August 27, 2011
I just posted a new track called Pushin’ Pushit! Here’s the link to my FB page where you can press play:
and I’d be grateful if you did. I made this in my bedroom with a macbook, 4-track, autoharp, bass, real and fake drums and more fun secret stuff. I’m trying to make new types of pop music with altered autoharps, big bass, Ableton and a dose of feigned bravado. I hope you like it. It’s got:
-The same drum machine The Cars used
I’ll upload more songs very shortly, so follow this jazz on FB + Twitter @ElijahWyman alright!?
I love you. Be careful in the storm. Enjoy yr weekend.
-elijah ebenezer wyman
May 20, 2010
I’ve been aloof for a while not because I stopped loving you but because I’ve been working hard and sleeping little. It’s been wonderful. wifeRhonda and I have been overwhelmed in a good way between our business Figs & Ginger, traveling and making things…like songs!
I’ve got two new songs for you to hear. I recorded them in NC with Scott Solter who’s worked with some of my favorite bands including John Vanderslice, Mountain Goats, Spoon, Superchunk and Liam Singer. His studio is a wonderous space crammed with more analog oddities than a Decemberists show. Many of the effects you hear on these tracks were crafted by Scott with tape and wires and knobs galore.
In these recordings I play autoharp, vibraphone, bass, Hammond chord organ, glocenspiel, guitar and floor toms/rimshots/cowbells/tambourines/a bigass marching drum/stickclicks/HUPS! I’m aiming to make sunshiny folk pop w/ reggae and rootsmusic influenced rhythms. Solter dubbed out bits of the songs with damaged tape distortion and stutter/fluttering echoes. This is most noticable in the song Small Towns. Both tracks were mastered by TW Walsh of Pedro the Lion fame.
I’m making rules and following them. I’m thinking things through. I’m proud these songs. Please check them out at my new Bandcamp page: http://tinymtns.bandcamp.com
Also, East Coast tour dates announced soon.
October 27, 2009
A writer from The Boston Globe interviewed me yesterday for an article that he’s working on about Grinding Tapes Recording Co. If you’re not familiar, GTRC is Boston based label that releases my music. Run by my buddy Jason Rozen, it’s a wonderfully DIY, little label that puts out limited runs of some fabulous artists often times housed in handmade packaging. Portions of proceeds go to charity and Jason takes next to no money for the work he puts in. We’ve been friends since highschool. Oh and he gave me a kidney when I got sick! Yup, that’s the kind of guy he is…The Globe article should be out in Friday’s paper. I’ll keep you posted.
I found some photo’s from my transplant on an old Picasa album I forgot about. This was one of my nurses. I know right?! She pulled out my catheter. I’m going to go ahead and call that 3rd base. I’ve forgotten her name…cause I’m a player.
September 22, 2009
Future tiny tours!
I’m booking a few tiny tours, and the best part is that they’re in conjunction with traveling for Figs & Ginger. Which means that Rhonda will be along for the ride! She can’t reaaaally drive stick so I do most (read all) of the driving. Her company is worth it though. Anyway, I figured I’d post the dates that I’m working on up. If you want to book me for a show on any of these dates e-mail me. I’m also always booking shows in the South. NC, SC, TN, VA, and GA shows are always welcome. I’d be super grateful! ElijahWyman (at) gmail . com
Dec. 5th/6th – Seattle, WA
Dec. 8th/9th – Vancouver, BC
Dec. 11th/12th – Pittsburgh, PA
Jan. 21st – Asheville, NC
Jan. 22nd – Lynchburg, VA
Jan. 23rd – Charlottesville, VA
Jan. 24th – Washington DC
Jan. 25 – Baltimore, MD
Jan. 26th – Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 27th – NYC/BKLYN
Jan. 29th – Portsmouth, NH
Jan. 30 – Boston, MA
September 8, 2009
Happy 20th post blog! Check out this poster my buddy Jason Rozen made! I love it.
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 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!
July 9, 2009
I’m playing a sweet show in Asheville. Yup, that’s where I live , and it’s at my favorite venue in the whole wide world! The Grey Eagle.
Here’s the info:
Sat. July 18th – 9pm
@ The Grey Eagle w/ Tractenburg Family
I’d love to see you at the show!
Here’s a list of reasons why I love The Grey Eagle:
1.) I’ve seen Silver Mt. Zion, John Vanderslice, Mtn. Goats, Danielson and more there.
2.) Great sound
3.) Best fried green tomatoes I’ve ever eaten!
4.) Local beer
Oh, Tractenburg Family Slideshow Players collect slides from yard sales and such and write songs about them. They’re also a real family. I think their drummer is 12! So that’s pretty cool.
Here’s a video of the last show I played at The Greagle opening for Danielson Famile (I only open for family bands now):