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Mazarine Records


U.S. Publicity:

Jeffrey Smith
Crash Avenue
jeffrey [at] crash-avenue [dot com]


European Publicity:

Peter Holmstedt
peter.holmstedt [at] telia [dot com]
+46 (0)33.26.0210



Dare likes to play any place where people want to hear him—living rooms, stadiums, art galleries, derelict strip malls, glitzy music venues filled with trend-setting starlets, fire-gutted churches with free enchiladas. Write STS Booking, and together we will find a way:

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Dare Dukes

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Prepared Piano (in the Forest)


Suny Lyons “prepares” pianos the old fashioned way: by hurling them into the woods behind his studio, breaking them apart with hammers, then miking the pile.  This in service of building the chaotic ending for the song “Thugs and China Dolls.”

Suny Lyons Prepares a Piano for Dare Dukes' "Thugs and China Dolls"

More photos of Suny’s handiwork after the jump.

Banjo Thug

Suny Lyons tackles the banjo line on “Thugs and China Dolls.”

Suny Lyons tracking banjo on Dare Dukes' "Thugs and China Dolls."

Susan Playing Her Grandma’s Piano

Suny Lyons drove all the way to Savannah to record special things and people–things and people who don’t travel to Athens very well.  Like Susan Falls (my favorite cultural anthropologist and, as it happens, my wife) and her grandma’s piano.

Susan Falls recording piano