Founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett was the group’s frontman, guitarist and golden child, before his adventures in psychedelic space flew him too close to the sun. His solo albums are stunning, if ragged, and this song, “Long Gone,” from the album The Madcap Laughs, is one of my favorites—melancholy, hope, wisdom, dreamscape, and resignation all in one song. I’m so proud to give you my own take on this gothic jewel of a song. . . .
Exciting news from Roto’s Magic Act! After a winter of opening Cringe dates with Cowboy Mouth, rocking out with my @SongDivision crew, and recording tracks for the Grassy Knoll and Spy Empire,the Roto’s Magic Act is back with a slew of gigs: March 10 at 8PM at Pete’s Candy Store, March 13 at Big Red Sun in Austin, TX during SxSW (with a badass all-Austin version of the band!) and April 16 at Bowery Electric with the full NYC crew. What’s more, the new CD, Into the Unknown, is very close to completion and I’ll be taking pre-orders soon!
Presto! Let’s make 2014 your Year of Magical Thinking!
After buzzed-about, full-blown rock shows at Matchless and Bowery Electric, Roto brings the Magic Act home for the holidays in the cozy environs of Pete’s Candy Store, in an intimate acoustic duo setting that will highlight songs from his upcoming Bryce Goggin-produced LP “Into the Unknown,” covers by Nick Drake and Syd Barrett, special guest performers, plus dazzling magic and sleight-of-hand including disappearances, levitation and the quest for fire. “Roto has it all,” says Austin, TX legend Bob Schneider, “a great voice, killer guitar work, and smart songwriting that’s at turns poetic, funny and inspired.” Pete’s Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—take the L or the G to Lorimer/Metropolitan.
Can you predict the future? This Tuesday, Dec 3, at 9PM, I predict you may find yourself at The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, to join Roto’s Magic Act, Faulkner, Louise Aubrie, Merrily & the Poison Orchard, and more in a stellar night of songs and surreal goings-on. Shall we test these pre-cognitive powers?
In honor of Halloween, the Roto’s Magic Act website launches today, and here is the first song from the new album “Into The Unknown” called “Howling at the Moon.” It is an homage to the inner lives of werewolves and includes musicians who have played with Tom Waits, Tori Amos, and David Garza.
Oh, and a howling wolf. . . . You can hear it, howl and all, below.
My new album, “Into the Unknown,” was produced by Bryce Goggin (Spacehog, Joseph Arthur) and it’s a 14-song “continuous sound” concept album inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and Beck’s “Mutations”; it’s a blend of power-pop, alt-country and art-rock . . . and tarot cards. We’re anticipating a Spring release for the full album, but will be releasing songs and videos from it—and select cover tunes—over the next few months.
The album is a trip, literally, through circus scenes, desert landscapes, southern bayous, exotic locales, and Brooklyn streets, all tied together by a collective of amazing musicians, including Shawn Pelton (SNL, Sheryl Crow), Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie), Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons), and a core band that includes NYC aces like Mike Chiavaro (Regina Spektor), Paul Amorese (Goodbye Motel), John Deley (Dido) and Dave Sherman (Robbers on High Street).
Have a sinister but safe Hallows Eve, and come out and see us on November 14th—it’s going to be quite a spectacle. I know—it’s in the cards. . .
Roto’s Magic Act will play the 2013 International Pop Overthrow Festival in New York!
The band plays on Thursday, November 14 @ Bar Matchless located at 557 Manhattan Avenue Brooklyn, NY.
The cover is $10
Roto’s Magic Act’s new album “Into The Unknown” is now complete! You can hear the first track to be released from the Album “Howling at the Moon” Now!