Many things are happening.

Firstly, I've made the transition from full-time employee to freelancer and I think I'm going to be much happier. I expect to get a fair amount of editing work through the company I previously worked for full-time, and I'm free to seek out other work elsewhere. What made all of this possible was an opportunity (thanks be to DJ Porkcube) to work with OffHollywood Digital as an on-set technician for the RED Digital Cinema cameras they rent out to major productions. I'm really looking forward to that... I love being on a film set full of professionals working at the top of their game, and no one can deny that I like playing with expensive, hi-tech toys. So, ideally, I'll be able to pick up a couple of days of work each week being a RED pimp and a couple of other days of editing work, which will leave me with ample time to work on things for my bands Seize Them! and Flaming Tusk (no website just yet, folks).

Secondly, huge congratulations to my friends in Boston-area band The Luxury for winning a slot as an opening act for Coldplay's August 4th show in Boston. The show is sold out, but if you happen to be going give The Luxury some love and t-shirt dollars. They gathered enough votes in the WFNX-sponsored contest to land them in the top three, which meant they'd get presented to Coldplay as a potential opener, and then Coldplay chose them. Good on ya, guys.

Thirdly, plans have been made to fly to Columbus, Ohio next month to continue shooting the Everything, Kansas documentary. We've had a few setbacks with some of our interview subjects going through some major life upheavals, but the project moves forward. Also, I'll be up in Boston this weekend to attend Christa Terry's party for the release of her book iDo: Planning Your Wedding With Nothing But 'Net and to shoot some followup footage with her and her husband Tedd.

Fourthwise, Seize Them! will be playing the world famous Knitting Factory New York on August 15th, quite late in the evening. We're very excited about this and anyone who can get to the city should definitely come on out. Details are available at the seizethem.com Gig Calendar.


this is what the world is for, making electricity

Yeah, it's overwhelming, but what else can we do?
get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?

If we must define the Anthem of the Summer as The Song I Can't Stop Listening To, then I'm declaring for MGMT's "Time To Pretend".

In perhaps the only way fitting for a summer brainworm, Time To Pretend seems to be the sole really worthwhile track on MGMT's album, Oracular Spectacular, but let's not be curmudgeons in the face of joy. "Electric Feel" is pretty damned good, too. "Time To Pretend" hits me right in the heartbone with what are, let's face it, gimme lyrics tuned specifically to my particular species of rootless suburban refugee. A wink and a nod to ya, boys... your alchemist knew what she was doing when you two went into the retort.