Napa Quake 2014

We are a culture that is constantly searching for our community.  We do this by aligning ourselves with products, political groups and these days we especially do it through social media.  However we find our sense of community or our purpose is really to find a sense of normalcy in the chaos of things that are all competing for our attention. This is strange when you think about it because this is now the world in which we live.  It seems to consist of millions of voices all screaming and begging for the world to somehow pay attention to us.  We are social media junkies in search of normalcy in the midst of “spin” and propaganda so...

Sunset Stripped

I feel like I’ve been suffering from an adverse reaction to the “music industry” – one from which I don’t believe that I’ve been able to fully recover.  I can still remember where I was and when it happened – my aversion to the industry began last summer.  I was...

Holy Weather: A Conv...

Civil Twilight is one of those bands that lives in subtlety and is best experienced with headphones on and maybe even with the lights off.  It’s interesting that they would also take their name from that condition of the same name.  Civil Twilight is defined as that time that begins...

The Deconstruction of Mayhem Jul04

The Deconstruction o...

It’s kind of this upside down feeling being lost in the mayhem. Trying to understand the world, our place in it, and wondering if music still has the power to change the world – the way that I once believed it could. Sitting down with artists this year feels a little superficial. Not...

Gods, Monsters, and Conspiracy Theorists Jun27

Gods, Monsters, and ...

Steven Machat has lived the life of a rock star and the odds are that you’ve probably never heard of him. In his tell all book, “Gods, Gangsters and Honour,” Steven dishes all the dirt you could ever want to know about the music industry and while he’s at it he also names every...

Still Can’t Stop The Rock: A Conversation with Str...

It’s hard to think back on certain eras of music without thinking about how those eras were branded. The sixties brought us free love, the seventies groovy acid rock and progressive rock, and the 80’s sort of combined the sixties and seventies and took its love affair with sex, drugs and rock and roll to new heights and gave it all to us in excess. In some ways the 80’s were so self indulgent that the negative stigmas and calamity born out of that time, especially when we remember bands that made headlines, were worn proudly like badges. The music you identified with most was your symbol. If you were a metal head, the Devil, wasn’t...

Still Rock and Roll

It’s a new era in music. Long gone are the days when people could make millions of dollars off of record sales. Long gone are the days when established musicians can even walk around and be discovered or even rediscovered in a small club (the same clubs that they suddenly find themselves in...

Raining Cats and Dogma Feb25

Raining Cats and Dog...

When Derek Webb Tweeted, “wait, was i just nominated for a dove award? where did i go wrong??” it was just the latest in a string of issues that the former member of Caedmon’s Call turned solo artist has directed towards the Christian music industry. He later clarified with the statement...

Life as a Mexican Feb20

Life as a Mexican

There’s an old saying. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. A couple of days after Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks lost their first game in the Lin era there was the line “Chink in the Armor” posted on the ESPN mobile site. Was it an intentionally...

Soft Touch of Inspir...

This has been a strange year for me and my family. It has been a year full of peaks and valleys that really are hard to fathom because I’m person that is always struggling to put things into a “context.” If you’re like me, then you might also call this search for context “destiny”...