I got High/Low at a thrift store a few months ago – I almost didn’t, but always did enjoy “Popular”. Low and behold, this album has become one of my “new-old” favorites. All of the songs seem very well done and are thoughtful pieces for that genre. I always thought they were one-hit wonders but […]
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Musicians are not unlike electricians: neither one necessarily “creates” the medium they work with – they only harness and form what is already there.
It’s honestly hard for me to get motivated by venues’ emails with upcoming shows. All the relevant info is there – Artist names, genre(s) and styles, the date of the show…a few even have links for Spotify which I appreciate. But then there’s the professionally taken band image. Everybody trying to ‘look’ like something, like […]
Listening to an old gig I played bass in, and fucking a…I sucked so bad. I mean, we all sucked, I guess. But holy shit, I’m glad bars sell beer because everyone seemed to still have a good time. That is all.
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival And the microphone smells like a beer And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar And say man what are you doin’ here?
In between the moon and you Angels get a better view Of the crumbling difference between wrong and right
Back before Elon Musk’s electric car company, there was the rock band that actually wanted to be named “City Kidd”. They got the message back then about global warming. I had the CD this track was on when it came out. I was a teenager and recently obtained it again in my early 40’s. I […]
One of my favorite compositions and songs with :gl1tch, my first band with Jon and Matt back in 2008. Sorry for the bad quality, I don’t remember what contraption we had going on at the time =p Apart from my love of odd/free time signatures, I’m most proud of my incorporation of the Fibonacci sequence […]
“I wanna publish ‘zines And rage against machines I wanna pierce my tongue, it doesn’t hurt, it feels fine“ (“Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger) Fuck, I love this song.
I have faith in the world music community because I’ve learned what makes one thrive. People that care about each other – a fellowship of sorts, with a strong passion for the music – the art, the movement, the microcosms that form within the whole. Virgin sounds are created and repeated for consumption by people, […]
Over the years I’ve written a few posts about what this band meant to me. It’s funny that even as I was writing about ToTD back then, that the band was putting a second, completely separate and just as powerful impression on me through my learning about Andrew Wood and the core of how things […]
Story: Dude on Reddit wanted a bass track for his song so I made one. That’s about it =p
“Art should not be subject to political pressure.” — Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa
Tall So tall You stand and look so Sure Fall When you fall We will rule this World Don’t forget her She’s so much better You turn and she’s still There One day you know They’ll put you below And no one will even Care Love’s all you need Love’s all you need Love’s all […]
If, in some parallel universe, there existed an 8-bit video game about Mother Love Bone‘s quest for stardom – Stargazer would be the music that plays on the continue screen when you “die” (no pun intended…ugh..sorry Andy lol). I think this is because I feel it’s somewhat similar intro tune to what I remember was […]
EDIT 2020/02/27: I always imagined the bridge (@ 1:51) of the eventual studio recorded version of this song would contain various clips from newscasters describing war scenes, current situations and general wartime fearmongering in a fictional war between the U.S. (the aggressor) and a random foreign country. As the bridge builds, the audio clips get […]
“Headphones make their own rules of etiquette. We assume that people wearing them are busy or oblivious, so now people wear them to appear busy or oblivious — even without music. Wearing soundless headphones is now a common solution to productivity blocks. Baldwin’s invention for the Navy has become a social accessory with a explicit […]
“It had to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it’s so evil? What is it about it, that scares people so deeply? Because they’re afraid that there is more to reality than they have confronted. That there are doors that they’re afraid to go in, and […]
I picked up my bass for the first time in a little while. I ignored everything around me and just played for a few minutes. I was able to get lost in the melodies/loops I was playing fairly quickly this time. I realized that for having been away from playing for a while the purpose […]
Me on bass with The Terrorists circa 2008 (Justin Sweet on Drums, Travis Brunetti on vox+guitar). You know at first I thought the main riff for this was cheesy, but it grew on me after we practiced it. Still one of my favorites that we played. I liked the live versions better, Travis normally used […]
Mudvayne are genius musicians. Hidden in the hardcore math-metal progressions and guttural screams is an intricately composed symphony with accompanying lyrics. Absolutely amazing work in my opinion. Lyrics: We’ve come here from so far away I can save you if you leave it all behind This suffering’s been far too long Would you take a […]
What I learned about performing music (in the handful of times I actually have gotten to) was that you don’t have to play every note perfectly. Stage presence is more than half of what people remember. It’s the passion you have that is what makes the art awesome, and people resonate with that more than […]
(Instrumental acoustic guitar – work in progress) Lyrics: Your little white lies They’re passing me by You think I’m a fool You got things to do Your little white lies You don’t even try I was always there for you I’m so through with you I’m gonna rise above it So take your words and […]
My favorite block from Between Angels and Insects (youtube): Because everything is nothing And emptiness isn’t everything This reality is really just a fucked up dream With the flesh and the blood that you call your soul Flip it inside out, it’s a big black hole Take your money burn it up like an asteroid […]
I’m currently listening to this for the first time since the mid-90’s (my brother owned this tape along with other Van Halen albums, my gratitude goes out to him for introducing me to then “modern” rock music and not just the oldies that our father’s jukebox played and the cheezy light-pop music of the local […]
A song from a long time ago that couldn’t be more relevant today in the United States (and around the world).. “Choices” (Mudvayne): Leaders are guilty of nothing They’re perfectly insane But if they’d point the finger at themselves Who would be left to blame Lead into grace Lead to corruption Ini-Mini-Miny-Mo A truth or […]
I talk about Andrew Wood in this post. If you enjoy recent music history, this is a real gem.
Music is an ART, not an INDUSTRY.