Obama song

Folks!  If you’ve not already grabbed it from NPR or elsewhere, our song for the Obama presidency is permanently housed here.  That’s the #44 addendum to Of Great and Mortal MenClick on over to its page and grab it. Yessir.

Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Old Lonesome Sound


Splice Today’s “Old Lonesome Sound” compiliation went live a day or two ago.  It features tracks from past, present, and future Presidential folks: Christian Kiefer, These United States (part of John Adams on the record, live in DC and upcoming at SXSW with us), Radar Bros. (Coolidge on the album), and others who are slated to (we hope) join us for Presidents live at SXSW this year.  More on that as it unfolds, but it will be amazing.

Old Lonesome Sound can be grabbed from here and for free.  You just need a login to Spice Today (easy and thus far, in my own experience, spamless).

My compatriots Jefferson Pitcher and J. Matthew Gerken also have relatively new music out, but I’ll wait for them to tell you about that.

Published in: on February 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm  Comments (1)  

All Our Noise

Great 10 min. video interview with footage of the DC show is up at All Our Noise. Check it out below.


Published in: on February 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Silver Darling’s Abraham Lincoln live in DC

God bless Silver Darling.  They shelled out their own cash to fly out to DC and play two songs at our show–John Tyler and Abraham Lincoln.  This is Lincoln.  This band is stunning to behold, like a force of nature from some other time entirely.  Go find them and buy their record, Your Ghost Fits My Skin, which I had some small hand in making.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tim Fite’s “Beard of God” live in DC

Tim Fite is a force of nature.  My God.  I’ve become a huge fan of Tim’s this year, on account of his two great records on ANTI- and his free downloadable album (still free!) Over the Counter Culture.  His a genius.

Here he is doing my tune “Rutherford Hayes (The Beard of God)” onstage with us in Washington, DC.

Thanks Zach Kaufmann at www.splicetoday.com for filming it.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Calvin Coolidge (On Silence)” live in DC

Here’s my old friend Mike Taylor performing as Hiss Golden Messenger (his new recording moniker) on stage in Washington, DC with us.  He’s playing “Calvin Coolidge (On Silence),” a song penned by Jefferson Pitcher and performed on the album (in a very different arrangement) by the Radar Bros.  Mike’s version kills me.

Check out www.bodytribe.com for a full report of the show with pics and all.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm  Comments (1)  

George Washington live in Washington, DC

Joined by the Potomac Buccaneers on stage in Washington, DC at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.  As we do live, this is a lightning fast rendition that just gets faster over the course of its three minutes, but it also rules.

Thanks to Zach Kaufmann at www.splicetoday.com for filming it, apparently from the balcony.  Or maybe he’s just really really tall.

There’s an excellent, excellent report of the whole trip at our drummer Chip Conrad’s site (www.bodytribe.com).  Check it out.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm  Comments (2)  

Washington Dreams of the Hippopotamus

At long last I’ve been able to link Erik Werner’s brilliant video for “Washington Dreams of the Hippopotamus.”  Enjoy.  More on Erik and the process of making this film can be found at www.dreamofthehippo.com.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Obama Song

Our song for the 44th President is available from NPR’s All Things Considered.  Grab it from here!

If you click on the image, you can get a printable full-sized image from artist Rama Hughes and the lyrics/credits.  The song was written by Christian Kiefer and features Will Johnson (of Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel) on lead vocals.  We’re quite happy with it.

Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm  Comments (1)  

Werner Dreams of the Hippo

Direct from Pitchfork.tv, Erik Werner’s video of “Washington Dreams of the Hippopotamus.”  Oh hell yes….

I can’t seem to get it to link directly into this post, because I’m technologically challenged.  But you can click it here.

News of this, including a video blog of its production, at www.dreamofthehippo.com.

Published in: on December 16, 2008 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment