Every future makes the past look better.

Watching what you’ve made is the quickest way to understand the mistakes you make. Listening to what you’ve played is the fastest way to make sure you feel sub par to every over produced piece on the random stream you’ve created in Spotify.

Tiny Desk + Tiny Space = Show of Proportional Size

I have been watching these Tiny Desk concerts for years on NPR. They take these fantastic artists and strip out all the layers, ask them to sit in a small office, and simply play the songs they want to. It results in a truly intimate experience even through the lens of YouTube. What’s even more...

You put a video on YouTube?

This post is for the person that just uploaded their off color, audio out of sync, low-res, 4:3 letterbox video and then broadcast to the world you’ve just uploaded the best cover ever of that new song that everyone is covering. Yeah, stop it. At the very least watch a YouTube video on how to...

John Cage

The consensus is becoming such that we believe only a few can make music. That there are people in the world that are meant to create symphonies and then there are the rest. the most famous and controversial in history. I’d like to tell you about a man who believed it was different. So much...

I can’t write a song anymore.

When I was a waiter shortly after leaving school I would sit in my apartment on the mattress that had no frame, surrounded by notebooks and play my guitar until I couldn’t stay awake any more. Occasionally I would turn on the computer, download a few new songs, record a rough live take and be...

The Queers

I was driving home from work contemplating this weeks post. My iPhone on shuffle and this amazing song came on. I haven’t listened to them since high school or shortly thereafter but I remember Joe Queer always being a stand up guy. They toured every summer and always stopped in Dallas. This leads me to...

Breaking the barrier of mind-control instruments.

Yeah, you read that. There are a number of growing enthusiasts and circuit benders out there who are experimenting with the idea that an idea can create music. If you don’t know what this trend in music tech geeks is I’ll tell you. Take your favorite noise making toy as a small child, or if...

No click track, one take genius, Jake Bugg.

I was flipping through artists from last years iTunes Festival in the UK and I stopped on this kid. He was young, arrogant or confident take your pick and genius. Jake Bugg is one of the youngest artists to be No. 1 on the UK charts. And he’s about to do it again with his...