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Music

  • Broken Brothers

  • Today This Year

  • Anchors Aweigh

  • Night of Criminals

  • Shoestring Universe

  • Victory March

  • Leaving

  • Sometimes a Stranger

Photos

Videos

  • Take Me With You

  • From Scratch

  • Making of Today This Year

  • Sleepwalking

  • Bottleneck

  • Anchors Aweigh

About

Brian Keenan is a man of many words – a prolific songwriter from Brooklyn, NY.

As frontman for Proud Simon, Brian led a ten year musical journey through classic country, fuzzed psychedelia, and horn drenched pop balladry. His debut solo album "Today This Year" was a rebirth of the concept, intertwining the high lonesome country sound with an electronic pulse.

His songs loom like an aging mansion over a rural town. If you dare to get close, what seemed so beautiful from afar become fragile and wounded. His haunting tenor is precise, never letting the song fall completely into ruins.


Only Here - Coming Soon

‘Only Here’ is Keenan's second album, a hazy oil painted landscape of sounds and stories. He took a wrecking ball to the height and polish of past work, opting for fewer instruments, fewer layers and a raw recording method. It was Keenan’s first undertaking where he played (nearly) all the instruments and self produced/engineered the record. Recorded exclusively in his apartment, it has an honest and intimate vibe captured as true to his vision as possible. “Cross Paths” is a story of what could have been, if only “today wasn’t the day we crossed paths”. “Night Sounds” is an account of a complex relationship and vivid depiction of the writer’s neighborhood.

Broken Brothers

In 2013, Keenan and longtime friend/collaborator Ben Yonda released ‘Broken Brothers’, a 6-song split EP. It features 3 tracks apiece, each representing some lost tracks from the artist’s catalogs. ‘Take Me With You’ details what it is like to be left behind, and longing to venture where you know you don’t belong. ‘I Watched You Disappear’ is a long goodbye, where a friendship slowly turns into “steam pouring from the grate”.

Today This Year

For his debut record “Today This Year”, Keenan sought the help of Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Willie Nelson) to track at legendary Avatar Studios in New York City. The album was recorded live by a 9-piece band in Studio B, where Candiloro focused Keenan's sprawling arrangements into a warm, bubbling mixture. Harnessing Keenan's vocal acrobatics the record is bursting at the seams with layers of sound. There is a tinge of an electronic pulse, as many of the arrangements began as synthesized loops. The words are personal accounts balanced between the mournful and triumphant, simple in delivery but rife with elaborate depiction of the songwriter's "fascinating abstractions".

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Broken Brothers

A 6-song split EP between longtime friends/collaborators Brian Keenan & Ben Yonda. It features 3 tracks apiece, each representing some lost tracks from the artist’s catalogs.

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Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producer: Brian Keenan
  • Studio: Java Street
  • Mastering: Brian Keenan
  • Released: July 10, 2013
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards
    • Jen Browning: Vocals, Keyboards
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Today This Year

Brian Keenan's debut album, produced by Jamie Candiloro at Avatar Studios in New York City. Features a 9-piece live band and 10 original compositions.

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Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producer: Jamie Candiloro
  • Studio: Avatar Studio
  • Engineers: John Gilbertson & Fernando Lodeiro
  • Mastering: Adrian Morgan at Timeless Mastering
  • Released: August 1, 2011
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar
    • Adrian Morgan: Bass, Vocals
    • Dave Tedeschi: Drums
    • Gordon Hartin: Pedal Steel
    • Simon Fletcher: Guitar
    • Julian Shore: Piano
    • Hope Tomaselli: Vocals
    • Lauren Daisley: Vocals
    • Hiromasa Suzuki: Guitar
    • Patrick Lay: Guitar
    • Jamie Candiloro: Organ
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Anchors Aweigh

Proud Simon's final EP, produced by Jamie Candiloro and recorded in the final days of Kampo Studios in New York City.

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Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producer: Jamie Candiloro
  • Studio: Kampo Studios
  • Engineers: Dror Mohar & Alan Ford
  • Mastering: Adrian Morgan at Timeless Mastering
  • Released: September 3, 2009
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar
    • Adrian Morgan: Bass
    • Chaim Tolwin: Drums
    • Simon Fletcher: Guitar
    • Jamie Candiloro: Drums, Organ
    • Joshua Grange: Pedal Steel
    • Machiko Ozawa: Violin
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Night of Criminals

Proud Simon's epic 2-act LP – a brilliant mix of bombastic pop psychedelia and Americana jaunts.

