The Featrured Artist of
December 17, 2018
September 2001. Andras Jones, fresh off his lead role
opposite Seth Green in the psychedelic cult film “The Attic
Expeditions" and a triumphant turn in the live production of
the Olympia punk rock opera “The Transfused”, is embarking
on a fall tour supporting his “A Curmudgeon For All Seasons”
CD (from Rickie Lee Jones’s Great Big Island records). After
ten years on the road this will be his last tour. He does
not know this.
There will be over 30 gigs between Labor Day and early
November. Almost every night of the tour from Waterloo to
Murfreesboro to NYC is recorded in front of audiences who
are all in some state of shock or denial as the songwriter
works out the tunes that would become this record. In
October he records a set of acoustic demos in Lawrence,
Kansas and sends them to his friend Ford Pier, asking Ford
to arrange and produce the songs in Vancouver during the
winter of 2002. These sessions feature some of Vancouver's
finest musicians and result in the stark, ornate, audacious
tracks the songwriter carried with him for the next 16
With the record almost finished the songwriter’s marriage
ends, people die, wars rage and he falls...apart, abandoning
these tracks for years at a time. It’s a long slow spiral
and re-build that leads, eventually, to living in a shack in
a friend’s backyard in Olympia in 2015. It wasn’t all
drinking and crying. Lessons are learned. Things get done:
Creative partnerships with Andy Shmushkin and Andy Dick.
Publishing the book “Accidental Initiations” with Sync Book
Developing Radio8Ball as a radio show, live event, podcast
and app. Sometime after 2012, between distractions and
breakdowns, the artist begins tinkering where he can on
these tracks with his trusty keyboardist from days of The
Previous, Marshall Thompson, but completion forever eludes
them. There is a strong and not unpleasant air of “what’s
the point?” to the endeavor.
Enter Erica Russel, a fan of means and enthusiasm who loves
the artist and his music. Her passion makes things possible.
In the spring of 2018, Sheldon Gomberg is drawn into the web
of The Pop Oracle. His work with Rickie Lee Jones, Inara
George, Eleni Mandell, Tobias The Owl & Sorry About
Everything makes him the perfect man (with the perfect gear)
to deliver this 18 year old fetus into the world.
And now you have it. This is All You Get.
All You Get
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