar and mick moon (veteran of several paul k and the weathermen albums and tours) on drums.
remember there are free songs you can get at <www.archive.org>. at the archive site you will have to fish around a bit to find the material but there is a lot of it there.
the 'wilderness of mirrors' film should be out before christmas but i write this with my fingers crossed. i've anounced it before so many times that this afternoon i am working on a song called 'the boy who cried wolf' and i apologize to people who expected the film earlier. we'll get it, don't worry.
other brief items: the recent discs 'switchback lounge' gavage IV' 'songs for girls III' and 'british evasion' have all gotten a good reception.
we have discovered a small cult following in of all places argentina! some folks down there seem to like the PKW records.
ok folks here's what time it is.
yeah i got married and it's all good and no i don't care to talk about any of it because it is a matter only for me and my lovely bride
recording continues apace at home in a self-contained studio. eighty new (never before recorded and all written within the last year) have been mixed since the fall. one new disc (Switchback Lounge) has been released and three more are in the on-deck circle. some of these feature the great Mick Moon on drums and some feature guitarist Peter Keith who tore things up in the late, lamented glam rockers Criminal Intent and who currently fronts Shock Theatre.
mr. moon will also be a member of the new supergroup i am forming with the very best instrumentalists in the state of kentucky. we have yet to agree on a band name. we have spent a few months trying to decide which songs to focus on. there will be a good number of new songs and a handful of older paul k/weathermen 'almost hits.'
there will be a few live shows prolly limited to our beloved ohio river valley.
here's a great quote unearthed recently from the PKWeathermen archives:
"paul k is... a perfect amalgamation of... richard hell and harry dean stanton... the white arthur lee, the male patti smith"
quadrophonic review spring 1977
here are the titles currently available. they are each ten bucks on CD and i have been having continued trouble trying to get them (and a lot of other titles from the 2000's) available as downloads but... 'soon' come as they say in savana la mar.
other earlier and recent titles are available by special arrangement. please address all inquiries to <email@example.com>
Maintain Radio Silence (2005?)
Songs for Girls (2010)
Hollywood Drive (2011)
Otto's Blues (1992)
Live Prayers (2002)
Switchback Lounge (brand new)
there are also a precious few remaining copies of the 3-disc Panopticon for fifty bucks
and several copies of the fine boxed set Stolen Gems for twenty five
all checks and money orders to p. kopasz 1785 beacon hill lexington KY 40504 or else write <firstname.lastname@example.org>
sorry this one is so long, gang but an awful lot of things have been happening.
please look for additional or more recent information at <paulk.bravepages.com>.
these websites are constantly in flux and i am never sure whether they will be up or down. some very big changes are coming, that much is certain. this website could in fact be in jeopardy so these newsletters will continue.
ashley tells me that brad pitt is going to be acting in a film production of 'cogan's trade'! only the second film made from a george higgins novel! higgins is the godfather of post-chandler crime literature. moreso than ellroy, leonard or anyone. quentin t should take notice.
i don't think i made the cut in my jeopardy tryout but i am getting my teeth fixed at public expense even as i am leaving the disabled list. i suppose i will now be expected to perform standing up.
all the pretty girls in the ohio river valley are angry and sad and anyone who missed the judge mountain wedding anniversary/judgment day (as in the end of the world) party missed an awfully good one, musically and in every other way. i'd not been to the mountain in a while but the place was in top shape and the turnout was robust. most especially i was happy to see that in my absence the switchback lounge has been under the administration of a small group of investors (who wish for obvious reasons to remain unnamed) who have done quite a good job with the joint. there are now strobe lights and a disco ball and an evolving lunch/ late night menu. if you haven't been there look it up. it's truly world famous.
there are as always many new releases to describe and proffer and much new recording is occurring. many -- or at least a few -- of these new releases will bear the band name 'twinpike' or 'two-pack' or 'twin peaks' or 'tow-park' or ‘mick moon' because this round of recording will be in partnership with mister welch.
first of all, the blue sun is reissued.
