Sunday, September 28, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008


We got a nice review in Signal to Noise, the self-described "Quarterly Journal of Improvised, Experimental and Unusual Music."

They call The Glowing City "glorious orchestral pop at its finest yet with a raw edge and world-weary insistence rather than faux-naif glee." They describe Bright Blue Dream thusly: "...merges West Coast jangle and Klaus Schulze's speaker-phasing into something that would make any early 90's shoe-gazer implode.

I scanned the review, you can look at it here:

In other news, we will be playing the main stage tomorrow at the Pecan Street Festival at 5pm, with two of our guys missing. Should be interesting. It's a free show, maybe we'll see you there? Last time we did the fest, we played to an empty street corner and 4 garbage cans and actually really enjoyed it.

After us, this guy named Tommy Tutone is going to play the main stage. He sang that famous song "867-5309" aka "Jenny, I Got Your Number." I saw him perform the song this morning on Fox News, which just happened to be on as I arrived to work.

He described the song's origin on the show. Jenny was a girl who gave her number to his guitar player. He wrote it on a bathroom wall. The band had a laugh.

And here we are, 27 years later, and he's still playing the song.

Tommy Tutone was seated and wearing sunglasses and performing the song solo acoustic. His performance didn't get me terribly excited for their set, but maybe they have some other tunes.

Friday, September 12, 2008



I was scheduled to visit Chicago tomorrow and play some music, but the visit has been complicated by a few factors:

1) nobody else in the band can come
2) my car doesn't work
3) a bus ticket is $250 and the 24hour ride back would mean I miss a 2week work assignment at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
4) my family is celebrating 3 birthdays all together this weekend.

Still, I'd been holding out until the last minute, as is my wont, hoping to make it up there somehow. It won't happen.

I sincerely apologize to The Beat Kitchen, the city of Chicago, and most of all to the Nervous Fingers. We'd been chatting and I asked them to set up the show.

Please visit their website and send them a shout. They are fantastic musicians and great guys.

Nervous Fingers Myspace page


Also, today we joined forces with a very cool website that is positioning itself to adapt well with this changing music industry.

The website is called RCRD LBL. A link here.

This is their explanation of what they do:

" Launched in November of 2007, RCRD LBL is an online record label releasing exclusive and completely free music from emerging and established artists to an audience of over 125K unique visitors each month. In addition to our in-house label, our network includes a roster of independent record labels such as Warp, Modular, Kompakt, and Dim Mak offering free MP3 downloads and multimedia content. The site is a joint venture between Downtown Records (Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids) and online media pioneer Peter Rojas (Engadget, Gizmodo, Weblogs, Inc.), and combines the allure of downloading services with the resources of a great independent record label and the editorial credibility of a trusted music blog. "

Exciting times.