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!
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!
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
SAT 7.12 / CHECKPOINT CHARLIE’S / New Orleans, LA
MON 7.14 / WONDERROOT / Atlanta, GA with JESSE NIGHSWONGER
TUES 7.15/ NEPTUNES PARLOUR / Raleigh, NC with Polyorchard and Jeb Bishop
THURS 7.17 / THE PAPER BOX / Brooklyn, NY
FRI 7.18 / GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY / Brooklyn, NY
SAT 7.19 / PSYCHEDELICATESSEN / Burlington, VT
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
First of all, as many of you may know I recently moved out of Los Angeles and have settled in Austin, TX for the time being. I’m super stoked to be here! I’ll be playing a lot of gigs where I’ll be shredding my own tunes but I’m also already doing a ton of sideman work with artists I love like Slomo Drags, Matthew Squires, and Real Live Tigers.
Matthew Squires and I will be doing a big east coast tour in a few weeks so stay tuned for more info on that!
Also, Land of Disenfranchisement recently got some love from Pop Press International and the MySpace blog! The MySpace blog said the album is the 7th best cassette release of 2014 so far! Wow! Check ’em out below:
The lovely folks at Decoder Magazine wrote a really nice feature length article about several of my recent releases! Check it out here
Here are some other recent reviews from some of my favorite places:
um reviewed by Brian Olewnick here.
in heaven… reviewed by Improv Sphere here.
um reviewed by dMute here.
um on hihiwhoopie here
i don’t think i see a difference reviewed by pyongyang plastics 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.