video of all 5 songs from the show can be seen at thesarcasticdharmasociety.com
five new songs recorded live at our first ever four piece band show. it was maybe the single most gratifying experience of my life, doing the thing i've (we've) spent so much time and effort working towards doing. it was a really great night. all the friends. i couldn't stop smiling.
i've spent the last few years not finishing a lot of stuff, working on a set of songs (of which these are a part), with a very specific (although often evolving) sound in mind for them, a very particular set of emotions and moments that i wanted them to convey, trying to sort them out, figure out what they mean, and endlessly ranting about them to people who care and people who i don't even know, trying to express and explain:
"like a series of urgent, hysterical, mostly unintelligible answering machine messages from everyone you've ever disappointed, all playing at the same time from under your bed while you're drifting in and out of sleep--a ripped page from a notebook that begins as a letter to a past or future lover, but devolves into a numbered list of all the things you hate about yourself--like Pedro The Lion's 'Control' being played by Joanna Newsom with a backing band assembled from members of WHY? and Kickball."
i'm (obviously) not finished trying to work it out, but with this band, and this show, and these recordings, i feel like i'm closer to something, whatever that is, than i've ever been, and so i'd like to share it with you. it's a very intimate thing, but it's also now a shared thing (which is crazy) so let me know if you have any thoughts about it. and please give it to your friends and stuff. i think we may be in this together.
gabe, jaime, and eric (heard here playing drums, bass, and keyboard, respectively) have been some of the most helpful, patient, genius, sincere dudes i've had the pleasure of making music with, of eating burritos with, of talking 'till the sun rises with, and there is a whole lot of each of them in these songs, and i am so grateful for that. seriously. thank you, guys. love you, guys.
i am way excited to have again arrived at a beginning. so now we're going to make a record. and we're going to play music everywhere. do you have a "where"? can we play music in it, please?
all of the love,