Buggy Jive performs a solo-electric version of the new song “Make Me Water” at the fourth annual Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards — “The Eddies” — on the MainStage at Proctors, Schenectady, NY, April 24, 2022.
Existential 5/4 funk from the new EP “I Don’t Understand How the World Works.” Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. EST.
Title track from the new album, shot in one take in the buggy basement bunker.
Hey, y’all, I’m getting the band back together. This is the acoustic live version of “Tiptoes,” from the new album You Won’t Like the Answer.
This is “Swing Along,” one of the many amazing and somewhat subversive songs by turn-of-the-20th-century genius Will Marion Cook.
Because there is so much sadness in “The Reach.” Stay safe and be well.
This is my take on “The Jungle Line,” Joni Mitchell’s wild little ditty about the, ahem, white gaze of kooky primitivist painter, tax man and jungle fetishist Henri Rousseau.
Who is Buggy Jive?
PROFESSOR BUGGY JIVE is a soul rock singer-songwriter quietly uploading music from a basement somewhere in Upstate New York.
Equal parts Zeppelin and D’Angelo and Prince and Joni in sound and sensibility, his lyrics often mine the literature of the past to make sense of the present – from Ellison to Morrison to Eliot to Didion.
“Literary Kravitz,” as some say.
On rare occasions, he will come out of the basement to perform his songs live – armed with a Telecaster and a pedalboard that’s a bit too big.
But Buggy Jive does not come out of the basement often.
It’s a problem.
“I don’t play out,” he says. “I play in.”
This mantra has played out for the reclusive artist over the years, but never more so than in 2020.
And hence the follow-up album You Won’t Like the Answer, which features 11 new songs written and recorded in the first weeks of 2021, because the sadness of 2020 apparently refuses to quit.
“My black ass ain’t going anywhere,” he proudly proclaims in song.
We know, Buggy.
THE BUGGY JIVE HOUSE CONCERT is just that: a video document of a short set of Mr Jive’s trademark solo-electric soul rock songs, filmed in his home studio in front of a small audience of some of his oldest and dearest friends. The video premiered on Facebook Live May 11, 2018.