Last year while I was working on the new record, ‘Matter,’ I was spending a ton of time playing instruments and hunched over my computer recording/programming/mixing/tcob/etc…. Eventually my body got all bent out of shape about it (get it?) and my wrists and arms starting bothering me.
I ended up going to the doctor and was prescribed lots and lots of stretching. Which can be a really calming and meditative thing to spend a bunch of hours doing. But then, other times it can be an INCREDIBLY boring thing to spend a bunch of hours doing. Like, really boring. So I made a small Spotify mix with some of my favorite instrumental songs, which then little by little grew into a much bigger mix. And by the end it was almost 13 hours long.
Most of the songs are old favorites of mine. Some are relatively new to me. But, it has served me well as a stretching/yoga/working/chilling/reading mix, and if you use Spotify, hopefully you can get some mileage out of it.
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.
WE WERE PIRATES
Record Release Concert with Special Guests:
ME & KAREN
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….
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.
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….
All photos by Lisa Boggs
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!
Good news for all you Calvin and Hobbes fans in Baltimore and the DC area. There will be a couple of screenings of ‘Dear Mr. Watterson’ in the area and we’ll be playing some songs from the film score, live, before both screenings. And if people have questions, I’ll be sticking around to do a Q & A after each screening. Also, Nevin Martell(author of ‘Looking for Calvin and Hobbes’ and prominently featured in the film) will be there for the Q & A at the DC screening.