Sunday, July 27, 2008

Power Rangers

OK, I know Power Rangers seems to be an odd subject, but composer James Guymon and myself just found out yesterday that the the cue that we worked on together for Power Rangers Jungle Fury was used on the show. You can hear the cue from about 3:00 to about 4:30 in the YouTube video. Recently I also added guitar to a piece that he wrote that will be used by a major automotive manufacturer in demos for a new car that is coming out. James is a great composer and I've really enjoyed the collaborations so far.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Monte Carlo 76 Page on Facebook

Monte Carlo 76 now has a page on Facebook. Become a fan and find out about all of our gigs, recordings, etc!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Last night's gig

As usual in LA there was a lot going on last night, so it was hard to know how this show was going to turn out. Honestly, the last time we played at 2nd St. the turnout left something to be desired, so we all decided to turn it up a notch with the promotion and it seemed to work out. Marisa was able to get Happy Frejo to play with us at very short notice and with FreeQuinSeas spinning, the bill was complete.

I hadn't yet heard Happy perform even though she and Marisa are roommates, so it was great to hear her blend of soul and hip-hop with a lyrical focus on insights into her personal life and the issues facing the indigenous people in the United States. Some people have a hard time blending the personal and the political in their music, Happy did not have this problem. I'd like to see what she does with her live band as last night she was accompanied by backing tracks as well as herself on guitar.

I felt good about our own set as well. After Cisco gave me a scare and everybody else showed up on time, we did our usual thing. "Intoxicating" started a little fast, but after that we settled down to a decent tempo on the rest of the songs. "Leave the Weight...", although not an obvious "big ending" was actually my favorite live performance of the song to date.

After making good on my threats to my co-workers to let them know about my shows, some of them actually came this time, so now that work/personal life barrier has been broken.

This week we continue on getting Marisela mixed. I can't wait for that to be done, then we can really start getting out there with a recording that better represents where we're at right now. Let's hope some of my fears regarding the direction it's going don't come to fruition....

New iPhone Music Apps

I did not fall prey to the iPhone problems yesterday. Looking around, I saw this about the new music related apps and plan to check some of these out....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pretty Cool for compact recording

While I already have the Zoom H4, this new device from Belkin will allow you to record using your iPod. I would consider this if I didn't have the H4.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Jazz Worship

Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel will be playing at my church this Sunday. I am fortunate enough to get to play with these guys, come on out for some very impressive playing and worship!

I gotta admit....

This looks pretty cool. Even though I don't play one, 3 of these guitarists were very influential on my own playing.