Author Archives: Camden Joy

More Mongrel Music

More Mongrel Music

I am proud to announce that The Oswalds have a few new songs out now and available for purchase on Bandcamp. I wrote the songs and sing 2/3 of them. They are: “Make Me a Coin,” “Starling,” and “Jimmy and Me Driving 99.” Click on the tab above right called MUSIC and follow the dog nose…

LA Punk & I

I recently read a book called Under the Big Black Sun: a personal history of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends. (You can read my Bookforum review of it here.) From the moment I heard of this project, I was intrigued. John Doe: handsome bassist and great songwriter and strong singer…Continue Reading

Almanac Weekly

It’s a gigantic honor to be considered by John Burdick. He is a seriously smart listener (and a fabulous songwriter/guitarist). In his journalism, he’s uniquely able to get into the headspace of whatever artist he’s studying. Burdick wrote about The Oswalds for the Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly, and said all kinds of nice things about our band…Continue Reading

Oswalds Rehearsal (3)

Oswalds Rehearsal (3)

Then there are two other new songs we’re also readying. “Make Me a Coin” is another political statement full of characteristic bad vibes. It’s not really a new song, it comes from my Presidential Coins series, but it was one of the later songs I wrote, and whatever. So it’s a few years old. It’s…Continue Reading

Oswalds Rehearsal (2)

Oswalds Rehearsal (2)

What’s funny about these Oswalds practices now is that we’ve basically been rehearsing the same set of songs for three years. Or so it seems. I mentioned this to Bassist Mark and he disagreed. He pointed out that 2013-2014 were devoted to learning the songs such that we could record HASTA LA BYE BYE (in…Continue Reading

Oswalds Rehearsal (1)

Oswalds Rehearsal (1)

Just got home from an Oswalds rehearsal and can’t sleep. Maybe that’s the sign of a good rehearsal? Probably. I think we’re sounding great; now if only I can remember my own goddamn lyrics, we’ll be set. (Fun drinking game: come to our April 30 NYC gig at the HiFi Bar and down a shot…Continue Reading

Return of The Oswalds

Return of The Oswalds

As you know, I am in a band, and we are The Oswalds. We formed in NYC in the late eighties. We are a trio, we play garagey indie rock, sorta songwriter-based.  I write the songs and sing while Mark Donato plays drums and Mark Lerner plays bass and most everything else. We return now after a…Continue Reading

5. The Premise

5. The Premise

The 1972 American League Championship Series matches the Detroit Tigers against the Oakland Athletics in a contest to determine who will advance to the World Series. These five games in October offer a seminar in great baseball. The fourth game in particular is called the best playoff game ever. There are highlights of these games on YouTube…Continue Reading

4. 1972

4. 1972

You can look closer and take it off the rack—go ahead, you can try it on—and when you do, you’ll find that 1972 fits a bit tighter than today, not as loose, though day to day you get used to it; after all it’s still just waking up and earning a living, which is a…Continue Reading