New Glorious 70mm album coming Sept. 22

It’s been a while since I’ve released a Glorious 70mm album that wasn’t directly tied to a film or podcast. (Looks like it was back in 2015 when I did a collaboration with my friend Tequila Nylon.)

So… I’ve got one coming out on Sept. 22, the date of this year’s autumnal equinox, which seemed fitting since the new album is titled “EXT. SEASONAL IMAGERY” and has four songs, one for each season.

If you’re unaware, Glorious 70mm is my film score project that I began in March 2014, and sometimes I just make instrumental pieces to release, even if it’s not (yet?) tied to a film.

With this new release, each song is a little over 10 minutes long, creating an ambience that I thought fit the mood of each season. It contains a lot of synth, except for the song “Fall” which has a guitar-based background with piano over it.

It will be available Sept. 22 on the Glorious 70mm Bandcamp page.

‘Hymns of Mare Nostrum’ turns 10…

I’m old. (Get off my lawn.)

The Hail the Titans debut album “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” came out 10 years ago today.

Coincidentally… that album was engineered by Chris Lantrip at Headless Dinosaur Recording, and my current band – Towering Above – is working on our new album, again recording with Chris at HDR.

Be sure to follow us on the ol’ FB for updates.

OK, that’s all for now… cause I’m old.

Much love.

‘Sweat’ tickets, ‘Remembering Anarcha’ and more

First things first – you should see “Sweat” at the Cloverdale Playhouse (it opens tonight!), and you should get your tickets soon. Tonight’s show is sold out. According to this Montgomery Advertiser article, “Early performances have sold out for this thought provoking American worker tale that runs Thursday through May 9, but you can still get in to see it”

“Set in Reading, Pennsylvania between 2000 and 2008, “Sweat” is a thought provoking look at the lives we build around ourselves. In this case, it deals with a group of unionized steel mill workers whose company is suddenly making changes. Between layoffs and picket lines, ordinary lives are suddenly caught in a war between community and capitalism.”

There’s strong language, by the way, so… you know… get a babysitter or something.

Remembering Anarcha pre-orders are still up on iTunes and Apple TV ahead of the May 4 wide release. And many thanks to Shannon and Lynn Heupel and the Montgomery advertiser for the multimedia piece they ran on the film, the play, Towering Above, and my solo stuff. If you haven’t seen it, there’s a live performance of my song “Liquid Heart” and some photos.

It’s been shared a lot on social media, so many thanks to everyone who’s shared it, pre-ordered the film, bought tickets to the play, and continue to support the art I’m involved with. It means a lot, and I am very appreciative of it.

Thanks for reading. Much love.

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New ‘Ab Aeterno’ lyric video for Towering Above

Last night, my band Towering Above released a lyric video for “Ab Aeterno,” a song from our acoustic EP Repeating the Moment. Check it out here.

Repeating the Moment can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.

Hope you enjoy!

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I haven’t blogged in a full month…

Photo by C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions.

Hey! It’s been a while! Welcome back to my digital home. As the title says, it’s been a full month since my last blog post, so I figured I’d throw out a quick update.

It’s been the usual busy behind the scenes. I’ve been doing some video editing on a documentary project; I recently shot a music video that’s in the early editing stages… more info on those coming soon-ish. The Remembering Anarcha producers and I have been working on trying to get the film publicly available; I hope to be able to share some news on that front soon.

Towering Above is continuing to write songs while live shows are still a rarity due to the pandemic and all; we’ve got some new stuff I’m pretty excited about.

Back in November, I posted a cover version of “Souvenir” by Boygenius. I did another cover that’s on my YouTube channel (be sure to subscribe!), but I apparently never posted it to the blog, so here it is:

Let’s see… what else… oh, here’s something else that didn’t make the blog – a hot sauce video taken by my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions:

And I got to do a fun photo shoot with my friend Thomas Tingle of Koi Photograph. Be sure to check out his page and his Instagram; he’s doing some really cool stuff.

Aight, that’s all I can think of at the moment. Thanks for reading. Connect with me on social media. Keep in touch. Subscribe to this blog below. Check on your friends. Be good to each other. Much love.

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The Sept. 2020 Guitar Pull

Because you are reading this on the internet, it’s a safe assumption that you are not living under some deserted rock and are aware that the world is super weird and all pandemic-y right now, but alas, good people! I bring you a glimmer of hope!

OK, for real, since COVID showed up, the Cloverdale Playhouse has still been trying to make the Guitar Pull happen as best and safely as possible. The last couple or so have been livestreamed from each individual artist’s home. Of course, livestreaming has it’s own set of difficulties with quality, internet speeds, lag, etc.

