Tuesday, June 30

Explosions in the Sky | Live & In Person

The other night I was trying to remember who it was, or how it came to be that the Austin, Texas band Explosions in the Sky came to grace my ears... it was sometime in 2004 and I was living in northern California. Alas, I fell in love...

Flash forward to March of 2009 one afternoon, I see a notice that tickets go on sale in 10 minutes for their upcoming concert in Los Angeles.... PURCHASED IN THE OPENING MOMENTS.

Flash forward 3 more months as the tickets just sit on my shelf waiting to allow entree to an amazing evening of melodic noise that will be like no other.

Flash forward to you reading this post now....... this past weekend I got to finally attend the June 27th Explosions in the Sky concert at The Palladium with my girlfriend Georgette. It was everything and more... the sound was so full and powerful, the songs were magnificent & breathtaking, plus four very grateful bands members that appeared ecstatic to see a sold out crowd in a large venue. The music took over that night and will never be forgotten.

This is a recording I made of the concert that night.

Saturday, June 27

Summer has hit LA

With Father's Day behind us, Summer has taken Los Angeles by storm... or more of a dry smoggy preheat. I found myself in shorts and t-shirt at 7am today... not to shabby. This past week I spent Father's Day at the Pasadena Chalk Festival with none other than my Father, Mom and Georgette. It was a magnificent sea of colorful chalk and people with over 200 entries strewn about the sidewalk in 8x8 squares. Below are a couple of my favorites (click on the pics to enlarge, amazing detail)

The truth was really upon me that Summer had arrived when Collin (@theEasyShip) and I found ourselves atop a Reseda bluff in Topanga State Park ready to push off with a dirt board under our feet and sweating our asses off in full gear. Alas, our christening runs went smooth as possible with no injuries & GREAT TIMES. Some footage coming soon...

Lastly, Friday nigth was spent grooving to Balance & the Traveling Sounds at the Knitting Factory! SOULHIPJAFUNK streaming from the amplifiers, bellowing out of the sax, tearing down the roof.

Saturday, June 13

The Mars Volta Live - Ventura, CA 6.09.09

This past Tuesday evening, June 9th 2009, I had the pleasure of attending quite the musical event.
But there was more in the air this particular night than just (insert amazing musical description).
This music event in particular was special for many reasons.

The fact that my dear friend Andrew Lauerman(TheDudeAbides|he's here) came of age on this particular evening, as we all do once a year. For a celebration though, what better way then to have an eight person adventure out into the Ventura night, in wait for a musical frenzy of sounds.

In the past few months I have been attending quite a few concerts... and for my own enjoyment I have been recording them from where I am at in the audience. These records are not on par with any live audio mixer by any means, but still enjoyable.

Disc Two is missing one track due to tech difficulties.

If you were part of our group that night and you download and listen the audio of the concert, there is a little something for you all.

Shout out to Los & Easy Ship for rocking along side that night.

This Mars Volta concert was the most intimate experience of the other four times I have attended their performances. It truly was a unique experience to hear great classics as well many new songs off their upcoming, Octahedron. My favorite is hear all the jam portions of their songs... in particular the last 5 mins of
their closing number is a mean jam build with Cedric singing lyrics to 'Bullet' by The Misfits.

Download the free audio above, it's worth it.

Friday, June 5

Ode to the Sea

Let me tell you about one of the best mornings I have had in a long time... I have actually been meaning to post on this subject for some time now but have just been lagging. A good friend of ours that hails from the West Side, labeled with the name Jon has quite the summer job working for a boat rental company... that allows for us to take a little advantage of.

Jon took Collin and I for a boat ride out in to the Pacific via the Marina Del Ray hardbor and showed us a great time. It had been quite some time since I had been out in a motor boat... it took me back to when I was seven & eight years old and my Grandparents owned a boat that we took trips to many different lakes... I'll never forget the time we spent in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on the lake. I haven't found anywhere in the world that compares...

Back to our great morning off the coast. We traveled up the coast to a point just off Malibu and then slowly made our way south past the SM Pier and eventually ending up parked off shore watching planes take off from LAX out over the ocean... all in all it was a a great morning doing something new and different in Los Angeles.