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Dept. of Extravagantly Shameless Plugs


Downtown Jen nee Brown (hi Jen!) isn't the only ex-expat to have a new record out: former Prognosis/BBJ'er Ken Layne, and his band The Corvids (of which I am one), released a debut CD this month entitled Fought Down. You can hear mp3 samples of every song here; it's basically drunken alt country with loud guitars. Reviews so far have been pretty great, and we even cracked the top 500 at Amazon for about 47 minutes. If things break really well for us (and so far they have been), we may get to tour Mitteleuropa later this year.... I should also mention that bass player Jeff Solomon and drummer Steve Coulter both contributed briefly to Prognosis (Steve was the guy who helped run the whole Obecni Dum/Thirsty Dog empire of sin in '93-94 Prague), and both also play in the great Hollywood pop/punk band Tsar, which is releasing its second album this spring.

Matt Welch | Gen Expat Life Updates | Jan 25, 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)


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Awesome! Congrats to you both!

Ken, who, like many of you, has signed up as an author to this site but has yet to make a post to it, is one creative rubber trucker. He is also the author of one of the funniest novels I've ever read, Dot.Con, which sadly is now out of print (I bought one of the last 13 copies). I'm sad to see he doesn't even link to the book anymore on his redesigned site. Ken, please, please, please write another novel!

BTW, I aim to spend a few hours with this blog again maybe next weekend to add a second column on the left side where we can use Henry Copeland's innovation of BlogAds to put up ads for everyone's CDs, books, web sites and other promotional jive.

Rick Bruner | Jan 25, 2004

Thanks, Rick! And thanks, too, for putting the image up there ... I'm so stoopid I don't know how to do that....

Matt Welch | Jan 25, 2004

Explanation on how to upload photos are in the How Do I Post to This Site? link in the upper-right-hand corner of every page.

Rick Bruner | Jan 26, 2004