Tag Archives: experimental pop

Cities Sinking Down Out Now on Kendra Steiner Editions! West Coast Tour Next Week!

My new record consisting of original folk songs that were submitted to a glitching/looping process is available now via Kendra Steiner Editions!

You can stream a few choice excerpts of the album below via bandcamp:

Also, I’ll be doing my first full band tour with Erik Montano, Dane Rousay, and Matt Thomas accompanying starting next week! Here are the dates:

12/4-Cheer Up Charlie’s // Austin, TX Cities Sinking Down CD Release with Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders and Airplane Mode. 9p.m.

12/6- Sala Diaz // San Antonio, TX with Chris Corsano!!!!

12/8- Gold House // Albuquerque, NM with TBA

12/9- Trunk Space // Phoenix, Arizona

12/10- Che Cafe in San Diego, CA with Hungry Cloud Darkening

12/11- The Fun Zone // Santa Barbara, CA MARCUS RUBIO ENSEMBLE (Austin, TX), MAN AND THE SMELLS (Los Angeles, CA) and ADAM HAWK BAND (Santa Barbara, CA) at FUNZONE

12/12- the wulf. // Los Angeles, CA- Special night of longer chamber/experimental pieces 8p.m.

12/13- EM Wolfman // Oakland, CA with Andrew Weathers Ensemble “Battle of the Ensembles”-Andrew and I’s groups will play a handful of deconstructed re-orchestrated folk songs.

12/14-Ham & Eggs Tavern // Los Angeles, CA with Joe Newlin, Heather Lockie, and Michael Bailey- mixed set of weirdo pop and noise/chamber pieces.


New Split out on Salvador Records!

As of today, I’ve got a split out on Salvador Records with CABALLOS Y ENTUSIASMO. Both halves of the split are full of dreamy experimental pop. You can stream one of my tracks and one of theirs below. Order the album here!

Tour with Matthew Squires!

So this week is the official beginning of my joint tour with Matthew Squires. Both of us will be playing individual sets and I’ll also be playing guitar/violin/banjo with Matt as well! We’re sharing bills with a number of great artists including Chris Schlarb, Sandy Ewen, Jeb Bishop, Nick Hennies, and Peter Nichols (Great Valley/Peter’s Window) amongst many other rad folks! Below is a list of dates!

WED 7.9 / CHEER UP CHARLIE’S / Austin, TX with Real Live Tigers
THURS 7.10 / THE 1011 / San Antonio, TX with Filmstrips
FRI 7.11 / ALABAMA SONG / Houston, TX with Chris Schlarb/Sandy Ewen
TUES 7.15/ NEPTUNES PARLOUR / Raleigh, NC with Polyorchard and Jeb Bishop
THURS 7.17 / THE PAPER BOX / Brooklyn, NY
SUN 7.20/ HOUSE SHOW (details TBA) / Ithaca, NY with Nick Hennies
MON 7.21 / THE FUTURE / Brattleboro, VT with Peter Nichols
WED 7.23 / HOUSE OF USHER / Chicago, IL
THURS 7.24 / DAYTROTTER / Rock Island, IL
MON 7.28 / RUBBER GLOVES / Denton, TX
TUES 7.29 / LIBERTY BAR / San Antonio, TX with Matthew Rose

Land of Disenfranchisement out now on Already Dead Tapes!!!


At long last my new full length pop album is out now on Already Dead Tapes! You can buy a tape direct from the label here and stream the record/buy it below:

Also, check out a nice SA Current post about a couple of my recent albums here!

“I don’t think I see a difference” out on Spectropol now!

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.