Two new albums that I'm extremely proud to be a part of have been released recently!
Kirsten Carey's Ulysses Project was released last week at a successful release show at Kerrytown Concert House.
It can be bought/streamed through a few different avenues, but the best is her Bandcamp page:
The same night as Kirsten's release show in Ann Arbor, there was a concert at the Stoughton Opera House in WI celebrating the release of Dietrich Gosser's Oh to Begin! You can pre-order VINYL copies of this new album, and stream/buy it here:
This past weekend, I made a trip to Buffalo, NY to premiere Meaningless Noise by Meredith Gilna, a duo for bass and guitar. The concert was with Zane Merritt, guitarist and composer extraordinaire. It was a great to be able to work on the piece with Zane and Meredith, and also do some improvising!
Springtime in Buffalo was in full, fantastic bloom, which was incredibly enjoyable until it caught up with my allergies. The steady stream of mucous from my face, however, did not interfere with my enjoyment of the experience. It was my first visit to Buffalo, and the city seems to be a vibrant arts community. I hope to go back soon!
I will hopefully soon have recordings of Meredith's piece, as well as many improvisations with Zane, to share with you.
Devin Drobka, drums
Amanda Schoofs, voice
Ben Willis, bass
Finally had a chance to edit some video of this performance together:
I still have a couple Soft Alarm t-shirts. If anybody wants one, give me a holler!
Sympathy Swimmers has a couple of performances lined up in March! I'm looking forward to performing with this group again.
Eric Sheffield; guitar, electronics
Anna Weisling; live video
Jeff Herriott; electronics
Ben Willis; bass
March 16th, 2012: Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, MI, 8:00p
March 17th, 2012: UM Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI, EMM Festival
Here's Anna, Eric, and me performing our piece, exit crafting:
It's my last week in Madison, WI before I head off towards elsewhere, and it's a pretty effective one. I just spent the last two days in the studio laying down tracks for Dietrich Gosser's new album project. His tunes are really fantastic, and playing with him and the great percussionist Dan Kuemmel on this project has been a blast. We've been playing as a trio at Mickey's Tavern throughout July in order to get used to playing together. Dietrich and Dan have a really great language with each other--as results from playing together for 13 years--so it was both fun and intimidating to jump into the mix. We layed down about 11 songs in 2 days. I'm really excited to hear what becomes of these recordings as they continue to develop them over the next few months. Jeremiah Nelson, another great musician and songwriter, is helping with production. We recorded at DNA Music Labs in Madison, a studio that I hadn't worked with before, and working with Brian Daly was a great experience.
The next thing on my docket this week is our Watercourse Quartet show with Thollem McDonas tomorrow. Seeing Thollem play when he came through Madison this spring was incredible, so sharing the bill with him this time around is a superlative honor.
My final show/going away party is on Saturday at the Project Lodge with Lovely Socialite. The Project Lodge is a fitting venue for my departure. I've certainly performed there more than anywhere over the last couple of years, and the future of the venue this fall is just as unsure as my own. My good friend Tom Teslik is also playing his last show before leaving town for a few months on tour, so it's even more cause to celebrate. We'll also be joined by the talented electronic artist Chants.
Oh yeah! And the new Bell Monks album is out TODAY! I'll be at the Dragonfly Lounge tonight for their release party! (You can hear me playing some bass on a few tracks...)
Not sure when I'm going to pack.
So sometimes, a shakuhachi master sits in with your band, and he tears it up. And then you find out after the show that he's the bass player for the Violent Femmes. This happens to everybody, right?
Many thanks to Brian Ritchie for rocking out with us last night!
The last Lovely Socialite show in Madison (for a few months) is next Saturday, August 11th at the Project Lodge.
I am very thrilled for the show this upcoming Thursday. I will be performing as a trio with two impeccable musicians in a completely new ensemble. Amanda Schoofs is a vocalist and composer from Milwaukee who does some really cool things, and Devin Drobka is a drummer based in NYC whose work with Sons of Daughters I have admired for a long time. We will be performing as Soft Alarm. We've never played together! This is what makes music exciting.
And what's the first step in making a new band? Band t-shirts! Forsooth, there's a possibility there will be some Soft Alarm shirts for sale at this show. I've put together a design:
My time in Madison is running out! I will be moving to Ann Arbor, MI, this fall, to start graduate school. While I'm excited for the change, there are certainly a lot of people and projects in Madison that I will miss. This also means that I'll be cramming as much work into this summer as possible!
I'm still reeling from the incredible success of the Lost City Music Festival this past weekend. Mine All Mine Records did an impeccable job of throwing this inaugural festival, and raised a bunch of money for local music charities. I'm very excited to see what they do with it next year. I performed five times at the Festival, and also managed to catch many other bands performing at the various venues.
Here I am with Lovely Socialite at the Project Lodge:
Here are the performances I have lined up for the rest of the summer (more to come):
Tuesdays through July: I'm joining Dietrich Gosser and Dan Kuemmel at Mickey's Tavern throughout July. We're working on getting comfortable as a trio this month, in preparation to do some recordings of Dietrich's songs in early August. My first hit with them was last night, and I had a blast! Excited to see how that develops. Music is free, and starts at 10:30 PM.
July 17th: Siblings, my duo with Page Foster, will be joining Dietrich at Mickey's. 10:30pm
July 20th: Anna Vogelzang at the Project Lodge 7:30pm
July 25th: Weather Duo performs at Project Lodge with Five Dollar Ferrari! and Amanda Schoofs. 7:30pm
August 1st: Lovely Socialite plays the Memorial Union Terrace, sharing the bill with Control, 8pm
August 2nd: Soft Alarm, my new trio with Amanda Schoofs and Devin Drobka, will be debuting at the Project Lodge
Glacier has just released our first album, MONOLITHIC. We've been sitting on these recordings for a long time--actually, it's the recording of our very first performance, from May of last year--and have just now decided to release them. We feel that we've continued to develop as a band, but we're still proud of these recordings and want to share them with you people. Plus, we have whole pile of recordings we've made since, so we needed to get these out there so we can start working on the next thing.
A nice video was taken at our release show on Saturday:
Hello from Memphis! I'm here now at the Folk Alliance International Conference, the penultimate stop on the midwest tour with Anna Vogelzang. I've been meeting some excellent people and hearing some excellent music. For example and example.
Weather Duo is Anna's backup band for this tour, and we've been having a great time. We are, however, excited to return to Madison to get back to work on various things--a Weather Duo multimedia project, our Lovely Socialite album release.. all sorts of fun.
Looking back to look forward, here's a video from last month's (first ever) Broom Street Session, a new monthly acoustic music series:
I send emails occasionally about upcoming performances. They're very cordial.
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