The Backburner Crew from Canada has asked any and all beatmaker types to remix their sweet-ass song "Heatwave," and I was feeling ambitious, so I gave it a go. I listen to these dudes all the time, because they are awesome, so this was really fun for me. Respect due to my man Leigh Marble for doing the final mix of the remix, and if you want to check out the whole Heatwave album, which I highly recommend, you can do that here.
Here's my take on "Heatwave," which you can download for free.
I made videos for two of our Halloween tracks, "Night of the Demons" and "C.H.U.D." Give 'em a watch.
Pretty sweet, eh?
Along with the ceremonious unveiling of this guy, I've revamped the whole site. I think it's significantly sharper than previous incarnations, and I know it includes more stuff. So go nuts.
Sticks Downey has never played a house party, and I personally haven't done one in years. So, when we got invited by our new pals in Bling Theatre to set up shop in their basement and kick some verbals, we couldn't say no. We weren't sure what to expect, but everyone there was really cool, really into the music, and really nice to us. Good group. Good crowd. Sharp bunch. Solid taste in music.
We got a call from our new friends Bling Theatre asking us if we wanted to team up with them for a fun-filled raptastic Thursday at The Tonic, and we couldn't resist. Foots and I had to dust off our mics and get our tag-team chemistry back in order, but once we decided that she would be Ax and I would be Smash, there was no chance of anything short of complete demolition.
We played at The Space in Salem on July 2nd, and though the show was sparsely attended, we had a good time. Emerson Valentine Lyon brought the skewed R&B/hip hop dopeness, and was cool as shit. I hope we get to play with him again soon. My main man Mike Daily opened the proceedings with some spoken word, and as always, he brought the goods. Somehow I failed to get any usable photos of any of this. Bummer. But I may come up on some.
It had been a long while since I had set foot on that stage, and it was nice to be back. Heather, the booker/soundlady/showrunner is always easy to deal with and I've been lucky enough (as I think every musician in town has) to get to know her over the years, but even luckier to remain on good terms with her and the venue the whole time I've been playing shows in Portland. So, it was nice to know it would go smoothly, and we were also looking forward to being backed up by a reliable sound system, given our shaky start (I'm looking at you, Report Lounge).
Playing our first three shows back-to-back-to-back (daywise) initially seemed like a dicey prospect, but it ended up being the best idea ever. Anything that didn't work (and there wasn't much, thankfully) was able to be remedied quickly, both because it had to be and because the last show was fresh in our minds.
"This must be how a real-life touring band operates," I thought to myself.