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June 21, 2016

Morning Edition Theme…

NPR’s Morning Edition recently put out a call for musicians to re-imagine their theme music, and I finally had a chance to throw something together. Kate Rears Burgman came through with the cello and I played/recorded the rest of the instruments in my home studio.

I’m a fan of the show myself, so it was fun to get to take a crack at a song I hear in the background most days. Hope you dig it. Thanks for listening….

– Mike

June 14, 2016

We’re Coming Back to Charlottesville!


Charlottesville! We are very happy to be coming back to play a FREE acoustic show with our buddy, Michael Coleman. We were fortunate to get to share the stage with him a couple years ago, and we had a blast. Looking forward to another great night at The Garage.

Thursday, June 25, 2016.


FREE / 8pm

The Garage
100 W. Jefferson St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902

March 3, 2016

New WWP Album, Matter, Out Now!

Today is the big day! The new album, Matter, is out. You can get it now at:

iTunes  //  Bandcamp  //  Spotify  //  CD Baby (physical cd)  //  Amazon mp3

And if you’re in the DC area, come help us celebrate TONIGHT at Black Cat Backstage. We’re playing an album release show with Color Palette & Me and Karen.

The show has gotten shout-outs from Washington City Paper, DCist, Brightest Young Things, Hometown Sounds, American U’s WVAU, Fuzzy Logic, DC Rocks, and more.

Here are the details:
TONIGHT, Thursday, March 3
$10 // All Ages // CASH BAR (They have ATMs)
1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Facebook Event:


Thank you!


February 25, 2016

New Music Video for ‘Matter’

The video for ‘Matter’ is up now!

You can download the single on iTunes here. And if you’re in the DC area, you can come out and hear us play ‘Matter’ and a bunch of other new and old songs at the album release show next Thursday, March 3rd at Black Cat with Color Palette and Me and Karen!

Many thanks to Joey Ciccoline and Daniel Shepherd for making the video happen. It was a lot of fun to make.

February 9, 2016

New Single, ‘Matter,’ Available Now on iTunes/Amazon/Soundcloud….

Just wanted to let you know, you can snag a copy of the new single, ‘Matter,’ on iTunes and Amazon now! You can also stream it for free on Soundcloud. Thanks!

February 4, 2016

Album Release Show at Black Cat in DC on 3.3.16!

Hi friends,

We’re celebrating the release of the new record, ‘Matter,’ with a show at one of our favorite venues, Black Cat, in DC on Thursday, March 3rd with our friends Color Palette & Me and Karen. We love Black Cat and are really looking forward to hanging out and playing some new and old songs. You can get your tickets here.


Here’s the info:

Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Record Release Concert with Special Guests:

$10 / Doors at 7:30
1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Facebook Event

See you there!

February 3, 2016

New Single, ‘Matter,’ Out Now.

Today’s the big day where you get to hear one of the songs from the new record! The song is called ‘Matter,’ and it’s from the new record that is also called ‘Matter.’ That is a true story.

The album comes out in March, but the single is out today! You can buy it at Bandcamp here. And you can stream it for free on Soundcloud.

Hope you dig it! Thanks for listening…

January 15, 2016

New year. New album. New Video.

We Were Pirates New Album March 2016

Hey friends,

There’s a new WWP album coming out….in March! It took a minute or two to write and record and mix. But that’s all done now and soon it will be an actual thing that you can have and listen to and accessorize.

I’m really proud of the new tracks and hope/think you’ll like ‘em too. And we’ve gotten the crew back together to learn the songs and hang out and drink beers and enjoy each others’ company. Look for a DC release show announcement soon.

Also, a bit ago I got out of town and went down to Nashville to make a video with my good, good friend, Daniel Shepherd and his esteemed colleague, Joey Ciccoline. Well, I guess technically they made the video. I mostly just played some instruments and sang a song while they captured all of the good times and memories in some small digital boxes with lenses attached.

Keep an ear to the ground for updates and I’ll make sure to keep you posted on all of the newness and freshness to come. Meanwhile, I hope that everything is cool with you. Let’s catch up soon, yeah?!?!


Oh, and here are some photos from the video shoot….

We Were Pirates Matter

We Were Pirates Matter Video

We Were Pirates Matter Video Shoot

We Were Pirates Matter Shoot

We Were Pirates Matter Video Shoot

We Were Pirates Matter Video Shoot

We Were Pirates Matter Video Shoot

We Were Pirates Matter Video Shoot

January 1, 2015

2014 ’til infinity…

We Were Pirates Spotify Mix

Hi friends,

Some people have asked me what I’ve been listening to lately, so I made a Spotify mix with a few songs from 2014 that I dug/dig/dog.

I really hope it was a solid year for you. It had its moments for me, but all things considered, I won’t be sad to see it go. I have higher hopes for 2015. For both of us. You and me. For one, I’ve been recording….a lot. Some songs I’m really excited about. I’ll keep you posted…

Beyond that, there are just things to look forward to. People are paying attention to what’s happening in the world and demanding more justice and more freedom. Whatever your politics, that’s exciting. This past year, some friends of mine were able to get married to each other. And they wouldn’t have been able to, just a couple years ago. Fewer people will be locked up for seeking pain relief from a plant that nobody has ever overdosed on. And it seems we pretty much all agree that justice system reforms are needed….so we might actually get them soon. That is amazing. Oh, and it’s possible that because people got involved in democracy, we might get to keep having an open internet.

See? Cool shit will continue to happen this year. Mark my words….But also, lame shit. There will be both cool shit and lame shit. For all of us. So, I vote that we all try to stay positive and be kind to each other, if at all possible. Cool? Cool.


ps – Oh, and congrats to Pat and his wife, Ali! They had a son a few days ago. See? Even more cool shit.

pps – I’m on instagram more than anything else these days. So come find me if you’re into that kind of thing. Which you are, but you also aren’t.

February 28, 2014

Photos From Baltimore ‘Dear Mr. Watterson’ Screening

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the ‘Dear Mr. Watterson’ screening in Baltimore at MICA such a fun night. We played a few songs from the film score before the screening and then I stuck around afterward to answer some questions from the audience. It was great.

Lisa was kind enough to take some photos. We’ll get the full set up on our Facebook page, but here are a few in the meantime….

Again, many thanks to everyone who came out, to Jared Earley for booking the screening and MCing, to Jon Lipitz from MICA, and to Jackie Watanabe from Fox 45 in Baltimore for setting up an interview on the morning news (Oh, and they posted the interview to Youtube if you’re into that kind of thing).

And don’t forget, we have another screening in the DC area coming up on March 8th at Artisphere in Arlington, VA at 7:30pm. Get your tickets here. Hope to see you there!

Dear Mr. Watterson DC Screening We Were Pirates

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