After years of quietly uploading soul rock songs and music videos from a basement somewhere in Upstate New York, this “mixtape” marks a more formal debut for singer-songwriter Professor Buggy Jive. The mixtape includes studio versions of 3 songs from the Buggy Jive House Concert: “We Wear the Mask,” “All Love for Doodlebug” and “Stank Lazarus.”
About the Album
Equal parts Zeppelin and D’Angelo and Prince and Joni Mitchell in sound and sensibility, Buggy Jive’s 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, and it’s a problem. This album was released in conjunction with his compromise on live performance and touring – a video, “The Buggy Jive House Concert,” filmed in his home studio for a small audience of some of his oldest and dearest friends. Released May 11, 2018.
All stuff written and performed by Buggy Jive except: “Master Teacher” was written by Georgia Anne Muldrow and originally appeared on Erykah Badu’s album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), used by permission; the lyrics to “We Wear the Mask” are by Paul Laurence Dunbar, from his poem of the same name, and are in the public domain; and all beats are courtesy The Loop Loft. Mastered by Troy Pohl. All rights reserved.
The House Concert
This performance includes live versions of 3 songs from the mixtape: “We Wear the Mask,” “All Love for Doodlebug” and “Stank Lazarus.”