Scenes from the “Pasolini in Rome” show at the Cinémathèque Française

October 25, 2013

Comrade Howard graciously sent me these images from the current “Pasolini in Rome” exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française where he toured the show last week with the museum’s director.

It runs through January 26.

La poésie, la politique, le sexe, l’amitié, le cinéma… The stuff that life is made of.

The track “Pasolini” in the slideshow comes from my band Nous Non Plus’ release Le sexe et la politique (Terrible Kids Music 2012).

pasolini


Fascinated by Neapolitan music

August 5, 2013

pulcinella orchestra

Above: A Pulcinella orchestra. Image via ho visto nina volare.

Gearing up for my friend and client Tony Vallone’s sold-out Neapolitan event this week, I’ve been studying Neapolitan music and writing my own compositions.

It’s become a bit of a rabbit hole: once I started listening carefully to traditional songs from Naples, I became fascinated with the melodies and rhythms. But the thing that really grabbed me was how the arrangements always surprise the listener.

Just when you’ve settled into one phrase, the song leaps to another, unexpected place.

Here are some songs I’ve been working on at Baby P studios… Tracie P, who lived between Ischia and Naples for nearly five years, has been teasing me that my Neapolitan songs “still sound Jewish.” But I’ve been having fun with it.

One could spend a lifetime studying Italian culture, art, and history and never satiate her/his curiosity…


sometimes songs just tumble out of you

June 25, 2013

vocal booth

Above: To record the vox for this track, we built a makeshift vocal booth in our hallway, using boxes and blankets.

Here’s another preview from my new collection of songs, a departure from my band’s sexy, pumping, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll.

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Un Dimanche: new & different music of mine

June 24, 2013

All the great songwriters and musicians I’ve ever met say the same thing: make the music because you love to, because you have to.

The main focus of my musical life over the last fifteen years has been our band Nous Non Plus and I’ve been overjoyed by the success we’ve had in performing live and in selling our songs to film and television.

But there’s so much more music that I love and make.

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Wagoneers at the Continental Club #honktonking #atx

June 10, 2013

wagoneers continental club

Sugaroo, the agency that represents my music in film and television, also represents the alt-country americana legends the Wagoneers, who are now in Sunday-evening residence at the Continental Club here in Austin (one of our favorite honkytonks).

Sugaroo’s founder/owner and my very old and dear friend, Michael, was in Texas this weekend for meetings and he and I caught the show last night.

It was pretty amazing: they played their first record (1988, a landmark release that launched alt-country in the U.S.) in its entirety, in sequence, and then played their new as-of-yet unreleased record in its entirety. What a show!

Michael told me that he hopes to see the new disk out sometime in 2014.

In the meantime, here’s their site.


they’re with the band

April 29, 2013

From the department of “good girls go to heaven and bad girls go to Italy”…

hot band wives

Just had to share this photo, sent by one of my best friends, of the “band wives” on the night of the first of two shows that my band “the Americani” played earlier this month in the village of Cison di Valmarino in the province of Treviso (Veneto).

That’s Tracie P, second from right.

Now do you see why guys like me learn how to play guitar? ;)


he stopped loving her today

April 27, 2013

george jones

If you get the reference in the title, you’re as sad as we are.

If you don’t, you don’t know what you’ve been missing…

Rest in peace, George Jones.

BTW, Beaumont, Texas, where he lived (and not far from where he was born), is just a few towns west of Orange, Texas, where Tracie P grew up.


joy of music (Georgia P in the studio)

April 25, 2013

joy of music

My home office is also my recording studio. And when my bandmates are in town and we’re working, writing, and recording, Georgia P LOVES to come visit with us in the studio…

One of the greatest joys of my life is sharing music with our daughter and living in a home filled with melody and rhythm…


Chicken Shit Bingo with Dale Watson, a Parzen family affair

April 22, 2013

verena wiesendanger

Verena (above, holding Georgia P on her lap) has been in town since Tuesday (we’ve been hanging, cooking, and writing and recording songs together at Baby P studios).

With the weather so beautiful right now in the River City (that’s Austin for all yall who ain’t never been to Texas), we just couldn’t resist a family outing yesterday to Chicken Shit Bingo with Dale Watson at (our favorite honkytonk) Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon.

chicken shit bingo

Dale’s been playing in Austin and touring the world for more than twenty years, but his new album is bringing him into the fold of the mainstream. Check out this NPR interview he did for his new record release.

I’ve loved his music and his shows since Tracie P first turned me on to him the first time I came to Austin (nearly five years ago now!).

chili dog

We hung out in the shade in the parking lot and Georgia P had a blast checking out the chickens in Ginny’s chicken coop (above) and all the little doggies that folks bring (it’s a bring-your-own-lawn-chair and get a tub of beer affair in the parking lot outside).

Here’s a little taste of what you missed if you weren’t able to make it yesterday…


A song for Prosecco (by a closeted Eagles fan)

April 15, 2013

Over the weekend, as I was editing the homey video above for the Bele Casel blog, I racked my brain (wine connoisseurs know the origins of this expression!) thinking about what kind of song I should write to accompany my little homemade film.

In the end, I just kept coming back to country, you know, that peaceful easy feeling that Proseccoland gives ya’…

Yeah, yeah, I know… for years, I denied being an Eagles fan. Only my therapist knew…

But a few years after I met Tracie P, a lot of heart-to-heart talks, and a mountain of 8-track tapes later, I realized it was okay to come out of the closet and tell the world: “World, I am an American and I’m an Eagles fan!”

Today, I feel confident enough with my country cred that I can admit it.

So there you have it…

I hope you enjoy the video and the music as much as I enjoyed tracking it yesterday…

jeremy parzen musician


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