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Sushi Rice and Algebra


While I've been making sushi at home for years and years, I've never really nailed down a definitive rice-to-water ratio. Granted, there's a lot that goes into awesome sushi rice apart from the actual cooking -- things that include, but are not limited to how long the rice is soaked or rinsed before[...]
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Post-April Round Up

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I had a super fun time playing guitar with Gamelan Galak Tika, this past month! Thanks to all of the nice people from the ensemble and everyone else I met along the way. [caption id="attachment_535" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="With Gamelan Galak Tika at Alice Tully Hall."][/caption][...]
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Beautiful Weekend Record Out Today!

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Beautiful Weekend's first full-length record, HOLY HYPE!, is officially out today on Peacock Recordings! It's available for digital download at, like, all of the places you buy digital music. The CD [and/or the digital download] can be purchased directly from us through our Bandcamp page. [...]
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Beautiful Weekend in the Boston Globe and Boston Phoenix

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The people over at the Boston Globe were nice enough to mention us in this article in advance of last night's CD release show and the Boston Phoenix has chosen our song "Treasure Trolls" as Mp3 of the Week this week. Our new record, HOLY HYPE!, comes out everywhere this Tuesday. You can order it[...]
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Hecka-Performances This Week — Starting Tonight


So, check it: 1. I'll be playing guitar with Gamelan Galak Tika this Friday in the second of four performances of Evan Ziporyn's Tire Fire that are taking place this month. This show is happening at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA. Other shows: 4/20 Phillips Academy in Andover, [...]
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Beautiful Weekend on WBUR!

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Last week, Noell and I stopped by WBUR for a chat and mini-ish on-air performance with Radio Boston's Adam Ragusea. The show airs today at 3pm on 90.9FM -- or you can stream it "worldwide at wbur.org," as I once heard someone say. Update: The audio to this dealie can be found here![...]
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Beautiful Weekend CD Available for Pre-Order

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Beautiful Weekend's forthcoming full-length, Holy Hype!, comes out April 17th on Peacock Recordings! It's currently available for pre-order from our Bandcamp page, digitally or on CD. You can also pick up the CD at the release show on April 14th at [...]
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April Performances Bring May Rent


I'm happy to report that I'll be joining Evan Ziporyn and MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika for four performances of Evan's piece "Tire Fire" in April. Shows are: 4/5: UMass Lowell 4/13: MIT (Cambridge, MA) 4/20: Philips Academy (Andover, MA) 4/28: Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Concert, Alice Tul[...]
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Beautiful Weekend Full-Length on the Way


We've put the first two songs from our upcoming album Holy Hype! up on our Bandcamp page. The record will be out April 17th on Peacock Recordings.[...]
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Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay


I just finished up the music for Sara Ebrahimi's short documentary Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay, which will be debuting this spring at Rooftop Films in NYC. Thanks a bundle to Nikan Milani for the Persian music lesson! [...]