Friday, August 10, 2018

New Solo Music

Had a chance to finish up a few unfinished songs I had.  Some of these are pretty old.  Well, they're new now.  Got a new pedal project and some shows coming up, in between everyday chaos.  Hope summer is finding you well.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Don Matsuo of Zoobombs

Had a blast two weeks ago with Don Mastuo and the GigiBand.  Complete trial by fire.  One practice and away we went.  Mostly improvised, just following Don's cues.  It's been a busy spring.  Here's a set list and a few videos.  Big thanks to my band mates for the night. 
1. Mannish Boy 
2. Highway A Go Go (blues)
3. South Central Rock 
4. Circle X 
5. Come as You Are 
6. Mo Funky 
7. Sympathy for The Devil(encore)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Big Show Next Week

Next week I get the honor to play guitar in the backing band of Don Matsuo from the Zoobombs.  It also coincides with Gigi's 12th anniversary.   It's been a great place to play at over the years, and it's a local music institution at this point.  Well, here in Fukuoka Japan anyhow.  If you haven't heard of the Zoobombs, check them out next time they come to the U.S. or Canada.  They are nuts.

....yeah, we're playing this.......

Friday, April 20, 2018

Live bootleg....BSS PUNK

First and maybe last show for the gaijin punk band I play in. Get the bootleg while you can. Here it is.  I think these pictures sum it up as well.....More recording starts next week.  No rest for me.......

Monday, February 19, 2018

Godzilla Snacks - Cave Dwellers out today and other musical projects

Hi!  Three things!

#1 The band and I have a new EP out today. We did this 100% by ourselves over the last year. I'm not sure what it is, or if it's good, but we tried.  Big thanks to Jan Bart Leeuw for playing Harmonium and Clavinet, and Jon Bates for a few Screams.

 #2 The punk recording project I've been (“producing?”) Born Shit Stirrers, is haphazardly deciding to become a live act. So I'll be playing guitar with those a-holes April 18th. A fight might start.

#3 I'm honored to have been asked to play guitar in the backup band for Don Matsuo of Zoobombs in Fukuoka in May. Crazy, considering it was one of my wife's favorite Japanese bands of the 90's. It's been a while just being a guitar player and I'm looking forward to the rehearsals. Even though I suck at Japanese.

Alright.  That's all for now.  

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Godzilla Snacks EP Cave Dwellers

We put this out today.  First track off our EP which we will have out February 20th.  Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year

Today is December 30th 2017,

Happy soon-to-be 2018.  Hope whatever holiday you had was nice.  Be that Christmas, Festivus or some kind of pagan goat blood ritual.  I know most people visit this blog for guitar related stuff, but allow me to revert back to the old blog format briefly.   Frankly, my last few guitar related experiments, haven't sounded all that great, and weren't worth posting.  Trust me.  Hopefully new guitar stuff in the future.  I don't like jinxing things this early, but there will be new music in 2018.  Currently working on a new Godzilla Snackas EP, and there probably will be at least 2-3 BSS recordings and maybe a 7" record in the UK.

I guess this state of the union address is really just me publicly thinking out loud about the world and how I and everyone interacts in it as of 2017.  I've been increasingly feeling weird about social media, and it's use in my life.  The last few months, I've backed away from facebook.  I'm not sure how we got to this place currently, but it doesn't feel right.  I remember life before FB and I remember maybe being a bit happier.  One less thing to check and have feelings about.  Perhaps I was more patient and trivial things were less immediate.  A lot of these disconnects and changes in our lives felt like they happened overnight.  I remember a day back in 2008 when people started only sending me text messages.  The phone calls stopped.  Things have felt more and more disconnected since then, and I don't think that's how we were meant to interact with each other.  I question if everyone so absorbed in social media, who at times shouting at a proverbial wall, is truly happier now.  It's been very unnerving to see how politically degrading things have gotten.  It's infiltrated our everyday lives and entertainment.   I'm exhausted by it all.  Even by people I agree with in my own echo chamber.

I guess to sum up what I'm saying is, be good to each other.  Or at least a little better.  Maybe turn off some of the noise and find new ways to connect to people.  Maybe remember those with opposing views you can still find value and friendship with.  Value other peoples lives a bit more.  Even if the general public is hard to deal with.  Alright, this all I wish for in 2018.  I updated the photos archive on the site for anyone feeling nostalgic.  I'll hopefully update some more stuff soon.  In the meantime, I'll be back to working on music, pedals, guitar stuff and art.   

Monday, August 7, 2017

New "Double Album" Born Shit Stirrers

This one took a while.  20 songs clocking in at about 14 minutes.  Lots of setbacks and maybe a few bridges burnt along the way.  I wasn't sure we'd get this one done at all.  Might be this group's Sgt. Pepper.  I recorded and produced this, along with playing guitar, shamisen, some bass, synths, and a few vocals.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Watt From Pedro Show

Been a big fan of this podcast for years now.  Mike always plays really interesting stuff.  Makes my bike rides to work a lot better.  Come to find out, my good friend Jan Bart made an appearance on the show this week, with his band mate from I Took Your Name!   Jan Bart is from Groningen, Netherlands, and plays just about any instrument you can think of.  He was nice enough to play 3 songs from my bands, solo stuff, and recording projects.  You can listen to the full show here:

You can also check out some of Jan Bart's recordings here:
I Took Your Name
Corvus Straksmetal
alfonso senor leon

Edit*  more shows here as well: