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Check Out The Kills’ New Video For ‘Wait’ From ‘Echo Home – Non-Electric EP’ Out Today on Domino

A Beloved Tune Gets Revamped

By DONNA BALANCIA

When our favorite duo, The Kills, are a little bit quiet, the result is usually a great new tune.

In this case, check out the new, “non-electric” version of their classic song, “Wait” in a video of their in-studio recording session.  The tune is from Echo Home – Non-Electric EP — out digitally today, with a limited edition 10-inch  vinyl release available now.

Alison’s Killer Voice

The original version of “Wait” is off the The Kills first EP Black Rooster, released 15 years go. Alison’s voice really is prominent in the new acoustic version on Echo Home – Non-Electric EP.  The new EP also features “That Love” off  Ash & Ice‘s and a cover of the Rihanna song, “Desperado.”

Pre-order limited edition 10-inch: http://smarturl.it/EchoHomeEP

Pre-order Digital: http://smarturl.it/EchoHomeDL

Credits: Director / DP / Editor / Producer – Vern Moen; Camera Operators – Steve Ryan, Martín Vielma; Assistant Editor – Sutton York; Production Company – Long Beach Film Company; Colorist – Garrett Smith; Online Facility – Twinfolk Creative

 

The Kills + Chris Isaak Appear at Ron Robinson for Fundraiser Benefitting Rational Animal

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The Kills with Rational Animal founder Susan Brandt, getting photobombed by Chris Isaak and Rodney – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

The Kills and Chris Isaak were on hand Tuesday night at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica for a fundraiser called Artists With Animals, to benefit the charity Rational Animal.

Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince recently returned from their tour for their latest album Ash and Ice, and spent time chatting with guests and shopping at the Ron Robinson Santa Monica flagship store.

For a limited time, a portion of all sales at the store goes towards the charity.

The ladies and their pups at Rational Animal benefit - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The ladies and their pups at Rational Animal benefit – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Ron Robinson carries a lot of branded T-shirts, Rock N Roll jackets emblazoned with Rolling Stones and Guns N Roses patches and logos, as well as other stylish duds and cool fragrances and accessories. The event at Ron Robinson was also sponsored by Soundwall and Morrison Hotel Gallery.

Rational Animal was founded by Susan Brandt and is supported by The Morrison Hotel Gallery among others.

Helping Shelters

Rational Animal works in cooperation with no-kill shelters to give animals a second chance at life.

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Susan Brandt, founder of Rational Animal, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Rational Animal, operating out of New York and LA, works on various projects to encourage animal welfare and teach guardianship. Through the Mother’s Comfort project, the group sews and delivers beds to animal shelters, bringing relief to animals.

Rational Animal produced the Tails to Trails map to make it easy for New Yorkers to find local shelters and rescue groups when they’re ready to adopt. Rational Animal also teaches good animal guardianship through the community events, the Orange Ribbon for Animals Campaign and the humane education program.

Rational Animal Mother’s Comfort Project has sewn more than 7,000 blankets for shelters.

Rodney with his master, Chris Isaak - photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Rodney with his master, Chris Isaak – photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

“We work in LA and New York to provide beds in shelters and to educate kids and adults on how to be a good animal guardian, spay and neuter and foster,” said Susan Brandt. “We do promotional pieces, videos and we put on events. And today being Giving Tuesday, we wanted to have an opportunity to put on an event so people could give for the animals.”

Artists With Animals photography exhibit continues to run through Jan. 14. During that time, a portion of the purchases in the store will go towards Rational Animal.

Buy Rational Animal Photo-Notecards

But even if you didn’t attend the event, there is an opportunity to participate and help give to the animals.

The dog as companion - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The dog as companion – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Rational Animal developed gift packages of boxed notecards called Artists With Animals, two collections of famous photographs on notecards depicting well known musicians, actors and artists with their animal pals.

Henry Diltz and Jamie Hince are among the photographers whose work is included. Among the favorite known and newly discovered works is a great photograph by Hince of Mosshart lying on her bed with pet Archie the dog. The Artists With Animals notecards are available here.

“This is a really good cause and Rodney and I are happy to support Rational Animal,” said Chris Isaak, the singer known for his mega-hit “Wicked Game.” Isaak brought his pet along for the evening, as did several guests.

Friends of Rational Animal celebrate with pooch - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Friends of Rational Animal celebrate with pooch – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Also on hand were representatives from No Kill LA, an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society to turn LA into a no-kill city by 2017. The mobile pet adoption mobile was also on hand.

“It’s a really nice opportunity to get together with other animal lovers and enjoy ourselves,” said party-goer Marianne Palermo. “Rational Animal does great work, the animals are grateful and so are we.”

The Kills Celebrate 15th Anniversary with California Shows including Pappy and Harriet’s, HOB Anaheim

Alison Mosshart of The Kills; The band announced 15th anniversary shows in California next March - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Alison Mosshart of The Kills; The band announced 15th anniversary shows in California next March – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

The Kills will celebrate their 15th anniversary with some new shows set for March 2017 in various California venues.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 15 years, you know The Kills are none other than Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart.

The Brit-American duo whose fuzzy and niche alternative sound has thrilled enthusiasts for years, marks a decade and a half of touring and recording.

Their latest release is Ash and Ice. 

The Kills: Together Through the Years

Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart and Henry Diltz celebrate Jamie Hince' photo exhibit - Photo © 2014 Donna Balancia

Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart and Henry Diltz celebrate Jamie Hince’ photo exhibit – Photo © 2014 Donna Balancia

According to Jamie, The Kills met in 2000 when he was in another band and Alison was staying in an apartment below him.  The two Sagittarians struck up a best friendship that has outlasted boyfriends, girlfriends and even a wife or two. They are musicians, artists and partners.

More dates will be announced over time, but for now, these are the locations for the initial celebrations: March 17 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s; March 20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues; March 22 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre

For tickets and more information check out The Kills Facebook page.  Artist pre-sale starts Wednesday.

Morrison Hotel Gallery To Represent at The 2015 Photo Contemporary

MHG: A Relaxed Respite for Snappers and Songsters

By DONNA BALANCIA, WEST HOLLYWOOD — The Morrison Hotel Gallery — one of Los Angeles’ most respected photo galleries — has become the place to see iconic photos by rock’s most talented artists.

From May 1-3, the Morrison Hotel Gallery will participate in the 2015 Photo Contemporary Art Fair, at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

Morrison Hotel Gallery - Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz

Jamie Hince’ photo gallery show celebrated by pals Alison Mosshart, Peter Blachley and Henry Diltz – Photo © Donna Balancia

Former recording executive Peter Blachley and his team have taken a passion for music and turned it into a visual tribute to some of Rock and Roll’s greatest musicians and photographers.

The music afficionado should be happy for Blachley’s passion.

Morrison Hotel Gallery, which has locations in New York and Los Angeles, hosts a range of exhibits and openings, and works by the most well-known names in music grace its walls.

Founded by music executives Blachley and Richard Horowitz, and esteemed photographer Henry Diltz, Morrison Hotel Gallery has succeeded in part because of relationships.  And if the warm-hearted founders continually add new friends the their illustrious list of famous pals.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery has hosted events featuring rare photos from musicians and photographers including Stevie Nicks, Danny Clinch, Lynn Goldsmith and other noted artists.

One recent event featured Jamie Hince of The Kills, whose exhibit, Echo Home, reflects his well-traveled life as founder of the beloved and creative musical group.

Morrison Hotel Gallery Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz

Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz at Morrison Hotel Gallery – Photo © 2014 Donna Balancia

Blachley’s relationships and his partnerships — in particular, his friendships with photographers like partner Diltz — have been key to success.

“We have plans to expand and we want to always have a presence in the art community,” said Blachley, a San Francisco native. “We’ll be at Art Basel in Miami this year and we really like Nashville.”

Morrison Hotel Gallery is well-known among photographers and musicians and Blachley said a goal is to make the gallery the resource for collectors of photographic works.

Morrison Hotel Gallery Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz

Peter Blachley, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince, Henry Diltz at Morrison Hotel Gallery – Photo © Donna Balancia

Blachley’s fiance, Susan Brandt brings her flair for fun, and love for working with charitable groups to the gallery.

She works with the group Rational Animal and ties the charity into various events, like the Echo Home which helped to raise money for the animals.  Hince and The Kills bandmate Alison Mosshart support the charity.

“It’s a great cause and we’re happy to help,” Hince said at the VIP reception at Morrison Hotel Gallery Saturday night following the band’s Halloween performance at the LA Forum.

Few are fortunate enough in life to blend their passion and their work and earn a living at it.  In addition to always planning events and exhibits for the gallery Blachley and his Morrison Hotel Gallery group have other passions.

Blachley recorded an album, Nevada Sky, that was featured in East Coast Rocker.   READ THE REVIEW HERE

 

 

James Williamson ‘Re-Licked’ Show Featuring Biafra, Mosshart, Released On Video

Last January, The Stooges’ influential guitarist James Williamson gathered together some of his alternative A-List pals and put on the ‘Re-Licked’ show at the Bootleg.  It rocked the house.

The Re-Licked show featured Alison Mosshart, Jello Biafra, Cheetah Chrome, Lisa Kekaula and other fantastic musicians.  The artists reinvigorated some classic but “underexposed” songs written by Iggy Pop and Williamson.

Read the CaliforniaRocker.com Review of the show here.

Here is video of that show courtesy of Yahoo!

Photographs by Jamie Hince on Display at Morrison Hotel Gallery LA

Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince' dog Archie is part of photographic show on display at Morrison Hotel Gallery

—  Archie and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart  —                                      Photo by Jamie Hince ©

By DONNA BALANCIA – LOS ANGELES — Echo Home, the photographic works of Jamie Hince of The Kills, will be presented at Morrison Hotel Gallery from Nov. 1 through Nov. 11,  and at Bookmarc in Los Angeles.

The Kills will be in Los Angeles for a Halloween show with Queens Of The Stone Age at the Los Angeles Forum the night before the opening.

The photos in Hince’ photo show, Echo Home, will be on display and available for purchase at Morrison Hotel Gallery located inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel.

A reception for the public will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 1, at Bookmarc on Melrose Place in Los Angeles.  Proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit organization, Rational Animal.

The Kills support QOTSA at LA Forum on Halloween

The Kills support tour mates Queens Of The Stone Age at the Forum on Halloween

Rational Animal reached out to The Kills for their help supporting the charity’s latest project. Hince was moved to support the group and created the photograph of bandmate Alison Mosshart in bed with his dog, Archie.

The photo is a modern-day homage to Terry O’Neill’s photograph of Bridget Bardot and her dog in bed.  The image of Mosshart and Archie has been used to promote fundraising for Rational Animal.

The Kills are known for dynamic music and fun and compelling performances.  The group was founded in 2000.

Rational Animal will debut its series of notecards, Artists with Animals, at Bookmarc.  The set of 10 cards features legendary artists and their pets.

Bookmarc was founded by Marc Jacobs in 1984. It is has supported 75 charities and uses the platform for humanitarian efforts.

Morrison Hotel Gallery was created by ex-record company exec Peter Blachley, music retailer Richard Horowitz and music photographer Henry Diltz with author and director Timothy White.

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