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“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful”

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or: I learn to channel my inner Marilyn

For the third year in a row, I’m going to be the Artist Wrangler/Associate Producer for the Bubbles in the Think Tank record about records for Record Store Day 2014.

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Ice Cream Man

The Jonathan Richman song.

I love it.

A whole lot.

Way way back, probably 20 years or so ago, I heard DJ Greg Reibman play it on his WMBR radio “Rockin’ With Greg” (one of my favorite Boston radio shows of all time). At the end of the song Greg came on the air and said “well, I got 4 calls from people who loved the song and 4 from people who hated it, so let’s play it again!” And then the song played again.

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We are Having a Party – and You are Invited!

Friday, May 3 – market it on your calendars. Better yet, head on over to WHAT.org and buy your tickets in advance, because Travis and Shook present the Steve Shook CD Release Party is coming to town. A town, anyway. A town called Wellfleet, MA, to be specific.

That’s right, the great Steve Shook (Homer & the Dont’s, Travis & Shook, Incredible Casuals) has come out of retirement to record a CD. A really good CD, if you ask me (and you’re reading this blog post, so in a way you are asking me). It’s called “Dignify” and if you don’t have a copy yet, you should head on over to CDBaby for the physical CD or Steve’s download site and buy it.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

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Somehow I’ve become a record company exec

I’m the Associate Producer and Artist Wrangler for the second annual Record about Records for Record Store Day to be produced by the ever-embiggening staff over at Bubbles in the Think Tank.  This year’s edition is “Eponymously Entitled” and we just started taking advance orders for the record over at love.bubblesinthethinktank.com

That’s right … “record” … real vinyl … 7 inches of it, in fact.  Last year we made a purple record, “The Petite 7 Inch Record.”  This year we did something completely different.  We made a clear record.

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Singing with Ray Mason

Just weeks after getting a chance to sing with the fabulous Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby at a house party concert in Woods Hole (they asked me to sing some harmony vocals on “Goin’ Back” to close the evening’s entertainment), I got to sing with another great songwriter & performer, Ray Mason.  My friend Belinda of Bubbles in the Think Tank captured us on video:

If you get a chance to see any of these fabulous performers in concert or buy their albums … DO IT!

Oh, and please invite me along.

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I’m on a brand-new CD! And we’re having a Release Party this week!

The Chandler Travis Three-O, a four-person spinoff of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic (I’m sure most of you know that I’m a member of both), have produced our debut CD, “This is What Bears Look Like Underwater“, and we are having a release party this Friday (October 12) at Club Passim in Harvard Square (47 Palmer St).  The show starts at 8pm, and it’s just us – no opening act.

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Now You

One of my favorite shows of 2010 was a performance by Tin Hat at the Wellfleet Library.

“BLEW. ME. AWAY.” was what I wrote about the show. I am sure I am not the only one in the audience who felt that way.

Then, at the Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade, Tin Hat violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt and her husband Mattias Bossi performed a couple of numbers under the name “Now You”. Carla sang and played violin and some crazy norwegian viking boat or something like that, Mattias played percussion and piano, and they both made animal noises. They were charming, funny, weird and wonderful. Again, many of us in the audience were awestruck.

Well I’m happy to be able to help spread the word that Now You will be performing a full show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art on Sunday, February 6, starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are available in advance from the museum and online.

This is bound to be a fantastic show, and it’s early enough for you football fans that you should be able to catch both it and the Super Bowl.

You really must go.