Good Intentions – Now and Then

By on Apr 10, 2012 in Music

Here is my song Good Intentions circa … 2006 2012

Acoustic demos from 2006

By on Apr 6, 2012 in Music

I hate this town :: Song of the week

By on Jan 13, 2012 in Music

The Descendants, Roseland Ballroom, 9/23/11

By on Sep 26, 2011 in Music

Thank you for playin’ the way you play The Descendants are on of my favorite bands and I credit them with getting me into punk rock. I spent the summer of 1996 training and swimming at Niles Ice Arena in Niles, IL. One of my first days there, one of the guys put on some music during warm up. It was The Descendants’ “Everything Sux” and I was like “Wha-what? Punk can me hard and fast and melodic and sweet? Who knew?” Then I found out that Milo had a Ph.D. in Bio-chemistry, which, as the child of two Ph.D.s and a big nerd myself, made me fall ever harder in love. That next summer those same guys took me to the second ever Warped Tour and my first punk rock show … and possibly show ever, but I can’t really remember. During the Descendants set, I crowd surfed for the first time … because, well, I was young and naive and weighed a lot...

Behind my music: drums for Good Intentions

By on Jun 24, 2011 in Music

I recorded an acoustic, guitar-only version of this song back in 2005 or 2006. It was time to record the rocked out version. Let’s start with the drums. Ask any of the drummers who have tried to play this song. It’s tricky — the chorus has an abrupt, total rhythm change. That’s what I get for playing to my own rhythm. (Ha!) Verse: Chorus: Here is the tricky part. It doesn’t sound so awesome with just the drums, but when it’s all together, I think it’s gonna sound...

The Screeching Weasel SXSW Drama and how bands are fucking over their fans

By on Mar 24, 2011 in Music

Adam and I were planning on heading out to Philly (after our super secret taping of a game show!) on April 7th to go see Screeching Weasel. Adam’s brother also got them tickets to WeaselFest in Chicago over Labor Day. (Yes, I’m jealous.) Now the Philly show has been cancelled, because the entire band quit and other bands on the WeaselFest bill are dropping like flies. In case you haven’t heard the drama, here’s what happened: Screeching Weasel played SXSW. Ben Weasel spent most of the show bitching about SXSW, rock journalists, the media, and the crowd. Apparently, a women in the front row threw ice (or a beer) at him. She then did it again, so he punched her and another women. You can see the altercation here. I guess everyone was appalled by this, which lead to Ben Weasel issuing an apology and then the band quitting and bands dropping out of WeaselFest....