Intense Music Nerd Recommendation (Flutes and Moby Dick)

Not for the weak at heart: Flute Puns.

I’ve known Kyle Mabson and Jonathan Snipes for so long I can’t really remember how we first meet and became friends. Jonathan ran the crazy band Captain Ahab and now is in clipping. While I have no idea what Kyle exactly does, other than play in a lot of bands and make a lot of music (he released a great hip-hop album this year, check it out!) and travel around with famous rock bands. Either way, he and Jonathan had been threatening for years to release an all flute album.

Yesterday they finally did!

Also, many years ago my friend Lee Sanders and I dedicated a lot of time to getting drunk and making an unabridged audiobook of Moby Dick. A few years back I put some of the chapters online. I’m about to finish digitizing all of the chapters but I haven’t been able to find a place to put them up on the Internet. If you have any suggestions, shoot me a message. Its almost 30 hours of audio, way too big for bandcamp or soundcloud.

You can listen to the first couple of chapters here!


New Short Film Coming End of December, A Music Recommendation

My new short film will be appearing at the online music fest, Bummeroo 3 at the end of December. Expect something crazy!

Also, I’ve been really geeking out hard to James Ferraro‘s classical album from this summer, Human Story 3. I’ve been following him since his noise band Sk8ters began, real prolific and diverse composer with some really neat ideas. Grab a cup of tea, curl up with a good book and listen to his ideas about modern society……

A Tale About Last Night

I got home a little after 11:39PM last night from an especially good Cutie Eyeball’s practice, made some dinner and got to bed around 1AM. Around 3:40AM I was waken by one of my (white) neighbors yelling “Go get them n*gga’s!” over and over again in the hallway outside my apartment.

This neighbor works nights and a few times a year I’ve just tolerated his late night loud discussions, dance parties and drunken rants. Usually it’s not so bad and I can fall asleep after he quiets down but not this morning…

I laid in my warm bed till almost 4AM and just couldn’t take the yelling anymore. I got up, threw some shoes on and walked out into the hallway. I was surprised by the loaves of bread my neighbor had ripped up and thrown all over the hallway. I paused at this and stood staring in disbelief for a little while.

I walked over to my neighbors apartment banged on the door as hard as I could.

“What’s up?” My neighbor asked when you opened the door.

“You gotta be quiet. I’m trying to sleep.” I told him.

“What?” He replied.

“You’ve got to be quiet, I need to sleep.” I told him.

Suddenly, a bald dude appeared behind my neighbor. “It’s okay dude, we’ll be quiet.” He blurted out.

“No!” My neighbor yelled.

“We’ll be quiet…don’t worry.” Bald dude said again.

“If you don’t shut up I’m going to call the cops!” I said, which was something I really didn’t want to do but I thought it’d quiet them down.

“Go ahead, call the cops!” My neighbor told me.

“Okay….” I replied and went back to my apartment and called 911.

As I talked to the operator, bald dude must have calmed my neighbor down cause sometime during my conversation the noise in the hallway ceased. In the end, I asked the operator not to send the police and then tried to go back to sleep at 4:10AM.

That didn’t work, and I laid in my bed looking at the ceiling until 6:00AM when bald dude and my neighbor had some fight and bald dude stormed out of the building.

My neighbor then proceeded to sit in the hallway and ramble on about his problems to every one of my neighbors leaving the building for work this morning.

At 6:55AM I got to listen to this conversation between my neighbor and a lady who lives one floor above me:

Neighbor: You know, I’m not going to lie to you cause I don’t tell lies. I’m high on heroin, some meth and ecstasy right now.

Lady: Oh….maybe you should get some help.

Neighbor: Are you gay?

Lady: I’m sorry, what?

Neighbor: Oh, wait…you’re not gay. I’ve seen you with your cute boyfriend.

Lady: Yeah.

Neighbor: I’m gay.

Lady: Good for you.

Neighbor: I’m an artist. A beautiful painter….

Lady: Oh wow, that’s neat.

Neighbor: I don’t tell any lies. I always tell the truth.

Lady: That’s great. Listen, I’ve got to get to….

I have no idea how she escaped the conversation cause I just couldn’t take it anymore and hopped in the shower to get ready for work.

What a shitty evening, thanks neighbor!

UPDATE: I tried to give that neighbor a pamphlet for Narcotics Anonymous meeting around town last night but he just thought I was insane, just like most drug addicts I’ve known.

Some (old) New Music

Put up one of my favorite demo’s I made a few years ago on some of my toy Casio keyboards (specifically, the SK-5, SK-1 and SA-5). There’s a few mistakes in the track, some volume issues (toy Casio keyboards have some volume issues when recording them off the headphone jack since it’s a “hot” signal) and it could be shorter but I’ve always thought it was an interesting track so I thought I’d share it.

Recorded in 2015 on my Tascam 424 mkiii (a cassette tape 4-Track).

I also put up a demo of a love song I wrote for my friends band, Hot White. I loved their band and the folks in it are just some of the best human beings I’ve had the pleasure to be friends with.

The song was made on my four track and it’s missing vocals since I needed one more track to record them but didn’t have it. Maybe I’ll rework it in the future now that I have an 8-track. Recorded in 2010 at Glob when I was going back to college to become a hottie accountant.