Friday, December 28, 2007

loose ends

i'm excited about the new post on the new New Favorites blog. YouTube amazes me. blogging and text messaging and phones with built-in video cameras amaze me. for that matter, antibiotics amaze me (i'm moving backwards through technology, but after the sinus infection i had this month, you'd be amazed, too.) which leads me to renewed enthusiasm for the neti pot.

it's what my dad calls a "nutty pot" or "communing with the owls," but if you have allergies, you have to get one of these. it's weird at first, but so is everything. in austin, they're on sale at Wheatsville Co-op for $11 through January.
here's the secret: 1cup of room temperature water, 1/4 tsp of non-iodized sea salt
if you don't have non-iodized salt, use 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda (the yellow box)

...and a year-end shoutout to for being a great outlet for random thought.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

from the denver airport

the snow here is beautiful.

"You wonder why corporations have no place in music. Because their values stink. Those entities throwing dollars at your act are trying to get a free ride on your elixir, which their products will never contain. They want part of your unadulterated truth. Which can only exist in art. And no art form touches people like music. It can penetrate any soul."

Bob Lefsetz

Monday, December 24, 2007

Things that Make Me Mad, Part One: The Federal Reserve

**Update 1/25/08: a related article

In concern for the tanking value of the almighty dollar, I am restyling my disgust with politics. I had been ignoring it altogether. Now I realize that ignoring it is the same as pledging blind allegiance to a power-hungry federal government whose growth has gone unchecked and which strives to make all citizens completely dependent upon it.

So, I'm researching the things that I don't understand. Starting with the Federal Reserve.

Did you know that the Federal Reserve is neither "federal" nor a "reserve?" It is not a government institution at all, but a group of large private banks that "creates" money to bail out its own insolvency, flooding the marketplace with dollars backed by... nothing, diluting the power of our entire money supply and economy. And FDIC doesn't seem to be insurance at all. It's another way to pass the burden of reckless banking practices on to consumers.

How great is that?! We are protected from the collective hardship of a free market financial system by footing the bill for the failure of large private institutions. This is brilliant... if I'm the BANK.

It makes me feel good to know we've got a system that encourages huge loans to businesses and countries that will never be able to repay them. When interest payments slow, banks can just roll over the loan, making repayment even more impossible. The banks still get their interest payments. If the borrower defaults, the American government guarantees payment, partly by FDIC "assessments" ultimately paid by consumers and partly by creating money out of thin air, which renders less valuable each dollar you actually make. The banks always get their money. Rather, the banks get OUR money. We pay for their mistakes. But, our taxes don't accurately reflect all the money our government also borrows. Our grandchildren can worry about it. That's right, we're letting the banks take our GRANDCHILDREN's money.

"Public ignorance of how the game is really played was dramatically displayed during a recent Phil Donahue TV show. The topic was the Savings and Loan crisis and the billions of dollars that it would cost the taxpayer. A man from the audience rose and asked angrily: 'Why can't the government pay for these debts instead of the taxpayer?' And the audience of several hundred people actually cheered in enthusiastic approval!"
G. Edward Griffin in "The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve"

Thursday, December 20, 2007

David Byrne on new music business models

This article in Wired Magazine illustrates the new music business models emerging from the failure of traditional record companies to satisfy its customers.

Music is, after all, more powerful than the plastic or person that delivers it. We have a need to create it and consume it (in the most epicurean way).

"Some artists are the Coke and Pepsi of music, while others are the fine wine — or the funky home-brewed moonshine. And that's fine. I like Rihanna's 'Umbrella' and Christina Aguilera's 'Ain't No Other Man.' Sometimes a corporate soft drink is what you want — just not at the expense of the other thing. In the recent past, it often seemed like all or nothing, but maybe now we won't be forced to choose."
David Byrne

Friday, December 14, 2007


i'm in the studio tonight and i'm UNBELIEVABLY excited we're tracking pedal steel guitar, aka my favorite instrument in the universe.

just wanted to let you know.


oh, and Michael Bolton is the iTunes free holiday single of the week. you'll all want to go ahead and grab that.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

what of the halcyon days?

i'm at Halcyon in downtown austin, and what happened to the other half?! it's GONE. i'm all astir, on the gray vinyl couch with bright orange pillows, in front of the window that was the backdrop of the stage; that is, after Ruta Maya closed and they halved the stage and moved it to the front. now they've halved the whole place and there is, alas, no stage. live music capital of the wha??

Friday, December 07, 2007

I know celebrities.

the following folks have visited me in my dreams over the past two weeks, in this order:

Eric Clapton
and, last night, Oprah

Clapton was nice, quiet, likes cheese. Madonna was curt, cold, and her advice to me was to work with only the best (producers, musicians, publicists, bodyguards, etc.). Sting lit one of my poems on fire and told me to "write around the charred parts." Oprah suggested that i institute relaxing rituals in my life, like candle-lit baths.

so, i'll keep you posted. Michael Jackson MUST be on his way...


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sharon Jones on NPR

Sharon Jones and the band leader of the Dap Kings were interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air.

Here's my previous post about seeing Sharon live in Austin.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

New things

my mom left town yesterday with jewels in her wake:

-fresh papaya. strange and wonderful
-melatonin. sleeping through the night is more awesome than i remembered
-french press. the best way to drink coffee after that full night's sleep

and the sold out Mute Math show was awesome.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


My mom is in town and will be at the GRAND HOTEL show on Friday, November 9 at the French Legation Museum 8-10pm. Come show her some Austin love.

Hear GRAND HOTEL on KUT's Austin Music Minute!

and visit us at


THANKS TO THE NEARLY 200 OF YOU WHO CAME TO SEE THE SHOW! We look forward to playing for you again soon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

is there anybody out there

in the midst of studio time. cycling through large and small recording spaces with my guitar and a bundle of papers with lyrics and notes. back to the control room sometimes to talk about what's next.

what's next?
there's a show on thursday. if you're reading this, i hope you can come. for details.

i do wonder, does anybody read this?

anyway, writing things down is how i remember what's going on. some might argue it's not working.

lately i've been contemplating what is my favorite band. i've come to Pink Floyd (with Radiohead a close second).

i'll get some music from the latest recording sessions online as soon as possible.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


i sacrificed some of my hearing to have religious experiences.

-first motorcycle trip. 8am to 8pm. 300 miles. breakfast in marble falls, swimming in the pedernales river, lunch in fredericksburg. topped 120mph.

-first Bassnectar show. Lorin was my mentor from the Dallas Music Lab in '05. dancing at The Parish on 6th street for 3 sweaty nonstop hours of shaking up everything inside me.

Rilo Kiley and The Bird and The Bee tonight (Sunday) at Stubbs. We’ll see if they can satisfy my now-heightened drive for transcendence.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

a show for fans of new-school lady pop singers

Rilo Kiley and The Bird and The Bee this Sunday at Stubb's in Austin.

Eastern Promises?

major music labels/channels/websites cater to the mass audience of lowest common denominator consumers. it seems that Hollywood does the same for film.

with music, i take the time to dig beyond the major label hotties and drivel to search out what i love. i don't have that same drive for movies, so i rarely watch them. recently, however, i was seduced by the hollywood hotties angle and went to see Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises. (after watching the entire movie, that is still a terrible title)

EP is billed as a thriller. it is sometimes intense, but not thrilling. the movie is okay. the acting is INCREDIBLE. without such an amazing cast, this movie would have tanked. it relies too much on the shock factor of full-frontal throat-slitting and misses opportunities to draw the audience into the characters in a gripping way. i never really felt like i was part of the action. i was just watching it in a movie theatre.

it would be a film worth seeing for fans of the actors, though: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, and Vincent Cassel are the headliners. the performances are fantastic.

EP brushes up against the reality of modern slavery. i've recommended the Captive Daughters website here before, but it bears re-recommending.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

in rainbows

oh, RADIOHEAD, let me count the ways...

more great ideas from guys with great ideas.

Monday, September 24, 2007

le premier

hey, look! it's my first (and quite lovely) endorsement en francais at

le monde, il est tout petit.

okay, just one more time

buy your tickets. they will sell out.
Mute Math

Friday, September 21, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007

Erin Ivey Live at Antones

damn, that looks good, doesn't it?

playing at the legendary antone's was incredible. i loved all the bands there and just had a great time. the Sean Calahan Band took first place for their beautiful set of melodic pop. here are some pictures:

with John Pointer, who kindly lent me his guitar and joined me onstage for an a capella version of "Eyes on the Prize"

One of my best friends and biggest fans:

Some people give me their heart to wear on my sleeve... and flowers to throw at me. Well, near me. I highly encourage this.

