Read an op-ed about threats to global access to medicines we wrote with Rep. Raul Grijalva, Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, here: http://huff.to/1e82A0W.
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.
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.
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.
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The sky was opening in sunset hues, rose and peach, and we were traveling through it, as or aboard flying creatures and devices, and also as non-corporeal beings. We were communicating, perhaps without words, about the value of belief and … Continue reading
December 2013 — A few days into our conferences, Kelsey Wiens secures tickets for a number of us to the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Cape Town stadium. There’s a sense that the formal and relatively conservative Johannesburg ceremony … Continue reading
Photos by Lance Rosenfield.
The Student Global AIDS Campaign is throwing a party February 15th in Washington, and I will play a set. 8pm at the George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st NW DC. Free.