Some recent things.

Here are some things that have happened recently that I like/liked:

My roommates are a band. The four of us play in a lot of bands together, but as one band we exist as Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems. That’s all four of us and no one else. Danny Gouker-trumpet, compositions; Eric Trudel-tenor; AH-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums. We recently played at the Korzo Konceptions series curated by James Carney. Here’s a video of how the set ended:

Out of Your Head Brooklyn is up-and-running and was pretty full-force right out of the gate. We’ll be at Freddy’s Bar (627 5th Ave) every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 9:30pm. There’s a ton of video from the kickoff show at http://outofyourhead.org. These two videos, shot by Daniela Mileykovsky, are some of my favorite moments of the night. And there were a lot of great moments:

Set One (Nathaniel Morgan-alto; Josh Sinton-bass clarinet; Jonathan Goldberger-guitar; Kate Pittman-drums):

Set Two (Timo Vollbrecht-tenor; Rick Parker-trombone; Dustin Carlson-guitar; Landon Knoblock-rhodes; Devin Gray-drums):

I am honored to have received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in the area of Music Composition for 2012. There are a number of Baltimore-based projects that this will be very helpful with, primarily updating the OOYH website and mixing the Lubbock record (which is recorded and sounds awesome).

I have a lot of performances coming up in the next few months that I’m excited about. I’m honored to be playing with so many musicians that I respect and admire. I’m especially looking forward to coming back to Baltimore on March 8 to play with Beep Honk (Dave Ballou, Anthony Pirog, Mike Kuhl, and myself) at the Windup Space. I learned a lot of really important things about music in that room. I don’t know…maybe I’m being nostalgic, but I owe that place, and the musicians that I perform with there, and Russel de O’Campo a lot.

I’m happy. Things are great and I have awesome people in my life. It’s a nice feeling to be content but still pushing forward. This is the bloggiest thing I’ve ever written.

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Free Sounds: Sinking Ship @ Freddy’s Bar 1.28.12

Sinking Ship is a band that I started with my great friend TJ Huff.  In a way it sort of started when we played together in a Faith No More cover band on Halloween 2002 with Nate Rappole (who played right before Sinking Ship this past show under his solo act of Gull…it ruled).  In a way it’s a completely new thing, and our attempt to revisit the energy we gave playing in punk bands in high school, but with some twists.  TJ wrote all of the current music. and the best way to describe it is mid-90’s pirate rock, chock full of improvisation, but could easily be the soundtrack to a playstation snowboarding game. We enlisted my frequent collaborators Eric Trudel (sax) and Nathan Ellman-Bell (drums) to round out the band.

The show at Freddy’s was great.  TJ was not feeling so well, at times seeming like he may vomit on me mid-set, and also his second-most-important pedal broke right before we played.  But playing with him and listening back I wouldn’t have had any idea that this guy was feeling bad…he played great, and did some funny things in the process.  Below is a chronological photo documentation of the set, and the unedited full set mp3 (after a shaky start we really get going!).  Awesome photos by Fiamma Piacentini (Huff).

Unedited Full Set MP3: Sinking Ship @ Freddy’s 1.28.12

Turn Around Norman Releases Debut Album

I’m very excited to be part of a new release from a band that I’ve been a member of for the past four years.  It’s been a long time in the making and Turn Around Norman has officially released our debut album “We Turn Around.” It features compositions by Cam Collins, JJ Wright, and myself. The band is Cam Collins-sax; JJ Wright-keyboards; AH-bass; and Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums. It is available for purchase from a number of sites digitally and hard copies are available directly from me via email. While we strongly prefer Bandcamp as the site to purchase the record digitally, we’d be excited for you to hear the music no matter where you get it! It’s also available on Amazon, Emusic, and iTunes. More info on the band is available at weturnaround.com…check back often, there are Fall tour dates in support of the album coming soon.