Thanks to everyone who voted and came out to show support! This has been such a wonderful experience. I am humbled by it and very grateful.

ACL Festival : DAY TWO

highlights from day 2:
Zap Mama - pronounce in your best French accent. the beautiful Marie Daulne is the force behind Zap Mama. with two white-clad backup singers (each amazing in their own right) and a full band, ZM performed an impeccable worldbeat set of urban-american and african grooves with tight, complex vocal harmonies. beautiful in every way.
favorite song from the set: "Bandy Bandy"

Muse - it is no secret that i love Muse. now, though, i am IN LOVE with matthew bellamy, the lead singer/guitarist/pianist/rock god. i mean, in real life, i'm sure he's a bundle of problems, but on stage, he is PERFECT. this show rocked me. how so much sound can come from three guys and an invisible synth handler is beyond me. all i can say is, get a record and turn it up loud, dance around in your underthings with the shades pulled (or however you like to do it). you won't be sorry.
favorite song from the set: "Stockholm Syndrome"

Saturday, September 15, 2007

ACL Festival : DAY ONE

Crowded House - last show of their 6-week US tour promoting the new album, Time on Earth. they played a great mix of new and old songs (including Weather With You, Distant Sun, Locked Out, Don't Dream It's Over, World Where You Live, and Silent House). they sounded good, especially for having played some of those songs a hundred million times. it pains me to admit that CH is from a dated era of pop. i love them all the same. mostly i love neil finn. he had a collection of beautiful guitars with him, like this vintage Gibson:

Favorite Quote: "Thanks, Austin. You're very attractive." -Liam Finn (Neil's son)

M.I.A. - the sri lankan dancehall darling put on the second-most-inspiring show i saw today. i wish i had my camera for this one. it was just her (in a hot pink sweatsuit-type thing), a DJ, and a backup singer/dancer named Cherry. i didn't GET IT before, about MIA... but now i get it. the grooves are infectious, she's all over the stage, and she is constantly connecting with the audience. i loved watching her dance, especially when she and cherry danced in unison. this would be an awesome club show.

Queens of the Stone Age - i was just there because my chair was there and i needed to chill out for a bit. turns out, though, QotSA is not a chill show. i bailed after a few songs, but my brother loved their set "because they rock." i must admit, they had my body moving. it was an unusually hard rock band for ACL and i felt like it should have been later in the day, when the sun went down.

Gotan Project - i'm gonna call it Neo-Tango. French and Argentinian musicians, mostly, in white suits and gowns. classical instruments and a couple of DJs. i'll bet their albums are perfect for a breezy Sunday morning. (i have a friend who didn't like this show. he called it the Gonad Project.)

Bjork - this was the most inspiring show i saw today. it was operatic. there were DJs, a large horn section, costumes, lights, etc... but never at the expense of the music. take all that stuff away and it was still an amazing show. watching bjork is electrifying, but, in the end, she's all about the sounds moving through and around her. her voice has taken a beating over the years, but she is still masterful in using it. her set included Joga, Hidden Place, and Army of Me.

is MUSE the root of the word MUSIC?

Muse plays the Festival tomorrow. I will be there.

Friday, September 14, 2007

4 Steps to Mastering the Austin City Limits Music Festival

1) Carpool - Even if you're taking the bus, waiting in line is a lot more fun with friends. And there will be lines.
2) Set up camp - Decide what stage you will be in front of the most and stake your claim as soon as you arrive. Set up folding chairs and a blanket. You can always venture closer to the stage, but your home base will be there when you need it and everyone comes back to it eventually.
3) Bring binoculars - Best $25 I've ever spent. It's just you and the band in your own little up-close world.
4) Wander - You need to eat anyway and you're sure to hear some amazing music you didn't know you'd love.

As an aside, I advise the ladies tempted to wear platform heels (I saw several) to quiet that insane voice in your head and slip on some flip flops.

Not in Austin? Stream the festival (well, some of it) live... with only slightly annoying video latency.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Austin City Limits Festival Kickoff

i'll be singing at Maggie Mae's on 6th street tomorrow (THURSDAY) from 6-9pm.

come on by, enjoy the courtyard, say hello, have a beverage. so much to do. it will be good.


