Maybarduk at TPP AtlantaAtlanta, October 3 — We are holed up in downtown hotels, working with journalists, negotiators, lobbyists and government advisors late into the night. The fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could be the largest regional trade agreement ever, may be decided in the next few hours. And it comes down to the issue we have defended all along: access to medicines. Five years’ work with partners in many countries has forced the U.S. government to compromise in favor of public health, much to the chagrin of the pharmaceutical giants. Read and watch more in The New York Times (two stories), The Washington Post, at WikiLeaks, on Democracy Now! and on our access program‘s web site. Public Citizen recently published this short profile of our program’s work.

Notaries Public has a new lead guitarist and a DC show coming up on October 13. More info soon. Our songs “Star Field Below” and “Meet Me in the Middle” are available for download on Bandcamp.

Our no user-fees Sierra Leonean School of Hope has reopened its doors. Join Foday Mansaray and the stone mining kids of Adonkia as we put Ebola behind and provide education for all. See also this letter in The New York Times from my father, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone, critiquing the US government’s missed opportunities controlling the virus in West Africa.

A ring around the Atlantic
CD cover of A Ring Around the Atlantic

By turns a world music album, field recording, and power pop showcase, A Ring Around the Atlantic is thoughtfully written and orchestrated and features the standout production value of The Magpie Cage’s J. Robbins. Maybarduk’s voice, breathy and soft, reminds me of Hey Marseilles’ Matt Bishop and Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis. His songwriting is thought-provoking without being pedantic, helped by the album’s relentlessly catchy hooks and strong backing musicians.

No Hay Pueblo Vencido
CD cover of No Hay Pueblo Vencido

We released No Hay Pueblo Vencido (No Defeated People) on March 19, 2009.
Vencido features kinetic electronic compositions, political rock and acoustic nueva canción, with the musical talents of producer J. Robbins, drummer Darren Zentek, vocalists Shawna Potter and Linsay Rousseau Burnett, pan flautist Marco Ovando and trumpeter Ronald Rollins.
In part, Vencido is a tale of the Americas; of people standing up for their dignity despite oppression. It’s also a personal story. Vencido tracks a dual narrative of social justice and personal evolution, and explores the relationship between them. In the words of Edward Abbey, Action is the antidote to despair.

CD cover of Passengers

Passengers, my first LP, is an introspective and primarily acoustic narrative recorded with J. Goody at Mega sonic in West Oakland, CA.
I made Passengers in 2006 under a routine of moderate solitude near the bay and trains. I recorded soundscapes from around northern California, linking songs together to hint at a unified story. Listeners can draw their own meanings from it, but I think the related themes of impermanence, travel and isolation, as both personal narrative and rising social illness, come through. I’m pleased to say it’s earned the affection of many careful listeners.

New on this site

Notaries @ Solly’s Tavern Oct 13

Notaries @ 3260 R St August 29th

Notaries @ Treehouse Lounge Friday August 7

Tree House Lounge in northeast DC

Notaries @ Fort Reno July 13

Notaries Public plays Washington DC’s iconic indie music free summer concert series. This is a bit of a dream for the band’s DC natives. Save the date — more info soon.