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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.


means sun and warmth and ocean swimming but alas no vacations. Yeah I got work too. Here, go to these. I promise they’ll make you feel better.


Stacy’s Coffee Parlor
709 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
6:30 PM




The Red and the Black
1212 H St. NE
Washington, DC
Show starts 9:00
$8, Ages 21+


I’ll be coming back at Stacy’s Coffee Parlor in Falls Church, VA at the end of July for a special acoustic set with musician, teacher, blogger, and good friend Simon Chaos. Simon will be doing a special classical guitar set. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Unamplified guitar sets at a parlor in the evening… sounds like wine-tasting music.” Well, you would be wrong about that because Stacy’s does not serve any alcoholic drinks. So, gentle reader, the joke is on YOU.

Stacy’s shows are always FREE and admit ALL AGES.

Then in September I’ll be playing in DC proper at the Red and the Black on H St. NE. The Peach-Stealing Monkeys will be kicking things off with their sprightly folk-jazz. You may remember the Monkeys from my May show at the Velvet Lounge when they played in slightly reduced form as the Fillers. This time they’ll be out in full force… and they’ll have hemiolas. Human rights activist and singer/songwriter Peter Maybarduk will close out the night. Maybarduk worked with DC legend J. Robbins on his last album, the latin-flavored No Hay Pueblo Vencido. I’m fairly impressed and ready for an exciting night. 9 PM marks the time that a-doings will be a-transpiring.


In prior collabo news, I’m happy to announce that the Dracula Driveway EP recently got an official release through Brooklyn Supermartyr Records! Find it online at iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, or just go to the label website here:


Yay music for sale!


This summer I’m going to experiment with a new more personal blog format. I’ll still post music news and show dates, but I’ll be mixing in some less cut and dry posts about music, books, and whatever else I’m digging at the moment. I’m thinking about putting up the first installment in the next 2 weeks or so, so keep your eyes open!

Justyn with a Y on Twitter

I caved! You can follow me at


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Hey everybody!

Welcome to my new page for Justyn with a Y. Here you will find information about upcoming shows, new recordings, events in my life, things I find fascinating, and so on. Enjoy the new format!