click on the image above and listen to your heart's content!! really really proud of this one, and the fact that with Gerald Menke slaying on pedal steel, we are now officially one degree of separation from Kid Rock
it's here! your first glimpse of Vol II! click this lil screencap and awaaaaay you go
here it is, in all its glory! Come, send your friends, hear some jams. Art by the magnanimous David Foarde.
Well be at Rockwood music hall stage 3 tonight at 9 pm on the dot, but come early and stay late compadres, there's a ton of wonderful music to be heard. very stoked to be a part of communion for the night!
Not such a rare privilege for me to be in a room with 3 other creative minds running on high (thanks to being in a great band or two) but still a great thing to be savored. Many gratitudes to Mission Dolores, Smith Canteen and my roommates for letting us shoot.
In other news, we're piling in the van for a grand spring adventure:
- 3.31 - Rochester, NY @ a bookstore (more details soon)
- 4.1 - Cleveland, OH w/Dolfish
- 4.2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co
- 4.3 - Milwaukee, WI
- 4.4 - Chicago, IL
- 4.5 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
- 4.6 - Oberlin, OH @ House Show
- 4.7 - Columbus, OH @ Brothers Drake
- 4.8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe
- 4.9 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
- 4.10 - TBA
- 4.11 - Amherst, MA @ Amherst College
And before that you have a chance to see us shred locally:
gonna hit up the ol Cameo Gallery tomorrow night and play our new songs we cut at Rubber Tracks. It'll be a hell of a damn time
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so stoked to be making our RT debut tomorrow night! click the poster for more info! we play first!
Click above for the full text. Suffice it to say that this is the most thoughtful, full, tuned-in review you will read of EC Vol I. I am intensely grateful to Nate for writing it.
also here's an image of how we stand numerically against various books records and TV shows, FYI. Take that, Greil Marcus!
Threw up a bunch of assorted photos of our rambling and roaming this year, since we didn't have as much major touring going on. Click above to visit a wonderland of santa hats, wilder makers holding animals, and vietnamese food.
Happy Monday. Here's "Zion" from our record that came out last week. It's one of my favorite songs I've written, touching on Americana but not drowning in it, built on hypnotic 5 bar guitar phrase and a series of shifting melodies above it. Both more rhythmic and more static than most things I've done. The lyrics were banged out on a typewriter (along with a lot of other junk) during a long dark night of the soul, in Williamsburg (naturally).
The drum part was entirely written by Sean during a very long tour where we workshopped the tune whenever we could, and then a lot of the little nuances of arrangement were put together by the full band, in such a collaborative spirit that I don't really have any idea who they came from. That fact reminds me that we are a band and not just me, or at least that we are some place between being a band and being me. People still do come and go, though they haven't for awhile and I'm grateful for that. You know you can trust the people who play with you in basements for kudos from amped up college kids with no money and sleep on couches too short for their legs and drive for you when you're too hungover.
There's a moment in Zion (4:56 if you're keeping score) during which we all intentionally skip the downbeat (a J Dilla trick), and I remember playing it live at Cake Shop, the first time in NYC since we'd added that touch, and hearing the audience go "wooo!" and thinking "hey, that's never happened before. How do I make that happen more?" I'm sure there'll be phases, but right now I'm so grateful to have the people I do (Katie Nick and Sean in particular, who do the bulk of the traveling) and not be out there alone all the time.
You can hear their other projects at the links on the about page
Very proud to announce that "Hope Springs," the first single from our upcoming EP Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire, Vol I has premiered over at Consequence of Sound. Click the image below to hear it. Thanks very kindly to the folks there for giving it a spot.
Then take a hop skip over to our bandcamp page and PREORDER the whole durn EP.
We'll be hopping around New England in early November, with stops in Boston, Portland, Burlington, and Western Mass. It's been awhile since we took Whitey Ford out for a spin. Really looking forward to it.
Keep an eye out for details soon.
was going through the audio for a video shoot we did when I saw the .wav take on a funny shape and then I heard this. guess we won't be using that track.
stay woke, folks