Actual News About What’s Going On With Me

Blog?  Oh how I’ve neglected you.  I’m sorry.  I’ve missed you; a little, at least.  But I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing, you know.  I’ve been busy – making records, rehearsing with my new band, doing occasional solo gigs, renovating my house, and then re-renovating after it flooded.  I’ll post descriptions of all of these things in the near future as I begin to gear up for the release of my new album.  Yes, my new album – that’s what I’m here to tell you about today.

First things first, the first single is called “Indecision,” and it will be available for download from the iTunes Music Store THIS TUESDAY, the 27th of July, in the US and Canada.  It will also be available for download from the store at for everyone around the world.  Well, everyone with an internet connection.

“Indecision” was written by me and Stephen Duffy, with whom I wrote most of 2005’s Vanity Project album, as well as BNL songs like “Jane,” “Call and Answer,” and “Powder Blue.”  Most of the instruments are played by me and my co-producer John Fields, with drums by Elvis Costello’s long-time drummer Pete Thomas, and backup vocals by Esthero.  The track is a melding of Jobim-style Brazilian pop and classic Steven Page power-pop.  I’m excited about finally getting this music out to you, and I hope you like it.

The single has already been played by MIX 104.1 in Boston, for whom I’m playing a short solo set at their Mixfest 2010 on August 2nd, and if you like the song, it would help me a huge amount if you were to call, email or tweet at your favourite station and ask them to play it.  The more they play it, the better chance I have of coming to your town and playing live.  Speaking of playing live, my next blog post will be about the new band and our first show last week.  I promise to post this soon, not months from now, as has been my habit of late.

But, perhaps more importantly, I can finally give you some album details.  My first real solo album is being released in Canada by Anthem/Universal and in the US on Zoe/Rounder on October 19th and it’s called Page One.  I produced it with John Fields, and it features guest appearances from the aforementioned folks as well as Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Hornheads (they were Prince’s NPG horn section), and the late Will Owsley, as well as members of my touring band.

Musically, the album is all over the map, as so many of my favourite records are – from the grand orchestration of “A New Shore,” to the folky “Clifton Springs,” to the big band jazz of “Leave Her Alone,” and the straight-up rock of “Marry Me” and the electronic pop of “Entourage” and “Queen of America,” Page One is a genre-hopping tribute to the music I love, and the music I grew up with.  I wrote a couple of the songs with my pal Craig Northey (Odds), a bunch more with Stephen Duffy, and the rest I wrote on my own.  The recording process was insanely fun, creative, and shockingly stress-free. I’m super-proud of this album, and I can’t wait for you to hear it all.  Hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did making it.

Track Listing:

  1. A New Shore
  2. Indecision
  3. Clifton Springs
  4. Entourage
  5. Marry Me
  6. All The Young Monogamists
  7. She’s Trying To Save Me
  8. Over Joy
  9. If You Love Me
  10. Leave Her Alone
  11. Queen Of America
  12. The Chorus Girl