Some days ago I received the beautiful new Tom Brosseau vinyl on oxblood red. i have no idea what’s the difference between red and oxblood, but this isn’t so important anyway. it’s a beautiful sounding vinyl pressed on 45 rpm. Compared to his other records “Grass Punks” has a more minimal sound and a lonesome home made feeling. Tom Brosseau is always best, when his songs are down to the core. Themes of the album include emptiness of a false dream, loyalty, betrayal and perseverance.

Brosseau’s thoughts on Grass Punks:

“The title of this album is a phrase belonging to a very talented, original San Diego female artist, who would perform her soft, low voiced poetry over cafard melodies on the piano. Her words would run through my head, and because they were so open to meaning, play on repeat.

I take the city bus, which is an experience that has plugged me back into humanity. The faces, languages, the dress, daily I am part of the mix of what is the real face of this town, and though learning the schedules has been challenging, and the temperament of some of my fellow commuters eyeopening, it feels good to be in the same boat as everyone else. People come to Los Angeles because like Frank Lloyd Wright said it’s where everything loose collects, and though I am nothing more than another pebble I am the number one observer of this place.

My first musical recordings were done so on the family dictation machine. Cassette tapes I bought for cheap at garage sales, the soundtrack to Batman, Beethoven, Enya, which I then unlocked by obstructing the write-protect tab with tape. My idea of a recording studio isn’t some climate controlled facility with cutting-edge technology but a bedroom, Radio Shack mic and tape machine, and when I think of album manufacturing I think of Leslie Dillahunt, who still runs media production out of her home in La Mesa, California.

Enough time goes by and you can make sense of anything. Grass Punks at once brought to my mind an earthen smoldering stick, used to light a wick or ward off peskiness, but now it stands for something greater, a sort of heading for everything I believe in when it comes to my brand of folk music and DIY recording.”

The Details

Crossbill Records is excited to announce that 100 limited edition vinyl are now available to Tom fans before the official release of the record. Grass Punks is Tom Brosseau’s first solo release in 5 years and his 7th studio album to date. It was recorded and produced by Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) in a room in a house near the 101 FWY in Hollywood, California 2011-2012.

Price $20

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