7 Down 2 To Go

7 Down 2 To Go

Hey friends. Hope you had a great weekend especially if you went to Bamboo Jamboo. I heard it was an amazing festival and the performances were top notch. So bummed I couldn’t make it this year but prior commitments kept me up north until early Sunday morning.

The funny thing is as I was waking up Sunday morning to get ready for rehearsal an idea for a song came with me as I woke up from full REM sleep and became conscious and aware. I remember dreaming and humming this line then slowly going from that to realizing it was time to get up and actually start moving in the really real world. Luckily I was able to figure the line out and record it real quick before it was gone forever. There is a nice little stock pile of ideas building up that will be revisited and crafted into new compositions once this last stretch of 2014 shows have been played. Looking forward there is a lot of writing and experimenting to do with new material and perspectives. Keeping it fresh is mandatory.

During the rehearsal on Sunday we were able to finish arranging another new piece and name it. That is a small victory of sorts. Sometimes new compositions just wait until you stop thinking about it before an appropriate title comes out of nowhere and puts the icing on the cake. Granted it’s been a month or two at least but what are you going to do? I’d much rather have songs without a title then a title without a song. We’ll just play that one song. You know which song I mean right? How does it go again? You’ll just have to come to a show to see if we break out the new china live over the next few weeks. There is a pretty good chance that might happen. You just never know.

Before heading back late Sunday afternoon circumstances lead me to a Korg 61 key for piano and clavinet sounds. I had been thinking about adding a lighter board with more sounds for a while. It’s a sweet little board that is right at home over the Hammond and the MM6. It will make its debut on Saturday night October 4th at the Volstead on Adams St in downtown Jacksonville for the 2nd annual Jacksonville Original Music Festival. We’re playing at 10 pm but will be hanging about most of the afternoon and evening. Come on down we still have a handful of pre-sale tickets available if you’re in the area. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather and another great original music festival. The good people at the SSA have been working so hard to pull everything together so please make an appearance and support original music at the venues all over downtown Jacksonville.

Finally we got some more mixes in yesterday and are given them a thorough listen this week. We’re getting closer to setting a release date as the final details are being checked off. There is still a bit of coding to be done for the site but we are very close as there are only two tracks left for us to sign off on. I’ve come to realize that things take as long as they take to come to fruition. It’s hard to decide if just moving past a certain point is more important than the point itself. For right now enjoying the process and the output is enough.

The first batch of songs are a mix of tracks originally written years ago that have been molded into what they are today and songs written after this project got started and we had built a process to create stuff. How many years? In some cases we’re talking about ideas that were decades old that just wouldn’t go away. Cuts aged like fine wine in contrast to ideas that came about organically trying out new things to see what was possible are about to drop as our first release.

We’ll see you Saturday night at the Volstead. Until then or the next post, all the best!

Isn’t That Interesting…

 

Hey everybody. We hope you’re doing well. A lot of cool stuff has been going on lately and here is the recap and the road map.

First a thank you to the good people that braved the weather last Thursday night and come out to the Brink for our performance at Collective Culture. Despite the rain that started as soon as I left the house to get down to the venue and the lake in the parking lot that had to be traversed to get the gear on stage, it was a blast. Noah Coffman took some great pics of us making funny faces while playing. The artists were amazing and had some great work on display at the show. Thanks to Chris McShane for inviting us to play and the rest of the acts for joining in on the fun. Check the calendar friends and catch one of these Collective Culture events. The Brink is a really nice venue and good times await you there. Yes they even have a stage!

Next we go from a venue we hadn’t played at in Orlando to a venue we haven’t played in Jacksonville for the 2nd Annual Jacksonville Original Music Festival. We’re scheduled to play at 10pm at the Volstead on Saturday October 4th. I particularly love these original music festivals because they bring such a diverse group of talent from all over the state and put it on display. You can literally walk from stage to stage and take in some great original music from any genre that peaks your interest. Get the performance schedule and some tickets and check out some great music all day long next weekend. Tickets are $15 the day of the show or you can email us at meiuuswe@gmail.com for a sick deal that gets you a ticket to JOMF, a meiuuswe t-shirt, and a meiuuswe sticker for $6 while supplies last.

Third we got some of the sample mixes in and our first record will be done sometime before the end of the year. It won’t be a secret when 9 of our original tracks are available for your listening enjoyment on the site. It has been a long process but it is so worth it when you crank one of your tunes and the low end bumps while the Hammond wails over some tasty beats. We appreciate Omar for his hard work getting the session loaded and mixing the tracks. Be on the lookout as the audio is coming like winter or just the less hot Florida season.

