EXCITING NEWS #1:
I am currently packing my bags to fly to Prague today w/ @statravelUS!
We are going there this weekend as a part of their #STATravelInsider program! Imma show them some of my favorite haunts! They are gonna show some there cool secrets, oh…and they hooked me up with a @harleydavidson to ride while i’m there!!!! WHAT?!
There will be goulash, pivo, the phrase “na zdravi” will be said AT LEAST 1000 times, oh…and a freakin’ MOTORCYCLE!!!
They just finished exploring Rome with the amazing travel team, and one of my favorite instagram feeds:
Check out this cool video to see what they get into, and get an idea of what i’ll be doing: http://bit.ly/OWAsta3
EXCITING NEWS #2:
EURO TOUR WITH MY FULL BAND!
(Still many dates to add!!!)
May 05- Darmstad, DE-Oettinger Villa
May 06 – Nürnberg, DE-K4
May 07 – Dresden, DE-Groovestation
May 08 – Münster, DE-Gleis 22
May 09 – Berlint, DE-Bei Ruth
May 10 – Bremen, DE-Lila Eule
May 11 – Hamburg, DE-Hafenklang
May 13 – Grimma, DE-TBA
May 14 – Pilsen, CZ-TBA
May 15 – Ústí nad Labem, CZ-Mumie
May 16 – Wroclaw, PL-Firelej
May 17 – Břeclav, CZ-Piksla
May 18 – Brno, CZ-Vlnéna
May 19 – Olomouc, CZ-Jazz Tibet Club
May 20 – Bratislava, SK-U Očka
May 21 – Košice, SK-Tabačka
May 22 – Budapest, HU-Corvintető
May 23 – Cluj, RO-Shelter
May 24 – Alba Julia, RO-tba
May 25 – tba
May 26 – tba
May 28 – Lille, FR-La Peniche
May 29 – Angouleme, FR-La Nef
May 30 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR-La Coopérative de Mai
May 31 – Nimes, FR-This is not a love song festival
June 02 – Bordeaux, FR-Iboat
June 03 – Stuttgart, DE-Keller Club
June 04 – München, DE-TBA
June 05 – Memmingen, DE-Kulturwerkstatt
June 06 – Winterthur, CH-Kraftfeld
June 07 – tba
June 08 – Freiburg, DE-Slow Club
June 10 – Aachen, DE-Az
June 11 – Köln, DE-Sonic Ballroom
SO MUCH EUROPE!!!
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Last year, i was really excited to announce that Fake Four had given me back, the control of the masters of “This Is Our Science”, which was excited for two reasons:
1. It meant we had sold enough records to fulfill our contract with them (something i have NEVER done before)
2. It meant that the album now belonged to me, all sales went to me, and i could do whatever i wanted with it. (another something that has never happened before)
Both of those fantastic somethings would not be possible if were not for a whole bunch of really amazing people coming together and collectively giving a damn about me and my work, it was a such a thrill for me to feel like i had really earned my place in this work, and i could always hold that one album up and say, “this is mine! i made it. i own it. people like it!!!” Well, a few months after that wonderful bit of news cam down the pipe, we got an email from the fella who owned our first record label “Fighting Records” (the small, short-lived, indie label out of Orlando that gave me my first deals), and he had decided, just out of the kindness of his own heart, he wanted to give me back my first two records…just because. I was floored. It wasn’t a thing he had to do, or needed to do, but was immeasurably kind of him to do so. So, for those who are keeping score at home…The list of the recording masters i own the right to are:
Astronautalis – “You and Yer Good Ideas”
Astronautalis – “The Mighty Ocean & Nine Dark Theaters”
Astronautalis – “This is Our Science”
(3 outta four ain’t bad?)
If you haven’t heard all of those records, now is a pretty dang good time to do so, because when you download them albums from ANY of your favorite download sites, it supports me directly. Just like buying from me right at the merch booth (minus the sweaty hugs)! if you HAVE already heard those albums…buy em for someone else? or buy another copy for yourself, so you fill up a giant vault with my mp3s and swim around in the data like Scrooge McDuck?
BUT WAIT!!! THAT ISN’T EVEN THE GOOD PART!!!!
in celebration of all this awesome news! i am putting out some awesome unreleased tunes for FREE to the first 1000 people who can get at them!
1. “This City Ain’t Just a Skyline” – an unreleased track from the “This Is Our Science” Sessions)
2. “Dimitri Mendeleev (Paper Tiger Remix)” – a fantastic dance music flip done by the Doomtree Don!
3. “Contrails (Jel Remix)” - a hella grimey remix of that pretty pretty jammer, done by the homie, the hero, the man among men, Jel from anticon records.
CLICK ON ANY OF THEM SONG TITLES FOR YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD!
Yup, go get em! HURRY! cause, once them free downloads are gone, you’ll have to shell out the $2.97 on iTunes like all the other plebes!
