NEWS & GIGS
or playing gigs and performances I am involved in.
Please make sure to check the CALENDAR PAGE for additional details as I usually post the info there too.
See you at the show, my friends!
Where I've been lately...
News update 8-22
Lots of changes afoot. I've met with many excellent artist musicians here, and had the pleasure of making music with them. I've yet to work for $$ among them, but I am trying to expand my network. As in Los Angeles, there is significant untapped underground talent here.
Lots of "open mic" jams here. I've done one place several times and I will do more.
The area is only beginning to learn of my expertise in production of media, and of course my unique and powerful bass playing.
Long time since last entry...it's August 2020, we moved away from LA a year ago, and we live in Wisconsin now. Of course we quarantine here...there's been n
I'm all healed up and I'm doing music on my oo live music wn here, working a little home studio I set up in our new digs, and I'm slowly putting together new music.
Here's a pic of the "studio" and me in it.
Updated January 1, 2017
How to sum up recent and not-so-recent events?
Major hip dislocations that led to major hip surgery,
finally got the Carpal Tunnel surgery taken care of too,
then I went back to college to obtain a degree.
It's kind of taken up a lot of my time. Played with an abortive
'bag-related thing that went nowhere much to my chagrin.
Then I joined this Pink Floyd tribute band for fun and money:
We're available for parties!! Book us thru facebook here:
Recent Activity - playing with SOMOS MYSTERIOSOS
In the latter half of 2014, I agreed to be temporary bassist for a band called
SOMOS MYSTERIOSOS, a three-piece hard rock/punk band consisting of
a wonderful drummer/singer by the name of Duley Toledo, and his excellent
guitarist, Anthony Solis. Here's a link to the video of the first gig I did with them.
I only had a week to learn the set, so it's a little rough, but the audience dug it.
Since then I've done a couple of other shows with them, and might do more.
Also, here's a couple of flyers I made for them for the shows:
TAO JONES videos!
...if I had to describe the music, I'd call it "Progressive Power Pop".
For the first time, the only videos of a gig we did are now posted to YOUTUBE, for your enjoyment!
PAPERBAG: Live at the Music Machine 1986
recent gig, upcoming gig, and video
We have another gig this coming weekend at a place called "El Corita" in Pasadena.
Here's the flyer, art by M. Segal:
A video of us playing Hendrix' "Manic Depression" is here:
Return of the Son of the Bride of...PAPERBAG:!!
To that end, I and the other three members of this, dare I say it, "Legendary" band are quietly working behind the scenes to blow your mind with NEW in the sense of NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED old material. That's right, we've been tapping our extensive archive, just like we did to bring forth "AIRWAVE RITUALS", for yet more 'Bag stuff.
We recently were able to arrange the digitization of NINE 24-track reel-to-reel tapes into Pro Tools, yielding 4.5 hours of material, over 80 pieces of music that were improvised live at a studio called PERSPECTIVE, way back in 1986. Yes, that's NOT a typo; this stuff is really from that long ago, and even we had not heard it in over two decades.
What is most surprising is that this material sounds BADASS. It was from our most fruitfully creative period, and recorded in pristine conditions, and lovingly preserved all these years, and then finally painstakingly transferred to digital audio for posterity. Phew, am I glad of it, too!
To that end, we PB members have embarked on what we hope will be a new phase for the band. We think that recent interest in old SST bands, the new interest in so-called "jam bands" and the fact of our academic credibility as inventors of a viable, workable "THEORY OF IMPROVISATION" (yes, a real printed book about this is under construction already!) makes this a perfect time to reintroduce the masses to what we did and do.
Plus. technology has made this effort cheap and easy in a way it never was before--us broke-ass musicians can realize many of our fantastical dreams without laying out a penny these days! All Hail the Bit-Stream God!
So. here are items for NEW and OLD Paperbag fans to look out for:
1) PB has a new FACEBOOK presence at this page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paperbag-Improvisational-Music-Co/272676422806309
2) PB has a new REVERBNATION presence at this page: http://www.reverbnation.com/paperbagimprovisationalmusicco
3) PB will be SHARING select music choices from all our past releases on SOUNDCLOUD: http://soundcloud.com/paperbag-3 --as well as other music sharing sites to come
4) PB will publish a book on the THEORY mentioned above
5) PB will release a NEW CD of material culled from the PERSPECTIVE SESSIONS mentioned above, hopefully by Christmas 2012
6) PB will re-release a remixed/remastered CD release of "VICTIMLESS CRIME"--the legendary recording that got SST to sign us, in 2013
7) PB will re-release remixed/remastered versions of all FOUR of our albums over the next couple of years.
