"And lo, if the Church Bells do not ring, do ye wander far from your woodland homes to the Church on the hill just the same? Yes I say...Yes! Friends, the Bells have hung listless for a Sunday or two, we know. Even the slightest breeze to make them swing a paltry inch, in the hopes they will ring, has not been felt on our soft cheeks. But be not dismayed. Lo, the lands once again will ring forth with sounds of good cheer and rejoicing. The tunesmiths hammer will once again break over the stones with a melodious clanging. Be not faithless critters in the woods scampering for a new King. Hold Faith close to your breast. Hold the smile you once held while gazing upon a summer nite's Zippers show. Friends far and wide, look for our offerings and listen for our words....for we shall sing again on a fine sunny day."
Kind Regards from the Curator At Large,
Lost At Sea: The Big Day is Upon Us
posted by snz
Land Ho! I am pleased to inform you that Lost At Sea, the new live Squirrel Nut Zippers album, is officially available in retail outlets near you as well as directly from the band on this here website. It doesnt matter how you get there - run, walk, push or drive your car. Just go down to your local record store, feed barn or whatever retail mercantile you purchase your music at and demand your copy of Lost At Sea today. Let this be a bribe. If you would like to hear new recordings from the Squirrel Nut Zippers, show us you care. Help us support the stores that brought you the Squirrel Nut Zippers in the first place. After all, the band didnt brave raging seas, suffer interminable isolation and drink monkey scat wine just for the fun of it. No - they did it so they could return to you. Music for the taking! No assembly required! One size fits all! Cuts thru tin cans with ease! Available on CD, Vinyl, and digitally.
For those of you ready to go the extra mile for the band, we have a fancy streaming audio player below featuring "It Ain't You" from Lost at Sea. Share/email it to your friends. Post it on your Facebook or myspace page using the fancy embed button. Show your friends your impeccable taste and help spread the Zippers gospel!
Commence your egress post haste!
Kind Regards Mr Finklestein
Lost At Sea: The Full Story
posted by snz
Lost At Sea chronicles a mysterious and misunderstood era of the Zippers career in the early part of this decade. You may or may not know that we disappeared at sea for a spell. Though many rumors exist I assure you what you are about to read is the true account - no shake lurk.
Mr Finklestein (our longtime manager) had engaged the band to work aboard what we thought to be a festive summer cruise. Upon arriving at the docks we discovered the "cruise ship" to be barely more than a fishing troller called the "Ocean Toad", with a scarcity of nasty little passengers. Once on board we were dismissed to our "quarters" which turned out to be the ships galley kitchen. And so it was there that we spent many nights preparing our seaworthy shanty's. The petulant audience, impatient of our lachrymosity, would poke us with sticks and jeer. Their red faces grew plump with copious catches of Herring and Squid. But the gods took offense to our quarantine, and devised a scheme to free us. Poseidon's wrath! The Ocean Toad was caught in the melee of a freak nor easter. A kraken ripped the prop from the hull and rendered the Ocean Toad unseaworthy. After the crew and passengers were loaded into well equipped life rafts, the band was left to one paltry dingy fortified only with a dried ham hock and two miniature oars designed as props for photographing for children. So we had to put Stu on his upright bass and the rest of us clung to Mr Finklestein's oversized Zoot Suit (he head it made especially for the trip).
Fortuna smiled and kind currents washed us to the shore of a beautiful but remote island inhabited only with man sized baboons, coconut trees and prolific amounts of mint. This would be our home for the coming years. After some time we learned to make a home made hooch out of coconuts, monkey scat and mint. We quelled our hunger with boiled shoe leather and mint . And so this kept spirits alive until a chance encounter. The TV show "Survivor" had decided to scout the area for filming locations. A young David Burris was dispatched to investigate. Unfortunately he came across us at a bad time. Crazed on hooch, and desperately hungry, we had decided to eat Jimbo. He was the scrawniest of the bunch true, but we figured he would go down with the least amount of fight. So there we were chasing him around like a chicken when out of the jungle popped Mr Burris. We must have looked like bad hippies or even worse cannibals, cause he turned right around and disappeared into the jungle. Well, we finally caught him and convinced him of our tale. Not long afterwords we were sitting in his comfy copter winging it for the nearby production vessel. Praise be.
We arrived back Stateside to much ballyhoo. Parades, lavish feasts and scenic van rides were the order of the day. The world once again marveled at our ability to play stringed instruments and beat on drums. Animals closest to humans! And so it happened one night that our trusted Mr F presently toted us to a small club in Brooklyn, New York to show our wares and tattle our tales for a curious crowd of onlookers. It was there that the camera first caught sight of the beast. Hideously misshapen from years of neglect and abuse - wait a minute, thats a different story. What I meant to say was..... on that night a strange electricity filled the air. So we decided to see if we could capture the elusive beast. Success!
What I offer to you is the true account of one night only. A fantastical tour de force of sound and sight. For your ears and eyes only, I present Lost At Sea!!! Available everywhere October 27th and exclusively on snzippers.com in September. Laboratory tested and guaranteed.
Kind Regards and on Behalf of Mr Finklestein
The Squirrel Nut Zippers
Lost At sea…Live Record Coming in October
posted by chris
After playing in the Squirrel Nut Zippers all these years, I cant say I have ever really known what we sound like. That is to say, what we sound like from the outside. Once I heard a recording of our band at a party. I was in a different room and could barely hear it above the din. But the sound was so intriguing to me I followed it. When I finally figured out it was the Zippers playing it was a fleeting revelation. I realized that no matter what distant shores we had set our sights on, we ended up in a land stranger than we could have found had we kept typical compass bearings. We are the sum of our parts - a confounding chemistry of backwoods storytelling and uptown dance halls - Hillbilly Champagne.
When I heard the new recordings from a cold December night in Brooklyn I was once again met with that same sense of wonder. An old friend comes to visit. Now I am not known to brag and I wont start here. But I will tell you that if the Squirrel Nut Zippers have ever captivated your imagination, the recordings coming forthwith will surely delight you.
We are most pleased to announce the forthcoming arrival of “Lost At Sea”. An album of full of the Squirrel Nut Zippers catalog material you know and love, but with new sounds and renewed sense of purpose. Also offered with this album will be photos taken over the last two years by our trusted photographer, Joshua Weinfeld. Please enjoy and stay tuned for the final delivery of “Lost At Sea”.
For your enjoyment I offer you the “Memphis Exorcism” if you sign up for our mailing list below. We'll be sending more information and leaking more tracks to our mailing list as we get closer to our May release.