Sunday, October 07, 2007

My audio archive!

My audio archive is now up and running. Download tracks from my CDs (including a couple of yet-unreleased projects) and mp3s of my performances. Enjoy!

Oh, and be sure to visit Origin Records online for more great jazz.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Lucky Tigers at the Kenton Club!

Casey and I went to see her brother play with his band Lucky Tigers, at the nearby World Famous Kenton Club. "World famous", the clubowners tell us, because it was featured in a little-known Raquel Welch roller-derby movie. The Lucky Tigers rule absolutely, and if you live in Portland you should find a way to see them. Go visit them on myspace.

Here I'm fooling around with racking the zoom lens during a long exposure.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Epic shoot with Fist Of Dishonor!

I finally got to put my new Alien Bees rig (including ringflash!) and Nikon D-40 through the paces last night with this epic shoot of ninja band Fist Of Dishonor. These pictures are straight out of the camera with no tweaking whatever. This is Robo D, an evil berzerker. More coming soon!
Zodiac Snow Wolf! The drummer!
Missy Jitsu!
Like an idiot, I forgot this character's name. I need an intern to write these things down for me. Apparently he is a blood nemesis of the other musicians, yet a force of good.
Shige Maru! The guitarist.
Another of the nemesis character who's name I forgot.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Blogging is hawrd!

My apologies for the lack of posts. It's been all about the music lately as I fight like a wild animal to put together an income not on a boat. I'm doing another shoot with Tera on Wednesday, so there should be some more cool stuff by the end of the week. In the meantime I'll put up some of the trifling things I've been doing recently... soon...

Saturday, April 07, 2007

New shoot: Tera Zarra of Fist Of Dishonor!

AKA Missy Jitsu of Ninja band Fist Of Dishonor. We'd been meaning to do a shoot for weeks, finally got around to it, and a bunch of great stuff happened. Wow. Next time we add a bad guy for simulated combat!
Preparing to gut a screaming opponent, evidently.
Here's one with that cool Photoshop shadow/highlight adjustment, which gives it a kind of vintage poster look.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Sweet Reaper to be sold at Hot Topic!

Apparently Hot Topic has ordered some buttons with this design of mine. I'm currently developing a whole line of these featuring adorable monsters, Japanese warriors, and a variety of deadly creatures.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

More Holocene!

One of the Blue Cranes opening bands, who I also can't remember the name of. Anyone?

Update: Bright Red Paper!
Another example of blowing a potentially cool shot by not moving a couple of inches to the left to get the drummer's face in the shot. It's cool anyway, but it bugs me that I can't see the drummer's face.
A rather cool painterly version of the same shot. This is all done in-camera- it's just a slow shutter speed combined with cross-processing.
The bass player. I need to start writing down people's names.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Hear me play!

I just updated my lessons site to include a bunch of recordings of me playing the drums. Some people want to make sure you're really burning before they'll study with you. Anyway, checkem out. Enjoy.

Monday, February 05, 2007

See me play!

The Notables are playing Tony Starlight's Supper Club and Lounge this Wednesday and Friday. If you're in Portland, come on down and say hello. The club is at NE Sandy & 37th, in the old Blackbird building. Go to our site for more details.

Also coming soon are shows with my little group with Dan Duval, Willie Matheis, and, till the bastard decided to move to Shanghai, Willie Blair. We'll be playing at the Clinton St. brewpub (attached to the Clinton St. Theater) on the 20th. Red Venus Love Army, Casey's band with me playing drums, should be performing at this very happening hipster gallery right across (Ash? Oak?) the street from Andy & Bax on Mar. 2nd. Come see. More details later.

Holocene has cool lighting!

Here are a few more shots from the Blue Cranes' CD release.
I got several cool shots of this saxophonist. What the hell is his name?

Update: Joe Cunningham is the hell is name. A great player!
More fun with lights.

Willie Matheis!

I got my group The Notables together to do some promo shots, and got a few interesting ones of Willie.
I was considering using this picture in our materials and billing him as "Blind" Willie Mathious.
A slightly more cattish pic, like a Hank Mobley album cover.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Blue Cranes CD Release at Holocene!

Here's the Blue Cranes doing their CD release party at Holocene. The band was completely rocking! I revisted my blurry art-crap roots by shooting with 400asa Fuji Provia pushed to 1600 and cross-processed. I hadn't been wild about the way the Provia looked when cross-processing- I did it a bunch on the Rome trip, and they mostly came out looking dull- but pushing 2 stops seems to give it the kind of look I like. It helps to be shooting at Holocene, which has a a lot going on with the lighting. I got a lot of stuff from this show, which I'll be posting over the next couple of weeks.
Reed Wallsmith, the alto player, also played great.
I missed this guy's name- he was sitting in with the band for the CD release, and had a nice rocking free-jazz type approach. I believe he plays with the Decemberists.
Bill Athens, sitting in for Keith Brush on bass had a big solo feature that was very nice.
Ji Tanzer, blew my mind with some burning breakbeat shit. More stuff to practice...
Keyboardist Rebecca Sanborn.

Poster for February gigs at Tony Starlight's.

I put this together this afternoon.

February club dates

I'm playing Thursday, Feb. 1st with my new favorite guitarist Dan Duval and co. at the Red & Black Cafe on SE Division. It should be an evening of loose, fun music.

My swing group, The Notables is doing a bunch of gigs at the new Tony Starlight's Supper Club & Lounge in February. Our first date there last week was pretty lightly attended, so I'm hoping all my friends in Portland will come on down and say hey, particularly on the Feb. 9th show. Here are the dates:

Every Wednesday in February. The quartet plays snappy tunes of yesteryear! $3 cover.

Friday, February 9th. Special guest Gracie Holloway (I'll be posting her pictures on the blog soon) will be joining the band to sing a bunch of great old tunes including "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Let's Get Lost" and "I'm Beginning To See The Light". $6 cover.

Wednesday, February 14th. Tony Starlight joins the band to sing a bunch of special Valentine's Day tunes from the '40's and before. This night's going to fill up, so make your reservations early. $10 cover.

Tony Starlight's is located at 3729 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland. Call (503)517-8584 for reservations. There's convenient parking across Sandy at the Banfield Motel, and there's valet parking on weekends and on Valentine's Day. See you there!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Kerry Campbell at Kicknbaque!

I went down and sat in with Mr. Campbell's group at the Kicknbaque on NE MLK & Fremont. A very raucus scene with people dancing, rappers sitting in with the group and such. I hadn't been in the place 2 minutes when a half-mad Russian named Vitaly accosted me to enthuse about my leather coat. I didn't really move around much- just sat at my table and grabbed a few shots.

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