Sunday, May 24, 2009

Waiting for the festivities at Gojjo to begin at 2 pm. Its the 1 year anniversary of SciFi Philly! Congratulations Dan, Jon and Stephen. DIY creative music in Philly presented by musicians is thriving thanks to these guys. Especially looking forward to out-of-towners Russell Baker (from my alma mater B-CC) and Pete Robbins.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

RIP Calvin Dominique Wilkerson, son of Philadelphia drummer and former Ornette Coleman sideman, G. Calvin Weston. Dominique, as he was known was the victim of a deadly hit-and-run in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday night. For more info:

Friday, May 08, 2009

Sitting around trying to decide whether to stay up and go to Burnt Sugar at the North Star Bar or go to sleep and catch up on the week's lost zzz's. Had a really productive day at work. Listened to some killer punk band called Gun Club as well as the brilliant new Akron/Family release on Dead Oceans called "Set 'em Wild, Set 'em Free" - a great mixture of soft folk and dancy krautrock.

vacation photos and other thoughts

Since I've last blogged, I've been to DC for Passover, Seattle and San Francisco (for a professional and personal vacation). And of course, I've been in and out of New York a whole bunch of times (3X since I came back April 26). And I'm going back yet again tomorrow for a recording session, then down to DC on Saturday night and back up to Philly on Monday. Whew!

Maybe at some point I'll get around to blogging something about my excellent trip to the Left Coast, but for now I'll just leave you with a few pictures and let the pictures do the talking.

A specialty record store called Zion's Gate Records on E. Pike St. in Seattle. My first day there before the EMP Pop Conference began. Strangely enough, in Zion's Gate, I found a copy of Quartet Music's Window on The Lake on Nine Winds (yes, that's Nels and Alex Cline, Jeff Gauthier and the late Eric Von Essen, for whom Cryptogramophone records was founded). Nels and Jeff look like they are straight out of Ridgemont High. Alex looks like the wolf man. I kid you not. Of all places - a reggae specialty shop in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle!?!? Who knew?

a rad skateboard and urban chic clothing/hat/shoe shop also on E. Pike St.

me on Pike St. with my first vinyl purchase of the trip.

A human-sized bunny in a store window. Naturally.

Pike Place Market - with blue skies.

flowers at Pike Place Market

belt buckles at Pike Place Market

more to come soon...


On another note, I've been wondering if there is a way to get my Twitter feed syndicated on my blog (but do I want you all to see what I'm tweeting?). I don't know the answer to that question. And I also would like to set up mobile blogging once again which I had set up on my old iPhone but never set up for my new one.

I'm strongly considering migrating this blog to a WordPress format as I am beginning to get used to that system on my new business website. Let me tell you, its way better than anything Google has come up with yet (but you do have to pay for the hosting).

Thursday, May 07, 2009

this music is torture!

I have been tempted to blog on many different subjects in the last few weeks/months. Everytime I start to put a post together, I abort and delete. But I just had to repost this one at the very least.

(Ending) Music as Torture