Monday, November 20, 2017

PIGPEN THEATRE CO.

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

This is your last day to vote in BATTLE OF THE BANDS: THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK. The contenders are Simon & Garfunkel and PigPen Theatre Co. I'll announce the winner tomorrow.

I want to give you as much information as I can about PigPen Theatre Co., but all I know can be found on their Web site HERE. Wikipedia doesn't even have a page about them.

They are seven guys who met in 2007 during their freshman year at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in Pittsburgh. They wanted to create original plays, but they didn't have any money. They found that one way to make their creations work was to add music.

In 2012, they began releasing albums. In addition to their Web site, you can learn more about them by watching their TEDx talk:



It's only 11 minutes long, and it's very enjoyable. What I know now is that I'd love to see them in person.

I appreciate it that you've been willing to open your ears, hearts, and minds to them. I happened upon their cover of The Only Living Boy In New York on YouTube and knew I had to use them for my battle. Thanks to you, they're making a respectable showing. I thought Simon & Garfunkel might blow them away.

How about if we ask them to play us out today with their original song, Bremen, and with another of their covers?

See ya tomorrow with the battle results.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug







28 comments:

  1. Pigpen Theatre Co are such a varied and talented group. Thanks for the introduction.

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    1. You're welcome. The next time they come over for dinner, I'll invite you, too.

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  2. When I hear the name all I can see is the Snoopy Pigpen.
    Very talented group.

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. I didn't expect it to be so hard to decide which one to vote for! And I certainly didn't expect to cast my vote for PigPen Theatre Co. after a lifetime of loving Simon & Garfunkle so much. But I'm doing it--casting my first comment on your blog and casting my vote for PigPen's cover of The Only Living Boy in New York at the same time. I appreciate the introduction to this group of musicians.

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  4. There's something wrong with my speakers, so I can't listen today. Have you heard Distrubed's version of Sound of Silence? I love it and it could be a good Battle of the Bands contest as well. Now I have to go see if my speakers are disconnected or what is wrong with them.

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    1. No, I haven't heard it. I'll try to check it out.

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  5. Ugh. We need to vote between them and S&G? They're so different, my friend. Okay: S&G. That pair - nothing compares.
    Love ya.

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  6. Give a honk for such gifted pigs...

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  7. Interesting Ted Talk! They do a good job with Signed Sealed Delivered too. I like their outdoor recording of it too. The accordion blows me away. How often are they used anymore, except in polkas? :)
    Their Bremen original is good too.
    I'm really impressed with these guys and so excited that you introduced me to them.
    And yep, I voted for them too...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. They appreciate your confidence in them.

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  8. I still vote for Simon and Garfunkel.

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    1. Yeah, yeah, I know. I see you finally managed to spell Garfunkel correctly.

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    2. I've never misspelled Garfunkel's name in my life.

      I do keep screwing up "Simon," though... :)

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  9. That Ted video was fascinating!!

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  10. They are an intelligent and talented group, for sure. Interesting to learn about their history. I enjoyed the original song as well as the cover. Thanks, Janie.

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  11. PigPen. I like the name. And I like their sound!

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  12. I've never heard of them before! I love their style, though. I might have to check out more of their music.

    Love,
    Jessica

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