Cascading Slopes

I mentioned that things are a bit slow since I’m out of town. I’m actually playing a couple shows with my old pal Jacob for his new band, Cascading Slopes. Here we are at last Wednesday’s show at Pianos:

Cascading Slopes ShowJacob has got his new album pretty much completed, and I think it sounds really intriguing. It’s a definite step away from a lot of the high-energy, dance-oriented electronic music that the kids like these days, but it also stays clear of drowning in abstract experimentation. Jacob has always had a great love for strong melodies. But in the last few years, he’s also taken inspiration from some of the quieter, overlooked musicians, like Virginia Astely or Kate Bush (ok, maybe Kate Bush isn’t overlooked…but record stores aren’t re-issuing the entire Katie Bush discography like they’re doing for Kraftwerk). Anyway, I think he’s written some really beautiful songs and found a style that is thoroughly his own. I’m looking forward to the album release!

p.s. Cascading Slopes will be playing for the next Wednesdays at Pianos. Hint hint.

Another lull

Sorry for the inactivity on here. This blog and I are a study in contrasting states. As I grow busier, the blog sits more idle. There’s a lot going on with work, and we’ve also been hit repeatedly with lots of snow. It was absolutely critical that I take advantage of the weather and go ice skating last week, among other things.

A 300 foot spool of nice-looking microphone cable arrived last week. That will be more than enough to finish wiring everything up to my patchbay. So expect to see a post triumphantly announcing the completion of the world’s most poorly-executed patchbay design. Speaking of patchbays, I had a very vivid dream last night that I was suddenly thrust back into one of my old jobs running the sound board for some sort of event. I think it was a church service. Anyway, there were about twenty microphones on stage and I didn’t know where any of them were patched, and I was having a hard time making folks audible without winding up with a ton of feedback. It was unsettling and rather stressful.

Things will probably be quiet for a couple more weeks still. I’m flying out this evening to New York to work on some music stuff with my friend Jacob. He’s got lots of exciting stuff happening right now as he polishes up his new album and starts playing some shows. One of those shows will be this Wednesday and I’m really excited to get to play with him. First, I need to practice. Not excited about that part.

So, sorry for the dull post. One of these days my life will go back to turtle speed and you’ll see lots of posts again.