Old tapes

The Treasure Trove of Memories I’ve Tried to Forget

While on vacation in Seattle, my mother uncovered an enormous box of old tapes, mostly mine. Some of them date back to my first days as a sentient human being, but most of them are early recordings of stuff I wrote or performed in my teenage years. She seemed only too happy to cue them
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HOSTP Preorder Packing

New Album Update – The Boxes are OUT

So for the last week now, my living room has been something like this. CD’s, envelopes, boxes, art books, lens flare generators, water bottles, shirts, MORE shirts… I’ve managed to get all the pre-order stuff out the door without going insane! I just wish I could’ve actually cloned myself, would’ve gotten it all done in
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Live at Arisia 2015

Some Live Recordings from Arisia 2015

Art by Milena Briceño

HOSTP Art: “Panda-stic Concert” by Milena Briceño

How in the world do you coax giant pandas into the back of a shuttlecraft? Apparently, by mesmerizing them with music. Of course, the little one looks like he knows better than to trust this guy, but the other pandas seem impressed with… well, let’s face it, Prodo-1’s interpretive dance. This piece is one of
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Mixing High Orbit Saves The Pandas

Footage from the recording of my second adventure album, “High Orbit Saves The Pandas”. Mostly just drums and re-amping the bass and guitars, but still fun to watch.

Arrival by Brock Grossman

HOSTP Art: “Arrival” by Brock Grossman

Having just arrived in the early 2000’s, Captain Ebel and his robot first officer, Prodo-1, have to scour the city of San Diego for the extinct species they came to find. However, they can’t very well land a starship in the middle of town, can they? This piece is one of the works that’ll be
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Blue Half-Face at Bongo Java

You’re Not Good Enough

“You’re not good enough.” I thought I’d shut that voice off years ago, back when podcasting was the shiny new thing that had to be explained to the parents. And yet I hear him now and again, whispering bitter nothings of discouragement at the most inopportune times. “You’re nothing special; there are a thousand musicians
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The Lonely Headphones

Two Days at Mad Oak

So the last two days have been something amazing. My powers of articulation fail me, so I’ll just read the transcript of the little man upstairs in my head that’s been doing cartwheels for 48 hours. “HolyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitAWWYEEEAHholyshitholyshitholyshit…” Actually, it goes on like that for twelve pages. And that was just the first day. I’ll spare
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Benny Grotto working the Tweed console at Mad Oak Studios

A First Look at Mad Oak Studios

I believe in the same rule that Alton Brown has for homebrew supply stores: If it looks slick and well-decorated, you probably don’t want to be there. Mad Oak Studios just moved to a new building in Allston, MA, so when I headed there to scope the place out in person, it took me twenty
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Live at Tiny Ninja Café

Slap Me On Vinyl And Call Me Captain

I had an awesome time in Seattle last Friday night! Tiny Ninja Café (now called the Stone Way Café, apparently) is a beautiful place with the most amazing backdrop I’ve ever performed in front of. The people that filled the Café were a hell of a lot of fun to play for, and now some
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