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Record Release Show/ Rockwood 3/ June 28th

May 4, 2018

The record release show for my new album, The Fastness, is happening on June 28th at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 at 8:30. Tickets are available here!

The Fastness is made up of 10 new songs written by me. It features Kirk Schoenherr on guitar, John Kenlga on bass, Rob Heath on drums, me on singing and harmonium and Susan Hwang, Leslie Graves and Julie DeLano on harmonies.  It was produced and engineered by Joe Rogers, mastered by Charlie Nieland with album design by Scott MX Turner. I’m happy with it. Come celebrate with us on June 28th at Rockwood. 

You can buy a physical CD here or download the album here.

I took the album cover photo in Iceland last summer from a whale-watching boat just outside of Reykjavik Harbor.

The term ‘the fastness’ was introduced to me by my friend, playwright and songwriter, Hywel John.  It means, ” a secure refuge, especially a place well protected by natural features.” At the time he mentioned it, I was in the middle of nowhere in Ireland writing some new songs and the idea of a fastness appealed to me (still does) and worked its way into some of these songs.

You can read great reviews of the album in New York Music Daily and Goldmine Magazine. And you can read another nice review and listen to the first track off the album, The Master, here on Celeb Mix.

Anyway, would love to see you on June 28th at Rockwood Music Hall. 

I just got back from a fantastic trip to Los Angeles. I was there for the 2nd Bushwick Book Club show in celebration of Jonathan Ames’ brilliant, new book, You Were Never Really Here. Read it! And then see the movie. Here are a couple pictures from the LA show.

 

March/April

February 26, 2018

I’m excited to be co-producing two upcoming Bushwick Book Club shows with Susan Hwang, in NYC and LA, to celebrate the release of Jonathan Ames’ new book, You Were Never Really Here (a movie based on the book, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Lynne Ramsay, will also be released in early April).

I’ll be writing and performing a new song at both shows AND making my dance debut at the NYC show in a piece choreographed by Nicola Yvette Hughes.

Jonathan Ames will be giving readings and signing books (which will be on sale) at both of these shows!

The New York show is happening on March 29th at Mirror in the Woods and you can purchase tickets here.

The LA show is happening on April 28th at the Last Bookstore and tickets can be purchased here.

And here’s a little clip of Benjamin Cartel and me singing Tom Petty’s beautiful, gem of a song, Insider. Ben and I will be recording this song and a few other covers this summer. Watch this space!

February

February 4, 2018

I’ve been invited to participate in Dave Keener’s Songwriter Deathmatch on February 10th at Freddy’s in Brooklyn. He invites a few songwriters to each play a few songs. I’ll be in great company with Dave Keener, Dave Foster and Jim Knable. It’ll also be a mini- Nick Lowe tribute as we’re all covering one of his songs. I’ve never participated in Songwriter Death Match before and I’m not entirely sure what happens if I lose, but I do know I’m up against some pretty fierce competition. It’s Saturday night at Freddy’s from 6-8pm and it’s bound to be fun. Come hang out with us!

Here’s a picture from the Bushwick Book Club show the other night, taken by Gates Callanan.

And I’m excited to be part of the Love Hangover again on February 15th at Bowery Electric. Benjamin Cartel and I will be singing a couple songs together. Lots of great people peforming. I’d love to see you there!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!
I had so much fun putting that bill together at Hank’s in December that I’ve decided to do it again! This time it’s on February 2nd (Groundhog Day!) with Hello Bittersweet with Robin Aigner and Michael Brownell Oil (Jon Crider, Ann Bicknell, Bick Bicknell), my band and Andi Rae Healy and the Back River Bullies. I hope you can make it.

Photo by Gates Callanan

Before that, I’ll be participating in the Bushwick Book Club show on January 30th at Mirror in the Woods. We’re all reading Vonnegut’s Player Piano.

And on January 26th, it’s the record release show for Jim Andralis and the Syntonics’ new record Shut Up Shut Up at Joe’s Pub. Jim’s new record is beautiful and I loved singing on it! You can listen to it and buy it here.

Cool album art by Jim’s husband, Larry Krone!

December

November 20, 2017

I just got back from the west coast (Portland, Seattle, LA) where I played a couple Bushwick Book Club shows in celebration of Chuck Palahniuk’s new book, Legacy: An Off-Color Novella For You to Color. I also played a couple shows with my friends Lusterlit (backing me up and also playing their own songs). It was a great time. A highlight was the glow-in-the-dark beach ball game that Chuck Palahniuk orchestrated at our Portland show. (pictured below)

For December, I’ve put together a bill with my band and my friends Jim Andralis and the Syntonics (of which I’m one), Lusterlit, Freddie Stevenson and Life in a Blender at Hank’s Saloon on Saturday, December 9th. This is my version of a holiday party. I hope you can make it.

I’ll also be singing a few songs at Don Rauf’s Blow Hole Theatre at Counter Evolution on December 14th and participating in the Bushwick Book Club end-of-year show at Little Skips on December 16th.

Hope to see you somewhere along the way.

xxjk

PS Here’s a picture by Scott M.X.Turner, of me singing with Lusterlit (Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland) at the Parliament Tavern in Seattle last weekend.