Conversation, the Video
I am supremely pumped about the new music video for Conversation, which just debuted on Go Folk Yourself. Watch it HERE!
Matt and Martin: Special Moments
I tried to locate Martin, who is on a lengthy sabbatical, to get his blessing on showing these fun and slightly embarrassing moments from the filming of our first 10 episodes together. He was not available for comment.
Find all the Matt and Martin episodes at the Family Records playlist.
Big thanks to my new friends Colin and Ashley who moved their sweet little picnic so that I could film the acoustic video to Verb in just the right spot — it was exactly where we filmed the acoustic vids to Or Wherever and VHS this past winter.
Here’s your end-of-the-week treat… Matt Singer’s acoustic version of his song “Perfect Lawns”. Matt took advantage of the nice weather (aka before it started raining for days here in NYC) and played this pretty song just for you.
Download this song or his entire album, The Build, on the Family Records store.
Haven’t seen Matt Singer live? Or can’t wait to see him again? You can see him in a show of a slightly different kind at St. Ann’s Warehouse at the end of this month. He’s is teaming up with puppeteer Eric Wright to perform their new puppetry musical about the human experience of food politics, What Are You Eating, at the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Mr. Wright’s performance credits include Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera) and Powerhouse (NYC Fringe Festival) and he is a co-founder of The Puppet Kitchen, whose clients include The Public Theater (Hamlet) and FAO Schwartz / Folkmanis Puppets.
PS: You’ll get a new video from Matt each Friday, leading up to the release of his next single from “The Build”. Score!
For all of you who made it to Matt’s album release show at Littlefield, well done. It was a brilliant and most definitely unique evening of music, performance and puppetry.
We have a treat for you in case you were having Matt and Martin withdrawals. Shot by Kristen Winter and in the dead of Winter (how quaint!) - we have a special video of Matt performing his song “VHS” from his new album.
If you didn’t get to the release show, there is another opportunity to see him in a show of a slightly different kind at St Ann’s Warehouse at the end of this month. Matt Singer is teaming up with puppeteer Eric Wright to perform their new puppetry musical about the human experience of food politics, What Are You Eating, at the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Mr. Wright’s performance credits include Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera) and Powerhouse (NYC Fringe Festival) and he is a co-founder of The Puppet Kitchen, whose clients include The Public Theater (Hamlet) and FAO Schwartz / Folkmanis Puppets.
In Eric’s words:
Eat right, Eat less,
eat some more (but just of this)
You ate that? Oh Dear, how could you?
Technically you could … but should you?
The dinner table’s full of “don’t,”
I think that I’ve ate my fill of “won’t”
There must be something more to food
that leaves me feeling bad or good.
Ingredients — Songs, puppets, food for thought, oxygen dihydride, pie.
Never Tear Us Apart
Martin, Mini Martins, Mini Matts, and I had such a pleasure entertaining you last Thursday at Littlefield.
Now that Martin has had a taste of the stage, he has decided to go off on his own. He says that this is not a “breakup,” but more of a sabbatical, so that he can take some time to explore his own artistic potential. He agreed to relinquish ownership of the Mini Matts but insisted on shared custody of the Mini Martins. I let him know that we will be putting 14 of them up for adoption. If you would like your very own Mini Martin (oh, and my album) visit us at Family Records.
Photo by Fara Sunderji
Matt and Martin, Episode 10
The Littlefield album release was a complete blast! Thanks so much to all of you for coming out! For those of you who were there, you will remember that Emily Hope Price of Pearl and the Beard joined the band for a performance of Chip. Here’s the two of us working on the song before the show. Martin decides to join us.
Thank you so much for tuning into Matt and Martin. I have featured a new episode for the last 10 weeks on my tumblr and it has been a total blast. With the release of the first single, the music video AND the album, Martin requires some rest. He will be in hibernation for some time and I will let you all know (if and) when he decides to work with me again.
In the meantime, check out all the episodes HERE.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Family Records Joy Committee has had a fantastic time devouring the All Your Joy submissions over the past few weeks. We were elated by each and every entry and couldn’t have asked for anything more.
It was an extremely tough decision, but we’ve chosen Kerri Doherty as the All Your Joy contest winner! (read here: Kerri - AYJ) Kerri’s heartfelt childhood memoir of playing Tinkerbell in a play tugged on our heart strings and filled us with so much JOY!
Kerri wins a Joy Pack, which includes a copy of “The Build”, a hand-crafted winter edition version of finger puppet of Martin the squirrel (only one exists!), as seen on the new web series “Matt and Martin,” gets to hang out with the Family Records crew at Matt’s album release party at Littlefield (in BK this Thursday night), and also gets a pizza date with Matt in NYC.
CONGRATS KERRI! And a huge JOYful thank-you to everyone who shared their joy!
The Build is available TOMORROW on the Family Records store. And please join us at The Build album release party, at Littlefield (Brooklyn), this Thursday at 7pm. [tix] It’ll be an awesome evening of music, puppetry, and fun!