Happy Father’s Day! In case you forgot Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16.  This year Shawn (who is a Father) will be playing a show in Vancouver on Father’s Day. 
Here is a Q & A with Shawn Lee that we did ourselves. Pretend that some big huge Magazine/blogger/Journalist asked these questions.
Is it easy to balance being a musician and having children? HELLS NO!!!!! ACTUALLY, IT’S PRETTY COOL. I’M AROUND A LOT MORE THAN THE TYPICAL 9 TO 5 WEEKEND TYPE OF DAD. BUT BALANCING WORK, HOME, KIDS & MARRIED LIFE IS NO MEAN FEAT! THERE NEVER ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY TO STAY ON TOP OF THINGS BUT YOU CAN ONLY FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. Whats it like going on tour and being away from our family? WELL THAT PART REALLY SUCKS. I MISS THE GIRLS AND FEEL GUILTY FOR TURNING MY WIFE INTO A SINGLE PARENT. BUT SKYPE IS REALLY AMAZING FOR STAYING CONNECTED. BEING AWAY FROM THEM REALLY MAKES YOU REALIZE HOW LOST YOU WOULD BE WITHOUT THEM. Do you feel like you are missing out when you are away? SOMETIMES MORE THAN OTHERS DEPENDING. I MISSED MY DAUGHTER MELA’S BIRTHDAY ONE YEAR AND THAT WAS PRETTY CRAPPY. YOU CAN NEVER GET BACK THE TIME YOU LOSE WHEN THEIR YOUNG BUT I KNOW THEY ARE PROUD OF ME AND LOVE ME.http://youtu.be/IzenYRvPcVY Does your family understand when you have to be gone on tour? THEY UNDERSTAND. KIDS ADAPT REALLY WELL. WE SKYPE PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAYAND MY ELDEST EMAILS ME TOO. IT’S PART OF WHAT I DO NOW. Do your children have any musical inclinations? Interest? MY 8 YEAR OLD MELA SINGS, PLAYS VIOLIN & IS LEARNING GUITAR AT THE MOMENT. SEELA LOVES MUSIC AND HAS A CUTE LITTLE SINGING VOICE. IT’S IN THEIR BLOOD. Do your children like your music? OF COURSE!!!! DOESN’T EVERYBODY? Have your children seen your concerts? YES THEY HAVE SEEN ME PLAY BEFORE. IT’S LIKE IT’S NO BIG THING-IT’S JUST WHAT DADDY DOES.  When people ask your kids what you do for a living what do they say? How do they describe what you do? THEY SAY I’M “SHAWN LEE” THE MUSICIAN! Do your kids have a favorite song you’ve done? EVERYBODY LOVES CELESTIAL ELECTRIC & THE NEW LA MUSIQUE NUMERIQUE – THE TWO AM & SHAWN LEE ALBUMS.  AND MELA’S FAVORITE SONG IS CHA LOVE BY THE PING PONG ORCHESTRA. Do your kids think you are a rock star? Do they get embarrassed that you don’t have a “regular” suit and tie job?  THEY THINK I’M THE BEST ROCK STAR IN THE WHOLE WORLD. BLESS EM.  What role does music have in your household?  Do you play music in the home? Dance?WE LOVE PLAYING MUSIC AROUND THE HOUSE AND IT ALWAYS INCLUDES A BIT OF SILLY DANCING! WE ALSO PULL OUT THE INSTRUMENTS AND HAVE A BIT OF A JAM! When you found out you were having your first child how did that effect your idea of what it means to be a musician? IT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK EVEN HARDER. IT’S NEXT LEVEL BUSINESS TO BE SURE. IT GIVES YOU MORE REASONS TO DO WHAT YOU DO. Do you find any pressure in the fact you have a family to support? OF COURSE! IT IS A LIFE LONG COMMITMENT HAVING KIDS AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST RESPONSIBILITIES YOU CAN EVER TAKE ON. How has the music business changed from when you first started to now? NOW HERE’S A BIG QUESTION! WELL IT’S A HELLUVA LOT HARDER TO EARN A LIVING OUT OF IT NOW. THINGS ARE CHANGING AT AN ALARMING RATE AND WHERE IT’S GOING TO END UP IS ANYONE’S GUESS. ALL I KNOW IS THAT I’M A MUSIC MAN UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS! What would you say if your children came to you and said they wanted to be a professional singer/ musician? BY THE TIME THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH, I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF IT WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS TO MAKE ANY MONEY OUT OF IT SADLY.I WOULD SAY JUST DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF IT BUT DEVELOP MUTLTIPLE SKILL SETS. Your wife is a musician too. What is her background? Does she still do music? SHE SANG IN BANDS. SHE WAS IN A GROUP CALLED HEXDRAGON THAT WAS SIGNED TO VIRGIN WHEN I FIRST MET HER. BEING A MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG KIDS IS A FULL TIME JOB BUT SHE SANG A DUET WITH ME ON MY SOUL IN THE HOLE ALBUM AND ALSO ON A TRACK OF MY MILES OF STYLES ALBUM WHICH GOT USED IN A JACK BLACK FILM TRAILER.Do see yourself continuing to make music as you get older?   YES! THIS IS MY LIFES WORK AND I LOVE IT! THERE IS NOTHING ELSE THAT I CAN OR WANT TO DO. I’M NOT NEW TO THIS-I’M TRUE TO THIS1 How old will you be when you “retire”? WHATEVER AGE I AM WHEN I DIE -WHICH HOPEFULLY IS STILL A WAYS AWAY… When did you first start playing music or noticing music?   I STARTED PLAYING GUITAR WHEN I WAS 10. I ALWAYS LOVED MUSIC AND RECORDS AS A KID AND IMAGINED PLAYING BEFORE I EVER PICKED UP AN ACTUAL INSTRUMENT. Were you in band in school?  Were you ever teased about being in the “band”? YES I WAS IN LOADS OF BANDS GROWING UP (SOUL, ROCK, R&B,JAZZ,TOP 40 & EVEN SOME COUNTRY!). I DID PLAY IN A TALENT SHOW IN JUINOR HIGH AND GOT LOT’S OF PEOPLE TELLING ME THAT I SUCKED AFTERWARDS! HA HA Did you ever go to bandcamp? I WENT TO JAZZ CAMP FOR 2  SUMMERS WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.  HANGING OUT WITH ALL THE JAZZ SNOBS TELLING ME I COULDN’T LIKE A PLAYAND LIKE POPULAR MUSIC AND PLAY JAZZ TOO! I’M SURE THEY DIDN’T MANAGE TO EVER MAKE A LIVING PLAYING MUSIC!             Have you ever taught other musicians? NOT REALLY. I HAVE LECTURED AT A FEW MUSIC SCHOOLS AND ALSO DONE MASTER CLASSES IN THE PAST AND REALLY ENJOYED IT. WOULD LOVE TO DO MORE IN THE FUTURE. {get in touch with slam@visionworksmusic.com if you want to book Shawn to give a songwriting/ masterclass} What advice would you give to a musician who is just starting a family? GET YOUR S*** TOGETHER HOMIE!!!! YOU GOTTA FOCUS AND DIVIDE YOUR TIME WISELY. IT TAKES SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS! Check out AM & Shawn Lee on tour this summer! (Get a babysitter and go out on the town to see some live music!) For more info check out www.facebook.com/amandshawnlee. 
GET LA MUSIQUE NUMERIQUE on vinyl with an instant download of the album HERE: www.amsounds.bandcammp.com
AM & Shawn Lee’s Sounds of Summer Tour 20136/11: Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints Instore6/13: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios * – TICKETS6/14: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey* – TICKETS6/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt* – TICKETS6/18: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall %^^– TICKETS6/19: Boston, MA @ Church of Boston – TICKETS6/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory – TICKETS6/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas – TICKETS6/22: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup# – TICKETS6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop+ – TICKETS6/27: Westwood, CA @ KCRW Summer Nights Hammer Museum6/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo+ – TICKETS6/29: San Diego, CA @ The Griffin+ – TICKETS
SPECIAL GUESTS* Don’t Talk To The Cops#DJ Logic+ Chicano Batman^^Dungeonesse%The Stepkids

