Thirteen story songs recorded in a six by ten room in Brooklyn. Tortuga mingles hushed acoustic instruments with drum loops and sampled '78s to create it's junk store porch-techno vibe. The cast of characters include lovesick dishwashers, starf***ers, randy invalids, nail-Polish pickers, one-armed boxers, guitar-string suicides, punk-rock farm boys, and a foolish tattoo. WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING 'A perfect late night alone record.' - TapeOp 2/1/01 'Too beautiful to be pretty.' - Pulse of the Twin Cities 2/1/01 'Tortuga is the best late night companion this side of Tom Waits' Mule Variations.' (Three and 1/2 stars out of four)-- Jim Walsh, St. Paul Pioneer Press 11/12/99 'His music suggests some vast new genre of spaghetti-western-techno-gypsy-folk.' (Critics Pick) - Zack Dundas, Willamette Week (Portland, OR) 9/20/00 'Griffin's debut Tortuga, puts the singer/songwriter within the ranks of Vic Chesnutt, Elliott Smith and Chris Knox.' (Critics Pick) -- Laura Learmonth, Seattle Weekly 9/20/00 '...vivid yarns with a moody, atmospheric intermingling of acoustic guitars and ghostly background noises... a welcome addition to the bedroom [recording] set.' Tad Hendrickson, CMJ 12/20/99 'Stories as vivid as Nick Cave or Tom Waits...This show, and this disc should not be missed. Trust me on this.' -David Rangel, Pulse of the Twin Cities, 5/02/99.