Saturday, January 3, 2015

Lying Through Dinner

With aging comes the remembrance of who you were and what you'd like to become. Looking back on this record, amongst others, I've been able to see a subconscious narrative through-out my last 16 years of recording. Lying Through Dinner is a record that embodies, my alcohol and drug fueled state at that time, as well as my sense for discovery, yet trapped within mid twenties pride. At that time, I had about a few hundred dollars to my name and it was my second trip to SXSW; this time I was playing quite a few shows. While arriving on my birthday to Austin, Tx, Danny Malone, a friend of a friend picked me up at ATX, we proceeded to go back to his place, smoke a joint, song trade mid-afternoon, and proceed to party all night at Sidebar before all of the SXSW madness kicked in. SXSW came and went, like the blur it so frequently becomes and my time in Austin wasn't up. I began writing a lot, and Danny offered to produce an EP of mine at his all analog studio with business partner/engineer Matt Smith. 

In 2007, I had just played Lollapalooza, CMJ, SXSW and garnered quite a bit of critical praise for it, a lot of it was due to my bandmates at that time. We were a 9 piece band at the core, ranging from singing saws to cello's amongst a full rock line-up. With the band in Chicago - my efforts were to make a minimal EP and originally title it "La da da." After a title change, 6 week recording session with incredible gear, the record was completed with the help of many Austin musicians contributing to it. Almost 8 years later and looking back, I'm most proud of the fact that such am important time of my life was captured; I followed my instinct, left for a new town, created with strangers, and made many life long friends amongst all of it. 

So friends, embrace your past, the good, the bad, and dream relentlessly. You never know what an uncertain pursuit of following instinct may bring you.

Lying Through Dinner...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Schubas Tonight

Hope to see you all out tonight at Schubas to help us celebrate releasing our *gush EP. 

I love you all - see you at Ryan's and The Kuhls set starting at 10pm. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

*Gush EP Release // Schubas // 10.10

After years of working on our latest full length, Gush - the band and I have received great news that we're unable to share at this moment; but this results in us post-poning Gush LP until 2015. However, we are very excited to be releasing a special edition *gush EP in Chicago on October 10 at Schubas Tavern to all pre-ordered ticket purchasers. Celebrating the release with us, our friends The Kuhls  and songwriter/His Ego guitarist Ryan Joseph Anderson  amongst many more surprises. 

Also, meet "Chicago, I love you" (the song)...

Tom Schraeder and His Ego
Schubas: 10/10 @10 / $10
W/ The Kuhls / Ryan Joseph Anderson


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tomorrow We'll Know Why

"Tomorrow We'll Know Why" is the second track off of "Gush" that I'm happy to finally release in preparation for our October 10th release date. This song has had many incarnations, yet I feel as though we may have gotten it right this time...well, much closer at least. Email me if you'd like a download of the track at

Spread love.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Gush!' An Epic Stunner!"

Oh oh...Our first review of "Gush" has been put into the universe; thanks to Jim Kopeny, aka "Tankboy" - the band and I are humbled by his words. Give it a read: Chicagoist saying, "'Gush!' Is An Epic Stunner!"

Friday, July 4, 2014

Jewel Commerical / Pieholden EP

Happy 4th my friends! Enjoy this new Jewel commercial that I'm grateful to have been apart of. Thanks to all of my family, friends, bandmates, and the entire crew for being apart of the taping, bbq and recording session. Speaking of that - prior to the bbq, I had the honor of tracking a six song, one-take EP of new demo's with Robbie Hamilton at Pieholden Studios. So, enjoy the commercial and my Pieholden EP.

Watch the commercial...

Listen to the EP...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Love and Tambourines

Love & Tambourines is a full feature documentary-ish film by director Jeremy Cohen and actress/writer Stephanie Hunt. The film captures individualistic perceptions on love, told on Valentines Day in Austin, Texas a few years back. It was a great honor to be in the film and quite refreshing to see a beautiful piece of art created/released for under $50.