45. Refugee One

Hey! We’re playing a benefit for a Syrian family
organized by the Welcoming Committee with RefugeeOne
Us with some special guests and then the Columbines, DJ, Raffle Prizes,
Merriment. And all for a great cause.

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44. Happy Birthday, SONGER

Small Awesome is throwing a Birthday Party for their full-length album, SONGER with Milwaukee’s hypnotic Gay Name. The show is ALL-AGES. There will be streamers and balloons and records. There Will Be Cake.

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43. Just the Tip

The fine folk at Just The Tip wrote this nice review of Small Awesome’s new record, SONGER a bit back, and we’re just seeing it now.

There’s a slow and steady hand behind everything Small Awesome does, to go with surprising and clever depth. They shine light from every angle on a sparse, obtuse take on melodic folk music.

Enjoy! Also, buy our record.

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42. Campout

Small Awesome is playing a special dinner show at the PRF Campout
It’s a three-day festival of bands, camping, food, canoeing, archery, etc.
It is ALL AGES. info here: http://prfbbq.com
A thousand thanks to Garth Mason of the Rutabega for organizing this.
Poster by Chris Williams

Photo and illustration of “Clapgate” by John Hastie:

Triptych of “If they’re chewin’, they ain’t booin'” by hench:

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41. Illuminated

Hello there! This has been a bit of a slow cooker but it’s tomorrow,
so you are now blessed with Saturday night plans.

Saturday, September 17th

8:00 – Life on Mercury
8:30 – Small Awesome
9:15 – Gay Name (Dick Rich record release)
10:00 – Columbines

@ Illuminated Brew Works
[415 N Sangamon St, Chicago]
FREE, All Ages, 8:00 sharp

You know the deal, Illuminated Brew Works is one of the loveliest urban outdoor settings to see music. Comfy shoes, maybe a collapsible chair, and enjoy.

Per usual, there is no cover. There will be some brew available, but the details are unclear. Why don’t you bring your own mug and like a sixer or something, plan on keeping the place neat and we’ll all roll from that common point.

Photo by Alexa Chermak

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40. You Wanna Pizza Me?!

Small Awesome recently wrote the title song and some other slices of music
for NYC’s nascent pizza review show, You Wanna Pizza Me?! Enjoy!

Hosted by John Houlihan and Joe Pepe
Directed and Edited by J.A. Schulman
Music by James Call and Small Awesome
Titles by Mr. King

Bonus Slice:

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39. A Monday Night OUT

Happy Independence Day! We haven’t played OUT in a while
lil flyer aug 1

We were busy while we worked OUT the final flourishes on SONGER.
We are coming OUT of hiding on Monday August 1st
This time OUT will be eleven days short of one year since our last show.
We are playing at Township with Hungry Man, OUT, and Petrillo
We go on first at 9:00pm, and you should come OUT

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38. Singing Skull

Happy May Day! We’re on a compilation of comrades called Lake of Fake Live, vol. 1.
Small Awesome is pleased to present Small Awesome Big Band who are pleased to present our song, “Singing Skull”, which is decidedly not live.

It is a studio outtake from our sessions at Caffeinated Recordings recording SONGER
Faiz played guitars and sang, and Jim played bass and drums.
It was recorded and mixed by Matt Engstrom

Lake of Fake Live, vol. 1 contains previously unreleased live and studio material from 15 bands hailing from all over the US including:
Oakland, CA | Chicago, IL | South Bend, IN | St. Louis, MO
Durham, NC | Austin, TX | Kenosha, WI

Music by the Gary, Hungry Man, Kowloon Walled City, the Conformists, Andy Cohen and Light Coma, Dianogah, Mayor for Life, the Cell Phones, Fowlmouth, French Goodbye, Maple Stave, Porch, the Rutabega, Small Awesome Big Band, and My Canadian Girlfriend.

Please enjoy the compilation in full below:

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37. Rats and Creeps and Dudley

Happy Tax Day! It’s our sixth birthday as a live band.
SA n Dudley
Fittingly, Small Awesome is featured performing our third single from SONGER,
“Rats and Creeps” live on the premiere episode of The Dudley Digest.
This show has been a long time coming from viral video vaudevillian Mr. King and his pal Dudley, and we’re gripped to be a part of whatever these two have cooking. Our friends from South Bend, the Rutabega provided the excellent theme song.

It’s……..weird. Enjoy!

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SONGER is the objectively good new album by Small Awesome
SONGER is the second album by the duo of Faiz Razi and Jim MacGregor who are extant under the name Small Awesome
SONGER is built on musical conceits established on Small Awesome’s divided debut album, Still Awesome, released as a set of twinned EPs, Awesome and Still
SONGER is ten compositions arranged in a dramatic musical arc full of pastoral pleasures and unexpected turns
SONGER is performed almost exclusively with stringed instruments and voice, save for a single hi-hat and some saxophones
SONGER is full of winding arrangements, romantic musical figures, and deliberately pretty minimalism that still land somewhere opposite of folk
SONGER is the result of three years of careful recording and mixing with their right-hand man, Matt Engstrom and their man, Mouse
SONGER is preceded by the release of the animated “Breech Born” lyric video with accompanying sheet music

SONGER is also preceded by the first radio single, “Sold You Out”

SONGER is out on March 26th, 2016. Available on vinyl and digital download on Sick Room Records

“Rats and Creeps” is the third single from SONGER:

Most of this is not a joke. See you ’round the ecosphere!

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