Link to the Letter

Bob Lefsetz says so much of what I believe about the state of today's music business.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


i have developed some serious artist crushes. and i am playing with them on sunday night at Antone's for the Unsigned Artist Competition finals.

Estrum - "female fronted, progressive, melodic metal"
John Pointer - makes my jaw drop
Sean Calahan - alt. rock

Thursday, September 06, 2007


What a gorgeous night! Thanks to everyone out at Triangle Park this evening. The winner for Best Picnic goes to the folks dining on grapes, fancy cheese, and Chardonnay. Now there's no denying I have classy fans.

(later that night...)
Bryce Clifford rockin it at the Hole in the Wall


playing this evening at Triangle Park:

i played my first song-swap on monday night at latitude 30. thanks to andrea marie for organizing it! this is her, jennie kay, wesley lunsford, and seth forster on electric guitar. (see my guitar up front?)

i'm playing wednesdays at Flipnotics (at the Triangle) this month with nathan hamilton. check out his new album, six black birds, and come see the show. there's nothing you'd rather do on a wednesday and nathan is awesome live.

(all photos taken and used without permission)

special thanks go out to jill and keith, who provided the raw materials for a makeshift guitar strap last night when i couldn't find mine in it's usual place. fletcher did SUCH a fantastic job of making sure it wasn't going to come off that if i ever lose an arm, i want to be brought directly to flipnotics so she can re-attach it for me.

after all that, of course, as i was putting my guitar away, i found the strap in the guitar case. this is typical.

typical also being the current MUTE MATH single... they're on tour now and YOU SHOULD SEE THEM! i just bought my ticket for the austin show. (putting what little money i have where my big mouth is.)


Friday, August 31, 2007


i am back in austin after a wonderful trip to play shows in northern michigan. it is so great to come home with a cleansed palette. i love living here and i love leaving here. i always love to return.

my favorite part was walking in the woods, swimming in the cold freshwater of lake michigan, and watching the sun set from the beach.

speaking of sunsets, the debut performance of GRAND HOTEL will take place on the lawn of the Triangle (4600 Guadalupe, Austin) next Thursday, September 6 at 7-9pm. it is a great place to see music, bring a picnic, dogs, kids, friends... and watch the sun set. i am excited for this show.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Vote for me!


The Recording Conservatory of Austin has ranked me in the Top 25 for their Unsigned Artist Competition!

Please take 30 seconds to select me for the next round (a showcase at Antone's during the Austin City Limits Festival weekend!). The grand prize is professional studio time.

Click here to VOTE NOW from anywhere in the world!


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

roast & toast, i love you.

They have a drink here called the Italian Stallion, which i may soon need intravenously.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Under Pressure

Love's such an old fashioned lie.
Love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night.
Love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves.

--David Bowie

Monday, August 06, 2007

Once in a Lifetime

"This is a once in a lifetime thing," he said, counting up the bloody cuts on my legs and back. I lost my skirt when the raft turned over in the first rapids, but somehow I ended up with one of Tom's flipflops. It's hardly a fair exchange.

Let me advise those of you considering a "float" down the waters of Austin's Greenbelt while the cubic-feet-per-whatever is still high from all the rain this summer...


Leave your rafty innertubes at home and hang out on the rocks at a stationary swimming hole, where you can safely lend a hand
as ladies
with binikis askew
emerge from the water
all black and blue.

(I wasn't using the skin on my knees anyway.)

Monday, July 30, 2007


"I bet I can eat this whole traffic light before the sandwich changes."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

(Part III)

"you know, the Rooty Toot Boot Shoot...
That's whatcha need to do."

Coffeetime with Dave (part II)

Povertina [pov-er-TEE-nuh] n. - the patina of poverty

ex.) my car

Thursday, July 12, 2007

new past

i want a new past
so i'm starting it now
even things i did this morning
are someone else's

Saturday, June 30, 2007


she called me the bright star of her life


(and on my brother's birthday, of all days, thereby confirming that i am, indeed, her favorite)

Friday, June 29, 2007


i don't want anything from someone i have to play games with to get it.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Urban Folk & thrilling trends

to share any space with martha wainwright is thrilling (it's a lovely trend, sharing cyberspaces- see last entry), especially since my co-producer Wayne Miller's band Train Go Sorry is on there, TOO!

