Bootlegger 14


  Jan 2008

Artist Bio

Influences:   Kevin Devine, Bad Books, Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Pond PA, Stars, Manchester Orchestra, Bright Eyes, the Dear Hunter, Decemberists, Future Islands, Elliott Smith, Right Away Great Captain, Radical Face, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Boy Genius, Velvet Underground, etc..

2019. New year new FAWM.

Over the last year I've been re-evaluating my music and kind of my approach to it. I came up with a new "band name" even though my band is basically me and myself.

I'm excited to get this one going. I already have an idea for my album picked out. I'm making charts and stuff and have a few "ideas" down in the lead-up.

Basically it's going to be an album centered around the story of 5 people. A Narrator, a Boy, a Girl, a Father and his Son. They'll all "run into each other" in some way as the story goes and interconnect a bit. Hopefully it's as interesting on paper as it is in my head.

I'm also going to go for a more fully realized production. My goal is to get out of the month with an album completely finished from the writing, recording, mixing, etc. A full production. Lofty? Maybe. But I feel like that's a better goal for me than writing 50 songs as I've done in some other years.

Anyway, cheers to the new year!


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  • @sadloaf 1 week

    Sorry for just now getting back to you. Thank you so much for the kind words. Hope to keep up with you throughout the year on soundcloud

  • @jacobeverettwallace  1 week

    Thanks man! I would love to come up to play in Chicago sometime!

  • @timfatchen  2 weeks

    I have 7 stil to listen to, now I'm back, and still a time boggle. Are you keeping them all up and available for a while? It'll take me a week or two before I've commented on them all but if you're taking them down soon then I'll charge off RIGHT NOW and download the lot....

  • @looprication  2 weeks

    Definitely going to download your album now that you’ve made it available, thanks so much!

  • @ampersandman  2 weeks

    Just wanted to congratulate you on your FAWM. You created an outstanding piece of work. I feel like I had just finished a movie or a novel. How you managed to record an album so complete, so full and just so good in 28 days is beyond my grasp. In terms of craftsmanship, conceptual and writing skills you are on par with Tim Kasher. Please put it on Bandcamp so I can buy it!

  • @bigstarlet 2 weeks

    As with others here, thank you for your kind words regarding my songs. I am also impressed with you putting together a concept album in 28 days. Will it be available somewhere?

  • @phoenixash 2 weeks

    My man, WHAT A RIDE. First of all, I'll agree that our styles are very different, but I felt them closer as they seem to be rooted in a kind of pain that feels very similar albeit expressed in different ways. I love the overall arch of the story you told with all its intricacies and detours and all its very human emotions, even for characters that don't seem to be really human. I feel the narrator survives, but I may have missed something. I feel the son commits suicide. For me only the narrator and the girl get out alive. I found this theme very inspiring as we should all strive to live as if it was our last day. As if time was counted, because it is. Wow, so many profound thoughts stirred by your work. It's great music, great singing, great playing but above all great art, cause it inspired me and I'm sure that it can inspire others to be better and appreciate time better. Great work, congratulations.

  • @audrey  3 weeks

    Yeah, I'm up for an album swap. Thanks for offering. I like your stuff, so it will be a pleasure. (And now I know what that the term album swap means.) 😀

  • @oddaustin  3 weeks

    Thanks for all the incredibly flattering comments on all my tunes. It seems like you've made some impressive progress on an album yourself. To construct such a narratively rich piece in one month is quite an incredible feat.

    On Phobos - the album is a 60s psyche pastiche, so I thought it appropriate to mix in that style where stereo was new and no one knew how to use it yet.

  • @audrey  3 weeks

    Thank you for the kind words about my song Tea Time for Teddy Bear. I appreciate them very much. I'm sorry I didn't repay the favour by listening in February. It's March 2nd today, but I hope you might still be around to read my comments on your music.

