Tuesday, December 28, 2004


Sarah Sharp has inked a distribution deal with Red Eye Distribution to put out her incredible CD, 'Fourth Person'. I am so proud of Sarah. Her music is doing just what I knew it would. Transcending the moment and building a following logarithmically. We have resequenced the CD for the distribution release plus have added a new song, "Blame It On the Night´┐Ż. Sarah and Kevin Ryan collaborated to create the song for a film soundtrack. The song is so good we had to have it on the CD, so there it is. I'll post it on the Soundboard, but you really need to hear the full-bandwidth goodness. Kevin recorded and mixed it and did an exceptional job as usual. (How do you use the word 'exceptional' to describe Kevin and Sarah's work anyway,...). :)

Way to go Sarah!

Those that have been reading this blog know about my history with Houston band, Mark Needs a Chick. You probably also know that Mark and Andrew moved to California and became Alico.

They performed on 12/23 at Java Jazz and it was old home week. Here are a few pics from the show:


As for projects in progress: Joyce Pierce and I have been totally out of sync on cutting vocals, but should be back on track next week. I'm working on Carolina's songs, and Winter Roberts is like missing in action. Literally. She started working two jobs and fell of the face of the earth. The Hollister Fracus vocal production is looming, and I'm looking to really sink my teeth in it. I have had NO band work for 6 months. Zip. Nada. Nothing. I'm totally jonesing to rock out with the boys.

Time to get back to songcraft stuff. I'll try to update much sooner next time.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Sourtongue Comes to Visit

I met the boys in Sourtongue when I was in New Orleans last May for the Tape Op conference. I heard their (then recently finished) CD and I liked their playful style and funky groove.

They just finished a five week tour, and were in Houston for a gig, when they called. We visited, and they played a CD with 4 new songs which impressed me mightily (sp?--Logan will rip me off if it isn't right). They have dropped from a quartet to a trio since we last met, and the change was a good one. Think Les Claypool under the influence of an early Rush obsession, stumbling into a position of power at a Tool rehearsal. Yeah,.... there you go, that's Sourtongue!!! They are that good, but not nearly as self-absorbed as the references bandied about above, (at least not in front of me).

I left my cheatsheet with all of their names & nom de plume's on it at the office, but I'm posting anyway. See these guys play. Buy their CD's. It will help them get the juice together to work with me!!!!


On another note, we had the annual SugarHill/Essential Sound/Dan Workman Music Christmas party last night, and I am sure that most of the participants are going to be feelin' it this morning (not your humble, sober, scribe :). We had a great time, and I will post some pics later.



Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Eileen Faxas/Track of the Day and Backtones Interview

At the risk of being pompous, egotistical, etc... I just have to 'go there' and say:

My Clients OWN Garageband.com!!!!!!

Eileen Faxas is going to have her track, 'Vivelo" be honored as Track of the Day on Garageband.com.

This honor is a long time coming. We finished Eileen's record this time last year. I bet the song 'Chispa' will be next.

As a matter of fact, Eileen let me hear some of her new songs last month, and I am struck by her growth in her songwriting. As the Garageband reviewers found out, she was already very good.

Way to go, Eileen!! Merry Christmas early!

In other news, Hank came by the office to do a phone interview with ASCAP. The Backtones are going to be featured on the ASCAP Artist Profile on their site. Stay tuned here, and I will post a link when it goes up.

I'm busy songwriting my butt off at the moment, with Carolina Bedetta, and Kenneth Peters,... so I'm going to get back to it.