3 Live Matthew Milia Solo Shows Released from 2007 & 2013:
What a tour. Well, I'm back in Detroit after a month in Europe—but it feels like I've been gone a year. So much happened. My dear Nana passed away in my absence. I got engaged to my best friend & love of my life in London.
Now I find myself immersed in my home comforts—able to make my own coffee & sit at my Lowrey organ and work on tunes, with jet lag waking me up too early (a sorta blessing) & an annual early-fall cold fogging up my head (a sorta nostalgic blessing itself).
It's hot in Detroit. I feel myself in that gentle fugue the mind enters reflexively in moments of serious life transition. I feel like giving away all my clothes & starting my wardrobe over. Getting a dog. Writing another collection of poems 34 people will read. Riding out a manic productivity and resilience wherever I may find it.
I'm simultaneously tempted to detach completely from the greater world wide web that is virtual humanity—just keep making stuff for my own gratification in a super wonderful state of simple domesticity—and also to connect and share overzealously in a reckless blaze. The modern duality. Whatever. I keep writing songs because I have to. It is how I process my lovely weird world. Therefore I have many songs queued up for release. My completed solo debut 'Alone at St. Hugo' WILL come out in 2019, I promise. New Frontier Ruckus album in the works, about which I am so excited. How blessed I am for my partners in that project, Davey & Zach. How gratefully we approach our task in honoring all the band represents.
I want to find a way to release things immediately and without the toxic expectation and me me me-ness of a bygone broken industry. Just hand it all over with an immediacy to anyone out there who might care. Could it be you?
Matthew performs a new song live in Newark, Ohio for Ballroom Revival Sessions at Thirty One West.
ANNOUNCING—first batch of Frontier Ruckus dates for an intimate/catalog-spanning acoustic tour of the Western USA w/ special guest Cataldo:
2/7 Seattle - Fremont Abbey Arts Center
2/9 Portland - The Old Church Concert Hall
2/12 Sacramento - Goldfield
2/13 San Francisco - (details soon)
2/14 Los Angeles - The Hotel Cafe
2/15 Las Vegas - Beauty Bar Las Vegas
2/16 Salt Lake City - Kilby Court
2/17 Denver - (details soon)
2/18 Omaha - Reverb Lounge
2/19 Minneapolis - First Avenue & 7th St Entry
2/20 Chicago - Bourbon on Division
2/21 Holland, MI - Park Theatre
My debut solo album is almost finished. It's called Alone at St. Hugo. My friend Ben Collins and I recorded it to this Tascam 388 tape machine and played all the instruments between the two of us in a small room. I don't think I've ever been so excited about an album I've made. It is a very personal and unadulterated document, and exceedingly dear to me.
Please check out Ben's amazingly rad band, Minihorse. Stay tuned!
Matthew has opened up a few more orders for handwritten lyrics from a song of your choice.
Matthew's debut solo art show, Seen/Ignored: Notifications of Nothing, opens this Friday at The Collective Artspace in Grand Rapids. Frontier Ruckus will also be performing an intimate acoustic set at 9 pm. Tickets for that segment are available here.
It is spring and I want to write new poetry. This is the second series of a personal poem project I am doing. You order a song and have the option of including a word you would like to help shape or color the poem. I write a poem spurred directly by your interaction and send you the original typewritten copy, signed. You can order here: