Thoughts On 2 Black Celebration Shows 5/29/09 and 5/30/09

This weekend I played back-to-back shows with Black Celebration. Our first show was in Portland at the fabulous Wonder Ballroom. My trip to the show was somewhat frantic due to unexpected horrible traffic on I-5 between Seattle and Portland. Granted, we probably should have left an hour earlier, but I’m not entirely certain that we’d ...

Elephant Talk

King Crimson is so incredibly great. This is one of their signature moments from (what I argue to be) their most amazing and creative period as a band. Adrian Belew, always the joyful rogue. Robert Fripp, mad scientist virtuoso. Bill Bruford, human clock. Tony Levin, multi-instrumental wizard. The three best albums from this lineup are ...

Black Celebration Prep 1

One of my ongoing music projects is Black Celebration – a tribute to Depeche Mode. I’ve spent some time the week getting ready for 2 upcoming shows. The first is Friday night in Portland at the Wonder Ballroom and the second will be on Saturday at The Showbox in Seattle (near Pike Place Market). The ...

Softball Season Begins

The intrepid Tube Sox began this summer’s softball season with a 17-2 victory. After having our first two games rained out (and rescheduled for July), we finally managed to take the field. Most of the crew is back from previous years. I was impressed that everyone on the team got a good hit or two ...

Peer Feedback 1

Peer Feedback
I returned to my desk today after lunch and found this post-it note. For the past few mornings I’ve been pulling the top part of my hair back and putting it into a short pony tail to keep it out of my face. Apparently one of my co-workers found this hairstyle to be derivative of ...

Attention Weather Gods, RE: Your Total Suckage

Seriously. This morning was unnecessary. I got up early so I could load my gear into the car for tonight’s gig. Getting up earlier than my usual 5:50 AM alarm is already pretty gruesome, and having to load gear extra early is un-fun. But the torrential downpour was an exclamation point on a run-on-sentence-of-morning-lame-osity. Trying ...

Warr Machine

Warr Machine
Last night the Preons held our weekly practice session and I found myself fumbling to execute my Warr Guitar parts. I think the core issue was that it had been about two weeks since I last did any actual playing on that instrument, and it was frustrating to see how quickly the muscle memory was ...

This Is Your Brain On Music

This Is Your Brain On Music
Last week I started reading This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin. It’s a fascinating examination of the neurological and psychological processes that are in play when listening to music. I’ve read the firstĀ half of the book while riding the bus and several people have commented that they also read the book and ...

1 Uppers Studio Time

1 Uppers Studio Time
This past weekend the 1 Uppers spent a lot of hours in the recording studio putting down tracks for a CD. We managed to get through four takes (each) of six songs on Saturday despite losing a few hours to ProTools gremlins. Our intrepid drummer and engineer Eric Eagle did a great job of getting ...