Hi! I just noticed I haven’t talked about my new band Halcon Cara yet, so here is the start of the skinny.
Tommy from Woodgrain had written and recorded some songs and made some videos while he was convalescing for a few weeks, and they were pretty cool. He and Virginia Meza (from Kay Odyssey, Jackie Ono, and the Unhung Heroes) were jamming it out and invited me, and I immediately said yes. So far we’re all instrumental, and it’s a super fun band. We have an EP, Aeon of Horus, we recorded with Chico at Estuary on Spotify (as well as the LP of Tommy’s original tunes). Here is our first band video for the tune Currents. Enjoy!
Here is a great video of our performance at the New Media Art and Sound Summit back in July of 2019. We (Mohadev and I) teamed up with local badass artist Dieter Geisler and the the three of us improvised a really cool audio/visual moment. Thanks to Henna for believing in Face Off!
While I was writing and recording The Fall Will Probably Kill You, I experimented with the Orkney Tuning and, although none of those sketches got turned into tracks for the album, I enjoyed it a lot.
Orkney Tuning is very strange – it is familiar in some respects, yet very different from expectation in many others. You can get into a little groove thinking you have it all under control, but then one little misstep, and you are suddenly way outside of the lines. It is lovely and brutal. Continue reading “Orkney Tuning Improvisation | Video”
I was in a play! 100 Heartbreaks by Joanna Garner! I played the guitar player in the band (and the band – me, Alexander Villarreal and Robert Vignisson – got a nomination for a B. Iden Payne Award – Outstanding Featured Musical Performance!) check out some of the tunes (with me on guitar) at http://100heartbreaks.com/music/. That girl can write and sing some heartbreak for sure!
My punk band Pinkie Sworn:
Oh I did this album of psych-rock music. dunno if i’ll ever do anything more with it, so here it is on soundcloud:
I started a band with Mohadev. and so much more. this is a lot… Next Up: CD Release and then Voo Doo Deaux!
chablis single came out saturday – the record relase at carousel lounge was off the hook fun
this week we send lick lick’s third record – you and me neither – off to the record pressing factory place. should have that back mid-february.
also we’re finishing up mixing on lick lick’s as yet untitled fourth record this week. so we’ll likely have two releases in 2014!
peter’s rite of spring is dropping at the mother falcon performance on december 28
also on december 28 matt and i are backing up hess on a couple of songs at a big coldtown theater shindig
january 11 i debut with the cave bees at holy mountain!
january 15 is target to finish mixing things i shouldve done better – need to arrange for mastering, but i have a couple of ideas. by mid february i hope to have it pressed. the cover image is a great photo by george brainard.
january 26 fencesitters are doing 2 hours of sit and sing at the lost well
early february is my target to finish recording/mixing songs about russia – need to arrange for mastering. hope to have it pressed by mid march
february 15 love below III – the return of Baby Got Bacteria
in mid march i’ll start recording voodoo deux in earnest. i’ve got a couple of great smart people helping me out, and i can’t wait to get it going.
also around then my psych rock band should be starting to get going – i have 12 songs written, and some fantastic players on board – just need to get some words and some time.
also i just started work with hobizal on a concept record – a sort of beowulf set in the post apocalyptic trans-pecos. i’m calling it el milagro de calor
So, hopefully all of these matriculate into awesomeness, i feel they all will.
Just thought i’d take a little time and write down the state of the state on some of my music ships.
Peter plays The Rite of Spring. Peter Stopschinski has prepared a solo piano arrangement of Stravinski’s the Rite of Spring, and I have been assisting him with the recording. We’ve got the good mics pointed at the Yamaha Grand, and I think the tonal palate he is pushing through the sound board is amazing. It’s truly an honor to be involved as he obviously loves the source material.
Piano/Mandolin Trio. Peter and I have started developing some pieces to play for a newly concepted piano and mandolin trio (we’ll add acoustic bass). Peter wants to play more acoustic piano, and i want to get much much better at the mandolin. Most acoustic Pianos in town are in places where the exuberance of our rock-n-roll impulses are not really encouraged and it’s not really in our bucket list to play a bunch of covers or standards, so we’re developing new material on which we can improvise. I think of it as Tia Carrera for the acoustic music set.
Pinkie Sworn. hardcore, with Julien, Sean and Cam. SWORN!
Duets. Shelly dared me to do an album of duets with her, so we have started writing a bunch of them (9 started so far). Our buddy alarmo expressed interest in playing pedal steel, so we may try to put together an actual gigging band – twin fiddles, pedal steel duets and harmonies. i’ve done a couple of demos, but none really good enough for soundcloud yet (wrong keys, wrong feels, placeholder lyrics, etc.)
Lick Lick’s 3rd record is being mixed right now! Greg Yancey has been wrangling some great moments, and i can’t wait for y’all to hear it!
Things I Should’ve Done Better is being mixed! Sam and I have cranked that mill up, and hope to have last minute recording and mixes done by then end of August.