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February 24, 2023
The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass has been out for two weeks now. I had a freaking blast on the first leg of the tour. Read the tour diaries here. Hoping to do a lot more readings this year. Looking at Detroit, Columbus, LA, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and anywhere that will have me. Doing a run down to Baltimore and DC April 1st and 2nd.
The book has gotten a lot of great reviews and I’ve done some awesome interviews as well. Check ’em out below:
“What really propels the story forward, is Stone’s narrative voice — comic and wistful, shot through with a lackadaisical intelligence, and injected with a heavy dose of the countercultural tone that created both Thomas Pynchon and indie-rock music journalism.” – Interview with Brian Slattery at New Haven Independent
“this is like a marathon Quentin Tarantino interview…” – Review in LEO Weekly
“As hilarious as it is poignant…Stone’s wise but compassionate novel captures the endless debates that happen in indie bands…” – Interview with John Clarkson at PennyBlackMusic
“I’m surprised by how much of my real life went into a book called ‘The Ballad of Buttery Cake Ass.'” – Interview with Christopher Arnott at Hartford Courant
“It should be pointed out at this juncture that this is an unapologetically silly book. This is humour of the absurdist school pitched somewhere between Monty Python and Spinal Tap.” – Review at Louder Than War
“Stone…does have the Pynchon comic tone and the penchant for pushing ideas to an absurd end.” – Review at Boston Groupie News
“The book is really a love letter to collecting.” – Chris Bisha, 360° Sound
“this is one hell of a fun trip, Aug has written a fantastic musical documentary which is somehow full of auditory sensations, I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything quite like this; when the band play live the writing matches the tempo and I felt I was there, I could hear the music and see the lights, the band were suddenly with me…” – Jason Denness, review in Gnome Appreciation Society
I’ve started a Substack too, The Counterforce. Tons of music recommendations, books, comics, art, films, comedy. Subscribe if you’re into it
February 1, 2023
The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass book tour starts next week! Hope to see you at some of these dates. Book is out Feb 9th. More info here
I’ve also started a Substack. Subscribe for music, book, film, comics, art, and comedy recommendations
November 29, 2022
Long time! Hope y’all are well. Exciting news! My new book The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass will be released on February 9, 2023 on my own Stone Soup imprint. Dave Hill says it’s “like being taken on a rock n roll road trip by Holden Caulfield with a head injury in the best of ways.” Tour dates for February and March being planned now. Let me know if you’d like me to come to your city and hopefully we can work something out.
Fantastic cover by one of my favourite artists, Hanco Kolk.
In other news, today an interview I did with Heavenly, a band I’ve loved for almost 30 years now, went up at The Quietus. Was really fun to do, talking to them about how they survived Britpop and were perceived differently in different countries all over the world.
There’s been other bits of writing too since I last updated. Reviews of some really good records for The Quietus – The Real Tuesday Weld, Winter, Anton Barbeau, Heldon, and Darren Hayman. As well as a review of the new Blacksad for The Comics Journal.
May 20, 2022
I was honoured that Richard Pinhas asked me to write the liner notes for the re-release of his Iceland solo record. Very exciting to now hold the vinyl in my hands and see them! Out now on Bureau B.
May 14, 2022
Exciting news! I’ve finished a new book, ‘The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass’. It’s the book I’ve always wanted to write, combining my love of the absurd and my love of music and record collecting. Buttery Cake Ass is one of the bands my best friend and I made up to ask for at record stores when we were 15. That feeling of having the clerk walk away to go check if they had Buttery Cake Ass’ ‘Live In Hungaria’ was one of utter joy and has always stayed with me. You can contribute to the Kickstarter for it here. There’s some videos there explaining more about this great unknown band.
I just found out today that my Nick Cave’s Bar memoir is now available at Avalanche Records in Edinburgh, Scotland. Very cool, as I’ve always enjoyed visiting their shop. Found a few Brilliant Corners albums I was looking for there back in 2003. And they named their shop after the Leonard Cohen cover that kicks off the first Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds record. How cool is that!
