Cockney Rejects East End Babylon Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/fDTA6wk6r3Y
Watching this to get in the zone for my solo show today at Strange Brew at 4pm. It will give you an idea where my head is at. Today is a song swap with friend and songwriter Kacy Crowley. In Austin, Texas at 4pm. Don’t miss my maiden voyage!
The above video is comedian John Oliver talking about the worst time he bombed onstage. It is truly hilarious. It’s short and I don’t want to ruin anything by telling you what is in the clip.
As someone that makes his living on stage there is definitely an element that I can relate to in it. There are good nights, bad nights, and nights in between. So much is out of your control. As a musician a terrible sound man can make your best efforts futile. One time on my birthday I drunkenly fell off the stage. These things happen. The only difference between an amateur and a pro is that the pro gets back up and just keeps going. Over time you learn not to be embarrassed or defeated. We are all unfailingly imperfectly human.
I mentioned how much I love the guitar playing of The Durutti Column’s Vini Reilly a couple days ago. I posted one of their most well known studio compositions, Otis, along with that post. Here is a great live version of one of their other signature pieces, Sketch For Summer. Notice how much sound they create with two people. Notice how the composition of what Reilly is playing is finally honed, like a jeweler crafting a diamond. I love the liquid quality of Reilly’s guitar, almost as if he is painting with sound. One of the true masters of the instrument, who should get much more recognition than he does.
The above link is to the information concerning my first solo show this Sunday in Austin, Texas at Strange Brew (An incredible sounding room) at 4pm. It will be a song swap with friend and fellow Austin artist Kacy Crowely. I’m trying not to go the typical acoustic guitar/singer songwriter route. I’ll be playing electric guitar and be backed up by the amazing percussionist Alex Moralez. This is uncharted territory as I have always performed my songs with my brother Ben. I am both scared and excited. If you are in town on Sunday come join me on my maiden voyage. My aim is to leave you pregnant with thought.
In the future when all’s well…
One of the all time great American rock bands, The Replacements, reformed and performing on Jimmy Fallon. If you don’t know who they are, you should.
Well, today got lost in the shuffle and I didn’t get to post as much as I would have liked to. Shinyribs played Blues on the Green last night at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The final estimate for the crowd was 16,000 people. That is the most people I have ever played for. I got swept up in the moment and the next thing I knew I was doing shots of Jameson out of a Philadelphia Eagles shot glass at 1am. Time warp to today and I was laying in bed in the dark watching Robocop. So the moral of the story is: if you play to a large crowd it eventually leads to you alone shivering in the dark watching Robocop. Or at least that is where it led me…
Today I’ll be playing Blues on the Green in Austin, Texas with Shinyribs. It is a free show at Zilker Park. Tameca Jones goes on at 8pm. We go on at 9pm. All those of you in the Austin looking for some fun, look no further.