Woodruff's - 9/28/2011

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Woodruff's - 9/28/2011

VALENTIGER had a slew of shows at Woodruff's in Ypsilanti throughout 2011 and 2012; it's hard to keep them all straight.  I can tell you it was always a fun stage and a nice little place to see a show - dimly lit is always a plus in any bar for me.  It was a busy time for VALENTIGER as Rider's bachelor party was coming up that weekend, Pulaski Days was right around the corner and the band was preparing for and organizing their infamous Frontman Show.  We shared the stage with Cash Harrison, del Brutto and Vince Dynamic for a solid bill.  I mean, this is back when shows were $5 and actually started at 8PM.  You really couldn't go wrong, here. 

VALENTIGER NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2018

VALENTIGER premiered a new video on Sunday, March 25th.  It was produced for the annual NPR Tiny Desk Contest and features Shirey in a solo performance with acoustic guitar.  Outside and donning a jacket in cool Spring temps, he both gently plucks and seems to strum with a sense of urgency on the new track, "No Good Time."  Shot at dusk, the video captures that feeling of the swelling sunlight, as the  birds call their day to an end; a very nice fit with this call to action.  Shirey comments on the video itself:


"It was coming down to the deadline for the video and we just decided it would be the best use of our resources for me to make the video myself.  So, I tried a few locations and this one stuck right from the get-go; leaning back, with the feet up in the shot and everything.  The sunglasses became practical as the sun went down and also relaxed the shot and performance.  If you know a thing or two about videos, you know making them by yourself can be a pretty daunting task - especially when audio is a lot of the focus and performance is involved.  There were two microphones, the recording setup, the camera, the set, the lighting - the list goes on before you even perform the song.  And to top if off, I chose to play a newer song that I'm not even all that familiar with...because that's what I was most excited about playing.  But, outside of it being a characteristically boring, single-shot video, I think a lot of things came together.  The lighting, the birds, the raw take, the colors and the text work in post; not bad for a one-man operation on short notice."


Previous NPR entries can also be seen via YouTube.  In 2015, the group chugged out a full-band, live version of "CONNECTION" in cahoots with Jen Fodor of I Love Music podcast.  2016 found Shirey solo again with a live take on "Ugly Side of Town (Neither Here Nor There)" - it just may rival the album version.  Rider and Shirey teamed up to create an all-analog entry for "The Dawn Just Ain't Enought Anymore" in 2017.  Shot with a VHS camcorder, Shirey gives a solo performance recorded with two SM57s into a 1/2" reel-to-reel.  

November Spotify Playlist

Valentiger’s November playlist has dropped. The boys really touched on a little of everything here, making for a solid mix. Rider has included the band’s own ‘All I,’ reminiscing the video that was shot for it in the Fall – see it here. From there, we’ve got everything from INXS to Alvvays, back to Fats (RIP) and forward into the 90s with a Breeders deep cut. Enjoy!

Valentiger’s November playlist has dropped. The boys really touched on a little of everything here, making for a solid mix. Rider has included the band’s own ‘All I,’ reminiscing the video that was shot for it in the Fall – see it here. From there, we’ve got everything from INXS to Alvvays, back to Fats (RIP) and forward into the 90s with a Breeders deep cut. Enjoy!

October Spotify Playlist

Valentiger has launched it’s Spotify playlist project.  The fellas will all be making monthly submissions, compiled into a 12-song collection, including Valentiger songs.  The installments will loosely cover influences, past, present and future contemporaries and songs the boys generally enjoy.  October’s installment features a couple Tom Petty projects in light of his passing and some funky rock n’ roll, as well as the timely ‘Monster Mash.’  When prompted on the Bobby ‘Boris’ Picket tune, Shirey fires, “Novelty or not, you must mash.  Spoofing the dance craze and still coming out with a timeless hit – spooky, right?  Plus, Leon Russel played?”  And yes, you must.