second, the final installment (volume IV) of the 'gavage' sequence is finally available. there have been four discs (now) each one holding nine 'real' songs and four bonus tracks, all assembled with strict adherence to numerological (if not aesthetic) standards and yielding a total of 52 songs, one for each card in a regular deck. volume four is called 'the joker IS the ace of spades you stupid fuck' and the song titles are as follows:
gone and not gone
high low and in between
no reason to lie
plenty of reasons to cry
this guy i knew
airports of the world
the live prayers disc is available. the song list is:
they don't make things like they used to
the lavender door
you took it too far
radiant and white
talking tv weatherwoman blues
slow it down
the judge on judgment day
'song for girls 3' is available. the song list is:
when you were certain
love is a gas
you're my best friend
'bronze country hits,' is a compilation of our best country/ western influenced songs. the song list is:
poor man's eyes
haunt me 'til i'm gone
god's own singer
already in the ground
cold summer night
don't take more than you need
you took it too far
the judge on judgment day
the whiskey song
the disc 'insects' is available. it comes from sometime in the late 1980's and consists mostly of full band and live recordings with decent but not outstanding sound quality. like 'greed' it is a double disc. i am still finishing up the artwork but the music has been mastered. the song list is as follows:
amphetamines and coffee
a night in tunisia
nothing makes me happy
dow and jones
kick out the jams
a night in tunisia
amphetamines and coffee
take the k train
dow and jones
i'll be around
backward sliced paper
the book of lies
the disc 'greed' is also ready except for the last few touches on the cover artwork/sleeve. it comes from the same nebulous time period and production milieu as 'insects' above and consists of the following standout indie hits:
such a shame
the arson biz
if your world is short of perfection
marching in a circle
nobody has the necessary skill (germ)
you got to move
(love is like an) itchin' in my heart
sick of all of this
ask no questions
dull aching pain
the disc variously known as 'hollywood,' 'hollywood and sunset,' 'hollywood drive,' 'jive,' etc. is available and it represents the first material written on judge mountain. there are many different song lineups for this disc but the core list (in proper sequence) is as follows:
if you should stumble
fly me to the moon
if you cast a shadow in these hills
keep you safe
up jumped the devil
please be here (when i get home)
the covers disc 'british evasion' is being recorded now over at otto's on hollywood.
the new recordings with mister welch will be another trip entirely. the songs will end up sounding like love and the kinks and townes and john call.
here are the five best LOVE albums for all you young'uns:
1. let's get it on -- marvin comes clean
2. layla and other love songs -- she's my best friend's girlfriend
3. planet waves -- all beautiful dylan love songs except one hate song
4. songs for swingin' lovers -- sinatra's last grasp at innocence
5. phases and stages -- a willie nelson opera!
there has been more recording and live work here in the bluegrass but all of it is sub rosa until such a time as john bosch's film is to premiere. until then the gigs are either private ones or else too small to mention. i am hoping to do some solo shows inlexington either at al's or the sidebar perhaps featuring guest 'stars' or whoever else is brave and foolish enough to climb up onstage with me and fight his or her way through my better known originals and handfuls of obscure covers.
the annual tony and kelly briggs memorial day bash was something. all the old schoolers were there and several hipsters and socialites of more recent vintage. i think i played three originals and four covers. i only had one drink and one beer. the performance went real well in spite of the presence of a number of folks who made and make me nervous including a few i am convinced either pity or despise me (prolly both). ah well, as dave mamet had just said in that morning's times 'i've been alienating my audience since i was 20 years old.' amen.
it will be time now to make a few serious changes. all of the newest recordings will be posted soon for free download. what will NOT be posted for free download are the recordings i am working on now.
there will be very little in the way of live performance from here on. i have already played enough live gigs to stand me a lifetime. if i don't do any (or many) road shows this summer that could mean the end of road shows for me altogether. winter is too inhospitable for a gent of my years and the clubs are becoming fewer and fewer and the money only gets worse. better to spend the time recording and indeed doing very little else. i like a road trip as much as the next guy as long as the next guy isn't townes van zandt (and i like a drink as much as the next man providing the next man isn't oliver reed). also the last year has been crammed full of other non-musical road trips and i am a bit worn out.
so if you want to wait you can get all our recent releases for free on <archive.org> or you can buy them now and get actual discs with rather crude but striking artwork and no charge for postage.
but the new production is a different beast entirely and indeed a quantum leap in writing and playing. it may be called 'wansongs' or it might be called 'alien D.A.'
finally, everyone should find themself a copy of 'the great buck howard.'