Hope you enjoy the tunes, y’all! Because i have thoroughly enjoyed the last decade of my life, and continue to be pleasantly surprised by the depths of y’alls love, kindness, and support. I, quite literally, could not do this without you.
Expect a lot more weird releases like this coming up, while i start to head into the studio to finish my next record…yup…that is happening!
Thanks for giving a damn! See you on the road.
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YUP! it’s cold, fuck this. we are outttttttta here! and we are bringing our friend Playdough with us to warm y’all up! turn your head slightly to the left if you want more details! LET’S GET SWEATY AND WEIRD! amen.
A little while back, the fine folks at STA Travel reached out to me, and had some very nice things to say about my travels, my adventures, and the way i document them all. After a bunch of brain storming emails, and a few enthusiastic phone calls, i am excited to announce that i have officially joined the STA family as a travel blogger!
If you have ever done any backpacking or international traveling, you are probably familiar with the name STA Travel, but for the uninitiated: STA is a student and youth travel agency started by two australians 30 years ago. Since then, it has expanded into 60 countries and helps send more than 2 million travelers on amazing tours and adventures each year! So, what does this all mean for me? In addition to the usual mayhem and magic my own travels and tours provide, i will have the full support of the STA network of local guides, tours, and experts to show me sides to the world i would never have found on my own! Just making for more mayhem, more magic, and even better photos! All of which will be documented on my on my personal sites, (instagram, twitter, tumblr, facebook) AND you will be able to check out exclusive content and even more posts on my very own STA Travel blog: http://sta.travel/astroSTA
The folks at STA Travel have already been amazing to me! No restrictions on what i post, or where i go, just full access to their amazing tours, and endless stream of resources, to make sure that no matter where i travel, it will always be an adventure! I can’t tell you how thrilled i am to be partnering up with such a fantastic organization, run by folks who are as devoted to living a life of adventure as i am.
This is going to be great!
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Yup, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and I did a split 7″ of Springsteen covers together. He took on “Reason To Believe” from Nebraska, and I (with the help of Oscar Romero Jr on arrangement) did a slowed and throwed, hella wavy cover of “I’m on fire”. Can’t tell you how excited and honored i am to have my name mentioned in the same sentence as these to legendary american song writers! Supplies are limited, so act fast, yo! http://www.asbestosrecords.bigcartel.com/product/chuck-ragan-astronautalis-double-exposure-vol-3
click the image above for tickets and info
(yeah…this actually happened)
JAN 16: Hobart – Mona Foma Fest
JAN 18: Melbourne – Northcote Social Club
JAN 25: Sydney – Brighton Up Bar
JAN 31: Auckland – Off The Radar Fest
FEB 07: Wellington – Camp A Low Hum Fest
I can’t possibly express in words, how excited i am about this!!! got lots of time off to explore, camp, try to see the Aussie Open, and hopefully find myself on a motorcycle at some point or another. Man…yes. PUMPED. More info to come about these shows soon.
have you watched the video for “MMMMMHMMMMM”?!
Have you downloaded the single (with instros)?!
Have you bought the 7″ (comes with digi download)?:
Have you see the cool tshirts?:
have you read our interview?:
ARE YOU COMING TO THE SHOW!?!?!?
hope you don’t get SEIZURES!!!
TO HEAR THE SONG, PRE-ORDER THE 7″ AND FOR ALL THE INFO: www.doomtree.net
(click HERE link to hear/download the song)
A little over a year ago, the folks at RadioLab contacted me about an episode they were working on about “colors”. Now, if you are not familiar with RadioLab, it is an astounding radio show/podcast about the marvelous of area where science, art, and magic all mix. Understandably, it is one of my favorite things ever, and when they asked to be apart of this episode, I was over the moon! The episode was going to be focusing on colors, what color is, how we relate to color, etc, and they wanted to get various musicians they liked to cover songs about color to soundtrack the entire episode.
I wanted to do something that would stand out, not only in song choice, but in style, and all of the things that came to mind, like “Paint It Black”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Blue”…they all just seemed too easy, too obvious. So I set out to cover “Black & Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa…and make it the prettiest damn version of a Wiz Khalifa song ever. Of all time.
So I enlisted the help of my dear friend Rickolus to shape the backbone of the song with pianos and synths, then I brought in the talented Erica Burton to add layers and layers of strings to really doll up this ditty. The whole thing was recorded for free, in bedrooms, in a day or two, and mixed by yours truly all in a pinch. RadioLab never used the song, and I am too damn proud of the way this turned out to let it sit on the shelf any longer!
So here you go, have this for free, since it is summer, and the sun is shining!
Happy Monday Y’all!
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO/DOWNLOAD THE SONG!
ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT MY UPCOMING TOUR DATES! AND THE SWEET STUFF IN OUR WEBSTORE!
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