As I work on my 6th LP, this single is meant to be a little taste of what’s to come. Both songs are a bit different from my usual fare (at least I think so). What I am learning as I continue to do this music thing is that I really still love writing songs and the challenge of finding new ways to make them come to life. And then of course sharing them with you!
Listen here. You can buy the tracks as a pair for $2 or less at these outlets:
A billion years after its original release, the good people of Morr Music have re-issued the first two Dump LPs. The first, Superpowerless, comes out tomorrow. It is available on vinyl for the first time ever, and has tons of bonus tracks, new liner notes, unearthed art and photos, and new art by me (and the AMAZING photorealistic cover painting by Sue Garner). I’m really happy about it.
The last few days of our tour were delightful! We played a couple of small towns in northern California (Anderson and Red Bluff) thanks to Mr. Phil Dynan and his Red Bluff Art Gallery. We also played Eugene (new to me) and Portland, OR (only my 2nd show there). There was truly something great (as well as unique) about each and every show we did on this tour, and as I mentioned in a tweet earlier this week, we played rock clubs, restaurants, galleries, living rooms and a library!
The people we met (as well as the old friends we got to visit), were so incredibly kind and generous with us. Sometimes touring is hard (not enough people show up or it’s freezing or you really miss home or a million other things) but having these folks come out and actually give a shit about what you do, makes it all worthwhile. So thank you to each and everyone one of you.
I will close with a great clip of Chris and I playing “Always In Your Mind” at the Red Bluff Art Gallery. You will get a glimpse of how much fun we had playing each night. Thanks especially, to Chris Brokaw for being such a great pal and tour mate.
I’m sitting in a hotel lobby in Sacramento, CA. We’ve had the luxury of doing nothing much today after our very early radio show this morning on Capital Public Radio (which is archived here if you’d like to hear it.) Chris and I did the two songs that we have been playing together on the tour - “Hidden Hill” from my most recent record I Want What You Want and “Into The Woods” from his new record Gambler’s Ecstasy.
We woke up in Fresno at 5:30am, drove to Sacramento, did the radio show and then convinced a Holiday Inn to let us check in at 11am. Unheard of. We make the impossible possible. Again and again. More Mexican food ensued. Naps and baths. Rock. Life.
Yesterday we played in Fresno at a Basque restaurant. Chris’ buddy Scott put us up and I made a really sweet new friend in his cat Stanley. He pretty much climbed on me and didn’t leave. I love him.
Before Fresno was Fullerton (thanks Isaac!) and San Diego (shout out to Cheryl & George, Matt H, Ghost Come Back, and Cari B!). I had fun in SD playing without a set list. According to Jason (Stand Up Hippy) below is a setlist of what I played (I fixed the ones he didn’t know the titles to as they are new). Check out his blog for a run-down of our LA, San Diego and Fullerton shows- Jason was at all 3 shows! I found this particular tidbit interesting and I didn’t even know this myself. He said, “By the time she set her guitar down in The Night Owl, I’d seen her perform a total of 38 songs and 29 of them had been different. She’d played 8 new titles: almost an album’s worth of new material.”
Soda Bar, San Diego CA, 01/13/13 Daylight Out All of Us Kids Sister The Color and the Light Already Gone 07/12/09 The Road Ahead Here With Me Century Estates Beg and Borrow Days Change Your Life Exeter, Rhode Island Always In Your Mind – with Chris Brokaw Hidden Hill – with Chris Brokaw
And just to correct his other set lists at Bootleg in LA the song he has listed as “Finally Find Out” is actually called, “Falling Feeling” (new one)and the song he has listed as “I’ve Got Something to Say to You” is actually a B-side from Over the Mountain called “Matches and Balloons” which is only available as a bonus track on the iTunes version. The one listed as “I Know What You Are Doing” is called “Standing For Nobody” and is also new.
I’m swiping this pic from the Fullerton show from him cause I like it! (hope you don’t mind Jason)
Another nice gentleman blogged up our LA day of shows and there are great photos and videos there for you to check out. So do that here.