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Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producers: Brian Keenan & Adrian Morgan
  • Studio: Galuminum FoilbyJeff Berner
  • Studio: DirtyKicks ProductionsbyJason Finkel
  • Studio: GodelstringbyJoel Hamburger
  • Studio: TimelessbyAdrian Morgan
  • Mastering: Kim Rosen at West West Side Music
  • Released: November 10, 2008
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar
    • Adrian Morgan: Bass, Trombone
    • Jim Sykes: Drums, Percussion
    • John Cutler: Keyboards
    • Skye Steele: Violin
    • Steve Milton: Accordion
    • Dave Horowitz: Guitar
    • Raphael McGregor: Lap Steel
    • Christina Ginger: Keyboards
    • Peter Hess: Flute, Clarinet, Saxaphone
    • Sarah Bowman: Cello
    • Peter Godtfredsen: Synthesizer
    • Matt Kepler: Drums, Percussion
    • Mitch Paone: Keyboards
    • Susan Pemberton: Vocals
    • Tim Kiah: Bass
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Shoestring Universe

Following a move from Rochester, NY to Brooklyn, Proud Simon's sonic rebirth at the hands of an experimental producer, Bryce Hackford.

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Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producer: Bryce Hackford
  • Studio: Bryce's Basement by Bryce Hackford
  • Studio: Galuminum Foil by Jeff Berner
  • Mastering: Alan Douches at West West Side Music
  • Photography: Mike Gross
  • Released: October 30, 2006
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar
    • Ben Yonda: Guitar
    • Charlie Monte Verde: Drums, Percussion
    • Jim Sykes: Drums
    • Nate Stevens: Bass
    • Bryce Hackford: Drums
    • Christina Ginger: Keyboards
    • Skye Steele: Violin
    • Ben Holmes: Trumpet
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Victory March

Proud Simon's final EP from the Berkeley Street era featuring a rotating cast of characters.

Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producer: Brian Keenan
  • Studio: Berkeley Street by Brian Keenan
  • Mastering: Brian Keenan
  • Released: January 10, 2005
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar
    • Charlie Monte Verde: Drums, Vocals, Percussion
    • Marcel Ray: Guitar
    • Christina Ginger: Keyboards
    • Justin Staller: Bass
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Leaving

An EP composed, performed and recorded exclusively by songwriter Brian Keenan under the Proud Simon moniker.

Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producer: Brian Keenan
  • Studio: Berkeley Street by Brian Keenan
  • Mastering: Brian Keenan
  • Released: January 10, 2004
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
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Sometimes a Stranger

Proud Simon's debut album, recorded at Berkeley Street by two ambitious cousins and their friends.

Credits

  • Songwriting: Brian Keenan
  • Producer: Brian Keenan
  • Studio: Berkeley Street by Brian Keenan
  • Mastering: Brian Keenan
  • Released: January 20, 2003
  • Musicians:
    • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
    • Charlie Monte Verde: Drums, Vocals
    • Ben Yonda: Guitar, Vocals
    • Caitlin Nairn: Vocals
    • Lesley Bush: Keyboards
    • Mary Bouwens: Keyboards
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Take Me With You

Follows Brian on a trip from New York City, to Philadelphia, to Rochester and back again.

Credits

  • DP: Jen Browning

From the album Broken Brothers

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From Scratch

A trip into a miniature world of Brian's "fascinating abstractions".

Credits

  • Director: Ben Yonda
  • DP: Mike Wechsler
  • Animation: Rachel Yonda
  • PA: Caroline Freedman

From the album Today This Year

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Making of Today This Year

The making of Today This Year, Brian Keenan's debut album. Follows the band from 2009 to 2010 from rehearsals, to tracking at Avatar Studios, to mixing in Los Angeles. Interview with Brian detailing his process for the record.

Credits

  • Director: Jen Browning
  • Editor: Mike Wechsler

From the album Today This Year

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Sleepwalking

Brian Keenan plays "Sleepwalking" acoustic on a rooftop in Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY.

Credits

  • Director: Jen Browning

From the album Today This Year

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Bottleneck

Shot on Christmas Day 2011 at the Keenan family Christmas, this is the official video for Brian's folk ballad "Bottleneck". The song tells the story of the last days and January 2010 passing of Betty Keenan, matriarch of the Keenan family.

Credits

  • Director: Charlie Monte Verde

From the album Today This Year

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Anchors Aweigh

Brian Keenan performs the title track from Proud Simon's "Anchors Aweigh" EP.

Credits

  • Director: Ben Yonda

From the album Anchors Aweigh

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