It’s been 2 years already?

It’s been 2 years already?

Khaki Black

A funny thing happened on the way to our 2 year anniversary. I didn’t realize we had reached that milestone until I started working on the post for the Will’s Pub 19th anniversary celebration going down the whole month of September. That schedule of events is out of hand and I strongly recommend getting your body to the venue and enjoying the festivities as much as possible. Get the details here.

This thing we do started in August 2012. Patrick and I started jamming, recording, writing, and arranging original material from the jump after deciding to do this project. Trying to find something unique and challenging artistically wasn’t very hard as a duo writing original material. Ideas and demos had been piling up for a while. We developed a process to go through the surplus and pick out stuff that we wanted to turn into a more defined compositions.

Some pieces made it through the process in one piece as originally created like Church Perot. Other pieces were rearranged and developed into something completely different that ended up being more interesting than the original idea like Eazy Stew. We would mess around during rehearsals and out of nowhere write something new on the spot that would over time become another piece of original material. Khaki Black, Keep It Tight, and Moving Manhattan came out of playing in the rehearsal space and putting ideas together as the tracks matured. The process to write, refine, and ultimately preform the original material we created is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of this project for me.

After writing a bunch of tunes it was time to think about recording to release them. How should we record? Where should we record? How should we approach the mixing and mastering process? What DAW software should we use? How are we going to release the record once it is done? Deciding how to do what you have decided to do can be the ultimate challenge for your patience. We started recording material to release about a year ago and have had to contend with busy schedules and logistics. The upside is that we’ve been able to advance the ball and the material is currently being mixed as I type this. Since getting the music out is kind of the point, once the material is ready we will make it readily available for you. Hopefully we’ll be able to run the gauntlet and release some goodies this year.

We’re already planning to do some cool stuff in year three. Our hope is to play more and in places we haven’t been in addition to getting more music out there for people to check out and enjoy. Since you never know what the future holds, when you get a little wiser you really start to appreciate the opportunities to do the things you’re passionate about because you never know when circumstances will change and throw all your plans out the window. Kids, jobs, relationships, and the day to day all impact how much time and energy you have to pursue the things that are important to you. I’ve found those things to be unbelievably inspirational when creating new material despite the chaotic nature and random challenges they can put in front of you that make you want to scream sometimes. Somehow the disc just keeps spinning and a way to take the next step to progress presents itself.

Being in this project has been a lot of fun. I love making and listening to music more now than I did when I started playing instruments so many years ago and had no idea what the Meters or McCoy Tyner had contributed to the rich history of music. That is in no small part due to the ability to create in a very open situation where trying any and everything is the process to create something interesting built upon a substantive groove while drawing on all of our influences.

To appreciate the past, enjoy the present, and look toward the future, we’ll be performing at a new local concert series that happens Thursday nights at the Brink Orlando downtown on September 18th. This Collective Culture event is as diverse as one would imagine by the name. We’ll be sharing the night with Carly Jo Jackson and the Honeyslides about which I’m very excited since I’ve heard nothing but great things about both of these acts and look forward to checking them out. If that wasn’t enough there will be live art created on site by Paul Columbus and Jenny Friedland during the show. The doors open at 8pm and every indication points to a really great evening. For limited time while supplies last you can email us at meiuuswe@gmail or message us on our Facebook page to get a pre-sale ticket, a t-shirt and a sticker for $6. Yes you read that right $6.

Finally we thank you very much for checking out our site, clicking the like button on our Facebook page, following @meiuuswe on twitter, or coming out to one of our gigs in the flesh. We appreciate that you spend some of your precious time with us and look forward to hanging out with you and playing for you in the very near future.

This just in…

So the details are in about our next gig. We’ll be celebrating our 2nd anniversary by playing at the Brink Orlando on September 18th with Carly Jo Jackson and the Honeyslides for the new Thursday night Collective Culture series. Doors open at 8 pm.

We’ll be returning to the duo format for this show and are really looking forward to another chance to perform. There is no telling what tunes we’ll pull out of the playbook for this one or where the tunes will go in the moment.

This lineup has you covered no matter what type of music is in your playlist. It’s the full spectrum from singer songwriter to full on two guitar soulful rock to our instrumental funky jazz musings. Collective culture on the real getting on the get down.

