In 2017, I'm going to be launching a concert series where musicians/composers/visual artists have a chance to workshop/soft debut new ideas w an audience. Inspiration came from several shows in 2016 where I watched a natural intimacy spring up between performers and audiences in situations where the performers were making themselves vulnerable by performing work just in the very first stages of completion. It was exciting and raw and the audiences responded to it.
The series is called Fresh Flux, and a trial night is happening at Threes Brewing in February, featuring Jonah Furman (Krill) and Jeanann Dara among others. Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci) is taking on some co-curating duties with me, others may be involved soon.
The idea is to provide a low-pressure, high-attention space for artists to try new ideas (songs, collaborations, departures from the norm, experiments) without the pressure to play a "normal" set (for bands), and without the pressure of a full on premiere of new compositions. Priority is on expanding your art into new and risky spaces.
Ideally this will become a space where, no matter who is performing, you know you can come and hear/see/participate in a night of fun, surprising, intimate art. I hope everyone leaves inspired every time.
Now, the begging: To make this series a reality, I need your help. If this appeals to you, as a performer, as a listener, as a community member, I really need you to come out and make your support known on February 9th by attending. We need to have a mutually beneficial relationship with Threes in order to make this feasible, and that means bodies in the seats. So I'm asking you, please come out. If you do, I'll make this happen once a month as long as I can.
I'll be doing other things on my own time but I've made all the WM downloads available on bandcamp for free/pay what you want. Any proceeds will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
Trying to fight the feeling that music is trivial at a time like this - but it was the first thing I turned to this morning to try and calm myself down. Anyway, if it helps you, please take it
Very excited to announce that we'll be taking up residence at Threes Brewing on the first four thursdays in the month of September. We've got some amazing musicians, comedians, and dancers lined up so let's get to it:
EACH WEEK: at 7:30 PM, "In Limbo," a 30 min piece by GB for 4 cassettes
see u there, darlings
Trying some new things this year, including a duo tour with a musician I've come to know and respect a ton in the last year or so: J.R. Bohannon, also of Ancient Ocean: https://www.facebook.com/Ancient-Ocean-127236815717/
We'll be sitting in on each others songs, playing some solo material. A grab bag of guitar/saxophone goodness.
May 27 - Philadelphia, PA: Random Concerts: J.R. BOHANNON, GABRIEL BIRNBAUM, and DAN MALLOY
May 28 - Pittsburgh, PA: J.R. Bohannon & Gabe Birnbaum Duo w/ Dan Petrich and Sheri Streeter
May 29 - Chicago, IL: J.R. Bohannon // Gabriel Birnbaum // Dusted (Ryley Walker/Michael Vallera)
May 31 - Lexington, KY: J.R. Bohannon, Weed Hut & Gabriel Birnbaum
June 1 - Louisville, KY: Modern Cult Records: https://www.facebook.com/events/1186758558023180/
June 2 - Nashville, TN: The Groove Records
June 3 - Asheville, NC w/Wes Tirey & Sarah Louise (house show, email me for address)
June 4 - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
June 5 - Washington, DC @ Union Arts DC
Thank you all for coming out and making that solo tour a really amazing and welcoming experience, eating some of the best brussels sprouts I've ever had at Company Brewing in MKE or getting told that I don't play the saxophone like an asshole, even though I COULD (s/o to Columbus, OH).
We're going to be laying a little low as we finish up this next record, but I'll be making sure you hear it as soon as humanly possible!
Lemons --------------------------> Lemonade
Come see me play solo WM and other songs at the following spots:
- 4.17 - Harrisburg, PA @ Make-Space
- 4.18 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
- 4.19 - Milwaukee, WI @ Company Brewing
- 4.20 - Chicago, IL @ Quenchers
- 4.22 - Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar
- 4.23 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
and then the full band finale:
The bills are great, the bands are great, and the times will be heady. Would love to see you out there.
We played a song for our Sofar Sounds friends and they were kind enough to put it on the internet. Going into Figure 8 tomorrow with our dude Sam Owens to make some magic/win some grammys/eat some brown rice
On Sunday, we'll be back in the studio for the first time since EC3, starting a full length that many of you have already heard pieces of at live shows. Anyone who asked about Closer To God or Cocaine Man will be glad to know the work is starting.
