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“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
Working towards that number changes the way you see the world. Living in this crowded-crumbling, sexy-scary, crazy-noisy, feast-of-vision city surely helps a bit. Keep your eyes peeled and trigger-finger ready.



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“When I was your age television was called books!” Peter Faulk neatly sums up the written word’s apparent fall from grace. Yes, the telly has of late been dating smarter girls. But there’s more than one way to peel a couch potato. Turn it off and turn the page.


/sound + vision

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“A film is more like music than like fiction.”
Indeed, they are birds of a feather– a murder of crows pecking away at yoga, politics and walks in the park to carve out a life of blurred vision, tinitus and narrow cultural vocabulary. That’s the way, uh huh, I like it.


/ the daily muse

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Learning Something New: Music Industrial Index

Hello friends, it’s been quite a while since I’ve sent any music news, so here goes.

Rob’s departure to Germany in 2014 has left a huge whole in my musical life, though Kevin and I are still working together happily and productively, this time alongside a bright young whippersnapper named Spencer LaVallee. We’re keeping The Go-Kartel moniker until an alternate comes along that is more suited for our new musical direction (free-form Jazz/Fusion). OK, not really, but… Perhaps we’ll see you at some NYC venue soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to learn the piano, at least enough to enable me to, as Ben Curtis put it, “make bad music from home.” So I met Kevin for a cocktail at Weather Up, where he drew a diagram of The Kevin Method to help me see the light:



This worked like The Matrix. I now know the piano.

Also, since The Go-Kartel’s wonderful experience in Dave Hollinghurst’s studio to record The Go-Kartel’s debut EP Away, I’d wanted to learn my way around a digital audio workstation. So I visited Knight on the Jersey Shore for a late-night marathon tutorial in Garage Band and Logic.

I am now a shaper of sound. Everyone should have a Knight in their life.

Over the past eight months I’ve drenched my ears in Tony Visconti, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp and have begun piecing together my first rudimentary compositions. I should be so lucky that the product of my efforts sound remotely like these gentlemen’s accomplished works. But the spirit of their recordings is in part responsible for the way my first release of electronic music has taken shape.

Somewhere between naive and cinematic, Music for Drive-Ins is a 34-minute collection of incidental music. Perfect for your morning ablutions or evening cocktails. It plays well on repeat.

I composed, performed and produced the tracks that make up this humble release. While some tracks are decidedly beat-centric, as one might imagine from a drummer, I’ve tried to avoid that corner as much as possible and concentrate on sound sculpting.

Rob, Kevin and I still managed to collaborate on one track remotely (“Something Like Sofia”). Rob provided drums and a beautiful guitar melody while Kevin added typically intimate lyrics and vocals. I endeavored to then flesh out something that would be at home on the soundtrack to Lost In Translation. Whether or not we achieved that goal is for you to decide. But we’re all pretty pleased with the results.

Take a listen woncha? I suggest listening in sequence, as the short compositions make up a larger and hopefully cohesive whole.

Hope you enjoy it.


You can listen/download all of Music for Drive-Ins by the newly-christened Music Industrial Index here:



Recorded July 2015 – March 2016 in the office/bedroom, Brooklyn, NY

All tracks written, performed and produced by Mauricio Carey except Something Like Sofia, written by Rob Grover and Mauricio Carey. Lyrics and vocals for Something Like Sofia by Kevin Brady.

Cover art by c23 | c23creative.com

Thanks to Knight Berman Jr. (The Marble Tea) and Dave Hollinghurst (Steve Shiffman and the Land of No) for technical advice and support.

The piano lesson that would initiate this project was administered on a cocktail menu by Kevin Brady at Weather Up Cocktail Bar, Summer 2015, Brooklyn, NY. No actual keyboard of any kind was present.

Special thanks to and for Rachel + Abra Carey for dancing along…

  1. Saturday 03.26.2016 | 3:39 EDT

    David Lehman says:

    Let’s make garage audio enemas great again!

The Go-Kartel’s “Away” EP Available Now!

The Go-Kartel Away EP

As some of you may well know, TGK has been working on their debut recording since March of this year. Sixteen studio days spread out over eight months. That’s about as fast as three 40-something dads (actual or expecting) can move these days, but we have at last crossed the finish line.

We are very proud to announce the release of the “Away” EP: 22 minutes of first-rate power-pop. It is currently available on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon and Spotify, with more digital retailers being added over the next few days. We hope you enjoy it!


Kevin, Rob and Mauricio, a.k.a TGK

Listen here:

Download “Away” on iTunes

Find Us on Spotify



Download on Bandcamp

Many thanks to Rachel, Tal, Mareike, Quinn and Leni for their keen ears, undying patience and loving support. 


The Go-Kartel is:
Kevin Brady: vocals, guitar, accordion, keyboards
Mauricio Carey: drums, percussion
Robert Grover: bass guitar

Words by Kevin Brady
Music by The Go-Kartel

Produced by The Go-Kartel
Engineered by Dave Hollinghurst

Recorded March – September 2014 at Sunset7 Studio, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Background vocals on “Away” recorded by Dave Robertson at Dangly Studios, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Lead vocals on “Cannonball” recorded by Brian Goodheart at Sonic Union Studios, New York, NY

Mixed by The Go-Kartel w/ Dave Hollinghurst
Mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Sound, Brooklyn, NY

Dave Hollinghurst plays 12-string guitar on “This”
Ben Curtis plays additional guitars on “If He Ever Breaks,” “280-Z” and ”Close Your Eyes”
Steve Curtis and Erika Simonian sing backing vocals on “Cannonball” | littlesilvermusic.com

Art Direction by The Go-Kartel
Cover photo and sleeve design by Mauricio Carey for c23 | c23creative.com

© 2014 The Go-Kartel

Instagram #tgk #thegokartel

“Away” is also available at these fine digital retailers:



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The Go-Kartel Rocks the Shop

Thank you all for coming out to Rock Shop last night. We had a blast and hope you did too!

Many thanks to Little Silver for putting the show together and to Steve Shiffman & The Land of No for bringing Guitar God caliber Rock to us all.

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  2. Friday 11.22.2013 | 3:16 EDT

    Todd says:

    You guys sound great, wish I could’ve been there!

The Go-Kartel Live@Rock Shop | Bklyn

The Go-Kartel, Live @ Rock Shop, Nov 21 2013

They’re back, and they’ve brought friends.

Or rather, they are riding on the coat tails of  friends.

Little Silver has put together a great show at Rock Shop in Brooklyn that will include Steve Shiffman & The Land of No along with the world-renowned Go-Kartel. So come on out, enjoy a few cocktails on the rooftop deck then join us for a night of rock you’ll never forget. For a while.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013

Advance Tickets: 8$
At the Door: $10

Set times:

8:00 The Go-Kartel
9:00 Little Silver
10:00 Steve Shiffman & The Land of No

249 4th Ave between Union + Garfield, Bklyn 11215

Ok, Fine. Follow Me on Instagram :)

Yes, I’m late to the game. But better late than, well… whatever.


  1. Thursday 11.14.2013 | 8:42 EDT

    シャネル バングル says:

    シャネル ネックレス コピー

Upstate State of Mind

A beautiful old farm house on 367 acres of rolling hills. The persistent rain has finally let up, brightening the country landscape. We are in the old open barn, where a decaying baby grand sits in a dusty corner by the window. Kev plays, the five of us sing Joe Jackson only nominally off-key. A butterfly rouses, opens up to the window light…

















  1. Sunday 01.25.2015 | 7:48 EDT

    Nico says:

    J’adore ces quelques photos! Elles sentent bon le bonheur! :)

  2. Wednesday 04.23.2014 | 9:46 EDT

    Debleh says:

    Oh, how I’m itching to express how proud I am of you as I peruse your site! But that descriptor risks sounding condescending…. which is the diametric opposite emotion I’d like to convey. So instead, I’ll rip a page out of your once-upon-a-time, very old book and say, “Goddamn, were my 17 year old instincts impeccable when they lured you into being my first love!” In all seriousness, I am just thrilled that you’ve managed to pursue ALL your major passions – music, writing, photography – with such success in all. (I’m sure your other passions are equally as rewarding.) Everything on your page (and I’m just barely into it) brings such a big smile to my face as I see hints of the 19-20 year old you peeking out with each click. And of course, the fact that you are an ensconced Brooklynite is the cherry on the cake. :-)

    And Liana, I love your post! You were always an amazing mom – and Pat an amazing dad – so I hope you both take a bit of credit for the incredible guy who emerged from your home. I was crazy about both of you and will never forget Pat buying my first tank of gas when I got my first car :-) Hope you both are well!

  3. Monday 06.10.2013 | 2:25 EDT

    Liana Carey says:

    Wow, what can I say- he is my son.

The Go-Kartel Live @ Shrine, Harlem NY

Posted by contributing editor Dick Starkey
b/w Photos by Rachel Carey, Snapseed processing by The Chairman
Color Photos courtesy of ShrineNYC 

In 2010, Brooklyn’s Hank’s Saloon hosted a shambling, lively set of songs by The Go-Kartel (Kevin Brady – guitar, vocals, “the dangler” accordion; Rob Grover – stoic yet jaunty bass, Bill Wyman-style; and Mauricio Carey – drums, boom, pah, pow!). The band rehearsed these songs for only seven years before unleashing them to an adoring and eclectic audience of both Manhattanites and Brooklynites. That’s mass appeal.

Last night, three years later, The Go-Kartel took the stage at Harlem’s Shrine World Music Venue, where Wednesday night is Rock Night. And Rock they did. The boisterous crowd was stunned to silence by the poppy opener “280-Z.” You could hear a pin drop. This was true, awestruck appreciation. But once the blistering “Carrie, I Don’t Mind” growled and cracked across the stage the crowd broke from their reverie into an applause wall of sound.

You like The Cure? Billy Bragg? Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello? Of course you do. Everybody does. And thusly, The Go-Kartel is liked by all. Composed of two dads and a rabble rouser, the trio brings Manhattan urbanity and Brooklyn credibility to a brand of pop that manages to be both fresh and nostalgic. And their taste in covers is simply superb. The band brings a wisp of the country to Elvis Costello’s rueful “Kid About It.” And on Burt Bacharach’s “Little Red Book,” they replicate the sound and spirit of a song that would ten years later serve as the template for The Cure’s “Killing an Arab.”

Towards the end of the set, fearless leader Brady tries to leave the audience wanting by cutting the set list down by one. But the road-wisened rhythm section bulldozed the idea in favor of one last bit of pure pop pleasure, the rousing and complex “Cannonball,” a song that took the band a mere 12 months to master. And with that last song, the audience was still left wanting. But I have a feeling we won’t have to wait three more years to get a chance to watch The Go-Kartel rock us out again…

The band has asked to thank sound man Lauren, along with the entire management staff of Shrine for their kind attention and all-pro back line.











Mauricio Carey, Drums for The Go-Kartel

Mauricio Carey, Drums for The Go-Kartel

  1. Friday 04.19.2013 | 8:22 EDT

    littlesilvererika says:

    Such great shots! Wish I’d seen it and can’t believe I missed this one opportunity to hear my three great friends put on a SHOW. I will be at the next one NO MATTER WHAT.

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