“Christmas Is the Bomb“- Chandler rough demo. I finally figured out one reason why I enjoy writing Christmas songs, which is that lyrically, the fact that it’s about Christmas drastically narrows down the lyrical possibilities to the point where I
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Often the song will be a recently recorded live, home demo, studio track or video from Chandler & Co; or it could be something from our archives, culled from our discography or from the live vault; other times it will be music by friends or musicians that we just plain dig and want to share with you; and occasionally it will be a fan video or some bizarre YouTube video that uses our music as a soundtrack.
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When I first put out my solo album, “Ivan in Paris“, back in 1998, the title track was intended to be a total afterthought, buried at track 14; at the time, I had no reason to think it had any
Here’s the link for this year’s Christmas mix, “Christmas Is A Foot”, which includes my demos of both “I Used To Like Christmas” and the as-yet-unreleased “Merry Christmas, There You Go”, and a bunch of other stuff by a
“I Used To Like Christmas“- Chandler Travis ROUGH demo It has recently dawned on me that, for a guy who actually loves Christmas, I have written way too many really grouchy Christmas songs. That said, sometimes it’s hard not to;
“Sally’s Christmas Finery” -the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at the Midway Cafe, Dec. 18, 2016, recorded by the Valet. Well, what the hell it’s Christmas, kids! This is a rather long free improv, but kinda fun… exactly the kind of crazy
“That’s Nerve” – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, recorded by Chris Blood, Feb. 26, 2007. I’ve always loved this one! Great lyric by David Greenberger; the recording is from 2007, I think bundled in with the recording sessions for my solo
“O Pinchy We Hardly Knew Ye” – Chandler Travis, recorded and mixed by me, here, with surprise drum and bass programming and additional mixing by Christopher G. Brown, at his place. My girlfriend has crabs, and a couple starfish,
“I Viborate” – the Catbirds at the Wellfleet Oyster Fest, Oct. 15, 2017; recorded and mixed by Chris Blood. The Catbirds had a fabulous time making their Oyster Fest debut a couple weeks ago, as you can hear; this is
“Cooties” – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at the Musica 20th anniversary party, Oct. 1st, 2017, recorded by The Valet aka Fred Jodsworth T. Boak. Musica is a fabulous music store in Hudson, NY, owned by our good friend Rob Caldwell.
“Fluffy“- the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at Valentine’s in Albany, NY, recorded Nov. 3rd, 2012 by The Valet (F.J. Boak) Ok, so imagine you’ve just been hired to play a few gigs with the Philharmonic, most of whom you’ve never