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Squatters’ Rites


So, my pal, comic artist and homeowner Liz Prince, made the trip to Boston from the snowy hinterlands of Portland, Maine a few weeks ago and landed in my living room for a hang/screening of Gremlins.

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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.

The actual helping hand of my pal Scott.

Me and “Me and Bobby McGee”


I don’t consider myself to be a Janis Joplin fan. I don’t dislike Janis Joplin; I just kind of don’t really consider her. The only reason she’s even on my musical radar is that I’m a Willie Nelson fan, which means that I’m ambiently aware of Kris Kristofferson and Kris Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” a version of which was, of course, sung by Janis Joplin.

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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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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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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 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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John Cage Score


While attending a cook-out* at my friend Craig's house this past Saturday to celebrate his total triumph at the deCordova Sculpture Park earlier that day, he pulled out a hand-written John Cage score, composed in 1955 (or, at the very least, gifted in 1955) for a co-worker/friend of his, sculptor Da[...]