  • @sapient  3 weeks

    I've just finished your 14 and I am SO impressed! This feels like the work of months of crafting an album rather than working in the pressure cooker of FAWM. You can be so proud of what you've produced here... Do you have plans for these songs beyond FAWM? I can't help but think you'd make an excellent impression beyond our little community... Maybe you already do? You deserve to! 😃

  • @coolparadiso  3 weeks

    listened to the whole album and commented on all individual tracks. it is a very good album both lyrically and musically. nice synths. great driving beats and good range in vocals ahich have that gentle understated style except on the boys song. i did get a bit lost when the girl moved on but git it back. top stuff mate enjoyed

  • @jwhanberry  3 weeks

  • @forrandom 3 weeks

    Thank you SO MUCH for checking out several of my songs! Your comments definitely gave me some warm fuzzies 😀 I'm in a bit of a time crunch to finish my 14, but as soon as I get that, I'm coming back to delve into your musical creations!

  • @thewaitingplace 3 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on "News"! I appreciate you listening.

  • @mkd  3 weeks

    Whoop, well done on the win! Can’t wait to listen through the remainder when I’ve got past my own finish line!

  • @looprication  3 weeks

    That would be super awesome.

  • @mkd  3 weeks

    Thank you so much for stopping by and listening to another couple of mine. I'm so touched that they moved you. I'm looking forward to catching up with yours - do you have one more up your sleeve to make it to 14? I've had a productive day (4!!!) but it's almost 11pm now and I'm gong to have to call it a day.

  • @sph  3 weeks

    Thanks for commenting on "Invisible now"

  • @looprication  3 weeks

    Hey I agree with @fulanin - yes you’re your own worst critic but FWIW one of your songs has stuck with me since I heard it. “He hates his job...” so I’m sure it’s not perfect in your head but if you ever get something that is perfect, please let me know because you deserve to win the lottery on that day.

    You inspire me. So now you’re partially responsible for my mess. Cheers.

  • @ohwell123 3 weeks

    Thank you for your comment on my song. I greatly appreciate it!

  • @mkd  4 weeks

    Hey, thanks for your kind comment on I Got to!

  • @fulanin 4 weeks

    You are welcome. 😀
    I hope my words can help you to overcome it, because you genuinely have awesome songs.

  • @splittybooms  5 weeks

    Hey thanks for stopping by. Memory is terrible but I THINK I remember really digging your stuff last year...but this year, I'm LOVING what you're doing.

  • @mikegtz  5 weeks

    Hi Bootlegger, thanks for visiting and thanks for the nice comments.

  • @postcardhelicopters  7 weeks

    Thanks for visiting my starter song. I appreciate your comments as you've touched on the bits where I'm making an effort to improve my songwriting chops.

    I've just read your bio and listened to your first track, and I am eager to follow along on the journey you have planned for this month. I think this will be a big highlight for me this year, as a listener.

    It sounds like you'll be knocking it outta the park. All the best!

  • @skylermf  7 weeks

    Hi, thanks for the comment on my song!

  • @looprication  7 weeks

    Hey thanks! Happy FAWMing!

  • @nuj4x 7 weeks

  • @ericdistad  7 weeks

    Glad to see you back!

    (And never apologize for a Real Genius joke - unless you are trying to "get down verbally" with the students" ) 😀

  • @scottlake  7 weeks

    I’m glad you mentioned Conor Oberst in the forums. I always confuse him with Colin Meloy and while some people worship Meloy, his voice irritates me. I’ve unfairly associated Oberst with Meloy. Made me go listen to Oberst again and I remembered I really like his stuff

  • @jacobeverettwallace  8 weeks

    Happy Fawming!

  • @thelostcartographer  Jan 22

    Thanks! I'm hoping I can hold myself to my goals!

    Looking forward to hearing what you come up with. There's plenty of time in February, if you work to find it.

  • @rickcannon Jan 22

    Thanks, man! Should be a very different output from years ago. Excited to see how your story goes. Good luck!

  • @tcelliott  Jan 16

    Heya! Great goal. I admire it. And I aim to increase my production skills and fail... so I'm hoping you'll inspire me to maybe be a bit more successful on that front. Here's to another great Fawm.

  • @sarahmonticue Jan 15

    Hey hey! So glad we did that great listen through last year! Glad to see you back again too!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 15

    Excited to be back at it again! 😀