As mentioned in my last update, I contributed some sounds to Brooklyn-based White Gold Scorpio‘s new album Halloween Island. While the album won’t officially be released until 10.31.12, it’s now available for free download here. Do check it out. I didn’t hear the finished product until just the other day, and I really like how it turned out. I’m on two songs – “Throw Myself At You” and “Scare You Like I Do” – but please give the whole thing a listen. You’ll be glad you did.
In other news, The Fencemen stomp through Mac’s Bar in Lansing this Sunday. And I have other shows lined (and lining) up for August and September. You can find those here.
I return to the US at the end of this week. I’ve seen some great live music (Bregenzer Festspiele, Montreux Jazz Festival) and also busked some, but now I’m ready to come home and get back into the studio and on the stage.
I’ve recently been collaborating with The Fencemen, a solid, gritty rock band – too much for one hand – based here in Lansing. We met virtually through a mutual friend and I recorded some sax for their forthcoming album Times Are Alright. I sat in with the guys last month at Lansing’s The Loft (some video here), and I’ll be doing so again this coming Saturday at Mac’s Bar in Lansing. If rock is your bag, this band is not to be missed. I grew up on rock and in a way it’s sort of a home base for me, so this has been a real treat. I’ve had a great time getting to know and make music with them. I should be sitting in some more beyond this weekend so be sure to check my itinerary for updates. And definitely hit up their website.
Teag & PK continues to surprise both Matt and myself (in good ways). After going full bore into the singer/songwriter direction (including our 3-Way Singles Club edition and some other recording) we unexpectedly dove back into the ambient explorations a couple weeks ago at East Lansing’s Wanderer’s Teahouse. Matt reflected on the evening . We intend to hit the studio to capture some sonic escapades soon. We have a show at the end of the month at Jackson Coffee Co. if you’re in the area.
2012 has thus far proved to be another productive year, and it’s been so great to be making music back in Michigan. There are some June dates in the works before I head to Austria to teach throughout July, and I have an eclectic potential series of gigs already in the works for my return in August. Stay tuned.