Hi Folks. My new EP is done and available for mail-order. I had planned to have the music up for download today but there are a couple of covers on this thing and it seems we can’t legally have those up online yet, so I posted one of my songs from the record for free listening here - it’s a song that was sorta co-written by my good pal Jimmy Smith. Jimmy gave me raw materials a few years ago and said “I don’t know if you can do anything with this but check it out” or words to that effect. So I did and added some of my own juice to it and there it was- “Where’s the Door Guy?” My apologies to anyone who got a Bandcamp-related email today – I’ll try to get the download-able full EP up as soon if possible. But if you want to hear it, the good news is that it is available in CD format.
“Exercises For the Wasted and Down” comes with a booklet of exercises that are reasonably strenuous but which I recommend to anyone regardless of your current conditioning. I suggest taking it slow, but not too slow. The CD/booklet is coming out in a limited run of 100 copies. If you want to mail-order a copy, send $12 (that includes shipping) via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org – they’ll be shipped out in a week or so. For orders outside the continental US, send $18. And of course I’ll have copies with me at all my upcoming shows. Here is what the track list looks like-
In the meantime I’ll be tracking down publishing information so songwriters living and dead can get paid the nickels that I will owe them… sometimes people make it sorta hard to pay them but we like to do things mostly proper here at headquarters. Okay then, check out the new song and hit me up if you want a copy of “Exercises For the Wasted and Down”.
As I sit at a table and look out the window I can see that trees have become the bare and tangly Ichabod Cranes of the late Fall in St. Paul. Orange and red has dropped and made potato chips. It’s been a while since I saw and smelled the Winter coming. I’ve been washing dishes, flipping eggs, writing songs. Not drinking. Raking up the leaves. I miss Austin. It’s been almost 8 months. Be there in February. That’s when I’m planning to start my next tour. Touring is good, even when it’s lonesome and mean sometimes. Get out and play the songs. Live in ‘em. That is what it’s all about in the end. 2015 is shaping up to be a busy year kind of. I’m working on new songs for a kinda conceptual 7″ EP I’d like to put out, need to finish the full-length I started in Austin last Spring, then maybe another Bremen Riot record if we can convene for that at some point, and the road.
I have a few shows coming up – Aster Cafe in Minneapolis is the next one. Come out if you can make it, It’s a nice room and I haven’t played there in a lotta years. The other dates are on the shows page, which I’ll be updating as my tourdates get confirmed. I’m hoping to do some house shows this time out – if anyone wants to host one, or know somebody who might – holler at me here at email@example.com and we’ll go from there. At this point I’m looking at the southeast in early March, California after SXSW, and after that midwest and east coast if the stars align.
Working title for next release: Excercises For the Wasted and Down
Thank you Ronny Elliott for putting this vid up on youtube – tis the season once again! Until next time…
Another live-action-shot that our friend and great photographer Felicia Graham took at Hole in the Wall in Austin TX. A different photo from this same show at the Hole is on the cover of our record PM Magazine.
June 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the place, one of the longest-running live music venues in the city. It’s one of the only rock rooms left standing from when I first got to town. They’re putting on a slew of great shows this month to celebrate the club’s journey so far. We’re playing the night of Thursday, June 26th at 10pm, the second of four bands on a killer bill. Riverboat Gamblers headline, A Giant Dog goes on right after us, and BLXPTN starts the night off.
The Bremen Riot are delighted to be invited. Both myself and Grand Champeen – not to mention all the various other projects we have been involved in separately, and pretty much all our friends’ bands – have been performing and hearing music at this venue for much of the last two decades. It was the first Austin bar that I sat down and had a beer in, back in 1992. I saw Spoon do some of their earliest shows there, and bought their first 7″ from Britt Daniel after an awesome set in the half-full front room.
In those days The Hole was like a labratory where as a recent arrival to town I could mix up with people who would become some of my best friends and musical peers and heroes, and who remain so to this day. It was a smaller, smokier, generally more disheveled place then. I remember Brooks bartending in the front room in the 90s, telling about the days when Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley used to hang out all morning and afternoon. Lotsa stories. Paul Minor’s legendary Sunday night Rock-n-Roll Free-for-All. Jennifer Milbauer’s “Unplug This” acoustic Monday shows. It was a time of great incubation, inspiration and inebriation. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much still the deal in there.
Later both our bassist Alex and I worked at the Hole for years, as general manager and house audio engineer, respectively. So many memories. So happy that the place is still rocking and still independent. In this age of bottom-line-focused booking cabals programming small clubs all over the country, thereby homogenizing to some degree what gets exposed and heard, it’s a source of great inspiration to me that the music at Hole in the Wall is booked by Hole in the Wall. By musicians, and music freaks.
Come on down and celebrate their 40th with us and all the other bands this month. It’s gonna be a blast!! Also I may be doing a solo show or two while I’m in town. Stay tuned for an update on that. Here in St. Paul-land I am attempting to get my head together and working on some tunes, new full-length coming probably early 2015 if all goes well. Later, and Austin friends I’ll see y’around town!!