It’s been a while.

I haven’t posted anything to this site since 2011. My original intent with this blog was to feature music I liked and to stay close to the world of bands since it was what kept me creative for so many years. Well, time passes and priorities change. I’m going to try to give this another…

Kelly Jones and Mike Viola at Old Style

I love this song. It seems these days that the only shows I go see are at Reuben Cox’s little guitar shop in Silver Lake called Old Style. Here’s another video from back in December of 2010 that I just have to share.

826LA’s Chickens in Love–now with Thao Nguyen!

CHICKENS IN LOVE is an online pledge-a-thon fundraiser, full-length album, and a mini music festival. From now through April 30, 2010, make a monetary pledge to your favorite original 826LA student song in our online pledge-a-thon fundraiser. Each song was written by 826LA students in Songwriting with The Submarines, a workshop led by singer/songwriters John…

MC Rut at the Rickshaw, San Francisco 7/22/08

You can’t get any louder than Middle Class Rut aka MC Rut. They don’t deal with sound guys, especially those that don’t set up monitors properly. They just turn it up so that they can hear themselves. Add to that: no earplugs. Hard core. These guys hail from Sacramento, but you’d think they were from Los…

Things I’ve Heard Lately

I have nothing exciting to say about these tracks except that they’ve grown on me. El Perro Del Mar is very catchy, subtle, simple, comforting. I like that Sarah Assbring, the persona behind El Perro, has such a bold name. It can’t be her real name. How many pseudonym’s can an artist have?  Lykke Li ‘s…

Hello Tokyo : Sell The Stars

Whenever I hear the word “hello” followed by a city’s name, I am reminded of the “Hello Cleveland!” scene from This Is Spinal Tap. Who doesn’t, really? Hello Tokyo is nothing like that. They’re a cool power trio from Brooklyn led by a singer/ keyboardist named Kat who’s voice I’d also describe as “cool.” Their…

Langhorne Slim : The War Eagles

Langhorne Slim’s music reminds me of the kind I used to see on a Wednesday night for two dollars as a freshman in college back in Athens, GA– and that’s not a bad thing.  I remember the Jager shots, having crushes on all the hippie chicks in the bar, and the paralyzing fear that the doorman would…

Eric Avery : Help Wanted

I always thought it was cool that Eric Avery opted not to capitalize on the various Jane’s Addiction reunion shows over the years. I saw both tours:  the first one, with Flea, was seriously one of the live music highlights of my life. The second, with the, uh… other guy– Peter DiStefano from Porno For…

Dawn Landes : Fireproof

“Bodyguard,” the first song on Dawn Landes‘ latest album, was written as a reaction to her Brooklyn apartment being burglarized. The ensuing theft saw a hard drive, containing the only copy of her ready- to- go second album, vanish. “I never looked back or tried to recreate those songs, never played them, nothing. I just…

Strangers Die Every Day : Aperture For Departure

When I read, in the accompanying press release for Portland’s Strangers Die Every Day‘s debut album, that they had previously opened up for Thurston Moore, I was immediately seized by an intuition telling me that I was not going to like this album at all. I saw Thurston (one of my absolute all- time musical…