Dan Chen and I are playing tomorrow night at Buffalo Billiards in Austin. Sadly, we’ll have neither the time nor the rental car to take to the Salt Lick. I generally have mixed feelings about SXSW–the streets crammed with half-drunk jerks from L.A. can be trying–but I intend to have fun.
I’m trying to stay away from reviews, but sometimes I can’t help myself to read the message board posts about Haughty Melodic; some adore it, some hate it (mostly Soul Coughing fans seeking that old splatter effect, which isn’t really my bag anymore). I think it’s great–it’s one of the few records that I’ve made that really conjure a kind of world within the album–Ruby and Skittish are the other ones–and I’m so proud of it.
It fills me with anxiety to put it out there. Because some old Soul Coughing fans are not gonna dig it. On the other hand, I’m getting a lot of emails that say: I love your voice, why haven’t you made music like this before? What took you so long?