It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve posted anything, so let me make up for that now. Here’s what’s been going on…

  • January, 2007: played with Southerly at El Corazon, to a largely empty, freezing room. I could see my breath while playing, which was kind of neat.
  • February 1, 2007: co-released the Ball of Wax Volume 7 DVD with Levi Fuller, to great fanfare. Buy it, it’s good.
  • February 23, 2007: Released the Brent Amaker and the Rodeo album on J-Shirt. It’s also very, very good. Buy two, and give one to a friend.
  • March 2007: went on a two-week tour with the Rodeo, all the way to Toronto and back. See pictures on the BAR myspace site.
  • May 2007: released a new demo, available here. It’s 8 new songs of mine plus a Jeff Mangum/NMH cover.
  • June 6, 2007: Rosyvelt opened for the Handsome Family at the Tractor Tavern, and it was awesome.
  • June 23, 2007: played Ira Merrill’s CD release show. Ira’s band sounds great, as does his CD. The venue was odd though, not a good fit for me.

Let’s see, what else… well, you’ll recall Open Choir Fire came over and recorded two songs at my place, and one of them will appear on the next Ball of Wax (volume 9, at this point — go Levi!). Also sometime this year Seth Howard came over and recorded a song, which will also appear on BoW Vol. 9. I didn’t mix that one though, I just engineered, which is also fun. Speaking of engineering, I’ve now been the proud owner of a Teac 80-8 tape machine for a year, and it still doesn’t work. It’s been getting better incrementally, but the heads are still not aligned right, and it’s driving me mad. So it’s digital recording for me still, and what with moving out of my studio in September, I have a new deadline for making more recordings. So stay tuned.

And that’s the news.

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