Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Today's the big one! 1/25/11...Oscillate Wisely sees the light of day. You can find it available for purchase pretty much anyplace that's worth anything, that sells music that is, thanks to the fine folks at Flannelgraph & St Ives Records.

In related news, I'd like to thank the fine music editors at AMAZON.COM for making us one of their "Editor Picks New Releases" today. How about that?!

In unrelated, sad news, David Grubb, the Indiana Outlaw, was found dead yesterday in his home, just down the street from my own place, after a house fire. Rest In Peace.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Smoke + Mirrors

As of yesterday, the brand new video for "I'm Not Worried", the first single from Oscillate Wisely, has been posted to the internet.

I didn't get to see any of it until it was unveiled yesterday morning, and I think it came out great. Mondo thanks to Nathan Vollmar and Will Claytor from the 19th State Film Collective, as well as Jared Cheek from Flannelgraph Records for making this happen.

A couple of interesting notes...This version of the song is actually a different version than the one that appears on the album. All of the audio you're hearing during the video was recorded during the making of the video. That drummer is playing the drums you hear, the bass player is playing the bass you hear, and so on and so forth. The idea is that it would serve as a "live" recording...sort of, i guess. This whole thing was also taped in my backyard in one evening between eating cheese-less pizza and watching Everything Is Terrible The Movie.

I wish I'd smiled more....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

no time for silence

i just found out today that Jeff Jacobs, trumpeter and keyboardist for San Francisco jazz/rock/surf/dub/ambient band The Drift, passed away earlier this week. very sad news.

The Drift are sincerely one of my favorite bands. perhaps they took me by surprise or came along at just the right time for me, but i think i love them so much because i heard the music and developed an attachment to it before i even knew a single thing about the band. and i essentially grabbed their record at random from a pile of 100s of other CDs just to try something new at work one day. It's one of those pure kind of music experiences to be introduced to a band that way and turn out to really love them. No outside influence, just music good enough to speak for itself. i love it when that happens.

I was lucky/silly enough to get a chance to see the Drift live once in Louisville, KY (with Jeff Jacobs) before it was too late. It is one of my favorite concert memory experiences.

if you've got a few bucks lying around, this record comes HIGHLY recommended from me.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cheers in Heaven

What do Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Scorpions, and I have in common?
We're all being advertised on PITCHFORKMEDIA.COM, right now!

That's right! Even the fine folks of Pitchforkmedia.com recommend that you pick up Oscillate Wisely on or around it's release date of 1/25/11, and you had better mind.

in other news, we had the first full-band practice for the OW release show (1/16/11, in Bloomington) last night, and it went great! Loads of fun, f'sho.
here they are:
Mike Adams - singing
Captain Bfox - guitar, singing
Zae Canale - guitar
Snack Mountain - bass guitar, singing
Kurtis Friedrich - keys
Benlums - bendrums