Happy Father’s Day! In case you forgot Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16.  This year Shawn (who is a Father) will be playing a show in Vancouver on Father’s Day.

Here is a Q & A with Shawn Lee that we did ourselves. Pretend that some big huge Magazine/blogger/Journalist asked these questions.

Is it easy to balance being a musician and having children?
 
HELLS NO!!!!! ACTUALLY, IT’S PRETTY COOL. I’M AROUND A LOT MORE THAN THE TYPICAL 9 TO 5 WEEKEND TYPE OF DAD. BUT BALANCING WORK, HOME, KIDS & MARRIED LIFE IS NO MEAN FEAT! THERE NEVER ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY TO STAY ON TOP OF THINGS BUT YOU CAN ONLY FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT.
 
Whats it like going on tour and being away from our family?
 
WELL THAT PART REALLY SUCKS. I MISS THE GIRLS AND FEEL GUILTY FOR TURNING MY WIFE INTO A SINGLE PARENT. BUT SKYPE IS REALLY AMAZING FOR STAYING CONNECTED. BEING AWAY FROM THEM REALLY MAKES YOU REALIZE HOW LOST YOU WOULD BE WITHOUT THEM.
 
Do you feel like you are missing out when you are away?
 
SOMETIMES MORE THAN OTHERS DEPENDING. I MISSED MY DAUGHTER MELA’S BIRTHDAY ONE YEAR AND THAT WAS PRETTY CRAPPY. YOU CAN NEVER GET BACK THE TIME YOU LOSE WHEN THEIR YOUNG BUT I KNOW THEY ARE PROUD OF ME AND LOVE ME.http://youtu.be/IzenYRvPcVY
 
Does your family understand when you have to be gone on tour?
 
THEY UNDERSTAND. KIDS ADAPT REALLY WELL. WE SKYPE PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAYAND MY ELDEST EMAILS ME TOO. IT’S PART OF WHAT I DO NOW.
 
Do your children have any musical inclinations? Interest?
 
MY 8 YEAR OLD MELA SINGS, PLAYS VIOLIN & IS LEARNING GUITAR AT THE MOMENT. SEELA LOVES MUSIC AND HAS A CUTE LITTLE SINGING VOICE. IT’S IN THEIR BLOOD.
 
Do your children like your music?
 
OF COURSE!!!! DOESN’T EVERYBODY?
 
Have your children seen your concerts?
 
YES THEY HAVE SEEN ME PLAY BEFORE. IT’S LIKE IT’S NO BIG THING-IT’S JUST WHAT DADDY DOES.
 
When people ask your kids what you do for a living what do they say? How do they describe what you do?
 
THEY SAY I’M “SHAWN LEE” THE MUSICIAN!
 
Do your kids have a favorite song you’ve done?
 
EVERYBODY LOVES CELESTIAL ELECTRIC & THE NEW LA MUSIQUE NUMERIQUE – THE TWO AM & SHAWN LEE ALBUMS.  AND MELA’S FAVORITE SONG IS CHA LOVE BY THE PING PONG ORCHESTRA.
 
Do your kids think you are a rock star? Do they get embarrassed that you don’t have a “regular” suit and tie job?
 
THEY THINK I’M THE BEST ROCK STAR IN THE WHOLE WORLD. BLESS EM.
 
What role does music have in your household?  Do you play music in the home? Dance?

WE LOVE PLAYING MUSIC AROUND THE HOUSE AND IT ALWAYS INCLUDES A BIT OF SILLY DANCING! WE ALSO PULL OUT THE INSTRUMENTS AND HAVE A BIT OF A JAM!
 
When you found out you were having your first child how did that effect your idea of what it means to be a musician?
 
IT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK EVEN HARDER. IT’S NEXT LEVEL BUSINESS TO BE SURE. IT GIVES YOU MORE REASONS TO DO WHAT YOU DO.
 
Do you find any pressure in the fact you have a family to support?
 
OF COURSE! IT IS A LIFE LONG COMMITMENT HAVING KIDS AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST RESPONSIBILITIES YOU CAN EVER TAKE ON.
 
How has the music business changed from when you first started to now?
 
NOW HERE’S A BIG QUESTION! WELL IT’S A HELLUVA LOT HARDER TO EARN A LIVING OUT OF IT NOW. THINGS ARE CHANGING AT AN ALARMING RATE AND WHERE IT’S GOING TO END UP IS ANYONE’S GUESS. ALL I KNOW IS THAT I’M A MUSIC MAN UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS!
 
What would you say if your children came to you and said they wanted to be a professional singer/ musician?
 
BY THE TIME THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH, I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF IT WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS TO MAKE ANY MONEY OUT OF IT SADLY.
I WOULD SAY JUST DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF IT BUT DEVELOP MUTLTIPLE SKILL SETS.
 
Your wife is a musician too. What is her background? Does she still do music?
 
