Fun Times with Head Like A Kite

Head Like A Kite

The Crocodile, Seattle
November 21, 2009

Head Like A Kite – Barbara and Zera

Sunset Tavern, Seattle
October 12, 2009

Photos by:
Louise Wall

Head Like A Kite plays the EMP Stage at Bumbershoot –  Barbara Trentalange, Graig Markel and Zera

September 2009

Below:  Behind the scenes of Head Like A Kite’s “She’s Wearing That Costume” video

January 10, 2010

Photos by: Amelia Gyde

Busy, busy, busy…bought a house, building a new recording studio, creating a new website. 2009 was filled with new adventures, new loss, new found friends, new struggles, new sadness and new beginnings. I hope 2010 brings as much adventure, less sadness, and much creativity.

The Recovery Room Studio is growing! Check out the progress and transformation of our late-landlords wood shop into a beautiful, new recording studio.

Recovery Room Studio – formerly housed in the half-basement of the rental Graig and I occupied for the last 10 years. We were able to purchase the property from our late-landlords estate. We gained access to the out-building on the property which we’d never been able to use. We are in the process of renovating and are very excited about this new space! Check out the photo gallery below.

Reverb Festival Photos

The Seattle Weekly Reverb Festival turned out to be a lot of fun. Admittedly I was a nervous, sad wreck because we had gotten some horrible news the day before the show. Luckily the sold-out-crowd at Conor Byrne was very attentive and appreciative. Thanks to all who made it a very special and cathartic evening!

Thanks to the person that gave me the Mike McGinn For Mayor sticker (on my leg) – it was nice to meet Mr. McGinn after the show and I hope he wins!

Seattle Weekly REVERB Festival

I am excited to be performing at this years Seattle Weekly Reverb Music Festival on Saturday, October 3rd. One evening, ten venues in Ballard with over 60 bands including: Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, The Maldives, Fences, Brent Amaker & The Rodeo, Star Anna, Barton Carroll, Rusty Willoughby, Visqueen, and more!

Also, to add some political excitement to this rock n’ roll filled evening: the two men running for Seattle Mayor, Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan, will be appearing at Conor Byrne at 8:30 p.m. to verbally berate each other and (hopefully) enlighten us all as to what they actually plan on doing about our city’s myriad of problems. This debate will be moderated by John Roderick of The Long Winters.

My band and I will follow the Mayoral face-off. We play the Conor Byrne stage at 9:30 p.m.

Conor Byrne
5140 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle WA 98107

The line-up for the Conor Byrne stage:

7:30 Kaylee Cole
8:30 Mayoral Debate
9:30 Zera Marvel
10:30 Barton Carroll
11:30 Star Anna

For the complete schedule and ticket information visit

The last month of summer felt like fall. Everything but the leaves were changing.

I had never heard of Larry Knechtel until recently. A friend mentioned his name and suggested we get him to come over to record piano on some songs. I looked him up on the internet and was surprised I had never heard his name before. He was a Grammy award-winning musician with an extraordinary musical history. I didn’t know what to expect when he pulled up to our house to record in our modest, home-recording studio.

In the sixties, he was one of the top session men in Hollywood. He was a member of the Wrecking Crew, one of the most successful groups of highly versatile studio musicians in music history. He recorded with Elvis,The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, The Doors, The Byrds…and here he was coming to our basement. I was embarrassed to play my simple, little songs for him.

I had nothing to fear. He was the kindest man. Full of rock and roll stories that he enjoyed to tell because he knew we cared…not because he needed to boast. We hung on his every word. It’s not everyday that you come across someone who’s recorded with Elvis Presley AND Elvis Costello. His stories were humble and sincere.

Zera Marvel & Larry Knechtel

One of the things that touched me most during his two visits was the way he spoke of his family. His eyes would light up when he spoke of his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. With all the things he’d seen, all the places he’d traveled, it was obvious what was most important to him.

I am absolutely honored that I had the chance to have Larry record on two of my new songs. On August 20th, 2009, at the age of 69, Larry Knechtel died suddenly from undiagnosed congestive heart failure. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. I will never forget his quiet, sincere nature.

Visit the sites below to learn more about this talented, true musician:

Official Website of Larry Knechtel


NY Times

Listen to a rough mix of “Death Wish” – a new, unreleased song that Larry Knechtel recorded piano on.

Head Like A Kite Show Review

Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM

(All flicks by James Bailey.)

Due to prior commitments, I missed a show I was very interested in last Friday: Head Like A Kite, Dyme Def, and Mad Rad at the Croc. A great and non-contrived mixed bill- my favorite; i’m seeing a lot of cross-genre appreciation going on these days, but it can often happen in a really hackneyed way. I hadn’t seen anybody post about the show, so I thought I should give it a whirl, since I was totally there in spirit. Over the weeked I tried to get a coherent account- and all reports indicated something epic.

Members of Head Like a Kite(one of which is Stranger contributor Trent Moorman), Mad Rad, Dyme Def, The Saturday Knights, Animals at Night, Crooked Fingers, and Zera Marvel were onstage at the same time. HLAK played a cover of Neil Young’s “Ohio”. Mad Rad’s P-Smoov played keys and rapped through his vocoder. There was a panda head, and at least one mannequin head onstage. Someone apparently fell offstage and broke their arm.

Kerri Harrop‘s account says it all:

“Friday night was the first time Mad Rad has played the Croc, and also the first time I have seen them perform. They absolutely won my heart. I get what the hype has been all about, and it is much deserved. That finale was mind blowing — HLAK pounding it out, with Dyme Def keeping the flow going, and Mad Rad all over the stage like a party you never want to stop. Plus, Tilson! And Zera Marvel, Graig Markel, et all. Seattle is doing huge things right now, and that is not just idle talk.

“The crossover between rock and hip hop is nothing new, but the way it is being played out on stages around town right now is exactly how it should be done. I’m not talking some wack ass Limp Bizkit kind of shit, nor am I even conjuring the beautiful groundbreaking glory of RUN-DMC with Aerosmith as a comparison. I am talking about an organic melding of musical genres, each steadily blowing up within the same city, and coming together to form a more perfect union.

“It is a poetic thing, and I hope fools recognize the importance of what is going on culturally in this city. you saw it at the Funhouse on Thursday, the Croc on Friday, and all over the 206 on any given night.”

You know that show was a major one when Mad Rad wins over the head of security, which is exactly what they did Friday night. Well done to all, and thanks for making good times happen at the Croc.”

Sounds like a beautiful thing, and the product of genuine fun and excitement- not mere PR. Man, I’ve seen PR try to create that sort of excitement here before, and it’s just not the same. Well done, people.

Read the article HERE.

Photos from The High Dive Show

Thanks to all who made it out to the show!

After our set at the High Dive Graig and I ran over to the Crocodile and jumped onstage with Head Like A Kite.  A fun-filled night of music!