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Clinton Curtis CD Release

What a day– family in town from Philly and Colorado, and tonight, following the 3rd performance of The Daughters, I’ll be racing over to Joe’s Pub to play in the album release of Clinton Curtis’ Second Avenue Ball.  Clinton’s assembled a crack 9-piece band with horns and backup vocals and the songs from the new record (which we’ll be playing in it’s entirety) sound excellent  For a preview, check out this video of the band playing “Leave It Easy”  featuring Blaire Reinhard from a few weeks ago:

Serious kudos to Matt Stine, who produced Second Avenue Ball, and to everyone who played on it– I’m a late arrival to the band but these guys had such a cohesive sound that it was easy to step in.

If you’re looking for something to do before Clinton’s CD release (and have already seen The Daughters)– go wish my buddy Morgan Karr a happy birthday, just down the road at Rockwood Music Hall where he’s playing at stage 2 at 7:30pm.

New track with Morgan Karr

Back in December, I got to do a great gig with 2 powerhouse singers– Carrie Manolakos and Morgan Karr.  After spending the evening showcasing and singing on each others original material, they closed with a killing rendition of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell classic “You’re All I Need To Get By” (with a little hint of Aretha thrown in for good measure).

Now, Morgan’s released to his mailing list a new track I’m proud to have done with him and red-headed siren Catherine Brookman– a creative cover of One Republic’s Apologize. You can listen below and download it for free if you join his email list and I hear there’s a cool video on the way.

In other news, Clinton Curtis is poised to release his new record 2nd Avenue Ball, produced by Matt Stine, and you can grab the first single free on his website. Below is some video from a recent show we did.

Stay tuned for March– I’ll be playing in The Daughters for 3 weeks at CAP21 with some of the most wailin’ goddesses New York has to offer!

Harry Potter: Snape Seeker

Wizard Rock king and queen Lily & James (née Grace McLean and Jay Stolar) have finally released their Harry-Potter-riffic debut record! As previously mentioned, I only read up to the third book so the references are almost completely lost on me, but the pair were amazing and hilarious at their CD release last Tuesday.

Below is a track I produced for the record, “Snape Seeker”, an ode to girls liking bad guys, or to Alan Rickman, or something like that.

I also wound up playing bass on several other tracks, all of which sound amazing thanks to Jay and Grace’s ability to simultaneously take the music seriously and themselves not-so-seriously.

The rest of the album is worth checking out and is available below.

“Political Wife”, the track I produced for sketch comedy group Political Subversities‘ music video, has more than 20,000 views on YouTube! The track is finally available on Bandcamp (below) and iTunes, along with the ringtone being available in the iTunes store.

Lily & James @ Bandcamp"Political Wife" @ Bandcamp

Suite Camus: L’été video

My good friend Andreas Arnold posted a video of “L’été” (“Summer”) from his Suite Camus, an instrumental piece blending sounds of Albert Camus’ pied noir experience in North Africa and his French literature, and written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Camus’ death this year (as well as his upcoming 100th birthday in 2013).

The video includes some beautiful shots of the countryside around Barcelona.

“Political Wife” on Huffington Post, iTunes

The music video I did with Political Subversities is getting some buzz after being blogged on the Huffington Post yesterday!  Now the track is available for download in the iTunes store and on

I attended the group’s opening of their new run at the People’s Improv Theater in midtown NYC last Saturday and they are on fire with some sharp new material for the election season and beyond.

Lily & James: “Wizard Rock” is apparently a thing

I don’t get 90% of the references since I never read past the third book in the Harry Potter series, but Lily & James (a.k.a. Grace McLean and Jay Stolar) have the apparently flourishing genre of “wizard rock” down to a science in their new video for the track “I Want Harry Potter Back”, on which I played bass.

They’ve got a CD release party coming up October 26 at Googie’s Lounge, and the record should feature some more tracks that I played on and one that I produced. Until then you can preview a few tracks here:

Political Wife, Childish Gambino and more


Just returned to NYC from 2 weeks in Abu Dhabi and South Africa (posts to follow), and things are happening!

Yesterday, musical sketch comedy group Political Subversities released their brand new video Political Wife, for which I produced the music. In the last 24 hours since it’s release, it’s garnered more than 1400 views!

The writer of the song and star of the video, Shaina Taub, will be no stranger to readers of this blog. She’s on a roll lately: we finished a recording last month of selections from The Daughters, just in time to perform the number “Child” at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 22nd Festival of New Musicals at New World Stages, this coming Thu 10/21 with Kate Ferber on vocals.  I’ll also be performing “Just Ahead” by Will Reynolds from The Sixth Borough at the same festival.

