Ecuador is making strides with an access to medicines policy we helped write.
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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Next show: with Lara Eilhardt at Baked & Wired, a great coffee shop & space near the canal in Georgetown, Washington, DC, Friday, August 29, from 7-8:30pm. Free. We’ll preview a band I am putting together with Scott Charney, Emily … Continue reading
Peter Reppert, a Washington regional jazz pianist, has been good enough to transcribe lead sheets to help musicians perform some of my songs. Here are his posts and links to lead sheets for “Darker Days” and “Caught in a Lie,” … Continue reading
In 2004 I wrote about Venezuela’s contentious community healthcare program, Barrio Adentro, for The Multinational Monitor. I believe it was the first investigative article on the subject, or at least in English. Read it here. “It is nearly impossible to … Continue reading