This past weekend was The Thing in the Spring, a music and art festival in its eighth year in Peterborough, NH. Eric Gagne runs the show, and does a supremely fine job of bringing out some really fresh acts. It was fun to be part of it — thank you to everyone who put on such a great festival!
I’m playing three solo shows this week, one of them at my studio (aka Sacred Secret, aka Tiger Lounge) with Robby Grant of Vending Machine and Big Ass Truck, and I’ll be trying out some new songs too. I probably could use a drummer for some of these songs, but I am currently without one, so I’ll just have to keep it steady on my own.
In the meantime, here’s a bit of an improvised jam I did with Brad Steuernagel on drums:
Yazan at Thing in the Spring 2014 from Pony Problems Productions on Vimeo.
Thanks to Pony Problems for this video! I’ll be back at The Thing in the Spring on June 13 this year, sharing the stage with Kal Marks, Paper Castles, Rough Francis and more!
I’m back in NY after over nine weeks on the road with Pile. They are good sweet boys that get into very little trouble and they taught me a lot about how to proceed with my life. I am very grateful for my time playing with them, and we’ll be working on more stuff together very soon. In the meantime, I am getting cracking on writing some new tunes. Here’s a little guitar improvisation I recorded a while ago with Martin Celis (of The Unconditional Love) on drums:
Also, one of my favorite music writers (maybe my only favorite music writer) Mike Ostrov reviewed my record and said some funny and nice things about it, and then he called it “Essential Listening”, which is all I can ask for: to contribute to the essence of human expression. You can read his fantastic writing here:
Go ahead and listen to the whole thing. It’s also now free to download on my Bandcamp page, let it rip! Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the record!
Thanks also to these publications for the kind words:
Our record release show is next week in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right, with Pile, Vulture Shit, and Captain Wizard, and tonight I play with Pile at Beat Kitchen in Chicago. See ya one way or the other!
Thanks to High Times for sharing “I Get High”, another tune from my upcoming 10″ record Howlin’. Dig it:
It’s nice to be in good company too.You can pre-order the record over at my Bandcamp now.
I am very happy to share a new tune off of my upcoming record — it was premiered today by Spin.com!
“Tell Me Baby” is the first track on Howlin’, a four song EP to be released on Shoulder Tap Records on Apr 21. Spin.com and Stereogum both covered our premiere. Thanks to Tony at Pavement PR for helping to get the word out!
At Spin.com: http://www.spin.com/2015/04/yazan-tell-me-baby/
And Stereogum too: http://www.stereogum.com/1791721/yazan-tell-me-baby/mp3s/
Our record release party will be on 4/28 at Baby’s All Right, with Pile, Vulture Shit, and Captain Wizard!
San Diego Parking Lot #2
We play a place with batting cages in Santa Barbara tonight.