Greetings from Rhinebeck, NY where I am currently at an artists retreat, working on my first musical with Australian collaborator, playwright, Alexandra Collier. So far, the food has been fantastic, but I haven't yet written a single note!
This might be partly because, "The Universal Thump" CDs arrived three days ago and I'm somewhat distracted! After almost four years of working on it, Adam and I picked up the boxes from the manufacturer and brought them back to our place (see pics below).
We are thrilled with how the CDs look and feel! - Dutch artist and musician Sonja Van Hamel did a beautiful job with the artwork and it's printed on velvety matte, reverse board. In these fast-paced, digitally-oriented times, it's sometimes difficult to feel the relevance of a physical 'object' that contains music. But we just love having the CDs in our hands! We seriously can not wait to send them to you! (plus the other rewards) And we hope to press the album on DOUBLE VINYL later this year too.
We are hitting the road extensively in the coming months, in celebration of this release, and would love to see you guys! Here are our upcoming TOUR DATES:
North East USA Mini-Duo Tour
Thursday, July 19 - Green Line Cafe (on Locust), Philadelphia PA
Friday, July 20 - The Pushkin, Greenfield MA, with J. Johnson (National Carpet).
Saturday, July 21 - The Lily Pad, Cambridge MA
Monday, July 23 - Radio Bean, Burlington VT
Thursday, July 26 - Barbes, Brooklyn NY. With special guests Byron Isaacs (Ollabelle), Alec Spiegelman and Kristin Slipp (Cuddle Magic).
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE SHOWS!
PART ONE (Chapters One & Two)
Wednesday, August 29 - BLUE BEAT (Sydney)
Advance tickets available here.
PART TWO (Chapters Three & Four)
Saturday, September 1 - CAMELOT (Sydney)
Advance tickets available here (scroll down).
It's been over 2 years since we were last in Australia, and we can't wait to be back there again! At both of these release shows, Adam and I will be joined by Lara Goodridge, Joy Howard, Peter Hollo, David Gertler and other special guests. We'll be playing the album in its entirety, in sequence (all four 'Chapters') plus some newer and older material.
The album will be officially released in the USA on OCTOBER 2. NYC Release Residency to be announced soon.
"ALL THINGS MUST PASS" Concert/Show
As a side-project, Adam and I have also been slowly working on releasing live concert recordings and editing video footage from our George Harrison "All Things Must Pass" 40th Anniversary show at The Bell House. We recently released the first two tracks - 'I Live For You' and 'Beware of Darkness' - featuring special guest vocalists MISSY HIGGINS and SHARA WORDEN (My Brightest Diamond). They are available only on Bandcamp here. All proceeds go to George Harrison's Material World Foundation.
Finally, we also have a new, home-made website - please feel free to check it out: TheUniversalThump.com
THANK YOU, as always, for your ongoing support with this project.
Greta, Adam & The Universal Thump