His first real written songs (that were any good at least) were part of a The Decemberists satire album called "Under the Muck," by fictional band The Nogood Boyos. Josh was part of the Decemberists now-extinct message board, /orate, for some years, and a user there posted the fictional album art. Josh then decided to write the songs for the album, which included the song most associated with Josh, "Here, I Found Your Stupid Bike," which was itself a satirical response to The Decemberists' Apology Song. People on the forum responded positively toward the album, which set Josh on the path to more songwriting.
Josh currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his cat Jowers. He continues to write music whenever he feels like it.