The Troubles & Travails of a Travelling Musician.

Set-pieces & Scene Reports.




I’m thrilled to say I’m composing an original score for new work from choreographer Alison Chase (founding artistic director of the renowned dance companies Pilobolus and Momix), premiering Jan. 14-17 at the Five Angels Theater in NYC. 




















The New Press put my accordion pic on the cover of their spring catalog, they must mean business: “An audacious debut from a vivid new voice…an unforgettable, funny, and sharply drawn depiction of surprisingly robust hidden spaces.” If you like pre-ordering your books way in advance, it’s on Amazon.


Rolling Stone Germany is premiering Simon Jackson’s stop-motion video for “Marfa Lights.”



Euro dates this summer. 














25.07. Solingen (DE), Waldmeister

26.07. Berlin (DE), Ramones Museum
27.07. Leipzig (DE), Substanz
28.07. Braunschweig (DE), B58
29.07. Kiel (DE), Schaubude
30.07. Meppen (DE), JAM
31.07. Dortmund (DE), Bierschinken Festival
01.08. Landshut (DE), Hahnspektakel Festival
02.08. Stuttgart (DE), Club Zwölfzehn
03.08. Freiburg (DE), White Rabbit
04.08. Zürich (CH), Bar Rossi
05.08. St. Georgen (AUT), Fabio’s
06.08. Dornbirn (AUT), Anziehbar
07.08. Oberstaufen (DE), Glashaus
08.08. Straelen (DE), Komm Na Huus Festival


We stayed in the America’s Best Value Inn (motto: Four words, three lies!) in Richmond and Andrew Seward made this video for “Bright White.” Apparently I’m doing some kind of a Joe Cocker impression.



Andrew Seward made this video trailer for “To Us, The Beautiful!” with some footage from the recording session.



Here’s some big news.

I’m really excited to say that my book, “The Humorless Ladies Of Border Control,” will be published by The New Press in early 2016. It’s about DIY touring in the formerly Communist world.

The amazing New Press catalog includes the likes of Chomsky, Studs Terkel, Foucault, bell hooks, and many more (uh, John Edwards.) Definitely gonna harass my new labelmate Noam for club-date support slots during festival season.


The great people at Make-That-A-Take Records out of Dundee are doing a 7″ release of “Low Bridge, Everybody Down” b/w “Home Is Where They Take You In,” the two outtakes from To Us, The Beautiful! From here on we will refer to this only as “the Scottish 7″” as is the custom. Preorder it now. EDIT: Punktastic is streaming both tracks here.














February east coast full-band tour, then March solo tour in the UK:










XM tour ad









Also, Benjamin Juarez from Mexico City made this wonderful lyric video for “To Us, The Beautiful!” Thanks Ben!




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