So I’m thinking about doing a video for “Ghosts In A Burning City”, the title track for my album. The song is about chaos in the global South — in my head, it’s about Uganda, but it could really be applied to any place. I’d like to do a video for the track. The idea […]
Las Vegas CityLife writer (and my neighbor and buddy) Dave Surratt dropped a very cool review of last Friday’s RSS show for Neon Reverb at Meet Lounge (aka Meatheads) on the CityLife blog: Driven by a voice that visits Elvis Costello, Ben Lee, Tom Waits and Anthony Kiedis (and despite Ellis’ apologies for the endearingly […]
To celebrate the upcoming release of Red State Soundsystem’s first album, Ghosts In A Burning City, here’s a Red State wallpaper for you. This image will also be available soon as a signed print, or as part of the deluxe album package.
“Not In This World (Or The Next One)”, VBR MP3 (avg. 206kbps) Not In This World (Or The Next One) I’m a good soldier, I march like they tell me My feet fall in time When I stop moving, I stare at your picture And I trace the lines Of your eyes and your mouth […]
“Every Hour Wounds (The Last One Kills)” — 192 kbps MP3 Every Hour Wounds (The Last One Kills) Where will you be in ten years? Still in this bar, chillin’ with these drunks? Or will you hit the highway Like we used to back when we were punk? And watching tempus fugit like a bird […]
There seem to be at least a few fans of Red State Soundsystem out there, right? So I’ve had an idea, and I’m hoping you’ll help me with it. The song “Scatterlings + Refugees” is maybe my favorite song I’ve ever written, and it’s going to be on the debut RSS album, Ghosts In A […]
So I was reading this interview with the lovely and talented Miss Amanda Palmer, and some of what she says made me think of the commentary on the music industry I wrote for Mperia, back in the day — specifically, my little manifesto, “Burning Down The House”. Since Mperia is long gone and the original […]
If you head over to the MySpace page of amazing Chicago group The Loyal Divide, you’ll discover a Red State Soundsystem remix of their track “Vision Vision” on the MySpace music player. I asked the band if I could do this quite a while ago, but life intruded; getting a copy of Ableton made it […]
Blast from the past: a version of the Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes” I recorded a few years ago. I like this a lot, actually.
So I finally acquired a legal, full copy of Ableton Live, as payment for designing a logo for a client. Yay! As anybody who reads this blog knows, I’m a big fan of algorithmic/rule-based/non-interactive composition. As much as I love writing songs, I also love simply setting up the computer to generate music on its […]