Yo dudes! I played a bunch of new songs and an Abner Jay cover over at Daytrotter in Rock Island! There’s a lot of weird banjo,crazy chords, and general prettiness. Check it out by clicking here!
My predominantly banjo/voice experimental pop record I don’t think I see a difference is out now via Spectropol Records! You can stream the record and download it for free below. Click here to read a small writeup of the album in Decoder’s week in review column.
Here are some words I wrote about the record:
“Last year, I became fascinated with the acoustic possibilities of the banjo in conjunction with various electronics and pedals and created a number of works that utilized these alien sounds while still warping them into folk songs of sorts. However, as I delved further into the instrument’s extended technique, I realized that there were ways to create a kind of polyphony with just the acoustics of the instrument itself and set off working on many of the pieces heard here. With these particular songs, I wanted to both play with the instrumental specificity of the banjo but also try to reduce those sounds and the formal elements of pop songs to their most basic elements. These pieces are equally indebted to the work of reductionist composers/improvisers like Tetuzi Akiyama and Taku Sugimoto as they are to the folk music of Washington Phillips and Abner Jay. As such, most of these works were built off of the raw banjo/voice material and feature minimal overdubs save for some vocal harmonies and organ on a few tracks. The banjo material on the album (tracks 1-5) is very concerned with how much of a song/sound you can remove yet still have it resemble that thing and the remaining two pieces are further non-banjo explorations of this idea. “the war on christmas” places a cynical pop song into a minimalist/modular situation notationally while the bagatelles take extremely small melodic song fragments and spreads them out very quietly over an extended period of time.”
Also, um got a positive review on the French website dMute yesterday! Read it here.
Man! I need to keep up with updating this page! For those that didn’t know, I spent the last 10 days on tour with my good friend Todd Lerew! We played all over the southwest and it was really fantastic! So many great experiences! If you ever need to find info on shows that aren’t posted here, check out the facebook page here. On this tour, I performed several deconstructed pop songs that utilize extended banjo technique. The first wave of this material is available via a new CD-R on Yawn Tapes. You can stream the record in full below. Stay tuned for info about upcoming shows in Phoenix and LA!
I’m very excited to be playing at Alter Space in San Francisco on Saturday with my like minded friend Andrew Weathers and the very rad Morse Cosmos! I’ll be doing a set of drone-y folk songs using guitar, banjo, and a lot of pedals. Here’s some more info:
Andrew Weathers: andrewweathers.com
Marcus Rubio: marcusrubio.com
Morse Cosmos: handmadebypirates.com
Show starts around 8pm
Suggested donations $5
At Alter Space
1158 Howard Street, San Francisco, California