the new record is finally
finished. mastered by jeff lipton here in boston, it contains
14 songs recorded over the past year at space67. it also
features a co-write with dan 'the automator' nakamura.
it's total pop record--far more hi-fi than "aviating".
a little bit syd barrett--a little bit prince paul....
a european release is slated
for late may with a 12" vinyl ep/single preceding.
one side of the single will contain the album version of
smile on fire and two bonus
tracks. one called she trips me out
with the pink floyd and another called deny.
originally there was to be a remix of a mama's and papas
song called "twelve thirty" which samples the
line "i used to live in new york city". incredibly
haunting--especially post 9/11. anyhow, way too expensive.
the other side will be a dubbed out remix of the abum track
*still haven't decided on
a u.s. label so it looks as though it will only be available
as an import for the time being.
*holland and belgian dates
from april 2-8. these will be duo performances with blake
hazard. just samples and electric guitars. a full band european
tour is planned for mid- may.
*the jd produced BLAKE
HAZARD record is
mastered and will be out in holland and belgium in late
march on a subsidiary of konkurrent. the u.s. release will
be in april on the boston based label kimchee records. she
will performing in jackdrag on the upcoming tours as well
doing dates of her own.
*other works in progress:
full length lp for the band FRANCINE
for Q-division record. remix of the song "other side"
by JOSH RITTER. programming
and micellaneous tracks for the WILLARD
GRANT CONSPIRACY song "soft hand". contributing
weird noises and drum loops for the new FLY
"soft songs lp: aviating" (sugar free in the u.s.a.
and shifty disco in europe) kept us wonderfully busy through
out the year with four trips to the u.k. and europe. on
february's tour we were invited to the bbc1 studios for
a peel session which was a fantastic experience. it was
really cool in that i used to listen to john peel on short
wave radio during my boarding school days overseas where
the show introduced me to so many bands that i still dig
today. the latest trip, this past august. was to holland
for the lowlands festival with tricky, eels, mogwai, among
dozens of others. the touring band has been a sample based
trio with joe klompus playing bass, guitar and triggering
drum loops and blake hazard at the control center with keyboards/samples
as well as singing and guitar.
the holland trip was a true blast. we played two shows.
the first was in amsterdam at the infamous and absolutely
beautiful paradiso club, which was once a church, and the
other show was at a festival called lowlands. this took
place in a huge field in the middle of the country and draws
about 50,000 people annually. we played in the india tent
which was super wonderful. fellow bostonian and frank black
guitarist, rich gilbert was there to check the set out as
well. they played an hour later at another stage. all in
all, it was two day's of glorious work and four days of
relaxing in amsterdam. really, where else can one get stoned
in a coffee house while doing laundry?
CMJ: as you probably know,
cmj was cancelled due to the events that occured in nyc
on september 11th. it has been rescheduled and jackdrag
will be at brownies on saturday, october 13th. it should
be a cool show and the first with a true live drummer since
joe, jason and i played t.t. the bears in
boston about a year and a half ago. the fantastic steve
scully will be sitting in for this show. he and joey k.
last toured with nina gordon and are also blake hazards
beat and bass. blake's shows for cmj have also been rescheduled.
specifics to come soon...
the original plan for the next record was to be a collaboration
with my friend dan nakamura, aka "dan the automator".
we're still planning to finish this project but due to scheduling
impossibilities it won't be the next release. one song in
particular, 'FM royalty', sounds amazing. the next album,
tentatively entitled "the sun inside", is basically
done but until i have a date for it's release i'll keep
on recording. 23 songs so far but it'll probably get cut
to about 12. still not sure who will be putting it out yet.
OF EARLY 4-TRACK STUFF: though the details are still
being worked out, a compilation of the first two 4-track
records is in the wings. this will contain not only tracks
from the first two (impossible to find) lps but also u.k.
and japanese bonus tracks, unreleased material, and home
recorded versions of songs that were featured on a&m's
'dope box'. i'll be working with adam rabinovitz on this
who will be releasing the cd on scientific records.
i spent much of my free time this past year or so recording
blake hazard's debut. she's a really fantastic writer with
an incredible voicee who is based here in boston--destined
to be a super star. no scheduled release date yet.
another cool endeavor was collaborating with jesse blatz
from the fly seville. the name we gave this project was
"the first day of summer" and we'll be releasing
the song "time machine" as a 7". also have
been approached by dave gibbs and steve hurley from the
gigolo aunts about producing their next record... we'll
did the music for the volkswagen micro-bus debut at the
detroit auto show. a really tripped out vehicle that you
won't be able to buy for some time. consequently, they manage
to maintain my "indie rock" lifestyle. you can
also check out the link to vw radio for a "round-table
discussion" between myself, master cylinder, and ben
neill that starts on august 13th.