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Plantastic Voyage Hits Number One!

Holy Cow! We have just learned that Plantastic Voyage is the Number One album at WDCV in Carlisle, PA! Thank you, Carlisle!

It is also currently # 9 at KMUD in Redway, CA.

We still have lots more stations to hear from ... but we are already very grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Plantastic Voyage is on the Airwaves

Plantastic Voyage has now been sent to college and noncommercial radio stations across the USA. We promise to post any noteworthy radio developments on this very page!

For starters -- Here are some stations where Plantastic Voyage has already charted!

WDCV (Carlisle, PA): #1

KMUD (Redway, CA): #9

KMNR (Rolla, MO): #12

WESS FM (East Stroudsburg, PA): #15

Thank you, kindly DJs! We are very grateful Eggplants!

Tour Update: Eggplants in Oxford

The Oxford mystery gig is revealed! Friday, September 1st at 8 pm at the White Hart Wolvercote.

UK Tour Update

Kenny Young and the Eggplants are hurriedly hurtling through time and space and will be arriving in the UK startlingly soon!
 
The Eggplants will be armed with copies of their new album Plantastic Voyage (featuring songs for TV and film from a parallel universe) and with fashionable new tour t-shirts (while supplies last).
 
It has been quite a while since the band's last extended UK tour. Eddie, Gil, and Kenny (not to mention Earl the Squirrel and Lushy the Grouse) will be truly overjoyed to see you if you can make it to any of the shows along the way.
 
Here are all the action-packed details for the UK Plantastic Voyage Tour:
 
EDINBURGH
Two shows only! Sat. 26 Aug/Sun. 27 Aug at 8:30 pm 
Acoustic Music Centre @ UCC (venue 138), 14 Royal Terrace
Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets http://bpt.me/2936130  
Fringe Box Office www.edfringe.com
 
GREATER MANCHESTER
Wed. 30 Aug at 8:00 pm
The Met, Market Street, Bury
 
CHESTER
Thurs. 31 Aug -- estimated starting time of 9:30 pm
Telford's Warehouse
 
OXFORD
Fri. 1 Sept    Mystery gig!
Details for this show are still unconfirmed, so please continue to check this website and the band's facebook page.
 
BUNKFEST (WALLINGFORD)
Sat. 2 Sept at 2:45 pm in the afternoon
The Main Stage -- immediately followed by the amazing Honkin' Hep Cats 
 
BBC 6 MUSIC
Sat. 2 Sept at 9 pm
The Eggplants visit the Tom Robinson Show!
 
LONDON
Sun. 3 Sept at 7:30 pm
Omnibus Theatre, Clapham 
Double-bill with the exceptionally talented Rebecca Hollweg
Tickets at
 
That is it for now! Any crucial new tour developments will be posted on this website and on the band's facebook page.
 
Hope to see you ... extremely imminently!

NEW ALBUM! UK TOUR! PLANTASTIC VOYAGE!

Despite all logic and good sense, Kenny Young and the Eggplants have recorded a new album, entitled Plantastic Voyage, on Cheese Thing Records.

The album features songs for TV and film from a parallel universe. The concept behind the album is explained in slightly more detail in the "More Fun Stuff" section of the band's website.

To celebrate the release of the album, the Eggplants will play a couple of special shows in New York City before embarking on a UK tour in late August. The tour will include stops in Edinburgh, Manchester, Chester, Oxford and London, and a performance at BunkFest in Wallingford. More details will be posted on the website as the dates grow nearer.

Two songs from the album have already been played on The Tom Robinson Show on BBC 6 Music: "Monster Hit Record" and "The Check Has Arrived." Tom called the Eggplants "the most brilliant, left-field Brooklyn band you have never heard of."

Eggplants Will Depart Intergalactic Conflict to Perform in Edinburgh

Kenny Young and the Eggplants
are currently in the
Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy,
where they are valiantly combating
the frighteningly fatuous space armada
from the planet
Trumpalump Magalomanius 3.
 
 
In August, the Eggplants will briefly remove themselves
from intergalactic hostilities
so that they can passionately perform
for the good people of Edinburgh
and other friendly patrons of the Fringe.
 
The shows will take place at the
Acoustic Music Centre @ St. Bride's
on four epic evenings:
 
Thursday, August 25th at 7 pm;
Fri/Sat/Sun August 26th-28th at 8:30 pm.
 
Tickets are available NOW
(please note the capital letters)
 
According to Earl the Squirrel,
you can significantly reduce the anxieties
of the kindly intergalactic promoter
by purchasing tickets in advance.
 
Eddie & Gil & Kenny
(and Lushy the Grouse
and all the other characters
who travel with the Eggplants)
send their love
and hope to see you in August!

Eggplants in Edinburgh (2015) - Part 2

Kenny Young and the Eggplants
are nearly ready to board the
aubergine-shaped
time-and-space craft
that will transport them to
the Acoustic Music Centre
@ St. Bride's
for four epic shows:
 
Thursday, August 27th at 7 pm;
Fri/Sat/Sun August 28th-30th at 8:30 pm.
 
Tickets are (possibly) still available
or via the venue website:
 
Eddie & Gil & Kenny
are truly looking forward
to seeing some friendly earthlings
(especially after their
unfortunate recent experience
on the planet Trumpalump Bombast 6).
 

The Sartorial Splendor of Eggplants

The Eggplants are proud to report the following:
It was 
Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt to Work Day
at the BBC,
and legendary songwriter and radio host
Tom Robinson
displayed his favourite:
 
 http://www.scoopnest.com/user/BBC6Music/536587275396980736
He then proceeded to play "Space Frog":
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04prb2v
It was fortunate indeed that Tom's shirt was not destroyed by a
malevolent washing machine.
We thank Tom profusely for being an unwavering champion of the Eggplants!
 

Eggplants in Edinburgh (2015)

Let blare the flugelhorns!
Kenny Young and the Eggplants
are returning to Edinburgh!
 
FOUR stupendous shows:
August 27th at 7 pm
August 28th-30th (inclusive) at 8:30 pm
 
These intergalactic events will transpire
at the Acoustic Music Centre @ St. Bride's.
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
 
Earl the Squirrel,
Lushy the Grouse,
Dr. Drosophila,
and, of course,
Eddie and Gil and Kenny
are currently careening
through the cosmos,
and they are very much
looking forward to seeing you
in August.
 
Cheers and other outstanding wishes
from Eggplants Central
 
* Website not available in the Andromeda galaxy.
** Website not available in the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
*** Website not available in Wolverhampton.
**** Facebook is, of course, available in all galaxies.
Not to be judgmental,
but a lot of precious time is being wasted
in the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical galaxy.

Eggplants Return to Edinburgh -- Part Two!

Profuse thanks to Tenement TV for recommending our shows in Edinburgh:

www.tenementtv.com/news/edinburgh-fringe-preview/ 

Here is what they said:

"Every year a host of top musicians and acts descend upon Edinburgh as part of the annual Fringe Festival. With so many artists of all genres and styles to choose from it can sometimes be an overwhelming challenge to skim through and find the ones you like. Luckily, we have taken that challenge on so you don’t have to, and picked out some of the acts we are most looking forward to.

"Kenny Young and the Eggplants have a sound as weird as the name suggests, actually perhaps even weirder. The trio come from Brooklyn, but are no strangers to Scotland having won a Herald Angel at a previous Fringe Festival outing. They have also won themselves a famous Scottish fan in the shape of author Alexander McCall Smith who said 'The Amazing Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a very well kept secret. But now the time has come for everybody to know the Eggplants are the most amusing, wonderful, whacky band in this or any other town.' Their songs include topic matters such as giant squirrels and malevolent washing-machines, so expect a show not entirely rooted on the serious side of reality."

Eggplants Return to Edinburgh!

In a parallel universe
Kenny Young and the Eggplants
write music for popular television shows.
 
Some songs from that universe
(and a bunch from this universe)
will be featured
when the Eggplants perform in Edinburgh
for FOUR EPIC NIGHTS:
AUGUST 21-24 (inclusive)
at the Acoustic Music Centre @ St. Bride's.
 
