Long Lights, the second full-length album of Saint John’s Penny Blacks, saw release this season. The creative vessel of songwriter Jason Ogden, Penny Blacks has been making periodical creative offerings since 2011, blending genres and putting out some of Saint John’s strongest records. Continue reading New Music: Penny Blacks Release Sophomore Album ‘Long Lights’
Penny Blacks’ Moleskine Weather is a suitable offering for this Autumnal Equinox; a four and a half song EP, solemnly opening the procession as we witness Summer’s living funeral. Moleskine Weather is the dirge we’ve been waiting for.
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“First of all, this is very much a surprise. In fact, I am so confident that Penny Blacks is not going to win that I am drafting this short speech for Adam to read on my behalf with the full expectation that he will never do so. That being said, I would like say thank you to the committee and jury at the Originals for this honour, and to acknowledge the great service you do our wonderful city by recognizing the individuals and organizations that foster and create art. Although I cannot be there tonight, my friends, my family, my heart, and the lion’s share of my inspiration are there with you. I look forward to seeing you all in October, and, although I cannot speak for Ali, Adam, Chris, and Clinton, I am personally REALLY looking forward to stripping down to the waist, lubing up, and having Adam push me and this lovely statue around the old Liquidation World parking lot in a shopping cart, screaming ‘I’M AN ORIGINAL!!’ at the top of my lungs. And, if anyone says different? Well, I’m sure this thing would really hurt if it hit you on the head. (How are you doing with this, Adam? Can they tell that I never expected this to actually be read in public?) Thank you again. Jessica and The Playdates, this is just as much yours as it is ours.”
The above speech was written by Penny Black’s frontman and songwriter, Jason Ogden, and delivered, verbatim, by bassist Adam Kierstead, in acceptance for Saint John’s The Originals 2014 Popular Music Award. Continue reading Penny Blacks: Bande à Part