See You in Virginia...

I awoke the other morning to this little note on my fridge (thanks, Brett). Two weeks from today I will fly across the continent to meet up with my good friends Emily and James Adkins before driving onward to the great state of Virginia for a weekend of shows. James and I will be playing the following dates in Virginia: 

Friday, 3/11 - Slover Library, 12:00 pm  - 2:00 pm

Friday, 3/11 - Back Bay Brewing, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm 

Saturday, 3/12 - Smartmouth Brewing Co, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday, 3/13 - Pappa Ciccio's, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, 3/15 - Electroganic w/ Logan Vath and Dale Paul Lazar, 8:30 pm

I am so very excited for all of these shows and am especially excited to finally meet and play a show with the fella in the video below. It's been a long time coming, my distant friends.

See you in Virginia.


Graduate School Update: PhD Candidacy...


I realize that it's been quite some time since I've given a proper update on grad school happenings - mostly because I've been lost in my books with not much to tell. However, I am so very happy to announce that yesterday I passed my PhD comprehensive exam!!!! I can't begin to express how excited/happy/relieved I am. A HUGE sigh of relief. One step closer to the finish line. Classes are complete, the proposal is approved, and now the comps exam is passed. I can finally get back to research mode! 

Also, I have not forgotten the post I promised explaining my fascination with maps and spatial patterns, how science brought me to Vancouver, and the ins and outs of my PhD research. It is on the way. Thanks so much for your patience.

In the meantime, here is a strange little tune I wrote this afternoon - inspired by this RadioLab podcast on the deathwatch beetle. 



Steinbeck, Lewin, and Kennedy...

Rainy Vancouver weekends call for Walter Lewin physics lectures about sunsets and rainbows, scoring Steinbeck works at the used bookstore up the street, and continuing with comps exams studying. Also, Operation Box of Sunshine is back in full swing. This box is Texas-bound!! Perhaps it's just the calm before the storm that is the doctoral comprehensive exam, but a sense of balance is settling in. Here's to hoping it makes a home and sticks around for a while.

My good friends Big Virginia Sky submitted their entry today to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest. I just love hearing these fellas make music. 



Follow Your Stupid Heart...

My dear friend Brandon Hoffman (aka Blocktreat) is a true musical wizard. He recently released the first single off of his latest album Exciting New Ventures in Fucking Up. Brandon takes bits and pieces of songs and sounds that he hears, breaks them down, builds them back up, and creates all sorts of ambient goodness. The ethereal vocal in the tune below are from a track we recorded years ago. I'm honored to be part of his new project in some capacity. You can slice me to pieces any day, Brando Mando :)

geez, he is so good.



Late Night Laundry with JJ Cale...


A few evenings ago, what was intended to be a quick trip downstairs to transfer my laundry from the washer to dryer turned into an impromptu musical lesson of sorts with my basement suite neighbor. After being welcomed in for a little guitar jam session, we began talking about some of our favorite songwriters. It was then that I was formally introduced to the records of JJ Cale. I've heard remakes of his tunes before, but the originials are pure genius. 

I reckon I should pop down and say hello to my neighbors more often.

Indeed I should.


ps: I had a blast last night playing at the Yale Songwriters Sessions (above).

Lydia Hol sure does know how to put on an event!

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