A Spy Named Stella

Today I’m releasing a new piece of instrumental music – “A Spy Named Stella.”

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“A Spy Named Stella” is highly rhythmic, conducive to running for your life from an international spy in a game of cat and mouse. Use it as a soundtrack to get yourself out of danger. The piece juxtaposes samples of acoustic instruments like strings and upright bass against electronic elements. Driven by the rhythms of multiple drum sets and percussion instruments, this track takes you to a new place – one that isn’t quite electric, isn’t quite acoustic, and definitely isn’t safe.

Download it here or stream it using the player below. Pay what you’d like for it or grab it for free by entering 0 in the price box.

You can also check out the other instrumental pieces I’ve sporadically released over the years – “My Favorite Daydream” and “You Smiled Because You Knew.”

Enjoy!

Pianos Upstairs Lounge December 1st

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I am excited to have an acoustic performance coming up on Thursday, December 1st in NYC at Pianos in the Upstairs Lounge. Ardith Collins will be joining me on cello for a set of original music, with a few covers sprinkled in to taste.

Thursday, December 1st
Solo Acoustic with Ardith Collins on cello
Pianos Upstairs Lounge
158 Ludlow St.
New York, NY
7pm
FREE

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Here’s a cover of “Melt with You” from our rehearsal.

See you at Pianos!

“It Just Calms Me”

He picked me up in a Chevy Equinox from O’Hare. Seemed like he could be a recent college grad. Young with long hair. Serious Cubs jacket. Serious, legit Cubs jacket.

I was heading to Bolingbrook, a solid 45-minute drive. Pondering this distance, I became curious about the music my Uber driver would choose to play. I don’t know, maybe it’s the musician in me. I often wonder about these sorts of details.

Can I predict it? Will it be Pop/EDM? Maybe Pop Country? Or maybe Classic Rock? I had already scoped out the audio situation in the Equinox and noticed we would be confined to terrestrial radio. I didn’t have much hope for something unique.

Then the channel scan began.

First, Pop/EDM… There’s no way he’s going to stop with the first choice. Could his long hair be a sign that he’s looking for classic rock? Maybe holding out for something indie? 

Next, more Pop… He’s really throwing me off with the Cubs jacket. I mean it’s serious – leather, embroidered patches, everything. Clearly a sports guy, right? Does he even care that much about the channel scan? 

Then, Pop Country… Am I actually trying to judge someone’s musical preference based on how they look and what they are wearing? Wait, do I do this often? 

Classical…

He pauses. I sense some ambivalence.

“Is it OK with you if we listen to classical music?” he asks, as though he needs to ask my permission.

“Sure,” I say, pleasantly surprised.

“Do you play an instrument?” I ask, as though it’s a pre-requisite.

“No,” he says. “It just calms me.”

“I know what you mean,” I respond. “Thank you.”

 

David Bowie Engagement 2.0 on Saturday

This Saturday, I’ll be back behind the drum kit to pay tribute to David Bowie at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, NJ. You may remember the first iteration of this tribute back in August. Well, now it’s time to do it again – The David Bowie Engagement 2.0.

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Saturday, October 29th at 8pm.
Maxwell’s Tavern
1039 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Tickets $10 on Ticketfly

Join me and dozens of other musicians as we pay tribute to one of the musical greats. I’ll be playing on classics like “Ziggy Stardust,” “Fame,” “Rebel, Rebel,” and “Heroes.” Here’s a nice article about the event from hMAG. And here is the Facebook Event where you can see photos from our rehearsal and other behind-the-scenes happenings. This is an event not to be missed! Be sure to get your tickets today before it sells out!

Get your tickets on Ticketfly today!

Listen to a Live Recording from Banding Together

After a battle with traffic on the NJ Turnpike extension, I was able to make it to Lazlo’s Banding Together live acoustic music marathon at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. If you haven’t done so already, please download the compilation record to donate to the Spondylitis Association of America.

For those of you who missed the performance, you can now listen to a live recording below. If the embed doesn’t appear below, click here to listen directly on Soundcloud.

 

Here is a nice photo captured by Lola.

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And here is the setlist.

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Banding Together Live Show on Saturday

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Join me on Saturday afternoon at one of the best places in New Jersey to listen to acoustic music – Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. I play at 4pm, but be sure to get there at least by 3:30pm to hear fellow Toll Collector Jonathan Andrew play, too! The entire day of music runs from Noon-10pm.

This show will benefit the Spondylitis Association of America, which provides research and services to over 2.7 million Americans that suffer from this arthritic condition. In the past, I’ve contributed to the online webathon, but this year it’s going to be a live show! Can’t wait. Hope you can make it too!

PS – You can also download the Compilation Album to help benefit the cause. I have contributed a brand new recording. Check out track #3 on the album!

Saturday, October 15th 
Josh Bicknell solo acoustic
Banding Together – A Benefit for the Spondylitis Association organized by blowupradio.com
Espresso Joe’s
50 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ
Event runs noon-10pm
Josh set: 4pm