SNEAK PEEK: Behind the scenes of "Center of Command"

Director John Theroux of CTPAK Film Crew is editing my new video "Center of Command" but gave me some great pics from the set. We are so excited to get this out!

My co-star is the incredibly talented Cole Ibach. This was his first acting job and he gave an excellent performance. You might notice a passing similarity between the two of us. Good for you because I just told you so now you have to notice.

Click the pics below and stay tuned for an official release date announcement coming soon! In the mean time, buy tickets or RSVP here or here to the big release show at The Sunset in Ballard on 11/17!

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.

New EP, New Video, Big Release Show

Cover art by Logan Rohrkemper
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My debut solo EP "Running from the Sun" will be available on all streaming services and Bandcamp on Friday, December 2nd. 

If you've followed my music over the years, you've heard it take on different forms. This album represents a new way to hear my songs and I am proud to finally share it with you. It is atmospheric, haunting and very easy to sing along to. If you are a fan of Death By Stars or my solo stuff, you'll dig it! 

I put my whole heart in to this. I think it's the best thing I've ever done. If you want to hear it REALLY early...sign up for my mailing list and stand by.....

 

I filmed my first video this weekend. Directed by CTPAK Film Crew's John Theroux, "Center of Command" tells a surreal and cerebral tale. Have you ever stalked yourself through a playground? Have you ever had your ass kicked by your inner child?  I have.

The video will drop in mid-November but if you sign up for my mailing list, my sources tell me you can probably see it early.

 

Ok, so you don't want to sign up for the mailing list but want to hear the album early anyway?! FINE! How about you get your ass to The Sunset in Ballard on Thursday, November 17th and see a RAD show and buy a CD or a cassette copy (or both) of "Running from the Sun" two weeks before it comes out?! Ya happy now?! 

Seriously, I am so excited for this show. Among Authors, who just released an excellent album of their own and A Breakthrough in Field Studies, who are releasing a new album this month, will be joining us. 

I'll have brand new shirts and stickers for sale as well.

Music starts at 9pm, 21+, $8 at the door. Get tickets now!

Or let's say you wanted to go to the show for FREE, get a copy of the CD for FREE and a FREE shirt and sticker? 

There is an answer....

Sign up for my mailing list before 10/15 and you will get your chance!  

Tonight at The Valley with Hero Jr.

Justin and I will be kicking out the Psych Folk tonight at The Valley in Tacoma with Hero Jr. (ballsy rock) and Luke and the Boys (indie, punk). Both these bands are on tour so come check 'em out before they head out of town.

Poster by Peter Tietjen

Poster by Peter Tietjen

Psych-Folk Yourself: August Shows

We've got a TON of big news to share soon but first and foremost we've got some great shows coming up in August.

On August 7th we'll be headlining a show at LoFi with Gregg Curry & Ragged Glory and Willow Steps. Justin and I will be playing at the Seattle Acoustic Festival on Sunday, August 28th. This is a 3-day event with a bazillion great singer-songwriters. Check out their website and support this awesome festival. 

New Single "Has to be Hard" - Free on SOUNDCLOUD

HAS TO BE HARD (LYRICS)

Don't give up on your dreams

Because when they're gone

You'll lose them forever

 

Love is not what it seems

It Has to be Hard

To keep it together

 

In love....

Love was all that I could give

In love....

Is all I can be

Do you ever drive to work, hastily swiping through Spotify or iTunes Music or Tidal or (insert your preferred streaming music service here) to pick something on your phone to listen to and then stumble across a recording you made 2 years ago of a song you wrote 8 years ago, realize that you really like it and then release it for free on Soundcloud...?! Well I did.

This song, "Has to be Hard" was written a long time ago when I was a completely different person living a totally different life. Over the last 3 years my existence has been one of unrelenting change, reformation and rebirth. The end results have been good. The process has been excruciating. 

