Tod Lippy is probably best-known as the creator of the award-winning arts journal, ESOPUS (called “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty” by The New York Times in 2004), where he worked with the likes of Jenny Holzer, Jens Lekman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Kerry James Marshall. The multidisciplinary publication attracted 30,000 readers over the course of its 25-issue run and is now in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art and many other museums and libraries around the world.
Over the course of nearly six years, and in between production on issues of Esopus and other projects, Lippy developed his songwriting practice. That work has lead up to his new album Yearbook which is out today! The 10-song LP was nearly two years in the making and every track is very close and personal.
Today’s Fire Track, “More in Common,” is about how much the adult Tod shares with that 14- or 15-year-old Tod (“awkward boy to awkward man”) but it’s also meant to be a broader statement about how all of us, regardless of our backgrounds, share much more than we may sometimes think, including the scars we all carry around from childhood (or from the process of leaving that childhood behind). Deep thoughts and a great tune.