Why we have not posted any of our new songs online…yet

2 04 2011

When we were planning our release of “Humanity”, everyone had big plans for it and wanted to do a typical single release with a slick music video. We were going to do some big radio promotion and send the album out to every blogger and reviewer to get publicity. We were going to post our songs everywhere on every site so that the maximum number of people would hear it.

In the end, we decided not to go that route.

People are inundated all the time with music that they are told they should like or not like. We look at charts and stats to see what the next big song is or whose record is hot at the moment. This leaves little opportunity for discovery, for sharing music with your friends, for finding something for yourself and experiencing it on your own terms.

I hope that those of you have heard our album and have found it moving or encouraging will tell your friends about it. Let them listen to it. Heck, I don’t even really care if you rip it for them. (Hopefully they will eventually buy it if they like it. We’re poor!) I just want you to experience the music with another person. I want the music to be discovered through other people and not us trying to push it on you.

I’m sure at some point we will release a music video or try to push a single and post song clips online, but for now, we just want people to find the music in the way it was meant to be found….through each other. That’s what “Humanity” is all about. Sharing music and art with each other without us hyping it up for you. I hope you are blessed and encouraged by this album. I poured my heart and soul into these songs when I wrote them and I hope they will give you some hope and drive to keep pressing forward.

Many Blessings,
Tim



Ok, it’s time to leave it to a vote.

4 11 2010

I don’t know what I think anymore. Just tell me which one you guys like the best. -Tim






The REAL New Album Cover

1 11 2010

Ok, I lied.  I looked at the artwork again after it was printed and realized that it just doesn’t translate well to paper.  So in my psychotic perfectionism, I redid the whole cover.  I like this one a lot better.  Hope you do too!







Humanity Cover Art

8 10 2010

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since we’ve updated, but here’s a preview of the artwork for the new album!  The album is currently being mastered.  Can’t wait for you guys to hear it! -Tim



Special Moments

9 06 2010

So while I was working in the studio today, I noticed a strange smell emanating from my left side.  As you can see from the photograph, the source of the odor was confirmed.  Some people might think it would be impossible to make an album when your surrounded by poo and a family with three kids.  Well somehow we’ve recorded this album in the midst of screaming babies, barking dogs, and a whole lotta love.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.  -Tim

dirty diaper



Drums are finished

4 06 2010

Jim tracked the last song on drums today.  Since he was tracking in an upstairs room, we couldn’t see him or hear him really well.  So in one of my rare moments of genius, I suggested we set up a video chat since we both had our laptops.  It worked beautifully.  Not only could we hear each other, we could see each other in albeit grainy live video.  In other news, Regan’s baby (Max) was teething really badly today and was crying hysterically.  It was actually pretty heartbreaking.  Either teething really hurts or our music is too painful for him to listen to.

drums



Back to work in the studio!

3 06 2010

Today was our first day back in the studio after the spring tour.  Our producer (Regan) moved her studio to a temporary location in a house by the river.  It’s actually pretty amazing.  There are huge windows that look out over the landscape and we have more space to stretch out now.  Since I’m getting back into using my amateur photography skills, I thought I’d share a shot I got of Regan working hard with our little friend Chloe diligently working alongside her.  Enjoy! More pictures to come.  -Tim

studio



Reminisce

29 05 2010

TBT 2007

After sifting through some old photos, I found this picture of us from October 2007 when we were on our way to New York to play our first show at the Knitting Factory.  My parents took this picture while we were standing in front of my house in NJ.  I seriously could not believe how young we looked and I was surprised at how happy the picture made me.  In some ways it made me really sad too.  In the past three years, in the whirlwind of tours, interviews, video shoots and recording, we have taken hundreds of photos for fans and professional photographers, but we failed to capture the “off camera” moments, when we’re un-showered, hair unkempt, bum clothed and just having fun as friends.  This picture reminded me that life is so much more than trying to be somebody, but it’s all about the somebodies you’re with along the way.

And it also reminded me to charge my camera.

Tim



Bye Bye Bay Area

18 02 2010

***Disclaimer: This blog was written two weeks ago, we apologize for the lag in our updates…

Hello Friends,

Though I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop outside Seattle, I figured it’d be a good time to fill you in on the rest of our stay in the Bay Area last week. First of all, a HUGE shout out to the Chae family for being kind enough to open up their home to us and for blessing us with their generosity and hospitality!

We hung out with some of the good folks from Living Water Church on Thursday before our show and they were kind enough to take us out for sushi and a walk down the beachfront. Good times. The show went really well, and more importantly, funds were raised to benefit a great organization that works to combat sex trafficking called New Day for Children (www.newdayforchildren.com).

We were also able to spend some time in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday, which was sweet, since it’s a great city. We took in some of the views, went thrift store shopping, and watched jazz. (Good) jazz musicians are just on an entirely different level. A bit of a tangent, but if you are ever in Charlottesville on a Wednesday or Thursday evening – do yourself a favor and go to Millers on the downtown mall to catch some sweet jazz. You will not be disappointed.

Pier 39

Pier 39

Tearing it up

Tearing it up

We wrapped our time up in the Bay Area with another show on Sunday (thanks BACBC!!) and dinner with our good friends from Virginia, Cliff and Carrie Woolley on Monday. Needless to say, we enjoyed our stay (as we did our last time here), and look forward to coming back in the not too distant future.

View from the drumkit

View from the drumkit

Until next time,

Jim



“BRAD MEHLDU is HERE AND WILL PLAY”

5 02 2010

So this blog entry is a little late, but here it goes. Three Thursdays ago, Steve, Jack and I witnessed one of the more memorable musical experiences I’ve ever been been a part of: The Watkins Family Hour at the Largo in Los Angeles.

At the legendary Largo

At the legendary Largo

It wasn’t just the ridiculous collective talent displayed on stage that left me at loss for words, it was the intimate, conviction-filled way they connected with the audience through their blend of folk and Americana. Forget the overproduction, the pro-tools, and the auto-tune, strip music down to its most raw, basic level and let it carry its own weight and speak for itself. Not to mention the guest appearance of John C. Reilly…yes, that John C. Reilly. Shake and bake. However, the best part of the evening was yet to come. Right before their set ended, they announced that they would continue the party at the even more intimate space next door, appropriately named “The Little Room”. We sat within inches of the Watkins siblings, John C. Reilly, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and the one and only Brad Mehldau (whose surprise showing caused quite a stir among the folks on stage). A bit of a disclaimer: the correct spelling is indeed “Mehldau”, the spelling on the note depicted is incorrect.

No words needed

No words needed

They performed originals, old gospel tunes, and covered artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Weezer. Amazing. We seriously couldn’t believe that we were fortunate enough to witness what we saw that night. It served as a good reminder of what music is truly about – connecting with people at the gut level and leaving them with something meaningful to hold onto.

Peace,

Jim