August 28, 2009
Well, I’m a few days behind re-capping shows, but my buddy Rich Orris just posted some beautiful pictures of a tiny mtns show in, “Low, lower, Lowest Lowell,” as one of the spray painted, stenciled signs read at The Ant Cellar where Jake, Samantha and I played on Tuesday. It’s sure to be the most punk rock show we’ll play this year. It was wonderful.
Thanks to Tom Sutherton of the soon to be dead hardcore band Short Fuse Burning for booking me for more DIY shows than I can recount in Lowell. They are always surprisingly warm and inviting with a solid core of friendly folks who love music.
We played well at this show too. Sitting in a semi-circle in a basement that was hotter than the outside it was easy to carefully connect with each other. It’s wonderful to play music without the middle-man of a PA system. The audience and the art seem seemless y’know?
I’ll post some pics soon of our show last night in Charlottesville, VA at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. 1 part venue + 1 part awesome tea/tree? house that looks like an opium den = cool place and chill vibes. Tonight we play a house show in Lynchburg, VA set up by our friends in Duck Duck Collective. It promises to be magical!
Check out Rich’s Flickr stream: http://flickr.com/rorris.
If you’re in New England pay him money to take pics of yr band!
If yr not in New England, pay him lots of money to take pics of yr band!
August 25, 2009
Ra and I are ready to head home. We’ve been away for about 5 weeks now either playing music shows or traveling for Figs & Ginger, our handmade jewelry line that butters our bread if you know what I mean. It’s been wonderful to be able to spend time in New England seeing loads of good friends and playing unbelievable shows. For a while now I’ve been a bit down in the dumps about music, but the last 4 or so shows have been so incredible that I’m completely revitalized and excited! Our show at Mideast-Up even got mentioned in the Sunday Boston Globe, unfortunately they put the wrong date. Those poopers.
Last night we played a show in an attic in Peabody, MA with 50 or so friends and other folks hanging out. It also happened to be Ra’s birthday, so the vibe was lovely. Great fun + red velvet cake…mmmm.
The night before (Sunday) found Jake, Samantha, Rhonda and I playing at Mideast-Up at near capacity. We’re told that there were over 150 people in attendance! That’s a lot for me. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t overwhelming. The sound was rough, and we could hardly hear each other’s instruments through the monitors. But, that stuff happens, and I feel we made the best of what we were given.
All in all we’re ready to get back home. We’re so thrilled that we are making our living with our own hands, by making things, by playing music, by traveling – in general having fun/working hard. It’s everything Rhonda and I hoped would happen when we got married 5 years ago. (Our anniversary is coming up on the 28th!) Now we’re working on bigger dreams.
My BFF Jason Rozen of Grinding Tapes Recording Company has been doing an incredible job of booking and promoting amazing shows in Boston. It’s encouraging to see folks picking up on this. One Boston blogger recently said, “…They curate some of the most interesting (mostly) acoustic acts around.”
Thanks so much if you came out to a show this week. I’ve got some more coming up in VA, NC and TN. I’d be thrilled to see you there. The blog Cheap Thrills Boston also said some nice stuff about me recently. I’ll paste a clip below.
tiny mtns is the new project from Elijah Wyman who must be enjoying New England as he’s spending quite a bit of time away from North Carolina. Of the four artists, his lyrics hit me most immediately. There’s strong emotions and ideas in his musical tales. I’m beginning to think there really may be something in the water or the air in that state that gave us James Taylor, Ryan Adams, and many others.
– Cheap Thrills Boston
August 3, 2009
As promised, a video.
Grinding Tapes Recording Co. has posted a video of the superfun show at Club Passim. Oh, and notice wifeRhonda holding up lyrics. Singing along with all you folks was awesome. It makes me feel like we’re sharing something, a piece of art together you know? Thanks for coming to the show. It was rad.
I’ve been Gocco printing flyers and handmaking lots of stuff lately. I think changing my music name to tiny mtns will be way cooler for making sweet shirts, patches, scarves etc. I mean who wants to wear a shirt that says, “ELIJAH WYMAN.” People would always be like, “Oh is that your name?” What a hassle.
August 1, 2009
tiny mtns CD Release Party (and 1 st show under new name) Nearly Sold Out!
Thanks to everyone who came out to Club Passim on Thursday night and made my EP release/Grinding Tapes Showcase incredibly warm, and fun and cozy. The sing-alongs were fabulous. We were 10 people away from selling out the show! I was so heartened by the experience and am excited about my show at Middle East-Up in Cambridge, MA on Sunday Aug. 23rd at 9pm w/ Manners, The Points North, Dreamtigers (mem. of Ambitions and tiny mtns!) This is Dreamtiger’s first show too! Be sure not to miss them. You’ll be hearing more about them in the future, and their upcoming release will be digitally released by Grinding Tapes, so we’ll be label mates!
Here’s a few more photo’s taken by my buddy Rich Orris at Club Passim. I’ll post a track or two from the live recording soon too!