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Member newsPosted by General Manager 17 Sep, 2012 09:29
Good evening to ya, and welcome to the latest edition of my newsletter. Here's where I'll keep you posted on all my latest musical goings-on, be they recordings, band or solo gigs, or even just the occasional cool music that I've stumbled on that you might like. Hopefully these tidbits will sail through your corpus like interstellar particles, with the crucial difference that they stick to your gray matter with their hooked little claws rather than passing between your molecules and out the other side. I guess I could call the newsletter "Velcro Quark," but it doesn't roll off the tongue quite the same.....


Big news from these parts, folks. My new solo album, "Life Outside the Tent," is now available! Click here to hear bits of each song and to buy the darn thing (the physical CD or via download): You can also hear three of the songs--Aqua Girl; Your Supersonic Stare; and Unimpressive Specimens (my song about the wretched Teabagger Party)--in their entirety here: And starting next week, you can also purchase the CD down at Antone's Records on Guadalupe St. here in Austin.

Stylistically, the new album covers quite a bit of ground. I'm told that the opening track, "Aqua Girl," sounds like a cross between early Cure and Interpol, but I think it sounds more like an updated Byrds. You be the judge. What I can say is that it was the only track recorded outside of Snipe Bog Studios.......with the session held at Chronicle Poll-winner Million Dollar Sound Studios last December. My good friend Kurtis Machler, who owns the studio and produced this song with me, played bass, and tasty drums and background vocals were laid down by James Rader. The rest of the album was recorded and produced by me here at Snipe Bog Studios throughout 2011. The songs touch on styles ranging from ska to post-punk to Irish pub rock to West African desert music. If you like Gang of Four, the Specials, Flogging Molly, Ali Farka Toure', Bill Nelson or Lou Reed, I think you'll find something to like here. Lyrically, lots of ground is covered--the hypocrisy of the Teabagger Party, betrayal in relationships, American jingoism with a heaping helping of war-tech fetishism, meditations on cognitive dissonance, existential devastation in this Time of Spin, and the dangers of internet dating.

Special thanks go to James Rader, not only for his fine musical contributions to Aqua Girl but also for handling the graphic design for the CD package. He really captured the look I was going for of an old, faded circus poster (not to mention the aplomb with which he fielded my request to Photoshop in a large pile of elephant shit onto my right foot in the cover photo). Thanks James! Thanks also to Kurtis for his sensitive mix and patience as we worked on Aqua Girl (27 tracks in Pro Tools!), as well as for his bass playing on the track and for taking the photo used on the CD label (there's a story behind it, but you'll have to ask me over an adult beverage). Thanks also to Nigel Jacobs for his photographic contributions. I also want to give a big shout-out to the guest musicians who contributed their talents to various songs on the album: Vic Ramirez (vocals on the bonus track "Echo Down the Years--version #3); Bruce Salmon (trombone on "Unimpressive Specimens"); Nigel Jacobs (fiddle and background vocals on "The Company Will Swallow You"); John Jankowski (background vocals on "The Company Will Swallow You"); Chris Finelli (rhythm guitar on the hidden track "After HST, It's All Damn Statistics--instrumental version"); and Max Grossenbacher (piano on "Echo Down the Years--version #3").

It's been a blast recording this album, and I feel good about the final product. I hope y'all like it, and can join me at the official CD release party: Saturday, June 30, 7:30-9:30, New World Deli (4101 Guadalupe, We'll be spinning the album and, as a special treat, there will be an hour-long performance of new and old songs where I'll be joined by Vic Ramirez and James Rader, essentially making this a reunion of the Delphi Rising band!

Here's a link to the YouTube video for the Irish pub rock workers anthem, "The Company Will Swallow You," from the new album:

Well, that's it for now. Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support, and I hope to see you at the release party.


Walter (be sure to use the "Questions" function to ask me something esoteric, obscure, and/or embarrassing in a public forum) (can buy physical CDs or download my music here, as well as at all the usual damn sites)