2012 was a really busy year for all of us in the GNR camp, myself included. We went all over the world and back, and met a bunch of awesome new people out there along the way. We had some great shows – and even had some dancers and a flying piano in the mix for a bit. I really didn’t see that last part coming, but it was some good shit for sure.
Anyways, there is plenty to talk about. In my very minimal down time between tours, I managed to record, produce, and release an 7″ vinyl E.P. on my label (Done To Death Music) for a band called Pocatello. Their completely unique sound just captivated me from the first moment I ever saw them play. This 7” is full of my favorite things in music – great songs, great lyrics, and great harmonies. Hell even D.J. likes them, which says a lot! I hope you will give them a listen and buy one of their records as a gift for someone or for yourself. You can buy the records from the new Done To Death Music online store, or digitally through iTunes or Amazon. Here’s a little sample for ya:
On January 27 I’ll be taking part in a really cool show for a really great cause at Club Helsinki in my adopted hometown of Hudson, NY. Melissa Auf der Maur (some of you may know as the former bassist of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, I know her as my friend down the street) has set up a pretty incredible night of music called Home Bass featuring my neighbor Meshell Ndegeocello, Melora Craeger from Rasputina and myself. It’ll be a cabaret-style roundtable of music, all to benefit Columbia County Habitat, which is the local Habitat For Humanity branch. They are building revolutionary homes for low-income folks here in Hudson that will reduce their owners’ energy consumption and costs by 90%. It’s the first affordable housing to be built in New York State according to Passive House design and construction standards. It’s a great cause with great music, and I hope you can make it out. There’s more info at Helsinki’s website – HelsinkiHudson.com.
Oh yeah, as you may have heard, I also found time to record an E.P. with The Replacements!!! Paul, Chris and myself threw some songs together to help raise some dough for our old friend Slim Dunlap. Slim is recovering from a stroke he had last February and will be needing much therapy that insurance just isn’t gonna cover. We are auctioning off a special autographed limited edition version of the E.P. on 10″ vinyl starting January 15 at 8AM PST. Learn more about the release and the project, which includes a bunch of other great artists covering Slim’s songs to help raise money, at the official website SongsForSlim.com and follow @SongsForSlim on Twitter and “Like” at Facebook.com/SongsForSlim.
I have to say that the whole process so far has been a fun labor of love from top to bottom. All but one song were recorded live the way we used to make records back in the day!!! Gotta try that again sometime for sure. Stay tuned. We’ll see…
Other than all that, I’m stoked to get back into songwriting mode. I have a couple of months to get busy and finish up a few things I’ve started. Can’t wait for you all to hear em’. Until then, be good, and we’ll see ya soon!!