On the Song “Standing Stones”

The long-awaited studio album Standing Stones has arrived, thanks to massive fan support from Kickstarter.  Find it on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and wherever you enjoy music.

I wrote “Standing Stones” about the human need to scratch our symbols on the world.

When I was in school, I covered all my textbooks in brown paper bags and duct tape so I’d have a blank canvas for scribbling. Song lyrics in every corner, notes in every direction, doodles dividing and transecting every word.

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2016 New Releases

 Latest Originals and Cover Songs

Two-albumsFan favorites like “The Liberal Arts Degree Waltz,” “Space Weird Thing” with Molly Lewis, and “The Elements, Expanded” by Mike Selinker are now available on the collection Fun Singles in Your Area.

A bevy of new cover songs are loosed upon the world with Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. II, including fan-requested covers of They Might Be Giants, the Muppets, Monty Python, Schoolhouse Rock, and Joni Mitchell, among many others.  An intimate jazz combo setting of “Pure Imagination” joined the cover song lineup in December 2017.

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SDCC 2016 Highlights

Highlights from San Diego Comic-Con

Marian shares:  Comic-Con was wild and wonderful again this year – and beyond all the hype, it’s still brimming with the energy of artists and creative minds all there to play.  This year I got to present my own variety show with all the things I like in it:  songs by Seth Boyer, comedy by Joseph Scrimshaw, staged radio drama by Josh A. Cagan & Kayla Cagan, unintentionally hilarious history by David Malki, tragic fiction and hilarious space harmony jingles with Nicole Dieker.  To top it all off we had an interview with two of my favorite Martians, Kim Maxwell and Scott Maxwell, who have sent a little robot to a faraway planet for adventures.

For me the cherry on top was appearing as a guest at w00tstock 8.0, a night of fun and cleverness and madness.  I love w00tstock because I never know whether I’ll wind up singing the Elements with Mike Selinker – or “Shake it Off” with Wil Wheaton – or sea shanties with Paul and Storm – or jazz standards accompanied on sousaphone by David Silverman.

But I’m up for anything. And Comic-Con always stretches what I mean when I say ‘anything.’

Space Time 2016!

S P A C E T I M E !

The incomparable variety show SPACE TIME! returns to San Diego this July.  Tickets available now!

Poster design by Len PeraltaSongwriter Marian Call hosts her 6th annual showcase of science and art in San Diego during SDCC. This year’s guests include:

Come ready to sing and learn and laugh with friends old and new.

$12 online tickets are available until 5PM PST on the evening of the event. If the show has not reached full capacity, the remaining tickets will be available at the door for $15.  Seating for food and drinks begins at 6:30pm ($10 minimum per person).  Learn more about the venue at http://98bottlessd.com/.

No SDCC pass is required, and locals encouraged to attend!  The event is in Little Italy, away from most traffic and parking woes associated with the con.  Easy public transit available via light rail (use the Middletown or Little Italy stops) and by bus (take the 83, 280, or 290).

Get tickets in advance, in the past this show has sold out!

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Summer Shows in Texas

Tap Root in RedTexas & Tacos

Marian Call returns this summer to Austin, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth area, touring with guitarist and songwriter Seth Boyer:

  • House Concert in Round Rock (near Austin) // June 24th, 8pm, BYOB
  • House Concert in Houston // June 25th, 8pm, BYOB
  • Roll2Play Games in Coppell, TX (DFW) // June 26th, 3pm, BYOB

More details and RSVP info here!

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Juneau Concerts with Seth & Molly

Marian Molly Seth 3-up…with a little help from my friends

I’m playing a few shows in Juneau, AK with my friends Molly Lewis and Seth Boyer.  And one of them will be streaming live online – so join us from anywhere in the world! 

  • Thursday April 21 – Tiny Post Office Concert at Kindred Post, 7pm
  • Friday April 22Alaska Robotics Mini-Con Kickoff at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, 6pm, free
  • Saturday April 23 – ***Online Concert at ConcertWindow.com,*** RSVP and tune in from everywhere!  Noon in Alaska, 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT, 9pm GMT, 10pm CET.
  • Saturday April 23 – Mini-Con Ukulele Jam & Mini-Concert at the JACC Gallery, featuring FySH with an opening set. Uke jam at 3pm, Concert 3:45pm.

