One day back in 2010 I was one of the first if not the first to discover and photograph the location of the secret Underbelly project in the New York City subway. Here’s a little teaser video. If you’re interested I have more pictures and videos — let me know. I just dug this up because Underbelly is going public and is looking to expand their operations into the Paris Metro this month as well as begin other types of projects, including performance art in other abandoned spaces.
Hi. Really like your stuff. You have such a great way of talking about yourself in your songs and I really get you. You're like the Trent Reznor of the 21st century minus all the industrial sideshow. Would you like to collaborate on a single and music video?
Hi Barton. I really enjoy your melodies. You've got a good ear for this kind of stuff - it comes from an appreciation of jazz and showtunes which I know we share.
Yeah, I love Gershwin in particular. Rhapsody in Blue is my favorite piece of all time and it's the reason I play the piano.
Mine too, mine too. Just keep at it. You've got your whole life ahead of you. Don't sweat the small stuff. And don't worry about taking time off and going to the beach when you need to. Don't let anyone tell you you're nuts or overly ambitious or bipolar or crazy or anything like that - you only are if you believe it! So just take it easy, and don't let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy.
Wasn't that an Eagles song?
Yeah, I know a lot of people think they're not so hot but I don't mind them.
I’ve had two run-ins with this exact hobo, actually. He has a good tact of roping you in with the card-reading to direct your focus. Except in my case the first card was some kind of different question and the answer was “Brad Pitt” and it also didn’t really make any sense.
That was probably the best song I've heard in a while. Thanks :)
You’re welcome! There’s more where that came from if you’re interested in my SoundCloud.
It was recorded with Jonathan Mann who writes a song every day and posts it to youtube. He’s still at it — over 1,100 days in a row now. Also, The Spinto Band was involved. They’re releasing an awesome new album May 1.
Hi Barton. Really like your stuff. You have such a great way of talking about yourself in your songs and I really get you. You're like the Trent Reznor of the 21st century minus all the industrial sideshow. Would you like to collaborate on a single and music video?
Was just cleaning up my mac and reminiscing over old videos and pictures and stuff (maybe some soon to come here) and I came across this old textedit file from October ‘11 called “stuff to do creatively.” A bunch of it still applies and sparks somes ideas….. maybe I’ll get around to some of this stuff. Probably not though. Still, it’s good to have notes like this. I wonder what other people on here who write songs or write anything or do anything use to make notes like this or remind themselves of creative ideas they had that they can’t execute immediately………..?
Lilia Rubin wants to make songs
Aarica North busk in wash sq.
Play/do something with Miles
Score Jon’s film — C to Em, E to Eaug, Am
Write a song about Nick’s note (knitting)
Write more songs on the piano
Album “Domiciles” about all places I’ve lived
Mister as band name
*Intern song for NY neos
Minor song like on Zombies
Song about our current room 907
Tapping through life
Epic folk song to end the set
Spring to spring
It’s only november
Spring to spring
It can only get better
it’s all a function
If you want to move, you’re going to lose your balance
Here’s my SoundCloud. There’s a bunch of old stuff up there dating back to 3 years ago, including some work I did with a full choir in St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. I’m starting to actively upload some new things from da vault while also recording some new minimalist songs for piano and guitar. I could give you a list of reasons why I’m leaning towards this aesthetic, telling you about the time I discussed sweaters with Jeff Mangum at Occupy Wall Street, and listing the merits of the boombox recorder fuzz on early Mountain Goats tracks, but instead I’ll tell you the [mostly] honest truth that I’m simply away from any familiar studio right now and have no choice.
The Magnet Attracting -- A Waif Amid Forces -- 100,000 Fireflies
Listen to this:
While you read this:
"What is your address?" he began again, fixing his pencil towrite.
She looked at his hand.
"Carrie Meeber," she said slowly. "Three hundred and fifty-fourWest Van Buren Street, care S. C. Hanson."
He wrote it carefully down and got out the purse again. “You’llbe at home if I come around Monday night?” he said.
"I think so," she answered.
How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. Here were these two, bandying little phrases, drawing purses, looking at cards,and both unconscious of how inarticulate all their real feelings were. Neither was wise enough to be sure of the working of the mind of the other. He could not tell how his luring succeeded.She could not realise that she was drifting, until he secured her address. Now she felt that she had yielded something—he, that he had gained a victory. Already they felt that they were somehow associated. Already he took control in directing the conversation. His words were easy. Her manner was relaxed.
They were nearing Chicago. Signs were everywhere numerous.Trains flashed by them. Across wide stretches of flat, open prairie they could see lines of telegraph poles stalking across the fields toward the great city. Far away were indications of suburban towns, some big smokestacks towering high in the air.
A silly song I wrote and recorded a while ago about dorm life at NYU. Somehow I got all my roommates and frequent visiting friends to sing on it or contribute other silly vocal exclamations. 1003 was our room number in NYU’s Third North residence hall on 3rd ave. between 11th and 12th streets. Greatest location, particularly appreciated in retrospect.
And yes, my roommate Conor really confused the Empire State Building with the Statue of Liberty. Really. How do you do that?