Fare Thee Well, The Once And Future David Bowie (sort of a Blackstar review)

Fare Thee Well, The Once And Future David Bowie (sort of a Blackstar review)

The first record I ever owned was Bowie’s 45 for Space Oddity/The Man Who Sold The World. My mother bought it for me. I remember playing it incessantly and singing along, trying to match Bowie’s exact phrasing and emotion. Since then, Bowie has been a lifelong inspiration. And even today, singing like Bowie appears to […]

What do The Beatles, Pat Benatar, and Beach House have in common?

What do The Beatles, Pat Benatar, and Beach House have in common?

What do The Beatles, Pat Benatar, Beach House have in common? Their careers mark the beginning, middle, and (current) end incarnations of Arena Rock. Roots of the term Arena Rock go back to Shea Stadium where the Beatles played in 1965. It was the first time that a musical artist warranted a performance in a […]

Facebook to enable auto-play video ads?!

I just read this disturbing article on TechCrunch: Dreaded Auto-Play Video Ads Could Be Coming To Facebook, VP Confirms. If you are a musician or music lover like me, I’m certain you share my feelings of outrage. I expressed my feelings in this email to Facebook’s VP of Business, David Fischer: David, I read with […]

The Reverse Cowbell

My friend Toby and I were talking the other day about the unfortunate suicide of Brad Delp, former lead singer for the 80’s prog band Boston. During our conversation, Toby revealed something that I had previously been unaware of: from the mid-1990s until his death in 2007, Delp played in a Beatles tribute band called […]

SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and Stanley Clarke.

SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and Stanley Clarke.

Stanley Clarke is one of the world’s foremost bass players, and a personal hero of mine. I still remember getting his first solo album and spending hours learning to play “Lopsy Lu”. I have an 8×10 promo of him hanging on my wall right now. Just tonight, I saw a Facebook update from a bass […]

New video by Justice, for “Audio, Video, Disco”

I only recently became familiar with the duo Justice, when I came across an excellent music video of theirs for their upcoming album. It’s the title track, “Audio, Video, Disco”. I really appreciate the quirkiness and variety of the rhythmic elements, and the vocal arrangement is exquisite. I recently began fooling around with vocoders, so […]

George Ludwig in San Francisco on 09/19/11

I’ll be playing a short set in San Francisco to benefit The Rock For Kids Andrew Bird Scholarship. The scholarship is to provide music education to children in need. I love Andrew Bird’s music, and admire his use of looping technology. I will play a few songs using a DL-4 looping pedal, and my brass-bodied […]

Everyone is responsible (except for Rupert Murdoch)

Since this is a music blog, I prefer to write about music. However, there are events outside of music that inspire me to write. Sometimes in a negative way. I read the following in a Los Angeles Times article describing Murdoch’s testimony before the English Parliament, during which he was attacked with a Shaving Cream […]