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NOVEMBER 13, 2017:  25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE APPEARANCE !
Believe it or not, 25 years ago tonight, Sin Embargo played their first official live gig at the old "Club 42-5" teen center in Lapeer, opening for fellow Lapeer band "Beatnik Mecca".   For those who may recall, our band line up was sort of in-flux at the time, but joining Kyle and Eric was Beatnik Mecca front man Bryce Burasinski on drums, and newly added rhythm guitarist Jason Kilburn, who played on about half of the set.  Unfortunately (or fortunately ?!), the gig was not recorded, and as far as we know, no one took any photos of us playing.  From Eric's archives, the songs played for SE's first "official" gig were as follows: 
    
     - Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
     - Are We Dead Yet? (Sin Embargo) - shortened version
     - Chuck's Adventure (In The Woods) (Sin Embargo)
     - Mistress Morbosa (Sin Embargo)
     - Moby Dick (Led Zeppelin) - shortened version
     - Pipeline (the Ventures)
     - Fat Man Belching (Sin Embargo)
     - N.I.B. (Black Sabbath) - shortened instrumental version
     - Goes Down/Killing Babies (Sin Embargo)
     - Sweet Leaf (Black Sabbath) - shortened instrumental version
     - Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
     - Living Loving Maid (Led Zeppelin) - Beatnik Mecca drummer Rob Keast guested on drums
     - Dazed & Confused (Led Zeppelin) - shortened version with Beatnik Mecca guitarist Mike Boyd singing part of it
NOVEMBER 6, 2017:  25TH ANNIVERSARY OF UN-OFFICIAL FIRST LIVE APPEARANCE
From the way-back, 25 years ago tonight turned out to be Sin Embargo's unintended first ever public live appearance.  That night (Nov 6, 1992), Kyle, Eric, and fledgling SE rhythm guitarist Jason Kilburn attended a show at the old Lapeer teen center "Club 42-5" to check out the band "Psycho Cows" and to get a feel for where SE would be debuting the following week (Nov 13, 1992) when they would be opening for fellow Lapeer band "Beatnik Mecca".  Interestingly, Beatnik Mecca front man Bryce Burasinski (whom SE had just jammed with a couple times before as an inaugural drummer) had also been called in at the last minute to play drums for Psycho Cows since their drummer had quit earlier that week.  Once the Psycho Cows' abbreviated set ended, this left an opening for several other miscellaneous local musicians and/or bands to go up and play a bit to fill time.  With Bryce's drums already set up and Bryce still available to play, Kyle & Eric then asked if they could borrow Psycho Cows' guitars and bass to do an impromptu preview of Sin Embargo's set with Bryce on drums for the group of kids still hanging around.  Although Jason Kilburn declined to participate, Kyle, Eric & Bryce went ahead and bashed out about 7-8 songs/riffs on borrowed (and barely tuned !) instruments, and the kids there that night at Club 42-5 seemed interested in what they were hearing. Fun times from the misty past... 
OCTOBER 15, 2017:  HAS IT REALLY BEEN A QUARTER CENTURY ALREADY ?
Hello everyone... it's been a couple months since the last update, but in case anyone remembers, Sin Embargo actually turned 25 years old earlier this summer.  Granted, we didn't have any grand celebrations (unless you count playing at "Mosquito Fest" LOL), but later this fall will mark the 25th anniversary of Sin Embargo's first few live performances in Lapeer.  With any luck, we can get some 25-year memories or something posted either here or on our Facebook page over the coming weeks...  In fact, just a few days ago marked the 25th anniversary of Sin Embargo's first official full-band "rehearsal" back on October 11, 1992, which included Kyle on guitar/vocals, Eric on bass, Justin Pasquale on guitar, and then-"Beatnik Mecca" leader Bryce Burasinski helping us out on drums.  That band practice took place at Bryce's house, which was just down the road from the Kipp residence in Lapeer.  About two weeks after that, Justin quit Sin Embargo and joined another local band.  My how a quarter century flies by !  Till next time, Kyle/Eric/Eddiebaby
 
SEPTEMBER 10, 2017:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ERIC !
Happy birthday to our bass-man Eric as he turns 43 today !
 
AUGUST 24, 2017:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EDDIEBABY !
Happy birthday to one Edward Stark, who turns 45 today !
AUGUST 19, 2017: QUICK SET IN ROYAL OAK
Earlier today, Sin Embargo convened in Royal Oak at the retirement shindig for Eric & Kyle's mom's cousin Mark and jammed out a quick 30-minute set that included the following songs:
- Pipeline (the Ventures)
- Back & Sides (Las Drogas/Johnny Shines)
- Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes)
- King of the Road (Roger Miller)
- Inconstant Baby (Lapeer County Rockers)
- Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money)
- Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
 
Congratulations to Mark on wrapping up a 44-year career working at GM !
 
AUGUST 10, 2017:  KYLE TURNS 40 !!
Happy birthday to our fearless leader as he hits the big 4-0 !!  Kyle, Eric, Eddiebaby, and several of Kyle's friends & family spent the evening carousing around Ypsilanti till the wee hours... fun times indeed.
 
JULY 29, 2017:  REMINDER - TONIGHT'S GIG CANCELED
Just a reminder that tonight's SE gig at Gothic Chapel Hall in Lapeer was canceled, so please get out and enjoy the nice summer night somewhere else !
 
JULY 15, 2017:  LAPEER GIG CANCELED
D'oh !  Just found out today that the Sin Embargo gig scheduled for July 29th at the Gothic Chapel Hall in Lapeer has been canceled.  Still haven't been able to find out all the details about the cancelation other than it is not happening, but hopefully SE will be able to get back to their home town some time soon.   Stay tuned right here for any further info on upcoming shows !
 
JULY 3, 2017:  MOSQUITO FEST ROCKED
Sin Embargo had a great time playing at "Mosquito Fest" in Chelsea, MI on Saturday night... the hosts and the crowd were fabulous !  SE's set started at about 9:30 PM and included the following songs:
 
- Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money)
- Back & Sides (Las Drogas/Johnny Shines)
- Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes)
- Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money)
- Pipeline (the Ventures)
- King of the Road (Roger Miller)
- Afro (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- Inconstant Baby (Lapeer County Rockers)
- Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
- I Wanna Be Sedated (the Ramones)
- School (Nirvana)

There were a couple of other tunes on the set list, but they couldn't be played due to time constraints.  Coincidentally, Chelsea was having their July 4th fireworks display off in the distance during SE's set, which was a nice touch LOL.   The next scheduled gig is back in Lapeer on July 29th... see you then !

JUNE 30, 2017:  MOSQUITO FEST TOMORROW NIGHT !
Sin Embargo is back in action and will be on-stage for the first time in over a year by making their debut at "Mosquito Fest" in Chelsea, MI tomorrow night !  SE should be going on around 9 PM.  Other bands on the bill include "Lilly Webb", "Ann Dahl", "Solphahawk", "Scotty Karate", "Cash Is King", "Sonya Lorelle", "Gruesome Twosome" (one of Kyle's other bands), "Frank Allison", "Wild Savages", and "Electric Blanket"... come check it out !
 
JUNE 9, 2017:  SAD NEWS...
Yesterday morning, long-time Sin Embargo associate Rob Newman was hit by a car as he was walking across M-24 in Lapeer.  After being hospitalized for several hours, we heard that Rob passed away early this morning, at the age of 54.  Kyle & Eric first met Rob in early 1994 when he started helping out at The Portal teen center in Lapeer as an adult chaperone, and became fast friends after that.  Rob was a big fan of Sin Embargo and came out to many of our gigs over the years, and promoted us around the area.  In July 1994, Rob got us into (in other words, paid for) studio time at Duck Ankles recording studio in Almont, MI to record our second album Underneath, which was recorded and mixed on and off during the summer and fall of '94 before finally being completed in February 1995.   Over the years, Rob went on many adventures with Kyle (and occasionally Eric) such as concerts, bonfires, camping, canoe/boating trips, etc.  Later on, he was very helpful with assisting Kyle & Eric's parents as they declined in their health from 2012-2014.  Rob also had SE as one of the bands who performed at his daughter Emily's graduation party in June 2014.  Rob's brand of kindness, humor, and wackiness will certainly be missed...  Our thoughts go out to Rob's wife Becky, their daughter Emily, and the rest of their family.   R.I.P. Rob :-(
 
JUNE 7, 2017:  SIN EMBARGO TO PLAY "MOSQUITO FEST" IN CHELSEA
Just got confirmation that SE will be debuting at "Mosquito Fest" in Chelsea, Michigan, on Saturday, July 1st !  More details of the show will be posted once they are known, but there will be several bands performing overall.  See you there !
 
JUNE 1, 2017:  SIN EMBARGO SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO LAPEER IN JULY
Although it's been nearly a year since SE's last live appearance, we are happy to announce that we'll be returning to our home town in late July !  Sin Embargo will be joining fellow Lapeer area bands "Four Walls" and "Dead Giveaway" for a show at Gothic Chapel Hall in Lapeer on Saturday, July 29th !  More details of the show will be posted once they are known.  This will basically serve as a 25th anniversary gig for SE, so we'll try to break out a couple of "classics" (if we can re-learn them in time).  See you there !
 
APRIL 30, 2017:  GETTING BACK IN ACTION
After several months off, Kyle, Eric & Eddiebaby got back to action yesterday by having a full-on band practice and warm up, including dragging out a few songs that haven't been played in a while.  If everything goes right, there will be at least two or three live SE appearances over this summer where we can observe our 25th anniversary !  Stay tuned ;o
MARCH 12, 2017:  POSSIBLE SUMMER SHOWS ?
The underbelly is beginning to rumble and there's ideas being tossed around for a potential Sin Embargo gig or two popping up this summer.  Of course, dates, venues, and other bands on the bills are nowhere near finalized, so keep checking back right here for the latest as things may develop !
 
JANUARY 1, 2017:  HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM SIN EMBARGO
As SE enters it's 25th year of existence, we wish everyone a Happy New Year !  While no specific "25th Anniversary" activities are currently planned, we may attempt to get something together later this year... stay tuned !
 
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC !
Happy 42nd birthday to "Greezy E" on the bass !
 
AUGUST 24, 2016:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDIEBABY !
Fresh off getting married, and while enjoying his honeymoon in Mexico, Eddiebaby turns 44 today !
 
AUGUST 21, 2016:  CONGRATS TO EDDIEBABY & LANEY !
Eddiebaby got hitched to Ann-Marie (a.k.a. "Laney") today !  They will be spending 1 week in Mexico for their honeymoon...  Congratulations Ed & Laney !
 
AUGUST 10, 2016:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLE !!
Our fearless leader turns 39 today !
 
JUNE 26, 2016:  DIGGING THROUGH THE ARCHIVES
Howdy... after a busy month of May (and early June), the next several weeks will be fairly quiet in SE-land.   Newly married Kyle is busy playing gigs with "Black Jake & the Carnies", "Gruesome Twosome", and "Las Drogas", as well as traveling, etc.  Eddiebaby is getting ready for his upcoming wedding on August 21st.  Eric is plugging away and traveling as well.  However, to tide people over, we have unearthed several old SE photos and will be scanning them and uploading them over the coming weeks and putting some of them on the "photo gallery" of this website, and some of them on the Facebook page as a "Throwback Thursday" or "Flashback Friday" type thing.    Stay cool and enjoy the summer !
 
JUNE 4, 2016:  FUN TIMES IN YPSI CONTINUED
Sin Embargo had a great time filling in for Kyle's other band "Las Drogas" at the Tap Room in Ypsilanti last night !  Also, thanks to "the Parsnips", "Mercury Salad Sandwich", "Gruesome Twosome", and "Old Man" for sharing the stage with us (and letting us borrow their drums !)  Some photos of the show are located in the "photo gallery" section of this website, as well as the SE Facebook page.   The set list was as follows:
 
- Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money)
- Back & Sides (Las Drogas/Johnny Shines)
- Some Day (Sin Embargo)
- Afro (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- I Wanna Be Sedated (the Ramones)
- School (Nirvana)
 
JUNE 2, 2016:  BACK IN YPSILANTI TOMORROW !
Just a quick reminder that SE will be back in Ypsi tomorrow night at the Tap Room (filling in for Kyle's other band "Las Drogas") as part of the "YpsiArboroo & First Fridays Ypsi Afterparty".  Other bands on the bill include:  "Old Man", "Gruesome Twosome", " the Parsnips", and "Mercury Salad Sandwich".  SE will be going on about 10 PM !
 
MAY 31, 2016: SIN EMBARGO THE WEDDING BAND
Sin Embargo, along with a few of Kyle's other recent bands, were in "wedding band" mode on Sunday night, May 29th, at Kyle & Catherine's wedding reception at Bona Sera Cafe in downtown Ypsilanti, after their brief wedding ceremony (officiated by none other than "Devil Elvis" a.k.a. "Chops" himself !) at a nearby park gazebo.  Sin Embargo played the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire" and the Ventures' "Pipeline" before short sets by "Las Drogas", "the Devil Elvis Show", "Black Jake & the Carnies", and Scotty Karate.  Congratulations to Kyle & Catherine !!
MAY 19, 2016:  BACK TO YPSILANTI
Just a heads up that Sin Embargo will be filling in for Kyle's other band "Las Drogas" at The Tap Room in downtown Ypsilanti on Friday, June 3rd, as part of the "YpsiArboroo & First Fridays Ypsi Afterparty"!  Other bands on the bill that night include:  "Old Man", "Gruesome Twosome", "The Parsnips", and "Mercury Salad Sandwich".   This will be Kyle's first gig as a newly married man, since he's scheduled to get hitched on May 29th !  Congratulations to Kyle & Catherine !!
 
