MFTJ – My Mom’s Getting A Horse: everything you need to know

The last post I wrote in March 2020 was about the first MFTJ album, called MFTJ. How many of you who read that then figured that the next time I posted anything substantial here would be over 14 months later, heralding the second MFTJ album?

Four of you, I believe! Four of you figured that!

In any case, the second MFTJ album, My Mom’s Getting A Horse, was released on Bandcamp on January 10 2021. It’s the first full album project I worked on using my new pandemic-prompted home-recording set-up (made possible by the generosity of many wonderful friends at GoFundMe).

MFTJ – My Mom’s Getting A Horse

As a reminder of who MFTJ are, and how we do it – the band is the brainchild of producer Scott Schorr. He creates rhythm tracks (using bass, drums, percussion and a variety of electronic programming tactics), I improvise all over them, and he manipulates my improvs and creates highly peculiar compositions with constantly shifting musical colors undulating over propulsive, oddly syncopated beats.

I love this music. Give me this stuff and a set of headphones and I’m a very happy dude. Scott creates wonderful rhythm tracks, and isolates things in my own playing that I would never single out, resulting in a very different use of my musical instincts than I ever do when left to my own devices. When I listen to it, it’s a surreal experience – I recognize it as my playing, but I feel like the notes were somehow pulled from my subconscious and arranged without my knowledge. For me it’s fascinating and weird; hopefully it’s the same for you, albeit in a different way.

Here’s the link to find My Mom’s Getting A Horse and listen to it and buy it if you like:

Here are a couple of conceptual videos for two of the songs, created by Scott Schorr:

“What Wally Thinks”:

The title track, “My Mom’s Getting A Horse”:

Next is a series of making-of videos, with footage of me recording parts, and then talking about those parts after the fact.

“I Remember When Candy Bars Were A Nickel” making-of:

“Shoe Trade Gone Bad” making-of:

An unedited guitar improv from the title track:

“Donner Party Highlights” making-of:

“Who Grooms Your Fur?” making-of:

“Peeping Raccoon” making-of:

“National Milk Day” making-of:

(By the way, major respect to Mr. Schorr for unusual adeptness at creating really weird and entertaining song titles [the names of MFTJ tracks are entirely Scott’s domain]).

(When I look at myself talking in these making-of vids, I get strong early-pandemic vibes. I was still highly disoriented (whereas now I think part of me would be weirdly happy to just stay locked up at home forever tinkering in the studio, but, you know, gotta get some sun). I am fiercely grateful to Scott Schorr for giving me this project to work on, to keep myself busy during a time when I was pretty damn confused about the nature of things, and letting me start finding my way technologically around my new recording rig. I wouldn’t call myself a technophobe, but I’m pretty close, and this album was a great way to really deal with the process of familiarizing myself with all the stuff at my disposal.)

More related items…

– me doing a long track-by-track dissection of the album at John Wilcox’s Progsheet site:

– an interview about the album with Scott Schorr and me at the Progarchy site:

– At The Barrier interviewing Scott and I:

– Something Else! interviews Scott without me butting in:

– a Proglodytes podcast interviewing us:

And, finally, some reviews of the album:

– Something Else!:

– Exposé:

– At The Barrier:

– Progblog:

I think this is enough supplemental material for you to make an informed choice about potentially purchasing My Mom’s Getting A Horse! Here’s that Bandcamp link again: