Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Now Available for Session Work

Just wanted to put it out there that I'm available for session work, should anyone need some guitaring on their upcoming record.

Other artists I've worked with in the studio besides Arbouretum include:

Human Bell
The Anomoanon
Television Hill
Jody Jean Marsten-Arellano
Michael Patrick Smith
Mickey Free

My rates are variable depending on the project...if interested, please leave a comment with your email. I won't publish the comment; I'll just copy your email address so that I can get back to you. Thanks.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Baltimore Show Tonight at Windup Space

Monday, November 16th at the Windup Space (north Ave between Charles and Maryland)
music starts at 9 or 930.

With Lights and D Charles Speer and the Helix, both well worth seeing in their own right.

Perhaps later I'll be able to post some sounds or sights from the show, or maybe some insightful commentary. We could get a real nice discussion going.

See you soon,

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Other Night in Charlottesville

Good times. The show got moved to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar at the last minute, which was fortunate, because although Random Row would have been a great place to host a larger, louder show, the Tea Bazaar is a perfect place for small ensemble stuff. Ned Oldham joined me for a few songs, including a couple Anomoanon tunes that we'd played together back in the day.
Thanks to Jacob Wolf for setting up the show, and for Jane Herships for inviting me to play in the first place. Photos by Bob Travis.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Random Show at Random Row

Sorry for the short notice, but I'm doing a solo set at Random Row books in Charlottesville, VA on Monday, October 26th.

Appearing with me on the bill is Spider (my good friend Jane Herships), and Magdyn Osh.

The address is 315 W. Main st in Charlottesville, right across from the greyhound station. Cover is just $5, and I should be playing at around 9 or 10.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

More European/UK Images (post tour)

What a great tour. The shows themselves were much better-attended than the last time we were in Europe(Oct/Nov '07), we sold a lot of merch, made some new friends, and just generally worked hard and had some really good times. As for me, I'm just going to be working on a bit of writing, some photography... whatever it takes to make the transition back to domestic life fulfilling, really. In any case, it feels good to be home.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Some European Images (mid-tour)

digital for now, with slow upload speeds at the hotel preventing me from putting up more...

Friday, July 10, 2009

European Tour- July 14- Aug 30

July 14- Paradiso, Amsterdam NL

July 15- Bar Mondial, Antwerp BE

July 16- Le BPM, Nantes FR

July 17- Le Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris FR

July 18- Dour Festival, Dour BE

July 19- Boomtownfestival, Gent BE

July 21- Parklife Festival, Milan IT

July 22- Porcupine Pub, Rovigo, IT

July 24- Miss Peapod's, Penryn UK

July 26- Supersonic Festival, Birmingham UK

July 27- The Lexington, London UK

July 28- The Railway, Winchester UK

July 29- The Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester UK

July 30- Night& Day, Manchester UK

Note to Glasgow friends- we're really sorry about canceling that one. We were looking at the maps and thinking we wouldn't want to drive from there to Amsterdam at the end of the tour(where we're flying out of) and then we read about the Hull-Rotterdam ferry...after we'd already canceled. So we might have sort of shot ourselves in the foot with that one. Next time for sure...

Hey Joni put it all behind you

Low-res cell phone shots, but you get the idea.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Photos from June tour with Band of Horses

All photos by Alyssa Robb. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

the past couple of weeks

We just got back Saturday night from the shows we did with the Band of Horses. All in all, it was a pretty amazing experience- the shows were all very well-attended, the B.O.H. dudes were all super-nice, and their audience seemed genuinely enthusiastic about what we were doing up there. It was also pretty incredible how well we were treated by the venues, and I'd like to thank everyone involved with them for that- the sound crews, hospitality people, management, security people...pretty much everyone who worked at every venue was pleasant to deal with.

Soon I will post some photos. In the meantime, some short bursts-


The Carnegie Hall experience was completely fucking amazing. Holy Shit was it awesome.

The show at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. Our best electric set of the tour, and it was super fun to join the Horses on their encore.

Getting to play in front of a bunch of people that had never before seen us in Baltimore, our hometown, who totally loved it and had no idea we'd existed until then.

Playing "Underneath the Arches" as our set closer in Asheville.

Post-show night swimming in North Myrtle.


Meg Baird, Dave Hadley, and Walker Teret for their wonderful playing and singing with us at Carnegie, and before that, the Patterson Theater in Baltimore. Truly magical.

John Lant from Carnegie.

Jimmy, who lives in Asheville now, but is a really good old friend of mine from Maryland days growing up. We stayed at his place and it ruled.

Leslie, another dear friend of mine, with whom we stayed in North Myrtle for two nights. At her parents' BEACH HOUSE. It was amazing.

Raf, who put us up in Wilmington, and his friends that didn't wake us up when we were sleeping and they were still partying on the porch.

Alyssa, who traveled with us, worked the merch table, and took photos. She was absolutely invaluable on this trip and was super mellow and easy to get along with.

Beth, who also helped at the merch table some at a couple of the shows and hung out with us at 3 or 4 of them. Totally chill vibe and lots of fun.

All the dudes in the Band of Horses. Great bunch of guys, and their music kept growing on us as the tour went on. Also, a big shout to their road crew.

Matt Sweeney, who was there for the Carnegie show and lifted the spirits of all.

Mike, Suzie, and Travis (Asheville)

Ron, Wendy, Xhenet, Bettina, Dan's family members, Steve's folks, Millicent, Francesco, and all of our other friends who came to see us at Carnegie.

