My bad-ass friends make amazing music. Jefferson Hamer and Kristin Andreassen will be touring as a duo in the UK starting this Saturday. In fact, Jeff is already there himself, opening up for Tiny Ruins. They’ll both be selling special edition, UK-tour only CDs with which I had something to do. I spent four days with Jefferson at Mike & Ruthy’s ‘Humble Abode Studios’ making the decidedly great “Great Western Rail EP”. Stateside folks will have to make due with this taste of the music –
– until the full album comes along (soon!).
And Kristin will have with her some special some advance copies of her new album Gondolier, to which I contributed some not-too-shabby woodwind arrangements. Americans can pre-order the album (out soon!) here:
I am about to spend some much needed time away from NYC. After which, I will certainly return to this great city with a new found appreciation for it’s status as the de facto cultural capitol of the modern world!
From June 7 until June 13 I’ll be living on an island in Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. I shall wake with the sun, bathe in the lake, breathe only the freshest air, and impart some knowledge, re: pop harmony and song craft, as a guest artist at Miles of Music.
Following that, I fly out to the West Coast, where I’ll spend a week at the Berkeley Repertory Theater workshopping (mostly working, probably some shopping!) a piece about the fabled Barbary Coast with maestro Brian Carpenter and his Beat Circus.
And, lucky me, when that’s all done I get to hang for an extra week in California and play some duo shows with Kristin Andreassen.
We’ll be performing songs from her upcoming album, Gondolier on the following dates, at the following places:
June 24 – Bear Valley, CA – email yellowcarsuperstar[at]gmail[dot]com for details
June 25 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
June 27 – Berkely, CA – Poplar Playhouse House Concerts
The new album from Cuddle Magic & Phyllis Chen is, for your enjoyment (education?, edification, etc.?), streaming on The Wild Honey Pie.
Please head there and take a listen. And then celebrate with us when the album is released (all over the world) this coming Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Befitting our recent weather, I suppose, White Hinterland recently revealed this track to the world, on which I provide reedy low end and Cole Kamen-Green (my partner in winds from Cuddle Magic) supplies brassy flourish. The track has been featured on a music website called Pitchfork, and in a magazine called Rolling Stone, and now, also, here.
Been busy busy busy the past few months, putting the final touches on the soon-to-drop new album from Cuddle Magic & Phyllis Chen, adding just-the-right-sounds to recordings by Kristin Andreassen and White Hinterland, and making music happen all around NYC.
Cuddle Magic goes back on the road in just a couple of weeks. I hope you’ll come to see and hear us live and in person. And, until that time, let this little session from Audiotree whet all your appetites.
Being just about settled into Brooklyn life, and playing with folks around the neighborhood and the city (like Baby States, and Larkin Grimm, and The Hot Club of Bushwick, and Elijah Tucker, and JB Flatt, and Kendall Eddy, as well as visiting luminaries (I’m thinking of you, Nick Waterhouse) and making new music (always) with Mike Baggetta, and Dave Flaherty, and hearing surprising and wonderful music like The Pluto Moons … now I must prepare to leave once more:
Cuddle Magic hits the road in November. We’ll be here, and you should be, too. The band is sounding wonderful. And, as much as we all love home, we miss the road.
Baby States hits it twice this weekend. We back up the ever-mysterious Larkin Grimm on Friday evening (tonight) at the Rubin Museum of Art, and then we play a couple sets of murder-ballads, fiddle tunes, and more tomorrow at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park — from 9 til midnight. “Charlie Boyd”, who is not actually Charlie Boyd, joins us tomorrow. You should be there to hear that.
In other exciting news, finishing touches were made this morning to the Cuddle Magic/Phyllis Chen. Bryce Goggin has this thing sounding very very nice!
I’ve been enjoying an unusual amount of time off the road, in Brooklyn this summer. And I love it. For once, the kitchen is clean and the desk is uncluttered. It’s been amazing to be busy making music in the city.
I’ll be working out some new songs when I play a set this Saturday, 8:45 pm, at the Passim Campfire Festival.
I recently had the privilege of adding woodwinds to Kristin Andreassen’s ‘Boat Song’ — check it out streaming on her band camp.
Other collaborations will be surfacing soon!
I’m at Destino once again, Monday, July 29, with David Bryant. Music is continuing at this fine (and getting finer every Monday) establishment through August. But I’ll be on a quick road-trip with Ronald Reagan – Boston’s Premier 80s Pop Saxophone Duo for a bit, and other fine singers will be taking my place. Details soon on where you can catch us in the next two weeks!
I’m incredibly excited that Destino, on 891 1st Ave in Manhattan, has recently begun hosting music in their bar on Monday nights, from 7:30 to 9:30. Jarrett Cherner and I re-christened the piano last week, and this coming Monday I’ll be joined by the incredible David Bryant.
If that’s not enough to entice you, well … check out these meatballs.