Our next NYC show is the one below. It is also my birthday party, and you should definitely come to it. FACEBOOK.
We have big plans for this year. But first, a smaller plan: a show.
ONE. On January 14th, we're hitting the wonderful Union Pool with our pals Pavo Pavo and Buck Meek (featuring his new live band, which is full of superstars).
TWO. I'd also like to take a minute to point out a kind little notice for EC 2 & 3 from our friend, the great songwriter Will Stratton:
Gabe Birnbaum and his band redefine Americana as a genre, making it more expressive and subtle in the process. Volume 2 is as neat and tidy as Volume 3 is refracted and broken, reminding me of the transition Big Star made from #1 Record and Radio City into Third.
THREE. As for those big plans, well, what is it they say? Man plans and god laughs? Let's just say that within the calendar year or so, there will be an awful lot of new Wilder Maker recorded, and hopefully you'll have access to it.
very stoked to be taking part in HtH's 10 year anniversary celebration on saturday at Bowery Electric.
Hello, amigos. The year long saga of Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire Vols 1-3 has now ended. On the way, we toured the country twice, drank an entire bottle of fireball in a barn, played a sold out bowery ballroom show with Natalie Prass, made a bunch of people cry (and those are only the ones who texted me about it later), played songs to an empty frat at Princeton, did the worm on the floor at Baby's All Right, had a cocktail named after us, watched a thunderstorm explode over a lake outside buffalo at 3 am, and watched curb your enthusiasm in someone's bathroom closet. It's been a long, wonderful ride, and before it's quite over and we move on (to the HUGE amount of new music we've got waiting in the wings), we wanted to share this lovely video of Relief.
It was shot live, w live audio, in Sean & Nick's apartment in Ditmas Park, all one take, one camera. Alex Munro filmed it beautifully. Please enjoy!
- 9.27 - New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse - FACEBOOK
- 9.30 - New York, NY @ Columbia University
- 10.2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie - FACEBOOK
- 10.3 - Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Brewery - FACEBOOK
- 10.4 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter - FACEBOOK
- 10.5 - Raleigh, NC @ Neptune's - FACEBOOK
- 10.6 - Charleston, SC @ Royal American
- 10.7 - Athens, GA @ Normaltown Hall - FACEBOOK
- 10.8 - Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot
- 10.9 - St Louis, MO @ Layla
- 10.10 - Chicago, IL @ Observatory Studios - FACEBOOK
- 10.11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Sprecher Brewery (daytime)
- 10.11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Boone & Crockett (nighttime)
- 10.12 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
- 10.13 - Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
- 10.14 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
- 10.15 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co
- 10.16 - Rochester, NY @ Abilenes
- 10.17 - Princeton, NJ @ Princeton University
Wherever you see these, you'll find us:
just click on the image above to hear some sweet fluttery saxes, glitchy Katies and find out why we're like The Godfather and The Matrix
Very stoked to be back on CMJ.com today, premiering the new WM music video for relief:
Beautifully shot and conceived by Evan Cohen and his team, the video is patient and lovely, relying on polaroid photos developing in real time on screen alongside the action. Very happy to share it with you today. And tonight we play at Alphaville in Bushwick alongside our friends new project CVS at Night.
Tonight we have the honor of opening for our friends Miracles of Modern Science at their LP release at Mercury Lounge! doors at 7, we play at 7:30. Maybe we play a new song. Hear one of their new tunes below!
Had an INCREDIBLE night opening for Natalie Prass at a sold out Bowery Ballroom last night. Seriously one of the most fun musical experiences I've ever had. And we're doing it again! With our friends Big Thief & Bird Courage !
We hit right at 9 PM, Big Thief and then BC to follow.
and check out this sweet shot by IG user Joe_Saturday:
Plenty more photos &c to come!
Super stoked that WM's Everyday Crimes series made CMJ's best of 2015 list, alongside champs like Courtney Barnett, Sufjan Stevens, Lower Dens, & UMO. Such a thrill to be up alongside such talented people. Read the full piece by clicking the photo below!