8th - Birmingham, AL - The Firehose
9th - Bowling Green, KY - The A-Frame
10th -Little Rock - Private Event
11th -Fayetteville, AR - Backspace
12th - Springfield, MO - FOH LOUNGE
13th - Witchita, KS -Kirby's Beer Store
14th -Manhattan, KS -CHURCH OF SWOLE
15th - Colorado Springs, CO - Modbo
16th - Denver, CO - 1010 Workshop
17th - Aspen, CO -The Square Grouper
18th - Greeley, CO- Atlas Theater
19th -Private Event
"After I Died, I've Never Felt So Alive"
“After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive” is about love in the oppressive current day capitalist system.
After the past two records, I took a break. I lived at a meditation center out in the mountains of Colorado for four months. I was given for the first time a glimpse of the patterns I had created in my life and through that; I was able to find a way to open my heart again. It wasn’t easy up there, but I had for the first time, really felt alive. Then it was time to go back to society…
This record is about feeling trapped in American culture and values, questioning authority, admiring the simple and complicated, dreaming when you’re not supposed to dream, examining love, grinding through the day to day, feeling lost and feeling found. But at the same time, trying to keep my heart and mind open so I can see life for what it was, what is and what it can be.
This album was written and recorded in three months. Like all Bashful Hips records, the lyrics are personal portraits written in stream of consciousness, connecting the mundane to the bigger picture.
I’m happy to announce the record is being released through Invisible Library Records out of Nashville Tennessee.
"Too Old for a Coming of Age Story..."
It was November 2014. The record was done and I had left Nashville for Montreal with my then partner. Our affair dissolved in Canada. I was really in love with this girl and as I left I asked her if she thought there could be any universal meaning to the end of our relationship. She told me I was too old to be looking for meaning. That I was too old for a coming of age story.
That stung a bit…also I had shelved my latest record because I didn’t quite understand what it was about. But with that one sentence, everything made sense.
“Too Old for a Coming of Age Story..,” is about feeling it’s too late to live a happy and meaningful life.
A year before Montreal, I had just moved to Nashville Tennessee. I would spend the next nine months there writing and recording what you’re hearing now.
This was a relatively slow pace for me. Previously I had written fourteen records in fourteen months under the Bashful Hips moniker.
This record is a political statement, but during the writing process it was completely unintentional. I was dealing with slum lords, college loans, class warfare, health insurance, poverty, global warming, workers’ rights, religion and financial insecurity. Every song mixes those topics with issues of the heart like depression, spiritual bankruptcy, isolation, love, suicide, dating, drugs, aging, sex, loneliness, regret and death.
“Too Old for a Coming of Age Story..,” is a Gonzo document of the frustrated American who was promised the dream, only to find it was a lie. But I’m not a politician, I’m an artist. My job is to observe and through what I create, report.
I still literally dream about the “American Dream”. I dream of a house, kids and a wife to grow old with. I don’t know how that will happen, it very well may not.
My life couldn’t be any more different than it was a year ago. But I’m excited to start writing about the alternative life I’ve found since this record has been completed.
When it comes to being too old to be looking for meaning, I say fuck that. I’ll always be looking for meaning in everything I see and do. There’s no reason for me to be on the planet if I’m not learning some lesson and trying to grow. No matter how old I get or how beautiful/ugly something is; I’ll look at it and write a story. Because that’s what artists do.
Bashful Hips currently does not have a permanent home. I do find myself spending the most time in Colorado though.
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"The Folk EP"
In the tradition of the American traveling musician/hobo/freeloading couch surfer, I’ve done a four song EP called "The Folk EP”. It’s available for free now at bashfulhips.com. The album was improvised basically live and written/recorded in four consecutive nights this past March.
Acoustic music is way out of my comfort zone as I’ve really only played punk rock and weird experimental music my whole life. This EP is in strong contrast to the full length record “Too Old for a Coming of Age Story…” which will finally be released early this summer. The instrumentation of the full length is all synthetic electronica like I’ve done in the past. "The Folk EP" is completely acoustic.
This EP is about having the American dream fall apart in your hands, being psychologically damaged from that, constantly traveling, not having a home, toxic people, grieving, heart break, mental/physical anguish and the need to be free but still wanting that American dream so fucking bad but knowing it’s not actually attainable.
Bashful Hips has had songs that have been pretty, and sometimes I write songs that puss black. Even though this is acoustic music, this record falls into the category of the latter.
An Introduction to Bashful Hips
Vol. I - Vol. XIV
We've heard all this music before, why should I listen to this shit again?
Well, I thought maybe if I organized it, added some stories and background to the songs, it might put them in a new perspective and show where the project has been and where it is going. It's also just a tricky way to get my name back out there for a new record which will be released later this year.
I wrote, recorded and released a record every month from July 2012 until August of 2013, culminating in fourteen albums.
In 2012, I lost my home, band, studio, car, identity and best friend.
I went into a creative state for those fourteen months that led to such a large collection of music that it’s been hard for people to know where to get started. I didn’t exactly pick the most accessible songs for this collection but I picked the ones that had the most impact on me.
I’m excited for the chance to look back, but since it’s not so pretty, I don’t care to stare.
Starting in July of 2012, I took a fourteen month musical walkabout. I wrote, recorded and released a record every month up until August of 2013, culminating in fourteen albums. I hope you enjoy these records because it took everything I had to make them. Thank you to all my friends who helped with this project and all the media outlets who helped promote them. I’m not done making records, instead I’m taking the time to amass all the ideas I have and collect new ones. So you won’t be hearing from me next month, but I promise it won’t be long.
Bashful Hips Vol. I
Bashful Hips is not rock music. I'm tired of rock music.
Since July of 2012, and at the beginning of every month, I release a volume of songs for free at bashfulhips.com.
This will continue until August of 2013. Each volume of songs is at most three weeks old by the time you hear it.
I would appreciate if you listened to these songs with headphones.
Q: Why would you record and release an album every month?
A: I have more to express than the average album/marketing/touring cycle will allow. I would rather create and perform songs that represent how I feel in the present than have to rehearse and perform the same material until it holds no meaning.
Q: Why fourteen months?
A: I hope I’ll have everything off my chest by then.
Q: Why is it free?
A: It’s free to download and stream but you can buy limited edition physical copies from the online store.