"Raum is a great earl, he is seen as a black bird... he stealeth wonder-fullie out of the King's house and carry it whither he is assigned, he destroieth cities and hath great spite unto dignities of men, he knoweth things present, past and to come, and reconcileth friends and foes."
News & Updates
2009 - there is a new RAUM website, which promises to be kept more up-to-date:
Summer 2008 - Our new album "Swidden" is now available!
It can be ordered by credit card from littleblackcart.com or by sending $10 concealed cash to Quiver Distro - PO Box 993, Santa Cruz, CA 95061. Our first cd, "Purse-Seine" is still available from littleblackcart, but we won't be re-pressing them, so when they are gone they are gone.
Sample tracks to download:
Valkyrie Horsewhip Reel (3:13)
California Fetid Adders Tongue (3:34)
Swidden lyrics sheet (pdf)
Q & A
What kind of music is Blackbird RAUM? We have no idea, leave the name of the genre for some hack critic to invent. We're influenced by american string band music of the nineteen twenties, anarcho-punk bands like CRASS and a score of other disparate and incongruous bullshit too numerous to mention.
How we think of ourselves: in the same way that gypsy bands like Taraf de Haidouks feel equally comfortable playing village weddings and large concert halls, we're equally comfortable playing squats, parking lots, and riots as we are playing big folk festivals like Folklife in Seattle. In the same way that your local klezmer band act as emmisaries from their tightly knit jewish community to the world at large, we act as emmisaries from your local tightly knit community of anarchists and squatters to the outside.
for booking, etcetera: adyingearth [at] gmail [dot] com
for non-business correspondence, we prefer real letters! write to us:
RAUM c/o quiver - pob 993 - santa cruz, ca 95061
Links & Friends
Hail Seizures - folk punk like you thought it was going to be when someone described it to you but you hadn't heard it yet.
Abandon Ship - also of Santa Cruz
Madame Flodd - your new soundtrack to shoplifting red wine from Red Apple in the Whiteaker.
Dandelion Junk Queens - drunken anarchist traveling punks (who gave these people an accordion?)
Inkwell Rhythm Makers - ex-crusties that gave up and started playing rag-time, really really well.
The Curse is Cast! - two of us
are were in this band.
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