Tuesday, August 28, 2012

'Cardboard Baby:' Alone & Acoustic

Here's a live recording of my song 'Cardboard Baby,' from last Sunday, 8/26.

Cardboard Baby is a song I wrote about how our dreams are only real if we believe in and nurture them...and how they disappear the moment we lose faith.  This song takes on such a big sound with band, I thought it might be cool to get it completely stripped down like this.  Look for a massive studio version on my upcoming record.


Thanks to John Vanover for his great work directing and shooting this video.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Under the Covers: 'Going up the Country'

Not only was 'Under the Covers' the puntastic name of a horrible cover band I played trombone in when I was 16, it's also the name I've given these posts where I'll share some cover songs that I record!  Please leave suggestions if you think there are any tunes that I should take a stab at... Let's kick it off with a summertime classic, shall we?  (download it for free!) Canned Heat's 'Goin' up the country' brings back great memories for me...mainly because it was featured in one of the Eastern Exposure skate videos my  friends and I watched religously as teenagers.  Something about Fred Gall ripping up the streets of Philly to this song just made sense... that's matty apples on there playing some drums.   So let your freak flag fly, leave this big ol' city behind and head up to the country!  check out this footage of those goofballs playing it on a 60's tv show.  I find the hairy/stoned flute section hilarious.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dog Days

20120809-160329.jpg It is hot as hell outside...fortunately it stays pretty cool down here in my cave, even with no a.c. It usually gets hot in here by the end of the day, at which point I need to get outta here anyway....I'm happy to be in it today thinkin about new music and projects before I head to rehearse with the band. The great Brian Weaver will be joining us on bass this week.. Suddenly my August got very busy, as among other things, I'm finishing my Witzend residency, and playin in Ojai with Lissie next week, recording and writing for my new record, helping Foster Timms put a band together for his long-awaited CD release show opening for T&S co. at the Troubador on the 24th, playing some horn sessions, and trying to find time to spend with koley and go surfing once in a while. I hope everyone is having a great summer. It's going to be gone in the blink of an eye so enjoy the end of it! I always get a little sad this time of year...I can't wait to share the new recording of my tune 'permanent summertime' that's all about that feeling...here's a version from an acoustic rehearsal a few weeks back. great things are on the horizon -g