Along the path of these many existential crises, my faith in the choices I've made has been tested. Have all my righteous rebellions really been worth the price I've paid for them? Is the reality I've manifested the one I really wanted? Does everything really have to be this hard?

"Has to be Hard" is a simple lullaby with a very direct message. Don't give up. Don't lose yourself in your circumstances. It's cliche. It's not subtle. It's not particularly clever. That's ok. I've realized that there are times when things should be said as plainly and directly as possible.

A friend of mine called this song Beatles-esque and I get that. But I wrote this with Harry Nilsson in mind. If you haven't had the privilege of digesting Nilsson's catalog, he was the master of American art pop and a genuine treasure. I guarantee you've heard some of his stuff (perhaps this or this or this) but there is so much more to explore, I highly recommend it. 

I believe in the power of art. Over my life, songs with the right message at the right time have changed my whole way of thinking. "Has to be Hard" is free to download on Soundcloud. I hope you enjoy it.

PG

 

The Monster in Me

TBASA. Hell Mary. Patrick Galactic. The Triple Headed Monster Tour. 9 days, four thousand miles, and a Chrysler 300. It’s done. It was awesome. It’s…weird. I was happy to come home, see my cats, my roommate, and sleep in my own bed but I was JUST getting used to waking up early in some strange-ass room, silently listening to tour mates talk in their sleep, take a shower and get the hell back on the road. 

Things I Learned

-        Instagram is the best thing ever when you’re traveling and seeing new cool shit all the time. It also prompted me to think about how to make my day-to-day life more interesting. In short, Instagram saved my life.

-        Everything is expensive when you have no money. This was a DIY venture through and through. Thanks to our amazing family of artists and assorted creative types in Seattle, we made enough money at our send-off show to pay for nearly all our lodging. My total hotel bill for the tour was $21. Thanks friends!

-        Gas costs a lot more in the desert where there are only a few places to fill up over several hundred miles.

-        There is no such thing as a bad dancing meth girl in the audience. ‘Nuff said.

-        Big cities like Portland, San Francisco, and LA are cool. Very cool. But the weird in-betweens are also pretty amazing. Jamestown, California is a one-road old gold mining town that is still set-up to look period-correct. Lots of weird history, weird tourists, and great pictures. Just as rewarding as any other place we visited.

Most Important Thing I Learned: playing a show every night brought me closer to my songs. Performing for me is like a waking dream. When things are going well I'm not paying attention to anything or anyone around me. Without a week or several weeks in between shows, I spent more time in that trance-like state and felt the regenerative, medicinal effects of it. When I got home I was exhausted but in a way I felt stronger than I had when I left.

Tim's wife, Pauline (aka PBASA) ran our merch stand and gave our swag the swagger it needed on a nightly basis. She managed a lot of aspects of our tour and deserves a huge thanks! It is SO worth to bring someone to focus on the non-musical aspects of putting on a show. Whoever it is probably won't be half as rad as Pauline but it's worth a shot.

Because we were in a large sedan and not a van, I don't think there are many people I could have made this trip with. We had very little space to spread out and, as it turned out, that was just fine. I had a blast with my tour mates! We listened to a ton of music, talked a ton of shit to each other and laughed our asses we off. We saw burning cars on the highway, drove through the Redwood Forest, walked the streets of Los Angeles in 108 degree weather, almost got our balls bit off by a really sweet dog, drove through the desert and eventually got an entire bar to sing "Stand By Me" a capella in Bend, OR when the karaoke machine broke down. 

Now it’s back to getting my EP done so that there’s a reason for me to tour next year. Very special thanks to Erika, Ryan, and Seth for putting us up along the way! Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our social media bombardment and to everyone who came to our shows and bought our merch. 2016 is already shaping up to be a very big year for me, I’m excited to share it with you!

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Photo by Pauline Basaraba

Photo by Pauline Basaraba

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PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Patrick Galactic

Photo by Patrick Galactic

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.