Monday, June 10, 2019

JazzTimes Review

Great review from Brad Cohan on JazzTimes, calling Twilight Time a "neon-lit, shapeshifting adventure that gives an avant-garde edge to timeless classics."

Check it out here:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rolling Stone's Songs You Need to Know

Desertion Trio is featured on Rolling Stone's Songs You Need to Know! Hank Shteamer calls our version of "Twilight Time" "a stakes-raising celebration of the song’s eerie emotional pull."

Couldn't agree more with this idea: "The cool thing about covering a 60-year-old song is that you probably couldn’t copy the original even if you wanted to, so you might as well take it somewhere weird."

That's basically our M.O.!

Check it out here:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


This was an awfully magical night. Very happy that we were able to have our good friends Ron Stabinsky, Jaimie Branch, and Nels Cline join us throughout! Check out the entire set, recorded by Joe Burns, below.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

"Taboo" song premiere on PopMatters

"Taboo," the first song (and video!) from Desertion Trio's Twilight Time is now out there in the world, premiered today by PopMatters.

Writer Jedd Beaudoin describes "Taboo": It's an impressive demonstration of restraint, a walk in the narrow line between twilight and darkness, an expression of frustration, of melancholy, of resolve and hope all at once. It's the full expression of the cautious optimism of the past and the contemporary sense that hope is something of a bygone era.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019



I'm excited to finally announce the release of Twilight Time, the newest LP by Desertion Trio, named for the 1958 hit by The Platters.

On this record, we take on our influences directly, covering songs associated with popular artists from the 1950s and 60s such as The Platters, Santo & Johnny, and Gene Pitney, as well as exotica godfather Les Baxter and space age record producer Joe Meek in our patented style.

Along with Johnny DeBlase and Kevin Shea, we enlisted our good friends Tara Middleton, the commanding lead singer of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Ron Stabinsky, keyboard wiz for the Meat Puppets and Mostly Other People Do the Killing, to help us fill out these songs.
The album will be released on April 26 by Long Song Records on limited edition 180g green vinyl.

Pre-orders (and track listing!) are available now at

Friday, February 8, 2019