Pre-Order Live Album + Release Show Tickets + Spotify Playlist

I'm so excited to finally begin sharing the first in a series of three releases that will begin this fall and go through early 2016, culminating with my new studio album! This first release an experimental live album, a musical self-portrait, if you will, that brings together recordings of my friends, my family, and songs from across my catalog (including stuff that isn't even on my new studio album) performed live on the priceless Salisbury Steinway grand piano in Des Moines, Iowa. Instead of chatting you up about it, how about you just watch the trailer for the album below and then take a listen to a track. Then you can pre-order here and get tons of awesome extras, as described in the image above!

The Salisbury House will also be hosting a one-night only release show on the piano on Saturday, September 26th. I'll be joined by featured album musicians Kyle Gowin on tenor saxophone and Tina Haase Findlay on accompanying vocals. The room where the concert will take place is built from the same 16th century oak as the piano, so guests will be sitting in a one-of-a-kind resonating instrument of a space! Tickets are very limited, get them here.

Last thing: I updated my weekly Spotify playlist with what's inspiring me this week, listen above and be sure to a) follow the playlist, and b) follow my artist profile! These jams are getting me pumped for 80/35 music festival, which I'll be playing in Des Moines this Saturday. Tickets here.

Live Album Pre-Orders + Special Shows + Fall Tour + Conquered 4 Life Episode 7: "Heather Be Thy Name"

My musical self-portrait/experimental live album A Passing Melody is officially being released on CD and on digital outlets worldwide (Europeans have had it since last November!) on October 2nd via Maximum Ames Records. Pre-orders start on Monday, July 6th and included an illustrated poster with original artwork by fine artist Jennifer Leatherby (check out her portrait of me below!), and exclusive booklet of correspondences between Steinway & Co. and Carl Weeks' estate (who commissioned the construction of the one-of-a-kind Steinway housed in 16th century English oak, the photo above is me right before the show!) from 1929-30, covering issues with construction and failure to pay (hello, Great Depression!), and YOUR portrait done in the style of the album art by Jennifer Leatherby. Yeah, you get your own portrait! You'll send us a pic and she will make it. That's crazy. Come back here or visit on Monday, July 6th to get all the details and to learn more about the release, which features recordings from that priceless piano, interviews with my grandmother, and more. For now, here's a track from the album:

To celebrate the release of the album, we are hosting a ridiculously special show in the room at Salisbury on that amazing piano (by the way, the room and the piano are made of the same wood, so they resonate in unison, it's cool), with the same musicians who recorded on it (Tina Haase Findlay & Kyle Gowin, yo yo!), and special guests We Are the Willows will be opening! Also Jennifer Leatherby will be there doing portraits. Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 6th on the Salisbury's website.

I'm always adding shows, coming up I'll be at 80/35 fest in Des Moines, Iowa, and also in Iowa City with Natalie Prass and Chicago with The Old Ceremony at Fizz. And a fall tour is coming, too! So I'll see ya out there! Shows are here.

I also just posted a new episode of Conquered 4 Life, called "Heather Be Thy Name". You can listen above, or subscribe on iTunes, or listen right here on my website and get all our content links (click here). 

We dig into:
-My new musical self-portrait/experimental live album that comes on October 2nd (pre-orders start on Monday, July 6th and come with an illustrated poster, exclusive booklet of letters, and YOUR portrait done in the style of the album art by Jennifer Leatherby)
-Radiation sickness from evil in the soil 'neath our feet
-Pants OFF Podcast (I can't help myself)
-Even more on Canby and his perceived relation to Maroon 5
-1000 true fans: The secret to why you keep listening to this stupid thing
-Ribald humor
-Tips on chillin' the heck out
-Two great jokes about two bands: The Police and Atreyu

Last thing: I'm trying to get my artist page on Spotify verified, but I need 250 followers! Click here to make it happen. For now I am curating a weekly playlist on my personal profile (click here), but we'll have all sorts of fun playlists on the artist page once we get that locked down!

And hey: #giveup


Lyrics and My Weekly Spotify Playlist

My new album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll doesn't come out for a bit, but if you wanna read all the lyrics from it (like, if you're into reading?), you can now, right here on this website, in the Lyrics section.

In other news, I just started a weekly Spotify playlist so I can share the tunes that inspire me and that I dig. I'll update it each week. You can follow that here, and listen below.


