47 punk songs that made me: a playlist

Something crazy happened to me the other night. I was hanging out at the Silverlake Lounge waiting to play a set with my band The Newports and two people came up and asked if I was in the band. I said “Yeah! Thanks for coming. Who are you friends with?” and they looked at me…

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Some 2017 Favorites

It’s year end list time. Most blogs and such do this at the end of the year, but I like to wait to the beginning of the new year to read everyone else’s lists, see what I missed, and make sure to check those things out. I’ve got a firm belief that experiencing as much…

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Arranging In A Landscape

My favorite John Cage piece is In A Landscape, his piano solo from 1948. Just listen to this: There are plenty of arguments for why it’s an important piece (stunningly static for its time, pre-figures Cage’s obsession with listening, etc. ad infinitum), but they all dissolve into the sustain pedal as soon as you start…

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Rhythm in Light Delays

I’m right about finished with the first draft of Light Delays. I haven’t used a totally rigid rhythmic process to write a piece in a while, so figured it would be worth noting what I did for when I inevitably go revise a couple things. And since I have a fancy new website…hey, blog post…

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Kazuo Ishiguro on genre boundaries

Kazuo Ishiguro

I saw a tweet from Timo Andres the other day that had a quote from the author Kazuo Ishiguro in it that I absolutely loved, and did a nice job succinctly encapsulating my ideas about genre. So I thought I’d retype it out here.

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The Newports’ debut EP is out today

The Newports: That's Fine

A little over a year ago I was really missing playing rock shows so decided to buy a bass and join the first punk band I found on Craigslist that sounded good (and let me join). That band is The Newports, and oh man, it has been a blast. My initial plan was to essentially…

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This is my new website. Here’s some old press and writing.

Hola! My friend Traci Larson, who happens to be a fantastic designer, has been helping me build the new site that you are on now. The old site was cool, but the amount of stuff I was adding to it was making it kind of unruly. And as you can see the previous post was…

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My favorite records of 2016

I never like it when year end lists come out before the year is over. In addition to the arbitrariness of dividing music into annual dates, who knows when something cool might drop at the end of December? Isn’t that like releasing a year end movie list before Oscar release season is up? Rant over. Here…

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Idiots are taking over

There’s an election tomorrow, and a NOFX song I loved in high school (George W era) has been stuck in my head all day. It’s admittedly reductive, but it does vent many of the frustrations I feel right now – and have felt for a while – in a surprisingly accurate way. It’s not the…

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