Had a good time this morning playing with Michael Batdorf at Pendl’s in Driggs.  Nice mix of classics like “The Weight” and “Friend of the Devil” plus originals in a similar vein.  Batdorf’s got a great, gruff voice, and he plays solid guitar.  Grea…

I saw the Teton Valley-based Latin Jazz band Calle Mambo tonight at the Music on Main concert in Victor, Idaho, the first of a six week series of weekly concerts.  Nice big park for the venue, weather was great, plenty of room and plenty of people fro…

I stopped by Pendl’s in Driggs–my favorite local coffee and pastry shop–the other day and discovered that they’re running a regular Sunday morning music series.  I talked to the guy who runs it, and I’m playing this Sunday, July 18 from 9 AM to noon…

Warning: this post is all about working with gear.I’ve been working out the patch changes for the songs in Why(K)now’s repertoire, and I’m developing some new rules for working with 3 amp modeling devices plus an ABY pedal on the floor: The ideal situa…

I looked through a book tonight that provided a complete illustrated history of Spider-Man.  And I got upset.  Steve Ditko, the artist whose illustrations defined Spider-Man for years, was mentioned exactly twice in that book: once when the authors n…

I started getting serious about my sounds for my new band Why(K)now today.   (Notice how the band’s name is still changing?   It’ll stabilize soon.)First I took one of my effects devices out of the lineup (leaving 3, two running in parallel and one a…

It took five days to drive a 16-foot truck loaded with household and musical gear to Idaho.  I’m here for the summer now with brief trips planned to Connecticut and Minnesota, the latter for SPAH 2010.  I’m glad to be here, where the temp is around 6…

Driving from CT to Idaho, won’t be online much for next few weeks.  Stay tuned for mp3s of WhyNow’s latest rehearsal.  First video coming in July.

I listened today to the recordings I made on my Zoom H4 of the Why(K)now rehearsal Thursday night.  The structures are coming together for the tunes, and we’re beginning to develop a vocabulary as a band.  I still want to hear more color–I’ve got to…