NEWS

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Squanky Kong Update - Summer 2022

Other than some streaming on the Squanky Kong Twitch by James Michael House, SK has been on a bit of an unplanned hiatus since the beginning of 2022. There are some good reasons why...

The original plans following the release of "Dawn of the Cataclysm" was for James Michael House (JMH) to head back to Los Angeles from his Oregon home/ studio to reform the SK live band. Those plans were abruptly cancelled when his father Bill House was diagnosed with Alzheimer's late in 2021. With no other family around JMH decided to stay in Oregon for a while to help his father transition to long-term care during this challenging time.  

JMH not being able to return fulltime to Los Angeles indeed messed up a lot of the plans for Squanky Kong following the release. But things are reorganizing, and being in Oregon with continued studio access does extend opportunities with content creation, in particular making more music to release.

 

JMH is doing some updates and refurbishing to his Oregon recording facility while refocusing on studio work. He is beginning to offer freelance part-time as well, including remote guitar/ bass recording, editing, and more. You can check that out at his professional site https://www.jamesmichaelhouse.com

The pandemic with all the economic fallout; inflation and rising costs; and family medical problems resulting in more pressures. It has been a rough couple years financially for most everyone involved with SK. The new album amazingly got released relatively unscathed, though a year late. However, much of the needed promotion to support the release was missing due to financial complications.

 

In light of the tough financial times. There is a fundraising effort being started. After some requests being made, there is now a way for Squanky Kong fans to donate and help support the music. Donations are through PayPal and Squank Entertainment, Just Click Here or use the donate button at the bottom of this website. All proceeds go directly to help Squanky Kong continue spreading the music.

Date: July 24th, 2022

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Squanky Kong on Bandcamp

Squanky Kong is now on Bandcamp. It was decided to be a good indie option to make the new album Dawn of the Cataclysm available to download at the full 24-Bit 96 kHz studio quality as a FLAC file. Any purchase also includes the MP3 download and can be streamed on the Bandcamp app. All the older SK releases will also be available in the original 16-Bit 44.1 kHz uncompressed versions as well. For the foreseeable future the best place to get the Squanky Kong music and merch direct will at Bandcamp.  

https://squankykong.bandcamp.com

Date: Nov. 15th, 2021

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The New SquankyKong Twitch Channel

It may come as no surprise that video games are a longtime favorite to Squanky Kong, with SK rhyming with a certain classic game character. Now there is a new SquankyKong Twitch channel where you can find SK mastermind James Michael House streaming casual gaming and music performances on occasion. This is being done more to try out for fun, and to connect with people live. There may be periods with little activity when too busy. Follow the Twitch channel and turn on notifications to find out when streams are going live. There will also be notification when going live on the SK Twitter. You can also check out Squanky Kong Instagram and Facebook stories for additional notifications and info on content.

Check it out at https://www.twtich.tv/squankykong

Date: Oct. 29th, 2021

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Dawn of the Cataclysm is Available Now!

It is finally here. The new album Dawn of the Cataclysm is available on Spotify, Amazon, Apple, and most other streaming services. It is also available as a limited edition CD on the SK web store for those that like the physical format for the quality and collectability. 

Take a listen to the most complete musical vision of Squanky Kong yet! 

Tracklist

 

  1. Across the Uncanny Valley

  2. Know End Insight

  3. The Gadget

  4. Parade the Plastic Planet

  5. Despicable Doublethink

  6. War by Proxy

  7. Traitors in the Midst

  8. We Make the World

Date: October 15th, 2021

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Know End Insight - The first single is available now!

Know End Insight is the first single being released from the upcoming album, Dawn of the Cataclysm. It is available now to stream on Spotify and other services. 

