It’s almost DECEMBER?!! Are you for real? I recently turned 25 and since then I’ve started to sound more geriatric than usual. Just kidding.
So there goes 2013. Here are my highlights of the past year:
-careening through Berlin on a rickety bicycle
-hanging out with dogs, sheep, and my family at our farm in Ontario
-recording at The Plant in Montreal with my friend Nigel Ward from the band Seoul
-recording demos with my Dad in the barn
-working on songs in a little studio in Brooklyn
-playing the drums with people
-playing the BASS with people
-playing a bunch of shows in New York and Montreal
-jumping in the ocean
-telling you that the new record is coming in 2014
In the meantime, a couple holiday shows:
Dec. 4 @ Rockwood Music Hall, NEW YORK NY
Dec. 20 @ TBA, TORONTO ON
Jan. 6 @ Casa del Popolo, MONTREAL QC
The other day I stumbled across this quote by Bertolt Brecht:
Don’t try to hold onto the wave
That’s breaking against your foot: so long as
You stand in the stream fresh waves
Will always keep breaking against it
This past year I learned to let go of the wave. This song speaks to that. It’s about letting thoughts come and go and sentiments sparkle and fade and letting the waves break against my feet. It’s called “Aslan,” and I recorded this version in Montreal in the spring with my friend Nigel Ward.
More to come, and some shows:
July 24 @ Cornelia St. Cafe, NEW YORK NY
Aug. 10 @ Duckstock, ST. AGATHE QC
Aug. 11 @ Passovah Fest, MONTREAL QC
Aug. 22 @ The Rock Shop, BROOKLYN NY
It’s been a while, so I figured I’d begin this post with some snapshots of what’s been going on.
Recording in the barn.
Recording with my Dad.
Recording with Nigel and Franky.
And now? I’m in a cafe in Brooklyn and Tom Waits is blaring on the stereo. He’s pretty vibey, isn’t he? It rained so hard here last night that there are lakes where there should not be lakes, and ducks where yesterday there was grass. I’ve left a trail of umbrellas in my wake over the last few years and I never seem to have one when I need it the most. So, drenched and dishevelled I begin this new chapter in New York City, working on new material and exploring things I haven’t had a chance to delve into until now. More on that later.
The Ontario Arts Council has graciously funded the creation of a new record, which will take shape over the next while at my family’s new homestead in the rolling hills of Northumberland, Ontario.
In the meantime there are a couple of shows coming up that I’m excited about. The first is this Sunday, May 12th at 8pm at the Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan. I’ll be playing some brand new songs with the amazing Damon Hankoff on piano and bass. Here is the event. Then, on June 1st, I’m heading back to Toronto to play at the Drake Underground for Mr. Ryan Granville Martin‘s record release. Here is the event for that. There’s also a Kingston show on June 4th, and more announcements to come.
The “shows” page has it all.
Enjoy the spring, friends. And if you have a spare umbrella let me know and I’ll lose it for you!