Performing for this year’s Porchfest in Somerville, MA for a couple of bands.
First is a children’s sing-along with my wife, Amy, at noon on my porch in the Winter Hill area. We’ll be doing songs by Woody Guthrie, Ella Jenkins, and more.
This album is hard to describe. It’s soooort of a jazz album… although, when I mentioned we were making one while in the studio, I got reamed and I felt ashamed. We’re not improvising much, we did lots of overdubs, and we used compression (I know, right?). But, we did record most of it “live” in the same room – as you can see in the video(s) – soooo…
Whatever. It’s just songs with a saxophone playing the melodies. Kay, got it.
Now for the personnel:
Rainer Davies is a dream/nightmare; one of the most under-appreciated and misunderstood musicians I’ve ever met, which is a compliment. Dion Kerr is a facilitator of all things possible and aesthetically pleasing; a do-er; a romantic. Luke Moellman, our “producer”, is, the one and the only, Luke Moellman. All of these statements about these folks are a disgrace to the greatness that they each individually and unify-ingly represent.
So we wrote some songs, arranged them, and recorded them. Luke mixed them (which is an understatement) and got our package out the window. Reeve Schumacher (google him) did the stellar cover art, which you can experience in full glory with a physical digital spinning ROM audio disk.
I don’t have much to add about the music. It’s a thing you should just listen to if you’re curious enough by now. Go here (for now) to listen and buy. iTunes link to come.
Much love and thanks to all those who made Alligator Skin possible.
After one of the most memorable recording sessions I could ever remember, I’m proud to announce the imminent release of Alligator Skin, the first official “jazz” album I’ve done that I can truly take some ownership of.
I’m joined with good friends Rainer Davies and Dion Kerr; all of us share equal writing/arranging/producing/blah blah blah credit. I’ll be posting way more about this in the near future, but hopefully this might whet some appetites for the time being.
Just kicked ‘em out. Cannot wait to share. If all works appropriately, they will be working in game for the alpha release at the end of March. The full soundtrack will be released on iTunes in parallel with the game’s release this summer.
Christmas is a beautiful time of the year. A beautiful, busy, ridiculous time of the year. And for me, it’s also the first Christmas I get to celebrate with my now 9 month old boy who is now crawling and standing and bangs his head on things when we’re not looking.
So I decided to make it even busier for myself this year by recording a song for the annual Christmas mix tape A Beloved Christmas with Food, curated by the one and only Timothy Brown and his songwriting blog Food for the Beloved.
And yes, the song is about being busy, sleepy, and, therefore, picking out bad and/or confusing gifts.
Check out the other songs on the compilation, which are all fantastic. I also helped out Brian and Bonnie Fitch with some clarinet on their Ft. Wonder rendition of Frosty the Snowman.
Posted some compositions of mine on Soundcloud. I’ll be updating this as I have more to share!
A recent track of mine, “Lonely Moon”, is features as a project update for the Grim Dawn Kickstarter page, which has been doing very well and is sure to receive funding at the current rate! Check out the song, and support if you can!
Dan Crislip, the audio lead for Grim Dawn, and I recently got together and put together a video showcasing our work so far on the upcoming horror ARPG. Check it out, and if you can, show your support!
Grim Dawn, the horror hack and slash ARPG I’m doing the soundtrack for, has started their Kickstarter campaign to help funding through till the end of the project. The team is small, but in order for them to get the ball rolling and get ‘er done they’ll need your support. If you can contribute, there’s some great incentives for you to brag about to your friend.
Spirit Kid had the opportunity to record a video shoot with the website Sleepover Shows before Christmas, and they just posted the results. We are pleased. Head on over there for all three vids.