Bouncing back from Emotional Damage | New single "The Aftermath"

A few summers ago I retreated to the Historic Holiday Motel in Door County, USA to escape the world. I had been beaten down by a toxic relationship and was writing about trying to bounce back from the damage. 

This is what came out. It's called The Aftermath and it's about just that.

If you have a few seconds, give it a play on Spotify and/or add it to your playlists. That gives it the best chance to get into the world & helps others discover it.


A Call to Arms - Please read

Over the years I've been very lucky that the people who come to my shows are often folks I relate to on a personal level. Not always, but often. I dig connecting with other oddballs, bohemians or "fish out of water". My community does feel like a weird and fun rock n' roll family. This is a note for that family, my inner circle.  

Please note I'm not selling anything here, I’m just writing to ask for your ideas in launching this new album, Life Upside Down, with me.

This album was made with a minimalist and analog was recorded to tape with just me and my drummer Matt. Because this record was made so differently than previous ones, I want to market it differently as well.

Rather than working with a marketing team of industry pros who may not have a "heart connection" to the project, I want to market this album grassroots and work with those who feel most connected to the project...ideally, you :)

This is the album I've been trying to make for years, and now I want it to reach as many people as possible.

I’d like to team up with you in getting the album into communities and outlets that would benefit from it. If you have a podcast, work in radio (or have a friend who does), run a big blog, or are connected to an influencer who would love this album, let me know by emailing Please include...

  • The community or media outlet
  • your relationship to the community or media outlet
  • size of community/number of readers
  • how you'd like to help (specifically :)

I’m open to anything, of course, but ideally I'd like to focus on outlets that will move the needle.

If you have ideas, suggestions, or better, have access to a large audience of your own, I'd love to hear from you.


Thanks friends. Good times ahead,



Barenaked Ladies destroyed by Kazoo Kid solo

Last fall while touring with Violent Femmes, Gordon Gano introduced me to Kevin Hearn from Barenaked Ladies. Kevin came out to my show in Toronto. I then made a joke about playing a kazoo solo when BNL came to Milwaukee. Funny enough, it actually ended up happening. Thanks Kevin for teeing this up. 

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Life Upside Down LP enters the world Sept 7.

Every Country in the World Video Project!

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Hey Pals, this morning I'm announcing my most ambitious music video project to date, "195 pretty good dance moves."

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I'm gathering footage of my friends and allies dancing in EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Yes, all 195 countries. This video is going to be insane if we can pull it off! Obviously I don't have friends in every country, so I need your help...

We've already got footage from Sweden, South Africa, Austria and Argentina.

This is a massive mission, but with your help we can crush it. The good news is its easy peasy to shoot. Here is a link to the facebook group. Please join up if you're keen to contribute footage or connections. Below are the easy directions to submit. :)


We can use this group as a checklist. It also has basic guidelines for the footage.

*If you have friends (or friends of friends) in smaller, "lesser known" countries, I'd love if you could connect us.

This is gonna be dope! Thanks everyone ❤️

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Subject: Denmark Ride Video

The thing that threatens our sanity most


Panic attacks were becoming pretty routine. I'd have 8 windows open on my computer all at once. A new email would come in and completely derail me from what I was working on. By the end of the day I'd have worked 10 hours with no visible progress. It was taxing to have little control over my own brain.


How do you focus on anything with the relentless bombardment of media from all sides all the time? It's a digital mine field of instagrams, amazon offers, free new music, emails, bla bla blah etc, the list goes on forever. 


In the hyper speed of modern times, it's not about what you consume online, BUT what you DON'T consume online. 


How good are you at deflecting media? That is now a primary skill in becoming an effective human being. 


Can't Get Enough is a song about social media addiction and how it is a legitimately powerful drug we should acknowledge. How do you use it for good while keeping it at arms length? While it is a wonderful time to be alive, we're all trying to find the balance while shielding ourselves from the noise. 


Put the horse blinders on, or it'll be a wobbly and unproductive ride. Let's break free of the phone and live in the present physical space as much as humanly possible:)

*I wrote this track with my good pal Aaron Berg

Cheapest "on-the-go" meals for a happier brain.

Being on a budget and on-the-road, I've been endlessly looking for good cheap food that boosts happiness and energy. Here are the three best mega cheap power eats when you're traveling (or at home). 

*Be sure to read the key details below the drawing :)

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Plain Yogurt & Nuts: watch out for all the added sugar in so many yogurt brands. That will crush energy and lead to a sulking crash after that nasty siff sugar buzz wears off. I recommend Greek Gods yogurt plain with lots of walnuts added. Massive protein punch. This comes out to about $2 per meal at most.


Hard Boiled Eggs: ultimate breakfast! I like to crack the eggs on my car window (and peel them) in the AM when I'm on the road. Then I put the shells in a plant for fertilizer or give them to a squirrel for a nest. Not the most massive meal ever but 2-3 eggs hold me over for most of the morning. Comes out to about $1 per meal if you're getting good cage free eggs. 


Peanut Butter & Banana: this is great any time of day. The most delicious of the options. Who doesn't love to smash peanut butter for yum yum good times? Get natural PB. This comes to about $.75 per meal. Nice boost in the AM or afternoon. 


PS. I'd be keen to hear your thoughts in the comments section of the new "Ride" video shot over Route 66.