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Yay, baby! [Sep. 18th, 2011|11:38 pm]
Wow, I haven't posted in some time! Facebook eats up my ever-shrinking social networking time.


As all of our close friends know, Jen and I are having a baby!  In two weeks we'll find out if it's a girl or boy!  How exciting!

What a head-trip!

I'm very excited, and can't wait to stay up all night with my child!

It's amazing.
In other news, this has been a hard year for me. I completed all of the classes in my last semester at SJSU, except the Spartan Daily, so I'm wrapping up the last of my articles for that.

In February, my Uncle Gary passed away, which was really hard for me. I ended up missing the second week of school to fly out to Wisconsin for the funeral, just in time to experience the Great Blizzard of 2011.  Yes, it was COLD.  Then I ended up getting sick.  All this while my wife was out of work.  I can't remember ever being quite that stressed out. On top of that, my band imploded after three shows with the new lineup.

I've pretty much recovered from all of that, but I'm definitely missing the music scene. It's hard to go to see any bands play, because I find myself irritated that it's not me up there. Still, I played a show last month, my first in a long time, and it went pretty well for a solo gig.

We'll see what happens.
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(no subject) [Oct. 12th, 2010|03:26 am]

Alice in Chains “BlackDiamondSky” October 11, 2010 in San Jose

Show Review by Matt Young

Alice in Chains saved San Jose State University from its plague of “skinny jeans”- at least for an evening. It was only a little after 9:00PM when one of the most influential guitar bands of the last two decades walked on the San Jose State Event Center’s stage. After an interesting montage of pictures and graphics (including the heart picture from the cover of Black Gives Way to Blue) played to ambient noise and foreboding music, the crowd’s cheers escalated until the band was revealed in silhouette. 

As the curtain dropped, the band stirred the crowd to a fever pitch. William DuVall was the first out, and firmly quashed any lingering doubt about the band’s current viability. His and Cantrell’s vocals were strong and pitch-perfect, and there wasn’t a single missed note in the entire set. One guy sitting next to me admitted, “At first I was skeptical- most bands don’t come back from the brink. I hadn’t heard a single new track, but now I’m going to buy the new one.” His mind was made up over the career-spanning offering, opening with three Dirt-era songs: “Them Bones,”  “Dam That River,” and “Rain When I Die.” Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney and William DuVall were tightly-wound perfection and made use of the multi-level stage as they ran through classic songs, from “God Am” and “Again” to the Layne Staley-dedicated “Nutshell,” vintage “We Die Young” and war song “Rooster.” Also in the mix were songs from their comeback album, including radio hits “Check My Brain” and “Your Decision,” with “Acid Bubble” and new single “Lesson Learned” rounding it out. 

Fantastic show- no doubt about it. The “big show” elements were exciting, as the large monitors showed graphics and film that tied to some of the original music videos and thematic material, and the lights were very well coordinated and tightly-timed. There is also something insanely awesome about Cantrell’s guitar tone. Many bands end up with a muddy sound, but this show had an exceptionally good live mix, outdoing the other two bands. Their stage presence, musicianship and song roster put them in a very small group of true peers, but everyone seemed to love them at the show. Honestly, you just don’t get a real rock show like this very often, and it was even a bit stronger than their awesome appearance at The Fillmore in San Francisco last year.

The band promised to be back next year, and I think they’ll have an even larger fan base by then, as new coverts add to the ranks of the faithful. They seemed genuinely thankful for the support of their fans and more engaged than many top-tier artists.

Setlist :

1) Dam That River 2) Them Bones 3) Rain When I Die 4) Again 5) Check My Brain 6) Your Decision 7) No Excuses 8) We Die Young 9) Acid Bubble 10) Grind 11) Lesson Learned 12) God Am 13) Rooster

 Encore: 14) Nutshell 15) Man in the Box 16) Would?

