• 3.19.9 Zu with Mike Patton at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco

    MassimoZu’s Bassist Massimo

    In a limited way of words, how is it possible for me express the level of my anticipation in seeing this show? When Nels told me he’s friends with this Italian band Zu, their long reputation for being extremely supportive in the music community, as well as being these hard working super guys, I was even more all over this. I was up in the Bay Area for a 10 day hang with Nels, and his trio, the Singers for their recording… many of favorite people/friends in one place, Devin, Scott, Breskin, and Saint, doing what each of them do best. This show was thrown into the mix of one of The Things to be attended.

    Once again Nels was extremely generous with his impossible schedule. Even when he needed all the possible time to write, rehearse, and practice for the recording session just a few days away, he still made the time to take me to this show. He knew I would like the music, this “Roman metal/math/no-wave/free noise/punk/jazz trio”. (Well, he did want to see his friends, too.)  Little did we know the kind of near-red carpet reception from the Great American Music Hall would later make this evening such a… trip. If only I was a drunkard, I would have abused the loads of free drink tickets given to us. I instead stuck with my known limit of the outrageous number of 3 beers, that is, when I’m shooting. Otherwise, I could have as much as 5? These days, anything in excess just makes me sleepy.

    Never in excess, actually, is the amount of music I can compile on lately. As I drift along, attaching myself to different sources of music branches of personalities, I’ve learned to live on it.

    The opening band cancelled (who and why, I’ll never know…) DJ Belladonna of the local radio station KFJC stepped in and played some insanely awesome stuff. Her selections of the evening was on the tip of industrial experimental low level ground covering…. mmmm…… undertone beats and drones. One after another was just freaking me out. I had to run and get her information. One band I got her to write down for me was C.O.T.A. , and their song “Children of the Apocalypse”. I still can’t find it. This music gave me all kinds of ideas for my future projects.

    The band promptly started at 10 p.m. The audience was of mixed age, loosely packed yet excited. This type of crowd I still haven’t gotten the right impression of… They are a combination of too cool and too enthusiastic. I wondered if I was also one.  But my enthusiastic was well reasonable. There I was about to meet my new set of amazingly talented, visionary friends. The too cool part, I’m still trying to shred, but I can’t help it sometimes knowing that it took me years to feel like I belong somewhere – No, scratch that, more like, it took me all my life to be comfortable enough to accept that people don’t hate me by default…. Ah, too personal. Back to the jolly night that it became….

    Immediately I was drawn to Massimo, the bassist. His smile was sincere and welcoming. Soon after, I got the good nature sense of Luca’s, the baritone player. I eve dropped on Nels and Patton’s conversation a bit over their discussion of gear boxes. That was amusing. I’ve met Patton a couple of times before, the last being from the Moonchild gig over a year ago, also in this same GMH place. He was polite. I didn’t get to talk to him at all after a friendly introduction, only got to watch him wrapping up his gadgets. I also didn’t get to talk to Jacopo, the drummer. The rest of the short after show evening was funny and pleasant. Nels was in a great mood, maybe the quality of their tequilas were acceptable? I threatened to go to Mexico City with the band, as I could see them for being my newest potential favorite (I did not miss my chance to diss Nels’s trio as old news to me, now that I’ve secured the Silent Fourth Member slot. Nels was so sweet as to recommend that I’m not much trouble to have along.)

    And the night was concluded in such a super weird ideal way. We didn’t even have any problems finding a street parking near the venue. I want to make a point to see them again, Europe or where ever.

    Mike Patton

    Mike Patton on Voice

    Jacopo

    Zu's Drummer Jacopo

    Luca, Nels, and Jacopo after show

    Luca, Nels, and Jacopo after show

    Massimo and Luca

    Massimo and Luca

    Patton and Jacopo

    Patton and Jacopo


  • 3.17.9 Trevor Dunn Trio and Nels Cline Quintet – 21 Grand, Oakland CA

    Trevor Dunn Trio :
    Phillip Greenlief – saxophone
    Trevor Dunn – bass
    Kjell Nordeson – drums

    Nels Cline Quintet :
    Nels Cline – guitar
    Trevor Dunn – bass
    Scott Amendola – drums
    John Dietrich – guitar
    Ben Goldberg – clarinet

