FOMO YOLO ONO (2016)

BIG ROCK

• The new Tiny Telephone Oakland
• Dave Richman flew in from NYC
• Massive drum sounds here

David Bowie's death inspired me to revisit loud pop. Maybe? John Vanderslice was opening Tiny Telephone II, in Oakland, and had some stupid cheap deal on weeks. Jacob Winik and me got a week, I flew Dave Richman out from NYC, and asked a friend's husband Harris Pitman to play bass. My nephew Devon flew out and did some assistant engineering as well as a bunch of video of this session. If I knew then what I know now about how to promote, I would have spent a little time with this one. Some of my favorite songs of the past 10 years on this nugget. Especially 'forever is plenty of time' which was me trying to sing like sting in the 70s. And my friend Sean Murphy wrote the lyrics to On The Fence (With You). SLICK. 'Simplicity complex' and 'Ruby' were done with Steve Sutherland on drums in boulder COlorado back in 2010 under the name 'slurry bombers'. They just seemed to fit on this record.

THE ROYAL PANICS - NYC EP (2015)

FIRST RECORDINGS!

• A great quicky
• 1st recordings by The RPs
• Recorded in Brooklyn

Rich Bennett opened Acme Hall Studio in Brooklyn and the three of us flew to NYC for a spirited few days laying down 5 songs. We finished 4 of them. There's one I never liked sitting somewhere on a hard drive. Great bagels in Park Slope. Rich and I have always had a brotherly tension. It definitely came to a head here a bit. I learned a lot. I'm glad he and me had it out years later. You should check out the podcast episode between us if you like studio nerdery.  Still have a few cassettes of this: hit me up, yo.

THE 21 DAY MYTH (2014)

A song a day

• Recorded in a basement dump
• Another break up LP
• Quality may vary

The 21 day myth was some article I read about how you *CAn't* break any habit in 21 days. So I wrote, recorded, mixed, and finished a song a day for 21 days. A relationship was imploding but I kinda was feeling hopeful about the future anyway. Some of these songs were basically demos for The Royal Panics anyway. I THINK 'THE TALK GOES STIFF' is actually me rewriting 'WE CAN'T DANCE' by GENESIS. That match pack picture was taken at Thee Parkside in SF which as of this writing is in danger of disappearing forever. 2020 sucks.

SUPERIOR EXCELLENCE (2014)

BACK TO BASICS

• Played all the things
• Recorded to my 1/2 inch 8 track
• Tracked in my SF loft

The loft I'd moved to in the Mission District was undergoing retrofitting and tons of construction. Since it was already loud as shit, I set up a drum kit and mics, the 8 track 1/2 inch, and went about making a record. As is often the case, my songwriting started by playing drums 'along with' songs by other artists then building new tracks up from those takes. While I was finishing this, I realized maybe it was time to really try and put a band together. This was when I met Mark nicHoson and through him, Dennis galway. I love them both. We started rehearsing and played as greg hoy and the end for a few gigs until it felt weird to me. we settled on the royal panics. a few songs off this record made it to that debut lp. and we played a lot of these live for 5 or so years. the video for 'my parker posey' was a turning point. great people helped me with that. it's ok to ask for help.

DIRTY DOGS: DEMOS FROM THE 00s (2013)

LEFTOVERS

• No Angus was harmed
• Stuff from all over 2000's
• Quality not guaranteed

I'd finally gotten into a real relationship in California — with someone from NYC. So most of my time THAT YEAR was courting, traveling, and canoodling. I did manage to put together this album of stuff that never had a home during my decade in NYC. It's pleasant enough. I did end up making 100 cassette copies of it and giving them to people that came to my 40th birthday party. They were a bunch of tech people that were just generally confused by it.

LIVE AT HANK'S (2012)

THE LIVE RECORD

• Recorded 100% live
• Only time I played no guitar
• I love this record