Scary Godzilla sized plans.
Now, do my plans ALWAYS come to fruition? Hell no! Most of the time I lose track of what I am doing while I am doing it. I also can rarely find my damned keys. I do generally get my music plans done in a more or less reasonable amount of time these days.
I have mentioned earlier what is coming this year (and early next) but there have been some changes. I do not have firm release dates on all of these but this is the basic order.
Thanatos Comes Alive (the 1990s)-
This is the first of two Thanatos Comes Alive records. The second will be recordings from the 2000s. I am collecting the best songs from shows at various venues in Chicago and a few from around the country (Charlotte for sure ). At some of these shows I performed songs the ONLY time they were ever played live (for instance, the title track from I Am Not Job and the unreleased track, As With Water). I may do a very small Kickstarter for this digital release, to pay for the mastering and other assorted expenses. I spent the last couple of days going through some of the tapes and picking songs for BOTH of these CDs. But, for now, it makes sense to just do the 90s and do the 2000s one later .
The follow up to 2021's Covered Country, will feature tracks originally released in that decade. The release will include a variety of genres. While I hope to do some recording at 13 Studio with William Faith (scheduling permitting). There will be some popular songs and some from the underground. Ive been working on arrangements of songs by Al Steward, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Sparks, Pere Ubu, Elton John, Arlo Guthrie, Patti Smith, Metro, and more. This will NOT (at least not primarily) an acoustic record like the country one. Sam Rosenthal will do his magic on at least some of the tracks.
Love Songs For The Indigent
This is, at long last, the new Thanatos record and I am already writing songs for it, odds and ends of lyrics on napkins and titles in notebooks. Right now the plan is to record most of this record in collaboration with Los Angeles-based songwriter, producer and bon vivant, DJ Puzzle (aka Jason Donnelly).
Thanatos Christmas Record-
My streaming "performance" dropped like a STONE in January? Why? No one listens to Christmas music after January. I get a startling percentage of my streams from Christmas songs and from my sort of cover of Cop Killer (which is not terribly Christmasy). This record will consider some old standards and a couple of brand spanking new Christmas songs I've been working on.
YES, this is an ambitious year for a guy who once took five years between records and another time took 14 years between records. And it is far from impossible that some of these get shuffled around but with in the next 14 months at the MOST all of these will be out.
And I already KNOW what comes after that but I will be keeping this under my hat for the time being.