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One song. Six versions. The “One Hundred Voices” Mixtape is here.
Prepare your earholes.
All stuff by Buggy Jive. Lyrics based on “A Passage to India” by E.M. Forster (public domain). All beats courtesy The Loop Loft.
“He paused, and the scenery, though it smiled, fell like a gravestone on any human hope.”
Take my new band for a spin.
Be in the room where it happens and sit in on a rehearsal as the Live Jive Five perform the title track from the new album, “The B-Side.
Pick your poison. (And how about liking the Facebook page or subscribing to the YouTube channel once you’re there?)FACEBOOK YOUTUBE
FOR SAFE SPINNING:
- The video works best with a hi-speed Internet connection.
- If you’re on mobile, use your app for Facebook or YouTube to view – not a browser or a different app.
- Some folks are saying the video doesn’t work in Safari on desktop. If so, try another browser such as Firefox or Chrome.
- It should work with Google Cardboard and other VR platforms. (If you think you can handle it! After all, that’s a lotta Buggy to contend with.) It is, however, strictly a 2D experience.)
“Broken chords and melodies scattered on the floor.”
A new tiny album from Buggy Jive is coming in August.
1. 1. Saving Myself for Sunday
2. The B-Side
3. Stole My Stealing from Eliot
4. Another Song About the Moon
5. Lawza Mercy
6. Shoot All the Bluejays You Want
8. BONUS TRACK SHHHH
* Nerds will find a way. Where my nerds at? #BlerdLife
In the meantime, enjoy this music video aka “How I Spent My Summer Vacation in 2018”. Cheers.
I’m looking forward to coming out of the basement to talk about songwriting, literature and big art with Taina, Mr. Eck and Paul Grondahl – but of course, profoundly sad that Mr. Haymes won’t be there with us.
The Art of Songwriting:
Taina Asili, Michael Eck, Bryan “Dr. Buggy Jive” Thomas
Friday, April 26, 2019
7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, University at Albany Downtown Campus.
Free and open to the public.
The Capital Region’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters will talk about the challenges and pleasures of their work.
Taina Asili, musician and activist, is the leader of local AfroLatin fusion group, La Banda Rebelde. Billboard featured her in a list of “11 Songs of Protest & Resistance by Latino Artists,” and The Huffington Post named her #2 on a list of “12 Freedom Fighting Bands To Get You Through the Trump Years.” Her songs are frequently featured on Democracy Now!
Michael Eck, writer, musician and host of WAMC’s American Roots Series, has produced four solo albums and is a member of several local bands. The Village Voice said, “Somewhere between lovelorn cowpoke and sardonic folkster is nose-pierced Albany NY dad Michael Eck, whose sharp lyrics and quick-witted guitar reflect all over like a broken mirror and shine with liberation like a tossed-aside wedding ring.”
Bryan “Buggy Jive” Thomas evokes Prince and Lenny Kravitz, but with a strong literary hook. The Times Union named him “Best Male Singer-Songwriter” for his 1999 acoustic hip-hop debut, “Radio Plastic Jennifer,” and his soul rock epic “Ones and Zeros” was Metroland’s 2002 “Album of the Year.” His new music video, “Stole My Stealing from Eliot,” a quirky homage to T. S. Eliot shot in London, Paris and Albany, is available on YouTube.
We join the Capital Region music community in mourning the passing of musician and journalist Greg Haymes, who died Wednesday, April 10. Greg had been scheduled with Taina, Michael, and Bryan on our Art of Songwriting panel discussion.
A few weeks ago, during the Super Worm Moon phenomenon, a back-and-forth in casual conversation presented itself as a possible song lyric.
Even as I was improvising a quick melody into my iPhone, I was asking myself, “Am I really writing yet another song about the moon?”
So: How to Write ‘Another Song About the Moon’ is a new, short film about building a song from scratch, starting with only a click and a quasi-improvised vocal track.
It condenses 4 hours of fly-on-the-wall studio footage down to about 4 minutes, immediately followed by the official music video.
J. Eric Smith wrote some beautiful words about the song.
“Laughing and crying, you know it’s the same release.” – Joni Mitchell.
This song was written shortly after seeing Toni Morrison in conversation with Hilton Als for the New Yorker Festival in October 2015.
(And when I say “shortly,” I mean I was humming and singing the first line on the walk back to the hotel.)
This was also written just a few months after the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, so there’s some of that in here, too.
There is a studio version of this song in the works that you may or may not ever hear on the forthcoming album Literary Reparations, which may or may not ever be released.
Toni reads the New York Times with a
pencil in hand and a poet’s eye
She picks through the language upon the pages
She kills some words quickly; some, she lets suffer.
She be laughing as she slashes through others
But the laughter is not fun.
It is agency.
She be laughing on the regular
At them that try to edit her.
All of their so-called improvements just be
They change her titles, even changed her name
They make it worse; she takes the blame.
So her laughter is not silly.
It is serious.
She finds yet another editor’s crime.
So Toni begins to fantasize
About the reprimand.
She say: “Y’all got some nerve to capitalize
The final word in Paradise
What part of my Nobel Prize
do you not understand?”
But Toni’s too cool to say it.
But don’t confuse cool with complacency.
Listen for her laughter.
It is agency.
Harper had an editor, too.
Wanted to edit her Daddy.
Wanted to edit the messenger too.
Wanted to end it happy.
Editor be like: “This is not fully conceived.
Don’t make him who he was
Make him who we need him to be.”
Harper say: “He was both of these men at once.”
Thus the Lord said unto Harper Lee
“Go, set a watchman to declare what he see.
Go, set a trap for 2015.”
Harper laughs and waits so patiently
Because laughter is an agency.
Joni Mitchell celebrates her 75th birthday in November.
So I’m digging out and dusting off a cover of Joni’s “Black Crow” that I recorded about a year ago.
And throwing in another Joni-themed tune or two to boot.
Now available to stream or download for REAL GOOD FOR FREE on the Bandcamp page.
Also: my anti-social media spaces may go full fanboy between now and homegirl’s actual birthday – Wednesday, Nov. 7.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
“Stole My Stealing from Eliot” is a new music video for a new soul rock song about art, poetry, T.S. Eliot and Bey & Jay.
It was shot on-location in the following unreal cities: Albany, London and Paris.
It started as an idea for a lyric video. And then it became much, much more.
And it’s kinda bananas.
The song is available on the new BUGGY JIVE MIXTAPE, which is now available to stream and download at all of the things – Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, BibbidyBo, CloudScam, SongJerk, TuneTurd and more.
And it’s a free download at BandCamp for a limited time, too.
“This is Not a Pipe” was not inspired by the painting “The Treachery of Images” by René Magritte.
Francais by Maya Elizabeth Thomas.
The fourth verse includes a shout out to Jason Martin and Power Animal Systems’ jam “Newsnet.”
Behind the Scenes
A little thing on the making of the video is on the way.