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YouTube Fun

September 21, 2010

Some YouTube clips of your boy have popped up lately. Nothing of fantastic quality, but pretty fun nonetheless. First up is a clip of a band I play in with guitarist Seth Greenberg and legendary Frank Sinatra and George Shearing guitarist Ron Anthony called 16 Strings. I actually kind of like the bass solo at 5:00 and the sound quality is descent save for some wind noise.

Next up we have Steve Tyrell and the band playing at one of the best clubs in the country, Anthology in San Diego. Rare appearance of the electric bass …

Gina Saputo is a fun singer I’ve played with off and on since I moved to LA. This performance is at a club with one of the best names; The Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue.

And lastly here’s a video of awful sound and audio quality but its still pretty cool. Myself, phenomenal pianist Mahesh Balasooriya, my good friend and drummer Gerry Gibbs, and Ravi Coltrane on sax at our old jam session at Club 1160 at the Ramada.


Songs of the Summer

September 15, 2010

Well, summer is officially winding down. Its funny, in spring I thought my summer would be pretty bare work-wise and I would have a lot of downtime. Not the case, gigs came quite regularly, I produced my buddy Patrick’s second record which took a lot of time, and during the month of August I watched Milo on Mondays and Tuesdays. Now, like I said I thought this would be no problem as I anticipated a lot of free time … of course that was not the case. I started a weekly gig that month playing a late night jam session on Sundays. Its a lot of fun and a good hang but I don’t get home until around 3AM. That made for some long days when I would have to get up to watch Milo at 6:30AM, it was like I was jet-lagged for four straight weeks. But I made it. It was a good summer. A great summer. And here are some songs that perfectly capture summer ’10:

Das Racist “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”
This song is hilarious. And funky. And one pesky earworm.

Cee Lo Green “FUCK YOU”
There have been hundreds of attempts to write a song called “Fuck You”, but Cee Lo finally got it right. Its a great song with a great melody and its really quite sweet … and best appreciated at loud volumes.

Best Coast “Crazy For You”
Best Coast sounds like California, they just do. (There’s quite a scene erupting around the Cali sound, check out my friends The Californian … they are awesome). You can’t help but bobbing your head and driving with the windows open when you listen to this track.

What are you favorite songs of the summer?

Too much hate

September 10, 2010

If you plan on burning a copy of the Koran today … if you think that the proposed Islamic Center in downtown Manhattan has a connection to terrorism … if you think that all Muslims are terrorists … if you oppose building mosques anywhere in this country, take a look at this picture and re-consider.

Only a very, very small percentage of Muslims are terrorists in exactly the same way that a very small percentage of Christians are violent white supremacists. I’m going to be getting on a plane tomorrow, this is the second or third time I’ve flown on Sept. 11th in the past nine years and it always give me pause. All of the hate rhetoric flying around the country these days is sickening. Don’t resort to extremism. Honor this day the correct way.

The Wilderness Downtown

September 8, 2010

I can’t remember the last time I was moved by a music video.  This gr0und-breaking, interactive video for the Arcade Fire’s “We Used To Wait” (from their phenomenal album The Suburbs) is written in new internet programming language HTML5. It is remarkable. Click the above link, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. (Best viewed in Google Chrome).

The Return

September 6, 2010

Its been over a year since I’ve blogged. Facebook and Twitter have made it much too easy to be lazy and quickly jot down your thoughts in 140 characters or less. So why start the blog back up? Blogs are so 2005. I have no clue, just feel like doing it. There was a time when my blog fostered a lot of interesting and heated discussion particularly in the areas of politics and music which is where I think I will focus my attentions here (in addition to just talking about myself and my life because, hey, blogs are mostly for satisfying the ego). I’m liking WordPress more than Blogger these days, hope you like it too.