Last fall, I filmed a couple of songs for Take Part TV’s new series Eye Level. The folks at Take Part then generously made a contribution to my favorite charity, Play For Change Foundation, which helps to build arts and music schools in countries where they are too poverty stricken to build them on their own…these schools give all kinds of kids throughout the world the opportunity to explore their creativity and learn more about their own artistic endeavors. Here are two of the videos we filmed with more to come on April 17th. Please visit www.playingforchange.org for information on how you can help.
The reviews for The Thinking Man’s Filth continue to pour in and they’ve been really great.
The Aquarian says, “Consisting of six gritty little diamonds, this homemade dish is one best served over and over again…Aurally tight, the use of dynamics to the most extreme manner is both maddening and appreciated.” Read the full review by clicking here.
Dingus on music (best blog name ever) says, “The force of nature recorded here is comparable to Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams and other alt-folk legends but with this solo endeavor Tasjan proves he doesn’t need a Wilco or any Cardinals. The chunky, distorted, stringy guitar throughout the album mixed with ageless, soul-wrenched vocals leaves almost no room for a rock band.” Read the full review by clicking here.
I’d also like to note that, due to circumstances beyond my control, I won’t be doing most of the dates in April with Sylvain Sylvain. However, I’ll still be appearing with him on April 1st at The City Winery and we will begin recording an album with Tommy Price and Kenny Aaronson on tomorrow night. Hope to see you on tour down South with Jonny Burke this May. Rock on, rock on. ALT
“Songwriters: The Next Generation”
Live Webcast – March 14 20l3 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
“Songwriters: The Next Generation,” a program of The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will showcase the work of four emerging songwriters and composers in a free concert on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6 p.m. Each show will be streamed live beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Each evening’s hour-long program, designed to spotlight the talent of young songwriters and composers, will be hosted by celebrated singer/songwriter and ASCAP member, Larry Groce, host of the NPR radio program Mountain Stage.
To view the live streamed performances and the Q&A with the artists go to:
http://www.kennedy-center.org at 6:00 p.m. and scroll down to Millennium Stage on the right hand side. Click on: “Tonight’s Free Performance.” My show will start at 6:30pm.
The performances will also be archived on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage site for future viewing.
“Songwriters: The Next Generation:” presented by The ASCAP Foundation and made possible by the Bart Howard Estate, is part of the Kennedy Center’s free, daily performance series.
In the mean time, dig this video of me, Anton Fier and Chris Morrissey playing Junk Food & Drugs off my latest EP The Thinking Man’s Filth…our next gig is May 7th at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2:
The Madison Square Gardeners made noise together for the first time in a year and a half last week. We were working in Bushwick’s brand new Room 17 Studios with Adam Lasus producing and Joe Rogers assisting. If you’re a fan of the Madison Square Gardeners, you’re going to love this record…it’s right up your alley.
I also started work the next day on a new solo recording. It’s a full length..picking up where “Filth” left off and taking it even further and crazier…very excited about it.
A couple new shows have been posted…SXSW gigs are continuing to roll in, so keep an eye out! In the mean time, may your time be not so mean. Hope to see you all in Texas in March.
The Examiner.com named Desolation Dream, the record I made with Enemies!, amongst their favorite records of 2012. Click here to purchase it and click here to read about what Chris Martin at the Examiner has to say about it.
The Examiner was also kind enough to include my latest solo recording, an EP titled The Thinking Man’s Filth in their “EP’s From 2012 Worth Adding To Your Music Collection” review. Purchase the EP by clicking here and read about it on the Examiner.com by clicking here.
Happy Holidays everyone. Love, ALT
My latest EP, The Thinking Man’s Filth is out today on First Of Three Records. You can listen to it in it’s entirety and download it right now by clicking here: www.altobviously.bandcamp.com. Happy listening.
The Thinking Man’s Filth a new EP by yours truly will be released on Tuesday November 20th via First Of Three Records at all major digital retailers as well here on this website. It’s almost entirely just me and an acoustic guitar, with shades of Molly Hatchet…it’s loud at times and there’s many a chord to be heard as well. I also chose to record one cover song on this record, Dirty Angel by my favorite songwriter of all time, Kevn Kinney. The track listing is as follows:
1.) Junk Food & Drugs
2.) Everything That I Have Is Broken
3.) Santa Monica & Vine
4.) Ocean Of Days
5.) Dirty Angel (Kevn Kinney)
6.) My Camera
Got a couple new dates up on the shows page…back this Monday September 24th by popular demand, we’ll be doing another Shayni Rae’s Truckstop at The Bedford in Williamsburg in Brooklyn…me, Kevn Kinney and Findlay Brown…same 3 guys, same 3 chords. During the month of October I’ll be out Californy way to play with Alberta Cross and to produce a new EP for Adam Levy. In the mean time, I’m finishing up work on my latest EP, The Thinking Man’s Filth. It’s just me and a guitar and a fuzz pedal. It’ll be out soon and will be available in all digital retailers as well as at http://www.altobviously.bandcamp.com.
September 24th Brooklyn, NY The Bedford 8pm (As part of Shayni Rae’s Truckstop also featuring Kevn Kinney & Findlay Brown.)
September 26th New York, NY Bowery Electric 9pm (As part of The Old Soul Revival.)
November 27th Columbus, OH Shadow Box Live Time TBA (As part of The Columbus Songwriter Sessions.)