Marty J Marty J Sun, 28 Nov 2021 04:51:44 +0000 <![CDATA[New Grieving Tree album]]> After 4 years of recording the songs as they were written, I finally handed everything over to John Campos to mix and master. Together we arrived here. 13 tracks. Done piece by piece. This is my first Grieving Tree album since I got the ukulele. Available on Soundcloud, which there is a link from this site to...

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<![CDATA[Bipolar Skies]]> Marty J released Bipolar Skies, recorded mostly in the middle of the night during the start of the pandemic. It was placed on the ballot for the 2020 Grammys Best Contemporary Instrumental category. Some of those songs are in the player but it's available on all streaming sites, youtube, spotify, amazon, itunes, etc. 

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<![CDATA[Return of the Shredi]]> In 2019 I released Return of the Shredi under the Marty J moniker. It's an album of Joe Satriani style guitar instrumentals. I am very happy with the album. It's something I definitely wanted to do once with the songs spanning the course of 20 years. It's available on all streaming platforms, itunes, amazon and youtube. Check it out!

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<![CDATA[Ancient Oceans on Audioplayer]]> It's only been out for 9 months but I have finally added songs from the new Suicide Tourists album to this site audio player. The whole album has been on Soundcloud for much longer (which is linked from this site). Spend a little time on my website and enjoy some music!

Marty J

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<![CDATA[Redesigned Website]]> There's a new design for the site. Check things out. Listen to some music. 

-Marty J

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<![CDATA[New Suicide Tourists]]>  Twelve songs are mastered out of sixteen for the new Suicide Tourists. I'm very excited to have Luis record vocals for the remaining four.


Suicide Tourists Rising...

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<![CDATA[New music]]>  Working on The Suicide Tourists first full length album. Almost done tracking vocals. Looks like early 2018. Have two songs left on my instrumental guitar album but I've been dragging my feet on them. Recorded a few more Grieving Tree songs for the slowly building album I'm doing one at a time as songs are written.

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<![CDATA[Marty J returns]]>  More than halfway done with my instrumental guitar album. A good portion of very old songs, a few newer ones. My best attempt at the Satriani thing. Hopefully done Fall 2017ish

]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:52:40 +0000
<![CDATA[New Suicide Tourists Album]]>  So I had plans to make a short Suicide Tourists EP before we dove into Space Apes or the Reckoning which are full length albums. Well that has now grown into it's own album. It's up to 11 songs right now and there's more for consideration. So there may be be a Suicide Tourists album, I'd be happy if it was done before 2018 but that all depends on Luis

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<![CDATA[Monkey Skeletons]]>  After three long months at One Mind Music Studios John Campos and I have finished Monkey Skeletons which is a Grieving Tree EP of The Jade Monkey songs that I wrote by myself. I now have a recording of every song I ever wrote. With this The Grieving Tree phase 1 is finished. 60 songs. Mostly written between about 2001-2004 or so but a few scattered in the next 5 or so years after. Phase 2 started with Swan Song and Hooks. The new approach will be recording song by song eventually adding up to an album. Real happy to be at this point. Hope someone out there is listening...


Marty J

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<![CDATA[Suicide Tourists Rising...]]>  The Suicide Tourists EP has grown to 8 songs with so far two collaborations with One Mind Music mastermind John Campos. Vocals have been laid down for two songs so far with more to come soon. Also working on this Grieving Tree EP in parallel. Lots of new music coming in the Spring. 

Suicide Tourists Rising...

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<![CDATA[Hooks and new album approach]]>  I am working on the Grieving Tree versions of Jade Monkey songs EP. That will kind of represent an end to the old batch of Grieving Tree songs. Swan Song represents the beginning of the new era of the Grieving Tree (even though I thought it might be the last Grieving Tree song, hence the title). After Swan song I recorded Hooks another new song and moving forward I will record one song at a time as they are written eventually adding up to an album which will be compiled when there are enough songs. Maybe that's how albums are made in an iTunes world. I don't know but that's the plan for this band. I'm hoping to finish The Monkey Skeletons EP by spring sometime.

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<![CDATA[Suicide Tourists Rising...]]>  Gonna work on a 6 song Suicide Tourists EP in 2017. 

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<![CDATA[The Grieving Tree returns to One Mind Music]]>  Secret plans are underway for a new EP in 2017...

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<![CDATA[Last Grieving Tree for a long time...]]> The Grieving Tree releases Swan Song. This will be it for a while.


Marty J 

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<![CDATA[Explorers!]]>  Fashionably Great returns with Explorers! It may be the most inappropriate song yet!

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<![CDATA[2016-2017 Goals]]> All tracks have been recorded for a Fashionably Great song, I hope to finish mixing it before the year is out. With that, I will be putting Fashionably Great on hiatus. The Grieving Tree is also on indefinite hiatus. The Jade Monkey is done. So that leaves The Suicide Tourists as my main focus. I have one instrumental song I'd like to get done soon but not sure of the timing on that. Anyway, early 2017 will commence work on an EP from The Suicide Tourists and then after that we will begin work on one of two albums that are waiting for vocals. 


