Archive for December 2019

Strangers & Friends ALBUM TOUR

The album goes out on streaming platforms on January 19th, but for a track-by-track listening session with commentary, here you go!  To support the release in various ways, please check out my Album Launch and Rent Party!

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As 2019 comes to a close, one more track from Strangers & Friends, which drops on streaming platforms on January 19th.

This is the first track on the album, and features some brilliant whistle work from Pol Mac Adaim.  The song is an effort on my part to process the fact I learned from NPR, that almost a thousand people had died from being homeless on the streets of Los Angeles alone in the year 2018.  

As this year ends, it's clearly on track to break last year's record.  All indications are that 2020 will be worse.  Happy New Year, America.

If you want to hear the rest of the album before it comes out on streaming platforms, or if you just want to support my work, please become a patron.

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Christmas In Australia

While Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was on vacation in Hawaii, I was moved to verse.

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The Massacre That Wasn’t

On December 21st, 2015, a bus was forced to a stop by gunmen, who demanded that all the passengers get off.  What happened next, there on the border of Kenya and Somalia, was a whole lot of solidarity.

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Time to share another track from my new album, Strangers & Friends -- which launches on streaming platforms on January 19th, and is available now to patrons.

I wrote this song in July, over the course of the couple days following the death of Will Van Spronsen, who was killed by police, in the bus yard behind the ICE prison in Tacoma, Washington, where Will was trying to destroy as many buses as he could. This song features some of the more complex vocal arrangements from Lorna and Kamala to appear on the album, which, in my humble opinion, totally transform the song. They're what will make people listen to it a second time -- along with the urgency of the question presented by the song, by Will Van Spronsen's actions that July night.

I explore this a bit more in an article in the current issue of the Fifth Estate, in the print edition, incidentally. It's a question that has caused Will to become an iconic figure for many, immediately following his death. A series of questions, really. When you see this familiar pattern repeating, of a corrupt democracy being eaten from within by the rise of a fascist movement, at what point do you decide, under the circumstances, that nonviolent forms of resistance have become futile? Will Van Spronsen had his answer to this question, certainly, which he demonstrated himself in his prose, his songs, and his actions.

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Impeach the Democrats, Too

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you an anarchist perspective on the ongoing impeachment proceedings in Washington, DC.

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If There’s A Tomorrow

Another sneak peek at the album, Strangers & Friends, which goes out to all the streaming platforms on January 19th.

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Jock Palfreeman

At the time I wrote this song, last summer, Jock Palfreeman was well into the 12th year of a 20-year prison sentence. By the time I recorded the song in October, coincidentally, Jock received parole. Since then, he's been in detention, awaiting a deportation back to Australia that may or may not come, since powerful forces in Bulgaria are overriding normal procedures in order to revoke Jock's parole.

This is a track from Strangers & Friends --

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The Eureka Stockade

On December 3rd, 1854, British troops opened fire on the gold fields of Ballarat in Australia, in the course of a revolt of miners that became known as the Eureka Stockade.

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