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Introducing: Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood!

After the death of Devin Arkin, my lifelong friend and songwriting / business / creative / everything partner in The Good, I felt like it was time to do something altogether different. The Good will still perform from time to time, but we don’t have plans to create new material without Devin. The new band…

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A brand new album by The Good

In 1996 a young college music critic named Manny Sanchez was so inspired by the Milky White album by my band The Good that he sought out its producer—Chris Shepard—and a new career in the music production business. Almost two decades later Manny approached us with an idea to complete the circle and return the favor:a new…

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September 12, 2013 @ the Hideout, Chicago

Join me and a spectacular band, along with The Daytonics, Bully in the Hallway, Mark Bazer (The Interview Show) and Justin Kaufmann (Schadenfraude) for the very first BRING YOUR OWN BEARD benefit show for Septembeard. Show starts at 8pm, all proceeds go to prostate cancer research. Get advance tickets now.

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Thanks for the Ride

We shot the footage for this music video in the summer of 2011 with the gorgeous Karisa Bruin in gorgeous Lemont, IL. It’s the sister video to “ILOU,” the cousin video to “You wanna get in the backseat?” and if you can follow all that, you probably own the Sycamore album. Michael Starcevich directed this…

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I.L.O.U.

I wanted to make a road movie without cars. The result was this epic music video directed by Michael Starcevich for “I.L.O.U.” from the Sycamore album. It was shot in around Plainfield, IL in the sweltering summer of 2012, and features gorgeous cinematography by Miles Kerr as well as aw, snap editing by Kenan Legg…

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Slip On Through

And it came to pass that the Rock & Roll Rabbi Seth Limmer organized a surprise tribute album for our great friend and Good bassist Dave Rothkopf, who, along with Dan Meyer, wrote this song for their band Down The Line. DTL was famous for soaring 3-part harmonies; I decided to replace those soaring harmonies…

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Purina Pro Plan – “Show You How” TV spot

Our friends in St. Louis were so thrilled with the success of our first music video collaboration, they asked for another song to accompany user submitted footage of great dogs all over America. This one, “Show You How,” is a little more tribal, with one of my favorite guitar solos ever by John Scholvin. It…

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The Apology Project

This is a music video for “I’m gonna do better” from the Sycamore album. it’s also an interactive website that allows you to inject your own message of atonement and send it privately (or publicly), in the music video, to somebody who maybe you done wrong. The website was designed by the crazy talented Brent…

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The Septembeard Project

Over three months of the summer of 2012, I teamed up with director Lauren Loehr, animator Erik Mickelson, and illustrator Vanessa Palacio to make this epic time-lapse photography video for the charity Septembeard, raising money for prostate cancer research. The song is called “With a Beard,” and it features 30 manly Chicago men growing beards…

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Wanna get in the backseat?

We asked a few musicians to drive and sing without looking at the road; of course they did it because musicians aren’t generally that cautious, and voila: the second music video for the new “Sycamore” album. No tricks or harnesses or driving rigs… we shot it all while using a not-exactly-patented 3-person driving system to…

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The Father’s Day Video

On Father’s Day weekend, 2011, I released the first music video from my new “Sycamore” album. It’s in two parts: 1) a “making of” mini-documentary and 2) the music video itself. The filming process and the subsequent reactions were both overwhelming; it stands as possibly my most rewarding creative project ever. More than a video,…

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The Sycamore Album

Years in the making, the Sycamore album is a song cycle that is meant to be consumed in one unadulterated blast. It’s based on an unpublished novel about a fifteen-year-old girl desperately trying to reconnect with her father, and it features moments quiet, bombastic, and just about everywhere in between. It was recorded by Chris…

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The Saint Unborn

There are a lot of places I would eagerly time travel to: one of them is Leeds University on February 14, 1970, another is the breakneck stretch of days I spent reading Audrey Niffenegger’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for the first time. It made me a fan for life, and I wrote this mini-opera as…

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Interstellar

In January of 2010, The Good broke a 10-year recording hiatus with the release of a new single, “Interstellar.” What made the track special was that it was recorded by Manny Sanchez, who was inspired enough by our “Milky White” album in 1997 to seek out its producer, Chris Shepard, for an engineering internship. Years…

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Mustache Ride

This somewhat notorious music video (my first) has similarly-named competition from some pretty trashy fare. But this video, directed by Michael Starcevich, is a PG-rated (if even) affair that was created to help gain exposure for Movember, a terrific charity that encourages men to grow mustaches during the month of November to help fight men’s…

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Alphabites

A is for AC/DC… W is for Weezer! I created this song and stop-motion music video with my children to help them memorize their ABC’s. I’m no educator, but I think cannibal pigs help in the learning process. And WTTW (Chicago’s PBS station) obviously agreed, since they picked up the video for use during children’s…

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The Stopsign video

In 2008, I led the creative development of an internal client video (Coc—who shall remain nameless) that became a YouTube sensation. Millions of views later (it’s been posted and reposted in multiple languages), it’s clear that a lot of people know what it feels like to have something micro-managed all the way into hell. It…

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Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

When my super talented friend, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, asked me to record a song to accompany her upcoming non-fiction book “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” (now a bestseller), I quickly and happily plowed through her manuscript and wrote a song I was pretty excited about. I sent a demo to Amy, and a couple…

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Pop Psychology

Earlier this century, my friend and director Michael Starcevich and I staged a one-man musical called Pop Psychology: The Modern Relationship Seminar Musical. It played like a sing-along romance seminar full of mostly original music—plus all original overhead slides—and it garnered lots of positive attention from critics and theatergoers around Chicago and nationwide. The show…

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