When that changed, and I was able to transition from part-timing to earning a living playing music, my fear of a life spent running face-first into an endless succession of self-constructed brick walls eventually straightened me out. This was a slow-dawning stroke of luck, because sober senses would be required to navigate an insane industry that was rapidly changing, too. Anyone I knew who was ďjustĒ a musician was predominantly maintaining that title by busting their ass on tour, selling their songs to car commercials or some combination thereof.
Kevin Devine and singer/songwriter, Stephanie Tolino, have released a new song "It All Could Change." The pairing came together as a result of Stephanie's Kickstarter donation to Kevin back in February of 2013. The song can be heard in the replies.
The second "Inside Kevin Devine" feature has been posted via PropertyOfZack. Jesse Lacey, Andy Hull, The God Damn Band, and many others provide commentary.
So I met Kevin eventually at an outdoor show we played together, and I think Miracle had already kind of split up, and he was this kind of crazy twitchy kid who was really good at guitar and sang solo on stage at hardcore and emo shows around New York. So then we were friends, and that was that. I donít know how things go from there, but I do know that watching Kevin over the years, Iíve realized that while I or other musicians I know had to develop something, Kevin seemed always capable of everything. He always listened to cool...
One thing is, thereís a part of me that thinks Iím not radical enough. That Iím actually worse than someone who is politically ignorant because I have been exposed to all of these things, but I havenít fully gotten into some extreme way of living. I think itís been really torturous for some women that Iíve been in relationships with because Iíve had these bouts of ďwe donít do enoughĒ for picking the cause. Itís this really vague thing. What Iíve come to realize as Iíve gotten older is that thereís an invisible council in my head. If I am not taking care of myself, no matter what...
According to three or four news submitters, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band had their car broken into in Washington DC over the weekend. I haven't seen any mention of this on Twitter or Facebook though, has anyone heard anything or found a way to donate some money to the band?
But it always felt to me like that band was a prime example of wolf in sheepís clothingóor sheep in wolfís clothing is maybe more appropriate. They were sort of capitalizing on that grunge, alternative-rock boom, but they were an adult-contemporary band. Even the guitars on the songs are not like anything anyone would ever confuse as menacing or anything like that.
Both of Kevin Devine's new albums debuted in the Billboard Top 200. Bubblegum entered at #133 (#2 heat seekers) and Bulldozer bowed at #143 (#3 heat seekers), selling 3,200 and 3,000 copies respectively. Huge congrats to Kevin!
Tomorrow, one of our very favorite artists, Kevin Devine will release two new albums and we're celebrating both releases throughout the week. Today, you can check out our reviews of Bulldozer (from Ryan Dennehy) and Bubblegum (from yours truly). Tomorrow, you're supposed to pick up both albums. On Wednesday, we'll have a special "The Countdown" feature about Devine's fantastic discography and Friday will hold the latest AbsolutePunk.net Podcast episode with Kevin. For now though, stream the new albums and check out the two reviews and leave your thoughts and comments there.
You can stream and download a new Kevin Devine song titled "Fiscal Cliff" in the replies. It's one of my absolute favorite songs off his new album, Bubblegum. That record as well as Bulldozer will be available on October 15th.
Another track from Kevin Devine's upcoming album Bubblegum, entitled "Nobel Prize," can be heard as part of NPR's All Songs Considered Fall Music Preview. Amazon has also posted clips of his two upcoming albums Bubblegum and Bulldozer. Both albums will be available on October 15th.
You can stream a brand new Kevin Devine song titled "Bloodhound" as well as read a recent interview on PureVolume. It's off of Bubblegum, which hits stores on October 15th.
I kind of thought the crowd-funding thing was interesting but I had a whole mess of fear based somewhat ethical concerns. Most of which I addressed pretty explicitly in the essay that accompanies the Kickstarter campaign but I ultimately decided to do it because I wanted to do something different and see if either A, I was super misguided in thinking I had the kind of connection with the audience that I thought I had or B, I was correct in assuming that they're not concerned where the records come out label-wise as...
You can watch a video of Kevin Devine playing an acoustic version of "I Don't Care About Your Band." The song is off his upcoming album Bubblegum, which hits stores on October 15th along with Bulldozer.
Following our premiere of his new song, Kevin Devine has announced that his forthcoming albums will be titled Bubblegum and Bulldozer. They will be released October 15th, with tour dates to support Bubblegum with The Goddamn Band beginning October 18th. Now, Now and Harrison Hudson will be the tours support. Dates are in the replies, and preorders will be available August 5th.
In case you forgot, Kevin Devine is planning on releasing two full-lengths this year. He just tweeted that the first of those two records is "finished & named" and that the second one is "beginning to be mixed."
Can't make it to Miracle of 86's reunion show tomorrow? No worries, you can stream the whole thing tomorrow on Full Cup. Remember, the show is for the victims of Sandy Hook, so if you can, please donate.
Kevin Devinestarted today, and then later today finished, a moderately lofty Kickstarter campaign to fund his next two full-length records. According to the description Devine offered up on his project page, he wanted to raise a sum of $50,000 to fund the recording and releasing of one solo and one full-band album. These funds would go toward costs like the recording, producing, manufacturing, publicizing and marketing of the records; furthermore, the funds would help Devine tour and promote the albums following their release.
When I write "moderately lofty," I mean it. Devine pegging the costs here at $50,000 is certainly not ridiculous. He's seen some success as a musician, at...
Kevin Devine's performance from Dec. 1 at Webster Hall was professionally recorded and is now available as a free download from NYC Taper. The 38-song, nearly three-hour performance spanned KevDev's full discography. Check out some more information about the show below, and if you head to the replies you can see the full setlist and stream three songs from the recording to get a taste of what it sounds like.