New record.

The new Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls record is on its way.  A huge undertaking it shall be, but we have exciting prospects (more on this soon!) – not to mention it may be one of the coolest piano-rock albums ever made.

It looks like we’ll be doing the first round of foundation tracks (piano, drums and bass) here, Old Soul Studios (artists like Ratatat and The New Pornographers have recorded there).  I’m working hard on finishing all the arranging and lyric work.

As this evolves, it seems like it will be very piano-driven.  On the last couple records, I’ve been avoiding that straight piano-in-your-face sound for some reason.  I think it was a subconscious aversion to all the Ben Folds comparisons.  This record will actually be somewhat Ben Folds Five-y, but not more than, say, Radiohead-y, or Queen-y, or Wilco-y.  It will be new, powerful, beautiful, weird!  I guess more than anything, it will be Chris Merritt, but for the first time, I’ll be making a record with zero compromises!

We’ll be doing a fundraiser campaign to raise money to finish the album.  I’ll be using Kickstarter.com and starting it sometime in January or February (I figured I would leave some room for the holidays).  I have lots of cool incentives planned, like piano sheet music and a covers album, as well as all kinds of extravagant, ridiculous gifts.  Most of this record will be favors-for-favors kind of production…..but I sure would like to have some money to throw around to put some polish on it.

Modern technology allows us to do lots of work ourselves, for free, but not all of it.  For example, we still need basic recording gear, like monitors and new audio effects plug-ins.  I don’t want to skimp on the strings on this album, as well as horns and all kinds of fun stuff (I have BIG ideas).  It would be nice to throw professional musicians actual money for working on the album.  We also need to pay for mastering, and some mixing.  Not to mention promotion for the album, a music video, things like that.  I also have big dreams of releasing the record as an app for iPhone and Android…

As always, I would love to hear your ideas!  They give me ideas…..

Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls Newsletter

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Weirdness.  Nerdiness.  Progress.

Tit Talks – Episode 2: Jake Thro

This took me forever to post for some reason!  Well, here it is:  the second Tit Talks, a series exploring the weird things my friends and I blather about.

In this episode, bassman and producer (Paperface and Chris Merritt) extraordinaire Jake Thro talks about rock and roll music, questions why music isn’t subject to the normal criticisms that you have in any other field, and plugs Studio One, and I go on obnoxious rants about music and stuff.  This episode features three great tunes as well – the first is an old Paperface track called Bleedin’.  I’m way into this song lately.  Where were the “music execs” when those 19-year-old guys were rockin’ out song after song like this, huh?  Geez.  Probably giving Sugar Ray back massages or something.

New York Show Saturday (tonight) Night!!!!!

I’m playing at the Local 269 Bar tomorrow night.  It’s on the lower east side in Manhattan.  I’ll be trying out lots of new material for the next record.  Grab a drink and relax.  I’ll also try any request you throw at me.  Even if I can’t play it.  Try me.

Local 269

8:00 PM

 

Avant-garde Chris Merritt

I received an email from Adam Elk of The Mommyheads.  The subject was “Avant-garde Merritt” and attached was this incredible rendition of Radio by (presumably) Adam’s offspring.

Awesome!  It makes me want to have a cover contest just to announce this as the winner.

Here’s the original:

Radio by ChrisMerritt

Ye Olde Boston Rock Show

Boston, listen up.  I’m coming to your town next weekend.  The 18th of November.

If you can manage to get your butt to McGann’s Irish Pub on 197 Portland Street then I can promise you one hell of a show.  (My good friend Jackson Wetherbee is playing as well and we might jam together and there will probably be beer for you to drink and beautiful Irish-American ladies dancing around and also probably Matt Damon.  Seriously, who knows Matt Damon??  LET’S GET HIM TO THIS SHOW, PEOPLE!!  You KNOW he would be a Chris Merritt fan!!  Plus we both have Finnish ancestry.  Shoot, we’re probably related. Does he have a facebook?  Do celebrities have a facebook?)

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BE THERE AND BE SQUARE

Saturday October 29th
Arlene’s Grocery – NYC, NY

7pm – Chris Merritt
8pm – The Philistines Jr.
9pm – The Mommyheads

 

Komix

 

Mommy + Heads = Mommyheads

Next week I am playing with a great group called The Mommyheads. They’re my new favorite band.

The Mommyheads remind me of the band I always wanted. It’s almost like a Chris Merritt or Paperface, but better produced. Great songs, unique sound, rhythmic artistry, fun with arrangements, .

Make SURE to stream their new record for free. It’s right here at Magnet

Working on a new album and stuff.  Make sure to check out Tit Talks if you haven’t already!  Jake Thro will be my guest on the next….Tit Talks!

 

 

Occupied

Employment and standards of living in America have been dropping for years and continue to drop. People are upset. I am also upset.

There are bigger problems headed our way (where “our” refers to the human race). There is only one way out, as I see it; for people to question all authority, which includes, most importantly, their own bias. Don’t squeeze ideas out of your head that are uncomfortable. And remember, problems are inevitable, and problems are soluble. Think rationally.

Recently I’ve heard from some people who have angrily dismissed my music because of my “views”. In my life, I’ve received plenty of heat from my closest friends and family, and fans too, for my “outspoken” political and religious ideas. However, my understanding and opinion on almost every subject changes drastically with new evidence and learning. I don’t claim to have the answers. I just claim that there are answers (which is scarily a very unpopular way to look at the world recently). Plenty of people have rejected my music on the learning of my “views”, as if the music is somehow poisoned. Anyway, they’re upset, and they feel the need to tell me about it.

Why should extreme reactions be frequent? Because political and religious views become a personal and social movement, a core ethos, a tattoo on the brain. People can’t reject them without feeling rejected themselves. But why should this ever be the case? Sculpting views on the nature of reality (which are what religion and politics should amount to) only involves reasoning and logic. It involves debating and learning with the sole purpose of finding the best possible solutions. It involves creativity and finding new solutions. It’s unemotional and often very subtle.

My only consistent ideal is bias-questioning and using science to get to objective reality. This means I have rejected my childhood faith in organized religion and eventually any notion of spirituality or god. I have rejected socially unjust politics, which includes any policy that affects lifestyle choice or only affects a certain “group” of humans. I have rejected the notion that government is an effective means to affect positive change. I reject the “Spaceship Earth” hypothesis and most environmentalism. I accept the probability of the multiverse theory.

But mostly, I think our existence on this planet is one of the most tragic, beautiful, special things in the observed universe. I think the human race has the most special superpower – the power of explanation. This is the power of creative thought and understanding that grows with time. Use your superpower, reject your bias.