Music

All of the newest albums (2014 on) are available on all streaming platforms, the ones before that are available on most. Go to the contact page if you have questions about accessing any of the albums.

What Scales With Sky (2020) – We worked really hard on these songs. Recording them took over a year easy due to our schedules. Some of them had to be recorded remotely due to COVID. Crazy times but I think you’ll love the result. I worked really hard writing some of these songs, others were just gifts. Definitely one of my best albums. Find it on Spotify or Apple music or anywhere.

Once We Get to Where We Are (solo album 2019) – This is a mellow album of original folk songs. Probably the most zen thing John has ever done. Like he learned how to live inside a campfire existing solely off smores and singalongs. Characters include Astro Gary, Tom Hanks, alien abductors, Amelia Earhart’s husband, and an actor who plays a gardener only to give up acting to become an actual gardener.

Magic Ride (2018)  This album has been a year in the making. Actually more than that. The title track was started about 10 years ago at a hipster cafe in Albuquerque, NM. I wrote the initial lyrics with a friend of mine, Su Avasti and it was a tongue-n-cheek number using the Albuquerque transit system as a metaphor for God. Back then it was
called “Climb on in” and was a blues song, “Climb on in, to the Rapid Ride.” Now the song has been made more universal and is called “The Magic Ride.” It is a song about letting everyone on the bus, no matter who they are. Kind of the opposite sentiment to much of what is represented nowadays in our country’s exceptionally dismal mode of discourse. I also co-wrote another song with my then 6-year old song. It’s a song about the game “Minecraft.” I’ll let you figure out which one. The other songs were were written when I was at the beach over the summer of 2017, so that’s how they sound to me. One of the songs is just a surfing song. So stop asking if it’s right, hurry up and get inside, and climb on board the magic ride!

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Monkey Lizards (2017) All new songs and their first album. They tell stories about Kylo Ren, sunglasses that fight fascists, finding your parallel self somewhere out there in the multiverse, dying alone in the desert, and of course love.

Trash Richer Than Money (2014) John’s last album written and recorded in Albuquerque, NM. Songs about moving, roots, midlife crisis, and Trash. Nate Watson plays cajón.


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When are We Ever Gonna Use This? (2012) This album is thought of by many to be the quintessential indie-rock-nerd album all about public education ever created. Songs to make you laugh, cry or just scratch your head out of confusion.
The World is Yours (2010) – Songs about family, fitting the universe inside an espresso cup, the end of days, misunderstood monsters, and having kids.
Finish What You Start (2009) – A light-hearted folk album. Includes Art Jarvis on Bass, Ron Romero on electric guitar, and Ken Battat playing a wooden box. Songs about not being able to sleep, how a mustache can change your life, the spirituality of an oil change, and Charlie Brown and Lucy, who betrays him.

The Life and Teaching of Guru Muru (2009) – A concept album and musical guide to the important teachings of John’s alter-ego at the time, the out-of-work history teacher, former bus driver, and heretical spiritual advisor. Sort of like having coffee with Kurt Vonnegut and Pope John Paul II.


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It Could Always Be Worse (2008) – 14 songs. A fusion (or confusion) of country, rock, folk with a little punk and hip-hop thrown in. Ezra Bussmann and Art Jarvis are prominently featured on this record.

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Border Town (2007) – This album is a love letter to New Mexico. 11 songs including “Border Town”, “I Saw God at Frontier Restaurant”, “Sisto Abeyta for President” and a new version of “Día de los Muertos”, an old classic.


Feelin’ Pretty Free (2002) – I remastered this album recently and added 5 songs from back in that time period, this is my second “low-fi” album all done on my 4 track tape machine. 15 songs about love and protest. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, wherever.


This Sky and These Bones (2000) – 20 alt-folk songs all low-fi 4-track cassette recordings. I formerly called this album, “Tall Tales and Broke Dreams,” but went back and added 7 more songs to it from that time period. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, wherever.