Apologies in advance for this post pulling double duty on monthly updates... and here I’ve been doing so well!
November and Thanksgiving weekend saw the last of my Ha Ha Tonka shows, and the last of my Movember Mustache. Both were beautiful things.
In all sincerity, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to leave the Tonka crew and that part of my career. The entire weekend was filled with old and new memories, friends, hugs, tears and great times playing music for some of the best fans around. I’m so grateful to have been a part of that for the past ten years, and am so glad that I was able to do those shows with the guys. I wish them the BEST as the band continues forward. We shot a video for Lessons that was released by the AV Club today, so I’m posting that below. It was directed by Brook Linder. (Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Arctic Monkeys, etc.) We also recorded our show in St. Louis, and plan to release some sort of live EP in the near future.
December see’s a couple of releases that I’ve been involved with. One is my own project, “The Mayor of Strawberry Hill :: A Great Offer”. That will drop on Tuesday the 16th, so there will be more on that once the date arrives. You can see a couple of video’s from that project on the Videos portion of the site.
The other is the new Hidden Pictures LP, Ottomans. My good buddy Richard enlisted me to play drums on about half of this pop gem, and I think it turned out really great. Mixed at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco, CA and tracked here in KC. We’ll be doing a release show for the record this Saturday at the Brick in Kansas City! If you’re here in the hood, come hang and have some brewski’s. I’ll be kicking some 4/4 time like you’ve never seen. My favorite track from the project will stream below for the pleasure of your aural senses.
More and more things in the works as I’ve been doing some composition for commercials and the like, and have a couple of projects that will start tracking in January. All that mixed with our daughter now running around the house (well, it’s more like a slow zombie walk) and getting into everything possible. She’s an absolute riot and plays a helluva good double shaker.
Here’s to continuing to move forward, and loving every minute of it!