Peter Maybarduk at the RedGE office LimaJoin Notaries Public for our next show Saturday, April 11 at Velvet Lounge in Washington, DC. Our songs “Star Field Below” and “Meet Me in the Middle” are available for download on Bandcamp.

Help us build the no user-fees Borbor Pain Charity School of Hope with Foday Mansaray and the stone mining kids of Adonkia, Sierra Leone.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and I have an op-ed in The Hill about a trade deal that risks lives in developing countries while undermining pledges to reduce cancer drug costs here in the United States. Read also my recent letter in The New York Times on how Americans can curb exploding medicine costs.

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.

Passengers
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.

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Por el Derecho a la Salud en Ecuador

A Spanish-language interview with ANEPI, a news service of Ecuador’s public agencies, about a national policy on patents and access to medicines which we helped develop. 

Notaries Public @ Velvet Lounge 4/11

Our indie rock quintet Notaries Public will play Velvet Lounge, in Washington DC’s U Street corridor, on Saturday, April 11. In the words of Notaries guitarist Ben O’Donnell, you will want to be there when we break the wax seal … Continue reading

Op-ed with Representative Schakowsky

Representative Jan Schakowsky (Democrat of Illinois) and I have an op-ed in The Hill about how U.S. government proposals in closed international trade negotiations are risking lives in developing countries, while undermining pledges to reduce cancer drug costs here in … Continue reading

A Sierra Leonean School of Hope

In Sierra Leone, state collapse and resource shortages mean that many students cannot attend school unless their parents can afford the user fees. In the town of Adonkia, children bare the scars of working stone mines instead. A man named … Continue reading