Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Reminder.

Um...that last post was just for last Saturday, by the way. So you can feel free to buy the album again if you like. And if you did download it on Record Store Day, it'll be our little secret.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Record Store Day.

I'd like to ask you guys to not buy my album today. It's only available as a digital download or in CD form at shows. In other words, not in stores. And today is Record Store Day. I've noticed a lot of talk online about today being all about a return to vinyl. But the way I understand it is that Record Store Day is more about supporting independent, brick-and-mortar record stores and less about vinyl versus CD versus MP3 downloads and all that.

I'm in New York City for a few days and will be out and about hunting for jazz albums and old punk 45s today. But that's the point. To get out and into the shops, and to do business with an actual human being. It also is supposed to remind us that their livelihood depends on our commerce more than just one day a year.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

RIP, Dick Clark & Levon Helm.

I do hope that every fourth post in here doesn't turn out to be a memorial to another music industry legend. But this one is about two of them. Yesterday we heard the news about the death of America's Oldest Teenager. For some, Dick Clark will be remembered as the face of New Year's Rockin' Eve, and for others he'll be remembered as a significant powerhouse behind the scenes, a long-time executive producer in music and broadcasting. But I will always remember Dick Clark for the years he spent in front of a television camera, hosting American Bandstand. In doing so, he helped this country's general public accept (and even come to appreciate) rock 'n' roll, and for that he deserves a great big thank you.

The Band played a number of songs that contributed to the soundtrack of my young life, and in my heart there will always be a special place for those guys. In addition to being a terrific drummer, Levon Helm's voice gave an honest and distinctive character to a number of their songs, and I was a fan from the first time I heard The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Another favorite of mine featuring Levon's pipes was Ophelia from Northern Lights, Southern Cross. He went through a lot, physically and emotionally over these last several years, and now he can rest. And we can be thankful we're still able to hear him sing and lay down the backbeat on all those wonderful recordings.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Autumn?

Yes. Here in the Planning Ahead Department, we're already well into the Fall Booking Season and it's not even Summer yet. This is what we do. We also (obviously) like to make occasional use of the editorial "we," and are tireless defenders of the Oxford comma.

You may have noticed that we've placed an Appearances list over there in the right-hand column. As of this writing we have added two Fall dates, and are working on several more.

We'll be returning to Mocha Maya's in September. This is a terrific venue in Shelburne Falls, MA. In October, we'll be playing a House Concert down in Hartford, CT.  This will be at a private residence, but will also be open to the public. Note that this use of "we" actually implies plural humans. The ever-popular rhythm section of Nick Dines and Fred Goodhue will be joining me for these shows.

As always, details about each gig will be posted here and elsewhere as we get closer to the dates in question.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Well-Traveled Wednesday Child.

The latest distant address to have a Wednesday Child CD on the way is Singapore. This one's going to the attention of Kevin Mathews, who (among other talents) runs the excellent site Power of Pop.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

RIP, Jim Marshall.

I can't let today pass with paying my respects to one of Music's pioneering greats. The legendary Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall Amplification, has left the building, aged 88. The tone from his amplifiers helped make rock music sound the way it does. And that sound is beautiful.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

There's A River Down There.


This ten-song album by The Prestons is now available as a free download over on Bandcamp.

We recorded this in 2007, burned a few copies for friends, and that was that. But now we've decided to let it see the light of day again.

You don't actually have to be next to a river to enjoy it, but if one is nearby, so much the better.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hello, Northampton.

Just confirmed the first Northampton show in support of Wednesday Child, so save the date: Friday, May 25th at The Basement. I'll post more details as we get closer, but it's safe to say that the night will follow a similar format to the release party.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Thanks For Listening.

Just a quick note of appreciation to all who joined me for last Friday's CD Release. It was exactly the kind of evening I had hoped for. An intimate local venue, a full but not overcrowded house, an hour and a half worth of music played with friends, a pile of CDs sold, and a generous sum in the tip jar. Being a benevolent dictator, I contented myself with the CD proceeds and split the tip jar take evenly among the other three players.

I've added an appearances list over there in the right hand sidebar. You can see that we've got some gigs confirmed for May and July. There are other shows in the works, and they'll be posted in here and elsewhere as soon as they're definite.

It's shaping up to be a fine year. Thanks again, everyone.