Saturday, March 8, 2014

Crowding The Octagon Tour (so far)

On March 18th, my new album Crowding The Octagon will come out on Teen-Beat Records, so I'm doing a tour to celebrate. I don't have to do them all at once, though, so it's gonna be spread out over the next few months.  Here's the first four shows:

2014-03-07 | Washington Street Art, Somerville MA, with Grizzler, Cotton Candy, What Is An Author?:

2014-03-20 | The Spotty Dog, Hudson NY, with Mike Tamburo and Alexander Turnquist:

2014-03-21 | Flying Object, Hadley MA, for Sight and Sound II:

2014-03-28 | Official record release party! In Charlottesville VA at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, with Grand Banks and Cole/Monnes Duo

If you think I should come play with you where you are, and it's accessible by bus from NYC, let me know!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy new year/rest of previous year/more music

Welcome to 2014. While we're at it, how was the rest of your 2013? After the fantastic success of Black Death DNA (#4 top mailorder item for Teen-Beat in 2013, topping the tote bag), I spent most of the rest of the year recording, working on TLA stuff which I swear is gonna come out some day, resting on my laurels, accepting accolades, getting ultra-ripped abs, and being the most influential, yet still unknown, artist of my generation.

For 2014, the signs are auspicious for more activity, so to start things off here's a digital cassingle bootleg of my set from Zebulon from the end of 2012. This was the record release party for Heather McIntosh's award-winning soundtrack to Compliance; it was me, the amazing Jeremiah Cymerman, and of course The Instruments. For me, the most gratifying thing about this recording is that you can hear the audience talking when I start, but at the end of the set you can hear that nobody is talking. Success! Coming soon: more avant-garde guitar jams, a new record on Teen-Beat, some actual shows, all to be announced here soon.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Black Death DNA out now on Teen-Beat

I'm excited to tell you that my new album Black Death DNA is out now on Teen-Beat Records . As you know, I've been associated with Teen-Beat since like 1985, but never released a solo album on Teen-Beat...UNTIL NOW. You can get it as a download for $7.92, but why not treat yourself right and get a CD-R with a beautiful poster designed by Mark Robinson for $9.99 instead? There's also a great video Mark made for the song "Love Theme from New Zero Seasons" here. I'm always extremely honored to continue to work with Teen-Beat, so I highly recommend you make all my dreams come true and get on this right away.
In other news, I'm hard at work on the follow up, so there'll be more prepared guitar summer jams for you soon.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

True Love Always live at the Bell House for Chickfactor 21

So, in the pop music world, there is really no force more powerful than the shadowy cabal of Chickfactor. A nod from "them" and it's straight to the top, and you don't have to be nice to the people you see on the way up, cause you ain't coming back down. That is why we in True Love Always (which would be, as it has been for over a decade, me, Matt Datesman and Tony Zanella) are stoked to play on June 12th at the Bell House in Brooklyn NY for night two of Chickfactor 21.

All three nights are stellar, but if you have to pick one, make it June 12th, and be sure to get there at 8pm sharp; this isn't one of those "doors at 8, first band goes on around 10:30 when they have given up on any more of their friends showing up" deals. We're on at 8, and have the entirely enviable task of clearing the stage for the Aluminum Group right after us! Such an amazing line-up, and it is truly an honor to be a part of it.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

New album: Black Wings Of Night And Making Out

Welcome to the Super Bowl of improvised guitar music, which is basically me competing with myself in my own tournament. The winner is Black Wings Of Night And Making Out, another stack of tracks from our stacks of classic prepared guitar wax. If you download the album, there's a bonus version of a song by Unrest, in case this was already not few enough degrees of separation between those two bodies of work.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New album: Sharrows

So it has been some time since I posted the last album here, but of course I have to think of the shareholders and get this in before the end of the musical year. Since the last one I've done some recording, played a show with (and in) The Instruments, thought about stuff, gotten in touch with my feelings, etc. 

And now here it is; a new album coming in right at the end after all critics' end of year lists have already been written. (The acclaim will have to wait until next year, when my debut album for Teenbeat will hopefully be racing up the charts and I'll have to play 37 backyards at South By Southwest.) 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

New EP: Time To Lean, and "release party"

I've been embroiled in litigation with the 2012 London Olympic games over the title for this one, so I had to wait until the games were over to release this new EP. Also, you know, the summer, people are doing things, whatever. To make up for it, this one is like four times as long as they usually are, and encompasses a number of recording sessions instead of just one like they normally do. Just FYI for the completists.

Also, I'm playing with (some form of) The Instruments again! We'll be playing some of the awesome score that Heather McIntosh wrote for the movie Compliance, which is burning up the charts, and probably some Instruments hits as well. I'll be doing a solo opening set, so it'll be like the release party for this EP, if one has a release party for something that you just put up on the internet. It's at Zebulon, in Brooklyn, Sunday August 19th, probably earlyish Sunday night rock time? Come on down if you are in the area--I'll buy you a drank.