Ballard

One More Time with Feeling - Tractor Tavern, 12/10

2017

A bad year.

A good year.

A weird-as-fuck year.

Running from the Sun came out a little over a year ago and since then I've dropped two videos, been interviewed, reviewed, rejected, accepted, triumphed and failed more times than I'd like to count. It's the way I roll and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

This Sunday, December 10th, I'm wrapping up the Running from the Sun era with one of my biggest performances ever at Tractor Tavern in Ballard. It's an early show, we take the stage at 7pm. It's a full band performance, we will be joined by our ace in the hole and my frequent collaborator, John Theroux, who will be projecting live visuals on stage.

We are opening the evening for Ry Flannery and The Nite Owls and Saint John and The Revelations, both excellent artists that I highly recommend you check out.

After this show, the focus turns to the next phase. In 2018 I have new singles, new videos and a new EP that I think you'll really like. Don't miss this show and don't you DARE think you've seen all the tricks I have up my sleeve! I'll be seeing you Sunday!

PG

The Current State of My Being

Currently Listening to:

The Raincoats, “Odyshape”.

I love discordant records with fucked up timing and lots of strings. This album, as best I can tell, is not loved quite the same as their debut but it is my favorite. Ana De Silva, Gina Birch, and Vicky Aspinall prove here that artistic vision trumps technical brilliance every time. I always turn this on when I’m feeling a little…well…

Currently feeling:

Exposed and impatient

My daily pre-release ritual is sending dozens of emails to press outlets every morning. It is an exercise that is both cathartic and absolutely horrible. There are the inevitable rejections, which are better than the inevitable apathy, and then, every once in a while there is the “I love it!” email that I’m not-so-secretly hoping everyone will send.                  
Possibly my greatest talent, if it can be called that, is investing my whole self in my music. I leave it all on the stage, the studio, whatever the place, I leave it there. That said, sending your heart in to the hands of the press can be kinda demoralizing if you don’t harden yourself and stay focused on what really matters.

After more than 20 years, I must confess that my biggest blind spot is my sensitivity to rejection. But my faith is stronger than it’s ever been and, though rejections will continue, so will I.

Currently feeling:

Better.

That felt good to say.

Currently really digging:

Kikagaku Moyo "House in the Tall Grass"

Beautiful Japanese Psych Rock. I don’t think I need to say more but I will. If Can was Radiohead with a  pinch of early Mogwai and everybody was pleasantly stoned, they would be Kikagaku Moyo. Highly recommended.

Currently hoping you are aware of:

The big release show on 11/17 at Sunset! You can get a copy of “Running from the Sun” on CD or cassette two weeks before the album drops and see a diverse bill of great bands. Let’s make this a bash to remember! You can buy tickets here and RSVP to the show here and/or here.

Saturday - Seattle Acoustic Fest + 2 Other Things

I’m gonna be playing this Saturday at 12:45pm, NOON 45, at Seattle Acoustic Fest hosted by All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle. It’s a stacked bill featuring a ton of great songwriters: Saint John and the Revelations, TBASA, Star Anna, Tobias the Owl, Big Sur, Dark Hip Falls, The Beatles…ok, one of those acts isn’t playing but I refuse to say which one. Anyway, this is an easy way to hear a ton of great music: it’s cheap, it’s all day and most importantly, it is QUALITY! Don’t miss this, buy your tickets now to be sure you can get in! More info here or here or here….or HERE.

Last week I played bass for the incomparable Hell Mary on The Spud Goodman Show’s 2nd Anniversary episode. She was great, the show was fun and we were joined by Derek Terran of the thunderous Wind Burial (don’t be a dope, check them out NOW) on drums. Watch the video or listen to the whole podcast here.

Seattle - girl, I need you so bad. TBASA, Hell Mary and I getting ready to depart for the Triple Headed Monster Tour in September. Substation in Seattle will be hosting our send-off show on September 4th. This is also Hell Mary's EP release for her debut "Worship Games". All we need you to do is show up, have a few drinks, buy an EP and/or a t-shirt, shake your sexy ass and get the hell home (safely). This simple act of fun and good times will help us buy gas, food and cheap hotel rooms in our bid to fill the world with love, laughter and our commercial wares. Save the date! September 4th at Substation! RSVP here.

Join the All-Stars June 3rd

TBASA’s Lo-Fi All-Stars, an ongoing series of shows featuring up-and-coming songwriters from around the Northwest, has found a new home at Substation in Seattle. They’re kicking it off in a big way with featured performances by Abi Grace, Hell Mary, Champagne Sunday and me. It’s a great bill and a cheap way to hear new music from some of the area’s best! Click the pic, watch the show trailer and get yourself to Substation on Wednesday, June 3rd.