Some new music
By Dave on Friday, March 8th 2013 12:11 am
For the last year plus I've been playing with a couple of old friends from way back.
Phil Clute: Vocals
Dave Mills: Drums and Backing Vocals
Me: Guitar and Bass (plus Moog Taurus Pedals on Big Sur)
Words and Music by... well we don't have a name for ourselves yet. But it's the 3 guys above.
Echoes of Warning was inspired by that whole silly 2012 end of the world thing and has a lot of references to suicide cults (Heaven's Gate, Jonestown, etc...). Big Sur is a story based on the Kerouac novel, where the character finds himself following in Jack's footsteps - lots of references to the original novel in there.
Also Gino Foti has released a great new CD Xenosonic Journeys. I played guitar on a couple of tracks, "Ten Directions" and "Latitudes and Longitudes". Though my favorite tune on the record after a couple of listens is "Pathless Lands" with its very cool synth introduction and syncopated riffs.
More end of year accolades for Notes in the Margin
By Dave on Saturday, January 1st 2011 3:28 pm
NitM comes in at #4 on Rickter Scale's Top 40 countdown of the best albums of 2010. The show airs on Delicious Agony Radio this Tuesday, January 4 from 12-3 PM EST.
And if that weren't enough it has also been nominated for Best Foreign Record of 2010 by the Italian site Prog Awards!
Notes in the Margin Makes Top 10 Prog CDs of 2010
By Dave on Tuesday, December 21st 2010 6:32 pm
USA Progressive Music has rated "Notes in the Margin" the 7th best prog album of 2010. It is of course quite an honor to be associated with so many really talented artists. Many thanks to the USA Progressive Music staff for their consideration.
New Toys & Broken Bones
By Dave on Saturday, November 6th 2010 10:01 pm
So the good news is I have finally pieced together a nice rig. For recording I use a rack based setup, but I didn't really have a proper guitar amp suitable for live performance or just for jamming.
Over time I was able to acquire a Pearce G1 and G2r amps. I had custom cabs built for them by Miyako Designs in California. The cab dimensions are modeled after the original Pearce cabs. But these are loaded with neodymium speakers and are constructed out of solid pine so they weigh in a full 15lbs less than the originals. And they are open/closed back convertible.
The custom padded slip covers were made by Studio Slips.
Essentially I'm configuring the two amps as a 4 channel 200 Watt stereo amp using a TC Electronics G system to handle the effects and channel switching.
The bad news.... I can't play with my new toys for awhile. Monday, I fell down the stairs of that deck in the amp photos and broke my shoulder in
two places (not to mention sprained my ankle and smashed my head into a post). My left arm is immobilized for awhile (I can now testify that typing w/ one handed sucks) and after that I'm looking at a long rehab process. Doc says I can expect considerable pain for 6 months.
The good news about the bad news is they don't think I need surgery and when all is said and done I should recover almost a full range of motion from the shoulder. 90% or better.
The bruise on my bicep is pretty gruesome.
Shot photo in mirror so it is reversed, it is the left shoulder that I fractured.
Sea of Tranquility chimes in on Notes in the Margin
By Dave on Saturday, September 25th 2010 10:52 pm
Jon Neudorf in his 4 star review of Notes in the Margin writes:
Kulju has made an excellent sophomore effort with Notes in the Margin. Fans of Gilmour inspired guitar work and melodic progressive rock will surely want this in their collection and I can see this one getting plenty of more spins in the days and months to come.
Notes in the Margin @ CD Baby, eMusic & iTunes
By Dave on Sunday, July 18th 2010 4:43 pm
Notes in the Margin is now available for download via eMusic and iTunes in addition to CD Baby which has had it up for the better part of a month. Of those I believe CD Baby offers the best quality files (200kbps VBR) and you don't have to be a member of a service or use special library software to download. eMusic offers fairly high quality downloads as well. Last I knew iTunes was still distributing at 128kbps which is too low in my opinion.
Not to bash iTunes, in fact our household uses iTunes simply because it integrates more easily with the hardware. I don't really use any of them personally as I'm still a CD guy. So take my advice with a grain of salt.
[update: A sharp reader emailed to let me know that iTunes now distributes 256kbps AAC files. According to wiki they started doing so back in 2009. So I stand corrected.]
Incidentally I've discovered there is a Russian language site out there offering a free illegal downloads of my new CD, but I've heard tell of people getting infected with viruses from that place so I'd stay clear if I were you.