Wednesday, June 24, 2009

magic is in the air.

These are my feelings as of late:
Iron and Wine covering SteroLab
Peng! 33

Curiosity was far greater than our fear
It felt so simple, so prodigious at the same time

Incredible things are happening in the world
Magical things are happening in this world

Across the river there are all kinds of magical instruments
While we really keep on living like monkeys

Incredible things are happening in the world
Magical things are happening in this world, yeah

Monday, June 22, 2009

beauty upon beauty.

I spent the morning being tired. I was tired because of the beauty of community, friendship, true love, and laughter. I can only say that I know some of the most amazing people in the world. These people are kind, loving, gracious, beautiful, free spirited, and connected to a beautiful God who is never limited.

I stood up in the Sparks-Graeser wedding that ultimately so beautiful with a blue sky, cool shade, green grass, and love that is tireless.

I am grateful for the people who challenge me.
Who push me endlessly.
Who love without having to try.
Who are good. Who fail and pick themselves back up.
They fight with their voices rather than their fists.
They inspire me to be better.

They inspire me to continue to be honest and open.
They inspire me to create. To think of new ideas and to approach life with vigor and always with a smile.

I can never give up
I can never give in

when i have friends like these.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Deastro: Moondagger

I have been absent from life the last couple of weeks....I have been listening to good jams as I have been a busy worker bee.

I have been lucky to come back to Detroit (I used to live in LA) and stumble upon music (and people) that shake you. Deastro is the brain child of Randolph Chabot. This record is my favorite summer jam already. I have played some of these jams at a party and the dancing automatically happens. (I also had a little girl throw a little rock fist in the air!)

The record is a smart blend of 80s new-wave, hints of classical influence, and smart beats that makes you wonder how one guy could put this all together. Record label Ghostly International has put out such a good record with little guy. The lyrics are so personal. They seem to touch on love, loss, and the quest to understand a God that almost seems unknowable. It is smart combination of live drums, guitar, and synth blending.

I absolutely LOVE this record. It's so smart both musically and lyrically. Please check out the songs: Kurgan Wave Number One, Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed In The Heart With The Moondagger By The King Of Darkness And His Ghost Is Writing This Song As A Warning To All Of Us, and The Shaded Forest. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Deastro is also heading on tour:
06/10 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06/12 Brooklyn, NY - Studio B
06/13 Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange
06/15 Cleveland, OH - Bside Liquor Lounge
06/17 Chicago, IL - Double Door
06/18 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Avenue Entry
06/21 Vancouver, BC - Media Club
06/22 Seattle, WA - TBA
06/23 Portland, OR - Holocene
06/24 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
06/25 L.A., CA - Spaceland