MAY 15, 2016:  METAMORA STILL ROCKS !
Sin Embargo had a great time performing at Cascaddan's Lounge in Metamora, MI with "Thrown to the Wolf", "Four Walls", Brent Wheeler & Mike Leslie (Candlebox), Sam Bufford, and Juanita (Smith) Williams last night, as part of the "Portal Revisited" Lapeer teen center reunion show !!  Unfortunately, LB Deverell had to cancel due to illness, but the rest of the bands filled in the time just fine.  Thanks to the guys in "Thrown to the Wolf" for letting us borrow their amps & drums !  It was great to see many long-time friends and neighbors who came out to see SE, as well as several of the old "Portal kids" !   A couple of fights even broke out towards the end of SE's set LOL.  Photos will be added to the website soon.  The set list was as follows:
 
- Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money)
- Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money)
- Back & Sides (Las Drogas/Johnny Shines)
- Blister in the Sun (Violent Femmes)
- Pipeline (the Ventures)
- King of the Road (Roger Miller)
- Some Day (Sin Embargo)
- Afro (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- Inconstant Baby (Lapeer County Rockers)
- Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
- I Wanna Be Sedated (the Ramones)
- School (Nirvana)
NOTE:  "Power Me" was planned to be the last song, but it was dropped due to time constraints
 
MAY 12, 2016:  NICE ARTICLE IN "THE COUNTY PRESS" !
There was a nice article written by Krystal Johns on page 9A of the May 11th edition of Lapeer's "County Press" newspaper about the Lapeer teen center reunion show that Sin Embargo is performing at this Saturday (along with "Thrown to the Wolf", "Four Walls", Brent Wheeler, LB Deverell, Sam Bufford, and Juanita (Smith) Williams).  They actually used a few quotes from both Kyle & Eric about how the old "Portal" teen center in Lapeer helped get Sin Embargo off and running back in the 1992-1995 time frame.  A similar article is supposed to run in today's issue of Lapeer's other newspaper, "LA View" !
MAY 8, 2016:  YPSI AFTERMATH
Sin Embargo had fun filling in for Kyle's other band "Las Drogas" at Crossroads Bar in Ypsilanti last night.  It was SE's first public appearance in nearly one-and-a-half years !  The small-but-enthusiastic crowd got treated to a couple songs that weren't played live the previous time SE played at Crossroads in January 2015, namely "Pipeline" by the Ventures, and "School" by Nirvana.  The set list was as follows:
 
- Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money)
- Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money)
-  Back & Sides (Las Drogas/Johnny Shines)
- Pipeline (the Ventures)
- King of the Road (Roger Miller)
- Some Day (Sin Embargo)
- Afro (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- Inconstant Baby (Lapeer County Rockers)
- School (Nirvana)
MAY 4, 2016:  SHOW UPDATES & 1 MORE DATE ADDED IN JUNE !
Hello, and May the 4th be with you... Sin Embargo has a busy few weeks coming up - quite possibly the most active the band has been in several years !  Last weekend, Kyle, Eric & Eddiebaby got together to blow off the rust and work up a set list for this Saturday's gig at Crossroads Bar in Ypsilanti with "Ghost City Searchlight", "Flatfoot", and "BUFFAY".  
 
SE is also working towards a nice little set list for the upcoming Lapeer teen center reunion show at Cascaddan Lounge in Metamora on May 14th.  With any luck, it will work out to be a good cross-section of old and new originals and covers for everyone to enjoy !  The other bands & acts on the May 14th show include "Four Walls", "Thrown To The Wolf", LB Deverell, Brent Wheeler, Sam Bufford, and Juanita Smith. 
 
Lastly, Sin Embargo has just been added to fill in for Kyle's other band "Las Drogas" at the Tap Room in Ypsilanti on Friday, June 3rd.  The other bands on that bill will be finalized soon, so stay tuned right here !
APRIL 13, 2016:  NOW THERE ARE TWO SIN EMBARGO GIGS COMING UP IN MAY
Howdy... in addition to our appearance on May 14th at Cascaddan Lounge in Metamora for the Lapeer teen center reunion show, SE has now been added to the May 7th bill at Crossroads Bar in Ypsilanti.  The last time SE played at Crossroads was back in January 2015 and a fun time it was - come on down to Ypsi and check it out !!  
 
