hey all… tickets for my SUPER intimate record release party in san francisco at Inforum at the Commonwealth Club on 10/5 are ON SALE NOW!! very psyched for an evening of music & conversation (with author Kelly Corrigan interviewing me!) see you there!!
on OCTOBER 5th (the day my new album "sings his sad heart" comes out), i'm going to be celebrating w/ a SUPER intimate record release party thing here in san francisco.
it's gonna be a hang out/in-depth conversation with my friend (& NYT best selling author) Kelly Corrigan & a solo acoustic performance. i'm psyched to talk about the album, creativity and whatever else kelly has planned. audience Q&A too!
tickets are SUPER limited (this is a tiny joint) and go on sale TOMORROW @ 10am PST. link is here.
p.s. - we're gonna be giving a cool ass, limited edition, signed lithograph to everyone who comes to the party!
hello beautiful people… NEW SONG TIME!!!!
no better way to celebrate a friday than to release another new song from my album “sings his sad heart”! (out Oct 5th! pre-order it over at https://mattnathanson.lnk.to/singshissadheart)
this time, it’s a song called “long distance runner”. i wrote a bit about it below. dig in & enjoy!!
nolan and i wrote most of "long distance runner" in los angeles. the title's a nod to this sea wolf song i love.
we tracked most of it @ crush in NYC. during recording, whenever things started to get good, amir & adam would bust into these absurd dance moves… just totally throwing shapes. it was HILARIOUS... that happened a lot with this song. i think it’s cause the kick drum is so ruling… and because amir’s background vocals make every song feel like sly & the family stone.
i went back to los angeles to finish up the track with stacy & craig. stacy’s buddy laid down the rad “graceland” bass part which tied the whole thing together for me. made it feel like a living, breathing organism. stacy's tireless like that... always down for making the song better.
the lyrics took me a while. screwdriver work. but i’m super proud of them:
“grew up believing love was a grudge / and home was a place where you lived with your guard up.”
“people keep saying memories fade / mine are all drunk and they just keep calling”
i’ve spent most of my life with my past hanging around my neck (kinda like a big, unfun flavor flav clock.) less and less as the years go by, but still… i think the hardest work we do is unbraiding ourselves from habits that don’t work for us anymore and clearing space in our lives to just enjoy the moments we’re in.
very psyched for you to finally hear this song!
click the link to hear “long distance runner”.
SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!!
my NEW ALBUM is called:
“Sings His Sad Heart”.
and it comes out OCTOBER 5th!!
- i made it with a bunch of friends. in a bunch of places. over the last 3 years.
- it’s an album about being the only one left hung up on the past.
- i wore a blazer on the album cover.
- i am super in love with it! (the album, not the blazer).
you can pre-order it from my webstore RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW! we pulled together a bunch of real cool pre-order bundles for it,
and we’re including a VERY LIMITED EDITION vinyl release of my def leppard EP “Pyromattia” (on WHITE VINYL!!!!) with the 1st 500 bundles ordered!
and finally, i couldn’t decide on the next song i wanted you to hear off “Sings His Sad Heart", so i picked two… “Used To Be” AND “Mine”!
“Used To Be” has taken the mantle of “favorite song i have ever written”. i LOVE it. check it out!
“Mine” is the kind of song i've always wanted to write. groove! groove! groove! it’s my nod to prince. check it out!
I AM SO VERY PSYCHED YOU ALL FINALLY GET TO HEAR THESE SONGS!
i wrote ‘way way back’ with sean
in a basement in los angeles.
i had the first line. he had the hook.
the rest came REAL fast. lyrics too.
i've never written a song this good that fast.
i recorded the bulk of it with adam & amir
last summer. at a studio in the village,
on the top floor of an old building
with a death-trap elevator
and janky air conditioning.
i finished it with butch
back out in LA, by the beach,
just as the year was ending.
john KILLED the mixes
and then jade shot the video
in three hours
@ a supermarket in the valley.
it’s magical, my job.
collaborating with friends.
human collision at its finest.
psyched for you to finally hear it.
if you've been paying attention to my posts this week you’ve probably figured out that i LOVE the band Def Leppard. (and i like leg day @ the gym)
now, i love A LOT of music… but def leppard is one of the few bands that live in rarified air for me. top tier greatness. so aaron tap (he is a HUGE DL fan too) and i decided that we would… yep, you guessed it:
RECORD AN ENTIRE E.P. OF DEF LEPPARD SONGS!!
