Thursday, May 29, 2014

June shows!

Hope your days are warm and bright!  I am excited to see y'all out and about again soon.

Early in June, I'll be in NYC for private shows.  You can stay in touch with those adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter...  as a friend calls them, "anti-social media."  Ha! 

Then will be back in Austin for two special performances. 

Sunday, June 15 - Soul of a Musician series at Spicewood Tavern
Free show!  Intimate solo performance with interview and discussion.  Family friendly, very cool.  Come for dinner and drinks.  Show starts promptly at 7:30pm.  Here's a link to the series' Facebook page with more details.

Saturday, June 28 - Soul Track Mind anniversary party at The Parish
This full band show will be off the chain!  Y'all come!!  


There are always more shows!  Check out the full schedule at  


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Marley, Morrissey, and meat

Two great shows last weekend!  Stephen Marley's band backed up the supporting acts, his son Jo Mersa Marley and the AMAZING Wayne Marshall.  The 2 backup singers were right on, the band sounded so tight.  It was transcendent.  Now I'm totally digging Wayne Marshall's album - especially this song where the hook is sung by Wayne's 8-year-old son:

I do wish that Stephen had played more of his original music in place of several of his dad's songs, but overall it was a good mix and the band totally killed.

And then there was Morrissey.  I didn't fanface out for him like I did for Stephen Marley, where I got to the Mohawk early and staked out a spot right in front.  It's no secret that I don't love the Austin Music Hall.  There's really no comparison between those 2 venues in any respect.

We did manage to make it pretty close to the stage, though, way over on the right side near the guitarist.  The band was all wearing t-shirts that said "FANCY MAN" and they were great.  During "Meat is Murder" there was a video played on the screen behind the band.  It showed animals being "processed" and tortured in farm facilities and feedlots.  It was heart-wrenching.

The song ended about a minute before the video.  Morrissey turned around in silence and watched the rest of the video with his arms crossed, back to the audience.  People of course started yelling things like "play music, man!" and "I need a hamburger!"  Most people were respectful though, and applauded in approval when Morrissey turned back around.

So now I'm a vegetarian.  Seriously, that video was insane.  I've been researching where to find humanely raised and "finished" animals for my family.

Here is a great article:  Guide to Buying Humanely-Produced Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products

It's fascinating to see (armchair etymologists out there!!?) the use of the word "humane" has steadily declined over the past 200 years.

Let's bring it back into style, shall we?

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or recommendations, recipes or otherwise.  Thanks!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

St. Vincent, etc.

Ahhhhh, there it is.  I'd expected it much sooner, but it took St. Vincent's SNL performance to inspire the backlash of WTF confusion about the music on her new self-titled album.  

Broadly, St. Vincent (the album) is a unique commentary on personal and cultural transformation and our relationship with modern technology.

Annie Clark sings and plays her soul out.  This is my favorite album right now.  I've been spinning it nonstop on repeat for weeks.  It might be an acquired taste, but it's totally worth checking out.

A good intro is to see her play the songs at an AMEX UNSTAGED DVF fashion show.  Here's my favorite from that night.  It led me down the rabbit hole.

Incidentally, another amazing album with similar themes - expressed though a completely different sound - is Mind Control by Stephen Marley.

Both of these inspiring artists are making groundbreaking music while authentically honoring their predecessors and influences. They are 2 of my favorites EVER and they are both on tour now:

Stephen Marley comes to Austin next week, May 23 at The Mohawk.  St. Vincent comes to the Frank Erwin Center on December 19, 2014 supporting The Black Keys.

See y'all there!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The ghost of Elizabeth Fraser

Good news, fellow Cocteau Twins fans!  There's a slew of new voices reminiscent of our beloved Elizabeth Fraser.  Here are just a couple.

Feel free to become totally enamored with Lucius and Phantogram

Who else??  Please tell me if I'm missing something wonderful.

Monday, May 05, 2014


I love you
And as the sun rises and sets each day
so I will love you

Rest your burdens on my lap and I will comb them from your hair
We will see beyond them so easily together
You and I
Will raise castles and fortresses with our gaze

Make of my love a vessel for your dreams
Let me be a mirror that you hold to see into your own eyes
Even as they are my eyes

Blessed be our love
Our hands holding and working
Turning the soil in the sun

Harvesting by the moonlight
Living until the life beyond this one we now know
Until we climb to the top of the mountain and see the horizon together again.