FEBRUARY 14, 2016:  LAPEER GIG FINALIZED
Greetings... as mentioned before, a new push for a Lapeer teen center reunion show has been in the works for the past few weeks.  Last week, a date and venue was finally settled upon:  Saturday, May 14th, at Cascaddan Lounge in Metamora, MI.  At this time, Sin Embargo & Four Walls are the main bands that are confirmed, but several other bands and solo acts are also going to be announced soon.  So, for the next 3 months, Kyle, Eric & Eddiebaby are going to have to focus in on a set list and try to dredge up a couple of surprises from the wayback and see what happens...  Happy VD !
 
JANUARY 24, 2016:  HELLO AGAIN...
Happy new year and thanks for stopping by... there are a few updates throughout the SE website as well as several newer photos that have been added.  There is yet another round of chatter regarding another attempt at a Lapeer teen center reunion show happening some time later this spring that would involve Sin Embargo and the other bands (or parts of bands) from the old Lapeer teen center days.  The date and location are still being determined, but as soon as something is figured out, it will be posted here and on the SE Facebook page.  It's sort of hard to believe that the last teen center reunion show happened just over 3 years ago already, back on January 12, 2013, at Flint Local 432...
 
SEPTEMBER 20, 2015:  CHANGES FOR KYLE
After being the guitarist in "the Devil Elvis Show" for the past 7 years, Kyle has decided to leave that group and is planning to join another established Ypsilanti-based band named " Black Jake & the Carnies " in the coming weeks.  So, keep an eye out for Kyle on guitar with " Black Jake & the Carnies " !
 
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC !
Happy 41st birthday to "Greezy E" on the bass !
 
AUGUST 24, 2015:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDIEBABY !
Happy 43rd birthday to drummer Ed "Eddiebaby" Stark... he doesn't look a day over 60 !
 
AUGUST 10, 2015:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLE !
Happy 38th birthday to the face of SE !
 
AUGUST 1, 2015:  NO SHERYLPALOOZA GIG THIS YEAR
For the past 10 years, Kyle & Eric's relatives held their big "Sherylpalooza" family reunion bash with live bands, etc, at their house in Harper Woods.  However, this year they have decided to scale things back and just have a regular family reunion picnic (with no bands) at a park in St Clair Shores instead.  Maybe next year ??
 
APRIL 28, 2015:  20 YEARS SINCE LAST LAPEER TEEN CENTER BAND NIGHT
Twenty years ago, on April 28, 1995, the bands "Glen Related" and "Shunt" played at "The Portal" teen center in Lapeer.  The following week, the teen center was shut down and one of Sin Embargo's favorite places to play - pretty much their "home base" - was no more.  Luckily, Sin Embargo had gotten one last gig in at The Portal a couple weeks prior, on April 14, 1995 !
 
APRIL 25, 2015:  ANOTHER ATTEMPT FOR LAPEER TEEN CENTER REUNION ?
As before, ever since the Lapeer teen center reunion show went down at Flint Local 432 back on January 12, 2013, there's been a desire from some of the bands and people involved to try and put on another similar show.  Several ideas for another reunion show came and went during 2014 with nothing happening.  Now, there's another attempt for lining something up some time in January 2016, possibly at the Hitch-N-Post in Lapeer.  If anything pops up on that front, we'll let you know right here ! 
 
APRIL 22, 2015:  20 YEARS AGO "UNDERNEATH" WAS RELEASED
Can you believe that 20 years ago today, on April 22, 1995, Sin Embargo's Underneath album (cassette) was officially released ?!?  Underneath contains 9 original Sin Embargo songs, written by Kyle (with a couple of co-writes from Eric and then-drummer Jason Hofer) from the spring of 1993 to the summer of 1994.  Read more about Underneath HERE !
 
FEBRUARY 1, 2015:  UPDATE ON ARCHIVAL SIN EMBARGO VIDEOS
Last spring, Kyle started digitizing several old VHS tapes of live SE shows from the 1993-1997 time frame.  One video of a gig at Saginaw's Olde Jamestown Hall from January 1997 was posted on YouTube last May ( see here ).  The digitization of other videos is nearly completed, so look for the rest of them to be posted in the near future !
JANUARY 24, 2015:  SIN EMBARGO FILLS IN FOR "LAS DROGAS" IN YPSILANTI
Sin Embargo (with Ed on drums) filled in for Kyle's other band "Las Drogas" at a gig at Crossroads Bar in Ypsilanti due to a death in Las Drogas drummer (and one-time SE backup drummer) Chops' family.  It was kind of a last-minute thing, but it was great fun.  Other bands on the bill included "Ghost City Searchlight", "Salt City", "Silk Filled Stilts" & DJ "Agent 99".  The set list was as follows:
 
- Afro (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- Back & Sides (Las Drogas/Johnny Shines)
- Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
- Inconstant Baby (Lapeer County Rockers)
- Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money)
- Some Day (Sin Embargo)
- King of the Road (Roger Miller)
- Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money)
DECEMBER 31, 2014:  END OF AN ERA - KIPP HOMESTEAD IS SOLD
Today, Kyle & Eric's childhood home (and location of "Cat Box Studio" where Sin Embargo's first two albums were recorded in 1993 & 1994) in Lapeer was sold.  After their mom Vita passed way on August 20th, it was just a matter of cleaning the place out and putting it up for sale since neither one of them could spare the time and expense of keeping the property.  The Kipp house (and barn) was also the location of numerous band practices from 1992 till about 2001, and where many classic SE songs were written. 
 
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  ERIC TURNS THE BIG 4-0 !
Happy birthday number 40 to SE's bass dude !
 
AUGUST 24, 2014:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDIEBABY !
Happy 42nd birthday to our aging percussionist, Eddiebaby !
 
AUGUST 20, 2014:  SAD NEWS
Sad news today as Vita Kipp, mother of Kyle & Eric, passed away today at the age of 73 at Independence Village Senior Community in Oxford, MI after a roughly 2-year battle with breast cancer that went metastatic and spread to her brain and other parts of her body, along with other complications.  Vita helped take several early band photos of Sin Embargo, and also helped pay for production of the "Super Fugue" CD's back in 1998.  Either way, we're all going to miss her a lot...
 
AUGUST 10, 2014:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLE !
Happy 37th birthday to our man out front !
 
AUGUST 2, 2014:  SIN EMBARGO AT SHERYLPALOOZA 10
For the 5th year in a row, Sin Embargo (with Ed on drums) was able to get together and play a set at Sherylpalooza in Harper Woods !  Unlike last year, where Ed & "Las Drogas" drummer Chops shared drumming duties, this year it was all Ed (and much less stressful !)  The set list included the following songs: 
 
- Afro (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
- Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money)
- I Wanna Be Sedated (the Ramones)
- Back & Sides (Las Drogas/Johnny Shines)
- Inconstant Baby (Lapeer County Rockers)
- Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money)
- Blue Moon of Kentucky (Elvis)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- King of the Road (Roger Miller)
- Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
 
JUNE 28, 2014:  SMALL SIN EMBARGO GIG IN LAPEER
Sin Embargo (with Ed on drums) played a short set at long-time band associate Rob Newman's daughter Emily's graduation party at the Newman residence in Lapeer, along with Kyle's other band "the Devil Elvis Show", and a solo performance by Sam Bufford.  This event was sort of going to serve as another Lapeer teen center reunion party, but none of the other bands were able to get together (although Mike Boyd did swing by for a few minutes !)  "Las Drogas" was also going to do a short set, but the weather wasn't looking too good (scattered thunderstorms), so things got shut down a little earlier than originally planned.   SE's set included the following songs (in no particular order since the set list wasn't written down):  Afro (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes), Pipeline (the Ventures), Surf-O-Rama in A minor (Dirty Money), Some Day (Sin Embargo), I Wanna Be Sedated (the Ramones), Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash), Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money), and King of the Road (Roger Miller). 
 
JUNE 14, 2014:  SIN EMBARGO MEMBERS CONVERGE ON FLINT'S MACHINE SHOP
Much like this time last year, "the Devil Elvis Show" with Kyle on guitar, one-time SE backup drummer "Chops" on vocals, and Eddiebaby filling in on drums, were among several bands who performed at the "Rumbleville" festival held at The Machine Shop in Flint today. 
 
MAY 31, 2014:  TEEN CENTER REUNION SHOW POSTPONED
The Sin Embargo gig that was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 14th, at the Hitch-N-Post in Lapeer with "Four Walls" has been postponed.  This show was intended to be a follow-up to the Lapeer teen center reunion show that was held at Flint Local 432 on January 12, 2013, however, the logistics didn't pan out.  Stay tuned for further updates as to when this show might get rescheduled !
 
