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Acadia Cafe, Jan. 25 2009

January 26th, 2009

The show tonight was a lot of fun and everything went well.  It was the first show with Sarah Wash on keyboards and backing vocals, and a lot louder sound with my electric, the big muff and the drum machine.  Me You Like I and Brad Senne were great as always.  Here’s the first blog post to archive performances, which will all exist under the category “past shows” from now on.  I’ll attach video once I have access to it.

Setlist:

  1. On Falling
  2. Separating
  3. Wandering On
  4. Escape Song
  5. Autonomy
  6. Run
  7. Twenty Eight
  8. Give MN Back to Canada

Brad Senne

Me You Like I


January 25th

January 18th, 2009


The Practical Side of an Otherwise Impractical Career Choice

January 14th, 2009

I’ve been pretty broke lately as the pizza delivery business has slowed down some, and as such I’m trying to take care of business.  I cleaned up my hard drive and I’m trying to organize my press contacts and research more opportunities.  I decided I should be playing a show every month or so.  My natural rhythm of things is to book too many shows in a short period of time, and then not play any for 3 months.  I’m trying to do better.

I also have some backup in the works.  My friend Sarah has been practicing with me, doing keyboards and harmony vocals.  The upcoming shows should be interesting as the sound continues to fill out more:

I’m still working on booking a February show.

I had to go to a clinic to get my ears flushed out, and now I have my hearing back!  It’s amazing how much you appreciate something so simple after not having it for five days.  Especially being a musician.

I also revisited my makeshift guitar building studio for some long overdue sanding and practice with the router.   I’m reinspired.  Which doesn’t mean much when you’re broke, since guitar building is a pretty expensive hobby.


These Kinds of Cliffs…

August 13th, 2008

The album is done.  I’m going to call in my approval on the master once I give it one more listen. I ordered the packaging and printing.  The website is updated.  There are new tracks up on Myspace.

I may or may not hold a CD release show.  This stuff is all really alot of work and I’ve been letting it completely consume me the last few years.  I’ll keep writing and recording even when it seems like no one gives a shit.  Playing live is a different story.  While I do enjoy it, it’s not the reason I make music.  When I was referring to my setlist to someone at the last show I played, I kept saying “tracks” when I really meant “songs.”

I also feel like I have alot of social issues right now.  Last year I was going through the same thing and I thought playing alot of shows would help.  Then at my next show, I played to an empty room.  Literally an empty room except for the sound guy.  If you’re not in your right mind, that kind of thing can break you down.

I want to do everything I can to promote this record because I feel like for once it’s worth promoting and it’s pretty representative of what I’m interested in musically and what I can do.  Everything else I’m going to lighten up on.  I may play shows here and there, but I’m not going to send out a ton of emails anymore just to get no response.  I’m going to build songs and recordings more slowly.  And I need to get a job that I can actually do and save up some money.  I need to do stuff for fun besides just going to Caffetto to work on my laptop.  I need to listen to music and not just make it.  And I need to do all of those things without feeling like I’m doing them because I’ve failed as an artist.

So, with that said, I have a show tonight.  So far it’s the only one on my calender.  So come down, it’s only $3.  It’s at the Terminal Bar on Hennepin Avenue just off University.


Music and the performance

April 18th, 2008

In the past week I’ve hit three open mics and sold two CDs. They pretty much went well. I’ve been going to work on my own schedule, which means I’ve taken some days off to work on recording. I realized that I need to relax and not pressure myself, but at the same time work on music every day. I decided I’m going to wait until I have the next project done, and then move. I don’t want to relocate with unfinished business.

I’m having a major problem with this whole gigging out thing. I really don’t know how people do it and it’s a major source of confusion for me. Every time I contact a venue, I don’t get a response. I don’t really have many friends, much less friends who are musicians, much less friends who are musicians who get to pick who they play with. I can think of one time where I was invited to play a show with someone who I included in the past. On top of that, there are not that many places to play, not that Minneapolis is helping.

I keep reverting back to this idea of playing in the street, just because it’s the logical outgrowth of my frustration. Just as I did with the open mics schedule (and completely despite the fact that nobody ever finds out about shows this way and actually show up to them) I’ll post any busking dates on my web site.


Open Mics + More Recording

April 10th, 2008

I did not do the Cedar open mic last night.  I get there a couple minutes late, and I guess the line starts outside before the door opens and then the list fills up right away.  I would’ve had to wait 2 and a half hours, so I skipped it, and went to the Triple Rock to have a beer, and then went home and set up my keyboards.

I’ve been recording today.  I’m monitoring with an amplifier on overdubs (no headphones), which I never thought to do because of feedback, but you can just monitor the mix and not the performance.  It’s much less claustrophobic.

I am definitely playing tomorrow night at Galactic–I won’t skip out.  Besides it starts at 10, so it’ll be easy to show up on time.


Upcoming Shows

April 8th, 2008

Granted I’m not the most prolific schmoozer, well actually I really suck at it. But hey, I’m not trying to score a record deal. I would just like to play at a crappy venue, for free, at least once a month. Now I see there’s another way.

I’m playing a bunch of open mics, starting this week. I’ll try and hit as many as I can find by the end of the month. Check out the website or myspace for details–they’re all posted on there.

Here the list so far–more will be added:

  • Wed. Apr. 9// Cedar Cultural Center, 7pm
  • Fri. Apr. 11// Galactic Pizza, 10 pm
  • Tue. Apr.15// Chatterbox Pub, 8:30
  • Wed. Apr. 16// Gingko Coffee, 6:30
  • Fri. May 2// Anodyne Coffee, 7:30