sleeping rays of jupiter

sleeping rays of jupiter

Rehearsals continue, different venue this time. I’ve got simultaneous Sleep-ins action going on right now, working with Stefan and Josh to record the new record, and rehearsing with Mike Johnson and James Butler to prep for some shows coming up this Summer. We’ll be playing songs by the Sleep-ins, the raydons, Jupiterboy, Jimmy the Wigwam, […]

Hard Like Water

Hard like Water

It was one of my undergraduate prof’s that taught me the phrase “Hard Like Water.”      Water takes the shape of the container it is in – it grows to meet the environment filling all that is empty – but it never stops being water.    His point was that some people are this way too.    It

You Guys, The Sleep-ins Are Doing Some Stuff

You Guys, The Sleep-ins Are Doing Some Stuff

Notoriously lazy bastards The Sleep-ins must have put down their bongs, because we hear they’re playing some shows this Summer AND recording a new record (frealz!)!! It’s like Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day* all rolled into one. They do have some explaining to do, because it’s known that they are still spread amongst three continents. They don’t even talk to one another, they just exchange cryptic messages on MySpace, using Tom as an intermediary. Because who would think to look there? Anyway this is certainly good news for John McCain (but even better news for Bernie Sanders, whom The Sleep-ins have informed us they wholeheartedly endorse. Even though two of them can’t vote in America. It doesn’t matter, because everyone knows that celebrity endorsements are what win elections). The band starting the recording now means it could be done before the decade is out. It really is the best we … Read more

Top 10 Songs from Musical Bingo

Top 10 Songs from Musical Bingo

Well, I think we’re going to have to stop at 39 songs for the year – especially now that we’re a month into the next one!   (January has been rough…)     All in all this was an amazing project that forced me to be creative and spontaneous while giving me a chance to get to know

You probably weren’t wondering what I’m up to, but anyway

You probably weren’t wondering what I’m up to, but anyway

When it comes to music, I’ve had some fun and then I’ve had some fun. It’s a little hard to believe that the unbelievably loud rock band Jupiterboy — the first band that I ever did anything that could be called “touring” — is a twenty-year-old entity. Or yea, more even. The band played its […]

New Guitar Mary-Lou goes to Europe with The Gentle Enemies

New Guitar Mary-Lou goes to Europe with The Gentle Enemies

MEET MARY-LOU … In the nick of time, Mary-Lou was created by Claude for The Gentle Enemies’ debut European tour. Her main special feature is the P90 pick up. More pics and detail on the ‘making of’ coming soon. In the meantime if you are in the area you can check out Mary-Lou in action at these shows in Europe: Saturday July 18 (SOLO) Blues Peer Festival Peer, BELGIUM Onstage 12pm with special guest appearance of bass player from the Gentle Enemies (Ryan Van Gennip) (Mary-Lou won’t be making it for this show – her sister Lucy will be the main attraction here) Thursday 23rd July (new added show!) (SOLO and BAND) Tam Tam Muziek Cafe Deurne, NETHERLANDS (Mary-Lou’s first show in Europe!) Friday 24th July (BAND) Zwarte Cross Festival Lictenvoorde, NETHERLANDS 19:30, The Bayou Stage Saturday 25th July (SOLO and BAND) Pee Rock Festival Colijsnplaat NETHERLANDS Saturday 1 August … Read more

“Lucy” the guitar that’s not just a guitar

“Lucy” the guitar that’s not just a guitar

Lucy made a sneaky peak appearance a couple of years back – but needed a few more adjustmentsand she is unveiled in all her glory this month. She’s made out of left over building materials from Claude’s own Blue Mountain home and the resonator cover is an old BBQ lid. At first she was to have a resonator cone within, but after some experimentation she couldn’t make the cut above the rock and roll noise so now she has a mod con synth pick up installed in her. It allows Claude to make sounds and patches from bass to acousitc guitar, resonator guitar, banjo and even piano, all at a flick of the switch. It also allows for guitar tuning to be changed from standard to open in record time. Perfect for a One Man looping Band who needs to change things up quickly to keep the show rockin. Lucy … Read more