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New Music Alert!


I'm PSYCHED to report that today, Don't Ever Lie To Anyone—my long time live-music collaboration with Jordyn Bonds—is releasing our first ever recording! The song "Fall in Circles" is the first of five tracks that we'll be releasing one-by-one over the next few weeks/months. While we s[...]
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AI and Me and You and The Beatles


On May 7th, I received an email from my friend, Ryan Walsh asking me if I had any thoughts on this article for a piece he was writing for Stereogum. The good news was that I definitely had thoughts; the bad new was that I had ten-jillion of them, which, of course, is just too many thoughts for a [...]
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The Longest Year


Last year, I scored a short, autobiographical documentary by the filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman called “The Longest Year,” which is currently streaming on line through October 15th as part of the New England Online Film Festival.

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Two New EPs


Today, I’m releasing two companion-EPs into the world.

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Let’s Talk About Love


I think it’s fair to say that each of us can look back on our childhood(s) and remember times when we did our dang best to make sense of something, but, due to our limited understanding and experience with the world, just couldn’t put the pieces together correctly.

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My Friend BJ


  Here’s a story about my friend BJ, which I’ll call: BJ Warshaw and How Life Works SometimesI met BJ while living in Brooklyn, NY in the year 2000. We were both music/band-people and we met through other, mutual music/band-people-friends. Fifteen years later, BJ is still a mus[...]
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On [the] Battlestar Galactica [Mini-Series]


[caption id="attachment_1133" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bataille de l'Astre Galactique[/caption] Introductory, Biographical Note While I love science fiction, I wouldn't call my self a science-fiction PERSON. That is to say, if I were invited to a science-fiction themed movie night, I'[...]
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Retrofret


[caption id="attachment_1105" align="alignleft" width="158"] 1866 Torres[/caption] A couple of days ago, I had the chance to play a classical guitar made by the hella-master-builder Antonio de Torres courtesy of Retrofret in Brooklyn, NY. It's the first and only guitar I've ever played with a[...]
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It’s My Birthday Today


Beautiful Weekend, my project with Noell Dorsey, started years ago as an Olive Grain cover band. Olive Grain was a duo, one-half of which was my friend Craig Colorusso. Their only release contained six songs, the second of which, "Lily," I listen to every year on my birthday. [...]
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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[...]