MAY 13, 2014:  OLD SIN EMBARGO VIDEO FROM 1997 POSTED ON YOUTUBE !
For those looking for a blast from the past, Kyle has managed to digitize an old VHS tape of Sin Embargo plaing live from 1997 and posted it on YouTube ( check here ).  This particular video was from January 18, 1997, when SE played at Olde Jamestown Hall near Saginaw, which would have been one of the last SE shows with Jason Hofer on drums.   This is the first of several old VHS tapes of live Sin Embargo shows from the way-back that Kyle is working on digitizing and will hopefully be up on YouTube in the coming weeks or months.
NOVEMBER 11, 2013:  SIN EMBARGO BACK IN LAPEER ?
Ever since the Lapeer teen center reunion show went down at Flint Local 432 back on January 12th, there's been a desire from some of the bands and people involved to try and mount another similar show.  Several various ideas were batted back and forth during the spring to try to get another show set up at a venue in Lapeer over the summer of 2013, but that didn't happen for various reasons.   After tossing around some ideas over the past few days, Adam from "Four Walls" & "Saint Paulie Street" was able to procure a date at the Hitch-N-Post bar in Lapeer on June 14, 2014 for the next teen center reunion show !!  At this point, only Four Walls and Sin Embargo are on the bill, but hopefully a few others will join in between now and then.  SE is planning to dig deep and bring back a few older tunes that haven't been played much in recent years for the old Lapeer teen center crowd.  So, please keep checking back here or at the Sin Embargo Facebook page for the latest info !
NOVEMBER 6, 2013:  FINALLY ON FACEBOOK !
After dinking around with it on and off for several weeks and months, Sin Embargo finally has an official Facebook page !  (Welcome to 2006, right ?!?)  Anyway, please stop by the official Sin Embargo Facebook page and "like" it to keep up on the latest information on the band, as well as some other interesting tidbits that might not necessarily make it up on this website.
NOVEMBER 5, 2013:  20 YEARS AGO TODAY...
Hard to believe it was back on November 5, 1993 that two significant things happened in Sin Embargo history...  First, it was the official release date of SE's first album "Nevertheless".  Secondly, it was the first time drummer Jason Hofer met Sin Embargo at a gig they were playing at the old Club 42-5 teen center in Lapeer !  Mike Boyd had been playing drums for SE's opening set that evening, but he had to split early to play at another gig with his band "Beatnik Mecca" in Saginaw later that night, so we were kind of left without percussion capabilities.  While "Manhasset", the other band on the bill that night, was playing their set, Kyle asked around in the audience just before SE was supposed to go back up for a second set to see if anyone could play drums for SE.  Jason semi-reluctantly raised his hand and said he could play drums "competently", so Kyle asked if he knew any Nirvana tunes and the like.  Jason said he could do it and SE plowed into their second set of the night with tolerable results !  The following week, Kyle got Jason's phone number and things went forth from there with Jason manning the drums on over 70 SE gigs and recording the albums "Nevertheless (Fixed & Remixed)", "Underneath", and "Super Fugue" up until he left the band in early 1997.  How time flies...
 
OCTOBER 15, 2013:  EDDIEBABY DONE WITH BABE MILLER & THE 10-4's
After drumming for Babe Miller & the 10-4's since February 2012, and appearing on two releases by the band earlier this year, Eddiebaby has parted ways with Babe.  Who knows what's up Eddiebaby's musical sleeve next ? 
 
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC !
Happy 39th birthday to the other half of Sin Embargo's low end ! 
 
AUGUST 24, 2013:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDIEBABY !
Happy birthday number 41 to drummer Ed "Eddiebaby" Stark as he continues his journey into the "over the hill" club ! ;o
AUGUST 22, 2013:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHOPS !
Happy 38th birthday to Sin Embargo's back-up drummer Chris "Chops" O'Droski today !
 
AUGUST 10, 2013:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLE !
Happy 36th birthday today to the voice & riffage of Sin Embargo, Kyle "KK Dirty Money" Kipp !
 
AUGUST 3, 2013:  SIN EMBARGO PLAYS SHERYLPALOOZA 9
For the 4th year in a row, SE was able to regroup and pull off a set at Sherylpalooza in Harper Woods !  It was a little iffy at first since Eddiebaby's other band "Babe Miller & His 10-4's" appeared to be scheduled for a gig out in Marshall, MI the same day, so Kyle & Eric decided to work with Chops again on drums to be on the safe side.  Well, as luck would have it, Babe Miller's gig got canceled at the last minute, so Ed was freed up.  However, since Kyle had worked with Chops to prepare for Sherylpalooza, it was decided that the set could be split up between both Chops & Eddiebaby, and it worked out great !
The set list for the Sin Embargo appearance at "Sherylpalooza 9" included:
 
   With Chops on drums:
     - Back & Sides (Johnny Shines/Las Drogas)
     - Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
     - King of the Road (Roger Miller)
   With Eddiebaby on drums:
     - Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
     - Pipeline (the Ventures)
     - Inconstant Baby (Lapeer County Rockers)
   With Chops back on drums:
     - Folsom Prison Blues/Axl Cash (Johnny Cash/Las Drogas)
     - Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money)
     - Some Day (Sin Embargo)
     - Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes)
     - This Magic Moment (the Drifters)
Please check the "Photo Gallery" for a few new pictures of SE at Sherylpalooza 9 !  The goal for Sherylpalooza 10 is to mix up the set list a bit and dig up a few "gems" that haven't been played live in quite some time !
 
