Musings

Favorite Songs, Round 1 of Infinity

I was at dinner with a friend tonight and our conversation found its way to the topic of our favorite songs. We started with a top three, but that was too hard, so got up to top five, then started remembering others that should be on the list, and then just talked about a whole…

Read More

I've been neglecting the internet…

You may have noticed (or not, but I’ll feel totally complimented if you did!) that this site hasn’t been updated for a while. There are a couple of reasons: 1. I was in Israel. 2. I was in New York. 3. I was moving into my new place in Santa Barbara. 4. I was preparing…

Read More

Some Thoughts on the Pussy Riot Situation

I am totally on the side of the women in that band and what they stand for in the name of the oppressed, censored, and otherwise unfairly treated citizens of Russia. While the punishment seems harsh, my close friend Hunter Knight asks us all to pause and think about what would happen if you even…

Read More

My mom's thoughts about Pitchfork

Susan Norton, after reading the Pitchfork review of my friend Liam’s band’s new record: Seems to me that a lot of writing about music is quite pretentious. They like a five-syllable word where two would do.

Read More

The Saga of the 2012 LA Composers Project

Holy hell, what a week last week was. I was really excited to play guitar with What’s Next? Ensemble for the US premiere of AutoSonata Beta at their fourth annual LA Composers Project at Royal/T. I was honored to have had the piece selected in the first place, and then ecstatic when they asked me…

Read More

Listen to Daníel Bjarnason

When I was working for the American Youth Symphony, they commissioned a piece from an Icelandic composer named Daníel Bjarnason. I watched this video online of one of his pieces, and, to be honest, was pretty blown away. I picked up his CD, Processions, but never really gave it a good listen until last week.…

Read More

Pedalboard update

Here’s what it looks like after the aforementioned swap with Matt: In the process I decided to switch the order of the Freeze and the Empress Tremolo, so that I can have the trem going on what I’m playing without chopping up any infinite-sustain type things that may be happening. That’s all for today.

Read More

Electric Guitar Geekery

My good friend and Honest Iago bandmate Matt and I may be swapping pedalboards (not pedals) this weekend, mostly for the reason that his is about a foot larger than mine, but I have way more effects running than he does, and have run out of room. With that in mind, and the fact that…

Read More

It's late, I'm tired

And I’m thinking that the entire concept of sheet music is totally fascinating, and both incredibly useful and totally annoying. I’ve always been torn about the whole score worshipping thing that some musicians do. I guess I’ve always seen sheet music as a sort of set of instructions, and likened the practice to enjoying the…

Read More