Hey Friends:

Things have been busy in my world, so I thought I might provide a quick update. But first, a recap: the first City States / Empty Bottle show in over a year went great—it was only my second time performing solo, and I felt a little more comfortable this time around. As always, the people at the Bottle were super nice.

Would you believe me if I told you that I had to exit said show early because I needed to be awake at 5:45 the next morning for the Chicago Triathlon? It's true: in the span of 12 hours, I performed a 40-minute set, swam 750 meters, biked 15 miles, and ran 3.5. Could I have over-extended myself? Probably. I will say this: the swim was a big wake-up, a legitimately terrifying open-water slog for which I had not adequately prepared. However, I made it out of the water alive (and, surprisingly ended up placing 327th out of 2100—HURRAY!)

Next show is at Transistor in Lakeview on the 19th of September, a Friday. Steve and I played their Andersonville location about 4 years ago, which was lots of fun, so I'm happy to be headed back to their store. Show starts at 7:30.

Also: more music. I'm finishing up a handful of cover songs selected back in April by contributors to my Indiegogo campaign. I'm keeping quiet on what songs they chose, but I will reveal that I'm working on tracks from a '70s British folk singer, an '80s new wave band from New Zealand, and a midwestern American indie rock group from the '90s. Expect those songs to be out before the end of the year. Next year I'll be releasing some electronic music offerings, too.

In the coming weeks, I'm also going to be doing some posting about influences for particular tracks from Geography. A while back i was asked by CHIRP Radio's Kyle Whelliston to put together a short set of music that influenced my songwriting. I happily obliged, and had so much fun with it that I'd like to run with the concept on this blog.

Whew, that's a lot. Thanks for reading!

Joel
 

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