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website of Robin Schmidt - musician, guitarist, composer, teacher
September 2013: New Ikebe Shakedown album is mastered!
August 2013: Ikebe Shakedown with label-mates the Monophonics at Brooklyn Bowl on 8/16.
July 2013: Ikebe Shakedown at the Bard Spiegeltent on July 25! It's been quite some time since the 3 Bard alumns in the band last played up there.
May 2013: Mixing the new Ikebe Shakedown album with Jim Bertini at Galaxy Smith Studio. This is sounding great, if I may say so myself!
February 2013: Ikebe Shakedown has a bunch of tour dates in Feb and March throughout the Northeast US and Canada. Should be a good run!
January 2013: Recording the new Ikebe Shakedown album at Daptone Studios!
December 2012: Finalizing a new batch of hard-hitting tunes for the new Ikebe Shakedown album, and starting to plan a release tour for early spring!
September 2012: Working on tunes for the new album with Ikebe Shakedown
June 2012: Ikebe Shakedown spring tour was awesome! Thanks to all!
March 2012: It's happening - Ikebe Shakedown spring tour: www.ikebeshakedown.com. Check it out!
October 2011: Announcing Ikebe Shakedown opening for Orgone at Sullivan Hall November 3rd! Orgone is one of my favorite bands. We also recorded most of our album at their studio, and we are both on Ubiquity Records. Come enjoy a night of raw funk, cinematic soul, gritty disco, and powerful afrobeat.
August 2011: MINI Coupe commercial is out, featuring music by Ikebe Shakedown!
Check it out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=il4SLZ2kPvg
June 2011: June is a busy month for Ikebe Shakedown - numerous shows and of course the release of the new album!! Available through Ubiquity Records on CD, vinyl, and digital download at:
https://www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/products/IKEBE-SHAKEDOWN-%252d-S%7B47%7DT.html, at your favorite online music stores, or at one of our shows.
April 2011 (2): The Josh Tyler Band EP Next To You is now out! Download it for FREE on soundcloud at: soundcloud.com/joshtyler/sets/next-to-you. We recorded the first 4 tracks of the EP almost entirely in my kitchen on a 4-track cassette machine. Transferred to digital and expertly mixed by our friend Carl Mateo, whose keyboard playing can be heard on two of the tracks as well. The last track was recorded live at Dave's Coffee and Wine House in Saugerties, NY. Enjoy!
April 2011: The upcoming self-titled Ikebe Shakedown album and the limited edition 7" record are now available for pre-order from Ubiquity Records: www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/categories/Upcoming-Releases.
March 2011: Recordings are coming! Before the release of Ikebe Shakedown's album, a limited number of 45s will be released in early May. And on the Josh Tyler Band front, the EP will be coming out in April. Stay tuned...
February 2011: Excited to announce that Ikebe Shakedown will be releasing our first full-length album on Ubiquity Records! Recorded at Killion Sound in LA as well as at Dunham Studios in Brooklyn, this album will really begin to explore the depth and breadth of Ikebe's Afro-Funk sound. Album release in the late spring. More details tba!
January 2011: Working on recording with Josh Tyler and Bernhard Spirig as well as picking back up on gigs with them - at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock for a Warren Zevon tribute night as well as at Dave's Coffee and Wine House in Saugerties on the 22nd with special guests keyboardist/singer Carl Mateo and slide guitarist Josh Roy Brown.
December 2010: Ikebe Shakedown opening for the legendary George Porter Jr. of the Meters!
November 2010: Ikebe Shakedown recording some tracks at Dunham Studios in Brooklyn (where we recorded our EP), to be added to the upcoming release
September 2010: Ikebe Shakedown playing our first show at Sullivan Hall opening for Orgone!
June 2010: Ikebe Shakedown has a new 45rpm record "Up In The Trees" A-side and "Afro-Fred" B-side. It is released on German label Mocabo Records
May 2010: Ikebe Shakedown has a new 45rpm record entitled "No Answer". It is a tune I wrote - on the A side is our version and on the B side is a version of the same tune done by our label mates the Jive Turkeys. This is very exciting - check it out! It's available through online record stores as well as our shows of course. Check out our A-side on youtube
April 2010: The Dust Bowl Band is working on several brand-new originals written by Josh
March 2010: Ikebe's first DC appearance on Feb 25th
February 2010: Ikebe Shakedown playing at Southpaw on Feb 19th opening for the Melomatics, a band led by Binky Griptite (of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings)
December 2009: Ikebe Shakedown debut EP and 45rpm record "Hard Steppin'" is out! Check out some of the tracks at www.ikebeshakedown.com. The EP (on CD) and the 45 can be ordered there - or you can get the tracks digitally on iTunes, amazon, etc. We had our release party/show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.
November 2009: Just got back from a great California tour with Ikebe Shakedown! Played shows in Fullerton, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz and a wedding in Palm Springs. We also spent 4 days in the recording studio at Killion Sound, engineered by Sergio Rios, guitarist of the band Orgone (you've gotta check these guys out if you're not familiar with them). I really enjoyed the recording experience at Killion - the studio has a cool live setup, the gear has good raw, fat sounds with lots of vibe, and it was super great working with Sergio. Watch for a full-length Ikebe Shakedown album to be released next year!
November 22, 2013