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U.S. Publicity:

Jeffrey Smith
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European Publicity:

Peter Holmstedt
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+46 (0)33.26.0210



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Thugs and China Dolls: Now in Stores!


True Believers,

What do you know, it finally happened: Thugs and China Dolls has left the building. It is in stores today, right now. If you don’t already have a copy, perhaps now would be a good time to purchase one, be it in digital or plastic form.

If you are one of those spectacularly insightful people who supported the Kickstarter campaign, you should’ve gotten your stuff a few days ago (unless you still haven’t given us your address—in which case, for godsakes, hand it over). We hope the postman got it to you intact. May it make your ears tingle.

If you are in Savannah, GA, please come to one of the two record release parties: Thursday, January 19 (all ages at the Sentient Bean) or Friday, January 20 (21+ at the Jinx). Or, hell, come to both of them. We’re not messin’ around for these shows: we’ve got a six-piece band playing all kinds of doodads and noise-makers. And there are free download cards of the entire dang record for early entries.

If you live in another city, please check our tour dates below for a venue near you. (more…)

November News: Ghosts of Christmas Now Available


Jack Frosts,

Ghosts of Christmas,” my very first Christmas single, is available today. It’s got two songs, a side A and a side B. I think it’s very nice, I do. The title track has just the right blend of “fa la las” and celophane to warm the hearts of both sentimentalists and grinches. (more…)

March Newsletter: Curiouser and Curiouser


Horizon Watchers and Sidewalk-crack Counters,

Bits of reality, formed in invisible places, have been known to suddenly appear and fly right by without my taking notice. Sometimes these bits, large and small, will plop right down in my lap and force me to do things that are not on any of the reigning lists. This can be trying, but I do my best to accommodate reality’s demands.


Hearing Red: February News


We have oh so much to report.

First, if you’re in or near Savannah, I’m playing this Friday, February 4, with two great bands. The Red River (from Long Beach and Portland) will be passing through town on their winter tour. I played with them last October, and, if you were there, you saw them make the audience levitate. Truly wonderful. NPR’s All Songs Considered named their recent release Best of 2010. The lovely local Brandon Nelson McCoy will open. Details are below.


Stuff This: December Newsletter

My wanderers of malls, my solstice missionaries,

Giving stuff this holiday season?

I’m offering my neato stuff at special prices: CDs, t-shirts, posters, and combinations of the above. One package includes a CD of lo-fi demo recordings of songs that will show up in more sparkly and polished forms on my new record, slated for release in 2011. (This includes all embarrassing vocal pitch irregularities, poorly worded early drafts of lyrics, and hand-drawn album “art.”) Whoa, a collector’s item to be sure! So head on over to my holiday merch page and get busy.


Loud and Soft: November Newsletter

Dear Joy Bundlers,

Let’s keep this brief and to the point so that I can go back to hugging and feeding my new son. Yes, that’s right, my wife and I adopted a perfect little human being three weeks ago, and we’re extraordinarily happy and sleep deprived).

I’m playing two very exciting shows this weekend in Savannah: one loud, the other soft. So pick your decibel level and your bedtime and come on out for what will be my last show for many a month (while I learn how to raise a little boy and finish recording the new record).


Burn This: September Newsletter

Dear Revelators and Tolerators,

Happy day to all faithful and secular celebrants near, far, and in between. And may all book-burners, holy or otherwise, find themselves doused with cool and refreshing water. Here’s hoping we all find our particular gods in squirt guns, garden hoses, and Dixie Riddle Cups.


Super Mini-Tour: August Newsletter

Dear Dog Dayers,

There are many, many reasons to venture below the Mason-Dixon line. Biscuits, hospitality, burning bushes, front porches, meandering and eccentric conversationalists, and haunted junkyards come to mind. August? August is not one of them. If you are north or west, we advise you to remain north or west until the heat and hurricanes move on.

Despite the meteorological challenges, Dare Dukes + the Blackstock Collection have a handful of items that are particularly worthy of report. We encourage you to read carefully all the way to the bottom and receive your End-of-Email Bonus Prize.