I’ll be playing this Saturday for my friend Roland’s fundraiser over at a sweet little Mexican restaurant called The Dopeness. It’s on 2nd street in JC, not far from the Grove St. PATH station. Tons of vibe. Come on down. Hear a few of my new songs at 6:45 and then hang around for more drinks, more music, and more good times — all in the name of supporting local arts.
Ariel Pink is so good. He just has this quality to his recordings that I love. It’s homemade and all mushed up and just very cool. I think alot of it has to do with the fact that it’s made on a 4 track cassette recorder. Plus he’s just himself. You can tell he just made stuff that he thought was cool. It’s very odd and unique and pure.
I was listening to lots of his stuff when I recorded this cover of the great Queens of The Stone Age song “First It Giveth” for my friends over at Good Eye Records. I hope some of his greatness rubbed off on me. Enjoy!
I wrote this song a while back for another artist. It never really got off the ground, so I kind of shelved it. At first it didn’t seem like the kind of song that I could deliver convincingly. When I first wrote it, it was more like something Michael Frante would do. More world music influenced & not quite my style.
But over the past year I’ve played it here and there in my living room and just the other morning I found my “in”. Something just clicked. I was strumming it in different keys and through some combination of chords & a capo I found the right sound. And I realized it was kind of like “Imagine” and that gave me the touchstone for where to take it.
So that was how I figured out how to play it in my own style. That’s the whole trick about playing a song, to find a way to relate to it. Finding all the things in your past that allow you to connect the dots and then do it in your own way. And mean what you’re singing. Here it is, I hope you enjoy it. It’s called “Playground”.
“Gee I really would like to see Paul perform sometime this June. It would make me happy and I just feel like it’s the right thing to do. But… which show is right for me?”
Well, you’re in luck. I’ve put together a little guide to help you make this decision.
Without further adieu…
WHICH SHOW IS RIGHT FOR ME?
SHOW #1 Friday, June 6th Drawing Rooms, Jersey City
This might be for you if… You like drinking wine from a solo cup.
I’m playing at an old schoolhouse on Grand Street, about a 10 minute walk from the Grove St. Path Station. It’s an art gallery now, run by my friend Jim. I’ll be there from 7-8:30 playing solo as part of “Jersey City Fridays”. Free admission. I’m pretty sure they’ll have some wine, cheese and pita chips there too. Afterwards you can walk one block to the Golden Cicada, a bar that transforms ordinary life into a Quentin Tarantino movie.
SHOW #2 Thursday, June 12th Lamp Post, Jersey City
This might be for you if… You liked Death Cab For Cutie until Zoe Deschanel got involved.
The Lamp Post is a sweet little dive bar in Jersey City. Unlike more polished venues like Maxwells or The Mercury, you can actually get up close and personal with artists who are developing their craft. No cover for this show. New Brunswick’s Sink Tapes are playing. So is Tri-State, friends of mine who you’ll want to check out if you like 90’s indi in the vein of Pavement, Built to Spill, or Archers or Loaf.
SHOW #3 Tuesday, June 24th The Saint, Asbury Park
This might be for you if… You own a turntable.
Psyched for this show. I’m opening up for Wreckless Eric, who had a single come out in 1977 called “I’d Go The Whole Wide World”. Great fucking song. One of those songs that’s just so simple and pure. Kind of like Wild Thing or Louie Louie. And now you get a chance to see it live for just 12 bucks. Ron Santee is also playing, he’s a talented dude who is making a name for himself around Asbury Park. Amazing show, don’t miss it!
And there you have it. Pick a date, toss it on your calendar, and I’ll see you out there.