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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.


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.

Justyn with a Y on Bandcamp.com

The full Justyn with a Y discography is now available for streaming and download at http://justynwithay.bandcamp.com. This means all of you have the option of getting your very own copies of the music as quickly as your internet connection will allow, and you won’t have to pay for shipping either. Swans is going for $0.56 a track or $5.00 for the full album. As always, the Just Like Happiness EP is free.

Of course if you prefer a CD copy of Swans with art and liner notes and everything, you can still purchase one at a show or order through PayPal. The cost is the same as for the download, but PayPal orders include an extra $2 for shipping.

“Swans” on sale today!

Swans by Justyn with a Y

Download through Bandcamp.com
Order CD through PayPal

Slowing Me Down
Jason Moran
Shoelace Necklace
Coastal Highway
Direction Is Round
L # A # N # D
Even If Your Road Leads Down
When The Tension’s Gone

Recorded live in the Laurel National Forest on August 21 & 22, 2009
by Alex DeTurk & Justyn with a Y
Mastered September & October 2009 at Masterdisk NYC by Alex DeTurk
Produced by Alex DeTurk & Justyn with a Y
C+P 2009



also available:
Just Like Happiness EP by Justyn with a Y
FREE Download through Bandcamp.com

“Swans” Cover

Posting it now because I haven’t posted it yet. It’s a handsome cover.

Sewing Machines and Green Grocer will not be playing the next show

I’m very sorry to announce that Sewing Machines and Green Grocer of Future Folk Records had to cancel their tour and will not be playing the show at Mayorga Coffee on Sunday, October 25. I’m currently looking around for another band or two to take their place, so if you’re a musician that would be interested in playing this show with us please feel free to contact me.

In album news, Swans will be going to the printers this week and I’ll have it ready for sale soon after. More info to come soon!

Next show: Swans Album Release @ Mayorga Coffee, Sunday 10/25

Hey everybody!

The first chance to get your very own copy of Swans will be at the official album release show at the end of October. I’ll be playing with some very good friends of mine from Chicago, Green Grocer and Sewing Machines. Both bands play some very much excellent and unique experimental folk. They’ll be on tour to support their new releases through Future Folk Records so be sure to come out and give them a warm welcome.

Joining us will be Lightfoot, which is the solo project of Jess Because of Vox Pop. Vox Pop are some fellow DC folkies with some great voices and twangy melodies. I’m excited to hear more of it and you should be too.

This show will be at Mayorga Coffee is just over the District line in Silver Spring, MD. This will be a FREE ALL AGES afternoon show starting at 4:30 PM.


Mayorga Coffee
8040 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Show starts 4:30 PM
FREE, All ages