Soul singer sought, Tin Men lose heart, while French instrumentalists implement invasion

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Frenchy and the Punk doing what they do best!
Frenchy and the Punk doing what they do best!

Things are continually moving in the world of music and this week is no exception.  Reports from various directions including soul singer Anita Baker, the Steam Powered Giraffe, and French favorite bands Frenchy and the Punk from New York and Victor Sierra in Paris.

In Detroit a warrant was issued for soul music’s Anita Baker for shirking a bill on her home and then ignoring a court order.  Ray Smith Painting and Decorating has a claim against her for over $15,000.  She failed to appear before the judge and so a bench warrant was issued on the dispute that a prior order had been in place for her to pay $15,351.41 back in April, 2011.  Jokes about whether or not she is giving the best that she’s got aside, the hopes and prayers of many fans are with her for a swift resolution to her current crisis.

Is the Steam Powered Giraffe is losing the heart and soul of the band?
Is the Steam Powered Giraffe is losing the heart and soul of the band?

Word has come down from San Diego that a fan favorite, Michael Phillip Reed has announced he is stepping down from the band Steam Powered Giraffe and is out on his own.  Mr. Reed is know as the One Man Band for his diverse talents in music instruments as well as for his standing out among the group by being able to blend into the background.  While other members of the band wear metallic makeup and perform as Steam Powered Robots, Mr. Reed is a quiet, plainly dressed, smiling, music machine in man form.  He is known for his sweet, humble nature, and quiet enthusiasm.

Michael Phillip Reed is stepping out on his own but fan's hearts go with him
Michael Phillip Reed is stepping out on his own but fan’s hearts go with him

He is often seen on the fringes of things such as when he was leaning behind the pillar to hide from the audience while obviously geeking over the Abney Park performance at Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium in January.  Best wishes to Mr. Reed and hopes that the Tin Men don’t lose heart.

Word of a potential French Invasion with Victor Sierra from Paris campaigning to come to the Steampunk World’s Fair this May.  This awesome, steampunk band needs your help to catch an airship to the states and become part of the experience at the Steampunk World’s Fair.

Frenchy and the punk with Corena Gibson and Lesley Scott at HRM Steampunk Symposium
Frenchy and the punk with Corena Gibson and Lesley Scott at HRM Steampunk Symposium

Another great group, Frenchy and The Punk have a kickstarter to produce the follow up CD for their hit, “Hey Hey Cabaret!”  With five days to go their campaign is over the top and going for more.  If you don’t have it already, check out “Hey Hey Cabaret” and kick in on their kickstarter.

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2 Responses to Soul singer sought, Tin Men lose heart, while French instrumentalists implement invasion

  1. Those “Tin Men” had heart long before the admittedly sweet and talented Michael Reed was on the scene and will continue to do so! :) The bots themselves have a VERY long history of reaching out to fans and writing heart warming and moving music, all by themselves. Have faith in Sam Luke and the Bennett twins to keep bringing more of the same! Michael was not the heart of the band, far from it, but he was wonderful with them and will be out there doing his thing!

  2. Thanks! I am really not worried about them, but Michael was the one that really reached out to me and kept me going back to their shows as he would see me and stop and chat with me or send me an email, etc. When I had only met them once and I hadn’t seen them in about 8 months, Michael recognized me right off, greeted me warmly, and then asked to get a picture with me as if I were the one worth being in a picture with as opposed to him. I found him very endearing and I will miss that. The rest of the band put on a great show but Michael made me feel like I was visiting a friend rather than going to a concert. They are a great group, no doubt, but Michael was the one that really pulled me in and made me feel welcome. He is also the one that I saw interacting with other bands and really appreciating the great musicians that they have the opportunity to perform with. I hope you weren’t offended by my commentary. Losing heart could be interpretted that he was the heart of the band and they have no heart without him but it could also be interpretted as to become discouraged. Michael announced he would no longer be with the band and I thought that might be discouraging for some of the members of the band who might be sad to see him go. Anyhow, I do wish them all well.