Ever since I was a small child listening to my sister's Dead Milkmen cassettes, I had a dream. That some day, some brilliant group of people would teach our computers to talk to our phones and vice versa and I would be able to use this network of computer-phones to ask strangers for money.
I am humbled and blessed and only slightly terrified to be presenting TJ and the Revenge to the world. The only thing that could lift me even higher than fulfilling my childhood dream of digital solicitation would be to make a vinyl record of this music.
NAME DROPPING SECTION
This record was quite a journey to make. After much hemming and hawing a decision was arrived at to just record this thing full-bore. So I reached out to the best people I knew to make this record. The musicians speak for themselves, Bill Frisell, Simón Willson, Dor Herskovits recorded on every track and a whole mess of guests in there from Jason Palmer, Michael Blake, Andres Abenante, Jeff Cox, Paul Melhus and Eric Stilwel. It was a delight to record at the legendary studio East Side Sound with the great grammy-winning engineer Marc Urselli (Lou Reed, Keith Richards, John Zorn, Nick Cave and all the great artists who record for Newvelle Records). I also got to work with acclaimed engineer Duff Harris because Marc took a last minute gig to go record U2. Andy Plaisted recorded the horns. He's good too. Alex Deturk did the digital mastering and he'll do the cutting of the record as well on the Master Disc lathe and we're planning on pressing at Quality Pressing in Kansas which is the best. None of these guys are cheap (Except Andy Plaisted, Thanks Andy!).
I'm hoping to replenish my daughter's college fund with this Kickstarter.
Just kidding, my daughter doesn't have a college fund.
But not kidding about wanting you to send me money in exchange for goods and services...God this dignified-ironic-tightrope is not so easy to navigate.
It was a dream come true to record with one of my musical heroes, Mr. Bill Frisell. Thanks Bill.
I started singing these tunes at a little bar in Paris about six years ago, and through the support of some great friends and some fine whiskey, the songs took on a life of their own. Previous to that I'd never sung before or wrote songs with lyrics, and all the music I had been involved with was, frankly, a little classier. TJ was a nickname I had when I worked in a diner as an aimless teenager. Later, when I was first starting out studying and then performing music, I had a lot of concrete ideas about what I was trying to do and which music I was pursuing and why. Now, 25 years later, I don't have a clue.
I've spent all I could on getting this record to this point. If this Kickstarter is successful I would like to tour the music, press these records and hopefully establish Little Lost Records as a place for some of the misfit music that I love.
I was 5'7" in the summer of 1992. This was a tough time for me. I was very concerned about my pending Barmitzvah, and I had a regrettable haircut.
I was 6'4" from April - July of 1995. This was a very significant time in my life. At 15 years old I had an afro of astronomic proportions and I enjoyed rollerblading while smoking Lucky unfiltered cigarettes.
Risks and challenges
I've sometimes felt that that guilt is a commodity. Something that is gifted to you reverently by your parents, teachers, and loved ones. Then you take these pieces of guilt, like softly glowing staves, and you go in the backyard of your soul to build giant edifices from them that proclaim burnished narratives, dazzling diversions, and giant monuments of frozen hunger. Perhaps the challenge and the risk of this sweet-jesus-I’m-turning-forty-kickstarter is that I’ve made some life choices and now I’m hoping that you, good people of the internet, will validate all of them.
Some people believe that potential is a mountain. And every instant since your birth, the cruel currents of time shave that mountain away. All your parents and teachers and loved ones can do is to try and limit the incontrovertible erosion of the potential mountain of you. I’ve always felt differently. What if you could just save up your potential like a 401K? What if potential isn’t a mountain but a lake? A lake that laps gently at its banks and shines brightly when the sun is out. It would be nice to climb your Golden Guilt Shrine and stare down at your Potential Lake and think “gee that’s a pretty lake.”
Records are tricky to make but I have some experience getting these things out into the world. Trust me.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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