Rest in Power, Arecibo Observatory

Rest in Power, Arecibo Observatory

A couple of snapped cables, and the world’s largest radio telescope is being decommissioned. If you know me, you know my love of the Carl Sagan (@saganism ) book Contact and the 1996 film starring Jodi Foster and the Arecibo Observatory (@thearecibo.observatory). My songs “Ok to Go,” “Grace,” “Arecibo,” and others were inspired by it. So much of the artwork on my albums “Skimming,” “Wander Away,” and especially “Minor Fits” draw from it. Here’s my Spotify playlist of my songs that were inspired by Contact, and Arecibo. A few years back, I dragged friends across the crazy bumpy roads of Puerto Rico to see Arecibo, and now I’m glad I did. And I’m glad I sprung for the coffee cup. Time marches on…and bends and warps and amazes.  ...
New Show: Oberlin College, 2/24, 8p

New Show: Oberlin College, 2/24, 8p

O-H-I-O! I’ll be conducting a songwriting workshop at Oberlin College, and playing a solo set at Cat in the Cream: 8p Cat in the Cream 180 W Lorain St, Oberlin, Ohio 44074 FACEBOOK INVITE IS HERE Also: I’m still making the best-selling items from my Pledge Music Campaign. Check it out here: MERCHANDISE (Lyric prints, signed lithographs, T-shirts, subscription to Tallboy magazine, etc.) MUSIC  (The largest selection of my work on ANY platform, includes deluxe editions, unreleased live tracks, podcasts, singles, and more) or STREAM ON SPOTIFY (check out playlists, too) STREAM ON APPLE MUSIC (if you can figure it out, that is…) I hope to see you at the Cat!...
Favor? Two clicks to help “My Sinking Ship” win a reader’s poll!

Favor? Two clicks to help “My Sinking Ship” win a reader’s poll!

Can I ask a favor? Music blog Ear to the Ground has added “My Sinking Ship” to a poll of new recordings to determine which album will get a full review. You + two mouse clicks could win me a post with quotes from them like this: “His lyrics are dripping with truth and passion. The song goes down smooth.” Click here, scroll to the bottom, and click on my name. That’s it! Would ya? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks....
Touring Can’t Save Musicians in the Age of Spotify

Touring Can’t Save Musicians in the Age of Spotify

Touring is, of course, the most ancient business model available to artists — and in many ways, it remains a vital part of their livelihood, even while the surrounding industry undergoes major upheaval to accommodate the new paradigm of streaming music. In response to the shift in revenue sources, standard recording contracts now intrude into the numerous nonrecording aspects of an artist’s career. But the advice given to the creative generators of this multibillion dollar industry is still one that would be recognizable to a medieval troubadour: Go on tour.   And yet from a business standpoint, it’s hard to find a model more unsustainable than one that relies on a single human body. This is why we have vice presidents, relief pitchers and sixth men. When applied to music’s seemingly limitless streaming future, the only scarce resource left is the artists themselves. You would think the industry would protect such an important piece of its business model, but in fact, the opposite is true. With snow, and now ice, covering a large swath of the country, my latest piece in the New York Times discusses the dangers facing touring musicians, particularly in the coming months. It stresses the importance of keeping writers’ rights alive, and seeks to undercut the tired refrain that touring is how musicians should make money in the “new paradigm.”   This is the “gig economy” as seen by those who popularized the term.   “Touring Can’t Save Musicians in the Age of Spotify“ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/magazine/touring-cant-save-musicians-in-the-age-of-spotify.html?_r=0   Drive safe out there, friends.   M (Getty...