I’d like to introduce you all to a nifty new blog called Liquid Sunshine, which is the online journal of Future of Music Coalition Events Organizer, Chhaya Kapadia. She quite plainly rules. Her writing is smart and funny, with a dose of old-fashioned sweetness. Much like Chhaya herself! Anyway, there are only a couple of posts up right now, but I’m sure we can expect more, considering she leads a pretty action-packed life. Well, compared to me, anyway.
In other exciting news, I’ve finished with my new record, which is called Northern Lights. It took me forever, mostly due to laziness. Perfectionism, however unrealized, also conspired against me. It’s a little woofy on the low end in spots, but I don’t feel like remastering it right now. If it turns out I can’t live with it — which could easily happen — I might give it another go.
Next up, I send it to Jebson for comment, then to Jay, so he can get a sense of what the artwork should be like. After that, I plan to give away the whole record, in MP3 form, right here. It will also be up for sale at iTunes and eMusic, and you should eventually even be able to stream it at Rhapsody. Probably won’t bother with a CD. Feel free to e-mail me (button at top left) for more info.
As I previously mentioned, Northern Lights is (loosely) inspired by Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials novels. Stylistically, it’s a grab bag, but it has an overall rockin’ feel. The last stuff I released was of the hushed, saddoe variety, with a few artsy/electronic flourishes. This thing owes more to classic rock, which, I must confess, is kind of embarrassing. I’ve basically outed myself big time. There’s no way I can pretend to be an envoy of the avant-garde after this. Oh well. At least there’s a few bitchin’ solos.
What else is goin’ on? We finally saw The Orphanage (El Orfanto) yesterday, which I can’t recommend enough, especially if you’re a Guillermo del Toro fan. (He produced it; Juan Antonio Bayona directed.) It’s something of a companion piece to del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo) — both have a thing for dead kids and eerie architecture. I’m rarely affected by so-called scary movies, but The Orphanage made me jump several times. Take that as a warning, if you’re a fraidy-pants.
I think we’re gonna try to catch Persepolis today. ‘Cause tomorrow it’s back to the grind.