Sunday, March 28, 2010

in the eye of the moon

Dead Meadow film premiere at the historic Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The film is KILLER. I haven't watched it on the tele yet, but really enjoyed what I saw on the big screen. Jason Simon apparently has some decent acting chops, and I personally was entertained by the lovable Steve Kille sporting shades and shooting a gun... hah!!! The film had an epic quality, and was very "This Song Remains the Same", with some Tarantino and Stone elements. That's all I remember....I will have to view again.... .. good work though...great cinematography.

I'm currenty housesitting and enjoying doing nothing. I'm watching a documentary on the Mayans and their prophecies, and thankfully I have sort of trained my brain not to overthink such things. Over the weekend I inked in another sitting of A Clockwork Orange and From Dusk til Dawn, and also viewed Gran Torino, Basquiat, and The Saddest Music in the World. Having time off is awesome. Next week I get to hang in Texas, stuff my face with delicious tex-mex and home cookin', and relax. Then it's back to the bump and grind of the million things I'm trying to complete... yeehaw!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

mixing day deux

bedridden blues.
vox, bass, drums, harmonium, moog.
thai iced tea with boba.
calla lilies fresh from a garden
a golden day in spooky san bernadino, california
snap crackle pop
2 : 7

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Pierre Cardin, Italy, 1950s

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

a maven and a raven

Hello friends... I just wanted to share what's been going on in the musical, magical land of Balloon....

Once upon a time, I recorded a handful of songs on my marvelous four-track, using an old acoustic guitar, harmonica, a tom drum, and my voice. My good friend, Crooked Cowboy, got a whiff of a couple of tracks, and decided to dip his hands in them and smear the painting of sounds all around, and upside down. He danced his groovy dance all over the songs with his Hagstrom bass, Moog, and MPC. Dan Allaire jumped into the dance, and hit his wicked, booming drums. Then I sent Mr. Crooked Cowboy some other tunes I'd written, which we rerecorded at Seahorse Sound Studios, with Samur Khouja behind the board and monitors. Allaire dove in again and added his potion on the skins. I wrote another song on my ol' organ, which CC diced and sliced on Samur's spectral Optigan. The lovely Amanda Francis Movlai came out for a day and played her haunting harmonium, and the notable Neil Schuh played harpsichord on golden gem, "Last Song", which I wrote on autoharp in a large, empty house. We are currently mixing the tracks out in the San Bernadino Mountains. Another track on the album will be one I recorded whilst sitting on a cold floor in Queens, New York, using Henry Hynes's '60s Magnus Chord 300 organ.... and then another will be a song I wrote and then recorded with Michael Harris at Shabbey Road Studios, on an old, warm, reverberating organ, within the walls of a dark, starry night. Seven tracks total... more information forthcoming my lil' poppy flowers.