New Video ~ “Feather”

14 Jun
Dear friends,
I have something special to share with you:
A few months ago, a great French musician named Greg Bette visited me here in Marin County.  Greg had been incredibly hospitable when I visited France in 2014 and 2016 to play at the Festival de la Cour Denis. On the second trip, Greg played a key role in the French edition of the Ancient Baby band.

I wanted to return the favor by showing him a classic California experience. Luckily, the deepest California vibes I could possibly fathom were nearby in Inverness, at Owl Mountain studio.  This is the place where the Ancient Baby album was recorded, and also where Ethan Turner and Jenn Chan produce their fantastic Owl Mountain Sessions series on Youtube. This studio was built in the 1970’s by Marin music legend Jesse Colin Young, and has been helmed by Ethan for some twenty years now. Perched on a ridge line overlooking Tomales Bay, this studio exudes a golden era California energy.

Ethan and Jenn gamely took me up on the idea, and Greg and I made our way up the mountain one Saturday afternoon. Ethan suggested that we come to the studio “with just a notion”, and try to compose the music then and there at the studio.

The video you see above are the results…Owl Mountain Sessions, Number 13! We went to a really transcendent place that day, and approached the whole thing with a spirit of “YES”. Jenn was there throughout, filming us, setting up some truly stunning shots. We couldn’t be happier with the result. Take this flight of fancy with us, and in the process get a peek at the room where the Ancient Baby album was made, with many of the same team members who brought their skills to bear on this video.  While you’re at it, hit “subscribe” on Ethan and Jenn’s Owl Mountain Sessions youtube channel, where this video resides. Everything they publish there is gorgeous and unique.

 

 

Thank you, as always, for your eyes, ears and support.

Peck

 

First Music Video from the Ancient Baby Album

11 Jun

Today, we release the first music video from the ‘Ancient Baby’ album. This was a special one ~ it seemed the team was meant to meet. Shannon Gray Collier gave a stunning and vulnerable performance. Rachel Pozivenec lent her distinct and powerful maskwork and costuming. Taliesin Gilkes-Bauer directed with sensitivity and conceptual weight. Lawrence Martinez filmed and edited with depth and patience. The day of the shoot felt like some kind of rite. Kelsey, Shakti, Slim and I, dressed in Rachel’s robes, guided Shannon to another space or place. We ran across rushing flood waters to get the last shots of the day, and stayed out until the light was gone. Anyway, I could go on… Here it is, ‘We’re All Thinkin’ About You’, recorded by Ethan Turner and featuring Adam Bowers on soaring steel guitars. To everyone reading, I hope you can find a quiet time to watch this and take the journey. Song and video in memory of San Francisco songwriter Jeremy Hill.

~ Ancient Baby Book ~

21 May

What’s good everybody –

Peck here, sharing the news that the Ancient Baby Book is now available on Bandcamp!

 

This book pairs home-made recordings of all 13 songs from the Ancient Baby album with whimsical and poignant illustrations by Rose Pearson.  These recordings were home-recorded by me, and have a dirtier, earthier vibe than the pristine tracks that Ethan Turner produced for the Ancient Baby vinyl.

You can hear the whole ‘Home Fi’ version of the album, and purchase the limited edition book here:

http://www.peckthetowncrier.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-baby-home-fi-edition

If you want to have both versions of the record in one place, there is also a double CD, designed by mirth master Parker Richard. Have a look!

https://peckthetowncrier.bandcamp.com/merch

Also, today marks the release of the first Home Fi single, ‘Possibilities’. I hope you find it uplifting!

 

 

With hope and gratitude,

Peck

 

 

 

 

 

THE ALBUM IS OUT!

11 May

Dear inner circle – after 7 years of writing and recording, the Ancient Baby album is OUT, in Vinyl, CD, Book and digital forms!

Have a listen here:

https://peckthetowncrier.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-baby-hi-fi-edition 

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There are in fact two versions of the album, one recorded by Ethan Turner at Owl Mountain (the HiFi version), and the other recorded by me at home (the HomeFi).

https://peckthetowncrier.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-baby-home-fi-edition

This home-made version has it’s own distinct energy and instrumentation. It’s available in hard copy as 26 page book, pairing lyrics for each song with whimsical and poignant illustrations by Rose Pearson.

Or, both versions of the album can be had at once on a Double CD.

Have a look at the Book, CD and Vinyl editions here:

https://peckthetowncrier.bandcamp.com/merch

Gosh, it’s so exciting and also a bit of a relief to finally complete these babies and release them into the world. Thank you for listening, and for your support along the way.

Love, mystery and a healthy planet,

Peck

 

 

NEW MUSIC!

1 May

New Music Y’all! Today, we have a first listen to ‘Back to the Start’, the second single from the new album ‘Ancient Baby’, coming Friday, May 3rd.

This one features Miriam Speyer on vocals and Luke Westbrook on piano (what a dream team), and was co-written with my brothers Greg Scott and Tomas Deltoro-diaz. If you’re in the Bay Area, join us for the Album Birthing Ceremony this Friday May 3rd at HopMonk Tavern Novato. We go on at 9pm, and perform the whole Ancient Baby record. After us, the stellar James M Harman will take the stage with his band of veteran players, and celebrate the release of his new album as well! (I have heard it and it’s fantastic).