For now the playlist is through my personal profile, but if you will please follow the Christopher the Conquered Artist Profile on Spotify (click here), then I will do playlists through there once I get 250 followers! Also, with all the new tunes I am going to release in the next 9 months (like my lil' baby), you'll want to be connected.

By the way, I love reading. I am currently over halfway through the Malcolm X autobiography. It's stunning.



New Live Video and Catching Up On Conquered 4 Life

My sweet friends at Deft filmed a show I did with my band last November, and we just released the second video from that show! It's for the song "On My Final Day", which is on my forthcoming album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll. Enjoy:

Also, I realized I haven't been posting about new episodes of Conquered 4 Life here, which is rude of me. There are 6 episodes now, and we have a logo (designed by the unfathomable Eddie Fieg)! Check it out!

Listen to me talk about my adventures in life and art with my compatriot Chris "The Genie" Biagini (hence the genie's lamp in the logo) at, iTunes, or (new episodes only).


Much Love & Peace Forever - CHRISTOPHER

Upcoming Tour with Gloom Balloon + Getting my Elton John on


Hanging with my man Gloom Balloon today prepping for our upcoming Midwest tour! Dates are below, please come hang and drink with us. We'll have some new songs, plus I'll have my new live album (selling in advance of official release!), new shirts, and maybe some more rad stuff!

5/8 Ames, IA - DG’s Tap House w/ Brooks Strause

5/9 Cedar Falls, IA - The Octopus w/ Rad Rascal 

5/10 Dubuque, IA - Eronel

5/11 Minneapolis, Mn - Honey -w/ Almighty American

5/12 Milwaukee, WI - Bremen Cafe - w/ Lousy Trouts

5/13 Chicago, IL - Fizz- w/ Bienart

5/14 Champaign, IL - TBA

5/15 Iowa City, IA - The Mill w/ Dagmar

5/16 Fairfield, IA - The Arbor w/ Captain Ascender

5/19 Lincoln, NE - Zoo Bar w/ Powerful Science 

5/20 Omaha, NE - The Sydney w/ Bazile Mills

Also, I just dropped a new song that's going to be on my next album. The album and the song are called "I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll". Yahoo! Music thinks it's kinda like Elton John, check out what they say right here, then listen below (and yeah, that's the album cover).

I'm recording the journey of releasing this new album via my new podcast 'Conquered 4 Life', which you can subscribe to on iTunes, listen to on this site, or check out on Soundcloud (most recent episodes only there). Tune in, it's fun! Here, I'll make it easy for you:

I'll leave you with a pic of me in a really blue bathroom near Nardo, Italy. Sometimes you might feel blue but you'll never be as blue as this bathroom. I'm gonna be back for a record-length tour of that country in early 2016. ITALIANS RING ME UP I WANNA HANG WITH YOU.


I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll Debuts on Yahoo! Music, Tour Dates, The Old Record Store Down By The Sea Live Video, Conquered 4 Life Episode 3, and more

Well, I've been talking about it for a while, so I figure it's time to share a song from my new album, which is coming out in the near future, I promise! Listen to the title track above, courtesy of Yahoo! Music.

You can hear me play songs from the album on a little Midwest jaunt I'm doing with Gloom Balloon next month! Tour dates here.

I am also going to be returning to one of my favorite places to play, Kirksville, Missouri, on May 2nd! Check out this video of a new song called "The Old Record Store Down By the Sea", featuring everyone at the show on backup vocals. (More videos on MaximumAmesTV)

Also, I totally talk about my new album a bit in this really nice video featuring the Iowa Artist Fellows of 2014. The crew at Deft did wonderful work on this, and on a music video for my new album (coming soon), and on this Gloom Balloon video, which I'm quite proud of my role in.

Lastly, episode 3 of my new podcast Conquered 4 Life is available now for your listening pleasure! We get pretty serious, but in a way that might be interesting if you like thinking about what the hell music is for! Also, we touch on John Grant, Tom Waits, the relationship between music and alcohol, and a whole lot more. Stream below, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes to get updates and to listen to old episodes.





Conquered 4 Life Episode 2, On TV with Philip Glass, and a Mountain Goats Cover

This week I've got episode 2 of my new podcast "Conquered 4 Life" for you! Genie got quite drunk during the recording of it, but I don't think you'd know if it weren't for the fact that I just told you. 