Several videos are up at

“Check My Brain”:




-Matt Young

Your Music Magazine staff writer



Jerry Cantrell

Photo © 2010 Matt Young


Alice in Chains: (from left) Mike Inez, William DuVall, Sean Kinney and Jerry Cantrell

Photo © 2010 Matt Young



William DuVall (left) and Jerry Cantrell (right)

Photo © 2010 Matt Young



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Band is back in swing! [Oct. 10th, 2010|09:06 pm]
It's funny how things work out.  Just when I'd about had it with the ups-and-downs in band-land, I get a call from a guy interested in trying out for the bassist position.  Long story short, it worked out fantastically, and I now have a committed, dynamic 3-piece.  Jordan (drums) and Ed (bass) are both great players who I really get along with well on a number of important levels.

We'll all be chipping in on room rent, working on promotion, and planning the best approach to get back up and running.  I expect to be playing live again soon, with new songs added to the ones played before.

Also, the EP will be released soon.

It feels good to have some of the uncertainties knocked out.
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Getting the band back up and running. [Sep. 30th, 2010|01:09 pm]

It's been a bit of a circus in the land of The Tricycle Wipeout- line-up changes, flakes, practice space woes and more.  But I'm chipping away at the issues:

1) Practice space settled
2) Drummer confirmed
3) 2nd prctice with Bassist and potential 2nd guitarist (will know soon)
4) EP recorded and mastered, and demo art mockups done.

So, we'll see in the coming weeks what the lineup ends up being.  I'm fie with doing a 3-piece, but if the other guitarist pans out, that's also a cool thing.

We'll see!

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Band Hell SUCKS [Sep. 10th, 2010|10:58 am]
Maybe I was being too naive, but I'm surprised at how flaky musicians can be.  After having really benefited from playing with Mark and Jack for the last couple of years, I'm finding it challenging to reform the band.  Just washed through a drummer and two bassists with poor communication and commitment issues, I'm back to sqare one, while on the hook for a practice room in San Jose (I know where my $190 is going this month).

Even so, I KNOW there are musicians out there who aren't like that.  They're probably like me- frustrated at the ups and downs and challenges of working out the details to do what they love.

What I'm learning is the patience it takes to stick it out.

Well, "I'll Stick Around."
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"Lossless" [Aug. 13th, 2010|12:43 am]



The sleeping mind doesn’t get it

You’re always alive in my dreams

And we talk, and I forget that

You’ve been gone so many years

And it seems like it’s been a long time

Since we talked last, but you’re fine

And it’s just been so long

My mind can’t solve it but something seems wrong, it seems wrong


The sleeping mind doesn’t get death

While the waking mind just cries

But I still see you in my sleep

It seems your soul I keep inside


Maybe my subconscious gets it

And that’s why I always feel so unsettled

And I feel like a jackass

For having been away so long

But I’m homesick for your closeness

I memorized the lines of your face

And the memories are lossless

My mind can’t solve it but it’s out of place, we’re out of place


The sleeping mind doesn’t get death

While the waking mind just cries

But I still see you in my sleep

It seems your soul I keep inside


And maybe there’s a lesson

That the soul never dies, that death is a lie

And the innocent mind gets that

While the rational part defines

It all as symbolic

Making equations out of lines

But I think it’s more than that

That the childlike can see the light

A little better


The sleeping mind doesn’t get death

While the waking mind just cries

But I still see you in my sleep

It seems your soul I keep inside

It’s lossless inside



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What a whirlwind! [Jun. 20th, 2010|09:56 pm]
Wow, yesterday Jack said he was quitting, and today I have a new bassist!  It's either Alex Osorio (AMAZING bassist and guitarist) or Kyle's friend Derek, in which case Alex will join as our second guitarist.  I can't believe things are resolving themselves so quickly.  I hope the people who came because of Mark and Jack will still be friends of the band, but I know that with 3 or 4 active members helping with band costs, promotions and everything else, we'll be beyond fine.

Surprised and happy
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Starting over again, again. [Jun. 20th, 2010|12:13 am]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Boy did I sure not see thayt one coming... I had called Jack to talk about a gig opportunity at the Cupertino Britannia Arms. Found out he wouldn't be available.  Why?  He's quittng the band.