The Great 2016 UK Mixtape

Hello, friends on the British Isles —

I am on a fantastic spring tour, currently enjoying green fields full of sheep on a bumpy train. I’ll be playing Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, London, and Cambridge this week.

I brought tons of CD’s from across the ocean for you, they were so very heavy getting on and off of trains, but they have nearly all been bought over on the continent!!!  And I’d hate to have you miss out on a signed CD from far far away…

SO I MADE YOU A MIXTAPE

OF MY SONGS

FOR YOUUUU

I have been making mixtapes for my friends since I could illegally record songs off the radio as a kid.  And this mixtape is not even illegal because it’s all songs I wrote & own and stuff!  If you pick up the UK Mixtape at a show, here is the track list and links to credits:

  1. “Whistle While You Wait” from Something Fierce, guitars by Scott Barkan and Jordan Shindle, cello by Ellen Kilcup
  2. “Elementary” from Sketchbook, guitar by Seth Boyer
  3. “Dear Mister Darcy” from Something Fierce, lengthy credits at the album link
  4. “Paper and Pen” from Sketchbook, guitar by Seth Boyer
  5. “Good Morning Moon” from Something Fierce, lengthy credits at the album link
  6. “I’ll Still Be a Geek After Nobody Thinks It’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem)” from Live in Europe, Scott Barkan on guitar
  7. “The Liberal Arts Degree Waltz” from Fun Singles in Your Area, Paul Pew on piano
  8. “I Hope My Discipline Improves in Time” from Sketchbook, guitar by Scott Barkan
  9. “Dark Dark Eyes” from Live in Europe, Scott Barkan on guitar
  10. “The Avocado Song” from Something Fierce, guitar by Scott Barkan, harmonica by David George Gordon
  11. “Temporal Dominoes” from Something Fierce, lengthy credits at the album link
  12. “Hope” from Sketchbook, guitar by Seth Boyer

You can hear lots more music, including the albums that contain these songs, at the best little indie music website in the world Bandcamp.com. I’m at http://mariancall.bandcamp.com.  You can find Scott Barkan’s original music at https://scottbarkan.bandcamp.com.

Enjoy this mixtape and feel free to rip it, burn it, spread it around — and if you like it, tip us, get on the mailing list, or buy another album!

Join me for shows on the Internetz!

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Click the image for the real countdown.  If you can’t make a show in person, join me online for two special shows coming up!

Sunday March 20th, broadcasting live from the Netherlands
Join me and Scott Barkan for a brunch concert! It will be 21:00 in the Netherlands, midday in the states. Check the time in your area by RSVP-ing (don’t forget daylight savings, happening for some countries but not others).  Join us for a cup of tea and raise glasses around the world!  This show is free, tips appreciated, anyone can watch — RSVP to see the time near you and get a reminder.

Saturday April 23rd, broadcasting from the Alaska Robotics Minicon with Molly Lewis!
Molly Lewis, Seth Boyer and I will put on my the nerdiest webcast yet from the secret upstairs recording studio over the Alaska Robotics Minicon!  We will have some terribly famous special guests drop in to say hello, and we will do all sorts of out-of-the-ordinary material. Don’t miss it. Cost is $1 minimum, sorry, we want to be sure there are no ads. RSVP to track the time near you.

Sign up for either concert (or both!) at https://www.concertwindow.com/mariancall to get a reminder of the show date.  Just scroll down to the concert list that looks like this:

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Crossing the Ocean for You

MC-EU-Tour-2016

EUROPE AND THE UK – March / April 2016

Hello my dear Adventure Questing companions!  I’m crossing the sea to play concerts for my friends abroad!  Spring tour dates:

March 6 NEW YORK – The Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A. 7pm, $10-15 artist donation
March 17 AMSTERDAM – ‘Skek, 21:00, free/€10-15 donation
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