Suicide Tourists Rising!

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<![CDATA[Creep]]>  I recorded Creep by Radiohead under the Grieving Tree banner.

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<![CDATA[Working hard on new music]]>  So here's what's going on. Hopefully soon going to the studio with Luis and Travis to work on a new Fashionably Great song. There's a drummer recording drums to a new Suicide Tourists song. I'm working hard at home on a solo song called Camila's Blue Eyes.

Thanks for tuning in!

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<![CDATA[Live album]]>  Live at CBGB's. Our final show. Recorded in 2004. 

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<![CDATA[Suicide Tourists Rising]]> All twelve songs on Space Apes now have bass parts thanks to bassist Davey Patterson. The album is moving along well. Not sure if the two Jade Monkey outtakes will get finished before Space Apes or after. A third Jade Monkey outtake is gonna be converted to a Suicide Tourists song. Lots of new Suicide Tourists in the future. 

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<![CDATA[Jade Monkey Outtakes]]>  Studio is booked to finish two Jade Monkey Extinction Outtakes. This is truly the last of The Jade Monkey. For realsies.


Marty J

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<![CDATA[The Jade Monkey's new EP]]>  Two Extinction outtakes were finished to make The Last Castle EP. This is truly The last of The Jade Monkey.

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<![CDATA[Extinction is here!]]>  I have uploaded all songs from The Jade Monkey's final album, Extinction. At the moment they are all at the end of the playlist so if you click backwards 12 times, hopefully landing on The Candyman, you can hear them from there. I'm proud of this album and happy to share these songs with whoever may be out there listening. 

Marty J

]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:08:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Extinction is done!]]>  The Jade Monkey's final album, Extinction, is finally finished. It has twelve tracks on it. I'm very happy to finally have this album done and be ready to share it with people. 

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<![CDATA[Space Apes (album)]]>  Bassist Davey Patterson has started recording bass parts for The Suicide Tourists' Space Apes album. So far three songs done and they sound great. 

Suicide Tourists Rising

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<![CDATA[Extinction Progress]]> Ten songs mostly done from the forthcoming album. Fourteen is the goal. Making progress, however slowly. The Jade Monkey's last ride.

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<![CDATA[New Fashionably Great]]>  While The Jade Monkey's Extinction album is held up by computer issues I decided to roll out a new song from Fashionably Great. It's called Space Apes From Outer Space and it's great. Had this gem sitting around for years and it inspired me to work on a Suicide Tourists album called Space Apes, but this song is way too stupid to ever end up on a Suicide Tourists album. So Fashionably Great it is! To hear this song click one click backwards in the player at the bottom. 

-Marty J

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<![CDATA[Extinction Compromise]]>  We now have ten songs finished for Extintion. I've decided to reduce the number of songs on the album to eleven. That means we are one song away from finishing the album. The other three songs would likely be finished later and be studio outtakes. Do what you can do get the thing done. 

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<![CDATA[Extinction Progress 2]]>  We are about halfway done with the Extinction album. Luis has recorded vocals to 8 out of the 14 songs. We still need Steve to play drums on one. One song is lost in some ProTools glitch so we are still waiting to see if Digidesign can fix that. Hopefully we won't lose it. Anyway, I'm hoping that the album is finished in early 2015. We shall see. 

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<![CDATA[Site Audio player]]>  I did a complete overhaul of the audio player. The songs are completely randomized between bands and albums so it kind of plays like Marty J radio. Spend some time listening. 

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<![CDATA[Extinction Progress]]>  The Jade Monkey is working on completing the Extinction album. Luis Sanchez has tracked vocals for five songs so far and we are still working on vocals for other songs. All other parts for the album are complete. 

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<![CDATA[New Album coming soon]]>  The Grieving Tree's third studio album is almost done. It's called Left Bare and it's almost ready for mixing and mastering.

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<![CDATA[The Grieving Tree]]>  Gonna start a new album soon...

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<![CDATA[More Extinction News]]>  We have finished the first song from the Extinction album, The Candyman, and are hoping to get Luis to sing on some more of them soon...

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<![CDATA[Extinction News]]>  The third Jade Monkey Studio album has drums, bass and guitars. Time for vocals. The album is called Extinction. Coming soon...

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<![CDATA[Downloads]]>  There is a page now that sends you to a site where you can download all of my music for free. If you mouse over Discography you will see it.

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<![CDATA[The Ghost and the Darkness]]> The Grieving Tree brings you the ultimate album of anxiety and depression... The Ghost and the Darkness.

Eleven songs that chronicle my personal struggles with the aforementioned afflictions. Largely acoustic and heavily focused on lyrics this is an album I have wanted to make for a long time. 