So, me being me, I panic for about 10 minutes, then promptly whore myself out on Craigslist.  Turns out there's this really talented bassist available.  Like Jack, he has a music degreee.  He teaches music, plays drums and sax (among other instruments) and sound like he's really serious.  And he lives near me.  So, if he joins on the off-chance: two guys who live close to me, have a great gear, are into promotion, and are cool guys.  If this pans out, it will be worth the emotional hell of band breakup #2.

I just hope to be able to maintain my friendships with Mark and Jack.  I really respect and like these guys.  They've honored  me deeply by lending me their time and  musicianship over the past year and a half.

Not to say that I'm not a bit crushed: we've all shared some great times.  Mark can't help his family situation with the house, and of course Jack has beeen barely making it without a steady job.  But there was something definitely there with us.  I'm going to release the demo as an EP, come what may.  It really is powerful.

Now, though, I'm essentially starting over.  That's okay- I have learned much about myself and leadership and what I really want to do and the direction I want to go.  We WILL be climbing the ladder to the next stage.  I believe that there's important work to be done and many people to be affected by the songs.  That's why I do it. I have resolved to keep this as a lifelong endeavor. I won't quit.  If I have to be out there solo with just an acoustic guitar, then I will be there.  People will come.

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We got our drummer! [Jun. 16th, 2010|04:42 pm]
[mood |excitedexcited]

Well, uncertainty finally gave way to a sure thing- Kyle Frederickson just joined The Tricycle Wipeout.  He's a pretty ideal fit- outgoing, talented, and personable.  He lives close to me, and has a huge list of shared influences and likes, musically.  He was referred to us by Mark, who Kyle was going to be drumming for in Point 3 before all the chaos set in for those guys.

*Close by
*Has PA
*Lots of friends
*Way better looking than me ;)
*Well-connected in the SJ rock scene
*Recording and promotional experience

So Jack and I are super stoked.  I've been pretty anxious about Mark leaving, and was really worried about trying to find someone, but things finally worked themselves out.

We're converting our 2-car garage into a practice space.  We'll be soundproofing it as much as possible.

Our next show, and possibly last one with Mark (unless there's a short-notice opportunity he's available for) will by July 3rd at Johnny V's, one year after our first scheduled gig at the Voodoo Lounge last year.  Mark's been a HUGE part of the band, and I think I've picked up a lot from him.  Thankfully, Kyle has an excellent ear for dynamics and is a quick study.

We'll also likely be adding a second guitarist and/or keyboardist.  Here's to the future!
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Talent and Tragedy: Days of the New’s Travis Meeks at The Avalon (4/28/10) [Apr. 29th, 2010|07:17 am]
Let me preface this piece by saying it’s really two very separate reflections about one night I swear I will never forget. You’ll understand as you read the following why I say that.

I’d been dispatched by Your Music Magazine to cover Days of the New, or, rather, Travis Meeks doing one of a number of solo shows. I was pleased to find out that San Jose’s own Cherry Nova was opening the evening. They rocked in all their chick-grunge glory. This band is the bastard child of Veruca Salt, L7, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, The Breeders and maybe a little of Hole’s new song, “Skinny Little Bitch.” Watching them makes me feel like I was put in a time machine to see original grunge crawl out of the bay of Seattle. They did their staples, like “Spiderman,” (I was lucky to grab a video of that) entrancing me with a weird mix of lethargy and kinetic energy (if that makes any sense). I’m a sucker for grunge, in any form, and this stuff definitely recalls that. I have to say that if it had been just about any other city, there might have been a frothing mosh pit, but as usual, the Silicon Valley crowd sat at their tables and cheered, applauding at the right times. It was a great performance, though. I can’t wait to hear their album when it’s done. I snapped some pictures that would have been great on a better camera, save for the rampant red-eye (cherry eye?) that dogged most of the shots. My photographer had to bail last-minute due to a number of valid reasons, so I was flying solo.

