Sleep Most Of The Time / North Of The Unknown - single

by Tim Garrigan

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Singer-Songwriter TIM GARRIGAN releases a new CD SINGLE
with 2 songs


Produced by JIMI ZHIVAGO

Sleep Most Of The Time

A song coming out of the American folk song tradition ...
a wake up call to set oneself aright ...
to see to contemplate to act ...

Musically: A friend of the devil meets blowin' in the wind to hard travelin' … with blonde on blonde organ and piano ... back to bluegrass and country ... acoustic and electric … in modernized synchronistic terms.

North Of The Unknown

A haunted ballad … a lament and call for the absent lover (who is too far removed to hear) to come home ... to make the half whole. A song from a certain space within … a self lost in the wilderness of unwanted solitude ...

Musically: A mix of tango, swing, Irish ballad, and classic rock … in a minor key. Multilayered production with acoustic guitar; mariachi drum and percussion movements; electric guitar and organ – painting in sound the swirling colours of a void dreamt in outer space.

"There is a definite west coast vibe to the textures and production that I think totally works."

"I think the vocal sound works really well and the way Tim sings these songs really contributes to this Laurel Canyon vibe."

"Awesome guitar textures in North of the Unknown. Also, it's kind of the darker side of Laurel Canyon."

"Gram Parsons, Notorious Byrd Brothers, Townes Van Sant, Nashville Skyline … but without imitating any of them."

-- Blake Fleming

The recordings were produced by downtown NYC musical treasure
Jimi Zhivago who also contributed electric guitar, piano, organ, and bass.

This release also re-unites Tim with ex-Dazzling Killmen bandmate
Blake Fleming on drums and percussion.

Tim Garrigan- vocal/ acoustic guitars/harmonica/songs
Jimi Zhivago - electric guitar, organ, piano
Blake Fleming- drums/percussion

recorded by Milton Ruiz at The Maid's Room, NYC
mixed by Ed Mcentee at 1 East, NYC
mastered by Jessica Thompson at The Magic Shop, NYC

songs by Tim Garrigan copyright 2012


Jimi was a founding member of Olabelle, whose debut album helped to set off a resurgence in roots music.
In recent years, Jimi has produced albums for Israel Nash Gripka and Kim Taylor, amongst others.


Blake was a founding member of the influentual NYC based Laddio Bolocko and The Mars Volta. He is currently gaining critical praise for his recent solo all drums/percussion album 'Time's Up'.


Since moving from St. Louis to New York in 2000, Tim has been focusing primarily on writing, recording, and performing as a singer-songwriter, and has released several full-length CDs and several Eps including: To Be and Not to Be (1999), Tim Garrigan (2000), Looking Around the Garden (2003), Beyond the Ruins of my Mind (2005),
East of the East River (2009), Songs/Spaces (2011) and Men, Women, and Children (2011 ), which was recorded in St. Louis with longtime musical associates Nathan Warren and Jeremy Brantlinger.

Tim was guitarist in Dazzling Killmen whose In The Face of Collapse recorded by Steve Albini was deemed the #1 Heaviest Record of the 90's by Alternative Press.

As a guitarist//improviser/bandmember/(Dazzling Killmen, PHUT,
You Fantastic!) Tim has shared the bill with Bright Eyes, Jim O'Rourke , Jesus Lizard, Fugazi, Girls against Boys, Neurosis, Sleep, U.S. Maple, Collosamite ( pre-Deerhoof), Danielson Family, Zeni Geva, Melt Banana, Bad Livers, Unsane, Judah Bauer, Ken Vandermark, and Madeleine Peyroux.

In recent years, he has performed with Gary Wilson, Hisham Bharoocha (Black Dice, Soft Circle), Ben Vida,
Nick Diamonds (of Islands), and Grandpa's Ghost.

Press Quotes from previous releases:

“Garrigan has found hearfelt expression in Dylanesque Americana folk.”
— Village Voice

“On Beyond the Ruins of My Mind, local singer-songwriter Tim Garrigan tips his hat to Gram-era Byrds and country-era Dylan, with warm results.”
— Time Out New York

“Brilliant ex-St. Louisan” (regarding Beyond the Ruins of My Mind).
— Roy Kasten, contributing editor to
No Depression magazine

“I’ve listened to this song ('Looking Around the Garden') dozens of times this week. For me, it was like discovering some unheard outtake from Blood on the Tracks: loose, terrifying, and grand.”
— René Saller 88.1 KDHX Radio



released April 5, 2013

Tim Garrigan- vocal/ acoustic guitars/harmonica/songs
Jimi Zhivago - electric guitar, organ, piano
Blake Fleming- drums/percussion

Produced by Jimi Zhivago

recorded by Milton Ruiz at The Maid's Room, NYC
mixed by Ed Mcentee at 1 East, NYC
mastered by Jessica Thompson at The Magic Shop, NYC

photos by Sumitra Mukerji

songs by Tim Garrigan copyright 2012




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" a sound that often betrays a passion for Bob Dylan - Tim Garrigan displays those desperate, lost feelings with courage and a remarkable ability to convey a wide range of emotions, showing that the archetype of the lonely city dweller, when rendered with depth and complexity, can still be a well of lyrical inspiration".

- Jack McGovern- NYC Deli Magazine July 2013
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Track Name: Sleep Most Of The Time
"What have I ever sacrificed? What have I ever done?
To ease the pain and sorrow of even my closest loved ones?"

"Well I sit around and I think of you sometimes.
Worry and wonder if I ever cross your mind"
Track Name: North Of The Unknown
You've been so gone and I've been so wrong I just didn't know what else to do..
I could hide in my cage, covered with rage, until you would come through

But I don't know just where we're headed to...

You took that plane again 'cross that eastern sea and now I'm all alone
I'm still in your place but buried my face into the telephone...

But I know you got to do what you got to do
and I ain't tryin' to make you into something

I didn't know just where I was goin' when I put my trust in you
You said that you loved me as you sat there above me and made me feel a fool

Now I dont' know just how it's gonna end
if you gave me one more chance to try again

Oh where….did you go again ?

We're always late crashin' the gates even when we're in the same room
We held each other but now we've got to figure out what else to do

Now I don't want to break your heart
oh but honey I would understand if you said it's time we part

Oh where… did you go again? leaving me all alone?
Here in the mountains north of the unknown?