Hi David, I must express my profound appreciation for your art. It speaks to me as I too aspire to create music to which people can relate. Heavy Ghost came to me as an otherworldly obelisk. Your monumental, inspirational album was a catalyst for friend Omar and I to connect, and eventually collaborate musically. Both hugely infuenced by your music, we'd love to cross paths with you - perhaps opening for DM Stith or The Revival Hour? My band is High Waters, and his is Eraserheads. Kindly, Derek
"Otherworldly Obelisk" — a shake in the old thesaurus dice-cup — "Supernatural Shaft."
Can’t believe the legs that album has had — love hearing that it’s been involved in such good memories for you and your friend. Introduce yourself next time I’m in your town.
Hi there - I'm listening to your music on Pandora and love it so much I want to buy it! Thanks for your beautiful songs. I'm in NZ though and don't want a CD mailed (I don't have a cd player even) - I've emailed Asthmatic Kitty 3 times to ask if they offer an electronic purchase of your stuff but had no response at all. Amazon have electronic versions but I'm geo-blocked from buying it. Can you please tell me how I can buy your music?!
Geez! Golly and Gosh!! Just read your message. Sorry that it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I thought we had distribution in NZ, but apparently we don’t I’ll do a little investigating and get back to you. Message me again with your email address and I’ll write to you personally.
Is Achille's Heal 21+ only? Will there be a cover charge? Can't find the info anywhere online, sorry.
No cover charge, and it’s all ages! It’s one of my favorite restaurant/bars in all of NYC. In winter there’s a fireplace that’s kept stoked all night, and great music everywhere, and great tortilla (the spanish kind), and their cocktails are unbeatable. It’ll be a nice show for nice people.
And the whole world seems to be saying “that is all” more and more ponderously, until even the heart in the body which lies in the sun on the beach says too, That is all. Fear no more, says the heart. Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall…
Hey DM, do you have any plans on recording a new solo album any time soon ? I really liked Heavy Ghost ! I bought it after seeing you opening for Sufjan Stevens in Essen (Germany) back in 2011. Haven't listened to it for a while, but when I saw your name in the liner notes to Son Lux' Lanterns (that is you on "Plan the Escape", right ?), I got excited to hear some new stuff of yours. I hope you haven't given up on your solo work, I find it rather original ! Yours truly, Philipp
Hi Philipp - Thanks for the note. That is me on Plan the Escape (and on another one too, I think… So long ago now that it’s hard to remember). Yeah, I’ve got lots of music to share! Just sorting out logistics right now. I’ve finished several albums over the last couple years, but for one reason or another, it’s seemed important to wait to release things until I’m prepared to get out there and hawk em. My growing pains as an artist got amplified by the changes in the industry, and, well, changes in myself too, and they knocked me out for a bit. But things are coalescing right this moment — worked all this year with producer Ben Hillier on a new album which I started writing from scratch in January 2013 (with the exception of one song that’s been hanging around for a while), found myself a manager, made a lot of greatfriends with good heads on theirshoulders, good hearts in theirchests, spent the better part of four months recording in London, and have now moved back to Brooklyn to be closer to the heart of things.
So, yes, new music soon. In the meantime, invest some ear time on my work under the name The Revival Hour:
In Borges’ story, the Aleph is a point in space that contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping or confusion. The story continues the theme of infinity found in several of Borges’ other works, such as The Book of Sand.
As in many of Borges’ short stories, the protagonist is a fictionalized version of the author. At the beginning of the story, he is mourning the recent death of a woman whom he loved, named Beatriz Viterbo, and resolves to stop by the house of her family to pay his respects. Over time, he comes to know her first cousin, Carlos Argentino Daneri, a mediocre poet with a vastly exaggerated view of his own talent who has made it his lifelong quest to write an epic poem that describes every single location on the planet in excruciatingly fine detail.
Later in the story, a business on the same street attempts to tear down Daneri’s house in the course of its expansion. Daneri becomes enraged, explaining to the narrator that he must keep the house in order to finish his poem, because the cellar contains an Aleph which he is using to write it. Though by now he believes Daneri to be quite insane, the narrator proposes without waiting for an answer to come to the house and see the Aleph for himself.
Left alone in the darkness of the cellar, the narrator begins to fear that Daneri is conspiring to kill him, and then he sees the Aleph for himself.
Though staggered by the experience of seeing the Aleph, the narrator pretends to have seen nothing in order to get revenge on Daneri, whom he hates, by giving him reason to doubt his own sanity.
In a postscript to the story, Borges explains that Daneri’s house was ultimately demolished, but that Daneri himself won second place in the Argentine National Prize for Literature. He also states his belief that the Aleph in Daneri’s house was not the only one that exists, based on a report he has discovered, written by Captain Burton when he was British consul in Brazil, describing the Amr mosque in Cairo, within which there is said to be a stone pillar that contains the entire universe; although this Aleph cannot be seen, it is said that those who put their ear to the pillar can hear it.