My review of the Skep Wax Under The Bridge compilation is up at The Quietus, and more reviews are coming.
The first Young Southpaw full-length record, Hopscotch To Heaven, will be released on June 18th. Featuring contributions from Rick Webb, Pete Wiggs, and Nashville bassist extraordinaire, Kevin Reed.
Much appreciated if you want to contribute to the Kickstarter!
March 15, 2022
Been a while. Some exciting news though. My short story, ‘Black & White & Red All Over’, has been published in the latest issue of Exacting Clam! A real honour to have my first ever published short story in such a great journal. I’ve been a big fan of Sagging Meniscus, who puts out The Clam, for a while now. Read it here, and buy a physical copy here.
Since I’ve last updated, 17 more rad shops have stocked ‘Nick Cave’s Bar’. You can now get it at Captured Tracks, Record Grouch, WORD, and Brooklyn Record Exchange (all in Brooklyn), Static Era in Milford, CT (an awesome new record shop right next to my hometown), Planet Records in Boston, Quimby’s in Chicago, Hex Enduction in Seattle, No Alibis in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Winzer Records in Palm Springs, CA, Green Apple Books in San Francisco (who have it displayed with their ‘collection of Cave-iana’), Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, NJ, Skeleton Dust in Dayton, OH, LA’s Daily Planet, Visible Voice in Cleveland, Wuxtry Records in Athens, GA, and Unity Books in Auckland, New Zealand.
I interviewed German gay comix icon, Ralf König, about his new take on Lucky Luke for The Comics Journal.
And had a very interesting chat with sound artist Flora Yin-Wong for The Quietus. Reviewed the latest blackstarkids and illuminati hotties albums for them as well, two of my favourite records of last year.
October 6, 2021
My review of Jordi Lafebre’s Always Never is up now at The Comics Journal. Lovely book, wonderful art. I’m digging the new look of The Comics Journal site. All my pieces for them are now grouped together here.
October 4, 2021
It’s the three year anniversary of the first Young Southpaw performance! Three years ago this evening I drove 200 miles from Nashville to Memphis to perform Young Southpaw for the first time. I arrived at the P&H Cafe not really knowing what to except, but it was my New Year’s Resolution for 2018 to try stand-up comedy. I went up seventh and got the first real laughs of the evening. That feeling I will never forget. The host thanked me for getting the crowd going and people came up to me afterwards saying how much they liked the stream-of-consciousness combined with all the pop culture references. I was on Cloud 9. The set went from Britney Spears to Ozzy Osbournce and Randy Rhoads to Cynthia Rhodes, and when it was time to leave I recalled John Travolta’s final words to Ms. Rhodes, my first ever celebrity crush, in Staying Alive – ‘You know what I wanna do? Strut.’ And I strutted back to my car to make the three hour plus journey home. And never looked back.
So much has happened since then. I’ve released 61 stories and counting on The Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour podcast, The Lost Archimedes album which is one of the things I’m most proud of in my life, the ‘Humpty Dumpty In HD’ single, and a bizarre cover of ‘Wooly Bully’ as ‘Ouroboros’.
And now, to celebrate this three year anniversary, here is the video for ‘Infinite Shakespeare’, the sonic backdrop of which was done by The Séance, who are Pete Wiggs from Saint Etienne and James Papademetrie. Saint Etienne being one of my all-time favourite bands, I’m really psyched about this.
August 31, 2021
“If you like what is clearly a celebration of the English language, you should go to augstone.com” – Jackie Kashian, Dork Forest
What a great quote! I love it. I had a blast talking to Jackie on this week’s episode of Dork Forest. The topic was James Bond, and of course we drifted into other favourite subjects of mine, namely Van Halen and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Check it out!
August 12, 2021
OUT TODAY! THE FEEL-GOOD HIT OF THE SUMMER – ‘OUROBOROS’
You can get the free mp3 by signing up to the mailing list and check out the video:
My friend Dave gave me the idea back when I was Kickstartering ‘Nick Cave’s Bar’. For his personalized Southpaw story he gave me the topics Ouroboros and Jennifer Love Hewitt. You can hear a reworked version of his story as Episode 55 of The Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour. And when I started singing ‘Ouroboros’ to the tune of ‘Wooly Bully’, I knew I had to make this a reality. It was SO MUCH FUN to do. Roping in my friends, most of whom have never met each other, Jo Bevan, Simon Nelson, Bo Butler, Brooklyn duo Vis Invis Electrique, The Indelicates, Mikey Georgeson, Phil Whaite, and the inestimable Keith TOTP. Connor Rog shot the video and Allen Crawford did the awesome cover illustration. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. More to come
August 2, 2021
The Month Of Aug has begun! Exciting times. The very first Young Southpaw story set to music was released last week. Bobby Barry did the music. Check out the video with some serious dad-dancing from Desperate Journalist’s Jo Bevan. Yulia Lapko did the awesome cover art. Buy it on Bandcamp, or at any of the major sites.
Much more of this to come
And ‘Nick Cave’s Bar’ is now available at two more bookshops I love, Skylight Books in Hollywood and Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT.
June 8, 2021
I am so excited to finally release Dekalaug 6: 5150! It was like I was struck by lightning when I released that the Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour podcast episodes 51-60 could be collected under the title ‘5160’. Kelly Hudak took this photo two years ago and designed the traditional Dekalaug cover soup as Eddie’s guitar stripes. Then it was just waiting for the podcast to hit 60 episodes. That’s a lot of absurdity! And I’m really pleased with the content of all of these. Some favourites of mine are ‘Recastaways’, imagining ‘Gilligan’s Island’ with musicians replacing the actors – John Denver for Bob Denver, Marianne Faithfull as Marianne, Public Enemy’s Professor Griff as The Professor, etc. ‘Fugazi Hills 90210’ was inspired by my confusion watching 9-0 as a teenager. And ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Horror Films’ was really good fun to write as Paul McCartney, Christopher Lee, and MC Hammer attempt to bust out of Alcatraz.
Nick Roseblade gave the Nick Cave’s Bar live album a great review at The Quietus. “Personally, it hits all the sweet spots I like in live comedy and reminds me, in portions, of Lenny Bruce and his ability to pivot my emotions mid-sentence.”
Nick Cave’s Bar, the book, is now also available at Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA) and Malaprop’s (Asheville, NC)
Some pieces have been published lately that I’m really pleased with:
Great to write about one of the Belgian comics masters, Maurice Tillieux, for The Comics Journal
And published today, a review of and interview with Zidrou & Frank Pé about their new take on Marsupilami, one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Great stuff. A pleasure to write this.
The new Fightmilk record is so good, I broke my rule about not reviewing albums to cover it for The Quietus.
Also had Fightmilk on the Etcetera ETC podcast, always a blast to speak with them. Same with Amelia & Rob from The Catenary Wires who are this week’s guests. Going strong lately with interviews with writer Reggie Chamberlain-King & Swan River Press publisher Brian Showers, Stephen Coates of The Real Tuesday Weld, Andrew Shaw of The Silent Academy, Ben Siddall from The Lodger, writer Peter Bebergal, and Hedvig Mollestad came back on to talk about her killer new album.
And speaking of podcasts, I was a guest on writer/comedian Mike Carlon’s ‘Uncorking A Story’, chatting about Nick Cave’s Bar.
April 12, 2021
‘Nick Cave’s Bar’ is available everywhere online and at these awesome shops around the world:
Happy Valley (Melbourne, Australia)
Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA)
March 21, 2021
I was on the Hong Kong equivalent of the BBC to talk about ‘Nick Cave’s Bar’. It was a lot of fun. Listen here, about a half hour in.
