May the 4th be with your… anniversaries?

OK, OK… not my best headline work. But some stuff popped up in my memories today, so it’s blog time.

First – today marks the first anniversary of Remembering Anarcha being released on VOD platforms all over the U.S. and Canada. And since then, it’s been released on even more streaming platforms, along with DVDs and Blu-rays. It’s been discussed by Columbia University‘s research department, mentioned in the Washington Post, and we’ve been contacted by other universities, nonprofit organizations, and interested parties about the film.

If you haven’t yet seen the film (or left a review – please do so: Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Amazon), you can find it on many VOD outlets.

Related – Michelle Browder’s monument to the Mothers of Gynecology monument in Montgomery, AL, officially opens this Sunday – Mother’s Day. Find out more about her work at AnarchaLucyBetsey.org.

Second – two years ago was the date that the music video for the song “Carry the Wounds” off the album of the same name was released. (You can find the album on your favorite streaming platforms; links on the ‘Music‘ page.)

Aaaaand… third – some photos popped up of my old band Hail the Titans. We played a show on May 4 a decade ago. (Time, man… why it gotta be flying like that?) A photographer named Chris Barrett snapped some pics (below) while we were playing, and they bring back so many good memories of being on the road with that band.

Aaaaaanyway… thanks for taking this stroll down Memory Lane with me. Much love.

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News! Events! Stuff! Things!

With vaccines and stuff, it looks like things are slowly getting back to some sense of normalcy, which means… [drum roll] live music is picking up! [Insert crowd noise here.]

So yeah, my first public solo performance since my album release show in March 2020… about a week before everything went to shit… is coming up next month. I’ll be part of the “Garden Glow” series at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

The Montgomery Advertiser wrote about that series and the artists that will be performing. You can read that here. It starts this Friday, and there are four nights of music currently scheduled. (I’ll be joining Neal Lucas and my friend Megan McMillan on July 9… Speaking of Megan, here’s a music video I directed for her a few years back.

Next up is Towering Above. Our first public performance since the plague is set for July 17 at the Sanctuary. We’re joining One Like Son and Lonleysev. Details here.

And in Remembering Anarcha news…

The film got mentioned in the Washington Post last month:

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s available on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray.

Randomness 18.0

There is an art show in Montgomery tomorrow night. Seven artists, various media, no cover charge. The Löwbraü Art Collective Show will feature works by Hillary Andrews (Pint Bottle Photography / Ah Ha Designs), Michelle Dopson (Monarch Images), David C. Rohn, Kevin Sanders (the artist who did the octopus design in the Hail the Titans “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” album), Ashley Smith, Kevin Spotswood and David Vollmer. It starts at 6:30 at Head on the Door. More info here.

After that, you can head over to 1466 Furnace St. for “an evening with G-Side.” The Athens, Ala.-based hip-hop group has been in SPIN Magazine and the Washington Post. The show starts at 10 p.m. The Furnace Street address is the place where the Denied and Underexposed art events were held prior to the use of the Kress building.

If you didn’t know, Murder by Death has a new album coming out. The single, “Lost River,” is currently available to hear on RollingStone.com. They are a five-piece band once again, and the piano in the track really adds to both the beauty and darkness of the song mentioned in the article introduction.

Deep Elm Records has put out a new post-rock album for those of you into that sort of thing (as I am.) The band is The Dandelion War, and this album, “We Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes,” is more on the ambient, atmospheric side of the post-rock spectrum. Listen below:

Recently, I saw the film “God Bless America,” directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. A dark comedy, for sure, detailing the murderous adventures of a man who befriends a teenage girl, and together, they go around taking out citizens who fall into the selfish, rude and reality-TV-obsessed culture.

The film is summed up by the tag line: “Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time.” It’s entertaining and definitely worth watching.