Some tracks from the new recording are HERE


This weekend, I’ll be playing 2 shows with Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover a.k.a. Troy from NBC’s “Community”, opening for Mayer Hawthorne:

Sat 10/16 @ The TLA in hometown Philly
Sun 10/17 @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Check this video from our performance in Queens in June:


Before then, you can catch me tonight in NYC with Anna Rose @ Webster Hall (8pm) and Del Exilio @ NUBLU (10pm).

Also just released: Alisa Shamrow’s Isn’t Love Strange

Alisa Shamrow's next record, "Isn't Love Strange"

Lots more on the horizon, including a performance next month at the Miami Music Festival, and some posts from my incredible times in the cultural hodgepodges that are Abu Dhabi and South Africa.

Delexilio’s New Video: Santa Tentadora

Bilingual Cuban rock band Delexilio (“Of the exile”), with whom I played last week at SOB’s and Nublu in New York, celebrates the release of our new video “Santa Tentadora” (“Saint Temptress”, though some of the subtext may be lost in translation).

Delexilio’s Dave Sandoval made a splash at the recent Latin Alternative Music Conference in NY and we should have some more dates coming up in early fall.

Almost February?!

I’ve been pretty bad about keeping in touch lately… something about the cold weather makes me forget there’s a world out there. At the moment I’m rediscovering for the N-teenth time David Garibaldi’s brilliant lyrical grooves. Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to, and some fun stuff coming up:

Mid-January saw a trip out to Kansas City. Flights that were canceled, delayed, and finally diverted left us in St. Louis with 4 hours until the gig, so we rented a car and high-tailed it across The Show Me State and arrived with 15 minutes to spare. The whirlwind trip left us with just enough time to grab a hearty meal at Jackstack that kept me filled for weeks to come.

I also had the absolute pleasure of joining Marc Shulman and Joe Piteo for 2 days of writing and recording in a very open/improvisational setting. We’re sifting through the tapes and hoping to have something to offer from the sessions in the not-too-distant future.

Lately I’ve been working closely with Shaina Taub, Grace McLean and Carrie Manolakos, producing some recordings of their outstanding songs. More on that to come; but in the mean time you can catch me out live with Shaina and Grace several times this month.

Tues 2/2: Shaina Taub @ Spike Hill
Fri 2/5: Haiti Benefit @ Bowery Poetry Club
Sun 2/7: Grace McLean @ Flea Theater (3pm)
Feb 2/11: Minq Vaadka CD Release @ Joe’s Pub

I’ll also be appearing with Minq Vaadka for the CD release of The Plastic Masquerade, late night at Joe’s Pub on 2/11. I’ll let this link do the explaining– the show should be quite a pre-V-day spectacle.

A couple records that I’ve played on have recently seen the light of day:
Angeli’s Breathe It In
Anodyne Blues Band’s Full Time Bills — forthcoming, but preview tracks on their myspace
Andy Arnold’s Suite Camusa piece inspired by Albert Camus, on which I play bouzouki

Full list of shows and media is always available at– and you can subscribe to for show announcements if the once-every-5-months email blast just doesn’t cut it for you.

I’ve also been enjoying some of these discs by other artists:
Amy CorreiaYou Go Your Way
Nini & BenThe Reasons We Try
The Ones & Nines

Ok, that’s all for now.

Dallin Applebaum “Fortune Cookie” CD Release Party

A year after releasing Funky Butter’s Made of You record, all of the ex-Butteroids have remained busy with various projects, as you’ll see on our respective pages. Tomorrow night, Dallin Applebaum‘s releasing her 2nd solo EP, Fortune Cookie, which features my bass playing on “Hypochondria” (listen in my myspace player).  I also co-wrote and did guitar, bass and drum arrangements on the track “J & The Reminder of Who I’m Not” (Check out Funky Butter performing it live).

Dallin Applebaum - Fortune Cookie EP

Tomorrow you’ll find me playing live at Dallin’s CD release party at Rockwood Music Hall (along with fellow Butter-alums Kate Ferber and Dan Tirer.)  Everyone who attends (free admission) gets a free download of Fortune Cookie.  If you miss it, you can pick up the record at

A couple other upcoming gigs have me with Justin Mitchell at Sullivan Hall this Thursday; I’ll be playing my first date in a while in my hometown Philly with Nini & Ben in August.

If you haven’t yet, check out my recent interview in Indie-Music Expressions.