James Poulos is a Rock Star
“GarageBand allowed me to make more and better music in a few weeks, while spending most of my time reading complex works of political theory, than I was able to do in years before GarageBand came out. Funnily enough, it also made me hugely more shy with my music. Wow, that sounds horrendously indie. I’m going to scurry away now.” — James Poulos, October 4, 2009
I took James first album Deadbeat Days, Downtown Nights, self-recorded, self-produced, self-distributed under the name The Handpicked Successors, with me when I sailed INTEMPERANCE to the Caribbean. An act of sheer will, and in true “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”-fashion, Deadbeat Days was recored straight into the onboard mic of a powerbook using Garageband. Can a digital download be a collector’s item? I ask because I can’t find Deadbeat Days, Downtown Nights anywhere on the internet.
I got a copy of Black Hi-Lighter’s first album, Seductio Ad Absurdum when it came out. An actual CD. It was often played and well-liked in the Montauk Catamaran Company boat-shop. You can’t get the CD, but you can get the album on iTunes.
Chinese Gong is the first single off Black Hi-Lighter’s yet-to-be-named second album. It rocks, and one of the reasons it rocks is because James Poulos is a rock star.
Rock on, James! Rock on!