In Episode 2, we discuss:
-Foster's Beer & Courtney Barnett
-"Blurred Lines" (Are we the hottest bitches in this place?)
-Neckbeards as marketing tools
-What Would Kanye Do?
-Balancing gratitude and ambition
-Genie's addiction to Old Milwaukee
-Harrison Ford rape allegations
-Suicidal tweets
-Is the voice of the people the voice of God?
-The meaning of money for real (Is Christopher evil?)
-Recovering from a shitty show
-Fear of failure and how nobody gives a fuck
-Staring at knives
-Pitchfork's review of Christopher's life
-The work of a critic
-Nickleback, Korn, and My Chemical Romance
-The test pressing!
-Selling a record to a soundguy

ENJOY (and come tell me what you think at any of my upcoming shows):

The songs at the end are "Elevator Operator" from Courtney Barnett's 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit' (…-sit-2) and "If I Were Yours" by Karen Meat & The Computer (get it here:…-the-computer).

Check out The Genie's blog:

In other news, I just realized the Iowa Public Television thing I did with Philip Glass last year is now watchable on the internet. I don't say anything interesting about "The 21st Century Concert Experience", but he sure does. Check it:

Last thing for today: I just posted my cover of The Mountain Goats' "1 John 4:16" on this site. Listen here whenever you want. And the video that goes with it is below. What a song! I hope you like it.




Conquered 4 Life Episode 1, SXSW, and a Brooks Strause Cover

Hi, friends! I've started a sort of podcast thing in lieu of blogging about all the shit I have going on.

It's going to maybe be an every-other-week or so "podcast" from me, in which I discuss recent happenings in my little world of music with my friend and bad music lover Chris Biagini aka "The Genie".

In Episode 1, we discuss:
-Failing to repay student loans
-Unhealthy emotional investments
-At least one bad thing about our hero Patrick Tape Fleming
-Papa Roach fraternity paddles
-Elderly person text
-13 year old girlfriends
-What the fuck to do with Spotify
-OCD music collecting
-Reflecting on mistakes and meditating to deal with it all.

Check it out:

The songs at the end are "The Ballad of El Goodo" from Big Star's #1 Record and "All You Ever Wanted" from The Black Keys' Attack & Release.

The track I mention you need to hear is Brothers & Sisters doing "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on an album called Dylan's Gospel.…3772?i=879183800

Check out The Genie's blog: 

If you like it or hate it, come tell me about it at SXSW in Austin, TX next week. I'm playing two shows there! Details here.

Poster by Van Holmgren

Poster by Van Holmgren


On a side note, I also recently posted a cover of the song "That's Why I'm Smiling" by one of my favorite songwriters, Brooks Strause. Listen to it here. There's a lot of my friends playing on that, too, and you can watch us recording the performance below:

You should buy the new reissue of his record Dead Animals on Maximum Ames Records, by the way.





I Lose It with Friends in My Bedroom

My new studio album I'm Giving Up On Rock and Roll (which I promise is going to come out) that I made last year in Memphis has a song on it called "I Lose It". It's about a fella who always loses love whenever he finds it, so he decides to make up his own love in stories in his mind, a love he can never lose. I invited over my band and my friend Anna Gebhardt of Annalibera (who has a killer new album coming out this spring) to help me play it in my bedroom. Graham Gardner shot and edited the video. I hope you like it. If you don't, then you can listen to this song from Annalibera's album, which should take care of that taste in your mouth.




Alicia Keys and Me Medley

I know, you thought for a second that I actually sang with Alicia! No. One day. Maybe. Alicia? You out there?

For now, we can all just settle for a medley I did with my super hot band of Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" and my new song "I'm Not That Famous Yet" (which will be on my forthcoming studio album I'm Giving Up On Rock and Roll - I love that word "forthcoming"). That's Drew Selim on drums, Dan Kreipke on bass, and Kyle Gowin on tenor saxophone. This is from a show we did for Iowa Public Radio. Thanks to Phil Maass for engineering, Tony Dehner for being awesome (I owe you a t-shirt, dude), and Al Schares for looking cooler than everyone else in the room! Of course, Mark Simmet killed it on the MC job, the Des Moines Social Club doled out the brews, and DEFT shot this badass video! Oh yeah, I mixed this audio on my laptop. Thanks, Garageband.