Follow this link to take a listen and share now!

https://open.spotify.com/album/1arzdVFRpalrcsm0YsP34H?si=4k6WkVC-QsKGG2OKS_ZYQQ&dl_branch=1

Date: Sept 10th, 2021

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Pre-save the new album

The new album "Dawn of the Cataclysm" can now be pre-saved on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple, with more to come. Just click on the cover art, or follow this link.  https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/squankykong/dawn-of-the-cataclysm

Date: August 25th, 2021

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Dawn of the Cataclysm

After over two years of production - with sessions in Los Angeles, Nashville, and the Pacific Northwest - the new Squanky Kong album is at last entering the final phase. The title "Dawn of the Cataclysm", which was conceived at the end of 2019, seems more appropriate than ever after such a globally tumultuous 2020. There will be much to come in the months leading up to the album release. So be sure to stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. A release date has been set for October 15th, 2021.

Dawn of the Cataclysm

 

  1. Across the Uncanny Valley

  2. Know End Insight

  3. The Gadget

  4. Parade the Plastic Planet

  5. Despicable Doublethink

  6. War by Proxy

  7. Traitors in the Midst

  8. We Make the World

Date: January 20th, 2021

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Pressure Tank 2020 and VEVO

Pressure Tank 2020 dropped as a special surprise video release on July 15th. It is a re-worked version of the 2015 song, The video features stop-motion mixed media animation by artist Linsey Doyon. The release of this video also marks the launch of a new YouTube VEVO channel for Squanky Kong. 

Date: July 16th, 2021

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COVID-19 Impact

In this time as the world deals with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Squanky Kong regrets to inform that the new album release date, which was due to be announced for later this year, is being pushed back till 2021. The new plan is to take advantage of this extra time to make sure this album is best it can be. So stay tuned for something amazing to come next year.

In the meantime the official Squanky Kong Bazaar is up and running with new items from Squanky Kong and creator James Michael House. As an continuing offer of entertainment till the current crisis is over, you can find all the older Squanky Kong music available on the Rhapsody page to download with "name your own price". So those that are struggling can have some free music to pass the time, and those that are not can still show their support since the music industry is one that has been hard hit. 

Date: April 18th, 2020

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Squank Studio into 2020

 

Diligent work has continued through the holidays and into the new year at Squank Studio, recording the final touches to the new album. Care is being taken to not rush anything, and make sure everything is as perfect as possible. The recording process is expected to be completed in just a few months. Then the mixing and mastering process begins in the early summer.

There is no release date as of yet, but barring unforeseen circumstances, the best of efforts is being made to get it released by late 2020. A single is expected to drop preceding the full album. Stay tuned for more!

Date: January 5th, 2020

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Clear Lake Recording Studio And More

 

In late September some great vocals were recorded for the upcoming album at Clear Lake Recording Studio (Studio B), North Hollywood, California. Another piece of the puzzle. Still a lot of work to do to finish this epic album, but things are taking shape quite nicely.

Also while in Los Angeles, Craig Huxley kindly contributed some keyboards for another song, recorded again at his home studio in Sherman Oaks.

Date: September 28th, 2019

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Recording At Ocean Way Nashville

In July SK mastermind James Michael House got the opportunity to catch his longtime friend Joseph Wooten between touring with the Steve Miller Band and working with his brother Victor. With just one long day in Studio C at Ocean Way Nashville, they managed to record keyboards for three songs on the upcoming Squanky Kong album. 

Date: July 10th. 2019

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Recording At Huxley Manor

 

A postponement in May pushed back the studio production some. This led to some auxiliary vocal recordings being done for the new album at Craig Huxley's home studio in Sherman Oaks, California instead. While there, Craig graciously contributed some time to add piano to a song as well.

Date: May 8th, 2019

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Squank Studio Sessions and the New Year

 

The new SK album production continues into 2019 with James Michael House working at his Squank Studio in Western Oregon. The recording and editing process will continue through 2019, with vocals already planned to be recorded in Los Angeles sometime later in the year.

There is no official release date as yet for the album, but it is estimated to be sometime in 2020 . There are strong prospects of some special releases occurring before the album drops as well.

Date: January 2nd, 2019

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Production Start & The Village

 

Much work was completed through the summer to lay a path for the upcoming Squanky Kong album with many new songs being demoed and finalized. The drums were tracked last month (Oct.) at world famous The Village Recorder - Studio A in Los Angeles, California, with additional work continuing through the holidays.

Date: November 15th, 2018