Someone filmed a short clip of us performing on April 24th 2009 in Placentia, CA at the Clubhouse Grille.
Also, Steve Braverman posted video of SUM playing at the Vault 350 in Long Beach a few years ago:
--this clip has a medley of short bits from several rockin' SUM tunes.
There's a website out there called BAND-TO-BAND that chronicles the "family tree" of members of bands
as they move from membership in one band to another.
It's a noble project and very interesting, and completely worthy of support.
I am on there along with my traceable discography- http://bandtoband.com/index.php?Page=Search&ArtistId=33192 - Check it out!
I'm playing shows with the
again, up in the Oxnard/Ventura area.
This is a kick-ass Blues/Funk/R&B trio that is always entertaining
Here's where and when:
I'll be at the Shores – 9pm -1 am on
Friday & Saturday February 27th & 28th
Friday & Saturday March 20th & 21st
I'll be at the Wine Lover's bar– 9pm -1 am on
Saturday February 14th
I'll be at O’Learys Pub – 9pm - 1am on
Friday February 20th
Friday March 13th
Friday April 10th
It's almost 2009, there's gonna be a new Prez, and some cool events are afoot:
* The song I mixed for Robbie Krieger, tentatively titled "Leyenda" is done and in the can and will be featured on RK's next solo album, with a credit to me! I'm STOKED about it, mostly because not only is it a great piece of music, but it may be some of my best mix work to date. Infinite thanks to Brandino for the opportunity to work with a legend. As soon as this becomes available I will try to link to it.
* I've completed the gigs with the Ray Jay Band for this year, and they have asked me if I would continue with them next year, and even take on Friday night gigs...since Yours Truly needs $$ like everyone else, this possibility is strong. The band continues to wow audiences and this can only make us an even tighter unit.
* Don Medina, the excellent drummer for the Ray Jay Band, asked me if I would be interested in joining him, backing the future return engagements of former SST recording artist Sylvia Juncosa., which may occur in the spring and summer of '09. I said tentatively that I would do so, although filling the bass role of the departed but not forgotten Tom Shannon will not be easy. We'll see how this idea progresses, so stay tuned.
* I have ordered a new axe, from the maker of ERGO instruments, and this will be my first electric upright bass, or EUB for short. It should arrive by end of January and I can hardly wait--I haven't owned a bow-able instrument for a very long time and it will be very cool to play with such a mode of expressiveness again It wll also have EIGHT strings (!)--Heres a pic of what it might look like:
* Avid, the parent company of the one I work for, does a Holiday CD every year with submissions from employees, and only for internal release to employees--you can'r buy this disk commercially, sorry. This year's disk is entitled "december gurls." and it is testament to the amazing range of talented people I am privileged to work with on a daily basis. Anyway, I also submitted a piece for it, called "Carol of the (Bass) Bells," based on a popular holiday piece, but done with all bass guitars...the CD's cuts have also been posted (don't know for how long) online so you can hear my piece along with the other ones. It's pretty cool, if I do say so myself, and I invite you all to check it out here: http://www.doub
* I also had an excellent opportunity to work with a great band you all should check out, called HAIVYN, I was called by David P., the lead guitarist of the band, and asked to re-master their recently finished album of songs. They had had another guy do the mastering already but didn't like the results. I knew of Haivyn because I had been a co-worker at MAGIX with a lady named Denise Starbird, who is the lead singer of the band. She is very talented (and dare I say, hot!) and I really liked the music and the approach, so I agreed to do the job for them. Turns out they were very happy with my work, and after hearing the pressed CD, I was too. There's a review online here: http://www.bigsmilemagazine.com/albumreviews.aspx#207
Here's the cover art:
Their fine album is available through their myspace page (http://www.mysp
JERRY KRANITZ of AURAL INNOVATIONS online 'zine
has done the first official REVIEW of AIRWAVE RITUALS
CHECK IT OUT!!!
I recently had a chance to work with Robbie Krieger (of the Doors) through my association with my colleague Brandino. Brandino and Mr. Krieger were collaborating on a composition ( I hope to post a link to it here soon) and I was asked to record some of the duet material at Brandino's home. I was very pleased to make the legendary Mr. Krieger's acquaintance and record him playing some wonderful flamenco-style guitar. He's very nice and not at all the "rock star" one might have expected. I hope to work with him again sometime.