Normally this is where I would sign off but the goods just kept coming. We’ve added another show in October this week. We’ll be bringing da flavor to the Votelando Festival on October 25th. The event is from noon to 10pm at the Discount Music Center 3301 Gardenia Ave. Most people don’t know that I’m a political junkie that watches more C-SPAN than a human should be allowed to so when I read the invite for this gig I was excited. In addition to a killer lineup of acts there will be discussions and information sharing from community leaders and activists to inform the public about important issues and voter registration before the election next month. It doesn’t matter what your political leanings are. I feel what matters is being involved and informed to make good decisions about the people elected to represent you and ultimately vote on matters that will have an impact on your day to day life. Did I mention this is a free event?

Votelando Acts
Kaleigh Baker
The Legendary JC’s
Milka
funkUs
Jayma And Dalex
Drew Yardis
Phraydoe Peans & The FamilyGang
Palmer Reed
The Groove Orient
Groove Trunk
Paddington Ambush
Bloody Jug Band
Dan Taylor
Tears Of A Tyrant
Root of All
Clutch City
Rodger Corvet
Live Hart
and more!

Finally to finish here are all of our dates coming up before the holiday chaos ensues. We hope to see you out and about. Until then thanks for the support. As always we appreciate you coming out to our shows, signing up for the blog, following us on Twitter, and liking the Facebook page.

10/04 JOMF
10/18 Peacock Room w/ Bengali 600
10/24 Red Lion Pub w/ Leisure Chief & Serotronic
10/25 Votelando Festival
11/02 Backbooth w/ Fly Moon Royalty

Where is my mind?

There isn’t much that could have made Labor Day weekend any better. Umphrey’s McGhee and the Heavy Pets had great sets Saturday night in Orlando at the House of Blues and Sunday evening in St. Pete at Jannus Live. Seeing people you haven’t seen in a while is always a plus but add that too two nights of amazing music provided by two top tier bands and that makes for a pretty epic time. The cherry on top was catching a copy of the set list that Brendan threw from the stage at the House of Blues. The young ones don’t know about boxing out apparently so I was able to claim the prize with no lift what so ever. Times like those I revert to my adolescent fan boy state like it was 1991 and I was at the first Lollapalooza watching Jane’s Addiction.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Umphrey’s again in November at the Bear Creek Festival. The festival lineup is ridiculous this year and the ticket prices are really reasonable for the caliber of talent being brought in. Acts include Umphrey’s McGhee,  Soulive, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, Nth Power, and a whole lot more so shut your front door. You won’t regret getting the details about Bear Creek and making the trip to Suwannee Nov 18th – 21st!

While things have been no more random or busy than usual, the frequency seems to be increasing. New material and ideas seem to be everywhere including the checkout line at Publix. I went there to get the usual 3 things I always get and came out with an idea. After racing home I was able to record the new piece before it was lost forever.  Literally the other night I walked out to the porch and within 60 seconds had a couple of riffs together for another song that we later arranged and solidified into a full composition.

Practice over the rest of the catalog while preparing for the gig at Collective Culture has been interesting. New stuff kept coming up for some of the more mature material which we’ve incorporated into the arrangements for performances. Circumstances have been quite exciting creatively as of late. The real challenge is coming up with titles for the new material. Back in the day the title for a new track would come out of the lyrics if there were any or a piece was so old that it already had a name. Now the music writes itself without demanding a name. I guess we’ll just have to name the songs after people that like the band or assign them a bar code. Good grief.

In other news, a new show has been added. The details will be announced over the next few weeks as we get closer to some of the other dates already on the books. I get excited about every show but this particular gig has a little extra kick. Things have worked out to where we’re playing in different parts of town with different kinds of groups and to me that is particularly awesome. So pick your date and come hang with us at one or all of them.

If you’re in the Jacksonville area, we’ll be heading your way in a few weeks for JOMF. The bill this year is of the hook and the tickets are in. We’re running the same special while supplies last for presale JOMF tickets. $6 gets you a ticket to the Jacksonville Original Music Festival with more than 100 acts playing all day Saturday October 4th, a meiuuswe t-shirt, and one of our stickers. Yes that is a ridiculous deal you should take advantage of sooner rather than later by emailing meiuuswe@gmail.com. The first draft of the schedule has been posted and we’re slated to play 10:00pm at the Volstead.

JOMF Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1438951149712315/

Before we head up the interstate to hit Jax we have some pressing business to attend to Thursday night at the Brink. Another band, A Wolf in the City, has been added to the lineup as well as some fashion vendors. That’s four bands, live art displays, fashion vendors, your friends, a killer venue, and all the creative juice you can handle in one evening. We have free tickets for this gig still available until 7:59:59 pm the night of the show. Email us and let us know how many tickets you need at meiuuswe@gmail.com. We’ll see you this Thursday night at 8pm!