So… for the event tomorrow night, it will be on their website, but it was pre-recorded yesterday in the Playhouse courtyard area. We wore masks during setup, kept our distance, and had a great time. It felt good to be back, even with the different format and our audience being the crew and a camera.

Photo by Cloverdale Playhouse Artistic Director Sarah Thornton.

Click here to visit the September 2020 Guitar Pull page. The event will be shown at 7pm tomorrow. Oh, also, I debut a new song and talk about playing a serial killer in a film (again… I know, I know – why am I so scary and murder-y and stuff?)

Anyway, as you can see in the promo image above, I got to share the stage with the talents of Cameron DuBois and Adam Powell. It was fun, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

If you are unfamiliar with this event, my first feature documentary chronicles the event’s history. Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull is available on Amazon and the trailer is below:

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the event tomorrow night. Much love!

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‘Carry the Wounds’ music video

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Let me start off by saying this: I hope you and your family have been safe and healthy during this pandemic. The world has been pretty crazy – more than normal, as I’m sure you’ve noticed.

A lot of artists have been trying to create things during the COVID-19 quarantines. In fact, since we have not been able to practice, BARRENS has been working on stuff by sending each other tracks (along with releasing a cover of Pedro the Lion’s “Bad Diary Days” on YouTube.)

I released my newest solo album back in early March and then – BAM! – quarantines and stay-at-home orders and no more live shows. I haven’t done any livestream events so far, either. But hey, I’m a filmmaker as well as a musician, so I had to do something. And this is it: The official [quarantine] music video for the title track from my most recent album Carry the Wounds.

Normally, I tend to veer more towards music videos with a storyline – more of a short film type thing, like the “Unalienable” video I directed for my friends in Brineaboy or the BARRENS’ “Jumper” video. Or even the previous “Liquid Heart” video from my new album.

The challenge here was more of an answer to the question: “What can I film by myself in isolation (and still make look… decent)?” So here’s the video, with me barefoot, as usual, and desperately needing a haircut while all the salons are closed. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for watching, reading, and supporting. Much love. (Imagine Facebook’s new “care” reaction emoji here.)

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BARRENS covers Pedro the Lion

Hey everyone!

So, during this quarantine, as everything is being canceled and schedules are crazy in completely different ways than normal, and social distancing is upending band practice, your boys in BARRENS have still been working on stuff – just individually.

Yep. We’ve been recording pieces and sending them to each other, and one thing we decided to do was cover a song, which ended up being “Bad Diary Days” by Pedro the Lion.

We did an acoustic version of it and put it on YouTube yesterday:

I did the photography for the cover art as an homage to the original album that the song came from. You can see the original art and hear the original version on YouTube as well.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy it, and we hope to be able to share more stuff with you soon. In the meantime, stay safe out there, and thanks for reading.

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Hey, remember when we had events and stuff?

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Photo by Thomas Tingle, taken March 6 at Goat Haus Biergarten during my Carry the Wounds album release show. 

I joined my first band when I was 15. I loved it then, and I still do. The music, the crowds, the energy, the rush that comes with performing live.

I enjoy going to concerts with friends, and going to see friends perform, and being in a place with people and music and drinks.

All that to say: shit is weird right now.

This COVID-19 situation is rough on everything – families, communities, hospitals, businesses, arts, etc. Everything is canceled.

I do want to give a shout-out to all the artists out there doing live streams and promoting their fellow artists and just keeping things going as best they can. As artists, we have this burning desire to create, and we try to figure out ways to continue no matter what.

The thing is, live streams aren’t the same. They’re not a substitute for the actual live experience. We know this. They’re a stop-gap during this pandemic, but it’s impossible to have the energy that comes with being with our fellow art lovers in one place for one reason.

And I hope that when things get back to normal, or we as a society have something of a new normal, that we can develop a deeper embrace and appreciation for the arts and community, and remember that it was artists we turned to during this pandemic – whether watching those live streamed musical performances, listening to our favorite albums, or binging Netflix; the arts got us through.

I hope we don’t take for granted the live concert experience. I hope we make it a point to go see a play, catch a movie on the big screen, and catch that art show.

And in the meantime, if you’re able to, watch some of those music live streams and tip the artists (many are using Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal.) Buy their albums. Pick up a gift certificate or season pass from your local indie theater or community theater. Get some takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurant.

Support the arts. Shop local. And be sure to thank those who work in the healthcare industry.

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