New releases

boycalledcrow releases his newest, Bottletown, on Strategic Tape Reserve today. It features two songs with my vocals and is an all around gorgeous listen, check it out!

The newest re/emergence collaboration (an audiovisual one!) between myself and Tyler Weaver is also forthcoming; signup for Tyler’s newsletter to get it exclusively delivered to your inbox this Sunday.

Interview on The Socialized Recluse

Almost one year ago to the day, Tyler Weaver interviewed me for his blog Parenthetical Recluse. Now we’re back, this time on his podcast The Socialized Recluse. Tyler describes it perfectly on his website so I’m just going to crib that here:

Presenting: a conversation had amidst the haze of new-puppy-exhaustion.

In which: two collaborators learn they can converse as well as collaborate and, as such, converse about all sorts of creative and collaborative things, things including, but not limited to: the essential nature of bandname punctuation, the existential dread that Philip Glass’s music inspires, the demoralizing hellscape of academic publishing, and, most importantly, doing the work.

And, a note: while Elizabeth’s audio in our conversation – which is the most important part in an interview anyhow – sounds fine, mine is (more than) a bit on the quiet side (save for a notable exception; sorry ears). At the time of recording, I was still learning the mix/gain needs of my new condenser mic; by the time I recorded the intro / outro, I had a better handle on it. So, as Bill Murray said, I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.

Chapters:

  • Intro + puppy exhaustion caveat (0’00”)
  • Philip Glass and existential dread / “This is death.” (03’25”)
  • Beauty v. pretty / “The economy of musical material” (05’44”)
  • What makes for an ideal musical education? (08’21”)
  • Mind the (reality) gap / Rediscovering artistic passion (11’20”)
  • Imposter syndrome / Do the work / Reviewer Number Two (15’52”)
  • Intro: Orca, Attack! (punctuation is key) / Listen: CMSO, Track Five, “Limitations.” (20’27”)
  • Strategic Tape Reserve / CMSO: Origins / “The shed shelf that your uncle had.” (23’32”)
  • On the benefits of shorter projects and collaborations between longer projects / “I hate writing short stories.” (26’41”)
  • On household movie data reportage and the surprises within (29’32”)
  • Creative like-to-try / Recommendations / Connect (34’49”)
  • Outro (37’34”)

More on Tyler’s website. Thanks again for having me!

Launching Sunday: re/emergence

Premiering Sunday: A new, ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations between myself and writer Tyler W. Weaver. The first episode premieres in Tyler’s MacroParentheticals newsletter on 14 February 2021; sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.

New Series: re/Emergence

Coming soon: A new, ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations between myself and writer Tyler W. Weaver. The first episode premieres in Tyler’s MacroParentheticals newsletter on 14 February 2021sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.

More from the newsletter this week:
“Busy – and exciting – day on Friday as, after finishing my chat with Alison, I had my mind blown and face ripped off via email when Elizabeth Joan Kelly sent me her half of the first installment of re/emergence, our new ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations – I write the stories, read them, and she rips up, remixes, and transmogrifies those readings into her singular face-ripping/mind-blowing music: sometimes she’ll write the music to the story, sometimes I’ll write the story to the music. New collaborations are wondrous things – and a much-needed reminder of the connective power of social media at its best. re/emergence0001 debuts here, in mid-February’s Macro0040; you may consider the re/emergence to be thus announced.”

Stay tuned.

Interview on Parenthetical Recluse

Tyler Weaver had me on Parenthetical Recluse as his inaugural interview for a new series. Hear me ramble on about existential dread, Philip Glass, Earth, Wind & Fire, solo accordion free jazz, MAD MEN, and more (very on brand, right?). Read here, and a big thanks to Tyler for asking great questions, and for the kind words about my music.