8) PB will be putting LIVE VIDEO of classic performances on our own YOUTUBE channel, coming this summer 2012.
9) PB will be posting M. Segal's amazing art-work in a new gallery collection for the first time ever.
10) PB will be COMING for your MIND, and we are HUNGRY!!!
NEW LEVELER LIVE VIDEO on YOU TUBE!
LeVeLeR gig @ Brixton's
It was a great gig, thanks go to those who made it possible, and kudos to SoCal StrgPlyr for the great photo of me!
Mellow-Trons gig @ Universal Bar & Grill
SIngularity is GRAMMY nominated!
NoTreble featured Bassist spotlight
Robbie Krieger solo album "SINGULARITY"
I hope this likely magnificent record does really well, as Robbie is an incredible guitarist and artist, and a legend of Rock--and maybe some of that fame'll rub off on yours truly!
NEW REVIEW of "SINGULARITY" here: http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/reviewrobbykriegersingle.htm - reviewer says "buy it!"
Here's a video clip that Brandino made (he's the one talking) with his new Flip device of me doing a recent edit of the song at his studio, it's kind of funny.
I'm now a Certified Pro Tools HD Operator
to get my Pro Tools HD 8 Operator Certification.
New Woody Moran songs I played on released!
called "A BRAND NEW SITUTATION" and it's a great album.
Very soulful, very captivating and catchy music, with a bit of Springsteen and A bit of Steely Dan influence.
I also had the pleasure of contributing bass parts to two of the songs, "Walking on a Saturday Night" and "Sombrero Fallout."
You can download and hear them here:http://www.woodymoran.com/songs
I strongly suggest you buy the album and support this great Artist!
Three new Pro Tools Certifications recieved
When I pass the 210m and 210p I will be a Certified Operator for music and post-production!
Ray Bailey CD reviewed in Southland Blues Magazine
Video: GR with LEVELER at Brixton's in Redondo Beach
shows me playing with the great band LEVELER playing a tune called "Before the Silence is Golden"
at Brixton's club in Redondo Beach, where we had the chance to open for the
Adrian Belew Power Trio!
They were awesome, but IMHO, we were awesome-er. FYI, the lineup is Vince Martinez - guitar & vocal,
Dean McCall - drums, Matt Brown - keyboard & vocal, and GR on bass guitar.
Video Clip: GR & "LEVELER" at Brixton's playing "Revolver"
"Revolver" featuring Matt Brown on vocals. The tune is missing some of the ending, and it
has a strange slapback echo on the drums that make it sound a bit squirrely, but it is shot from the
front of the stage and we all look darn good in it, I must say.
New Mixing Credit: Ray Bailey's "Resurrection"
It is the triumphant live effort heralding the return to the blues scene of the great Ray Bailey, who is an amazing vocalist and guitarist.
This recording was done over a set of four evenings at the famous south Los Angeles blues club called "Babe & Ricky's Inn" & mixed by a team of producers, including yours truly.
It is titled "Resurrection" and features smokin' soulful blues--it's truly a great record.
Check it out here: http://raybaileyblues.com/
Checkout the NEW GR TUNES page!
I have finally gotten a page together that provides
a retrospective of some of my musical work as a
side-man bassist and solo composer.
I hope you check it out and enjoy what you hear there.
VISIT GR TUNES PAGE- CLICK HERE!
Shut Up Marie on YouTube
Someone filmed a short clip of us performing on April 24th 2009 in Placentia, CA at the Clubhouse Grille.
Also, Steve Braverman posted video of SUM playing at the Vault 350 in Long Beach a few years ago:
--this clip has a medley of short bits from several rockin' SUM tunes.
Band to Band - cool website!
There's a website out there called BAND-TO-BAND that chronicles the "family tree" of members of bands
as they move from membership in one band to another.
It's a noble project and very interesting, and completely worthy of support.
I am on there along with my traceable discography- http://bandtoband.com/index.php?Page=Search&ArtistId=33192 - Check it out!
Gigs for February thru April 2009
I'm playing shows with the
again, up in the Oxnard/Ventura area.
This is a kick-ass Blues/Funk/R&B trio that is always entertaining
Here's where and when:
I'll be at the Shores 9pm -1 am on
Friday & Saturday February 27th & 28th
Friday & Saturday March 20th & 21st
I'll be at the Wine Lover's bar 9pm -1 am on
Saturday February 14th
I'll be at OLearys Pub 9pm - 1am on
Friday February 20th
Friday March 13th
Friday April 10th
what's been & what'll be soon...
It's almost 2009, there's gonna be a new Prez, and some cool events are afoot:
* The song I mixed for Robbie Krieger, tentatively titled "Leyenda" is done and in the can and will be featured on RK's next solo album, with a credit to me! I'm STOKED about it, mostly because not only is it a great piece of music, but it may be some of my best mix work to date. Infinite thanks to Brandino for the opportunity to work with a legend. As soon as this becomes available I will try to link to it.
* I've completed the gigs with the Ray Jay Band for this year, and they have asked me if I would continue with them next year, and even take on Friday night gigs...since Yours Truly needs $$ like everyone else, this possibility is strong. The band continues to wow audiences and this can only make us an even tighter unit.
* Don Medina, the excellent drummer for the Ray Jay Band, asked me if I would be interested in joining him, backing the future return engagements of former SST recording artist Sylvia Juncosa., which may occur in the spring and summer of '09. I said tentatively that I would do so, although filling the bass role of the departed but not forgotten Tom Shannon will not be easy. We'll see how this idea progresses, so stay tuned.
* I have ordered a new axe, from the maker of ERGO instruments, and this will be my first electric upright bass, or EUB for short. It should arrive by end of January and I can hardly wait--I haven't owned a bow-able instrument for a very long time and it will be very cool to play with such a mode of expressiveness again It wll also have EIGHT strings (!)--Heres a pic of what it might look like:
* Avid, the parent company of the one I work for, does a Holiday CD every year with submissions from employees, and only for internal release to employees--you can'r buy this disk commercially, sorry. This year's disk is entitled "december gurls." and it is testament to the amazing range of talented people I am privileged to work with on a daily basis. Anyway, I also submitted a piece for it, called "Carol of the (Bass) Bells," based on a popular holiday piece, but done with all bass guitars...the CD's cuts have also been posted (don't know for how long) online so you can hear my piece along with the other ones. It's pretty cool, if I do say so myself, and I invite you all to check it out here: http://www.doub
* I also had an excellent opportunity to work with a great band you all should check out, called HAIVYN, I was called by David P., the lead guitarist of the band, and asked to re-master their recently finished album of songs. They had had another guy do the mastering already but didn't like the results. I knew of Haivyn because I had been a co-worker at MAGIX with a lady named Denise Starbird, who is the lead singer of the band. She is very talented (and dare I say, hot!) and I really liked the music and the approach, so I agreed to do the job for them. Turns out they were very happy with my work, and after hearing the pressed CD, I was too. There's a review online here: http://www.bigsmilemagazine.com/albumreviews.aspx#207
Here's the cover art:
Their fine album is available through their myspace page (http://www.mysp
NEW PAPERBAG RELEASE of AIRWAVE RITUALS available NOW!
JERRY KRANITZ of AURAL INNOVATIONS online 'zine
has done the first official REVIEW of AIRWAVE RITUALS
CHECK IT OUT!!!
I recently had a chance to work with Robbie Krieger (of the Doors) through my association with my colleague Brandino. Brandino and Mr. Krieger were collaborating on a composition ( I hope to post a link to it here soon) and I was asked to record some of the duet material at Brandino's home. I was very pleased to make the legendary Mr. Krieger's acquaintance and record him playing some wonderful flamenco-style guitar. He's very nice and not at all the "rock star" one might have expected. I hope to work with him again sometime.
Here's a picture of Mr Robbie Kreiger and yours truly:
Another Richie Haas Tribute Show
Saturday evening May 3rd at TAIX (http://www.taixfrench.com/) which is a great French restaurant that hosts the 321 lounge. I'm appearing with FREEHEAD and BAG:THEORY again, so come on down.
TAIX is at 1911 north Sunset Blvd, close to Glendale Ave.
