My friend Scott Weddle from the band Amelia is coming over today to add some guitar to a new tune of mine called "Swoon". Scott's a great guitar player and songwriter and as the magazine Performing Songwriter says about Scott's band in their June 2004 issue...
(Amelia is)...sultry and sophisticated cabaret pop with just a whisper of twang that flits in and out like a friendly ghost. The music of Amelia is a staggeringly cool exercise in understatement.
My newest musical project is Mr. Lonely. This song, "It's the Singer, Not the Song" is a songwriting demo. I play the instruments and sing, but Mr. Lonely is a band, and hopefully soon we'll have some songs recorded with the full band.
Went to opening night of The Doug Fir Lounge., last Saturday the 9th. Quasi played and they were great as always. Janet Weiss on drums..incredible. This lounge/club vaulted right to the top of the heap in Portland. Great architectural design. Great sound in the club. Cool patio that adjoins the Jupiter Hotel. Here is Randy Gragg's article on the continuing creative renaissance in Portland... he says "A new sign of Portland's coming of age just opened. It's yet another restaurant and club, but unlike any the city has seen before."
Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire. It's not often that a showbiz celebrity drops the mask of clubby conviviality and says exactly what he/she thinks. When that happens it's usually followed by a stint in rehab by the unstrung celebrity, who spoke honestly only because they couldn't keep the mask in place. It's actually a good career move for Stewart, (albeit a natural and unconscious one) as it reinforces the impression that the only one who is telling the truth in media is the guy that is making it all up. The Genuine Fake. Expect to see more "Fake is the new real" instances popping up on the cultural radar.