Posts Tagged ‘little hopes’

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.

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…)


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.


Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Check out this new interview from PopVulture magazine, where I discuss the past, present, and immediate future. All bases covered in five easy questions!

One Week

Monday, February 11th, 2013

There are seven days remaining until the funding deadline for the Little Hopes PledgeMusic campaign. We’re within arm’s reach of the goal, but your help is still needed. Besides the album download, there are a ton of great extras still available, and a host of exclusive videos and downloads have been posted, with more yet to come. If you haven’t yet pre-orderedLittle Hopes, please do so today at

This is the New Year

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Happy New Year, everybody! Before we get too far into 2013, I thought I’d share a few of the people and projects that made 2012 so special.

My favorite record of the last 12 months was Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp. I fell under her spell while I was on tour a few years ago, and this latest LP was a knockout. The vocal performances alone are noteworthy–while the songs are personal and engrossing, the lyrics don’t give away too much. It’s the vocal that moves the mood, and Tramp is a rollercoaster. I can’t recommend this enough. If you need another way into the world of SVE, she also does a solid Tom Petty.

Wrecking Ball was the best Bruce Springsteen album in years, and his live shows this year were electric. I saw the Boss twice in 2012 and, while I know this has become a bit of a cliche when describing his concerts, both experiences were borderline religious. That dude brings 150 percent to every moment of every show. Ain’t nobody better.

My fellow upstate New York native Sean Rowe released his second album for the Anti- label this year, and The Salesman and the Shark has “classic album” written all over it. Amazing production and performances bolstering confident, evocative songwriting. That’s how it’s supposed to be done.

A few of my favorite bands ever reunited together this year. Pulp‘s brief, Coachella-inspired reunion was brilliant as expected, at least as judged by their second Radio City Music Hall show in April. The occasion also allowed Jarvis to do a set of Relaxed Muscle tunes alongside Michael Clark’s dance company at the Whitney, which was equally excellent.

The Afghan Whigs also got the band back together and it was the best thing ever. There was no album to promote, just a few new cover tunes (including a terrific take on a Frank Ocean track), a formidable back-catalog, and a legend of having been one of the best live acts in their day. I saw them in September at the Greg Dulli-curated ATP Festival and it pretty much changed my life. (ATP was also a chance to see the great Mark Lanegan sing songs from Blues Funeral, another of my favorites from 2012.) The Whigs’ set was powerful enough that I went back for more, two weeks later in Brooklyn, and it was even better. Pure power and soul.

The Silver Age wasn’t a Sugar reunion record, but it was the closest thing to a follow-up to File Under: Easy Listening that Bob Mould has done in 18 years. I once commented that a Mould solo-electric set in the mid-’90s was like a “master class,” and The Silver Age gives me that same feeling. His yearning, insistent voice and unmistakable sense of melody are still very much there, and they’re never better than when matched with thrashing alt-rock guitars and drums. Also there’s a song called “Fugue State” on here that may be inspired by an episode of Breaking Bad, which is worth several bonus points in my estimation.

Some other records I dug: Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel; Neil Young and Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill; Soundgarden King Animal; Aimee Mann Charmer; Scott Walker Bish Bosch; Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy; Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits; Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors; The Evens The Odds; Om Advaitic Songs; Joseph Arthur Redemption City; Jack White Blunderbuss

In the “personal best” column, 2012 was the year I finally finished Little Hopes, so now I can get on to making other records! It was the year I “starred” in a Beach House video. It was the year I toured with the Scud Mountain Boys (thanks to Joe and Joyce!). And it was the year I made music with more bands and performers than ever: I joined a few new bands (the Robin Electric and one more TBA); joined and left another (Golden Animals); got involved in the Leave A Lasting Mark charity concert series; did studio sessions with Senator and the New Republic and Josh Wald; played live shows with Violet Trouper, These Are The Hits, JBCB/Charmboy, another Sense Offenders reunion, Ryan McNeill (and Jason Hiller), and Will McCranie; and made some genuine progress on the new Five Alpha Beatdown LP (in addition to playing a few classic gigs).

And I finally watched The Wire, which I’ll be doing again this year for sure.

Here’s to another great year!

Raising Little Hopes

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Today, I’ve launched a campaign with my friends at PledgeMusic to bring my new album, Little Hopes, to life.

It’s been a long time coming, indeed. This album has gone through a lot of changes over the last few years–the album that will be released in the spring bears almost no resemblance to the version that was planned as a Maggie Mayday full-length. I played almost every note, though there are cameos from Troy Pohl (who also co-produced two tracks), the members of Maggie Mayday, and the ever-so-talented Kristin Fayne-Mulroy, who sings harmony on the first song. Dominick Campana produced one track, and “Uncle” Brett Portzer let me live in his studio for a week. Michael “Mama” Tudor mastered it and helped out with the mixing. Phil Pascuzzo created the cover art (which will get a proper introduction next week) and is developing the packaging. It’s all pretty much finished, really.

Now I just need your help in making it a real THING.

Over the next 60 days, you can pledge your support for the project by pre-ordering the CD, or opting for one of many bonus packages, including autographed merch, house concerts, and personalized songs. When you pledge, you gain access to a series of exclusive video and audio content, which will eventually amount to a second album or more. The real fun begins once we roll past the goal amount: With luck, Little Hopes will get a vinyl pressing, and I’ll be able to hit the road this spring to bring the music to you personally.

I’ll be unveiling bits and pieces of the album as we go along, right on through the end of February (and beyond). The album will be officially released in April, but you’ll hear it well before that. Please check out the project at, and hear a snippet of a new song (“Dig”) in the accompanying video: