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The Road

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I’m hitting the road next week for a series of shows with the excellent Mark Schwaber. Shows are scheduled in Philadelphia, DC, Brooklyn, and Massachusetts. We hope to see you there!

Also, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be playing at the 5th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival in Walton County, Florida, this January! Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III, and John Oates are just a few of the amazing artists scheduled to perform. Early bird tickets are on sale now. I’ll be playing some dates on the way down and back, so watch this space for more upcoming tour dates.

Elliott Smith

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Elliott Smith passed away 10 years ago this week.

Nearly every one of Elliott’s songs speaks to me on a personal level, whether lyrically or musically or (usually) both. I’ve yet to come across another songwriter with that kind of track record.

To pay homage to a fallen hero, I present The Last Hour: A Lo-Fi Tribute to Elliott Smith. The album’s 15 songs retrace Elliott’s final public performance, from Sept. 2003 in Salt Lake City.

The full album is available now at www.elliottsmithtribute.com. You can download the album on a donate-what-you-like basis.

All proceeds benefit New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth. Find out more at newalternativesnyc.org.

The Last Hour was recorded on 4-track cassette in my living room, mostly over the course of the last two weeks. It’s pretty raw, but I dig that kind of thing. I think you will too.

XO
jb

Two Times A Feeling

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

There are two new versions of “Favorite Feeling” now on my YouTube page.

The first version is another lyric video. This one stars some of the Dogs Of YouTube, and boy, was it fun to make. Share with your dog- and music-loving friends.

The second version is “live,” recorded one track at a time. This clip was created as an exclusive for my last PledgeMusic campaign, but now it’s available to everyone as my entry to win a gig on the Weezer Cruise in February 2014. Which would be pretty great! CLICK HERE to watch on YouTube, and be sure to click the “like” button under the video so it counts for the contest.

Viva Valentine’s

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The very first nightclub I ever played is closing down. Not today, but soon.

Valentine’s is, at least in my mind, the prototypical dive bar/rock club. Bar in front and band in back, maybe 25 feet away. A jukebox loaded with good indie rock and classic country. A $5 cover to see three bands, most nights. (more…)

Old Wounds

Monday, August 19th, 2013

I made a quickie homemade lyric video for the song “Old Wounds” from the new album. Watch it (more…)

Release

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

LITTLE HOPES will be released commercially in ONE WEEK (Tuesday, Aug. 13). Huzzah!

I’m playing a CD-release show at The Living Room (154 Ludlow St., Manhattan) on Saturday, Aug. 17. Admission is free.

Preview and order the album now at the Sojourn Records website.

Learn the Words

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The lyric video for “Daily Affirmation” is here! Check it out–and read along–below.

Brooklyn Headsets

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Brooklyn Headsets is a new website/performance series that invites musicians to play short sets on a rooftop in scenic Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (If you’re skeptical about the “scenic” part, take a look at the still posted below.) I had the honor of being the very first artist on Brooklyn Headsets — you can see my performance and a short interview HERE, and read the full interview at Those Who Dig.