“Road-trip stories are never really about the destination and this one is hilarious, chaotic and character filled…Sort of like a Louis Theroux weird weekend mixed with Withnail & I.” – Susan Sloan, Louder Than War. A great review of ‘Nick Cave’s Bar’, read the full review here.
More and more places are stocking the book. I’m very pleased about that.
February 23, 2021
I also reviewed Nicolas Keramidas’ Open-Hearted for The Comics Journal. Europe Comics are putting out some great stuff and I’ve got some more reviews coming in the coming weeks.
February 13, 2021
My Nick Cave’s Bar album and book are out now! Two different experiences of the same wild tale – the album is a recording of the live show performed in 2019 and the book goes into a lot more detail.
“A mission to find a mythological watering hole… In June 1999, Aug Stone and his best friend flew to Germany to find the bar they had heard Nick Cave owned in Berlin. They assumed they would get off the plane, ask ‘which way to Nick Cave’s bar?’, and then spend the rest of their time living it up amidst the wild world of its confines. Instead what followed were nine days of confusion, thwarted plans, and perpetual drunken misery. To this day, they’re not sure Nick Cave ever owned a bar in Berlin.”
The Etcetera ETC With Young Southpaw interview podcast is still going strong. Recent interviews include Greg Proops, The Lucksmiths’ Mark Monnone, writer Jeremy Allen, Mark Reeder, and Dutch artist Hanco Kolk. Check it out.
October 4, 2020
Exciting things in the works!
And things are going strong with Young Southpaw. The Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour podcast and the Etcetera ETC With Young Southpaw podcast are both now weekly. I’ve had some great guests on the ETC show – Mat Osman from Suede, author John Higgs, Steve Kilbey from The Church. Check it out!
The Quietus gave Young Southpaw’s ‘The Lost Archimedes’ album a great review – “What was evident after each listen was how funny the album was and how intricate each track was…This isn’t your usual spoken word/comedy album where the set ups and punchlines follow each other. It’s far more interesting.”
May 26, 2020
Been a long time. What a year, eh? Hope you’re all holding up as well as can be.
I’ve been busy. Main thing is I’ve released the second long-form Young Southpaw story, ‘The Lost Archimedes’.
“Trying to find his way back to the bar Crossroads where he saw that pretty lady, Southpaw’s phone has stopped giving directions. It’s now up to his own intuition to guide him, as he ponders how interdimensional reptilian pancakes, the Beatles/Stones rivalry, an action figure of Jean-Paul Sartre in KISS make-up, and so much more will play into his plans to ask her out.”
Very pleased with this one. At the start of lockdown I started going over my notes for it, recorded into my phone over the past six months, and ended up rewriting about half of the story. Recording such an out-there tale during lockdwon really tested my sanity haha, but was totally worth it
I also released a collection of 20 demos that I recorded in 2018, ‘Not Just Lamps But Pure Emotions’. These are ideas for the instrumental trio I always wanted. I was set to record an album of some of these at the beginning of 2019 but by that point Young Southpaw was well under way and I thought best to go with that. The title comes from a sign I saw in Angoulême, France in 2014. It was my first year visiting the comics festival there and late on my first night in the city, I turned a corner and saw the words, in English, NOT ONLY LAMPS BUT PURE EMOTIONS emblazoned in a shop window. I wrote it down as a great phrase. The next day when I went back to take a picture, although I’m sure I was on the same street, try as I might I could not find the shop. It was one of those magic moments that open up for you for simply a small window in time.
Here’s a song I wrote back in December, a little number that I don’t think needs any more – ‘Dive Thru The Blue’
I also put the H Bird ‘Danger Makers’ EP up on Bandcamp. Recorded for a radio session that never happened, it features a new version of the title track, a cover of Lifestyle’s ‘Are You Coming On To Me?’, and the what was to be our last song, ‘A Millionairess In A Ruby Ring’
And I recorded a cover of ‘About A Girl’ for Simon Indelicate’s ‘The All About A Girl All The Time Radio Hour’, which features 42 versions and counting of the Nirvana song. Was fun to do. Mine sounds like Lou Reed covering ‘Common People’ with Johnny Marr & J Mascis on guitars.