As usual, the show will change significantly
every night, and the band will make
moderately-Herculean efforts
 to accommodate song requests.
(This process will undoubtedly go smoother
if you request songs the Eggplants actually
know how to play).
 
Tickets are ON SALE NOW
and also for some reason at
 
PLEASE NOTE that the show
on Thursday the 21st (aka opening night)
will commence at 7 PM;
but the other three shows (August 22nd,23rd,24th)
will commence at 8:30 PM.
This was clearly arranged for the sole purpose
of confusing both the public and the Eggplants.
 
If you have any questions
(e.g., What preceded the big bang?
Why don't sloths show more enthusiasm?),
please email Eggplants Central.
 
For venue-related information,
 
Eddie and Gil and Kenny
(and Lushy the Grouse, Earl the Squirrel,
and the Cheese-Thing)
send much love
and are truly looking forward
to seeing you.

Eggplants Holiday Message

Kenny Young and the Eggplants
wish to express their prodigious gratitude
to all the charming and highly-intelligent earthlings
who came to see them perform in 2013.
 
The Eggplants will resume their astounding adventures on
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th at 8 PM
at the SIDEWALK CAFE in NYC.
 
In the meantime, the 'Plants hope you will
enjoy their traditional holiday poster,
pasted below for your extreme viewing pleasure.
 
Best holiday wishes
and much love
from Eggplants Central

Eggplants in Edinburgh - Part Two

The Edinburgh shows were amazing -- just nonstop fun for the Eggplants. Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who were part of it.

The review below is taken from a lengthy piece written by DJ/author/blogger Colin Bertram.

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show

(on Acoustic Spectrum and Diversity FM)

Kenny Young and the Eggplants gig review

by Colin Bertram
 
Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh
 25 August 2013

It is almost 15 years to the day since I last saw Kenny Young and the Eggplants play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On that occasion they were appearing at The Famous Spiegeltent which was situated on top of the Waverley shopping centre at the east end of Princes Street. I had seen them once before at a venue near the university which I seem to remember was a late night affair with a fairly small number of people in the audience. The Spiegeltent gig, however, was earlier in the day and they attracted a good crowd. At the end of that show Kenny stood by the exit to thank us all individually for coming and we were each offered a free Eggplants badge. But that’s the kind of band they are – they care about their fans.

Fast forward to August 2013 and the guys are booked to play four nights at the Acoustic Music Centre at St Brides....
As I only have a copy of their Toxic Swamp & Other Love Songs album, most of the set is new to me though I do vaguely recognise their song about a mutant cheese monster living in some guy’s flat which meets a sticky end courtesy of a giant mouse. Gil provides suitably alarming vocal effects as the creature meets its demise at the end of the song. So the highlights for me are the songs I already know including their stadium rock number ‘Earl the Squirrel’ and their paean to fast food, ‘The Kebab Shop’. “We’ll rest in the shade of the kebab tree.” That lyric says a lot about the band. It may be plain weird but, hec, it appeals to this reviewer’s sense of humour.

Other lyrics that stick in my head include suitably zany Eggplants fare such as a scientist working on a gnome genome project, an alcoholic grouse (Kenny mentions the grouse on a large poster at Edinburgh airport which they saw on arrival) and ghosts and werewolves being scared away by a morose singer songwriter who moves in next door.

Throughout the hour-long set Kenny is a calm friendly presence front of stage (reminding me of Emo Phillips when he pushes his hand through his hair between songs), Eddie moves between his electronic drum kit and a seat at the front to play various percussion instruments and Gil lurks around the stage playing some neat bass lines and singing, shouting and interjecting the occasional primal scream which is what we have come to expect from this slightly deranged looking individual. But I mean that in a nice way. He is the band’s loose cannon but an essential part of their stage show. Members of the audience are in howls of laughter at some of his shenanigans and as I leave at the end of the night I wonder if he was related to Spike Milligan....

