Live at the Nail: A Great Night for #Tweetcore!

Just a quick post to share some cool music and say thanks to Scoopski for inviting me and a few other #Tweetcore favorites (and soon-to-be favorites!) to perform at The Nail with him in Ardmore, Pennsylvania last night! The Nail (also known as the Rusty Nail) is a great venue that champions indie music from local and touring and bands. It’s where I saw Scoopski for the first time, along with Phil Yates and BEES! at the show that started me thinking about the larger Tweetcore scene.

The whole show was pretty awesome, with Greg Gallagher, Timothy Simmons, Scoopski, Jackson Vincent, and myself (performing as The Star Crumble!) on the bill. Also pretty cool is that fact that Mike Huff from BEES! took two trains to get to the show. If anyone is #Tweetcoretothemax, it’s Mike! Check out everyone’s music here, then check out the photos from the show below…

Thanks to the Nail for hosting us!
Greg Gallagher kicked off the show with a goth set that included a searing rendition of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” Look for an interview with Greg on this blog sometime in the next month or so. In the meantime, check out his music on your favorite streaming platform: Greg Gallagher on Songwhip
Timothy Simmons kept things going with a prog-influenced set of instrumental tunes that he describes as the soundtrack for a movie that hasn’t been made yet. Check out my interview with him from a few months back, and also visit his website,, to learn all about his music and new book!
Timothy Simmons joined me for my set. We’ve been friends since high school and have been making music together for almost as long. We’ve recorded together as Simmons and Schuster, and we’ve often played on each other’s recordings.
Performing as The Star Crumble, my set included songs from the debut album from The Star Crumbles, The Ghost of Dancing Slow, as well as a couple of covers and songs from my solo outings.
Needless to say, Scoopski — along with Mrs. Scoopski — brought the house down with #Tweetcore favorites like “Dad Bod,” “Steve and Nancy,” and “Handshake.” Also, a fun coincidence: The “fins up” sign behind him was the perfect complement to “Mermaid Girl.”
Jackson Vincent closed out the night with a haunting set — and some fun back-and-forth with the audience — that included songs from his albums Foxtrot and Normal Tension. Look for an interview with Jackson on this blog in the near future. The guy is #Tweetcore through and through!
Thanks again, Scoopski, for inviting us all out to play… And thanks to the Nail for having us!

New Song: Never Talk Back

Never Talk Back Cover 3-01

So the mistake I made the last time around was asking you to listen to an entire album. What was I thinking? That it was 1972? Ridiculous! You’re a busy person. I’m a busy person. Busy-ish, anyway. And, really, who among us has forty-some odd minutes to listen to a bunch of songs loosely arranged around the idea that a customer-service robot has learned to play the flute? Not me, and certainly not you. That’s why I’m only asking you to listen to one song this time around. It’s four minutes long, and I guarantee that there are no robots in this one! Just a prostitute who gets killed when she doesn’t earn any money. In other words, it’s wholesome fun for the entire family!

By now, you’re probably wondering, “How can I get my hands on a copy of this song?” Well, the sad fact is that you can’t because, as I hinted earlier, it’s not 1972 anymore. It isn’t even 1992 or even 2012. It’s 2018, and though some artists are still putting songs out on CD and Vinyl (and, yes, even on cassette!), I’m not one of them, so there’s no physical recording of this track that you can actually get your hands on. The best you can do is download or stream it from you favorite music service.

And maybe you just got through that last paragraph and thought, “Wow, that poor schmuck is extremely literal-minded! I obviously didn’t mean that I actually wanted to wrap my hands around the song! Maybe there’s something I can do to help him out.” If that — or something even remotely like it — is the case, here’s how you can help:

  • Buy the song on iTunes. Buy it as a gift for other people on iTunes. Tell people you know to buy the song on iTunes. Tell people you don’t know to buy the song on iTunes. Go on social media and write things like, “Wow! Have you heard ‘Never Talk Back’ by Zapatero? I can’t believe it’s only ninety-nine cents (or at most $1.29) on iTunes! That song’s worth at least $1.75!”
  • Play the song on Spotify. If you’re on Spotify, find the song and put it on constant repeat, then hide your music player in a closet for a month or so. Artists make about $0.006 per play on Spotify, so if you play it 100 times in a row, I’ll make sixty cents! And don’t think for a second that I’ll let all that money go to my head or change the way I record music. I’ll keep making low-fidelity tracks in my basement even if I make a whole six dollars on this song. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a sellout!
  • Go to ReverbNation and play the song there. And while you’re at it, share a link to the song via social media or embed it in a blog post. If enough people do that, I might even break the top ten for recording artists in Havertown, PA. And you know what they say about cracking the Havertown market!
  • If you have a music blog and you’re so inclined, write a review of the song. Or ask me for an interview. I’ll answer any questions you have like “What?,” “Why?,” and “What’s up with that creepy baby?”

Of course, there are probably other things you can do to help me out and I’m just not thinking of them at the moment. But if you think of any, please let me know, and I’ll add them to the list!

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the song!