Includes digital pre-order of October Book (Preorder).
You get 4 tracks now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
shipping out on or around October 31, 2021
edition of 300
Streaming + Download
Pre-order of October Book (Preorder). You get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Can I hear some more?
Exclusively to preorders, new tracks will be released each week. You get to hear it all first!
But can I stream some for free somewhere?
Not until November. Once the preorder ends, the whole record will be available on all the usual digital streaming platforms. Notable, one preorder equals about 9 months of streaming income.
Do the records look like that?
No, the artwork will be revealed later. The three-paper-bag look visually represents “there are 3 of them” and “artwork to be unveiled later.”
I don't have a record player, so what should I do?
Just click "Pre-order Digital Album" and you will get each song as it is added.
Infrequently Asked Questions
What inspired you to do this?
After making Missing Pieces, I was unsure I would make more records. I had these questions, not exactly about the value of my music, but rather its place. Where does it belong? What’s the genre? Which venues should stage it? Where is its home? To me, much is obvious when you listen. But listening isn’t ever how this seems to work, and I felt stuck explaining what is good about the music, or changing it to seem more desirable, or spending endless hours making it “look pretty.” Eventually I felt I was always making excuses for my art.
This, among other uncertainties, was partly my reluctance to write more music. I also pondered how many great songs already existed, and plenty of good ones I had written also, so why make more? No one is really asking me to. It doesn’t solve any of the world’s problems, and honestly, being the sole force behind this project separates me further from much of normal life.
All these feelings swirled around in me. And then, a pandemic began.
At first, it was ironic seeing so many people facing the tremendous isolation and uncertainly that many independent artists wade thru any month of any year. It was ironic to possibly be paid more to not play, not make records, not tour than I would ever earn otherwise.
I fell into an introspective period of practicing old music. What songs would I ever want to play again from Projector? Do I still remember any of the score for Steamboat Bill Jr? Do solo guitar versions of Inside Voices and Outside Choices stand up on their own? There were riots in the streets. Police were killing people. The leadership of this country was a malignant tumor. I felt powerless. But I thought, “At least there are these songs I had written over the years.”
Then, a teenager from Antioch, Illinois became a killer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Some terrible, despicable right-wing websites named him the "Kenosha Kid", and tried to attach some of my music to their cause. Suddenly certain tracks were getting thousands of plays, and never before had my own music felt so dirty to me.
“So... now what?” I thought. I can’t change the world, I can’t go play, I’m more isolated than ever. What am I? Am I a writer? Ok, If I am a writer, then I should write. What if I imagined someone paid me $10 a day to write a song? Ok, I’d do it. I can shelve everything... my own fears, my existential lack of belonging, the pandemic, the politics, the riots in the streets... and just write. For one month. For October.
Why 31 songs?
I wrote one song a day in October. Thus, 31, and the album title.
Who performs on the record? I missed seeing all my favorite people, playing together and talking incessantly about music. Everyone was home and equipped to record, so I thought, what a great opportunity? The songs are each so different, with different needs. I dreamt up bands that served each scenario and then I got on the phone. It felt like my birthday every day, with new tracks arriving from old friends and colleagues, near and far. And it was a true joy to spend part of every day working together to create something.
The melodies are haunting, the grooves are devastating, and the band expertly serves jazz purists, indie-rock hipsters, and
funk loving jam fans alike.
In the fall of 2021, an all-new Kenosha Kid three-record set will be released called "The October Book, and is a dreamlike abundance of musical sorcery featuring 31 songs, over 20 musicians, and a year’s worth of work....more