Friends of Richie Haas Memorial Show
A few weeks ago, Los Angeles lost one of it's finest local musicians, and one of its nicest people. Richie Haas, multi-instrumentalist and composer, was always a fixture on the music scene. He played bass, drums, vibraphone, and for all I know every other instrument, and had a fine and droll wit to go along with his prodigious musicality. I will miss his gentle and unassuming smile, and his creativitiy, and the support he always showed me and the bands I played with. He was a true gentleman and one could do far worse than emulate the example of his life.
There has been a memorial benefit organized in his honor, and here is the information for that event. I will be appearing with both Bag:Theory in a rare appearance, and I will be attempting to do justice to playing Richie's bass parts, subbing in his band FreeHead,
Celebrating the life and music of Richie Hass
FRIENDS OF RICHIE II
A BENEFIT CONCERT
Proceeds will be contributed to the International Myeloma Foundation
SUNDAY, APRIL 27TH
@ THE ECHOPLEX
From to , in order of appearance
(in Club terms, which differs from reality)
ChromoSphere with Marc Mylar
Poets Jack Brewer,
THE LOFTY CANAANITES
With fellow improvisers Tony Fate & Vince Martinez
DOS with Mike Watt and Kira Roessler
Jim Smith, M. Segal, George Radai
The evening will end with a stage-filled improv session in celebration of our talented & unforgettable friend.
DOORS OPEN AT 4pm $7.00 admission ALL AGES INFO: (213) 413-8200
Playin' the Blues...
--I've started doing occasional gigs with the very excellent RAY JAY BAND, a blues/funk/r&b project that plays in and around Ventura county on weekends. This trio has as it's drummer the very fine and talented Don Medina, formerly of Death&Taxe$ and Shut Up Marie, and has the equally fine and talented Ray Jay on guitar and vocals. If you like that style of music, you owe it to yourselves to check out this band whether I am sitting in with them or not.
Check out their MySpace page for gig details: http://www.myspace.com/therayjayband
Pics from Steamers with Building 7
The first gig with BUILDING 7 at Steamers was lots of fun. We were well recieved by those that attended, and even made some fans!
Here's a couple of snapshots from the show.
From L>R: Eduardo Poyart, David Robin, GR, Scott Heustis
GR laying it down...
(10/29) I've begun working with a new band, just named "Building 7" which is made up of Scott Heustis on guitar, Eduardo Poyart on keyboards(both fine musicians formerly of Instagon, Gizmo, Potion Box, and other bands) and the excellent David Robin on drums (formerly with Toyah Wilcox) -- we're playing a prog-rock breakfast at Steamer's in the south bay in a couple of weeks--should be fun. The music is prog-industrial-funk-jazz, if I had to classify it loosely, and pretty interesting and energetic.
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(10/07) Some recent things: I did a cool gig with LEVELER (me, Vince Martinez on guitar, Dean McCall on drums) that was well-recieved. Check out some of those tunes here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=75299787
I've been doing some emgineering and mixing for a friend and client who is a Grammy-winning super jazz bassist named Brandino, and I will have some examples of mixes I have done for him here posted here soon. Check out his website at www.brandino.com
Greg Segal's Phantom Airship records has just released two more Cold Sky compilations. Cold Sky had a brief life back in the late 80's-early 90's, but did some slammin' prog-hard-rock jams and pop-ey songs, and there's some good bass work on there by me. The two forthcoming releases are called "In Process", and "The King of Illusion Variations."
Besides that, I began working on a three-album compilation that is the best of me...seems pretty self-indulgent, but what the heck. I've been doing this a long time, and I am proud of some of the work I have done with and for various artists, so I thought to collect it all and remaster the cuts, and it'll be called 'Dwellings Below".
Here's the artwork for the three front covers:
Also Kenny Ryman (of PaperBag and Points of Friction fame) and I have gotten all the basic work done for the remix and remaster of VICTIMLESS CRIME, which was PaperBag's infamous release that gained them the attention of SST Records, and got them signed. This will be a re-release with massively improved sound reproduction and it ought to knock some people's socks off!
HOMELESS MUSIC & ARTS NETWORK
due to launch soon!
You might just find yourself a home with HOMELESS...
Tentative Launch Date is Summer 2006!!!
GIG, EVENT, & RELEASE SCHEDULE
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