CAN I GET A 'HELLS YES'!!!
the E.P. is called “Pyromattia” (get it?!) and it is out RIGHT NOW!
so take it for a spin. live with it. love it. it’s my crazy-ass metal super nerd fan gift to you.
ps- it sounds REALLY great on headphones. (and you’ll feel invincible with them on… ha!) and stay tuned for a whole lot more info coming VERY VERY VERY SOONISH about my “you know what” that you have been waiting for since my last “you know what” (for those not good at hints, i’m talking about my new album).
i'm VERY happy to announce that i'm heading out on the just like paradise tour this summer with my very dear friends in O.A.R.
a special pre-sale for my mailing list will begin tomorrow at 9am pt /12pm et. the code will be sent out to the list later tonight, so make sure to sign up now! the general on sale begins friday at 12pm local.
p.s. if you come out to these shows, you just might hear a new song or two (SAY WHAT?!). it’s true, my new album is SOOOO close to the finish line, but more on that in the near future.
July 24 - Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
July 25 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (pre-sale 2/20 @ 10am; on sale 2/23)
July 27 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory
July 28 - Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
July 29 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
August 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy
August 2 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
August 3 - Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
August 4 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
August 5 - Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
August 7 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 8 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
August 13 - New York, NY @ SummerStage, Central Park
August 14 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 16 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Ballroom
August 17 - East Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
August 18 - Middletown, PA @ Vineyards @ Hershey
August 19 - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Center for the Arts
August 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
August 22 - Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
August 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
August 24 - Toledo, OH @ TBA
August 26 - Grand Rapids, MI @ TBA
August 28 - Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
August 31 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Concert Cove
September 1 - Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
September 2 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
September 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mystic Lake Amphitheatre
September 8 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater
September 9 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
September 13 - Valley Center, CA @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal
September 14 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
September 15 - Saratoga, CA @ TBA
September 16 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
September 18 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
home now. los angeles next week. hopefully closing in on finishing my f@#$%n album. thank you to everyone who came out to the shows & a HUGE thank you to matchbox twenty for letting aaron & me tag along! (pic by joshua burch)
this was a pretty cathartic release.
2 nights ago in denver with 7k of my new best friends.
(and the one guy who walked in front of the camera)
singing one for the king, TP.
togetherness at it’s finest. check it out…
we been locked away in a rehearsal room in hollywood getting ready for the 'summer mini-tour'. our friend james came by and shot this for us... on his iPhone! dig aaron's suit! first show is tomorrow night in livermore, CA... see you there!
fun times ahead with my friends in matchbox twenty!!
August 11th - Southaven, MS @ Bank Plus
August 18th - Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf
September 19th - Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo
September 29th - Cedar Park, TX @ HEB Center
October 4th - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
October 6th - Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s
October 7th - Moline, IL @ Mark of the Quad
i’m happy to officially announce my little west coast, summer, mini-tour!!!
LIVERMORE, CA - JULY 18
@ Wente Vineyards
SALEM, OR – JULY 19
@ Riverfront Park
ALBANY, OR – JULY 20
@ Monteith Riverpark
this is a free show.
JACKSONVILLE, OR – JULY 21
@ Britt Music & Arts Festival
don’t sleep on these shows, because these are the only headline shows until the next record (more on that later).
(photo by Shameless Photography)
people of the world…
i’ve been adding to my spotify playlist and it is OVERFLOWING with greatness. seriously. lots of my favorite songs, new and old. dig around and find yourself some gems!
SURPRISE!! thrilled to be back on the rock boat XVII sailing THIS WEEK from tampa to harvest caye, belize & costa maya, mexico!!
we’re setting sail february 10th-15th. call the rock boat at +1 877-379-9173 to check for last minute availability - more info.
HEY NORTHERN CA!! if you didn’t hear…
i’m playing a rare acoustic show at bruns amphitheatre in ORINDA, CA for notes4hope on october 15th.
the show helps benefit the treatment & prevention of breast cancer, tickets are on sale NOW. SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!
something tells me it’s time for a… WEBSTORE SALE!! the entire store is marked down until july 5th AND i’ll throw in some free shipping for orders over $30 while we’re at it too (just use MATTFREESHIP at checkout)
earlier today, 5 adult men (touring together all summer) swore (mostly me), wrestled with technology AND then gloriously pinned it to the ground!
check out Phillip Phillips, A Great Big World, Eric Hutchinson & I triumph over our tech challenges like a grandparent mastering the remote control…. summer tour is gonna be a total blast!