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. 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 16, 2016

13 Hour Instrumental Spotify Mix


Hi friends,

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.

Here’s a link. Enjoy!


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 21, 2016

2015 Mix.

Hey friends. I did that thing I did last year and made a Spotify mix with some of my favorite songs from 2015. I hope you dig it. Let me know what I missed….

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

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