Thoughts On The 8/28 80s Invasion Gig

Last Friday’s gig at Neumo’s was fun, despite being a somewhat quiet night in the club. The audience that was present was plenty enthusiastic and had a great time. We decided to soundcheck with “Red Skies At Night” which went very well. Strangely, that song seemed a little random when we did it later in the set, ...

Thoughts On The 1 Uppers Gigs 8/21 and 8/23

Thoughts On The 1 Uppers Gigs 8/21 and 8/23
Last weekend I played 2 shows with my country band The 1 uppers. Friday night’s show was the Conor Byrne. The regulars who frequent the bar are big fans of music in general and they seem especially enthusiastic about country. We were last on a bill of three bands, which meant we were subject to ...

House Infrastructure Update

In the past few years I’ve installed a fair amount of cable in our house. The current total is something like this: Cat 5E : Over 1100 feet and counting. This is both for the internal data network (gigabit throughout the house) and the voice lines. Early in this project I completely removed all pre-existing phone lines from ...

Les Paul R.I.P.

Les Paul R.I.P.
Les Paul was a true gentleman and one of the world’s most interesting guitarists. I saw him perform a few times in NYC and it was a treat to listen to his stories and beautiful music. He invented the solidbody electric guitar (which bears his name) and also invented multitrack recording. His ingenuity as a ...

Hollywood Nights

I’m currently traveling on business and am staying in North Hollywood. As one might expect, it’s warm here and there is a lot going on. I arrived late last night and drove in from LAX. My hotel is in “Universal City”, which is on the big hill where Universal Studios is located. When I checked ...

Thoughts On The 8/7 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig

Thoughts On The 8/7 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig
Last Friday night the Dudley Manlove Quartet played at the High Dive in Fremont. This is one of the better local venues and has a terrific bar / kitchen staff, awesome sound engineer, and a generally great vibe. It’s surprising to me that more local bars aren’t like this; Seattle seems like a friendly and ...

Crashing The Schedule

As a project manager, I’m occasionally presented with the challenge of compressing work into a tight timeline. Sometimes this is the result of the customer (business) of wanting results sooner, and other times it’s because there is an external deadline that cannot be moved. In either case, the scheduled activities are reviewed to identify opportunities ...

Thoughts On The 8/1 Black Celebration Gig 1

Thoughts On The 8/1 Black Celebration Gig
Black Celebration performed last Saturday evening at Neumo’s on Capital Hill in Seattle. We were part of a three-band bill that included Love Vigilantes (New Order tribute) and Erasuresque (Erasure tribute). It was a hot day in Seattle and the club was very hot all night. They did have some fans operating to move the ...