RSVP here

We’re offering a great deal for this event. Get a ticket, a t-shirt, and a sticker for $6 while supplies last by contacting us at or our Facebook page to get the hookup. $10 at the door on the day of the show so save some money and get some swag!

6 Show Weekly Playlist 8/26 – 9/1

So far the first two weeks of the series has yielded a 7 show playlist. We’ll have to wait and see how long that streak continues. I think finding a quality show on a Monday will be a challenge. There are only a few venues that have something regularly scheduled for Monday nights. This is yet another reason to loath the beginning of the work week. It will be interesting to determine if indeed a full 7 nights of awesome live music occurs on a regular basis. So the series will be for 6 nights with the possibility of a bonus cool happening when Monday Night Football isn’t very interesting and there is something worth going out to see and hear.

This topic idea came from a random conversation about what is going on in live music on a regular basis around the state and the need to find some new music that is interesting and refreshing to check out. It is an interesting discussion to have when others don’t know what you normally gravitate towards musically and turn you on to something you really enjoy.

There are so many acts and venues out there in the universe that a great show could be missed simply because the notice about the gig failed to get in front of your eyes early enough for you to decide to go and make the necessary arrangements. That is so frustrating. Whether it is missing an older group out on the road again after a long break or not knowing that a group someone told you about that you want to check out is playing somewhere nearby is the worst. The silver lining is that there will be another day and another show. It is a good problem to have that there is more out there to discover than one has the time to look for.

It appears that as one acquires more responsibility that going to live music events or just enjoying music occurs less frequently because of other time constraints and commitments. There is a lot less time to do the stuff you want to do because you’re doing the stuff you feel you have to do. Despite that fact somehow the music endures. People still create something genuine and authentic regardless of the outcome. Musicians decide to create material that doesn’t sound like everybody else that has garnered commercial success because the view and hear the world differently than the preapproved mass produced blueprint.

There are a lot of problems in the world and the only constant in life is change. Yet somehow people still decide to get together to hear something live and loud in hope of finding that feeling they felt at some earlier point in their life that gave them goose bumps. That feeling that you were connected to an escape from the structure of day to day drudgery. That feeling when you started to feel your face melt because what you were hearing was blowing the doors off of everything that came before that moment. That feeling that someone else understood and was expressing your perception about life in just the perfect way. I often wonder if people consciously think about that when the step into a venue and wait for the show to start. Is there some deeper meaning or are they there because a buddy had an extra ticket and they had to do something with their free time?

I meet people all the time that have forgotten having ever felt that feeling. They say they are too busy to hear anything or they say they don’t listen to music anymore. There are some who say they don’t even like music. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, whenever I hear something like that I always feel like I have a secret and it is not for the uninitiated due to the fact it will disturb the perfect order cocoon created to protect them from the unknown and exciting, also known as life. Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone or so the meme goes.

Being punctual and perfect is a worthy goal. Somehow balance requires you to stay up late and eat something you aren’t supposed to from time to time just to stay human. Every chance is worth taking because you never know what is going to be epic. Life is messy and everyone has gotten some on their shirt at some point. If there was ever a time to get some on your shirt, this week’s show playlist would be a good reason. Normally I wouldn’t suggest seeing the same band two nights in a row but Umphrey’s McGee would be one of the bands where an exception is required. I caught them the last time they came to Orlando and performed at the Plaza. I had heard the name but never put the name with any recordings nor had I seen them live. That was the best show I have ever seen without a doubt. So if you don’t know I hope you can find a ticket and get a chance to catch their live show this weekend. It is amazing.

The shows in the playlist are there because I think there is a very good chance you’ll hear something that will make you happy you went and supported something creative. Music is so important. We put everything to music for a reason. Regardless of what people are into activity wise, I find it hard not to find a soundtrack setting the mode or pumping people up.

Live moments are where the rubber meets the road. Another chance to discover or rediscover something rare and monumental is presented every time someone counts to 4 and starts a song. Get there early and often!

8/26 Bishop Allen @ Burro Bar
8/27 Evan Taylor Jones @ Tanqueray’s
8/28 Pather Camp, Rushmore, Awesome And The Asskickers @ Backbooth
8/29 The New Earth Project, Quantum X, Jupiter Groove, Three of a Mind, Fuzz Lightyear @ West End
8/30 Umphrey’s McGee @ HOB
8/31 Umphrey’s McGee @ Janus Live
9/01 Horizon @ Tanqueray’s