The Oswalds, Parsley + Maxwell

/ May

The Oswalds, Parsley + Maxwell

Front Room
07:00 pm

Output Agency Ltd. presents

The Oswalds

with special guests Parsley + Maxwell!

$8 || 18+ || 7PM Doors // 7:30 Show



The Oswalds are the songwriting outlet for Camden Joy, who is perhaps most well known as a novelist and music writer. They are celebrating the release of their debut album, HASTA LA BYE BYE, with a series of East Coast shows. Joy is supported by Mark Lerner on bass and Mark Donato on drums.

“Camden Joy’s dazzling stories explore the metafictional zones between songs and their listeners. Like David Thomson’s Suspects or the uncompleted fragments in Lester Bangs’s Psychotic Reactions, his weird narrative stances are confessions of a heart pining over artifacts, a mind spinning fable and fantasy in pursuit of a usable history of pop.” —Jonathan Lethem

“We need a writer like Camden. The glam, the sham and the blam of everyday wonderment. All written  with truth, skill and compassion.” —Thurston Moore

“I know of no one who writes with more passion and soul.” —Dave Eggers

“One of the great rock writers of our age.” — Rolling Stone

Recently, Joy revived his late-1980s band, the Oswalds, to record a new batch of songs largely concerned with the war on drugs in Mexico.

It was a few years back that Camden Joy read essays by Alma Guillermoprieto about unexplained killings in Mexico. He began to imagine songs that would sound, in a way, like narcocorridos garbled by an American garage band. It would be a mongrel sort of sound, bad Spanish, ominous legends, a private war on drugs.

Camden Joy: “The key lyric on the album is ‘I was minding my own business when my conscience came alive.’ From that everything unfolds. You can live your life without concern for what goes on to make you happy, or you can wonder who sewed these jeans and who grew this weed. Which can lead you to ask yourself how much you’re a part of the wars being fought in your name, how much your drug use fuels the drug wars down south. How responsible are we for torture, for governmental destabilization? Or are such questions futile, because it’s impossible to escape the bad guys?”

The band is already at work on a follow-up album (no Mexico on this one!)



Ambrosia Parsley is a New York singer and songwriter best known for her work as the principal songwriter and front woman for pop noir trailblazers Shivaree. “Goodnight Moon,” from the band’s 1999 Capitol debut, “I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head for Making Me Live in This Dump,” topped the Italian pop chart for 8 weeks, served as the end title in Quentin Tarrantino’s “Kill Bill 2,” and provided the sultry backdrop for one of the most unforgettable scenes in Oscar winning “Silver Linings Playbook.” Parsley wrote and performed a subversive, comic take on the weekly news for “Unfiltered” (hosted by Rachel Maddow, Lizz Winstead and Chuck D) on Air America Radio in the run-up to the 2004 election. She’s worked with Laurie Anderson, Benjamin Biolay, Angela McCluskey, Paul Cantelon, Joe Henry, Sex Mob, Dave Sitek, and Hal Wilner, while her songs have been licensed for film, television and advertising in more than a dozen countries around the world.



“Chris Maxwell musically channels the heart of Americana-pop — Big Star, Freedy Johnston, Wilco and the like — in crafting a song-cycle as personal as home movies with X-rays included. A beautifully poised grown-up album in an age that still coughs one up from time to time.”

— Jonathan Lethem

Chris Maxwell’s debut album, Arkansas Summer, which John Burdick in the Almanac Weekly described as “…masterful Baroque Americana,” began in a makeshift studio in an Airstream trailer parked in Maxwell’s backyard in Woodstock, New York. The dark confessionals of his childhood are stories of tragedy, triumph, abuse, addiction and redemption, all presented with indelible guitar hooks and artfully turned lyrics. “When the drum becomes the drummer,” Maxwell sings in the jagged title track, “she beats down like an Arkansas Summer,”

Chris made his name playing perhaps the furthest thing from wistful Americana — in the ’90s, he made catchy, jagged junkyard rock with the legendary New York band Skeleton Key. Before that, he was the principal songwriter and clever guitarist of Little Rock, Arkansas’ first band to be signed to a major label, the Gunbunnies, whose Southern Gothic jangle the L.A. Times characterized “…as if the Beatles met Faulkner on E Street.”

These days, Maxwell works out of his new Goat House Studio in Woodstock, where he composes and records music for hit TV shows like Bob’s Burgers and Inside Amy Schumer, as well as producing and writing music for other artists (They Might Be Giants, Iggy Pop, Yoko Ono, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) as part of the celebrated production team The Elegant Too.