The Musicians On Call Holiday Party was a blast at the 9:30 Club this past Thursday! I attended with my producer and friend Dave and his girlfriend Emily. We’re all extremely proud to be volunteers helping this terrific organization; I’m looking forward … Continue reading Cheer and Charity from Musicians On Call
Had a fabulous time playing Velvet Lounge with Tigertronic last night. Thanks to Panda Sanchez and Figueres-Tactics for kicking things off so excellently, as well as our fans, friends, and the staff at VL! We ended a fun set with Ro’s … Continue reading Tigertronic @ Velvet Lounge: “My Mistake” + Mario
World of Beer in downtown St. Petersburg, FL, was the site of a memorably bittersweet time for me and my family this past Saturday. My cousins were holding, in their typically eclectic way, a kind of wake after my aunt’s … Continue reading Erica Blinn and the good bar band ideas
Another little sketch created around a particular Omnisphere muted Strat sound (along with others from the Omnisphere palette) plus Stylus drum loops. Influences include The Police (wish I had Stewart’s hat filigree instead of these dull loops!) and Little Big Planet. Things … Continue reading Moody Mute | sketch
Looking for a smart yet gripping psychological thriller with an awesome hand-crafted soundtrack? June is totally your month! Check out Ultrasonic, a highly anticipated DC micro-indie film premiering nationally in select theaters on June 1st. If you live in DC, … Continue reading Go see Ultrasonic, hitting theaters in June!
In the process of cleaning up some old files and projects, I came across a track which, to be completely honest, I blanked when I first played it. This turns out to be a good thing for me, however: it was from a time when I produced a lot concept work for a project. I was rapidly and somewhat effortlessly spinning out lots of ideas, a distinct contrast to my usual sparse, monolithic, intensely focused efforts, spaced out like tiny and unforgettable oases in an otherwise boring desert. Here’s what I found, by the way — just a rough concept … Continue reading from the “wrote it and forgot it” archive…
Seeing The English Patient in the 1930s Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, VA enveloped me in the dawn-of-WWII era portrayed in the film. I was nineteen and thoroughly captivated; the sensual imagery of the film and its poignant score, wrapped up in the time-halting Art Deco walls of the Lyric, made an inedible and surreal impression on me. I suppose The English Patient was the Doctor Zhivago of my generation, and comparisons between the two have been invited… although in this review, as with many others, there’s not a single mention of Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning (1996) score. Why? Filmtracks.com more or … Continue reading Soundtrack Sunday: Gabriel Yared (“The English Patient”)
Check out Purification Pt. 4 from classy 9-piece UK funk-band FUNKSHONE remixed by Kenny Dope Gonzales. Props to my friend Nino Auricchio! http://soundcloud.com/kenny-dope/purification-pt-4-kenny-dope Continue reading Purification Part 4 — FUNKSHONE
I’ve been listening to the Beatles’ seventh album Revolver a great deal lately. The piano effects in “Good Day Sunshine” were what initially led me to rediscovery, but there are so many other gems on the album. I was vaguely aware of the Beatles’ transition to an all-studio band, but what I didn’t realize is that Revolver marked a major paradigm shift in the Beatles’ recording style. The entire background story and the reasons they were able to basically camp out in Abbey Road for three months, captured in this review by Scott Plagenhoef for Pitchfork, are fascinating keystones of … Continue reading “Revolver” reviewed
I had a great time writing these three tracks to accompany a Headshrinker web app on the National Geographic Channel website. Built by Neo-Pangea and part of the “Expedition Week” digital campaign, the app allowed you to upload a picture, wrap it over a three-dimensional shrunken head, add some gruesome decorations and finally preview and share it while enjoying the choice of an ambient rainforest track and three musical selections (provided by yours truly).
Track One: Headshrinker “Movie” — inspired by the first scenes of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Love East-West’s creepy string samples!