October 21, 2014

The Beach Boys - Surf’s Up (Solo version)

Brian Wilson’s solo piano demo of ‘Surf’s Up’ is unbelievably moving. 

October 20, 2014
"This is who I am; this is what I do; I make music. It’s an existential decision you come to at a young age: you decide what you’re going to do with your life. If you’re determined you just don’t turn back. So that’s what it is. That’s what’s inspiring to me—it’s music."

Michael Gira of Swans, 10/5/14



October 20, 2014



A great way to start the week.

The album will be coming out on Sub Pop January 20th, 2015.

October 19, 2014
"We all have bad times in our lives. That’s a commonality among everybody, so to contemplate it is good, especially if you’re doing it as an artist. It’s an emotional expression, whether you’re doing it in music or visual art or literature. For me it feels like there’s a bit of self-medication to it, for want of a better word."

Thurston Moore, Salon 10/18/14



October 18, 2014

Pink Floyd - Fearless

It’s been some time since I’ve listened to ‘Fearless’ from the album ‘Meddle’ but both have been favorites of mine since I first started listening to the band when I was in high school. 

I think people who aren’t incredibly familiar with some of the deeper cuts in the PF catalog tend to this of the band’s music as being overly weighty and pompous, but there are gems like this that are the opposite of those sentiments. 

In any case, this is a great song.

October 16, 2014

In Memorian - Ikey Owens

I’ve been playing in bands for over ten years now and have had the good fortune to meet and work with many truly talented people. A musician that always stuck out was Ikey Owens. I knew of Ikey from his work in The Mars Volta, but I grew to know him from going to shows and playing through Long Beach in one of my bands. I was initially afraid to approach him but he actually proved to be one of the easiest people to talk to. He was an absolute musical institution in Long Beach. You would always see him hanging out and supporting bands at The Prospector, Alex’s Bar, Que Sera, and more. I remember how amazing it felt when he saw one of my bands play and he told me afterwards that he thought we should work together. We eventually worked with him in a mixing and mastering capacity along with his friend and engineer J.P. From the moment he started working those tracks it was clear he knew exactly what we wanted, and that was because he had seen us, and we had even played with his band Free Moral Agents. I remember one night at Prospector as I was getting ready to leave he asked if I could give him a ride home. Of course I said yes. I felt pretty damn cool at that time. The world lost a truly great musician and immensely sweet guy. I didn’t know him as well as other people but the bit I did see was amazing.

Ikey, thank you for being the person you were.

Jam the fuck out wherever you are. I’m sure you are.

Rufo/Endless Sound

PS: The above video is my favorite song from his band Free Moral Agents. It’s called ‘Sound at Sea’. It’s beautiful.

October 15, 2014
"if you want to get hit by a train you better go stand on the track."

St. Vincent on writing (via austinkleon)

The wisdom of Annie Clark.

(via fuckyeahstvincent)

October 14, 2014

Totally bummed I missed the ALL gig at Los Globos in LA recently. The entire Descendents karaoke set is available for viewing in this clip. My personal highlight is Dennis from REFUSED singing HOPE and SILLY GIRL. The combo of  Dennis and the Descendents/ALL rhythm section together for two songs is a high school day dream come to life.

October 13, 2014

"It’s good to be back…"

Oasis - Hello

I absolutely loved “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” when it first came out. The lead-off song “Hello” had me from the start. This is one of those albums that changed my young self and I most definitely still have a soft spot for. 

October 12, 2014

Sonny Sharrock - Once Upon A Time

Sonny’s last album is one of the most cohesively wonderful not just jazz albums, but of any album I have heard. The closing piece “Once Upon A Time” impresses upon you the sense of a journey that has come to an end. If you have a chance to listen to this song in context of the record you absolutely should. Sonny was an absolute original.

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