Elison Jackson & Daphne Lee Martin

The Telegraph Recording Company ~ you know the folks who brought you ‘Dig & Be Dug’ as well as Low Beam’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ and Jim Carpenter’s ‘The Dream’ ~ are back on it this summer with the sweet new EP from Elison Jackson, ‘I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drain Pipe‘, a strong follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 full-length debut ‘Spectral Evidence‘. But it gets even better for fans of Raise the Rent- not only does Daphne sing on this record, but Sam from Elison Jackson sings on our upcoming EP ‘Moxie’ as well. Take a listen:

Man From Lowell ~Elison Jackson by Telegraph Recording Co.

You can pre-order the record, and help us all put it out on vinyl at our kickstarter page- but do it soon, we only have 24 days left!!!

And if you dig what you hear, but want the live experience, Elison Jackson will be playing in New Haven with the Sadies at Cafe Nine on Thursday night!

Bridgeport by Storm!

This Sunday, the 24th! We’re pulling a double-header in Bridgeport, starting with David Golden’s Sunday Brunch Concert at 1pm on WPKN, 89.5FM or tune in online at www.wpkn.org. This’ll be a performance interview with the band.

Then we cruise up the street to Two Boots and play a matinee show at 4pm. Great grub and suds and no cover! And if you’re feeling musical, it’s karaoke after we’re done!

This one will be super fun, and we hope to see lots of you at Two Boots and make you laugh on WPKN!

Love,   Daphne Lee & RtR

The Sweet Room Single blog

Stay tuned, these are only 2 of a 5 song EP coming soon! Stay up with the happenings at www.raisetherentmusic.com

Sweet & Low Down was written in the blistering heat of a Rhode Island dance hall on my friend Brian’s back 40, sweat dripping off of dozens of twirling two-stepping couples. My wet bathing suit stuck tight to my body and my pond-water hair slicked back, lounging on a staircase at the back of the room taking in the tremendous energy and an unfiltered beer. I’ve always loved the times where, just for a minute, everything is all right. Everybody’s got a reason to smile, we’re all doing exactly what we want to be doing. But then, inevitably that minute passes and you flush with some kind of desire, the inexplicable rush of the human condition just has to wash away any hope of contentment. And there, under the brims of straw hats, perfect smiling mouths. Strong arms and bodies moving in time. Not just the pairs, not just the band, but the whole place, moving in time. And suddenly, nothing would ever be enough to sate me.

When I was a younger woman, a younger man gave me a book: archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis. Mehitabel was a grand old dame, reincarnated throughout history as many great women, and finally as a tattered alley cat who’d seen more than her share of heartbreak. How could I not fall in love with her? (For the record geeks of you out there, if you buy our first album and check the etching in the middle, you’ll see a bit of Mehitabel in there. Not to mention, I take my twitter name from her.) So, I took her spunk and glory and tatters and I rolled all that desire into a song.

Hear it on Soundcloud!

The lip of your hat pouts like a child being cute to try to get his way
And I keep doing shots of you so I can feel you coursing through my veins
Flood it all away like a big rain
Falls from my shoulders in freckles and sweat and pain from the burn of the sun
Pops and crackles like a phonograph record one too many times spun
Aren’t you the quiet one, afraid the have a little fun?
So I try to divine a version of the truth that you can believe for tonight
And I’m getting so good at it I’ve nearly convinced myself this water is wine or that you could be mine
I hang like a suit that has been fitted to too many men, let out and hemmed in
And I’m prowling through alleys of discarded reason why you should care
Until I throw my hands up in the air, ain’t’ it a pretty despair?

Friendliest Room In Town began in a bar. As all good things seem to do. We were working on the first record, and collaborating closely with Gabe Chandler on the Nostradamus re-write for the studio version. There’s a hole-in-the-wall pub called the Dutch Tavern in New London that enjoys the longest running history around, not to mention that it was a favorite haunt of New London’s errant playwright son Eugene O’Neill. These days, it’s THE watering hole/alternate living room for working artists and blue collar types, and everybody that’s anybody finds their way in for a brew now and again. On the wall above the window there is an illuminated Shaefer Beer sign that dubs it the “Friendliest Place In Town”. Well, writing tablet and beers in hand, Craig Edwards and I sat down with Gabe to hash out the last of the plan for Nostradamus and we were soon joined by the Weird Beards’ bass man, Jake Kaeser for the usual chop-busting, idea-crunching, and general fun.

