New Album:

Another, the new album by the Human Hearts, is out now on Shrimper Records. CDs, and a double 10" vinyl edition designed by graphic novelist David Heatley, are for sale here. Digital downloads are available from Midheaven, Amazon, and iTunes.

From Robert Christgau's Expert Witness review: "Franklin Bruno knows pop ... My favorites on this consistently and straightforwardly songful album are the rocking 'Cheap Sunglasses,' about the girlfriend he saw through, and the rumbaing 'Not Just When We Kiss,' about the one he stuck with."


33 1/3 Book:

My book on Elvis Costello's 1979 album Armed Forces, published in Continuum Books' 33 1/3 series, is still available

New Single:

"Loyal Opposition" b/w "Distracted" is a brand-new single by the Human Hearts, featuring vocals by Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Simple Machines, Future of Music Coalition). Out Nov. 22 on UK pop label WIAIWYA; also available as part of their 7777777 subscription series. Order vinyl or download here.

Digital EP:

A download-only EP, anchored by the live favorite "Flag Pin," is available through Bandcamp.  All four songs exclusive to this release; no physical version currently planned.

Poetics Orchestra:

Saturdays in October and November, the Segue Reading Series, curated by Nada Gordon and Drew Gardner, presents Drew Gardner's Poetics Orchestra, a rotating ensemble of conducted improvisors interacting with and accompanying contemporary poets. All shows at Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd St., Manhattan, 4:30 pm. I'll be playing piano on most of these dates. For each week's readers, see "News and Appearances"; full schedule here. Here's video from a performance at Le Poisson Rouge, 2012:


New Book:

The Accordion Repertoire (Edge Books) is my first full-length collection of poems; copies are available here. From the publisher's description: "Franklin Bruno's poems move through the languages of commerce and philosophy, the forgotten codes of old Hollywood and the radio serial, and the contested spaces of the contemporary city with musicality, anger, and wit."  

(Read "Flash Crash" at Lana TurnerRead "Approach to Ziggurat" at Sink Review.)


News and Appearances:

Sat. Oct. 24: Union Hall, 702 Union, Brooklyn. The Human Hearts (full band), 9 pm. With John Davis and the Cicadas; 10 pm; Brice Randall Bickford, 8 pm. Doors 7:30; $12 advance/$15 day of show; 21+.


Mon. Oct. 26: Des Moines, IA; Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St. Franklin Bruno (solo). With Eric Kennedy, Pat Tape Fleming. Doors 7:30, $5; 21+

Tue. Oct 27: Chicago, IL; The Burlington, 3245 W. Fullerton St. Franklin Bruno (solo). With Tim Midyett/Mint Mile (full band) and Andy Cohen (solo)separate solo sets. (Both Tim and Andy were in Silkworm and Bottomless Pit, as if you didn't know). I am in the middle. Doors 8, $5; 21+

Wed. Oct. 28: Milkwaukee, WI; Lucky Cat, 2541 N. Bremen Ave. Franklin Bruno (solo). With Ash. 8 pm, $5, all ages.

Thu. Oct 29: Rockford, Illinois; Rockford University, Fisher Memorial Chapel, 5050 E. State. "Why Do Songs Have Bridges?" (lecture/musical demonstration), in Rockford's Forum Series. 7 p.m. Free. For more information, contact the box office at or 815-226-4100.

Fri. Oct. 30: Rockford, Illinois; Mary's Place, 602 N. Madison. Franklin Bruno (solo). With Michael Whyte. 9:30, $5, 21+.

Back to New York:

Sat. Oct. 31: Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village. Drew Gardner's Poetics Orchestra, Segue Reading Series, with featured readers Sandra Simonds and Mel Nichols. 4:30 pm, $5, 21+

Sat. Nov. 7Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village. Drew Gardner's Poetics Orchestra, Segue Reading Series, with featured readers Kit Robinson and Lee Ann Brown. 4:30 pm, $5, 21+

Sat. Nov. 14Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village. Drew Gardner's Poetics Orchestra, Segue Reading Series, with featured readers Julie Ezelle Patton and Laynie Browne. 4:30 pm, $5, 21+