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<![CDATA[Lots of new music coming...]]>  I am almost done with the Grieving Tree's the Ghost and the Darkness. Tracking drums for both the Suicide Tourists and the Jade Monkey this break. Also hope to do some vocals with Luis on some Monkey or Tourists songs. 

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<![CDATA[Six Rounds and new music]]>  I am still waiting to get the final masters of Six Rounds to the Head before I put those songs up on this site. The analog masters sound great, trying to see if the digital realm can make them a hair louder. I am also hard at work on all types of new music. The Grieving Tree has six songs that are recorded for the most part with four more on deck for a future studio album. The Jade Monkey album Extinction is still waiting for more drums to be recorded before it can move forward. And I have two albums from the Suicide Tourists on the way, Space Apes which is a NIN style electronica meets guitars album that just needs vocals as well as a new drums, bass, guitars and vocal type album that most of the guitars are done for. So I've got lots going on that I can't wait to share with, four possibly five of my friends and family. If you are reading this thank you!

Marty J

]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 22:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Six Rounds to the Head...]]>  All Tracking is done for the Suicide Tourists debut. Mixing and Mastering should happen late June-Early July


Suicide Tourists Rising...

]]> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 16:49:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Seven Dwarves]]>  My new instrumental album Seven Dwarves has been added to the player. if you click backwards seven times you should arrive at the first song. This brings the current total of the songs on this site to 70!

Marty J

]]> Sun, 27 May 2012 12:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Suicide Tourists Rising...]]>  Luis and I had a very successful studio session yesterday. Four songs are now done except for final mixing and mastering and two remain for vocal recordings and possibly some bass from Abe. I am starting to see the finish line on this one and I am very excited about it. 

Marty j

]]> Sun, 20 May 2012 16:26:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Debut Instrumental Album]]>  Marty J - Seven Dwarves

Seven weird little songs, ranging between one and two minutes each. 

you can hear it for free at for the moment

]]> Sat, 19 May 2012 01:41:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Progress...]]>  Tomorrow (Sat the 19th) Luis and I head to the studio to continue work on the Suicide Tourists debut. Also I now have six songs recorded for The Grieving Tree's second studio album. I think they are coming out quite well. The Jade Monkey album stands still but I have been in contact with Steve hoping to get some stuff done in the summer. I want to call it Extinction for two reasons, first, I hope we can finish it before the Mayan Apocalypse so I think Exctintion is fitting and funny. Also our last release was called Evolution. So what follows? Extinction. Have to see how Luis and Steve feels. That's all for now


Marty J

]]> Fri, 18 May 2012 21:24:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Albums, Albums, Albums!]]>  I am working on a number of albums. 

The Jade Monkey: Extinction is a few drum and bass parts away from being ready for vocals.

The Suicide Tourists: The Reckoning is ready for vocals. 

Space Apes is ready for vocals and possibly bass.

]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:50:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Digital Downloads]]>  In the E-store section there are now albums available for digital downloads. Theoretically you just pay and get all the tracks downloaded to your computer. I haven't tried it yet. However, it does look cool.

Marty J

]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:34:34 +0000
<![CDATA[2012 Projects]]>  Having finished a Jade Monkey, Grieving Tree and Fashionably Great CD in 2011, the endless drive to make music continues. There is a Jade Monkey album sitting at the studio that still needs drums bass and vocals and I intend to throw the few remaining old songs we have on there. The Suicide Tourists Debut EP is coming closer and closer to being finished as well as an NIN style album from the same band that the music is finished for and just needs vocals. I started work on five new Grieving Tree songs that would end up on a future album but that's not a priority at the moment. I also have always wanted to make an instrumental CD and have been recording little bits and pieces for that but that again isn't on the top shelf at the moment. So hopefully The Suicide Tourists debut soon and I would love the Jade Monkey CD to move forward but it depends on numerous people's schedules so I can't say for sure. 

-Marty J

]]> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:57:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Music updates]]>  Work on the Suicide Tourists debut EP is moving along nicely, two tracks with Luis' vocals and bass from our original bassist Abe. Hoping to turn that into four tracks done in the next few weeks. No news on the Jade Monkey front at the moment. Still waiting from some more drums for that album. Those two albums are the main focus at the time. Slowly recording a few new Grieving Tree songs bit by bit but that's not something I'm really running full steam ahead with. Hopefully I will have a finished product to share soon enough.


Marty J

]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Audio player clean up]]>  I made some changes to the songlist. All songs are now downloadable. The order of songs is as follows

The first two Jade Monkey albums, Shame and Resolve and The Thirteenth Moon, in random order

Then, Evolution, the Jade Monkey's Tenth Anniversary CD, in order

Fleet Week, the Fashionably Great Debut album, in order

and finally a small selection of Grieving Tree songs

all demos and live songs have been taken down for the time being. Hit random to mix it up. 

If you are listening, thank you for supporting my music. 


Marty J

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