A Pinataland show grows in Brooklyn

August 15, 2009

We’ll be playing the terrific Brooklyn venue Jalopy this coming Friday, August 21 at 10pm. The truly fun washboard-swing band 4th Street Niteowls go on at 9, so come early.

Is Jalopy hard to get to? No! Only 6 blocks from the Carroll Street F/G, also I’ve been told the B61 bus from Williamsburg is a straight shot to Jalopy’s doors. Here are some directions:


This performance will feature Doug, Robin, Bill, Deni Bonet on violin, and our old friend Ross Bonadonna on bass. This is a free show (optional donation), and we hope to see you there!

A new name

August 12, 2009

Dave here. As you may know, I’ve been busy home recording a solo album on ye olde laptop. It’s called The Decline of America Part One — the Bush Years and it’s coming along well though slowly. I’ll probably release the first single from it online sometime in the next couple weeks.

Anyway, a while back I had a short-lived band called The M.I.L.O. Collective. A poet friend of mine, Genya Turovskaya, who has a way with words, was listening to it and said that she felt the name of the band was a misnomer. It wasn’t a “collective” at all since I was clearly dictating what everyone should play. I should, she said, have called the band “The Tyranny of Dave” instead. The phrase has never left me. (Truly, I am under thumb of the tyranny of Dave on a daily basis.) So I’m happy to announce that the new album shall be released under my new solo moniker, The Tyranny of Dave, if only so that the album cover can proclaim that the “The Tyranny of Dave presents The Decline of America.”

Keep an eye out for the first single to be available here for free download in early September!

And the winner is!

August 8, 2009

Well folks, it was close, but cute won the day in the Piñataland cover contest and 3 year old Alethea wins with her cute-as-a-button-though-slightly-disturbing rendition of Everyone Says That I Love You. Coming in 2nd was a tie between Dustin’s Sparklehorse-y cover of Centralia and Erik Leikus’ reggae version of El Niño.

The prize is of course a day in the studio with Piñataland to help us produce a song for our next album. So we’re delaying our next album for 15 years to allow Alethea her say.

So here’s the winning entry – Everyone Says that I Love You

From Our Mailbag

July 31, 2009


My name’s Joe, I live in Homestead, FL and a friend of mine told me about your band which at first I admit I thought was a horrible sounding idea, I mean obscure historical rock, but like, you guys are pretty damn great and I think you ought to do a show down here at the Coral Castle. I heard your song Latvian Bride which I guess is my favorite because I live five minutes from and remember going to the Coral Castle like as a kid, I think I had a birthday party there once, and it’s just a great concept for a song and I mean your work is really solid. So y’all should give it some thought,

[the letter ends here abruptly]

Dear Joe,

Your compelling (albeit depressing) observation does indeed ring true. Many times over the course of our career we have asked ourselves that very question: is the mere notion of “obscure historical rock” a “horrible sounding idea”? After well over a decade making music under that very label, I’ve lately been haunted by the creeping feeling that you may be onto something. Perhaps it is time to reconsider…

No! No reconsidering! Pinataland will…must…soldier on, cranking out music ever more obscure, ever more “historical”, ever more “rock”! Your thoughtful words, Joe, (I refer, of course, to “pretty damn great”), shall be the fuel for the Pinataland engine during these three performances:

September 11: Banjo Jim’s, East Village, Manhattan

October 9: Barbes, Brooklyn

December 11: Barbes, Brooklyn

Save the dates! Details for all shows to come to this site (and our facebook page) shortly, as well as even more that I’m currently in the process of nailing down.

Now, will a performance of “Latvian Bride” (a song that details the obsessions of one Edward Leedskalnin) ever occur at the Coral Castle in Homestead, FL? If only 50 residents of that area say they’d come, and the Coral Castle folks agree, and Billy Idol gives his blessing, the answer is a resounding…maybe.


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