The life of an independent creative musician who is addicted to writing, playing, recording, producing, and releasing original music consists of taking the entirety of a tax refund and spending it on finishing and printing a new studio album. And then being really, really, really happy about it.
The news on the Progger front is definitely what's been occupying most of my brain-space for the last few months, and everything for the new record came together very well. I feel like the writing, playing, and production for "Populace" are all a step up from the first album, "Beatmaker," although I'm still really happy with how that one came out. But I'm super proud of all the dudes for bringing skills and energy to spare for all the shows, rehearsals, recording days, and everything else involved in making this new record, and it's a good representation of the current musical stage of the band.
It was really fun to comb through some old photos and videos from the last couple years and smash them together into a kind of indie promo collage for the new album. It's over a track from the new album, one I've been wanting to record for several years, and it looks like this. I'm in the process of booking shows to support the record in New York, Texas, and throughout the Northeast and Southeast. I'll post those dates here and on Progger's website when they're confirmed.
In other news, for anyone curious, I got to sit in with my good buddies the Funky Knuckles last weekend at Rockwood Music Hall in New York. That was fun. The Knuckles are awesome guys, awesome writers and musicians, and they deserve all the best things in the world. Their new album, Meta-Musica, is really good. For more about that, read my last blog post...
I've also been playing with a really cool space-funk big band called the MK Groove Orchestra, which has been fun. The bandleader, Mike Kammers, a fellow saxophone/keyboard/composition nerd, writes and arranges really well and the group plays a cool eclectic variety of material, from original tunes to Cream and Jimi Hendrix songs. I'm playing with them at the Manderley Bar at the McKitrick Hotel during the Sleep No More after-party on April 22. The after-party is free and it's a great time at an awesome bar.
Life is beautiful and precious. Thanks for letting me exist, universe!