Really stoked to share this live performance recording from my tour through New York this past summer. Nothing quite like performing on a deck in Brooklyn with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Massive thanks to everyone at CHARGED.fm, ATYPICAL BEASTS and SIXPOINT BREWERY for making it happen. Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to head up to New York City and play shows in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. It was extra rad because I got to hang out and play with my good friends in Night Idea, Dumb Waiter, Navi, and New Turks. So yeah it was definitely RVA taking over NYC. On top of all that I got to do a live filming session at the CHARGED.fm studios, It was nice enough out that we were able to do the session on the deck with the skyline and bridges in the background. Check out these photos!
For more details on the session check out the write up here. huge thanks to CHARGED.fm, Atypical Beasts, and Sixpoint Brewery for having me.
LIVE FROM THE CAVE is now stream-able via youtube and download-able via bandcamp! and don't forget to head on over to my fabebook music page and say hello! as always thanks for listening... and watching.
NEXT TUESDAY! 7/8/14. I will be releasing a set of live audio + video recordings that highlight my current live rig and sound reactive glitched out projection work. These will be releases in both video format on facebook , youtube, and vimeo and the audio will be released as a stand alone free download through my bandcamp page. Get stoked. spread the word.
And while you are at it I now have an official facebook fan page. Please like it, share it spread the word. Thanks for the support and thanks for listening.
Yesterday I played a solo set out in Winchester at Willow Grove that was part of a brand new music festival that we will hopefully see grow and happen again for many years to come. The setting was gorgeous with a picturesque lake and willow trees as the backdrop to the stages, and the weather was just about as lovely as anyone could hope for on a summer's day in Virginia. I got to see a lot of great RVA friends perform as well as some different bands from elsewhere around Virginia whom I hadn't seen live before. All in all it was great day out of town.
My set was one of the last of the day, after sunset, and myself along with two other more experimental acts performed within the confines of an old stone barn foundation. It was pretty magical and for me it was nice as it had the intimacy of playing a house show or small venue... while still being outside and having the stars and clouds visible overhead. As is often the case when I perform, I really let the surroundings inform the music, so between the stone and the dirt and all the new faces it made for a pretty epic set. Huge thanks to all the festival organizers, all the bands and everyone who came out for making it it such a wonderful day!
So last year I recorded the album Is This Chocolate? for my good friends Dumb Waiter. This year, they got together with some other friends and made this video. I can't take any credit for it, but oh my goodness it's ridiculously brilliant, so i figured I'd pass the word on. Enjoy!
I recently finished some mastering work for my friends the New Turks for their new self titled EP which will be available on Cassette. Normally I'm fairly reserved when it comes to mastering and don't partake in the "loud wars" as it were but with this one I wanted the recording to sound as brutal as these guys sound live, So I pushed it as far as I could and it sounds ridiculously intense. They straight up killed it on these songs. enjoy:
At the end of April I met up with my good friends Lobo Marino at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville to record a collection of live kirtan music. We set up in a former schoolhouse and tracked these songs with members of the community filling in on group vocals and percussion, and the one and only Jessika Blanks joined up with us to lay down some violin tracks as well. We managed to get everything tracked within a day and then later incorporated some field recordings that Jameson and Laney had captured while in India. It was a pretty moving experience for me, and the songs ended up sounding lovely. Please give it a listen, and if you can manage, please pay whatever you want for the download as 100% of the online proceeds go to Vagdevi Children's Art School in India. Buying music only helps make more music. Thank you for listening.
well it's about time i make my usual sporadic blog post to let the few folks that happen upon this page know that all is well and there's a pretty ridiculous que of projects i'm working on. lot's of instruments, amps and stompboxes to be built and modified, new recording projects on the way, new experiments in video, a fundraiser, and of course a ton of great shows are filling up the calendar. it's time i make my passions my priority.
Earlier this year my friends in the band Dumb Waiter asked me to record an album for them. i had seen them a live a few times in the months previous and i knew a bunch of the guys from the other bands that they had played in, so i pretty much jumped at the opportunity since, for one they had been writing totally insane music (and i love insane music) and two that ideally their level of musicianship should make for a really solid and fun session, The other great thing about it was that we decided to record it in the upstairs space at Gallery 5, which i knew fairly well from recording Lobo Marino's Kite Festival last year. It's a large untreated room with ridiculous natural reverb, which lent itself well to Kite Festival with all of it's spaciousness, audience participation, and folky vibe, but i wondered if there would be too much reverb doing a full on loud experimental rock band. but within the first hour of moving mics around and getting drums sounds my slight fears were lifted because everything sounded brilliant, totally huge and with the kind of character you can't even get in a lot of "real" studios. Sure it's noisier, and you might catch a stray siren going by out on the street in the middle of a take, but i've always found the pros of recording in non-traditional spaces out weigh the cons. The space can leave a unique sonic imprint on the music, almost as if it's another member of the ensemble.
This session ended up being insanely fun, and we knocked out all the basic tracks for the 7 song album within about 8 hours here and there across 2 days, and sporadically did a small amount of overdubs, layering into the already dense mix or drums, sax, electric bass and guitar and even had some guest spots with violin, upright bass and vocals as schedules allowed over that week before sorting out all the takes and taking things back to the cave for mixing/mastering. My ballet schedule was insane at the time, and it took me a while to finish up the mix, but that was good as it allowed me to have quite a bit of perspective on the mix, which is invaluable when you're doing everything yourself. They just released the final product not too long ago and i am quite proud of the way it turned out, and most importantly i still love the songs, these guys managed to write some killer material that's all at once a facemelting, spazzy, jazzy, mathy, funky, dubby, experimental but super listenable auditory experience. AND even though i've heard it a million times, i'm still not sick of it. CHECK IT OUT BELOW: