Friday, May 17, 2019

Crow Crash Radio this Monday evening in Sacramento!

Crow Crash Radio will head up to Luna's Cafe in Sacramento this Monday.

Mon., 5/20/19
Nebraska Mondays at Luna's Cafe
1414 16th St.
Sacramento 95814
7:30 PM
Crow Crash Radio

Hopefully it won't be too hot out there yet! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New digital release from Brandon Evans and me!

Check it!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Reflections on early May 2019 shows

The last couple of shows were great, what more can I say? Some reflections....

Surplus 1980-The Uptown Nightclub, Oakland; 5/9/19
As requested, I got to the Uptown really early. It was definitely a "hurry up and wait" type situation, as Surplus 1980 got no soundcheck. So, I had some time to walk around the Broadway/Telegraph area of downtown Oakland. It's changing so much. The Oakland that I knew, 2004-13, is changed forever. That's life, though, obviously.
Surplus 1980 got to play a nice 45 minute set on Uptown's great stage. How nice to get a good vocal monitor mix for once! It seemed to me that we played really well, maybe a few sour notes and slightly missed cues here and there, but on the whole, solid. Cool to have a pretty sizable audience to play for as well.
I know that video footage was taken, so hopefully I'll be able to post it soon.
Free Salamander Exhibit, what a great, tight band. Yowza!

Below: Moe! and Surplus 1980 hitting at the Uptown

The Percussion Pit-KFJC, 5/13/19
One thing that I do know: percussion players show up on time and work together. As I arrived at KFJC on the beautiful Foothill College campus, pretty much everyone was doing the same. Tatsuya Nakatani, Karen Stackpole, Jordan Glenn, Patrick Telesfore Jr., and myself all managed to get our various percussion rigs set up with a minimum of fuss and great flexibility within the Pit. Such a humbling experience to share a space with some of the best drummers that I can think of! We proceeded to do one whole group piece which was followed by smaller groupings, solo sets, and interviews. KFJC host Max Level was nice enough to allow me to plug my upcoming shows along with various recordings, along with a brief solo percussion set. The latter felt really nice: I was able to use the small set up that I had (waterphone, snare drum, slide whistle, box of rocks) to make what felt like a coherent statement. Tough to do after Tatsuya's incredible statement! I was happy to have tried, though. As usual, KFJC's staff were incredible. What a solid group of people. Such a grand afternoon spent among people that I admire.

Below: my small rig; setting up with Jordan (photo by Karen Stackpole), the crack KFJC staff

Coming up, a new digital release and Crow Crash Radio in Sacramento!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Upcoming shows!

Got some cool ones coming up!

Thu., 5/9/19
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland 94612
Free Salamander Exhibit
Surplus 1980
8 PM
21 and over

Mon., 5/13/19
The Percussion Pit: unscripted percussion adventures. Live sets by percussion artists in the KFJC Pit, collaborations, improvisations, relevant recordings, conversations with the artists, and who knows what else will develop. Join us as we listen to the sounds of objects being tapped, rubbed, bowed, shaken, pounded. Scheduled to appear: Tatsuya Nakatani, Jordan Glenn, Karen Stackpole, Mark Pino, Jennifer Wilsey, Patrick Talesfore Jr.
2-6 PM Pacific Time

OK, I have to go and practice now.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Late April 2019 Shows Roundup!

I am sitting at this keyboard, battling a nasty cold. In terms of gig schedule, I guess that it's good timing as I have nothing on the calendar for a few weeks. It's almost as if my body knew that. Don't worry as you read this, probably ain't contagious anymore, just sneezing all over my keyboard.

Surplus 1980-The Hole, Oakland CA; 4/19/19
This show was supposed to happen at the Dildo Factory, but due to some issues with the landlord there, it was moved over to The Hole. Literally located in a garage in West Oakland, The Hole is functioning as a very d.i.y. venue for local and touring bands. Pretty cool space, too, with a good back line drum set, sweet yard in the back, and a general lack of pomp. It's a down to earth place that sells La Croix and joints! Very cool. Surplus 1980 played first on a three band bill. Our set went pretty well as I recall, maybe a few clams here and there. I was pretty jittery, and bummed that there were no vocal monitors, but The Hole just isn't that kind of place, so that's to be accepted. Our energy seemed good. Watching the other bands, Pieces and Spring Breeding, was really fun. Awesome youthful energy and creativity from both. A fun night in Oakland!

Below: nifty little kit at The Hole; Surplus 1980 setting up d.i.y. style

Surplus 1980-King Cong Brewery, Sacramento CA; 4/20/19
It had been almost four years since Surplus 1980 had played in Sacramento before last Saturday. Odd, really. It seems as if we'd have had an easier time getting a least one show there in that space of time.
When we got to King Cong, I was a bit disconcerted to see that the bands play outside. That was unexpected. Outside shows can be tough for hearing the stage mix. Gentleman Surfer played first, and as usual were incredible. Jon Bafus: it's like watching 1974 Bill Bruford in action. What a great drummer. Surplus hit next. Moe! was able to use Jon's kit for a Pigeon Obstacle Course start, very rare these days as his tendonitis is still there. From there we played about five more songs. Some renditions were tight, others were pretty sloppy at times. I could not hear any of the vocals and none of the guitars, either. Again, no monitors for the stage. It seems like King Cong could afford such additions to their stage set up. Hopefully, they'll do that eventually. Not our best set, but we got some applause and friendly feedback.

Below: Surplus hitting at King Cong Brewery (photo by and courtesy of Gabriel Sanford, thanks Gabriel!)

M-KASM Ensemble-Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland CA; 4/23/19
Max Nordile reached out to me in February to see if I'd like to be part of one of his Music For People bills at the Octopus Literary Salon. Seeing as that M-KAT Ensemble had not played out in a while, I figured that it was a good opportunity for us. Thomas could not join us for the evening, so I asked Shawn Miller to fill in. Happily, he obliged us. I was happy to use my "little kit". It worked really well within the small space of Octopus, too. M-KASM (changed for lack of Thomas), were scheduled to play last, but we ended up playing second, for a short set of only 22 minutes roughly. For a late starting, four band bill on a Tuesday night, this seemed fine. Shawn started us off really quickly, and we proceeded to play what felt like a really good, interactive set of improvised music. I certainly felt connected to everyone. It felt like a wonderful meditation to me. What a great way to end this short run of shows!

Below: the "little kit" on the floor of the Octopus Literary Salon; Shawn and Andrew setting up
Below: audio from 4/23 at

Alright, I'm off to nurse my sore throat and runny nose some more. Surplus 1980 will be playing a really neat show in early May, and Crow Crash Radio will return in mid May! Cough, cough, cough....

Sunday, April 21, 2019

M-KASM Ensemble plays this Tuesday in Oakland!

M-KAT Ensemble will be M-KASM Ensemble this Tuesday evening in Oakland! Thomas can't join us, so we'll have Shawn Miller filling in for him on bass.

Tue., 4/23/19
Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St.
Oakland 94612
Max Nordile
La Macacoa
Cruel Work
M-KASM Ensemble
All ages

Looks like a good bill and I'm happy to be part of it! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Two Surplus 1980 shows this weekend!

Surplus 1980 is getting a bit busier....

Fri., 4/19/19
The Hole
text 925-329-8874 for address
Surplus 1980
Spring Breeding

Sat., 4/20/19
King Cong Brewing Co.
1709 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento 95815
Surplus 1980
Gentleman Surfer

New Surplus 1980 7" records will be available at both of these shows!