The Troubles & Travails of a Travelling Musician.

Set-pieces & Scene Reports.





The Emilyn Brodsky record I produced is out and is excellent. You can get it at iTunes and Bandcamp. I’ll be playing in her band at the CD release show at Mercury Lounge, NYC, Oct. 1 opening for Cory Branan.


The UK store is back, so save some money on that shipping.

I was the only American on tour in Ukraine last month, so some local TV did news pieces on my shows. Here’s one from Chernivtsi and one from Zhytomir.


The new album, “To Us, The Beautiful,” is finished. The most thanks to Ara Babajian, Jean Cook, Yoni Gordon, Andrew Seward, and Maria Sonevytsky for playing, the incomparable James Robbins for producing, Feed The Scene for bedding, and everyone else who helped make it possible by participating in the promotion. You can pre-order it at the store. Still gotta get the artwork and other details sorted, but I can’t wait for you to hear it.



On the last day of last fall’s tour, on which The Cut Ups were my backing band, we got up early and into a studio outside Brighton to record the set live in the studio. This is the result, with no edits, overdubs, pedals, or re-takes. RIYL guitars, which I gather some do, and new songs (included is “Marfa Lights,” which people were asking if it was recorded yet). Thanks fellows!

FRANZ NICOLAY & THE CUT UPS Bearing Torches: The Rottingdean Session





Heyo. For the last few years, I’ve made an end-of-year mix of the music that soundtracked my year, some new, some old – a kind of audio yearbook. Have at it, if you like (251 MB zip file). It’s in no particular order, so best put it on shuffle.


Hi there. This spring 2014, I’m going to make a new record, with producer J. Robbins (Dismemberment Plan, Against Me!, Murder By Death). It’s going to be called “To Us, The Beautiful!” If all goes well, it’ll be out in fall 2014.

To help pay for it, I’m asking those who would buy it anyway to consider pre-ordering your digital copy. I’m also offering some special premium items for a limited time, including Skype concerts, one-on-one music lessons, custom cover songs, and individualized songs written just for you.

Too late for Christmas I suppose, but any of those would make a hell of a Valentine’s/birthday/anniversary/random-gesture present. Check out what’s on offer here.




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