Writing-wise, I had an excellent conversation with Robert Forster about his 13 favourite books for The Quietus.
I did a Live in Lockdown Young Southpaw set for Joyzine, which was a lot of fun to do. New material about The B-52’s at the beginning then the ‘Nietzsche, Time-Traveling Wu Tang Fan’ & ‘John Lennon Séance’ stories. Also another IG live show, an interview with CT comic Manny Sierra about KISS, and a Social Distancing PSA.
A couple new episodes of The Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour podcast. And there’s been more interviews on the Etcetera ETC With Young Southpaw podcast, talking to Desperate Journalist, Mikey Georgeson, The Indelicates, Rob Crean, John Andrew Fredrick, and Nick Grunerud. Etcetera ETC is now on Spotify too
February 26th, 2020
Lots of stuff going on. I’m currently in Los Angeles. Big news is that I’ve started a new interview podcast – Etcetera ETC with Young Southpaw. Had some great guests so far – Kieron Gillen, Dave Hill, Lily Rae – and more ace ones lined up. Do give a listen. And if you’d rate, review, subscribe, etc., much appreciated!
The Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour story podcast still going strong. Very pleased with the output here. Groups of 10 episodes are collected as Dekalaugs here, do give a listen. And if you do feel like kicking over some coppers for them, thank you very much.
Some writing has gone up:
Review of Graham Duff’s excellent memoir, Foreground Music, for The Quietus
Review of Mat Osman’s captivating debut novel, The Ruins, also for tQ
Interview with comics artist Elsa Charretier for The Comics Journal
New song ‘The Girl With The Scimitar Eyes’ and interview with me in the latest issue of the February Records zine
I did a cover of The Go-Betweens’ ‘You Won’t Find It Again’. Love this song, it really spoke to me my last couple months staying at my grandparents’ house in CT before we sold it
November 17th, 2019
A great conversation on The Mangina Dialogues podcast
November 4th, 2019
The first ‘Nick Cave’s Bar & Other Tales’ show was a great success. We’re doing it in Boston this Sunday at ONCE Lounge in Somerville. Come on out!
August 24th, 2019
BAT SOUP is taking off! The third New Haven edition features the hilarious Dave Hill on September 3rd and we’re going back to Brooklyn on August 31st for an early show at with the awesome Kate Willett and Rob Cantrell
I’m also starting to do shows where I tell my ‘Nick Cave’s Bar’ story. First one will be Saturday October 5th at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, 6PM
Hope to see you there!
July 27th, 2019
‘Young Southpaw serves up something strange with Bat Soup Comedy’. Great piece about me on Vanyaland!
July 22nd, 2019
I did my 100th stand-up set last night! Check out my surreal alterego Young Southpaw if you haven’t already. I’m also performing as myself, telling stories of my adventures across the globe. Do get in touch if you’d like me to come perform
July 21st, 2019
“I realized I was loving every second of the insane human tornado that was the second edition of the Bat Soup comedy series. Organized and emceed by local surrealist comedian Young Southpaw, the lineup and its jostling forces—braggadocio and vulnerability, irony and candor, buoyancy and cynicism—attracted and repelled, and sure enough, I was magnetized.” – excellent review of my BAT SOUP II comedy night at The State House in New Haven, CT by Dan Mims in Daily Nutmeg. Mr. Mims really captured what I’m trying to do with both Young Southpaw and BAT SOUP.
July 17th, 2019
‘Meet Young Southpaw, a shade-wearing, surreal, stream-of-consciousness, stand-up guy’ Cover story in CT Now by Christopher Arnott
CT Post feature on Young Southpaw by Daphne Saloomey
Come see us in Boston & Brooklyn as we take BAT SOUP on tour at the end of July!