SHE SANG IN BANDS. SHE WAS IN A GROUP CALLED HEXDRAGON THAT WAS SIGNED TO VIRGIN WHEN I FIRST MET HER. BEING A MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG KIDS IS A FULL TIME JOB BUT SHE SANG A DUET WITH ME ON MY SOUL IN THE HOLE ALBUM AND ALSO ON A TRACK OF MY MILES OF STYLES ALBUM WHICH GOT USED IN A JACK BLACK FILM TRAILER.

Do see yourself continuing to make music as you get older?  
 
YES! THIS IS MY LIFES WORK AND I LOVE IT! THERE IS NOTHING ELSE THAT I CAN OR WANT TO DO. I’M NOT NEW TO THIS-I’M TRUE TO THIS1
 
How old will you be when you “retire”?
 
WHATEVER AGE I AM WHEN I DIE -WHICH HOPEFULLY IS STILL A WAYS AWAY…
 
When did you first start playing music or noticing music?  
 
I STARTED PLAYING GUITAR WHEN I WAS 10. I ALWAYS LOVED MUSIC AND RECORDS AS A KID AND IMAGINED PLAYING BEFORE I EVER PICKED UP AN ACTUAL INSTRUMENT.
 
Were you in band in school?  Were you ever teased about being in the “band”?
 
YES I WAS IN LOADS OF BANDS GROWING UP (SOUL, ROCK, R&B,JAZZ,TOP 40 & EVEN SOME COUNTRY!). I DID PLAY IN A TALENT SHOW IN JUINOR HIGH AND GOT LOT’S OF PEOPLE TELLING ME THAT I SUCKED AFTERWARDS! HA HA
 
Did you ever go to bandcamp?
 
I WENT TO JAZZ CAMP FOR 2  SUMMERS WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.  HANGING OUT WITH ALL THE JAZZ SNOBS TELLING ME I COULDN’T LIKE A PLAY
AND LIKE POPULAR MUSIC AND PLAY JAZZ TOO! I’M SURE THEY DIDN’T MANAGE TO EVER MAKE A LIVING PLAYING MUSIC!            
 
Have you ever taught other musicians?
 
NOT REALLY. I HAVE LECTURED AT A FEW MUSIC SCHOOLS AND ALSO DONE MASTER CLASSES IN THE PAST AND REALLY ENJOYED IT. WOULD LOVE TO DO MORE IN THE FUTURE. {get in touch with slam@visionworksmusic.com if you want to book Shawn to give a songwriting/ masterclass}
 
What advice would you give to a musician who is just starting a family?
 
GET YOUR S*** TOGETHER HOMIE!!!! YOU GOTTA FOCUS AND DIVIDE YOUR TIME WISELY. IT TAKES SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS!
 
Check out AM & Shawn Lee on tour this summer! (Get a babysitter and go out on the town to see some live music!)
 
For more info check out www.facebook.com/amandshawnlee. 

GET LA MUSIQUE NUMERIQUE on vinyl with an instant download of the album HERE: www.amsounds.bandcammp.com

AM & Shawn Lee’s Sounds of Summer Tour 2013
6/11: Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints Instore
6/13: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios * – TICKETS
6/14: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey* – TICKETS
6/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt* – TICKETS
6/18: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall %^^– TICKETS
6/19: Boston, MA @ Church of Boston – TICKETS
6/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory – TICKETS
6/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas – TICKETS
6/22: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup# – TICKETS
6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop+ – TICKETS
6/27: Westwood, CA @ KCRW Summer Nights Hammer Museum
6/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo+ – TICKETS
6/29: San Diego, CA @ The Griffin+ – TICKETS

SPECIAL GUESTS
* Don’t Talk To The Cops
#DJ Logic
+ Chicano Batman
^^Dungeonesse
%The Stepkids


La Musique Numerique

La Musique Numerique (French for Digital Music) is our second full length album from our inspired collaboration we so creatively entitled "AM & Shawn Lee". The new album blends early digital technology with decade blurring songwriting transporting listeners deeper into the sonic vinyl crates from which the music was born.

However these out-sound influences aren’t plugged into a computer program and spit out through modern day micro technology. The instruments are played, the vocals are sung and the songs are written, proving an even stronger connection to the past.

La Musique Numerique’s interstellar journey takes you in and out of faded memories of disco, funk, soul and reggae but never sets foot on any of these planets; never colonizes one style. It is, in effect, pure AM & Shawn Lee.

redguitarrr
Great photo of Joe Jackson!  We shot this video in London and Los Angeles.  Get the instrumental to our version HERE.



redguitarrr:  Joe Jackson by Kees Tabak, 1983

STEPPIN’ OUT LYRICS
now 
the mist across the window hides the lines but nothing hides the color of the lights that shine electricity so fine 
look and dry your eyes
me babe, steppin’ out
into the light, into the light we 
so tired of all the darkness in our lives with no more angry words to say can come alive get into a car and drive 
to the other side me babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light you babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light we 
are young but getting old before our time we’ll leave the t.v. and the radio behind don’t you wonder what we’ll find 
steppin’ out tonight
steppin’ out
into the light you can dress in pink and blue just like a child and in a yellow taxi turn to me and smile we’ll be there in just a while 
if you follow me
 me babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light you babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light
me babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light you babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light
me babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light you babe, steppin’ out into the night, into the light
www.facebook.com/amandshawnlee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great photo of Joe Jackson!  We shot this video in London and Los Angeles.  Get the instrumental to our version HERE.

redguitarrr:  Joe Jackson by Kees Tabak, 1983

STEPPIN’ OUT LYRICS

now

the mist across the window hides the lines
but nothing hides the color of the lights that shine
electricity so fine

look and dry your eyes

me babe, steppin’ out

into the light, into the light

we

so tired of all the darkness in our lives
with no more angry words to say can come alive
get into a car and drive

to the other side

me babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light
you babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light

we

are young but getting old before our time
we’ll leave the t.v. and the radio behind
don’t you wonder what we’ll find

steppin’ out tonight

steppin’ out

into the light

you can dress in pink and blue just like a child
and in a yellow taxi turn to me and smile
we’ll be there in just a while

if you follow me


me babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light
you babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light

me babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light
you babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light

me babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light
you babe, steppin’ out
into the night, into the light

www.facebook.com/amandshawnlee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer! Limited Edition 7” vinyl out April 9th! 

AM & Shawn Lee on Tour:

Sounds of Summer Tour 2013

6/13: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios – TICKETS

6/14: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey – TICKETS

6/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt – TICKETS

6/18: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall –  TICKETS

6/19: Boston, MA @ Church of Boston –  TICKETS

6/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory – TICKETS

6/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas – TICKETS

6/22: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup – TICKETS

6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – TICKETS

6/27: San Jose, CA @ Pagoda   – TICKETS

6/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo – TICKETS

6/29: San Diego, CA @ The Griffin – TICKETS

Summer! Limited Edition 7” vinyl out April 9th! 

AM & Shawn Lee on Tour:

Sounds of Summer Tour 2013

6/13: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios – TICKETS

6/14: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey – TICKETS

6/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt – TICKETS

6/18: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall –  TICKETS

6/19: Boston, MA @ Church of Boston –  TICKETS

6/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory – TICKETS

6/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas – TICKETS

6/22: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup – TICKETS

6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – TICKETS

6/27: San Jose, CA @ Pagoda   – TICKETS

6/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo – TICKETS

6/29: San Diego, CA @ The Griffin – TICKETS

creamconecoffee

creamconecoffee:

AM & Shawn Lee - Two Times

Available on Limited Edition 7” vinyl

LIKE!  www.facebook.com/amandsahwnlee

AM & SHAWN LEE SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR 2013 

June 13    Mississippi Studios                      Portland
June 14    Chop Suey                                   Seattle               
June 16    Cobalt                                          Vancouver
June 18    U Street Music Hall                     Washington DC
June 19    Church of Boston                         Boston
June 20    Knitting Factory                           Brooklyn     
June 21    Schubas                                      Chicago    
June 22    Lovin’ Cup                                   Rochester NY
June 26    Rickshaw Stop                            San Francisco
June 28    The Echo                                  Los Angeles            
June 29    The Griffin                                    San Diego

The dancing baby is worth checking out.

AM & Shawn Lee performing The Signal live at Bumbershoot 2012.

The Signal

Lyrics

 

i don’t care

what the scene is

or what the future has to say

is your image in the way

 

keeper’s key

holds your secrets

can i walk you home tonight

can i walk you home tonight

 

we have a signal now

so let it out and be free

it’s your different forms

that are beautiful

 

in our dreams

we have it better

so let’s pretend to be asleep

and maybe we can both believe

 

we have a signal now

so let it out and be free

it’s your different forms

that are beautiful you see

i’m not noticing

you were any better off

it’s my honesty

that you really need

 

can you say

what you’re missing

are you waiting for a sign

for a pre-historic time

 

recognize

that next place is always better

a never ending wait

it’s a place you’ll never find

so don’t be silent