i want to tell you about this plastic bag. in 2010 when i first started recording away from home i put little thumb drives in this bag and put that into my backpack. i was just learning to make records on my own at that point. i'd play shows all over the world and always return to my hotel, a van or a bus and put on headphones - take out this bag - plug my things in and start making work. back then there would be 4 other people sleeping in the shitty motel rooms and i'd work quietly in a corner. then 2 other people. then 1 other person. then i'd get my own room. then the motels became hotels. then i'm in the back lounge of a bus. airplane seats got nicer etc etc etc. BUT the process of recording and writing out there alone when you're away from home is exactly the same. 7 wars later this is the same plastic bag that hold my things. i truly believe all the magic is this bag and it's the rubber band i need to keep me doing things the way i've always loved to do them. if something i'm working on never comes out and only love it or it's something that the world will hear and be played on the radio and in massive venues --- doesn't change the fact that it starts from me taking this bag out of my backpack. that can't change. when this plastic bag gets lost i'll start doing other things.
on june 2nd i'm releasing my second album as bleachers. gone now
1. dream of mickey mantle
3. hate that you know me
4. don't take the money
5. all my heroes
6. everybody lost somebody
7. let's get married
9. i miss those days
10. nothing is u
11. i'm ready to move on / mickey mantle reprise
12. foreign girls
my bedroom in new jersey. wish you could all hear the album in here.
here is the full photo from the dont take the money single art. shot by @michaelbaileygates and with me is the legendary and beautiful flawless sabrina
she's home from the hospital and she's healthy and thank all the gods because i'd turn to dust without her.
hi. today i'm releasing the first song from an album that has taken every piece of me to make. there are endless things i'm dying to tell you about the past two years of making this album - some incredible and filled with joy, some deeply painful. but i'll wait on that because today is just about this introduction. don't take the money is the front door to this house. it's a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it's not about actual money. it's about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it's become my phrase to stay on track. specifically in don't take the money i'm taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you've tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it's too strong to be destroyed? when you've tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that's when it's all clear. as much as i say don't take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that's what i'm doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i'm working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers.
ok. i'm in bed and just woke so i'm very clear right now. no strange baggage yet from the today. i've missed sharing music with you. sometimes you have to go into a hole and gather things before you present them. gotta find things that are the ones you need to present. i'm ready to show you all the ideas of gathered. here's the first - and here's tour dates so we can celebrate it all together. much more to come. god this is such a bizarre and wonderful feeling. ranting. sorry. love you very much.
x dttm x
missed you a lot
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what a different time. who would wear long sleeves on stage at a club show. how bizarre. i remember this night in NYC. was second full bleachers show ever. i didn't know exactly what i was doing i just knew it's what i needed to do. people had only heard IWGB then. excited to get back to people hearing new songs live for the first time. that's soon
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am i not doing well!?
generations of creepy antonoffs
i love this picture from last night. means a great deal to be able to play on song on snl in the same broken down way in which it was written. starting to feel more and more that this type of thing is my favorite: giving a large group of people the songs in the same feeling of how they came to be to begin with. friends in a room making work. even brought all the tiny little toys and pictures that were on the actual piano that ella and i did liability on.
pic @shane_timm just sent me from last sunday's show in FL. i love to play! hi from dinner! ........ had a long talk today about bleachers touring plans.
hi from florida w my dad
sup mel gibson
getting bleachers ready for a year
my fun twin!
thank you to this amazing group of artists who signed the open letter i wrote about anit LGBTQ legislation SB6 in texas. go to the page we made for this ---https://www.txtogether.org sign the letter, contact representatives. don't let this crap go through!
met her a few days after her first episode of girls came out - we were set up on a blind date orchestrated by my sister and birbiglia. have been with her through 6 seasons of making her show and tonight was the last premier of the last season. i have never seen somebody work so hard and put so much of their life into a body of work. pride doesn't begin to express it.
close on bleachers 2
obama pin jacket always relevant
i went with black and white to honor the final season!
the snow is starting to turn grey in NYC
i'm changing !
hi from first day of rehearsal .......
going through old pictures looking for things that felt good in 2016. @danielgsilbert took this pic a year ago today in my studio. i have not really left this room since. i go out to different places to gather ideas and sounds for the album --- but always bring it back here. go to atlanta and go in with organized noise, chicago, LA with friends, work in hotel rooms etc etc --- but it always comes back to this room. a year later i'm finishing what's taken all of me. mixing and finishing is an amazing process where all of a sudden you stand above the work and understand it in totally new ways. soon.. x bleachers x
i use to spend christmas alone at the coach house diner on rt 4 in NJ. very intense mix of sad individuals with no place to go for christmas and jews. miss that but also happy to be on vacation
going through old videos and found this from 4 years ago in my parents house in new jersey making the beat to what became "i wish you would". i miss that mpc- it broke literally into pieces about a year after this. did all of the beats on strange desire, my stuff on 1989, brave, entropy, how come you don't want me and a bunch more on this mpc. still have the shattered pieces somewhere. @danielgsilbert gave it to me or sold it to me but i definitely never paid him. hi from just south of india. happy holiday.
2016 is almost over so i feel i can confidently say this is the outfit of the year for america and likely the world
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