My September 11 story is of no particular interest to anybody. September 12, neither.
But then there was September 13.
I was living in Portland, Oregon in 2001, and playing in a band called The Tritium Miracle. One of our first gigs – possibly our very first, even – was scheduled for [...]
I managed to time my brief interval in Los Angeles on this US tour to the landing of FYF Fest, featuring Guided By Voices, Explosions in the Sky, and the Descendents. On paper, this sounds like a no brainer, but there was the festival’s history, in which last year’s fiasco (many angry reviews here [...]
I started playing in a band again.
The band is called New Natives. You can hear some songs on our Facebook page, if you like to hear live recordings with me playing drums, or on our Myspace page, which has older recordings prior to my arrival. I’ve been playing in the band for [...]
I feel like a pretentious, unlikable person for even saying this, but here goes: these days, I’m mostly listening to music from Africa and Latin America. Or, as some people might call it, “world music”.
Just saying it, I cringe, and imagine people seeing me like Ian (Tim Robbins) in HIGH FIDELITY, who [...]
Like many NAPpers – or at least Conor – I’ve been enraptured with Sharon Van Etten’s Epic, a 7-song mini-album of rare beauty and uncomfortable emotional honesty. I can’t start talking about, say, “A Crime” without getting very embarrassing very quickly, so just put it on in the background as we go on:
So I will be playing the part of Conor this week. Hi, strangers.
As befits playing the part of Conor, I am running late on my promised delivery of my column, in part because I spaced and in part because my original topic which was planned for this week fell through. It was to [...]
Hi strangers. Hope you’ve been doing well. I pop in and out, not as in as often as I like. Things have been busy. Wednesday, I still have music to send you. It’s like that. I am working on it.
I am currently based out of Dunedin, working on a show about the toque [...]
Hi there. I’m posting for Conor tonight, here in Chicago, where it’s technically midnight so therefore Monday. I’m on a porch with Conor, Kilian, and our frequent commenter Ignatius. Why am I posting instead of Conor if we’re both here at the same time? Good question.
Anyway, I missed Saturday entirely, but of [...]
This is my last regular post for the Nonalignment Pact. It’s been a good run, but it’s probably been obvious for the last couple months that the well is running dry in all senses: my reservoirs of time, ideas, passion, and inspiration. So it’s time to step down and let some fresh blood in. [...]
So Saturday was music appreciation night in Auckland. Perhaps that phrase should be capitalized, as it refers to a recurring event, pioneered by my flatmate, wherein several folk bring music to play for others based around a theme. Each person gets a turn to play a track, and the rotation continues as long as [...]