Life In A Blender


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For over 25 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Ralph’s blackly comic landscapes. The group has released seven albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle.

Don Ralph formed the band with high school friend Dave Moody (then bassist, now cellist), and within a couple of years had acquired the drumming services of Ken Meyer. Guitarist Al Houghton and bassist Mark Lerner joined in 1992, and violinist Rebecca Weiner Tompkins signed on in 1993. While the band’s core lineup has remained remarkably constant for the past 18 years, the list of former members, guest artists, and collaborators includes Chris Butler (The Waitresses, Tin Huey), Chris Rael (Church of Betty), Jonathan Gregg, John Linnell (They Might Be Giants), Gavin Smith (Les Sans Culottes), and Olivier Conan (Chicha Libre, Las Rubias Del Norte).

Life in a Blender’s songs have appeared in at least two films: “Friend from Quebec” was featured in the Michael Moore’s Canadian Bacon, and “Mobile Wash Unit” appeared in Sara Lamm’s documentary, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox.

The band has released seven albums, the most recent being “Homewrecker Spoon,” produced by Al Houghton.