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Song for Tim

June 13, 2014 | 2 comments | Posted in Music | Tags: ,

Even though I recorded and mixed this song within about 2 hours, I’ve been messing with the bass line for years and finally gave it a home. I hope you enjoy.

The NYPD Blues

June 6, 2014 | No comments | Posted in Music | Tags: ,

I wrote an recorded this song in about 2 hours while I was living in an apartment in another city before I married my beautiful bride. It sounds like the theme to an 80’s drama/crime/sitcom or something.

Broken Arrow

April 20, 2014 | No comments | Posted in Music | Tags: , , ,

Over three years ago, I recorded this interpretation of a song written by Robbie Robertson, and made popular by the Grateful Dead. It’s “Broken Arrow.”

Something I Just Played on Bass

December 11, 2013 | No comments | Posted in Music | Tags: , ,

This just came out today as I was playing around. Download the mp3.

New Cover Song: Africa

March 31, 2013 | No comments | Posted in Music | Tags: , ,

Africa

Add yet another song to the list of songs I’ve completely ruined (such as “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Thunder Kiss ’65,” “El Paso,” “Waterloo,” and many others available on the music page) — this time around it’s “Africa” by Toto.

It was the perfect storm: I had the original song stuck in my head; I thought it would be really funny to do a slow, heavy, weird rendition; I had returned my Korg D1600 for a D3200, so I needed something to record.

New Album and New Video from Michale Graves

February 23, 2013 | No comments | Posted in Music | Tags: , , ,

I’m really honored to be one of the supporters of the Kickstarter campaign that enabled Michale Graves to release his newest effort, Vagabond. I got the CD this week, and it’s amazing. He just released the video for “I Can Feel Heaven,” and I hope you enjoy.

New Song: Center Of My Eye

January 19, 2013 | No comments | Posted in Music | Tags: ,

This is the first thing I cranked out using lots of new equipment (actually used equipment I procured from Ebay): The Korg D1600 and Korg Microkorg. It’s called “Center of My Eye” and employs the following: 2 tracks of Microkorg goodness; 1 track of my Ibanez SR405 through a Boss GT-10B; and 1 track of my sweet Kramer HST 300 electric guitar through the Line 6 Spider III amp.

Michale Graves at Peabody’s

July 9, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted in Horror, Music, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Last Saturday, I got to see Michale Graves with my friends Misfitboy and Thera at Peabody’s in Cleveland. As usual, I shot lots of video. First of all, you’ll see a fantastic young death metal band Silver Skull perform on the Pirate’s Cove stage; then you’ll see the great Pittsburgh punk band The Cheats; and finally, you’ll see Michale Graves with his new sweet lineup. Enjoy.

I shot these clips on three different devices . . . a GoPro Hero2, a Nikon CoolPix, and my Droid X2 phone. The sound quality varies among the different clips because of this.

Primus, Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

May 23, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted in Music | Tags: , , , ,

It was my second show in the past week at Stage AE, and the crowd was completely different than the Megadeth/Rob Zombie one. I’ve seen Primus/Les Claypool many, many times, and the performance was fantastic as always. I was surprised to hear “Wynona” again — they surprised me with that song in the encore of their show here last October — but there were no big surprises with any of the other songs they played. One of the things I did like is that Les played “Over the Falls” on his Michael Kelly Bayou 4 Resonator Bass, as opposed to the upright he normally uses.

The opening bands were fantastic! The Dead Kenny G’s (the first two pictures below) went on first, and sounded great. The saxophonist, Skerik, is always amazing, and it was a crazy beautiful creative sound experience. I had never heard of the next band, Gogol Bordello. Wow, were they a lot of fun, with amazing energy and presence. They’re described as Gypsy Punk, which is completely fitting. They threw an amazing party. I’m now a fan.

Again, video and photos I took on my point-and-shoot.

Megadeth and Rob Zombie, Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

May 21, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted in Horror, Music | Tags: , , , ,

On May 16, 2012, I was one of those lucky people to get to go see the Megadeth – Rob Zombie show in Pittsburgh. It’s the first time that I’ve been to the outdoor stage at Stage AE (I went to see Primus on their indoor stage last October). While I’ve seen Rob Zombie countless times — both as White Zombie and Rob Zombie — this is the first time I’ve seen Megadeth, and I’m glad I did.

The only weak part of the show was the opening band, Lacuna Coil. I couldn’t have cared less about them, and their music was very bland. Then Dave Mustaine brought up the girl who sings for a duet rendition of Et Tu Le Monde, which would have been much better without her.

Other than that, the show rocked. I shot videos on my point-and-shoot camera, and also took a ton of pictures. Enjoy.