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Grad School Apps/Unrelated Hiatus

Some of you have been asking when the more personal posts will get here. Well, here’s a personal life update – I’ve been working on grad school apps and hopefully by this time next year I’ll be working towards a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology. It’s something I’ve been threatening to do for a few years now so I’m happy to have stopped waffling about it and finally made a decision. I’m doing my first campus visit next week and will follow with updates as this unfolds.


I’m 3 songs away from finishing writing the material for Big Really. I know I’m running a couple of months behind schedule, but those of you who have caught the recent live shows and heard the new stuff know that it’s going to be good.

I’m going to take a brief hiatus from performing until I’m done with the rest of the songs. That might be in 3 weeks or 3 months. Or maybe 3 days. (Really though, no. It’ll happen sometime between the first two numbers).

But it will be DONE and it will be done SOON because I want “Scenery Changes Slow” tracked and released just as much as the rest of you.


Next show: Sunday 5/9 at Velvet Lounge

Hey, hey! The next show’s on Mother’s Day.

I’ll be back at the Velvet Lounge with This Machine, the Echo Wall, and The Fillers, which is another project from the members of Twins of a Gazelle/Peach-Stealing Monkeys/etc.

I’ll be debuting a bunch of new stuff from Big Really and I’ll have copies of Swans on hand to give away. 8 bucks folks!

Your mom.


The Velvet Lounge
915 U St, NW
Washington, DC
Show starts 9:00
$8, Ages 21+


Show Recap/SfB Residency Night

2010 is shaping up to be a good year. Monday and Tuesday’s jaunts up and down I-95 had some of the biggest, tightest, and most fun shows I’ve ever done. It was excellent seeing so many old friends and it was genuinely energizing to play in front of so many new faces. Big thanks to Cosmic Vibes and the End of Irony for helping get the word out! Special thanks to Poingly for joining me on this East Coast yo-yo and to the Escape Artist for letting us open things up in DC.

I’m currently looking to take a few easy weeks to write some more material for Big Really. In the meantime, you can catch me backing up the Bees at our next residency night this Tuesday.


The Velvet Lounge
915 U St, NW
Washington, DC
Show starts 7:00
$5, Ages 21+


Happy 2010!

I kick-started my new year playing a NYE house party in DC. It was appropriately loud and debaucherous. The room was crowded and my set was solid. The mulled wine and Miller High Life flowed freely and my encore performance of FBB’s ¨Hot Burrito #2¨ could be heard several blocks away. Some folks called it the best Justyn with a Y show ever. I was touched. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it an extra special night!

Lots of news this update contains! I’ll keep it in bullet form for readability’s sake.

  • My friend Jack from Flying Houses wrote some kind words about Swans mixed in with a fairly complete Justyn with a Y history lesson. You can read it here.
  • I added a new link to my Friends list for Working Runner, my buddy Dickson’s blog. He posts about running and bluegrass.
  • Two new shows coming up in February! I will be playing back to back nights at the end of the month in NYC and DC. I don’t have the full details yet but I do know I’ll be playing one or both nights with very good Justynwithayfriend and NYC’s best live performer Poingly. More info on this soon!
  • Last but not least, I am in the process of compiling material for a new Justyn with a Y album to be released later in 2010. I have between 5 and 7 songs ready  and 4 or 5 more in the works. The working title is Big Really. I hope to have it printed and ready for sale in the fall.
  • What you can do to help is send me awesome old cowboy pictures for the album artwork. Interpret that however you wish – you can send me awesome pictures of old cowboys, old pictures of awesome cowboys, whatever you think would work. Email your submissions to justynwithay@gmail.com.
  • Are we clear? No? Then feel free to send me your questions, and if we need to work one on one to make sense of this crazy mess then we will. The bottom line is I need your cowboys and I don’t care how I get them. Please help.