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.

introducing….Tit Talks!! Chris and his weird friends talk on the phone.

Here’s a new thing! I’ll be doing a show featuring clips of new and old Chris Merritt tunes! I’ll also be chewing the fat with my friends. This week, I have musical expert and longtime friend Wes Mantooth on the program.

Check out the first and last song on the show – the secret preview of a new group I’m starting – Future Caveman!

Introducing……Tit Talks!!

New record. Get psyched man, get psyched!

So I’m going to make the best record I’ve ever made.

The entity will be called Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls, which also works as a metaphor for the whole project.  I want to use different musicians and producers/engineers on tracks, even if some people are heavily involved throughout the project.  In the world of music creation, this is often referred to as The Slut Method.  (It isn’t, really.  Did you believe me?)

It might seem contrary to said slut ethos, but I want this to be the most cohesive of my records.  Perhaps the threads running through the album won’t be things like “this snare drum was recorded in the same room” but instead, consistency in the quality and artistry of production (to surpass Pixie) and songwriting (to surpass anything I’ve done), as well as things like melodic cleverness, a new awareness of the “sound”, and lyrical and thematic unity (even storytelling) calling for a new enlightenment of the human race.

I plan on recording around 30 songs, none of them half-assed, all of them built as potential album candidates.  After mixing, I’m going to whittle those down to TEN songs.  I’ll release the others in some kind of bonus package.  Most are new songs, but some are demos that I’ve always wanted to record properly.  All of them will be changed significantly though.  For example, On My Own will definitely be attempted, but I’m keeping the tempo and vibe but upping the stakes, re-doing all the lyrics, and meshing it with a completely new chorus.

Here are some of the album potentials:  Amelia, Poor Places, Newborn Child, People On The Street, Come On Daisy, Sucker Punch, On My Own, Coney Island, Pretty Bitch, Worth It, The Beautiful Ms. Parker And I, Jitterbug, Tiny Bird, Anthem For Evolution, Spider, Do You Love Me?, Bi-Polar, Sherlock Holmes, Mally,……

…..and most exciting to me, a re-imagining of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, my favorite piece of music of all time.  All four movements will be different and complete songs, arranged for a piano-rock beat-down.  I’ve been working for months rearranging sections and turning Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece into an epic, condensed opus, complete with lyrics.  The original tale of the Arabian Nights will be set in the future and involve the rise of artificial intelligence, and people’s struggle to find explanations for our incredible multiverse.

Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls – new record underway SOON!

Hey guys! I’m really excited about the next Chris Merritt album.  I’m going to call it Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls.

Brett came up with the name and it’s our favorite.  I know there will be haters, but that’s partially why we picked it.  We’re kind of punk rock, dude.  But we decided on the one that makes US laugh.

There were lots of great suggestions for band names.  Many clever ones!  Thanks so much for your kick-ass ideas!  It was almost impossible to choose.

So here’s my thinking.  I’m coming from the perspective of new people finding out about this music.  Lots of exciting things are happening behind the scenes, and I’m about to make my opus.  My masterpiece.  There will be lots of new people who will be turned on to The Merrittcle for the first time.

Here’s how I find out about bands.  A friend with something resembling musical taste says, “DUDE.  Have you heard of Glowing Pee Puddle?”  Or whatever.  And I say “No…wait maybe.  I don’t know or care.”  And they say “listen to this.”  And I’m like, “Wow, this is super duper.” And then a few hours later, I forgot their name, and I have the same conversation ten times and actually LISTEN to Glowing Pee Puddle a couple YEARS later.  (That’s the time scale.  It’s bizarre.  We live in a phase where the only music presented to us publicly is basically fart noises, Read More …