Surf’s up guys. Thanks to everyone who has bought, listened to, and/or said kind words about my new album, The Middle of Nowhere. Releasing a new album is always a completely terrifying experience. Nevermind the amount of time and money you spend in making it; it’s a personal piece of music, something that you try to put a lot of yourself into. And then you show it to the world, and you open yourself up to the idea that everyone could just reject this very intimate, personal part of yourself. Thank you for allaying those fears.
I tried really hard to make this album very, very personal. There’s a lot of talk about my fears, about my family, about my past and my own personal failures. It’s an album about broken people, and how small (and big) successes don’t necessarily fix the things inside of me (and all of us) that may need the most attention. It’s an album about frustration and confusion about how to make something work, financially; how to make this weird life of touring and ephemeral ups and downs work. It’s about that declaration of triumph and resolve amidst what seems to be an impossibility. And comics I guess. It’s called The Middle of Nowhere, because I wrote it when I was essentially in a bad place, even during success. I’ve climbed out of it – some of it took some personal evaluation and action; some of it, life just seems to clear up on its own; some of it, it took actions of people who care and love me. It’s the writing on the wall inside of that hole that tells anyone else who happens to fall down there how to get out of it.
I know that sounds like a lot to be about an album that has a Batman song, and a song about an X-Men crossover, but I tried very hard to put all that in there. I was lucky enough to be joined by some amazingly talented people. I am lucky to have the fans and listeners that I do. Thank you for all of that.
I’ve been so insanely busy this week, and on the verge of being sick (that I think is finally coming to fruition ::cough cough::), and I’m going to take the weekend off and then come back and be ready to get back on the free music train again next week. Thank you for making this week a good one.
Check out reviews/features of my new album on WIRED & The Guardian.
I’ll have a big announcement of tour plans coming next week, but just trust to say that I’ll be on tour basically through February in almost every area of the country. I’m going to be bringing some friends. Get ready.
Nov 19 – Lafayette, LA – And Books Too (info)
Nov 20 – Austin, TX – Dragon’s Lair Comics (FREE)
Nov 21 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Nov 22 – Dallas, TX – Zeus Comics (FREE)
Dec 4 – Kansas City, MO – Elite Comics
Dec 6 - Omaha, NE – Legend Comics & Coffee
Dec 7 – St. Louis, MO – Star Clipper (facebook event)
Dec 9 - Minneapolis, MN – Highlander Games & Comics
Dec 11 - Bloomington, IN – Vintage Phoenix Comics
Dec 12 - Milwaukee, WI – Lost World of Wonders
Dec 13 - Chicago, IL – Brainstorm Comics w/ Cochise Soulstar
Dec 14 - Columbus, OH – Packrat Comics
Dec 15 - Dearborn, MI – Green Brain Comics
Dec 16 – Dayton, OH – Super-Fly Comics
Dec 18 - Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Comics
Dec 19 – Louisville, KY – Haymarket Whiskey Bar w/ SweaterMeat