Next up was Famous Taxi, actually a solo performer who worked the crowd with his stage presence. He was fun to watch, with his tongue-in-cheek tortured love songs. He had a great voice and a fantastic stage mix, which enabled people to appreciate the blending of his guitar and voice. He was like a higher-energy and more whimsical Damien Rice via Bright Eyes and Dashboard Confessional. His song “Control” was a high point. Fortunately, I got a video of a great song. Unfortunately, my camera crapped out on me while trying to record a second clip. I’m glad I had the forethought to bring a separate voice recorder, and landed interviews with the first two acts using that.

Camera-less, I was enthralled by Red Sun and musically pummeled by Nova (a separate band unrelated to Cherry Nova). Both of these were extremely tight, demonstrating that modern rock isn’t dead yet in Northern California, despite popular opinion to the contrary. Red Sun featured a full band augmented by a DJ, peppered with hardcore vocals and thrashing guitars. Nova took it a step farther, absolutely dominating the audience, which had peaked at this point. I can’t overstate how great these guys are. They just did a song for the Iron Man 2 videogame soundtrack and will be playing with Taproot, which should give them some more exposure. At times, they recalled Deftones, Shinedown, Sevendust and Edgewater, and the vocalist completely owned the stage with a range approaching Chris Cornell’s banshee yells. Amazing. They were asked to extend the set and no one complained. It was while wandering around after that I learned the reason why.

I overheard some guys from the venue saying that Travis Meeks was pretty much out of his mind on drugs. I knew something was up when the guy running the show told me that there was no chance of an interview, because he said, “Travis is in no condition to be doing interviews – he’s completely out of it.” This is apparently still a problem, even after the filming of the A&E substance abuse and recovery show, “Intervention,” which featured Meeks in 2005. This is where the evening took a real turn.

Alice in Chains was blasting from the house’s sound system, and the ghostly voice of Layne Staley was singing stories of drug addiction, pain, and death. It was a true foreshadowing. An hour after his scheduled time, a security guy escorted Meeks out. Some people, I included, gasped audibly. He was cadaverous. Absolutely emaciated, like someone with advanced cancer or some other wasting disease. After all the hale, hearty, high-energy performers, Meeks was shockingly thin, moving his body in strange ways, with odd twitches and facial expressions. (At this point, I was relieved that I couldn’t shoot pictures, and I could hear people near me making comments about drugs). His roadies set up an array of acoustic guitars (his hallmark) and after tuning and whispering things to one of the sound guys, he began to play.

He started with a long, rambling instrumental piece, looking like a stick figure behind his large dreadnaught acoustics, hunched over his guitar while crouching on a stool. The music was haunting, and he weaved various melodies together with bits of dissonance, throwing in down-tuned elements, actually using his tuning pegs to alter the pitch and tones while playing. It wasn’t until around twenty minutes in, with people whispering to each other questions about whether he would sing or not, that he finally did. The first song, appropriately enough, was about wasting away and dying. His voice, while still recognizable, was hollow and missing the depth of what he had done on the first Days of the New album. He went through one of his principal hits, “Shelf in the Room,” and then through other songs from the various previous albums and his upcoming release, “Days of the New Presents Tree Colors” (a play on the series of self-titled albums with the cover picture being a large tree in various colors, depending on the album).

It should be noted that the crowd had really dwindled at this point, to perhaps less than a fifth than were present for Nova. Between songs, one guy yelled out, “We’re your inner circle, Travis!” while other people called out “Maestro!” which he has also been going by. It smacked of pity. I honestly believe many had left because it was hard to watch this still-young man with so much talent so visibly wasted and stripped, and I could hear them saying so as they left. The music was interesting and intricate, but the sight of him so frail and with wild, disheveled hair was hard to watch, compared to how he looked in the video for his first hit, “Touch, Peel and Stand,” back in ’97. I couldn’t help but think he’s younger than me…

He didn’t stick around at the end for the few who’d stayed. For me, the personal tragedy will always cut through the talent. Perhaps the torment drives the talent, but there is no talent without the person. Just ask Layne Staley, whose songs preceded Meeks. Someone has to reach out to him, or he’ll just be another name on a too-long list. Let’s just hope and pray it’s not too late. Sometimes, “we die young,” when we don’t have to.

-Matt Young
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Is anybody on LJ anymore? Also, I need a drummer. [Apr. 23rd, 2010|07:01 pm]
I think Facebook killed LJ... I see very few on here anymore, and I rarely hop on myself. I remember airing all my scattered thoughts on this thing for like 5 or 6 years. It's comforting to know it's still here, though.

I find myself preparing for band auditioning again. Our beloved drummer is leaving the area in a number of months. Sucks. He's a huge part of The Tricycle Wipeout, and I really respect him. Thankfully, Jack is still in the mix, and we'll keep on chugging at it with Mark until we can't anymore, or the torch is passed.

We've made a great deal of progress since I reformed the band in December of '08. I remember my recording unit breaking down when I had a whim to record again, and that started the whole thing up. I've never been more committed than I am now, and thankfully I'm reasonably well-connected. I called a few musician friends, and did the Craigslist thing, and posted a blog on Your Music Magazine. Something will pan out, I know. I'll do like I did before and wait it out until I find the right person. Like dating, it's worth waiting for the right person.

We've got an EP in the mix, and will be playing as opportunities present themselves, though we can't plan out too far in advance.

I hope anyone who wanted to see us live will come out on May 7th to the Caravan in San Jose. I'm not sure when our next gig will be after that, but this is the last sure thing for now.

My love to the digital ether.

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SoundClick Widgets [Mar. 7th, 2010|12:23 am]
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This is cool [Mar. 2nd, 2010|03:57 pm]
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Blown away. [Feb. 7th, 2010|04:25 am]
So, I just got home from a 14+ hour recording session at Tone Freq Studion in San Jose. We worked with producer Steve Glaze, and I cannot believe the results. They exceed my wildest expectations. The combination of Mark on the drum kit and Jack on the bass, me on the guitar playing through the new Bogner, and Steve's oversight and guidance really came together.

We achieved a true "wall of sound" that will blow away ANYONE who ever heard earlier versions of songs I've done, including the recent rough mix of "Gray Matters."

These 4 new songs will speak for themselves.
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Wow, lots of good stuff happening with the band! [Jan. 11th, 2010|11:41 pm]
[mood |contentcontent]

Man, I remember just a little over a year ago deciding to give the band thing one last go...

Now, we're being offered shows left-and-right, we've got a radio show under our belt, and we're getting the attention of some pretty notable people/bands... Oleander, anyone?

This year, we'll be playing MANY more shows than in '09, getting our first EP/Album done professionally, and making our *real* name for ourselves.

My thanks to all of those who have been involved along the way: Jen, Jimi Leonard, Matt Saunders, Charlyn Villegas, Wade Thomas, Jack Schultz and Mark Heaps... And to think I thought it was kaput after '06...

2010 is the year it happens.

We're doing a photoshoot soon, booking studio time with a producer soon, and playing for a lot of people all over.

Here's to connecting with people in a real way... and rockin'.

See you all around.


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Losing my Uncle. On "Stand-by." [Nov. 29th, 2009|01:49 pm]
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[mood |sadsad]

I'm not on LJ much, anymore (darn you, Facebook!). But I do post once in a while.

My dad's brother, Gary, is dying right now. They're "making him comfortable." I'll be calling him later today to... I dunno. "How's the weather?" or "Seen any good movies lately?" or maybe, "I love you so much, and I miss you, and I wish I could be there now."

Because I'll be there *after* he passes. (What kind of stupid economical logic makes us have to miss being with family BEFORE they die, so we can pay some stupid bills?).

I had vivid nightmares this morning (because I was up all night) of trying to tell him I loved him (through my tears) while orderlies tried to haul me away.

Gary had a hard life. Some of it was because of his decisions, but a lot of it wasn't. He (and my father) were abused as kids. Dad got it pretty bad; Gary got it worse. Dad still has post-traumatic stress that affects him at times.

Gary abused drugs and drank like a fish, while Dad went into the ministry. Yin/yang. But he was always so gentle with my sister and me. We LOVED staying with Uncle Gary. Snacks, movies, jokes, and excitement! He taught me Cub Scouts-type things, like how to build camp fires, and such. He never had much stuff, and it was always antiques (I think it was a nice way of saying "thrift store" stuff). He played guitar (and so did I)- I even gave him one a number of years back.

Gary was a scrapper by necessity. He was a *real* "street fighter." He had to be, to stay alive. But again, he was always so gentle with Darla and me.

I knew this time would come... I hoped that sometime soon that Jennifer and I would go visit the remnants of my dad's side of the family; where Dad grew up. Life has other plans.

So. A week? Best-case scenario of a month?

We're all on "stand-by." I appreciate the support of my friends.
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The Tricycle Wipeout [Oct. 23rd, 2009|07:58 pm]
Well, we survived the VooDoo Lounge, and have video loot for anyone who wants to see/hear it.
The two videos here are "Takes the Edge Off" and "Fire & Ice." It was so nice seeing a few friends turn out (a very few), but each familiar face is a morale booster. It's a lot of work getting a band off the ground, but I'm committed to the process and we get better every week. Mark and Jack are awesome!
TTW Marquee

"Takes the Edge Off"

"Fire & Ice"

TTW VooDoo 3

TTW VooDoo 2

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Squeaky Wheel [Oct. 10th, 2009|03:45 am]

Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky wheel gets the grease/ Hear the problem, make the fix

Move along to find the next/ Get it done and leave by six


Let’s hear it for the working stiff/ Name embroidered on his shirt

Sometimes works the graveyard shift/ Soaks the bones to ease the hurt


Find a sitter for the kids/ Had made plans but work called in

Heat some food and pop the lid/ Get it done and leave by ten


Let’s hear it for the working stiff/ Name embroidered on his shirt

Sometimes works the graveyard shift/ Soaks the bones to ease the hurt


It’s more a job than a career/ It’s more a work week than a life

It’s more a numbness than a tear/ She’s more a pen pal than a wife


Working stiff, walking dead (Squeaky wheel in your head)

Sagging shoulders, feet of lead (Squeaky wheel in your head)

Double-time, win the bread (Squeaky wheel in your head)

Want a change, same instead (Squeaky wheel in your head)

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Loving life right now. Seriously. [Oct. 4th, 2009|02:18 pm]

Hey, how's everyone?

Life has been going well lately.  Been busy with school and work, and, thankfully, the band.

I'm really enjoying the work we're putting into The Tricycle Wipeout.  We've been working on the demo process.  Click tracks, mic'ed amps, guitar work, and scratch vocals.  I've layed down the basic guitar for Gray Matters, and Jack has layed down an aesome bass track.  I'm really looking forward to hearing Mark's drum track when he gets it done, then I'll do the "real" vocals, and any alternate guitar parts.

Next, we'll likely do Making Coffee for the Suits. I already did a basic acoustic track to nail down the song length and structure, and then after Jack lays down bass, I'll go in and do the electric guitars.

We're putting these together as a two-song demo in order to get bigger and better gigs, and I think we will actually get some attention from them. I think we'll be getting some good production values, and I can already tell that they sound WORLD APART from any of those old (and fondly remembered) acoustic tracks I did 2004-2006.

By virtue of playing with such great musicians, including having Mark as our initial producer, I feel that I've ben growing into a real frontman.  My playing and singing are tighter than they've ever been, and I think that I might be able to go toe-to-toe with other bands when we hit our stride in the coming year.

We've got the (I think) 10:30 slot at the Voodoo Lounge on Wednesday, 10/21, and then we have another show in Santa Cruz on 11/27, the day after Thanksgiving, at Coasters Lounge at the Boardwalk Bowl.  That show will have a longer set, and I'm gonna really sink a lot of time into it.

I've ordered a run of AWESOME TTW shirts that we should have in maybe 1 1/2 weeks, that we'll likely have on sale for $12-$15 to raise money for a PA system (the mock-up on the right).

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Electric guitar set for sale. [Oct. 2nd, 2009|03:39 pm]

I just picked up an electric guitar set designed by Adam Levine from Maroon Five.  Includes guitar/strap/picks and a practice amp, and the guitar has brand new strings on it.

I'm trying to raise money for a PA system for my band.

It's $150 on  I'll sell it for $100 or best offer.

It's new-in-box and unopened.

Call Matt at 408.476.8452.
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FREE ALICE IN CHAINS STICKERS! [Aug. 29th, 2009|12:00 pm]

I am on the AiC street team, and just got my shipment of official band stickers promoting their new album, "Black Gives Way to Blue" which is due at the end of this September.

Let me know, and I'll set up a meetup.  I'll be taking pics of people as they get their stickers.

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Brand-new song, "You Cannot Walk Away" lyrics [Aug. 12th, 2009|10:28 pm]
Recently, I wrote some lyrics that sort of poured out of me after I'd been in thought about something. When I get an acoustic demo done, I will post it.

Here they are:

You Cannot Walk Away

You cannot walk away because it follows you
Despite the words you say
You cannot get away from what swallows you
No, you can’t get away
You can’t get away

Try as you might, the circles you walk are starting to leave a trail
You feel the pain inside of you before you see the nail
You can’t get away

You cannot walk away because it pursues you
Despite the miles you run
You cannot get away from what subdues you
Your conscience weighs a ton

Try as you might, the circles you walk are starting to leave a trail
You feel the pain inside of you before you see the nail
And the nail inside your heart is an anchor holding on to your soul
You do what you have to, what you have to, to feel whole
What you have to, to feel whole

It pursues you
It knows you
And you can't walk away
It frees you
It holds you
And you can't walk away

Try as you might, the circles you walk are starting to leave a trail
You feel the pain inside of you before you see the nail
And the nail inside your heart is an anchor holding on to your soul
You do what you have to, what you have to, to feel whole
What you have to, to feel whole
And you cannot walk away

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Our new design [Jul. 28th, 2009|06:05 pm]

I designed a new graphic for shirts and posters for my band, The Tricycle Wipeout. Thanks to my friend, Ryan Jung, for the help with the finer points of Adobe Illustrator- it would have taken me twice as long without him!

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The two articles that inspired the Cocaine in the River Thames song [Jul. 25th, 2009|01:19 am]
I have a song that we're playing in The Tricycle Wipeout, called "Cocaine in the River Thames"- it's about two articles I read a handful of years ago.

One details the findings that so many people in Britain are using cocaine that it's showing up in the River Thames; the equivalent of 80,000 lines. (

Another article I had read a few months before that talked about trace amounts of the drug Prozac were being found in the drinking water; the equivalent of 24,000,000 prescriptions. (

That all got me to thinking how people's private lives eventually surface, as if "we're all throwing our lives into the water."

"Cocaine in the River Thames"

There's cocaine in the river/Everyone is on it/Eighty-thousand lines/Passing through their systems/It's a health-care time bomb/John Henry was saying/You can read all about it/As seen in the paper

There's cocaine in the River Thames
There's cocaine in the River Thames

There's Prozac in the drinking water/Everyone is on it/Twenty-four million prescriptions/Could eventually be toxic/That's a lot of Pfizer's product/Norman Baker was saying/You can read all about it/As seen in the paper

There's cocaine in the River Thames
There's cocaine in the River Thames

Maybe, could be, the two will cancel the other out
Maybe, could be, the two will cancel the other out
Cancel the other out

We're all throwing our lives into the water
We're all throwing our lives into the water
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NEW video clips up! [Jul. 25th, 2009|12:50 am]
I've been playing around the area at Barefoot Coffee Roasters and The Blue Rock Shoot to keep myself sharp until the full band is ready and synched for gigs. Here're a few clips, one solo from Barefoot and two from the Blue Rock with Jack joining me.
Sad Town:

Cocaine in the River Thames:

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Why is it so hard... [Jul. 24th, 2009|06:59 pm] get in touch with some people?  I had a circle of friends in the Modesto area who were and still are really important to me.  I've been trying to get in touch with some of them, and it's been more difficult than I though it'd be.

