Micah Nelson Creates Space Gnome Playing Cards To Benefit The Bridge School

Micah Nelson Creates Space Gnome Playing Cards To Benefit The Bridge School

📅12 October 2017, 23:30

For Immediate Release                                October 12, 2017


Micah Nelson Creates Space Gnome Playing Cards

To Benefit The Bridge School


Particle Kid to Open for Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles


“Everything Is Bullshit” Video Premieres on RollingStone.com


Micah Nelson’s Space Gnome Playing Cards Benefitting The Bridge School

Available for purchase here: www.particlekid.com/merch/space-gnomes-playing-cards


            (LOS ANGELES) – It’s not enough for Micah Nelson, the multi-talented singer-songwriter, musician, visual artist and leader of two musical projects (Particle Kid and Insects vs Robots) to simply release an album and tour every few years. Instead, Nelson’s 2017 is filled with not one, but three album releases, several tours, and the debut of his Space Gnomes Playing Cards – Bridge School Edition. 


            The poker-sized deck of 54 Space Gnomes playing cards were hand-designed by Nelson himself. $10 from the sale of each deck of cards will be donated to the Hillsborough, California-based The Bridge School, a non-profit organization that educates children with speech and physical impairments through innovative and creative learning methods. 


            “The idea actually came years ago but until recently it wasn’t able to come to fruition. Because there is no The Bridge School benefit this year, I felt it was the right time to do something with them. I hope to do more in the future as well,” says Nelson, who is a longtime fan of cards – Texas Hold’em is his favorite, and he has played a lot of solitaire.


            The mission of the Bridge School is near and dear to Nelson’s heart. “In our daily struggles, it’s easy to forget that there are children out there with very serious problems and disabilities that we can’t begin to understand – existential trials and tribulations that are ultimately inescapable – but that may at least be manageable through the compassion and selflessness of others,” he says.


            “The Space Gnomes are here to offer perspective,” continues the artist, “to remind us to practice daily the art of compassion and that with just a little help from you and me, there can be more joy in the world and more real human connections… even between the most limited among us.” 


            Meanwhile, the music video for “Everything Is Bullshit,” the title track from the new Particle Kid album released on September 1, premiered Wednesday on RollingStone.com who also proclaimed Nelson has released “a series of excellent, deeply adventurous albums with his band Insects vs Robots and solo project Particle Kid.” Cleveland Scene said this of the specific track: “The trance-inducing, Neil-Young-inspired ‘Everything Is Bullshit’ thrives on distorted guitars and trippy lyrics.”  


            Nelson explains the inspiration behind the song: “‘Everything Is Bullshit’ was just something my girlfriend said in response to something on the news and it made us laugh when I sang it to a melody off the top of my head. I was with Neil later sharing new song ideas and I sang that chorus phrase idea for him, but this time I just kept going adding lyrics and it eventually became this stream of consciousness evolution story loosely inspired by Terence McKenna’s ‘Stoned Ape ‘ Theory of evolution. To me, it’s a healing song about facing the reality of how weird and out of control reality is and finding some humor there.”


            Everything Is Bullshit is the second Particle Kid album released this year. The first was his solo project’s self-titled full-length debut, which bowed in April. Of Particle Kid, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “As Particle Kid, Micah records quirky prog-rock that also incorporates folk, jazz, funk, and Americana. His self-titled debut is a far-out collection of tunes that displays his musical versatility.” Pitchfork praised the artist as well, writing, “[Particle Kid] has been living and breathing art and music for practically all of his young life. His songs speak to his talent.” 


            Additionally, a third album release is also on the horizon. Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash Vol. 2), due October 20 on Legacy Records, features songs performed with Nelson, his father Willie, and his brother Lukas of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. The 11-track collection features the Nelsons singing country classics as well as one brand-new song.


            On the touring front, Particle Kid just finished up dates solo dates, as well as the Outlaw Music Festival tour featuring Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and others. The Oakland Press noted, “[his] set of space cowboy ambience that was easily the most outlaw music of the festival day.” Promise of the Real also just served as Particle Kid’s backing band for a sold-out show in Pioneertown, California. 


            On October 21, Particle Kid will perform at Beyond Bridge, a music celebration to benefit Pioneer Day at School in the Ocean Beach are of San Diego, California. Pioneer School is dedicated to serving students with moderate and severe special needs by providing individualized programs with an emphasis on community involvement and music therapy. The lineup also includes Julianne Frayer, Time Guitarman and Friends, Jeff Geraci Band, the Tenants, Acoustic Waste Band, and Brothers Cow. 


            Sheryl Crow invited Particle Kid to open for her at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on October 23. And on October 28, Particle Kid will be the special guest performance for the We Are The West Underground Series concert in the parking garage of 701 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, California.

            More dates for 2017 and beyond will be announced soon.




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