my new album Airplane Mode will be released on all the usual digital platforms on Friday, Oct 23
I always love to play music at the Upper Jay Art Center (way up north of Lake George, overlooking the Ausable river) to an always gracious and appreciative crowd lounging on a strange collection of smartly re-upholstered vintage furniture, hosted by the ever generous impresario, Mr. Scott Renderer. Might be a little while before I travel there next! In the meantime, I have recorded myself at home in Brooklyn, singing a bunch of songs, playing a bunch of instruments. I tried my best to communicate some of the spirit of a performance in the Recovery Lounge at the Upper Jay Art Center. It is up on their youtube channel (link above). I hope you watch it, and if you watch it I hope you like it!
I’m very proud of the music I make with Cuddle Magic.
Benjamin, Christopher, Cole, Dave, Kristin and I all spent two weeks together in December of 2018 recording in a bathroom. All of us amidst 23 microphones, crowded into one bathroom: breathing and listening and making music together.
First single is out now. The rest of the album is on the way.
I hope you’ll listen. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it! https://ffm.to/349e3jr
I could not be more proud of my buddy Taylor Ashton. He made a grand record, all of which we’ll all get to hear at the end of February thanks to the folks at Signature Sounds. I feel lucky because I got to hear it all already, because I produced the thing! So, 2019 has been good!
Here’s the first single:
Other news in my life:
Cuddle Magic has a show in NYC on Feb. 1, at National Sawdust. This band doesn’t play out too often … and we won’t likely get busy again until our next album is about to drop. But we are playing this gorgeous room in Brooklyn in less than two months. Don’t miss it!
And, I’ve lots more shows coming up, all over the US, with Ana Egge and Iris DeMent. Check out Ana’s website for details.
“Hurt A Little” is the second single from Ana Egge’s forthcoming album, Is It the Kiss. Ana and I wrote this one together, on a day off of tour, staying at a modest houseboat on the edge of Shoreham-by-Sea, on the south shore of England. This gorgeous video is by Lessa Millet.
I’ll be doing a bunch of shows with Ana over the course of the next few months, as well as a week with the mad genius Mr. Stash Wyslouch, and a couple of my own shows.
Aug 3 – Brooklyn, NY – wi/Ana Egge, Taylor Ashton, & Caitlin Pasko @ The Owl Music Parlor
Aug 8 – Brooklyn, NY – AS Solo – House Concert (contact me for the details!)
Aug 15 – Manhattan, NY – AS Solo, opening for Rachel Ries – Rockwood Music Hall
Aug 17 – Brooklyn, NY – AS Solo, The BCAT and CTOWN Variety Show – Union Hall
Aug 23 & 24 – Fayetteville, AR – wi/Ana Egge – Fayetteville Roots Festival
Sep 8 – Manhattan, NY – Ana Egge Album Release – Caveat
Sep 12 – Nashville, TN – wi/Ana Egge – Vinyl Tap
Sep 20 – Philadelphia, PA – wi/Ana Egge – Philadelphia Folk Song Society
Sep 22 – Brooklyn, NY – wi/Ana Egge – Brooklyn Americana Festival
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – wi/Ana Egge opening for Iris Dement – City Winery
Oct 3 – Brownfield, ME – wi/Ana Egge opening for Iris Dement – Stone Mountain Arts Center
Oct 4 – Rockland, ME – wi/Ana Egge opening for Iris Dement – Strand Theatre
Oct 5 – Bethlehem, NH – wi/Ana Egge opening for Iris Dement – Colonial Theatre
looking forward to a Spring & Summer full of natural light and free of space heaters!
sounds recently crafted there will heard soon (by Taylor Ashton, Ana Egge, Zoe Guigueno, Lissa Schneckenburger, Brian Dolphin, and more!)
also … I play a solo show of new-ish songs at Pete’s Candy Store, Tuesday June 11, 9:30pm (sharp) — preceding a new project led by Mr. Sam Decker!
These days (as of this writing on Feb 9, 2019) I am busy with good work. And so I rarely get around to updating this website. Truth is the slow loading time for the admin page for the very old version of wordpress that I run is also an impediment. And then there’s all the potentially historic news on top of which to keep. I just don’t have much time.
So here’s a pretty broad & long view update, to keep the page current-enough for a while:
I and the rest of Cuddle Magic spent three weeks in December in a slightly-larger-than-normal bathroom in a nice house on the Eastern tip of Long Island. There we recorded, all playing together very quietly, many performances of all the songs that will comprise our next record. There will be lots of time-taking and take-picking before we even send it off to be mixed. Still, I bet everyone gets to hear it before the end of 2019. I’m very excited about the album that is somewhere among all the things we recorded. It’s been a while since we made one — long enough for everyone of us (and the music and the lyrics) to have noticeably matured.
Did you make out in front of a camera last year at the Bowery Ballroom?
Then you might see yourself herein, accompanied by a song I wrote (with crucial assistance from the master musician Dinty Child) about some anxieties, uncertainties, and caution, and not-kissing … at least not just yet.
Don’t know quite what I would do without my good friends in Cuddle Magic pushing me to make this music.
And much love to Thomas Brown, Taylor Ashton, Jacob Blumberg, and our own Christopher Andrew McDonald for making this video. And to Northern Spy and DRUNKEN PIANO for all their work, and NPR Music for the kind words!
Andrew Dimola and I have been at work on a record of strange meandering and hilarious cinematic music: mostly instrumental, but with the choicest words here and there. It features two of the finest improvisors we know, Trevor Dunn & Jason Nazary, and blooms out of compositions stretching back more than a decade back our respective notebooks.
The music will be available (very shortly, or maybe now?) here:
And it should be available in all the standard digital stores (Spotify, Apple Music, and so on …) by the end of this week.
And we’re going to perform it live, joined by the incredible musicians Christopher McDonald and Dave Flaherty:
11/15 Cambridge, MA Lily Pad
11/16 Hadley, MA 123 Bay Rd. (House Concert)
11/17 Brooklyn, NY The Owl Music Parlor
I’ll be releasing some music to the world, via all the usual digital channels, this Friday, July 27. To celebrate I’ll be performing those 5 songs and others at Barbes that very evening, at 8pm, joined by Jason Nazary and Ryan Dugre.