I guess some people were more important to me than I was to them.  That's usually how it goes. *sigh*
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By the illegal rocket's red glare, the bottle rockets bursting in air... [Jul. 5th, 2009|01:10 am]
Man, people were still setting off the occasional "bang" until 12:30 AM.

The Shoreline fireworks show was fun, but definitely scaled-down from last year. Yay, recession!

toolgrl150 , silver_tusk and I hung out together, munchin' on Nutter Butters and Donut Wheel pastries.  Fun times!

I'm still practicing for my upcoming gig.  It's funny how Jen will say, "I'm excited about your show!  It makes me nervous!" and then *I* will start to get the jitters.  She swears that I don't show my nerves, and I'm usually okay, but I'm trying REALLY hard to not screw it all up.  I often transpose lyrics, but as long as they rhyme and I don't make a face, nobody will know. (Except Jen).

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NEW Alice in Chains song!!!!!!!!! [Jun. 30th, 2009|05:31 pm]
[mood |enthralledenthralled]
[music |Alice in Chains- A looking In View]

This song is brutally AMAZING!!!! I can't stop listening to it.

Turn your speakers all the way up, and close your eyes.
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AP article on Michael Jackson: not so nice [Jun. 25th, 2009|05:34 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

I know Michael Jackson, RIP, lead an unconventional and weird life, but I'm taken aback a bit by the article on Yahoo from the AP.  It seems a little disrespectful of a story breaking news of his death.  The writer must not have liked Jackson, with lines like these:

"Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer before his life and career deteriorated in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday...

...Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s...

...known for his feverish, crotch-grabbing dance moves, his high-pitched voice punctuated with squeals and titters. His single sequined glove and tight, military-style jacket were trademarks second only to his ever-changing, surgically altered appearance.

As years went by, he became an increasingly freakish figure. His skin became lighter and his nose narrower. He surrounded himself with children at his Neverland ranch, often wore a germ mask while traveling and kept a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles as one of his closest companions. In 2005, he was cleared of charges he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor at Neverland in 2003. He had been accused of plying the boy with alcohol and groping him. The case took a fearsome toll on his career and image, and he fell into serious financial trouble..."

It just seems like it was in poor taste.  People will have plenty of time to pick over his corpse for lewd stories later.

Too bad.

And Farrah Fawcet dead, too!
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NEW Alice in Chains Album! [Jun. 14th, 2009|12:15 am]
[mood |excitedexcited]

ALICE IN CHAINS: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed - June 11, 2009
Legendary rock band ALICE IN CHAINS has set "Black Gives Way To Blue" as the title of its first new studio album in more than 10 years, due on September 29 via EMI's Virgin Records. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS) began recording last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, California and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood.

Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. They began touring with new guitarist/vocalist William DuVall the following year.

"It's been a meaningful journey and a hell of a story," says Cantrell. "We're very excited to have a home at Virgin/EMI and are looking forward to writing new chapters in the book of ALICE."

"We're in a good place," adds Kinney. "We've made a record that we're really proud of, we've got a team in place that's passionate about the music and we're excited for the fans to hear the new songs."

"ALICE IN CHAINS has had a big hand in the evolution of music and I still can't believe we get to work with them," says Rob Stevenson, President of Virgin Records. "This music is going to remind people what we've all been missing."

"There is a tremendous sense of excitement and dedication within EMI around the world as we head into this album release," added Jeff Kempler, EMI's COO of New Music for North America and the U.K. "ALICE IN CHAINS' place in rock history is undeniable and when people hear this remarkable new work it will be clear how timeless, potent and visionary this band is."

ALICE IN CHAINS were among the headliners at the recent Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. Next up is a July 18 show with KID ROCK at Comerica Park in Detroit, to be followed by festival shows with METALLICA overseas, including an August 1 date at Marlay Park in Dublin and an August 2 show at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. Earlier this year, the quartet took a break from recording to perform a string of shows in Australia with NINE INCH NAILS.

Over the course of their remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and achieved 11 top 10 hit singles.

Video footage of ALICE IN CHAINS' February 28, 2009 performance at the Soundwave Festival in Adelaide, Australia can be viewed below (clip uploaded by "backpackdave08").

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