I love to capture the images of a subway car underground, on the next track over and heading in the same direction. In this crazy housebound time I've cut a video together for "Wishing Well" using this footage, which in a way captures a NYC that doesn't exist anymore, crowding into subway cars and stations. Check it out here.
Very excited to announce that I've posted a very timely new video called "The Liar Mr. Clicks" which the first song from my three song release called "Chameleon XP" - check out the video on youtube here. And here's a link to buy and preview the songs on cdbaby. Produced with Don Piper, these three very different songs are meant to be swimming out in the world, and I'm hoping you can give them a listen.
I just finished scoring my friend Chris Eigeman's movie "7 in Heaven" for Blumhouse / Universal. The film is a psychological thriller with a bit of scare thrown in. A ton of fun to work on. Blumhouse produced the brilliant "Get Out" among many other horror films. This film is up now on Netflix! Check it out here.
In other news - I've started a political organization! The Hometown Project comes from a simple idea, what if we got people of recognition involved in local elections in their hometowns, small races that are decided by only a few hundred votes. In 2018 we supported 36 candidates in 14 key states with Hometown Energizers including Mark Ruffalo, Molly Shannon, Ron Livingston, Danielle Brooks and more. For those inclined - Check it out here.
At long last, this is the definitive Wet Hot American Summer book fans have been clamoring for! Screenwriters David Wain and Michael Showalter take pen to page and create a hilarious, behind-the-scenes annotated version of the original screenplay - there are a few quotes from me as well as some pictures of yours truly (aka Guitar Dude). Get your copy of the book here
I recently produced a great EP for the band Lost Dog Constellation. Their music is a very unique blend of eastern maqam tunings and scales with blues and folk - the great Texas singer Trevor Vaughn and guitarist / oud player Mike Hassan wrote some beautiful, mystical songs. Engineered and mixed by my friend Don Piper. Check out the first single here
I had a great time scoring the Nat Geo show "Breakthough ; More Than Human" - episode was directed by Paul Giamatti and produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. I got to work with my friend David Jacobson as well on a "ukulele / spacey sci fi keyboards" themed score. You buy the episode here
BIG SHOW coming up at National Sawdust on March 18th at 4pm sharp! We are performing my "Suite for the Summer Rain" and "Dance of the Yellow Leaf" along with illustrator Michael Arthur at this spectacular Brooklyn venue. The link will be up shortly.
Monthly show at Three's Brewing in Gowanus this month is June 22nd. These shows are pretty casual, with a special guest or two, and I will be performing songs and music from my entire catalog and more. Meaning songs from movies, classic standards, old country tunes, songs of mine from 20 years ago, songs from Suite for the Summer Rain and Dance of the Yellow Leaf, piano instrumentals, songs from the musicals I've been writing - you get the idea. If you have a request let me know! Special guests this time around will include my brother Steve Salett, Josh Kaufman and Annie Nero, as well as my longtime bandmates Bill Dobrow and Don Piper. Doors at 8 and I'll go on around 8:30.
The video from the rock musical I've been co-writing with Shannon Burkett has so far screened at the NY Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Movie Awards (where it won a prize), Austin Comedy Short Film Festival (currently nominated for best music), and the NY Indie Film Festival. I think it came out really well. With Broadway star James Carpinello and porn legend Ron Jeremy. The video is only somewhat SFW. Check it out here!
We had a great time on October 8th at the beautiful Mass MoCA in the Berkshires! Live drawing by Michael Arthur while I (and our great ensemble) performed both "Suite for the Summer Rain" and "Dance of the Yellow Leaf"...This was the most expansive version of the show to date - here's a pic from the evening -
Out Now! For the first time the Wet Hot American Summer soundtrack has been released! It's also the first time that my original version of the end title track "Wet Hot American Dream" will be available. It's coming out on vinyl - order it now here
Last fall I composed music and sound design for a new play at the beautiful Cherry Lane Theater, Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, written by Alan Hruska and directed by Chris Eigeman. Show started previews August 26th and opened on September 9th - it ran through October 10th. The New York Times gave it a positive review
Selected Archived News
Last May 29th Vanessa Walters and dance/performance art piece "Ripening" had a presentation at Lincoln Center as a part of Lincoln Center Originals, it was so great to hear and see the film work the in the Atrium space, which included some of the music I've created for the piece. You can check out more about that work on the collaboration page.
I filmed a funny bit for the second season of the Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer" - playing some comical flamenco guitar and singing in Spanish. Very nice group of folks. The show aired Tuesday May 6th at 10:30pm/9:30central
Ira Glass chose a couple of my instrumental pieces to use on "This American Life".