is a producer, composer and sound designer from Edmonton, Alberta - now based in Brooklyn. Either he works as a solo artist or with the bands Taxi Taxi and White Mud Free Way. New collaborations are on the horizon including a collection of melancholy songs recorded with Kid Koala.
«Splitting Signals» was released in November 2011 on Saint Martha Hill.
This really reminds me of junior high. Apart from it being ubiquitous in those days it still holds up as great pop songwriting. Neil Finn is a genius and this song captures what he does best: penning a melancholy and sweet tune. Instant nostalgia. In fact, purely by circumstance the first TWO concerts I ever attended were Crowded House shows. Not too many acts came through Edmonton back then.
There is a Beatles song for every emotion and occasion.
I saw A Tribe Called Quest at a free outdoor concert on the campus of Columbia University. It blew my mind how fun they were. They were just relentless and they kept the crowd moving the whole time. After they finished, they hopped into their limo parked behind the stage and drove off.
Ha! Kid Koala and I just finished a record of some of my saddest songs and the working title of the project was literally «12 of the Most Depressing Songs...Ever». I think we came pretty close to that claim. Apart from those tunes I'd say that «Til I Die» by the Beach Boys, «White Lady Loves You More» by Elliot Smith or «I Will» by Radiohead will definitely do the trick.
I don't remember having to look very long for a record. I did have to special order «Mark's Keyboard Repair» back in the day but I got it in a week.
This is a good way to wind a party down. Get in the last bit of making-out before they turn on the lights and everybody pairs off.
It would be too distracting for me to fall in love to a record. Falling in love requires concentration.
The first record that comes to mind is «Tusk». I just remember seeing it in my parent's record player a lot. Turns out it was a pretty cool record.
Just because they are AWESOME.
I was completely obsessed with «The White Album» when I got my first summer job as a busboy. I'd listen to it before and after work. That record is like a Russian doll. It reveals a new layer with every listen. Even now, that still holds true for me.
I try not to feel guilty about enjoying music of all types.
This is one of his most candid songs and a rare glimpse of vulnerability. I don't know if this song is the «ultimate» but it certainly ranks right up there as one of the most devastating break up songs to me.
This is pretty infectious. This Brooklyn band Pixeltan put out a self-titled EP on DFA a couple years back that I thought was quite fun.
The 12 inch of it was the first record I bought with my own money. What can I say? That song is awesome.
I'd say «I've Got A Tiger By The Tail» but they'd probably say «Hold The Line» by Major Lazer.
John Barry's score for «The Knack And How To Get It» is perfect too.
Lately it's been either «Solo Monk» or «Solo Piano». Good newspaper reading music.
Only the songs I haven't written yet. I don't think I would enjoy my favorite songs as much if they were written by me.