In case you missed it live on-air last night, I was the guest on Out Loud Radio this week talking about community work, summer tour, racism in the LGBTQ community, and more. I chat with Sasha Buchert from KBOO for a good 40 of the 60 minutes about why we are doing the work we are doing at (and for) Q Center in Portland, my dream for the world, and more.
I was the guest on KBOO FM’s Out Loud Radio show this week in support of the charity record I produced for queer programs and services in the Pacific Northwest, Comp 175, which was released this past Tuesday. The show features songs by me and others who appear on the compilation. Other guests include Kelly Moe and Jeb Havens. Good times!!!
A bunch of my songs are featured on this week’s episode of Homoground queer music radio alongside Michael Perry, Joseph Mulhollen, and Mike Hamel. I lead in the show and they talk about me for a little while after the 1st song. Cute!
Check it out over at the Homoground website HERE, download it free from iTunes HERE (episode #076), or just press play below.
I love Marina & The Diamonds so much. Today we are featured on SugarBang.com together on their Humpday Playlist for the week! Check it out HERE or have a listen below. My new single “Turn Me Out” is featured!
Those of you who live in Portland have probably already caught wind of the media blitz I have, once again, found myself in with regard to my ongoing small group dialogue project between members of the queer community and members of the Mars Hill Church. After this past week’s vandalism and threats (video below) Pastor Tim and I decided to go on OPB’s “Think Out Loud” today and talk about our experience together thusfar. It first aired this morning live at 9:00am and will air once more again this evening at 9:00pm, so tune in!
It’s been a REALLY big couple of weeks since the release of “Live From Nowhere Near You” (the charity record I’m on with The Strokes, Pearl Jam, Spoon, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, The Dandy Warhols, Wilco and dozens of other killer bands). Not only is the record blowing up radio (and selling out everywhere in-stores) but the press has been all up in it since the beginning of July!
After being featured by Pitchfork Magazine, Under The Radar Magazine, and a TON of other awesome media outlets all praising the record, it was picked as #3 on this week’s Must-Have list in Entertainment Weekly! Pick up the current issue on stands everywhere now or click the front cover below to check out the electronic version! YEAH BUDDY!
My new record “I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday” was produced by Bryan Cecil and self-released as a fundraiser for Q Center on Tuesday, August 31st. You can preview and purchase the record on iTunes by clicking HERE or on the album cover below. 100% of the proceeds from sales go to benefit Portland’s Q Center.
Download 2 of the new songs free by clicking HERE.
1. Things Are Looking Up
2. Smoke Rings 3. Velocity
4. Quickly As We Pass
5. I Erased Who I Was For You
6. Fly Me Through 7. Tennis Whites
8. It’s Too Late
9. A Hundred Years Of Letting Me Down
10. Fall Into New Arms
So…I was on my way home last night and my song came on the radio. Evidently OPB Music picked up on my new single “Velocity” themselves and put it into rotation this weekend. It was unexpected (since this new record has no label backing, no radio servicing, and no budget behind it) but felt really cool that they were into it. Ummm…RAD.
You can check it out on their site HERE. Start requesting that your local indie rock radio stations play it and they will! You can download the “Velocity” MP3 for freeHERE.
Make it yours. Pass it around. There are no rules this time.
Hey everybody. As I near the 10 year anniversary of my debut record, “GLEE” (which was originally released in October of 2000) I’ve been thinking a lot about all the years from there to here. I have come to some conclusions not only about the journey I’ve been on since then musically and in my personal life, but also the journey I intend to be on moving forward with both.
One thing that is painfully clear to me and everyone who knows me in real life is that I AM MISERABLE. I have been for some time. I’m sick of being broke, mismanaged, overworked, screwed over by the folks who are supposed to be looking out for me…you know, all the hits. Ever since I overcame my paralyzing stage fright, playing shows has been great and I’ve had a wonderful time on tour this Summer with The Gentry but the abnormalities that come along with being a working musician in the digital era without the proper, traditional support of a label are too much for me to just keep absorbing. I can’t be gone all the time like this. I don’t want to spend my life on the road with strangers in bars and hotel rooms. It’s not healthy. I’m homesick for a home that does not exist because I have been too busy to create it for myself, no other reason. I need something real in my life. I can no longer pretend that things are going to suddenly feel better like magic when I know that they are not. These things I’m putting all my energy into obtaining are not making me happy. They are not ever going to because fame and money and attention is not what I want anymore. It’s time that I take control of my own happiness, something I have been dreading and avoiding for years now because of the terrible consequences and pressures attached to doing so. I am finally brave enough and there is just no stopping me. My humanity is in need of repair. These are someone else’s dreams I’m killing myself to fulfill. It is time for me to chase the light to happiness, not acceptance by the masses.
I am going to take some time completely off far away from the business of being myself professionally, then we’ll see where life has led me. These final shows next month with The Gentry in Salem, on August 6th & in Portland on the 20th are going to be the last shows I play for at least a year or two so I hope you can make it. They are going to be very special nights. Please, PLEASE come to the final show at Mississippi Studios on Friday, August 20th and wish me farewell on my new journey.
I don’t know what I am going to be doing from here but I fulfilled my contract with Beat The World (so I know what I’m not going to be doing, which is a very clear start…or finish, as it were). I am Free, an unsigned independent artist once again, not bound to any contracts, people or associations. I find myself in a moment where I can do one of two things; and I gotta choose the peaceful road, you guys. Think I’m gonna go help people for awhile, do something that actually matters—that isn’t so self-serving and based in phony, superficial publicity opportunities. I am leaving the door open for me to change my mind later on so I’m not saying I’m done forever by any means but it honestly does feel that way at the moment. I just finished that new record with Bryan Cecil and have been leaking the demos all week, freeing myself of the rules and regulations that come with being a brand instead of just some stoner dude who makes funny sounding synthpop songs about death and darkness on his keyboard. If another label comes along and picks me up to release it I’d Read the rest of this entry »
In the spirit of Gay Pride week, KEXP Seattle (otherwise known as the coolest radio station in all the land) has released their annual “Weird At My School: Big Gay Playlist” and my song “Feed Me To The Wolves” (the “From Pillar To Post” version from 2009) is song 10, just between Ships: “Up and Down” and The Hidden Cameras: “Underage (Holy Fuck Remix).
Last week KZME Radio sent Trent Finlay and his robots over to my apartment to interview me in my own habitat. We chatted about being a fuck-up, the evolution of my music, The Dandy Warhols, overcoming my paralyzing stage fright, and a bunch of other stuff.
You can download the show at the KZME website HERE or to have a listen on this site, CLICK HERE.
Last week I chatted with “The Stonewall Society” and our interview premiered last night at 8pm EST on “Rainbow World Radio”. PC users, have a listen HERE. MAC users, HERE. Count how many times I say “Awesome” in just one hour on the radio!
Happy listening, folks.
For more information on “The Stonewall Society” and “Rainbow World Radio”, CLICK HERE.