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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)