November 27th, 2012
This week I begin the arduous process of sifting through 10+ years of sketches, themes and sound recordings to culminate in an album (name? open to suggestions). I had NO IDEA I had generated so much stuff, it’s quite a pile.
Wednesday Rick G. Nelson and I will start the actual recording process. I plan on having some friends help out along the way – anything you’ve heard me do on my own has generally been all me, which can get boring (face it, Todd Rundgren is a genius but you can’t replace the energy of real people reacting to one another).
Into the breach!
August 25th, 2011
This show has since SOLD OUT
Twilight Singers site
May 28th, 2011
Did you know there’s also a Dave-o Facebook page where I post scheduling, links, photos, etc.?
You can see it here.
February 20th, 2011
James Trussart let me hang out at his workshop and try out a bunch of different model guitars today – he makes strange beautiful works of art influenced by, yet completely different from the classic Gibson/Fender standards. He makes some models completely of steel, others with wood bodies & steel tops.
The one I chose to leave with, a Steel DeVille, has all that I like about the Gibson scale (my hands are not large), plus 24-fret neck, but allows me the ’spank’ of Fenders that I love. I can really lay into it and it barks back, or finesse it and the notes bloom… The Bigbsy excites me, I have an old Gretsch that’s too fragile to take out on the road and I love the advantages of that color it gives. Every one of the similar model had other qualities I liked; they were all different in various ways – it was difficult to commit. A good thing.
He uses real snake or alligator skin to texturize the surfaces! I had assumed there was an automated process or mold or something to get that oxidization and texture, but it’s a crazy (!) primitive time-intensive method, which I don’t understand and probably shouldn’t divulge if I did. He is a true luthier, craftsman, engineer and mad scientist. I’m looking forward to using the crap outta this instrument … I wish I had a gig sooner than Wednesday so I could use it thru a LOUD amp. Check them out:
December 24th, 2010
Download the first single from the forthcoming Twilight Singers album Dynamite Steps here.
October 26th, 2010
In Dublin we played Whelan’s then went looking for a bar that wasn’t a cheeseball meat market but to no avail. We went back to the hotel (The Arlington, which has traditional Celtic music and dancing a la Riverdance) & persuaded the manager to ket us drink in the just-closed bar, where we sort of took over. Ed & Greg played showtunes & won over the bartender & mgr who were ready to leave & go the hell home after a long shift, and we ended up drinking Guiness & Hennessy till 3am.
i thought this was a rave club till i saw the guy in the white lab coat thru the window
then came Galway…
Ed Harcourt, the mad genius Englishman, joined us for the Irish shows as an opener – it’s intimidating going on after such a bombastic talent. If you don’t know his stuff there’s a “Best Of” album, but get the new record called “Lustre”. I get a lump in my throat once a night when he plays, which is so unlikely when you know the artist and have “seen behind the curtain” – still his music affects me strongly. He also happens to be hilarious.
In Galway our friend Gúgai took us again to Cava, a Spanish tapas place, and I think one of the best bistros I’ve ever been to. If you’re there, you MUST go or you’re missing out – I never knew what my I wanted my last meal to be until I ate at Cava. Killer relaxed vibe and 1920’s-style hot jazz guitar/violin duo (think Django/Grappelli) support a great place for memorable occasions with close friends. Which is what we had. If all tours were like this I’d perpetually stay on the road.
August 21st, 2010
Soundcheck at Union Chapel, London 8/10
I played here a while back with Greg & Mark as Gutter Twins but neglected to take any damn photos. Those who know me are not surprised at this, I am absent-minded frequently.