June 25th, 2019
Listen to Brooke Louellen & I talk about the upcoming BAT SOUP Comedy Night on the Pint O’Comics radio show! We cover Chinese metaphysics, surrealist toasters, being draped in a bear skeleton, and much more…
And COME TO THE SHOW!
June 17th, 2019
Second BAT SOUP Comedy Night, y’all! The first was such a success we’re doing another one. Come down! It’s gonna be fun!
May 13th, 2019
First Young Southpaw Presents…night, y’all! I’ve got some very funny comedians on the bill. And joining us is Owen McMahon, one of my fave new musical discoveries this year, whose songs sum up perfectly to me what it’s like to hail from CT.
Dekalaug 2: The Second Ten Podcasts is out now and features some of my favourite Southpaw material – ‘Jimmy Page’s Water Park’, ‘Nietzsche, Time-Traveling Wu Tang Fan’, and ‘Lions’.
Come check out the live show! All this absurdity distilled down to its essence.
April 5th, 2019
Busy busy busy with Young Southpaw. Great review of the podcast from popbollocks.com:
“From the existential thread that ties Jean-Paul Sartre to Jon Bon Jovi, to the skinny on what’s floating in TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’, and the possibility that Al Pacino is coaching boxing kangaroos in space, wise-fool Southpaw’s ramblings lead listeners on a surreal journey through doors they didn’t even know existed, into a highly original, deeply funny land of pop culture confusion.”
The first ten podcasts have been collected as Dekalaug 1: The First Ten Podcasts . Available at Bandcamp in exchange for an email for the mailing list, or just sign up for that here.
Performing in NYC a lot. Events are listed at the Young Southpaw Facebook page.
I did a Young Southpaw interview with the Pynchon In Public Podcast, which is one of my favourite things Southpaw has done.
Thanks for listening! Come on out to a show soon!
January 17th, 2019
Always a great time at The Comedy Studio. New Young Southpaw live video from the 15th up now. Playing Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT tonight!
January 11th, 2019
My Best Comics Of 2018 List in The Comics Journal’s Year-End List
New Young Southpaw video – “The Anthony Burgess Van Halen Connection”
PLUS Young Southpaw Live Dates in the Northeast
December 31st 2018
Happy New Year Y’all!
Best Of 2018 Counterforce Episode – my favourite songs, comics, books, films, and tv of the year
New Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour episodes – very pleased with these
My interview with Roman Muradov listed in TCJ’s Best Of 2018
We’re discussing ‘Bleeding Edge’ on the Pynchon In Public podcast this season. I’m a regular on the show now and Bo & I composed the new outro music. ‘Bleeding Edge’ episodes start at #69. I also make guest appearances during the second half of the ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ season.
November 14th 2018
New Counterforce podcast episodes up! Ace interviews with Say Lou Lou, Fightmilk, & Typex.
Very pleased with the latest Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour episode too.
October 18th 2018
I’ve been performing live as Young Southpaw. Listen to the “At The Movies” spoken word comedy album and The Young Southpaw Part Of An Hour weekly podcast here. Do get in touch about Young Southpaw coming to your town.
Latest episode of The Counterforce podcast up now. A very interesting interview with James singer Tim Booth. We spoke about bodywork, meditation, the unconscious & creativity, politics, Patti Smith, and a whole lot more.
Also listen to Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell talk about Good Humor and America in Episode 7.
Stay tuned for more exciting artists coming soon!
Two of my picks were included in ‘The Top 100 Albums Of The Quietus’ Existence’ , Jah Wobble & Julie Campbell’s excellent Psychic Life and The Indelicates’ masterpiece Songs For Swinging Lovers, the latter having a blurb by me.
Be Prepared and The King Of Birds reviews for The Comics Journal.