Want to watch a group of dudes riding around on bicycles to the instrumental version of a song I wrote with ChalupskY? Great!
One Step Behind (EP)It took him 27 years, but Brandon's debut EP, One Step Behind, is now available. Just click on the album cover to download your own copy. Are actual, tangible CDs your thing? You can get one of those, too!
Hey, folks. I hope the Summer is treating you well! Just a quick note to share some good news: "Photograph" is going to air on ABC's The Fosters tonight at 9pm. Woo! Plus, stay tuned for a new EP coming soon. Hope to see you soon!
I just found out that one of my songs, Home Tonight, got placed on a tv show called Eastbound and Down and will air tonight at 10pm on HBO. I've been working toward something like this for a long time, and it's things like this tv placement and your support that make me want to keep going.
I play music first and foremost because I love it and I feel that it's one of life's greatest pleasures, but it also feels great to know that someone else wants to listen to my music. Your support is what motivates me to keep writing, keep performing, and keep grinding out countless hours in front of the computer to record my songs.
So, thank you!
All the best,
Ladies and Gents,
I write you this message with overwhelming excitement and underwhelming pace-- why? you ask. Well that's because I'm holding my new baby girl, Lorelei, in my left arm while I type to you with my right. Being a dad is just awesome. I know that word gets thrown around a lot but I feel good about its usage here.
"So, have you written a song for your new baby yet?" people ask. 'Course I did. I'm not saying it's the next "Isn't She Lovely" (which incidentally was written by Stevie before the birth of his daughter according to my friend Brad), but I do feel like it fills a void in the world of songs for newborns.
The song is called Don't Forget to Suck, and it's about breastfeeding and life, written for our new baby girl and dedicated to our favorite lactation consultant, Tamina. Click the image below to watch the video and if you get what I'm saying, please pass it on:
Tomorrow marks the start of my favorite time of year. For me, summer has always meant freedom--a few months to go and do almost anything I want. I get that as we get older, that may not always be the reality, and that some folks out there have to trudge through the swampy east coast summer heat in a suit and tie, but I hope that somewhere inside, everyone harbors that giddy excitement that built up throughout the school year like a shaken bottle of Corona, only to burst at the ringing of the bell on the last day of school.
In honor of my favorite time of the year, please help yourself to a free download of my summer anthem, Summer Song by going here and scrolling down to Summer Song.
Here's to a life full of summers (just maybe not so swampy).
Hey, there. Just a quick note on this fine Valentine's Day to invite you to:
Brandon's Big Baltimore Birthday Bash Show on March 9th at Eutaw Place.
Alliterative, right? This will be the biggest solo show I've ever played and I'm thrilled to be sharing the stage with the supremely talented Avi Wisnia. Not only that, but Flying Dog Brewery is holding a free beer tasting right before the show.
Tickets are cheaper if you get them now, so here's my advice: get them right here right now. I'll be bringing along some friends to join me on stage, including a cellist (!), and I've been working hard to make sure this show is going to be great. I'm not a big self promoter, so I'll just say that if you're gonna come to one show, this is the one.
Come help me celebrate my 30th birthday in a great venue with some good music and good beer. Hope to see you!
All the best,
On the occassion of Valentine's Day:
Long time no talk. I hope this finds you after a (ful)filling Thanksgiving, and getting in gear for the holidays. Speaking of holidays - this is pretty cool - I'm in a book! It's called A Kosher Christmas by Joshua Plaut and published by Rutgers University Press. If you happen to pick it up and turn to page 76, you can read about a little song called Chinese Food on Christmas.
In other news, I'm playing a show in Baltimore this Tuesday at the Metro Gallery. This will be my first Baltimore gig in a long time and I'm very excited about it. I'll be joining eight other performing songwriters that night for The 9 Songwriter Series, and it's going to be GREAT. Yeah, it's a Tuesday, but these people are seriously good and I know you'll be glad you came. Come oooooon! I'm also playing a gig at the Hamilton this coming Friday night in DC (it's upstairs in the loft late night). I'll post the details below.
Hoping to see you at a show this week!
Tuesday, November 27th at Metro Gallery in Baltimore
Friday, November 30th at the Hamilton in DC (upstairs in the loft)
Hey there. Man, it's been a while. Three years on the west coast went by so quickly, it almost feels like a dream. I've got this song I'm working on, and it basically says that sometimes it feels like I'm sitting in this quaint little hotel lobby, and at the front there's this revolving door where people keep coming in and out. I just wish some people would stick around a little longer, ya know? Not trying to get all trippy on you, that's just how I feel about my time in California. So many amazing people and such an awesome experience, and in the blink of an eye I'm back on the east coast. Though, I have to say, it feels good to be back.
So I've got a place in the DC area and already have a few shows on the docket. If you're in the area I'd love to see you. Also, I recently had the good fortune to write a song with Gina Schock, a fellow Baltimorean who is also the drummer from the Go-Gos (you know, We Got the Beat!). I'm working on the track now and hope to be able to share it with you soon.
Also, if you're interested in booking me or me and some singer/songwriter friends for a house concert or other event, just get in touch and we can talk details!
Keep enjoying the summer!
All the best,
And now for something completely different! I got together with my friend MC Eucalips and did our own version of Carol of the Bells. All percussion, scratches, wobbles, and funky sounds are coming from Eucalips' mouth. Thanks to Norman for the dramatic and quirky video. Enjoy! Download this track here.
Yeeeeeehoooo! Brandon's song, Foggy Window won best song at Songwriter Universe. Movin' on up!
Check it out, out, out!