Good evening to ya, and welcome to the latest edition of my newsletter.
Here’s where I’ll keep you posted on all my latest musical goings-on,
be they recordings, band or solo gigs, or even just the occasional cool
music that I’ve stumbled on that you might like. Hopefully these
tidbits will sail through your corpus like interstellar particles, with
the crucial difference that they stick to your gray matter with their
hooked little claws rather than passing between your molecules and out
the other side. I guess I could call the newsletter “Velcro Quark,” but
it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same…..


news from these parts, folks. My new solo album, “Life Outside the
Tent,” is now available! Click here to hear bits of each song and to
buy the darn thing (the physical CD or via download):
You can also hear three of the songs–Aqua Girl; Your Supersonic
Stare; and Unimpressive Specimens (my song about the wretched Teabagger
Party)–in their entirety here: And starting next week, you
can also purchase the CD down at Antone’s Records on Guadalupe St. here
in Austin.

Stylistically, the new album covers quite a bit of
ground. I’m told that the opening track, “Aqua Girl,” sounds like a
cross between early Cure and Interpol, but I think it sounds more like
an updated Byrds. You be the judge. What I can say is that it was the
only track recorded outside of Snipe Bog Studios…….with the session
held at Chronicle Poll-winner Million Dollar Sound Studios last
December. My good friend Kurtis Machler, who owns the studio and
produced this song with me, played bass, and tasty drums and background
vocals were laid down by James Rader. The rest of the album was
recorded and produced by me here at Snipe Bog Studios throughout 2011.
The songs touch on styles ranging from ska to post-punk to Irish pub
rock to West African desert music. If you like Gang of Four, the
Specials, Flogging Molly, Ali Farka Toure’, Bill Nelson or Lou Reed, I
think you’ll find something to like here. Lyrically, lots of ground is
covered–the hypocrisy of the Teabagger Party, betrayal in
relationships, American jingoism with a heaping helping of war-tech
fetishism, meditations on cognitive dissonance, existential devastation
in this Time of Spin, and the dangers of internet dating.

thanks go to James Rader, not only for his fine musical contributions
to Aqua Girl but also for handling the graphic design for the CD
package. He really captured the look I was going for of an old, faded
circus poster (not to mention the aplomb with which he fielded my
request to Photoshop in a large pile of elephant shit onto my right foot
in the cover photo). Thanks James! Thanks also to Kurtis for his
sensitive mix and patience as we worked on Aqua Girl (27 tracks in Pro
Tools!), as well as for his bass playing on the track and for taking the
photo used on the CD label (there’s a story behind it, but you’ll have
to ask me over an adult beverage). Thanks also to Nigel Jacobs for his
photographic contributions. I also want to give a big shout-out to the
guest musicians who contributed their talents to various songs on the
album: Vic Ramirez (vocals on the bonus track “Echo Down the
Years–version #3); Bruce Salmon (trombone on “Unimpressive Specimens”);
Nigel Jacobs (fiddle and background vocals on “The Company Will Swallow
You”); John Jankowski (background vocals on “The Company Will Swallow
You”); Chris Finelli (rhythm guitar on the hidden track “After HST, It’s
All Damn Statistics–instrumental version”); and Max Grossenbacher
(piano on “Echo Down the Years–version #3”).

It’s been a
blast recording this album, and I feel good about the final product. I
hope y’all like it, and can join me at the official CD release party:
Saturday, June 30, 7:30-9:30, New World Deli (4101 Guadalupe,
We’ll be spinning the album and, as a special treat, there will be an
hour-long performance of new and old songs where I’ll be joined by Vic
Ramirez and James Rader, essentially making this a reunion of the Delphi
Rising band!

Here’s a link to the YouTube video for the Irish pub rock workers anthem, “The Company Will Swallow You,” from the new album:

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support, and I hope to see you at the release party.


Walter (be sure to use the “Questions” function to ask me something esoteric, obscure, and/or embarrassing in a public forum) (can buy physical CDs or download my music here, as well as at all the usual damn sites)