3:33 pm - Sun, Apr 20, 2014
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The changing of the guard.

The changing of the guard.

11:46 am - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
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Hitting the road  this week with my pal Rob Moose for a slew of duo shows through the Eastern part of the United States of America. Folk/chamber music vibes with guitars, violins, pianos and singing. We’ll be previewing tunes from The Ambassador, which comes out on June 3. You can pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon now.
Strathmore • Bethesda, MD • April 17, 2014
Wilson Center for the Arts • Brookfield, WI • April 25, 2014
Temple Theater • Des Moines, IA • April 26, 2014
University of Vermont • Burlington, VT • May 2, 2014

Hitting the road  this week with my pal Rob Moose for a slew of duo shows through the Eastern part of the United States of America. Folk/chamber music vibes with guitars, violins, pianos and singing. We’ll be previewing tunes from The Ambassador, which comes out on June 3. You can pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon now.

Strathmore • Bethesda, MD • April 17, 2014

Wilson Center for the Arts • Brookfield, WI • April 25, 2014

Temple Theater • Des Moines, IA • April 26, 2014

University of Vermont • Burlington, VT • May 2, 2014

2:00 pm - Fri, Apr 11, 2014
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Why, it’s the opening cut from my new record, The Ambassador, due out on June 3rd from Sony Masterworks. Pre-order from Amazon or iTunes. Put on yer headphones! 

12:37 pm - Wed, Apr 9, 2014
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The Ambassador is now available for pre-sale on iTunes. Buy it now and get a song right away! 

The Ambassador is now available for pre-sale on iTunes. Buy it now and get a song right away! 

10:02 am - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
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11:14 am - Sat, Mar 29, 2014
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Like the film, the hamburger is a non-California invention that has achieved a kind of symbolic apotheosis in Los Angeles; symbolic, that is, of the way fantasy can lord it over function in Southern California.  The purely functional hamburger, as delivered across the counter of say, the Gipsy Wagon on the UCLA campus, the Surf-Boarder at Hermosa Beach or any McDonald’s or Jack-In-The Box outlet anywhere, is a pretty well-balanced meal that he who runs (surfs, drives, studies) can eat with one hand; not only the ground beef but all the sauce, cheese, shredded lettuce, and other garnishes are firmly gripped between two halves of the bun.
But the fantastic hamburger as served on a platter at a sit-down restaurant is something else again.  Its component parts have been carefully opened up and separated out into an assemblage of functional and symbolic elements, or alternatively, a fantasia on functional themes.  The two halves of the bun lie face up with the ground beef on one and, sometimes, the cheese on the other.  Around and alongside on the platter are the lettuce leaves, gherkins, onion rings, fried potatoes, paper cups of relish or coleslaw, pineapple rings, and much more besides, because the invention of new varieties of hamburger is a major Angeleno culinary art.  Assembled with proper care it can be a work of visual art as well; indeed, it must be considered as visual art first and foremost, since some components are present in too small a quantity generally to make a significant gustatory as opposed to visual contribution – for instance, the seemingly mandatory ring of red-dyed apple, which does a lot for the eye as a foil to the general greenery of the salads, but precious little for the palate.

— Reyner Banham, The Architecture of Four Ecologies
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Like the film, the hamburger is a non-California invention that has achieved a kind of symbolic apotheosis in Los Angeles; symbolic, that is, of the way fantasy can lord it over function in Southern California.  The purely functional hamburger, as delivered across the counter of say, the Gipsy Wagon on the UCLA campus, the Surf-Boarder at Hermosa Beach or any McDonald’s or Jack-In-The Box outlet anywhere, is a pretty well-balanced meal that he who runs (surfs, drives, studies) can eat with one hand; not only the ground beef but all the sauce, cheese, shredded lettuce, and other garnishes are firmly gripped between two halves of the bun.

But the fantastic hamburger as served on a platter at a sit-down restaurant is something else again.  Its component parts have been carefully opened up and separated out into an assemblage of functional and symbolic elements, or alternatively, a fantasia on functional themes.  The two halves of the bun lie face up with the ground beef on one and, sometimes, the cheese on the other.  Around and alongside on the platter are the lettuce leaves, gherkins, onion rings, fried potatoes, paper cups of relish or coleslaw, pineapple rings, and much more besides, because the invention of new varieties of hamburger is a major Angeleno culinary art.  Assembled with proper care it can be a work of visual art as well; indeed, it must be considered as visual art first and foremost, since some components are present in too small a quantity generally to make a significant gustatory as opposed to visual contribution – for instance, the seemingly mandatory ring of red-dyed apple, which does a lot for the eye as a foil to the general greenery of the salads, but precious little for the palate.

— Reyner Banham, The Architecture of Four Ecologies

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9:18 am - Thu, Mar 27, 2014
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3:30 pm - Tue, Mar 25, 2014
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"She looked down a slope, needing to squint for the sunlight, onto a vast sprawl of houses which had grown up all together, like a well-tended crop, from the dull brown earth; and she thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit. The ordered swirl of houses and streets, from this high angle, sprang at her now with the same unexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had. Though she knew even less about radios than about Southern Californians, there were to both outward patterns a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate. There’d seemed no limit to what the printed circuit could have told her (if she had tried to find out); so in her first minute of San Narciso, a revelation also trembled just past the threshold of her understanding."
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
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"She looked down a slope, needing to squint for the sunlight, onto a vast sprawl of houses which had grown up all together, like a well-tended crop, from the dull brown earth; and she thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit. The ordered swirl of houses and streets, from this high angle, sprang at her now with the same unexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had. Though she knew even less about radios than about Southern Californians, there were to both outward patterns a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate. There’d seemed no limit to what the printed circuit could have told her (if she had tried to find out); so in her first minute of San Narciso, a revelation also trembled just past the threshold of her understanding."

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

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10:03 am - Sat, Mar 22, 2014
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10:47 am - Fri, Mar 21, 2014
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Blade Runner (1982) dir. Ridley Scott.
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Blade Runner (1982) dir. Ridley Scott.

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