-- get 'em at --

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Monday's Austin Music Minute

I went to KUT's website for some contact information and was caught off guard by what I thought must be a hallucination, so I took a screen shot.

To be listed anywhere on the same page as Kelly Willis and Ruthie Foster and be featured on the Austin Music Minute is fabulous.

Friday, June 22, 2007

How appropriate

there is a chocolate bar melted into the floorboard of my car.

(for the record, it wasn't even my chocolate bar. though it's fair to say that now it is.)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

i love austin

Patty Griffin live at Stubbs
Manu Chao live at Stubbs
John Butler live at Waterloo
Ghostbusters shown outside at Central Market
Skinnydipping in the Colorado River
Square dancing -- we threw it down fourth grade style

Friday, June 15, 2007

CD at Waterloo

Austinites can buy the new CD, The 11th Floor, at Waterloo Records. Upcoming in-store performances by Spoon, Kelly Willis, Menomena, and free beer from St. Arnolds...

Thursday, June 14, 2007


"I still have the smell of death in my nose."

-Dave McClinton

Friday, June 01, 2007

feel it

"After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible, is music."

-Aldous Huxley

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

coming back home

after a lot of time on the road, i'm almost home. stuck in chicago, which is to be expected. here are some pictures...

portland underground

muir woods

san francisco

san diego


Thursday, May 03, 2007

More Proof That God Loves Us

Crowded House Reunite

UPDATE! Crowded House will be at the Austin City Limits Festival in September!
i can hardly contain myself.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

FEWER, people... FEWER!

here are a few great reasons to go on a media fast, all rolled into one advertisement:

30 Rock

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


on a walk around the neighborhood, gorgeous evening, glass of wine, cute boy drives by (slow motion). i recognize him and wave, somehow punching myself in the chin with my cellphone and then letting it go crashing onto the street. cute boy runs over my cell phone with his car and voila! i am again left to pick up the pieces. shortest typical relationship ever.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Top 100

Click here for a worthwhile Top 100 pop songs of 2006, compiled by a guy in the UK.

I love how he refers to the Dave Matthews Band below:

Monday, March 26, 2007


okay, so my Fact of the Day video venture was a bust, but it gave me a great appreciation for the time and effort that goes into producing such a thing. i'll leave it to the professionals and stick to making music.

speaking of which, if anyone hasn't seen Prince's Live from Las Vegas DVD, please take the time to do so. i've been watching/listening/dancing to it while unpacking my things in austin and it is fabulous.

lastly, the new record is going to be mastered early-to-mid April by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, Cursive). it will be available early May. i look forward to sharing it with you!


Thursday, March 22, 2007

i live under a rock

so, it usually takes some time for news to break through... but BRAD DELP... CHARCOAL??? seriously...

Boston's debut self-titled album is still one of my favorites. it practically raised me.

it's okay, brad, i still love you.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007


i drove with my brother from illinois to austin and was so happy to be back in the land of margaritas, i unwrapped my toothbrush and smothered it in face soap...

(i like margaritas better)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Random Facts Video Series

Afraid of the camera, but facing it anyway to bring you much random silliness throughout the month of March. Perfect for when you're at work, but don't want to.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007

in the studio

photos by eric wimberly

the band

Andy Uppendahl (drums), Wayne Miller (bass/engineering), Kevin O'Loughlin (guitar)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

truth in movement

"That driving force of God that plunges through me is what I live for."

Martha Graham
(with whose idea of the "Pelvic House of Truth" i am now entranced)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Free Patty Griffin

NPR interviewed Patty Griffin recently for All Songs Considered. They're also streaming a few tracks from the forthcoming album HERE.


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Some Pictures

The Studio

Menomena at The Crystal Ballroom

Ron Sexmith at The Doug Fir

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Pre-production has begun!

Today I started pre-production for The 11th Floor album, one week since arriving in Portland. I've been blessed to find amazing collaborators amazingly quickly. We went through a lot of my demos this afternoon, sketching out orchestrations and arrangements, solidifying the vision for the album. It's gonna be good. I think my camera is being delivered tomorrow, so I'll get some pictures up here soon.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hello from Portland, Oregon!

My first time in the Northwest. What took me so long? I like new places.

Annapolis left me with a stomach flu, Austin left me with a sinus infection. What will I pick up in Portland? I'm keeping my fingers crossed for syphilis. (It's so sneaky... and it's just a word i like to use.)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007