Having a lovely time traipsing around our nation, making music with Emily Wells and an incredible band (Dandy McDowell, Addie Vogt, and me!) We’re realizing, live, her incredible new album “Send My Regards”, and some classic cuts.
We’ve already done it (trio style, to start) in Carrboro, NC and Atlanta, GA … the tour continues at all these places on all these dates:
And when that’s all done, more shows in July with Parsonsfield (and my musical brother Benjamin Lazar Davis), as well as a solo Alec Spiegelman set opening for Dallas Ugly at the Owl (July 15!) (I had the honor of producing Dallas Ugly’s new record … can’t wait to hear them rock those songs live in one of my favorite Brooklyn rooms!)
I’ve got a bunch of shows coming up soon: collective celebrations of music released during the long last two years. They will be precious opportunities to play the songs from my album Airplane Mode, and some Cuddle Magic material you’ve heard and some you haven’t yet, and to join up with Parsonsfield to play songs from their latest (Benjamin Lazar Davis produced!) album, Happy Hour on the Floor. I can’t wait to sing and play in front of some crowded collections of people in live-music-optimized spaces!
Dates & Details below:
I, Alec Spiegelman open
followed by Parsonsfield ft. me and Brittany Karlson!!!!
Rochester NY – May 14 – (no solo set here — but Parsonsfield wi me & Brittany Karlson will be so tour-tight by the time we hit the Rochester Lilac Festival stage, and it’s free, and check out these amazing gardens!!)
I’ll be performing a bunch of songs from Airplane Mode on Feb 1, in the cozy Park Slope listening room at Barbes. And I’ll be joined by the wonderful guitarist Wendy Eisenberg!
Also – a northeast tour commences soon with the David Wax Museum. David & Suz and I will be playing as a trio all around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic late February and into March. (go to their website for the dates and the deets!) We’ll play songs from the two (2!) wild&weird David Wax Museum albums I produced & mixed in the last couple years. If you haven’t heard them yet – do please take a listen to Euphoric Ouroboric and Remember My Future (available on all the normal streaming platforms)
More touring, with other wonderful musical associates, is on the books for the Spring (can you believe it?!) Details to come!
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I’ll be doing a set of my own songs (including a bunch from Airplane Mode, out last Fall) on Nov 19, in Hartford, CT, opening for the fine fellas in Parsonsfield. And I’ll get to join them for their own gloriously unplugged set! Tickets available now, here.
And … important news … the wonderful album I produced for Zoe Guigueno is available now on CD, AND I will join Zoe herself (as well as Michelle Willis and Jason Burger) to play songs from that album (and newer songs) at Pete’s Candy Store on Nov 22
I will sing songs from my recent album Airplane Mode, and newer songs. And, we’ll be getting together in advance to work out some collaborations.
What a year-and-a-half it’s been, and what a surprising world in which to mark a numerologically significant birthday. I am 40 now! The pandemic seems to have neatly divided my life: I’m hoping I have at least roughly as many decades to come, and I’m happy to face them with a little more wisdom, won via all the hours of Covid-enforced self-examination.
Also of great comfort this year, the six of us in Cuddle Magic have been writing an album’s worth of songs together. We’ll record them this coming fall, in the same small bathroom where we recorded Bath, our pandemic-Spring offering, once again breathing and listening to the shared air in that tiny space!
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I have a delightful time talking with a true musical mensch, the ever-inspiring Mr. Mike Watt, on today’s episode of The Watt from Pedro Show. We cover: my Dad’s record collection, my Mom’s guitar, my high school swing-revival band, Little Joe Cook, and Cuddle Magic, among many other topics. And, in between our brief chats, Watt plays some very good music, a bunch of which I made. And, like every episode of this wonderful show, it starts with a track by John Coltrane!
Not a bad three hours of radio, at all!
You can listen here, or find the show wherever you listen to podcasts.
I had a delightfully rambling chat with Cindy Howes for her podcast, Basic Folk. (Listen at the link!)
I seem to remember we talk about music I’ve made (like my album Airplane Mode, and the latest from Cuddle Magic, and great stuff from Ana Egge, Taylor Ashton, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Zoe Guigueno, and The David Wax Museum), places I’ve played (weddings, comedy clubs …) and some of the deep wisdom I got from Ran Blake.
And other stuff!
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Airplane Mode is the new full-length album by me, Alec Spiegelman.
Since yesterday, Oct 23, it has been available on all of the usual digital platforms.
Things got slightly confusing over at Spotify, inside which a second and distinct Alec Spiegelman was created, for this new album and for some guest appearances. Here’s the new me. I’m told that this will only last for a little while, that the new me and the old me are the same, and that they are in the process of being consolidated.
I wrote the songs for this album pretty quickly in the late summer and into the fall of 2018. “Hurt A Little” and “One Decision” were written with Ana Egge.
Ana is my songwriting hero. I got to spend a bunch of time with her on the road, and through the making of two very good albums. Besides just being the most incredible hang, all that time working with Ana was also a graduate education, my theses: the songs we wrote together. Ana happens to sing my favorite version of “Hurt A Little” on her album, “Is It the Kiss”. I sing an entirely different version with my band, Cuddle Magic, on our album “Bath”. And I think that other people should (and will likely) sing it on other albums, and also at home just for themselves. My sense that anybody should, and could, sing that song, is something of which I’m incredibly proud, and which I do not think I could have done without Ana.
Andrew Dimola & Robin MacMillan play the bass & drums, respectively. And Robin engineered the two day-long sessions (Jan 27, 2019 and Aug 10, 2019), with the three of us tracking together at Robin’s amazing old Williamsburg loft studio.
Robin MacMillan is an incredibly talented musician and producer. He is a masterful engineer of his notoriously difficult-to-mic primary instrument: the drum set. He imagines all kinds of driving parts and pockets. He understands some very subtle connections between musical rhythms and dance, and he’s a fine & un-self-conscious dancer. He makes all sorts of beautiful music in collaboration with all of my favorite musicians in town.
I’ve been playing music with Andrew Dimola pretty steadily since we met around 2003 in Cambridge, MA. At this point, I think we have a remarkable amount of shared and specific musical vocabulary. Thankfully, Andrew still breaks rules I would never break, in pursuit of symmetries I would never have seen. Critically, in the context of this album, he can rock un-ironically and aggressively, as this music demands.
Jacob Blumberg made four music videos for four of the shorter songs on the album. Those are all available to watch on my instagram account.
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!