Plush Gordon debut now available!

This one's a little odd, particularly the first track, but my new band's debut EP is now available on BandCamp. The EP is called Fits and Starts. Contained therein are: A brief song (25 seconds) about a rubber-band ball A song about a man who works at a grocery store A song about Gregor Samsa…Read more Plush Gordon debut now available!

“Murmurings” – Android Invasion

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For those of you itching to listen to Terry Riley and Lamonte Young-like minimalist electronic music (I know I want to from time to time), take a listen to “Murmurings” by Android Invasion.  With a a swarming background of noise, a series of chords come in and out of the mix and stereo spectrum, circling around the listener as the texture thickens and thins.  Interspersed with electronic clinks and clanks, this track is certainly a more android-sounding minimalism, but it is remarkably human in its microtonal string part interjecting in the waves of sound.  The chords are warm and inviting, too, removing any thoughts of being overly mechanized.

Check it out!

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I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times: An Interview with Marc Schuster by Curtis Smith

Thanks to Curtis Smith and JMWW for running this interview regarding my latest book!

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Back in the aughts, Marc Schuster started Small Press Reviews and published several books with a number of independent presses including PS Books, the Permanent Press, and McFarland. More recently, he’s been recording music under the name Zapatero and laying the groundwork for a new project he’s calling Plush Gordon.  

Citing burnout, he renounced writing altogether but published Tired of California: The Beach Boys’ Holland Revisited a few months later. This latest book chronicles the recording of a lesser-known Beach Boys album that, the author contends, deserves at least some of the spotlight usually afforded the band’s better-known works like Pet Sounds and Smile.

 Curtis Smith: Let me be honest—I’ve never been a Beach Boys fan. And while I admired Pet Sounds and Smile, I never really enjoyed them. So what am I not seeing/understanding?

Marc Schuster: It’s really just a matter of taste, and for a…

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Album Review: Drawing from Memory by Scot Sax

There’s a reason Scot Sax is releasing his latest album on vinyl (and CD), and it’s not just that the medium is hip and cool these days. As a recording artist, Sax has been releasing a steady stream of tunes ranging from glam to funk to country and everything in between in one digital format…Read more Album Review: Drawing from Memory by Scot Sax

The Paul Sanwald Quartet

My brother-in-law Paul Sanwald is an amazing musician and composer. His new album, The Paul Sanwald Quartet, has a great jazz vibe that's equal parts melodic and rhythmic. Give it a listen below. If you like it, buy it as a download or on Vinyl. And if you're in San Francisco, pick up a copy…Read more The Paul Sanwald Quartet