My first time playing with these bands. Bound to be awesome! I’m really excited!!
Just booked a gig for November 30th at the Beauty Shop! Full line up TBA!
At least 2 new songs will be debuted at this show! :)
Today I had a great idea: Someone should record a Christmas album using Gollum’s voice to sing all the words, but replace key words with “Smeagol” or “Precious.” For example, “Smeagols ring, are you listening!” etc. Smash hit.
With some songs, writing feels like dropping one of those wonderful no-wipe poops. You didn’t know it was coming and afterward you feel delighted. With other songs, however, it can feel like trying to forge a trash can into a Statue of David using a blow torch and a chicken thigh.
Have a nice day.
Thank you Fairfield for coming out to support the DVD release of Persephone: A Rock Ballet. Emotional times were had, again, both in experiencing the story (some for the first time), and remembering the experience of doing the show.
My brother Ed’s video editing really preserved the life of the show and helped showcase the action. Good video editing isn’t easy, and he did a great job.
DVDs are available for purchase, but I have not been able to set up an online store yet. You are more than welcome to contact me online in the meantime to get one mailed to you. I’ll definitely post big noticeable links once I get the store up!
It’s with a lot of pride, and some other shit, but mainly excitement––and possibly sticky fingers because I just ate waffles––that I can announce the release of the long-awaited DVD of Persephone: A Rock Ballet.
There’s a screening of the DVD happening to celebrate its release. That event is happening at Morning Star Studio in Fairfield, on August 31st at 8pm.
I’m really proud of this. There’s a lot of shit I would change in this show, of course, because I’m an artist and it’s my art. But it’s alive, it exists, it involves a whole community of people (36 dancers and a band!).. It’s just really cool to have done it, and I send many thanks to Hilary Jordan for creating it with me back in 2011 and 2012. She put a tremendous amount of work into organizing the visible half of the show. Casting and choreographing dancers, developing costumes, working out lights, staging, booking… It’s a lot of work for one person.
I still really love the songs in this show, and I hope you all get a chance to check it out. Maybe we’ll be able to stage a production of it again some day. That would be amazing. Til then, come to the DVD release!
I’m excited to say that I’m playing a show on May 28th at The Beauty Shop. Full details soon. It will be an all-acoustic lineup, and I hope to have some brand new material for this gig.
I’ll also be playing in this festival on June 22nd in Fairfield. Check out the video (and pardon all the thrusting at the end). This gig will NOT be acoustic :)
UPDATE — Here is the event page for the show at the Beauty Shop. I hope to see you there!
Writing music is like learning to ride a horse. You need some education, like how to establish communication with your animal, how to bring the horse from pasture to stable, where to put the saddle. You need a lot of coordination in your steep learning curve. How to balance, what to hold, how to tell the horse to walk, trot, canter. How to move from G minor to A major, how to balance lyrical meter with musical meter. How to move with the beast’s rhythm, to post, kick, tug the reins, signal him for turns. How to keep up the pace and keep moving. Maybe you’ll fall off. Maybe the horse will even get lazy mid-trot and stop, causing you to smash your balls on the saddle horn. But once you get the hang of all those crazy aspects, learn what your animal wants, how to listen to him, and how to make your statements confidently, galloping through that sunlit field feels like flying.
Is it weird that PA speakers excite me? Amplified music? The fact that a simple paper cone can take your mp3 and move someone’s bowels with it? The art of tightening that musical waveform into a compression of air particles that touch and pull your skin, by way of a copper coil shoving and yanking that paper cone back and forth, because its magnetic center shifts with the signal sent to it by an amplifier, and that center is strictly held by a giant magnet bolted to the speaker box? Is that weird? That magnetic center shakes your organs. Your tailbone. Your marrow has heard this music.
Take a glance over to your right. The column titled “Pages,” (soon to be called “discography” and contain a complete list) now contains a link to the info on the album. Info includes credits, track listing, and complete lyrics.
As time goes on I’ll be updating the discography with all my other releases, all of which you can find on bandcamp. Also at that link are links to my other music involvements, at the top in the banner.