I’ve recently decided to record a cover song every 2 weeks in 2011 and post them here on my website for free as a way to keep me constantly making new music. These won’t just be me with an acoustic guitar; they’ll be fully interpreted and arranged songs (albeit recorded on my laptop, so not always the best quality).
This week, for the first entry in 2011, I recorded “After the Gold Rush,” from Neil Young’s 1970 album After the Gold Rush. Enjoy!
Suggestions/requests for future Songs of the (Bi-)Week are always welcome.
My good friend Mike Sembos (of The Alternate Routes) has recently recorded and released a new full-length album under the name The Backyard Committee:
The Backyard Committee is a band based out of New Haven, Connecticut that blends genres ranging from Americana to punk rock into a jam-friendly framework. Singer/guitarist Mike Sembos (The Alternate Routes, superfallingstars, Kennesaw) writes the songs, and they’re played by a rotating cast of his musical friends. Each member of the “committee” is encouraged to bring his or her own unique voice to the project, be it on stage, on tape, in the artwork or in the crowd. The group’s debut self-titled album was released in December 2010, and it’s posted indefinitely for free download on their website below. All music ever released by the band will be made available for free in digital form in an attempt to make the band experience less of a business venture and more of an art collective.
The album is an excellent collection of indie/Americana tunes, and I’m excited to say that I’ll be joining him onstage for a few gigs this winter on keyboards. Catch us at Daniel Street in Milford, CT on January 17, and then again at New Haven’s own Cafe Nine on February 24.
And download the damn album! I mean, c’mon. It’s free. Sheesh.