Monthly Archives: June 2011

my love, my oldest bass

Earlier tonight, I played my piccolo bass for the first time since officially turning my first four string bass into a piccolo bass.  I recorded two tunes.  To share them, I made YouTube videos.  However, I took two very different tacks in so doing.

First recording (with an uninteresting video consisting of one photograph):

Here is the second recording, the video for which consists of lots of stills and a couple of random videos I’ve shot:

Both songs indicate to me that I can record my “practices” and end up with something passable.  I wish I could end up with something great each time, but I also feel like that “passable” means I need to move on.

Again, as always, thank you for listening.

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Geoff Wilt’s “A Ghost”

Geoff is a friend of mine who plays music.  He is really good at it, too.  Here’s the last song from his upcoming EP “Songs of Love & Haste” which will only be available for 50 days (beginning July 5) through the Fuzzy Panda Temporary Release Program.

Jon Hersh – When You Wake With No Fear

Piano-based electronic music.  Free download here.

Sort of like Carly Commando meets Arab Strap.

Here are some excerpts.

The full album is also streamable at Fuzzy Panda’s Muxtape.

Wrapping Up

Last Thursday, I played a show at the Robinwood Concert House, courtesy of Gabe Beam.  Basshaters played, too.  It was a lot of fun.  Gabe has a beautiful home and is a fantastic host.  It was great meeting a lot of noise folks in Toledo.  They have a pretty cool thing going on.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos or a recording of my set.  Fortunately, I got some video of Basshaters, though, which I will post once I get back to DC.

Saturday, I played in Chicago for the first time at the Hideout.  It’s an awesome little venue in a warehouse district.  Many thanks to Katie Tuten, Tim Tuten, and Ryan Hembrey.  I met Katie and Tim in DC and mentioned I’d be on tour.  It turns out they own the Hideout.  Tim and I had a lengthy discussion on education policy, on which he is an expert and I am a parrot.  Katie and I talked about different social service programs for low-income people.  I met Ryan at the Hideout, where he runs sound.  He is awesome at it, and one of his bands, Typefighter, is playing in DC on Thursday, June 16, at DC9.  Ryan set up a room mic at the Hideout and recorded my set, which is downloadable here.

Also, many thanks to Jeremy in Kalamazoo, and Mark and Kristianne and Marty in Chicago.

Talking about practice

I know what kind of set I’m doing for my show in Toledo this week.  Unfortunately, I have no idea what I’m doing with my set in Chicago.  Kill ’em with noise?  No idea, but booking the show in Chicago has been wild – changing dates, changing booking agents, etc.

Regardless, here’s a tune I cranked out tonight while trying a new setup with synth and guitar.  I feel like it’s a bit listless, but that’s what I get for not checking my pedals’ settings before starting.

I do not play no rock and roll.

Artscape 2011: Down the Rabbit Hole

I have been commissioned by BOPA to build a surround sound installation art piece for Artscape 2011.  The piece will consist of an 8′ x 8′ x 8′ PVC frame wrapped in art by two very gifted visual artists/designers, Krissy Downing and Mell Wall.  Inside the cube, there will be 8 speakers – one in each corner.  These speakers will be playing a mix of manipulated field recordings and music.  Further, I will be taking full advantage of 8 speakers to create a shifting sonic space that may or may not induce vertigo.  (Clearly, inducing vertigo is not the point, as vertigo can lead to nausea which could lead to ruining the exhibit).

The recordings will be available for download sometime in July.

Show on Thursday

Lookout, Toledo, Ohio.  I’m coming (to the Robinwood Concert House).  I haven’t exactly figured out the configuration of my set this Thursday, but it will involve patience, two amps, a guitar (and/or a bass), a synth, and a couple of delay pedals.

I’m opening for the Basshaters.  It should be awesome.  I’m hoping a spontaneous collaboration will occur, but who knows.

Thanks to Gabe for this show.  I can’t wait to put a face to the email address!