Ashford, Mark, Kevin, and Emily (North Myrtle).

MY DAD, who came to see us in Baltimore and totally loved it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Recording of the Creative Alliance/Patterson Theater Show

The Patterson Theater show was a really enjoyable gig for us. We had a rare opportunity to do our songs in a different style than usual, and except for minor problems relating to an un-soundchecked guitar, everything pretty much came off without a hitch.
Special thanks to Adam, Natasha, Sarah, Megan, and especially Wye Oak, who pulled off a spectacular set on short notice due to a sudden contingency.

A recording of our set can be heard/downloaded here

spoiler alert- for those planning on attending the Carnegie show, you might want to wait until afterward to listen.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Here's what I spent several hours on tonight

It kinda sucks I missed Victoria's surprise birthday party for this, but it needed to be turned in asap, and anyway I've been going out too much as of late. It's for the Carnegie Hall playbill.

Arbouretum, a band known for its epic, folk-driven songs underscored by ferocious, acid-drenched guitar breakouts, brings a slightly more pastoral side to the fore tonight with its first-ever performance at the legendary Carnegie Hall.

This past March, Arbouretum released its third full-length LP, the internationally-acclaimed gem Song of the Pearl. The album eclipsed expectations and transcended genre with its grand and melodious songs driven by surging rhythms, otherworldly twin-guitar explorations, and band founder David Heumann's compelling and emotive vocals. It is from this record that they draw the bulk of their selections tonight, as well as unique re-tellings of choice earlier material.

Having been invited to play a series of East Coast shows with Band of Horses, the members of Arbouretum have had their sights set on the Carnegie performance in particular as an opportunity to bring out a different aspect of their musical expression and songcraft, augmenting their core membership of Corey Allender, Daniel Franz, David Heumann, and Stephen Strohmeier with special appearances by some of the Mid-Atlantic region's finest. Guest vocalist Meg Baird, pedal steel ace Dave Hadley, and erstwhile full-time Arbourist Walker Teret lend their singular talents to the proceedings for this uncommon event, helping to start the evening with music that radiates as well as resonates. Tonight's a jewel indeed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Arbouretum radio appearance

Steve and I did a thing for WYPR's "the signal"(88.1 in Baltimore) yesterday, to be aired Friday the 29th. It was easy-going and laid back, didn't feel as if I "ended up alone with a microphone", or anything to that effect. It consisted of some interview segments and a bit of acoustic guitar playing. When it airs, it will also be archived on the web, at which point I will post it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Imminent Trajectories

I thought it would be a good idea to let people know about things we have planned for the warm season that's approaching. We're entering into a relatively busy period now, with these near-future doings that loom precipitously before us. The events that are to come have motivated us to put a lot of time into our playing and arrangements as of late...something that will be reflected in our live sets for sure.

A general overview-

A May 22nd show at the Webster Hall Studio in NYC
-playing with D.Charles Speer and TK Webb&The Visions.
I hear this space is nice, and we're looking forward to the bill as a whole.

A June 4th show at Baltimore's Creative Alliance (Patterson Theater).

It'll be an acoustic set, with guest appearances by Meg Baird (vocals), Dave Hadley (pedal steel), and Walker Teret (various instruments). The Violet Hour opens.

I think this one will be especially cool. In some ways it will be a warm-up for the set we are to play at Carnegie Hall a week afterward, but there are some aspects that will be even cooler because we'll be able to stretch it out a bit more and really explore the concept of doing such a format.
Plus any time spent listening to the Violet Hour is time well spent, in our opinion.

June 11 through June 18- several East Coast dates opening for the Band of Horses, with a little break in the middle. Details here.
Really looking forward to these. It'll be nice to play some big rooms to a bunch of people, and particularly to their audience. I think there's really something to this Band of Horses/Arbouretum thing. Sure, the kinds of songs that each band writes are fairly different than one another and so are the two bands' approaches to arrangements, but there's a lot of common ground too- both bands have some really tuneful songs that get rocked out live, and both bands put a lot of stock in guitar interplay. I saw them this past New Year's, actually, where I met them for the first time, and they put on a great live show- One gets the sense that these guys really believe. We're extremely grateful that they invited us for this upcoming run and are looking at it as an opportunity to strengthen what we do and play some really well-thought out, well-executed sets.

Then there's a show in Wilmington, NC on our way back from the last show with B.O.H. on June 19th.
I need to get the name and address of the venue so I can post it...but it should be really fun- they want us to play a really long time (by our standards, at least), and this, I think, will help us get some ideas together for some of the longer sets typically expected of bands headlining European shows.

which brings me now to...

European and UK Shows, July 10th-ish through July 31.

Details of these are being posted on our myspace page as we get confirmations. They include 4 festivals and a bunch of club dates. Some of these festival gigs are looking awesome, especially the UK's Supersonic Festival (we get to play the same day as Pontiak!), and I also have a good feeling about the club dates. Seems our record is doing pretty well in the UK and parts of Europe, so I'm anticipating seeing more people at the shows than we did last time we did a full tour over there, that being the fall of '07.

More updates soon- will try to update this thing more frequently.

Arbouretum Image from a fan of ours who does graphic design work

Mark Kunac from Australia randomly/not so randomly sent us this image via the blog. I like it- it really seems to capture a certain aspect of our recent stuff, as well as referencing some of my recent photos.

Click on it to embiggen- it's worth it.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

False Spring live in Tampa

Recorded by Jeremy King. Thanks man!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

some random florida pictures

Most of these are from Fort Desoto and Shell Island.