So excited to share our fun and goofy video for "Only Child" on SPIN Magazine today, directed by Matt Strickland - click the image above to read Winston Cook Wilson's write up, or watch the video embed below!
we are very excited about this! v cool to finally beat the hell out of Harry Styles at SOMETHING.
We stopped by the Blue Room in Bushwick to play our new single for you.
V excited to have the A side of our new Saddle Creek 7" premiering on Stereogum today! Click the link above to preview your new summer mushroom trip prospect park jam
we'll be hitting the road w our friends Sam Evian and Uni Ika Ai in May, including a v special show at Rough Trade the day after our new single is out.
(Note: we're not on the D.C. show, just philly and Brooklyn)
Very excited to announce this. You'll be able to order ours and see the art soon. We're very excited to be working with Saddle Creek, home of some of our favorite and most talented friends like Big Thief and Sam Evian.
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.