JULY 6, 2013:  CHOPS GETS HITCHED !
Congratulations to Sin Embargo's back-up drummer Chris "Chops" O'Droski and his wife Samantha as they walked down the aisle in wedded matrimony today !
 
JUNE 15, 2013:  SIN EMBARGO MEMBERS CONVERGE ON FLINT'S MACHINE SHOP
It wasn't an actual Sin Embargo gig, but "the Devil Elvis Show" (with Kyle & Chops) and "Babe Miller & His 10-4's" (with Eddiebaby) were among several bands who performed at the "Rumbleville" festival held at The Machine Shop in Flint today.  In the audience for both bands' sets was none other than Eric supporting his SE "brothers" and showing his wife Amy a fun time for her birthday ! 
 
MARCH 17, 2013:  QUICK UPDATE
Greetings... and happy St Patrick's Day !  (It's also Eric's daughter Kayla's 7th birthday today as well...)  Anyway, spring will hopefully be in the air soon since the snow and cold weather is getting old.   Speaking of spring, there is a rumor that a show potentially involving Sin Embargo, Four Walls, and Tin Kitten is in the works for somewhere around Lapeer in the next couple months.   Nothing has been finalized yet, but once it is, you'll be able to read all about it here.  In other news, we're still working on a new-and-improved Sin Embargo Facebook page with hopes of launching it in the very near future.
FEBRUARY 20, 2013:  SAD NEWS
Sad news today as Noel Kipp, father of Kyle & Eric, passed away today at the age of 79 at the McLaren Lapeer hospital.  One of the funnier Sin Embargo-related stories about Noel was that back in the 1993-1996 era of the band when Kyle, Eric & Jason Hofer would practice 1-2 times a week down in the Kipps' basement (a.k.a. "Cat Box Studio") for 2-3 hours at a time, and he would typically be taking a nap in his recliner located in the living room immediately above the practice space.  Apparently the loud volume didn't affect his nap time too much!  Either way, we're all going to miss him a lot...
JANUARY 20, 2013:  FLINT STILL ROCKS
Last Saturday's Lapeer teen center reunion show at Flint Local 432 was a fun blast from the past from several of our old musical cohorts and contemporaries as we wound the clock back to 1993-1995 for a few hours.  After sets by former "Eeyore" & "Schroeder" frontman Clint Hoagland, "Four Walls", former "Williams Bench" guitarist Chris Sowa, and Sam Bufford, Sin Embargo took the stage with a set list spanning from latter-day Sin Embargo & Dirty Money songs all the way back to 1993's "Beets, Butter & Piss", as well as a few covers from along the way.  After Sin Embargo's set was complete, former "Beatnik Mecca" & "Lapeer County Rockers" guitarist/vocalist (and early Sin Embargo drummer !) Mike Boyd hit the stage, with "Tin Kitten" rounding out the night with a rousing set down memory lane. 
 
Due to logistical and scheduling constraints between Kyle & Eric with Eddiebaby's commitments to his band "Babe Miller & the 10-4's", it was decided that Las Drogas drummer Chris "Chops" O'Droski would play drums for the entire show in lieu of Eddiebaby.  However, Ed was still able to come along and help out with merchandise sales and stepped behind the drums for a powerhouse version of the Ventures' surf classic "Pipeline". 
 
The entire Sin Embargo set list was as as follows:
   - Power Me (Sin Embargo)
   - Back & Sides (Johnny Shines/Las Drogas)
   - Some Day (Sin Embargo)
   - Like A California Plastic (Dirty Money)
   - Way Out Blooze (Dirty Money)
   - Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes)
   - Beets, Butter & Piss (Sin Embargo)
   - Pipeline (the Ventures) - with Eddiebaby on drums
   - Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
   - King of the Road (Roger Miller)
   - Territorial Pissings (Nirvana)
   - Negative Creep (Nirvana)
   - Tourette's (Nirvana)
 
Thanks again to the organizers of the show (Jodi Bufford, Joel Rash) for making it possible.  Also, thanks to Four Walls bassist/vocalist Mike Schwerin, who recorded the whole show on audio & video... hopefully, some of that will be available in the near future. 
 
In other news, the SE website is slowly getting re-vamped.  As mentioned before, the photo gallery section was completely restructured.  Be sure to check out the new photos from last week's Flint Local 432 show in there !
 
Till next time,
- Sin Embargo

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