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Written By: Gary on December 7, 2005 No Comment

BlondfirexmasSo Blondfire (formerly known as Astaire) has released an exclusive Holiday EP through iTunes. It’s only $3.96!! I’ve mentioned Blondfire several times before and seen them in concert and I sure wish they’d play somewhere local again.

I’ve purchased it at iTunes and I am (impatiently) waiting for the tracks to download…

And speaking of holiday tunes:

  • The free iTunes download of the week is Jingle Bells by Diana Krall (it’ll only be free through the 13th of this December).
  • And for 99 cents you can get Let it Snow by Carly Simon.
  • Written By: Gary on August 14, 2005 One Comment

    So MSNBC did an Independent Study (review/article) of Blondfire (formerly known as Astaire), it’s a nice article (but a little short) but it’s got music samples so check them out. If you haven’t heard me talk about these folks before check them out at the iTunes music store (where they have an exclusive EP) or Amazon.

    I missed the Grand Rapids show, did anyone see it? I noticed the article didn’t mention Michigan, it seems to me they were born in either Grand Rapids or Brazil and spent part of their lives in the other (or bouncing around).

    Written By: Gary on July 24, 2005 No Comment

    I’ve gotten so many search results in the last few days since I posted about the band Blondfire (formerly known as Astaire). Since they hit the iTunes music store I’ve had all sorts of people finding their way to my site. Their new Live Acoustic EP hit #1 on the iTunes Pop Album Chart and #9 on the overall Top Albums Chart – all firsts for an unsigned band! Go check it out, it’s only $3.96 to buy it!

    They are going to be in Grand Rapids on August 4th at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (it’s only $8). I’m hoping to go so leave me a comment if you’re going to be there.

    Their web site is http://www.blondfire.com/ so go poke around and see what’s happening. You can listen to the new tracks at their MySpace site. And you can still hear some old tracks too.

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    Written By: Gary on July 19, 2005 No Comment

    BlondfireIf you recall I was talking about the band Astaire (that opened for Ivy) last month. They had to stop using the name Astaire and changed it to Blondfire. (Why? The Estate of Fred Astaire complained). The important thing is that they just released a new $3.96 four song EP (only at the iTunes store) it’s got three tracks not on their first EP (only $4.49). I’m liking it so far. It says it’s live but you’d never know it. The track titled “L-L-Love” is on both EPs and the Monster In Law soundtrack (although this version is live).

    I found this info in the Free Press: “Because of legal threats from the Fred Astaire estate, the Driscolls are changing their name.” Stupid people and their trademarks… (I’m serious, like people would confuse them with Fred Astaire.)

    FYI – It looks like they new web site will be http://www.blondfire.com/

    Written By: Gary on June 12, 2005 2 Comments

    This was one of the opening acts for Ivy. They’re from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Why haven’t I ever heard of them? FYI – Them is the sibling team of Bruce and Erica Driscoll.

    I talked to Erica for just a minute and got her autograph on my CD. When I saked where they were out of, she said “somewhere between Grand Rapids and Brazil”, which didn’t make a lot of sense until I read their Web Site. She was charming, beautiful and very nice.
    And she signed my CD “To Gary- heart Erica”. Sigh…

    We showed up late and only caught a few of the songs, I was very disappointed with this since I thought they were excellent. Wish I had taken a picture or two. Didn’t even think of it at first. They shared some of the musicians with Ivy which was interesting. I think she looked more like the drawing on the Astaire Music web site (it’s gone now) then the photo on the CD cover. I didn’t get an opportunity to talk to Bruce.

    They’ll have an iTunes Exclusive Live Acoustic EP released soon! Their first album, Don’t Whisper Lies, is a five song EP, it’s cheap at the iTunes store! If you’ve got quicktime you can listen to an interactive jukebox thingy they have set up. And they’re featured in the May BMI Podcast.

    UPDATE: The band is now called Blondfire.

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