Advance tickets can be found here:

https://www.seetickets.us/event/Chris-Peck-James-M-Harman-Double-Album-Release/380236

Thanks so much for listening!! Hope to see you Friday, babies 🔮

-Peck

 

 

ANCIENT BABY ALBUM RELEASE! May 3rd @ Hopmonk Novato

22 Apr

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Alright babies, this is the big one…the post in which I announce the Ancient Baby Album Birthing Ceremony!!! That’s right: the album is done, the records are nearly assembled, and we’ve scheduled the release party:

***May 3rd, at Hopmonk Tavern Novato***

https://www.seetickets.us/…/Chris-Peck-James-M-Harma…/380236

There, at 9:00pm, the Ancient Baby Band will play the album from beginning to end, with the help of some very special guest stars. If you haven’t been there before, the Hopmonk Session Room is a beautiful spot, with a killin’ sound system. Most of our band now lives in Novato too, so we can’t think of a better place to hold this most sacred of ceremonies. We will be joined that night by the stellar James M Harman Band, who will take over at 10pm and play some supremely smooth instrumental music so we can dance, and celebrate this occasion. James is truly a phenomenal guitarist, and also the newest member of Ancient Baby. As if that weren’t enough, James’ band will also be releasing their new album that night!! Yep, it’s a double album release show.

Been a long time coming friends, years actually. I’m so happy the time has come to share this album with you… We aim to sell this show out! If you want to show your support for Ancient Baby, please follow this link and get your tickets in advance!

https://www.seetickets.us/…/Chris-Peck-James-M-Harma…/380236

You’ll be hearing more from me soon about all of this, and you’ll probably start seeing this joyful poster around town, if you haven’t already, designed by mischief master Parker Richard, featuring the art of Rose Pearson, who made a bunch of soulful and singular drawings for this album.

Thanks for reading y’all, let’s fill the room with music and community!

 

Ancient Baby Comes to Terrapin Crossroads

24 Jun

It’s been a long time comin’. After seeing many shows at Terrapin, and feeling a kindredness all the while, at last Ancient Baby will play! Join us Wednesday, June 27th, from 7:30-10:00pm. We’ll play two sets. Show is free and all ages are welcome. (100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901)

We’ll be in quartet form, with Sean Nelson on drums, Noah Wheeler on bass, Adam Bowers on steel guitars, and myself on the Peck.

To mark the occasion, here’s a live video of the band performing “Possibilities”, filmed at Translucent Studios in San Rafael, CA. Hope you enjoy, and hope to see you there!

Ancient Baby at Fairfax Festival + New Video

9 Jun

I caught my first Fairfax Fest at the riotous age of 14. I still remember seeing the Jazz Iguanas play and buying their cassette afterwards…

NOW…let’s talk about 2017. This Saturday, June 10th at NOON, my band Ancient Baby will be playing on the Forest Stage in Peri Park, near the intersection of Park Rd. and Bolinas Rd. in good old Fairfax.

For the first time in a few months, we’ll be featuring our complete quartet, with no substitue players: Adam Bowers on steel guitars and voice, Angeline Saris on bass, Sean Nelson on drums, and yours truly, Chris Peck on guitar and voice.

We’ll be playing for a solid 70 minutes, right up till 1:10, so we’ll be stretching out and improvising a bit more than usual to fill up all that spare time! Here, in advance of the Fairfax Festival, is a brand NEW VIDEO of the quartet, performing “Keeping it Together”. This session was directed by Josh Mehler at Translucent Studios, in San Rafael, with camera work by Neiel Cavin, and audio capture by Andrew Erickson.  It was a really chill crew that day, as we hid out from the rain in Josh’s supremely mellow warehouse studio. Hope you enjoy this video. If the spirit moves you, please give it a share ❤

 

Keep vibin’ y’all, hope to see you Saturday at Noon in Fairfax!

Peck

Two New Ancient Baby Videos Premiere Today on the Bay Bridged

23 Mar

Hey babies 🙂

Peck here, with the second post of the week! Wanted to share two new videos from the Ancient Baby quartet.
 
Back in January, we had the pleasure of recording two songs in my living room with Loustic Sessions, a French production duo who make intimate musical films all over the world. Julien Nehring moved around the room like a dancer & filmed stripped-down acoustic versions of “Go, Girl” and “Put Two Sticks Together” – two songs from the summer-coming Ancient Baby album.
Star turns here by the Ancient Baby quartet: Adam Bowers on dobro, Angeline Saris on upright bass and Sean Nelson playing a unique drum kit. Hope you enjoy watching these as much as we enjoyed making them, & please do give them a share if you dig:
In other news, Ancient Baby has a couple shows coming up in the Bay Area:
On April 22nd @ Doc’s Lab in North Beach, SF, we will open for Go By Ocean – their album release show!
On May 19th @ 19 Broadway in Fairfax, Ancient Baby is excited to share a bill with the excellent Ezra Lipp, whose new band Magic in the Other is going to be artistic and chock full of great musicians. Show starts at 9:00pm. $10. 21+

That’s the what, friends. Hope to see you soon, if not on Earth, at least on screen.

With love,
Peck

COME NERD WITH ME

21 Mar

Townies!

Long time no post 🙂 Breaking the silence today with a special show announcement:

This Friday Night, March 24th 2017, I will be playing a rare Peck the Town Crier set at the Bottom of The Hill in San Francisco, opening for my nerdcore brethren MC LARS and MEGA RAN. I love these cats and their vibrant scene. Will be dusting off my classic raps for this short set, as well as unveiling a new song for the occasion. 9:00pm hit time. 21+, $12 advance / $14 at the door. MO INFO here.

DON’T MISS THIS.

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