Last but not least we played a FANTASTIC house show in Merced CA put on by Downtown Life Magazine and the very nice Merced couple Jason and Sharlee Fragulia. Great people, attentive audience, they live streamed the show AND I got to sleep in front of their fireplace.
We are really having a great time on this tour and we hope to do an east coast version sometime soon.
5 more shows left. Come out if you are where we will be!
1/16 Sacramento CA Naked Coffee (1111 H Street location) 8pm, $5 1/17 Anderson, CA Woodside Grill 6pm FREE 1/18 Red Bluff, CA Red Bluff Art Gallery 7pm FREE 1/19 Eugene, OR Sam Bond’s Garage 9pm $7 1/20 Portland OR Mississippi Studios 8pm, $10adv/$12dos
After Seattle, we played the Olympia Library with Kimya Dawson. This was my first library show - but it was Chris’ THIRD in Washington state in the past year. Brokaw really gets around. I want to play MORE libraries. What a great show! The audience was comprised of kids, babies, older folks, hipsters, punks, hippies - EVERYONE basically. The library staff was super awesome. Here’s a photo of Sara (wearing a super rad Bart Simpson sweater) introducing Chris:
Kimya’s set was emotionally devastating and wonderful and I’m still thinking about it. Here’s a pic of the three of us after the show.
My Olympia set featured the debut of a brand new song called, “Falling Feeling”, a bucket next to me to catch a leak that developed during Chris’ set, and Lois Maffeo in the audience. Thanks to Janice Headley for coming out again from Seattle.
We drove all day the next day hoping to get to San Francisco in one day. Didn’t happen. PSA: Don’t go to the Subway in Mount Shasta, CA.
San Francisco is lovely. I am here right now sitting in my drummer Jon Langmead’s kitchen drinking boatloads of coffee with his cats. His cats aren’t drinking coffee. Don’t worry.
Our show last night was great. We had burritos for dinner and I will have more today if all goes according to planned. Brokaw’s set was a revelation. I got a good video of “Anacordia” which I will post soon. Jon and I did a duo set and it was a total blast. We used to do these a lot but it had been awhile. Chris joined us on “Always In Your Mind” and “Hidden Hill”. Here’s the set list:
I woke up in Nyack, NY (new JO’C/Kiam Records headquarters) took the Metro North to Grand Central Station, then the 7 train to the E train to the Air Train. I left my favorite jacket at security checkpoint. I saw this dog who I loved and snuck a photo of in the terminal and then he ended up on my flight, which I found reassuring.
I flew to Seattle.
I am not a big flyer. The last time I flew was in 2009 to do a west coast tour so this was kind of a big deal for me. Chris Brokaw picked me up at the airport and he drove us to The Crocodile.
Chris Brokaw is my bro and I am super psyched to be touring with him for 2 weeks. We met a several years back at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Lincoln Center where we were both performing. He was playing with Bob Mould. I was singing with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Patti Smith (what?). Anyway, I was a huge fan already so it was cool to meet him and now it’s even cooler that he is my pal.
This is him during soundcheck last night:
Chris’ set was so good. You guys have to come to these shows!
Thu Jan 10 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah Fri Jan 11 Merced, CA House Show http://dlmlivehouseshow.bpt.me/ Sat Jan 12 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Bar 7pm + In Store at Permanent Records at 5pm Sun Jan 13 San Diego, CA Soda Bar Wed Jan 16 Sacramento, CA Naked Coffee Thu Jan 17 Anderson, CA Woodside Grill Fri Jan 18 Red Bluff, CA Red Bluff Art Gallery Sat Jan 19 Eugene, OR Sam Bond’s Garage Sun Jan 20 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
I am taking part in a benefit this Thursday night, November 8 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help out those in need affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please come on down and help us raise some money!
There will be a ton of giveaways and I’ll be donating profits from my merch sales from the night as well. It’s also my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to spend it.