Marie Digby Setlist
Meiko's Message from PledgeMusic
I’m excited to let you know I’m working on a new record!
I just moved to Nashville not too long ago, met a really awesome producer named Joshua Grange, and we’re going to start recording new songs!
I wanted to do this PledgeMusic campaign because I’m off of my record label (this will be my first TRULY independent release since 2007!), I’m recording on my own terms, and through PledgeMusic I’m able to let you in on the whole process!
If you participate, you’ll be able to see all of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans in the studio, hear demos of the songs as they’re recorded, download the record before anyone else has it, and there are a bunch of additional incentives and items you can purchase directly through the PledgeMusic page.
The term ‘hapa’, short for ‘hapa haole’, is taken from a Hawaiian Pidgin word that meaning “half foreign”. When applied to people, it means mixed descent, particularly of half or part Asian or Pacific Islander. Both Meiko and Marié are hapas, and as mentioned on stage, have always wanted to do a tour together with that theme in mind.
As of this writing, Sun has not put any of his songs online for streaming (at least we couldn’t find them), but he really wanted to pressed some CDs for the audience... but the timing didn’t quite work out.
A couple of highlights from his set included a New York University commissioned song, “Good Enough”, and his set closer “Working For The Family”, complete with vocal foley trumpets.
The first thing she wanted us to know that she was in love with the Mall of America, having spent the day there. She couldn’t believe we had this amazing thing... and if she lived here, she would go there every day. That may be her Japanese side speaking (the tourist part), but when she’s normally drinking Scotch whisky (although, last Monday she was drinking tea)... that would probably be her Irish side.
Marié Digby’s Setlist
She switched over to the house piano for “Kings and Queens”, a newer song from her Chimera EP from 2014. She said that the song was inspired by her time spent in Manila, Philippines. That song was followed by another new song, “Jet Streams”, which was one of her latest songs (available as a free download last December 2015).
Of course, the Rihanna cover (“Umbrella”) was played midway into her set. She encouraged everyone in the audience to help her sing the song.
She decided to do two piano songs back to back (“What Would I Do” and “Spell”), before going back to guitar for her finale, “Say It Again”, her single that was used in both ER and Smallville in 2008.
We’ve been watching over Meiko since her appearance at Hotel Café Music Festival in 2007. From seeing her a few times (SXSW 2009, 7th Street Entry in 2012, and Loring Pasta Bar in 2014), she had always spoke fondly of her time spent working at the Hotel Café. Last Monday, she told us that she was the café’s fill-in favorite when it came to musicians running late or last-minute cancelations, etc. After one of her unexpected performances, a Hollywood woman approached Meiko to ask for permission to use one of her song on Grey's Anatomy. She said, literally overnight, her song “Reasons to Love You” went from 500 to 5 million plays. She decided to put in her two weeks’ notice and went on tour in September 2007 with Brett Dennen (quickly followed as Mat Kearney’s opener).
As we mentioned in our reaction podcast, she left her major label Concord Music Group, in favor of releasing her next album exclusively on PledgeMusic. The new album was recorded in Nashville (where she’s currently living) with producer Joshua Grange. She previewed two songs from the upcoming album, including “Big City” (about long distance relationships) and working title “I Can't Help It” (about her time spent working at an Indian restaurant). For the latter song, she was asking for fans to submit song title ideas to her, one of her ‘punnier’ song titles that was suggested to her, from a previous show, was “Curry Me Away”, which got a loud laugh.
Before ending her 45-min set with “Boys With Girlfriends”, she wanted to thank local station Cities97. As we previously mentioned, she said that “Boys With Girlfriends” was that song the radio station put on rotation and ultimately built up an audience for Meiko in the Twin Cities. As noted earlier, DJ Min Lee was spotted in the audience (and incidentally instagrammed the show).
Overall, it was a very good billing if you love hearing storytelling folky/pop songs. We think it’s a great idea, but sadly, the Hapa tour will end at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Washington on March 23rd. Local Seattle support will be with singer/songwrite/hapa Jessie Siren.
Meiko at Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (14 March 2016)