Before there was television, Victorian gentility had to find ways to entertain themselves and each other. One of their goofs to pass the time was called the “Exquisite Corpse”, a game in which you passed around a piece of paper and each person would write down a line, folding down the page so that the next person in the round could only see the line immediately before their own. At the end of the sheet, the page would be unfolded and read aloud. So, to entertain each other, we started a corpse. So was born the Friendliest Room In Town, I shaped it up and added the choruses.

Hear it on Soundcloud!

The bodies pile in and the kettle’s on the boil
Friendliest room in town starts with a smile from a boy
There’s an easy warmth on the evening breeze
Regretless bounding joy of a moment I could seize
And the box is playing Williams, not the second or the third
The clock gave a sudden fright, poor hands afraid of heights
And someone’s going down tonight
I summon all my talents to balance on the fence
But my face feels like the inside of a shoe
I listen to the wind just looking for a word
But it’s been miles since the last I heard of you
Just then the floor began to shudder
and the walls began to tilt
And the smiling boy’s intentions are all riddled with guilt
And the box is playing Waits, so why should I hesitate
When I am burning from both ends & the hour is getting late & I’m going down tonight
Whiskey misted memories interrupt each other often
So I say let’s just let our bodies do the talkin’
Walking wounded, telling stories
Seeking glories to soften our woes
And the box became a siren, and the sky is getting light
And it’s time to say good night

Shoreline Blitz!

This Thursday June 21st, it all begins for another EPIC week of live music! I’ll be playing the storytelling acoustic stuff with my songwriting mentor and dear friend Jim Carpenter at noon on TheDay.com‘s new hit series Live Lunch Break. You can watch it right from your desk, so tune in!

Then, I pack it up with Matt Gouette, Paul Belbusti, Kevin Mackenzie & my sweet sangin’ pardner Sam Perduta and head down to Pitkin Plaza to take part in the wonderful madness of Ideat Village!

Then, you probably remember that fantastic songwriter from Providence that rocked out with us at our Record Release Party- Kris Hansen!  Well, he’s having a birthday bash at the Spot Underground in Providence and we’ll be there in full band force on the 22nd!

Then, the band storms Bridgeport! Sunday, June 24th we’ll be on Radio Golden on WPKN at 1pm for the Sunday Brunch Series. Then we head over to Two Boots for a matinee show at 4pm!

See you all this weekend! Love, Daphne Lee & Raise the Rent

Steve Kaika ~ In Our Hearts Always

This Friday night, JUNE 15, we celebrate Steve! NUMEROUS benefits happening all over town in addition to the main Hygienic benefit – which will ALL support Steve’s family. Advance tickets are STRONGLY SUGGESTED for the Hygienic benefit… purchase advance tickets at The Dutch, The Telegraph, Caruso Music, Mystic Disc, Imagine gifts. SPREAD THE WORD!

The Hygienic Art Park
(79-83 Bank Street)
7 to 11pm, ALL AGES
$10 suggested donation
The Rivergods
Ken Atkins and The Honky Tonk Kind
The Original Sinners
and other special guests!

The El-N-Gee Club
(86 Golden Street)
10pm, $5, 21+
Dirt Road Radio
The Meadows Brothers
Harper and Owens

The Oasis Pub
(16 Bank Street)
11pm, $5, 21+
Incognito Sofa Love
Daphne Lee Martin
Burnouts From Outer Space

(33 Golden Street)
11pm, $5, 21+
Anne Castellano & The Smoke
Rachel Carson Band
Catfish Phillips



Daphne Lee & Sam Perduta | Saturday at Green Well!

There’s a fantastic new coffeeshop in New Haven called Green Well on Crown Street, right around the corner from Cafe Nine, one of our favorite neighborhoods to play! They have organic and fairly traded loose leaf tea, coffee, trail mixes and a variety of other healthy food options as well as being a venue for art openings and musical performances. It’s a BYOB room, if you’re so inclined, and this Saturday’s music will be hosted by yours truly, with my special guest Sam Perduta of “stoner-soul” (whoever wrote that should get a medal!) band Elison Jackson. We’ve been singing and recording together, and this should be a lively living room style fun happy hour before you cut loose on the streets of New Haven! Starts at 6pm and there’s no cover! See you there.