Thoughts On The 80s Invasion Gig 4/25

Saturday night was an unusual early show for 80s Invasion. We played at the High Dive in Fremont, which is a great venue with a fun regular crowd. Zach surprised me by including “Kiss Them For Me” by Siouxsie and the Banshees. I’ve always wanted to add that one to our set list and I ...

At Last… I AM Somebody 2

At Last... I AM Somebody
Recently I was putting together some documentation for a project that required a QR code generator, and I thought “why not make my own QR code?”. This way I can… um… do stuff with it. Well, I haven’t exactly figured out WHY I need this, but that has never stopped me from doing something geeky. ...

Thoughts On The Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig 4/18

Saturday night was an interesting and fun night. I sat in with The Dudley Manlove Quartet at an event called “Hops and Props”, at the Museum of Flight. As a sub, I had about a month to learn their set which is filled with great classics – many from my junior high days. As the ...

Thoughts On The 1 Uppers Gig 4/17

Thoughts On The 1 Uppers Gig 4/17
Friday night the 1 Uppers took the stage at Conor Byrne in Ballard. It was an opportunity for us to perform a number of new original songs. My newly simplified guitar signal chain (guitar + 1 effect + amp) really sounded and felt good. I had a minor challenge with my output jack on the ...

Patches Pal

I’ve had my POD XT Live for a few years now, and it does a good job of providing the tones I use in my various bands. I’m almost upon the time of year when I do “spring cleaning” for my saved effect patches. Every year (or so) I like to save all my old ...

More Gigs

I have a few new shows added to my gig schedule: Friday 4/17 The 1 Uppers @ Conor Byrne (Ballard) Saturday 4/18 Dudley Manlove Quartet @ The Museum of Flight (Seattle) [PRIVATE EVENT] Saturday 4/25 80s Invasion @ The High Dive (Ballard) Three bands. Three gigs. Eight days. Hopefully I’ll keep all the songs straight ...

Buckaroo!

Buckaroo!
My good friend Jon just provided a big list of tunes worth hearing, all by Buck Owens. And so I’ve been working on learning a bunch of them. It’s easy to think of Buck’s music as being “that old-sounding countryish stuff”, but there is some seriously ferocious playing on these songs. I’m really enjoying learning ...

Play This Video Loud 1

One of my favorite orchestral pieces: John Cage’s “4:33”┬áin a televised orchestral performance