As the gig reaches the 60 minute mark, we are asked if there is anything we want to hear and someone on the front row shouts out ‘Uncontrollable Urge’, a Devo cover which they recorded on their Even One Is Quite a Few album. I suspect this was one which they were half expecting so we get a spirited version with Gil and Eddie shouting, “He’s got an uncontrollable urge” with Gil pointing his thumb over his shoulder at Kenny, the sweat dripping off his face onto the floor. This brings proceedings to a close with Kenny encouraging people to sign up to their mailing list, buy the inevitable cds and t-shirts and come up and say hello as, he said, they get lonely up on stage.

So thank you Kenny, Eddie and Gil for transporting us to your world for an all-too-short but wonderfully entertaining hour. Hopefully I won’t have to wait another 15 years before I see you guys again.

Safe homeward trip to New York City.

We're an American Band

We're an American Band!  Our Edinburgh Fringe shows were just recommended in the current issue of a magazine called The American.  They even ran a lovely photo.

It is a magazine for Americans in the UK. We can be spotted on page 16. 

If you would like to see it, we think you can see the PDF version at this link:

or you can go through their main address ... www. www.theamerican.co.uk ... and click on "read the current issue."

Needless to say, we are enjoying the excuse to quote Grand Funk Railroad!

Eggplants in Edinburgh!

The Pageantry!
The Spectacles!*
  
Kenny Young and the Eggplants
(finally) return to
Edinburgh, Scotland
4 BIG SHOWS!
August 22-25 (inclusive)
Acoustic Music Centre @ St. Bride's
  
Tickets on sale ... now!
Wait, no ... now!
  
Every show will be different!
Over the course of four evenings,
the Eggplants will valiantly strive to perform
 as much of their ever-growing songbook
 as time (and faulty memory banks) permit.
  
PLEASE NOTE THE VARYING SHOW TIMES!
Just to be confusing,
the show on August 22 will commence at 7 PM;
all other shows (August 23,24,25)
will commence at 8:30 PM.
  
Tickets are available NOW from
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe box office ... www.edfringe.com
and apparently on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/edfringe)
   and via iPhone or Android phone
If you are using an android's phone,
please be a nice human
and give it back.
 
See you in August!
Cheers and best wishes from Eggplants Central
  
* Kenny has new glasses.

The Squirrel of Summer

 

Profuse thanks to DJ Michael Davidson, host of Comedy 101 Radio, for his blog proclaiming that "Earl the Squirrel" is his favorite summer song.  He even embedded a vintage video clip of the Eggplants performing the tune live.  You can find the blog and video at www.comedy101radio.com ...

The Eggplants are grateful for the kind words and generous airplay.  We also love that Michael associates the song with summer.  After all, if the Brooklyn Dodgers were the Boys of Summer, why shouldn't Earl be the Squirrel of Summer?

Rocking the Poundland!

Several people have written to the Eggplants to let us know that "Come Back Patti" can frequently be heard in the Poundland and Dealz retail shops in the U.K.  We have received such reports from Oxford and Birmingham ... and even Stromness (Orkney).

So we apparently have a hit on the prestigious U.K. Discount Retail Charts!

We are very pleased, of course ... but we kind of wish they had selected "Rambo Goes Shopping."

"Attack of the Maniac Librarian" Video Game

 

The clever lad who created the "Attack of the Maniac Librarian" video game (based on the song by the Eggplants) has posted a new version of the game with additional graphics and other improved features.  It looks great!  You can find the game on this very web site ... Just surf on over to the page entitled "Video Game" and you can begin to play!

 

Avoid the axes of evil ...

and three cheers for Brinjal (the game designer)!

Season's Greetings from Eggplantis

BMI Pays a Visit to Creepy Lake

 

We are very pleased to report that "The House at Creepy Lake" has just received a special "shout out" from BMI (a monstrously large organization that represents songwriters and music publishers). BMI holds a monthly song competition, and "The House at Creepy Lake" captured the attention of the judges in October.

The BMI Moderator wrote: "With a line like 'A lifetime in New York had taught me to be open-minded,' you really can’t go wrong."

In a separate website posting, another BMI representative said: "Ha ha, how festive! And catchy! Lyrics put a smile on my face."

Thank you, kindly persons at BMI ... We greatly appreciate the praise!

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