Releases, live bootlegs and demos
Thanks for dropping in. I've done a lot of touring, in the last ten years. And drinking, and writing, and shouting, and even some listening and thinking, too. I've recorded in Abbey Road and played festivals in the US, UK and the Continent - then spent a few more years trying to forget about the whole thing. But songs have a habit of creeping back to whisper in your ears when you least expect...
This is a new site to house all of my music since 2003 - and the new releases to come. We're still finding corners to stash all the junk! And you've got to bang the side of the set now and again. But I hope you'll stick around. If you enjoy some of it then you know what? Let me know, perhaps you could invite me to do a show in your town, or sling me a rum, or maybe put a little of that change in the jar.
Either way, I'll be here, trying to keep my guitar in tune and warming my hands in between songs. So take it easy,
“worth buying a turntable just to hear this.”
“intriguing melodies… highly alluring.”
“Stream of conscious lyrics.. like a late night busker serenading the drunks… Get it for the indie kid in your life.”
“a strange, yet fantastic collaboration”
‘Punk rock troubadours’ are two-a-penny these days, but over the last decade, from founding a record label, running a radio station and busking across the US and Europe, Lonely Joe Parker might just have enough brownie points to justify it. Strange then, that the Clash-inspired songsmith’s luscious debut LP should end up pitched somewhere between Pavement, PJ Harvey and Mystery Jets. It’s a sweet spot.
Following the critical success of 2009’s What’s Wrong With Broken Glass Joe spent 2010 “Thinking about things. Hard.” For once, the explosive singer is understating things. In fact he oversaw a bumper year of acclaimed releases for Sotones Records (over 15, including his own Shanty release); somehow also fitting in time as hired-gun mercenary AIDS researcher.
Yeah, a bit of that. See my real-time phylogenomics pages.