Some new Westerlies live videos are out from the Seattle Channel show ArtZone with Nancy Guppy. We performed A Nearer Sun and So So Shy in studio.
Over the last two weeks we’ve had the great honor of playing a few shows with Fleet Foxes, who’s album we recorded on last year. Our involvement in the performance has grown over these dates: in addition to playing section parts throughout the show, we’re now opening the set with A Nearer Sun and an arrangement of the opening track of their album. We’re flying west to play the Outside Lands festival with them in San Francisco this Friday.
Also i just made myself a new twig website! I finished a new album and am cooking up some release plans, much more to come on that. Had a fun live band show last week with a familiar horn section…
Over the last couple weeks I’ve helped Hadi Eldebek organize a benefit performance featuring music and musicians from the seven recently banned countries. I’m thrilled to say that this show will be happening on February 21 at Le Poisson Rouge and I’ll be humbly accompanying some unbelievable musicians from around the world. Facebook event here, poster below.
Last monday we had the great surprise to hear one of the new Half Waif singles featured in a Democracy Now episode! This was very emotional for me…Amy Goodman is such a beacon of light in these sometimes overwhelmingly dark times and to hear music I helped create serving her show in some way is just about one of the highest honors I’ve ever felt. Whew. If you want to see, it’s at 44:30 below.
And, I forgot to post this when it came out, but I contributed some trumpet playing to this beautiful lullaby Hank Midnight wrote for his niece.
A few things just came out on YouTube:
The Westerlies Tiny Desk concert
A trailer for the new Half Waif EP, which I mixed and did some other production work on
This video of legs and plants, along with a twig twig song (on Indie Shuffle’s new channel)
this is a live in studio twig twig performance, featuring dance choreographed by Magdalyn Segale for herself and Madelyn Eltringham. really pleased with how this turned out! big thanks to thrdcoast for the cool series.
two other new pieces of twig press have come out – the great Tom Johnson at GoldFlakePaint wrote a super thoughtful and friendly piece, and IndieShuffle wrote a somewhat bizarre but awesome review that is actually just a collection of definitions of the word twig.
Oh! and i forgot to post this twig track I did in collaboration with PDX buddy Barra Brown. He wrote some sheet music and asked different people to write lyrics and record a version. There’s a write up here on nextnorthwest.com, track below.
i just released a new EP for my solo project ‘twig twig’. ElevtrTrax premiered the EP and wrote some beautiful words about the project. In addition to giving me the genre ‘seashell-toned electronica’, which is pretty rad, they said ‘If Normal Feelings interrupted the lack of Human-driven electronica, 1’s and 2’s I hope shines some light on a talented individual, who’s curiosity and zest for music & sound, speak to deeper elements within us.’ Very friendly.
And, The Westerlies tiny desk concert is out! Such an honor to perform on a stage where so much sonic magic has been made. I don’t seem to be able to embed it, click here to watch the full episode.
In other Westerlies news, we just finished our tour with big time trumpet hero Dave Douglas. This new band is us, Dave, and brilliant Philly-based drummer Anwar Marshall. I’m excited to announce that we’ll be recording this new music in December!
Stereogum just premiered our new single, New Berlin, New York. We’ve been playing this one for a real long time and it’s one of our absolute top faves. Also very psyched that they called us a ‘genre-agnostic brass quartet’.
And, here’s a full video of the Motley Dance performance at Jacob’s Pillow in August. Definitely the dreamiest stage I’ve ever set foot on…