Here's a picture of Mr Robbie Kreiger and yours truly:
Saturday evening May 3rd at TAIX (http://www.taixfrench.com/) which is a great French restaurant that hosts the 321 lounge. I'm appearing with FREEHEAD and BAG:THEORY again, so come on down.
TAIX is at 1911 north Sunset Blvd, close to Glendale Ave.
A few weeks ago, Los Angeles lost one of it's finest local musicians, and one of its nicest people. Richie Haas, multi-instrumentalist and composer, was always a fixture on the music scene. He played bass, drums, vibraphone, and for all I know every other instrument, and had a fine and droll wit to go along with his prodigious musicality. I will miss his gentle and unassuming smile, and his creativitiy, and the support he always showed me and the bands I played with. He was a true gentleman and one could do far worse than emulate the example of his life.
There has been a memorial benefit organized in his honor, and here is the information for that event. I will be appearing with both Bag:Theory in a rare appearance, and I will be attempting to do justice to playing Richie's bass parts, subbing in his band FreeHead,
Celebrating the life and music of Richie Hass
A BENEFIT CONCERT
Proceeds will be contributed to the International Myeloma Foundation
SUNDAY, APRIL 27TH
@ THE ECHOPLEX
From to , in order of appearance
(in Club terms, which differs from reality)…
ChromoSphere with Marc Mylar
Poets Jack Brewer,
THE LOFTY CANAANITES
With fellow improvisers Tony Fate & Vince Martinez
DOS with Mike Watt and Kira Roessler
Jim Smith, M. Segal, George Radai
The evening will end with a stage-filled improv session in celebration of our talented & unforgettable friend.
DOORS OPEN AT 4pm $7.00 admission ALL AGES INFO: (213) 413-8200
--I've started doing occasional gigs with the very excellent RAY JAY BAND, a blues/funk/r&b project that plays in and around Ventura county on weekends. This trio has as it's drummer the very fine and talented Don Medina, formerly of Death&Taxe$ and Shut Up Marie, and has the equally fine and talented Ray Jay on guitar and vocals. If you like that style of music, you owe it to yourselves to check out this band whether I am sitting in with them or not.
Check out their MySpace page for gig details: http://www.myspace.com/therayjayband
The first gig with BUILDING 7 at Steamers was lots of fun. We were well recieved by those that attended, and even made some fans!
Here's a couple of snapshots from the show.
From L>R: Eduardo Poyart, David Robin, GR, Scott Heustis
GR laying it down...
(10/29) I've begun working with a new band, just named "Building 7" which is made up of Scott Heustis on guitar, Eduardo Poyart on keyboards(both fine musicians formerly of Instagon, Gizmo, Potion Box, and other bands) and the excellent David Robin on drums (formerly with Toyah Wilcox) -- we're playing a prog-rock breakfast at Steamer's in the south bay in a couple of weeks--should be fun. The music is prog-industrial-funk-jazz, if I had to classify it loosely, and pretty interesting and energetic.
(10/07) Some recent things: I did a cool gig with LEVELER (me, Vince Martinez on guitar, Dean McCall on drums) that was well-recieved. Check out some of those tunes here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=75299787
I've been doing some emgineering and mixing for a friend and client who is a Grammy-winning super jazz bassist named Brandino, and I will have some examples of mixes I have done for him here posted here soon. Check out his website at www.brandino.com
Greg Segal's Phantom Airship records has just released two more Cold Sky compilations. Cold Sky had a brief life back in the late 80's-early 90's, but did some slammin' prog-hard-rock jams and pop-ey songs, and there's some good bass work on there by me. The two forthcoming releases are called "In Process", and "The King of Illusion Variations."
Besides that, I began working on a three-album compilation that is the best of me...seems pretty self-indulgent, but what the heck. I've been doing this a long time, and I am proud of some of the work I have done with and for various artists, so I thought to collect it all and remaster the cuts, and it'll be called 'Dwellings Below".
Here's the artwork for the three front covers:
Also Kenny Ryman (of PaperBag and Points of Friction fame) and I have gotten all the basic work done for the remix and remaster of VICTIMLESS CRIME, which was PaperBag's infamous release that gained them the attention of SST Records, and got them signed. This will be a re-release with massively improved sound reproduction and it ought to knock some people's socks off!
For more info on my gigs and events, see further down this page,
and for links to the various associated websites, click the link names...