Thursday, December 20, 2012

Brief Nudity

My forthcoming book of poems from Salmon, Brief Nudity, now has pages on both Facebook as well as Goodreads!

Please check in regularly for news regarding the official book launch, book tour, readings, and other special events, including appearances at the AWP conference in March.

Monday, November 26, 2012

8th Annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash

Since 2005 I've organized and participated in this annual event, commemorating the iconoclastic personality and songwriting of Alex Chilton. This year's line up looks to be the best yet!

Advance tickets are now on sale and will also be available at the door the night of the show.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NEIU English Department Benefit

I'm pleased to announce that among a few special end-of-the-year events, I will be participating in a benefit performance for Northeastern Illinois University's English Department. The way swanky poster, below, has all the applicable details.



That's Friday, December 7th at 9 PM. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Five poems in Cedars

I'm pleased to say that I have five (!) poems in the latest issue of Cedars. Check 'em out, and hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Two poems in Artichoke Haircut

I'm thrilled to have a pair of poem in Artichoke Haircut's latest issue (vol. 4), available at discerning bookstores nationwide. It's a great journal. Check it out!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wit Rabbit piece in Northwest Passage

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Swell slide show with voiceover by poet-journalist Heather Momyer on the Wit Rabbit reading I took part in earlier this week at Quenchers in today's edition of The Northwest Passage. You can hear me reading from my book Abbrev, from Beard of Bees.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Wit Rabbit Reading Series tomorrow night

Tomorrow night is the tenth Wit Rabbit reading, and I'm happy to be appearing along with these other fine folks: Traci Brimhall, Sophie Grimes, Kyle McCord, and Glen Shaheen.

The festivities begin at 7 PM at Quenchers. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Illinois Center for the Book

The Illinois Authors Wiki is a project of the Illinois Center for the Book. It is a means to share information about Illinois authors, photographers and illustrators.

My page on the site has recently been updated. Check it out, as well as sites for many other Illinois-based authors.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sir Slob digital download

If you download my Sir Slob album by or before August 3rd through CD Baby, I will receive 100% of the price.

This applies to MP3 sales only on CDBaby.com — NOT on partner sites, such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

Download your copy today! Thanks in advance for your support.



Selected reviews of Sir Slob:

Whether he's dissecting "The King of Close Enough," or decrying fate by "Panning for Gold in the Litterbox," Larry O. Dean's songs on Sir Slob are dense with smart, tuneful wordplay. This album is rueful, romantic and rockin'! The perfect, bracing antidote to a lousy work day or an episode of American Idol. THE MUSIC ATTIC

Larry O. Dean’s Sir Slob also has its share of not-unwelcome psych-tinged power-pop damage; you’ll detect everything from Shoes to Ray Davies to Love. MAGNET

Dean is known for his Dylan-esque half-sung/half-spoken delivery of literate folk tunes with a rock backing. He can come off like Lou Reed or Matthew Sweet, depending on the tune. NASHVILLE CITY PAPER

Sir Slob has all sorts of nifty touchstones. You can hear bits of Lou Reed, Steve Wynn and Jonathan Richman, but he takes those influences, churns them around and makes something new. He’s good at sonic texturing, often blending classical strings with buzzing, alterna-nerd rock guitars. THE TENNESSEAN

Exhibiting the kind of deft self-mockery that made Paul Westerberg a disciple of Alex Chilton, Larry O. Dean puts the writer back in singer-songwriter with his appealing pop dossiers and laconic wit. MOUNTAIN XPRESS (ASHEVILLE, NC)

Dean and band deliver a tight primarily folk-rocking set, songs like "Time to Kill," "King of Close Enough," "Tail Wagging the Dog," "Panning for Gold in the Litterbox" and "Cuts Both Ways" suggest a strong influence of the melodic country-folk rock of Buffalo Springfield, the latter-day Byrds, Neil Young and Tom Petty (albeit sung by Lou Reed). Poetry and rock n roll, a combination of the sacred and the profane finds its balance in Sir Slob. Fans of singer-songwriter magic will relish every minute. AMPLIFIER

Tremendous songs that fall somewhere between a poppier Neil Young and Lou Reed. SHAKE IT UP!

