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Syvia Unloveable EP now available on iTunes and Amazon

March 27, 2011

We are thrilled to finally announce the release of our debut EP entitled Unloveable. A big thank you to our fans, friends and family for all of their support, and to two-time Grammy nominee Alan Silverman at Arf! Mastering for mastering the EP. Please show your support by purchasing the album, reviewing the EP, and sharing it with friends!

iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unloveable-ep/id428325372

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Unloveable-EP/dp/B004TN79SK/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301239793&sr=301-1

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SXSW 2011 Madness

March 22, 2011

This was a crazy year at SXSW. First off, there were definitely more people than the other two years that I went, which meant longer lines for alcohol and less places to sit. The weather was way better than the freezing temperatures that we faced in Austin for the festival last year, and somehow I managed not to get a sunburn despite the 80 degree weather. Since I decided to invest in a badge for the first time, considering the lines I had to wait in last year in the cold, I made an effort to see as many shows as possible to make it worth my while. Honestly, I’m not sure I would buy a badge next year. I did get to see a string of amazing acts at the Presbyterian Church downtown, which was fantastic, but besides that I kind of felt like it wasn’t worth the price tag. If I didn’t buy a badge, I would have had to run around more to catch the acts I wanted to see at the daytime parties, but I think it would have been just as fun.

Local wildlife of Austin=Drunk people passed out on sidewalk

A list of the bands I saw:

Glasser-lead singer has a beautiful voice, but in the end i thought the a cappella songs were the strongest in the set
tUnE-yArDs– fantastic band, great voice, lots of energy, quirky and natural, with lots of live looping of percussion and vocals (she used three mics), they even brought in the brass instruments at one point. it was kind of like tribal R&B, and i would definitely see again.

camera photo of tUnE-yArDs


Twin Shadow– didn’t really work in the church setting, the mix sounded a little off, and I kind of felt like the songs weren’t really there either except for the one catchy song “Castles in the Snow,” which I like. they kept wanting people to get up and dance, but no one was really getting that into it. it’s hard to have a dance party in church pews.
James Blake-x2 more on that show in another post, but it was definitely worth the 3 hour wait.
Khaira Arby
Trash Talk– see later post for crazy video of this band
The Cool Kids– awesome rap group
Machine Gun Kelly– a talented white rapper from Ohio
Killer Mike
Curren$y
Spoek Mathambo
DeYarmond Edison -Justin Vernon from Bon Iver’s college band

Machine Gun Kelly doing stunts


Lil’ B
P. Diddy– he only did a few songs after Lil ‘B

P. Diddy "Take my picture"


Odd Future
Live– great band from Japan with killer drums and guitar that I happened to catch at the Gingerman beer bar
Deer Tick
Yuck
Baths
Diamond Rings
Cloud Nothings
Memoryhouse
Class Actress

Class Actress at Pitchfork's #Offline party


Liam Finn
FM Belfast
Neon Trees
Marcy Playground-for high school nostalgia’s sake, i couldn’t help but go see them at the 512 rooftop

And I think that’s it…there were some bands that I wish I had gotten to see, like The Sounds, Matt & Kim, Kurt Vile, Wye Oak, Suuns, and the Smith Westerns, etc… but unfortunately it wasn’t in the stars. I’m already making plans for getting to Austin earlier next year so I can fit in even more music.

There will be more SXSW photos, comments, and a video to come!

Syvia EP entitled “Unloveable” is Mastered!

March 22, 2011

Literally the day before I got on a plane to Austin for SXSW 2011, we got our final masters back from Alan Silverman at Arf! Mastering. The guy is a genius, and we are thrilled that he wanted to work with us, considering his long list of accolades and the top notch artists he has worked on (oh yea, and he was nominated twice for a Grammy in the Album Of The Year mastering category).
Now we are just finalizing the album art, which should be done within the week, and then the whole EP will be available for purchase online. We will also be giving away free downloads of a few of the songs, and we will let you know when that is up and running so you can get your fix.
You can learn more about Alan and Arf! at: http://www.arfdigital.com/

Syvia EP Listening Party

February 14, 2011

We want to thank all the people who came out last night to our special EP listening party. It was a blast to see so many fans, and to celebrate less than a year of work with the new incarnation of the band. Now, we just have to master the tracks and choose our album cover, and pretty soon you will be able to buy and share your favorite Syvia tracks. We’ve been waiting a while for this moment, and we can’t wait to share the new songs we’ve been working on and start performing again!

CMJ Showcase at Canal Room

October 13, 2010

Syvia is playing our first festival gig ever at Gigmaven.com’s CMJ showcase. Don’t miss it!!!

Details
When: Tuesday, October 19th @ 7:45pm
Where: Canal Room
285 West Broadway at Canal Street

Lineup:
7:00pm Atypicals
7:45pm *** Syvia ***
8:30pm Year of the Tiger
9:15pm Nite School
10pm Drop the Lime

Advance tickets available at:
https://secure.gigmaven.com/events/3462/orders/new

AND!!!!!
Here’s an interview we just did for it on maven.ly:
http://maven.ly/2010/10/12/gigmaven-cmj-showcase-syvia/

First Shows/Single Being Released in Norway/CMJ Showcase!

August 3, 2010

Simone at Arlene's Grocery


Oliver rocking the bass


Once again I’ve been terribly negligent about keeping you all updated (although i’ve been decent about my twitter updates, but i realize that isn’t the same).
Well, first of all, we have started performing live. We were blessed to have Oliver come on board at the last minute to play killer bass for us. He was a tried and true What What Where member back in the day, and a perfect fit for the Syvia family.
Our first Syvia show was on July 24, 2010 at Ella Lounge and our second was on July 30, 2010 at Arlene’s Grocery…the same spot I had my first show in NYC four years ago. We had such a blast, with little technical glitches and everything (somehow they went unnoticed. go figure. things on stage always seem more dramatic than when you are in the audience.) We even lined up another show at The Delancey on August 11th opening for Plushgun and got asked to be on Gigmaven.com’s CMJ showcase in October. Yea, we’re pretty happy and are already trying to figure out how we can make it to SXSW 2011. At this point it is kind of my dream performance venue since I’ve always gone as a fan and never as a musician.
AND
The song “Never See” from Syvia’s first iteration as the collaborative efforts of me and John Majer will be officially released on Breaking Olympic Records at the beginning of August on a vinyl split single. So excited to have that in hand, and I’m sure we’ll have a couple to give out to some special fans.
Thank you to everyone who has come out and continued to support us along the way. We couldn’t do it without you.

*** Special thanks to Luay Bahoora for his beautiful photos. Check out some other (non-Syvia) gorgeous shots here http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=932710

{Other update: I got a smartphone! But I still have problems updating this blog 🙂 Haha. Such is life. }

New SYVIA songs!!

May 13, 2010


The latest: I’m beyond thrilled to officially welcome Simone into the SYVIA family. I can barely contain my excitement at being able to say that not only are there three new songs up at <a href="http://www.myspace.com/syviamusic&quot;, but that we have more coming your way. It’s amazing that we’ve been able to come up with tunes that we both feel proud of, having just started working together in February 2010. Sometimes music is seriously magical.
Anyways, please go have a listen, comment if you feel inclined, and stay tuned for our killer live shows this summer. It’s been a long time coming, but I think it will be worth the wait 😛