Lyrically sharp, and big in a musical sense -- think a poppier Lou Reed -- Dean's second album proper provides a powerful and immediate aural rush. It is distanced from the standard singer-songwriter fare by a sound that is fleshed out by a full band, mixing open twangy Americana with a dense and more complex instrumentation. BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS

R.E.M. meets Bob Dylan, the two meet have some beer, or at least that’s where it sounds like Larry O. Dean’s strange mix of alt. country, folk, and 1960's rock and roll originated from ... Most reminiscent of Neil Young’s collection of 1970's recordings and in a lot of ways their styles are very similar, there's grit, and truth paired with guitars and low, almost pleading vocals. ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

Poems in Circa

I'm very proud to have three poems in the inaugural issue of Circa: "Dracula's Daughter," "Loma Prieta #1" and "Loma Prieta #2."

All three are persona poems, with the latter two taken from a series about the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, an event I experienced firsthand when I lived in San Francisco.

Thanks to editor Tony Powell for the support!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Poems in quarter after now on Issuu

Issuu now has the second issue of quarter after available, including five of my poems, as well as work by many other incredible writers and visual artists.

Enjoy!

Monday, June 25, 2012

BCC Review

Very nice review of Basic Cable Couplets by Sarah Dawson in today's Poetry After Ink.

Poems in Quarter After

I'm pleased to have a few poems in the latest issue of Quarter After. An e-version from Issuu should be available by the end of the week, with hard copy published after that.
Great way to start the week! Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Upcoming Readings

I have a few readings coming up this summer to let you know about.

On July 6th, I'll be one of the featured readers for the First Friday series, presented by Waiting 4 the Bus. These are always a lot of fun and I'm in good company here, as the poster, below, shows.


The following Monday, July 9th, I'll once again be presenting selections from my work and giving a craft lecture during Northeastern Illinois University's Creative Writing Institute.

Last, but not least, on August 7th I've been invited to read for the newish Wit Rabbit Reading Series, which takes place at one of my favorite local watering holes, Quenchers.

Check out the links for further information, and hope to see you at one (or all) of these events!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

Poetry Cram Anthology

I am pleased to be one of many poets featured in the Poetry Cram anthology, recently published by ChicagoPoetry.com Press. Get your copy today!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Basic Cable Couplets

I'm happy to announce that Silkworms Ink will be publishing my latest chapbook, Basic Cable Couplets. I'll keep you posted, but the turnaround may be quite fast.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Exquisite Quartet

Once again, multitasker Meg Tuite asked me to contribute to her monthly "Exquisite Quartet" column in Used Furniture Review, and the result is here. Enjoy!

Fussbudgets, Christine Wall and Post Office releases

Three albums of material by The Fussbudgets (Hog Wash!, The Naked & the Daft, and Fresh Brood) are now available from iTunes, Bandcamp, and Amazon. In addition, the band now has their own official page on the web -- check it out!

Available May 8th from Zenith Beast is Christine Wall's remastered Kittenbush EP, but it may be pre-ordered now from Bandcamp and Amazon (and soon, iTunes).

Finally, Post Office's WNUR Demos is out May 22nd, but it too may be pre-ordered from Bandcamp as well as Amazon (with iTunes to follow).


Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Three Female Roommates"

Another of my 'basic cable couplets' appears in the current issue of The Stone Hobo, complete with an illustration by "clobberin'" Ken Rasak!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Meg Tuite's Exquisite Quartet

Meg Tuite was one of the features for my mega-reading during AWP. She also writes a regular column for Used Furniture Review called “Exquisite Quartet” (a pun on exquisite corpse). In her own words,

“Exquisite Quartet” is a collaboration of four writers who will put together a story, piece by piece. Each writer adds a bit more to the racy tale until, like an old beat-up sectional couch, it miraculously fits together. A disreputable, yet virginal theme will be chosen each month, as will three non-virginal writers. Meg Tuite will lead off the ménage a quatre.

In honor of the largess of AWP, this month's edition includes contributions from 33 writers, myself included. Check it out, and thanks to Meg for asking me to participate!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Throw the Lions to the Christians remaster out today!

My remastered fifth solo album (with bonus material), Throw the Lions to the Christians is out today. Lend an ear and get your copy from Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify, MediaNet, eMusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, Google Music, and/or VerveLife.

Thanks for your continued support of independent music!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

AWP reading-o-rama!

The AWP conference officially gets underway tomorrow. There will be much rubbing-of-writerly-elbows, hobbing-of-nobs, and eyeballing of purty printed products at the conference itself. In addition, I will be participating is three off-site events:

9 PM Wednesday, February 29th at The Hungry Brain, as part of Salmon Poetry's mega-reading

9 PM Thursday, March 1st at the world-famous Billy Goat Tavern, as part of Heavy Feather Review's "Everything Will Be OK" event

and last, but not least,

7 PM Friday, March 2nd at The Horseshoe for "This Page Intentionally Left Blank," followed by music from The Injured Parties, Khalid Hanifi, and Decoy Prayer Meeting.

Hope to see you at one (or all!) of these to-do's.

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

I just learned that the manuscript I am currently shopping around, Activities of Daily Living was a semifinalist for this year's Crab Orchard Series in Poetry!

Though I wish it had been selected for publication, I am nonetheless pleased and honored by this distinction.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Outsight Radio Hours live interview

The Outsight Radio Hours Internet radio program will interview me live on the air at 4:00 PM Eastern time (GMT -5) on Sunday,  February 26th. Information on the show and how to listen and participate via chat is available here.

Among the topics DJ Tearaway will be discussing with me are upcoming reissues of music on the Zenith Beast label.

Note that the program is re-streamed one week later on Radio Freedom from 5-7 PM ET, and all Outsight Radio broadcasts are archived here.

Hope you can tune in!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Poems in SPUDgUN

Two more poems from my Basic Cable Couplets manuscript are in this just-published debut issue of SPUDgUN. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Fussbudgets discography now available for pre-order; out April 3rd

It's been over twenty years in the making, but collected works by The Fussbudgets are now available for pre-order from Bandcamp!

Pre-ordering gives you instant access to selected tracks, and once the digital editions are released on April 3rd, you'll automatically be emailed a link to download the full albums at that time (some with bonus material). After the albums launch, you may also purchase them via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, MediaNet, eMusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, and VerveLife.

In the ZB queue are selected demos, early recordings, and live material, but the band's haphazardly-released major works (the albums Hog Wash! and The Naked & the Daft, as well as the EPs Fresh Brood, Headache of the Gods, and sad fearful playful excited -- EPs gathered together in a single package -- constitute the band's oeuvre, for historical purposes).

Refer to individual releases for more background information on the recording, line-ups, and songs.

Hope you enjoy, and thanks for your support!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Embarrassment of Riches remaster now available for pre-order

The official release date for Malcontent's Embarrassment of Riches remaster with bonus material is March 20th, but you may now pre-order it from Bandcamp!

Pre-ordering gives you instant access to one of the tracks, and once the record is released in March, you'll automatically be emailed a link to download the full EP at that time.

Get your copy today! After the album launches, you may also purchase it via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, MediaNet, eMusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, and VerveLife.

Throw the Lions to the Christians remaster now available for pre-order

The official release date for the Throw the Lions to the Christians remaster with bonus tracks is March 6th, but you may now pre-order it from Bandcamp! Pre-ordering gives you instant access to two of the tracks, and once the record is released in early March, you'll automatically be emailed a link to download the full album at that time.

Get your copy today! After the album launches, you may also purchase it via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, MediaNet, eMusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, and VerveLife.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nine poems in The Yellow Ham

I may still be writing 2011 on my checks (yes, I still write some), but with 2012 fully underway I'm very pleased to announce I have nine (!) poems from my Basic Cable Couplets project in the debut issue of The Yellow Ham. Enjoy!

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