    Kjell Nordeson

    Kjell Nordeson

    Phillip Greenlief

    Phillip Greenlief

    Trevor Dunn

    Trevor Dunn

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola

    Trevor Dunn

    Trevor Dunn

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola

    Nels Cline

    Nels Cline

    John Dietrich

    John Dietrich

    Trevor Dunn

    Trevor Dunn

    Nels Cline

    Nels Cline

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola with Greg Saunier

    Scott Amendola with Greg Saunier

    Ben Goldberg and Trevor Dunn

    Ben Goldberg and Trevor Dunn

    Ben Goldberg and Trevor Dunn

    Ben Goldberg and Trevor Dunn



  • 3.4.9 GE Stinson and Nels Cline

    GE Stinson and Nels Cline

    GE Stinson and Nels Cline


  • 2.18.9 Mike Watt in Los Punkinhedz recording

    Los Punkinhedz :
    Money Mark
    on keyboards
    John Wicks
    on drums
    Mike Watt
    on bass
    Raymond Pettibon Guest vocal

    guitars at the studio

    guitars at the studio

    Mike Watt runs over some songs

    Mike Watt runs over some songs

    Money Mark

    Money Mark

    John Wicks

    John Wicks

    Mike Watt

    Mike Watt

    Raymond Pettibon

    Raymond Pettibon

    John Wicks

    John Wicks

    Money Mark

    Money Mark

    Mike Watt

    Mike Watt

    Mike Watt and Money Mark in studio

    Mike Watt and Money Mark in studio

    Raymond Pettibon in studio

    Raymond Pettibon in studio

    session engineer : Nick Pavey

    session engineer : Nick Pavey

    Money Mark

    Money Mark

    Mike Watt, Money Mark, and my couchsurfer Abbéy Odunlami

    Mike Watt, Money Mark, and my couchsurfer Abbéy Odunlami

    John Wicks, Mike Watt, and Money Mark

    John Wicks, Mike Watt, and Money Mark

    Raymond Pettibon, Mike Watt, and Money Mark - LA River

    Raymond Pettibon, Mike Watt, and Money Mark - LA River


  • 2.14.9 Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon at MOCA art event

    Kim Gordon

    Kim Gordon

    Kim Gordon

    Kim Gordon at MOCA, Los Angeles

    Thurston Moore

    Thurston Moore at MOCA

    Thurston and Kim

    Thurston and Kim

    Kim Gordon

    Kim Gordon

    Thurston Moore

    Thurston Moore

    Kim Gordon

    Kim Gordon

    Nels Cline

    Nels Cline tuning a guitar


  • 2.6.9 Scott Amendola’s 40th Birthday Gig Bash – Cafe du Nord, SF

    Scott turns 40

    Scott turns 40

    Scott and Ari

    Scott and Ari

    Jeff Parker

    Jeff Parker

    Ron Miles

    Ron Miles

    John Shifflett

    John Shifflett

    Ron Miles

    Ron Miles

    Charlie Hunter - pre show

    Charlie Hunter - pre show

    John Shifflett - pre show

    John Shifflett - pre show

    Scott - pre show

    Scott - pre show

    Charlie - pre show

    Charlie - rehearsal

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola

    Ben Goldberg

    Ben Goldberg

    Ron Miles

    Ron Miles

    Jeff Parker

    Jeff Parker

    John Shifflett

    John Shifflett

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola


  • 2.5.9 Ben Goldberg’s Go Home at Kuumbwa, Santa Cruz

    Ben Goldberg – Clarinet
    Charlie Hunter – Guitar
    Ron Miles – Trumpet
    Scott Amendola – Drums 

     

    Goldberg and Hunter

    Ben Goldberg and Charlie Hunter at rehearsal - Berkeley, CA

    Ron Miles at rehearsal - Berkeley, CA

    Ron Miles at rehearsal - Berkeley, CA

    Scott Amendola at rehearsal Berkeley, CA

    Scott Amendola at rehearsal - Berkeley, CA

    Ben Goldberg prepares for show at Kuumbwa

    Ben Goldberg prepares for show - Kuumbwa

    Charlie Hunter

    Charlie Hunter

    Ben Goldberg

    Ben Goldberg

    Charlie and Scott

    Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola

    Ron

    Ron Miles


  • 2.3.9 Wayne Horvitz’s Sweeter than The Day at the Jazz Bakery

    Wayne Horvitz – Piano and Keyboards
    Timothy Young – Guitars
    Keith Lowe – Acoustic Bass
    Eric Eagle – Drums

    Wayne Horvitz

    Wayne Horvitz

    Keith Lowe

    Keith Lowe

    Timothy Young

    Timothy Young

    Eric Eagle

    Eric Eagle

    Wayne Horvitz

    Wayne Horvitz

    Keith Lowe

    Keith Lowe

    Timothy Young

    Timothy Young

    Keith Lowe

    Keith Lowe

    Eric Eagle

    Eric Eagle

    Timothy Young

    Timothy Young

    Eric Eagle

    Eric Eagle

    Wayne Horvitz

    Wayne Horvitz


  • 1.15.9 NAMM with Scott Amendola & Craviotto

    TRX booth

    TRX Cymbals booth

    NAMM girlbots

    NAMM girlbots

    Scott Amendola checking out a Craviotto drum set

    Scott Amendola checking out a Craviotto drum set

    Scott Amendola with a Craviotto agent

    Scott Amendola with a Craviotto agent

    Johnny Craviotto

    Johnny Craviotto

    Scott Amendola running into Alex Cline

    Scott Amendola running into Alex Cline


  • 1.14.9 Nels Cline Singers at Largo, Los Angeles

    Largo January 14, 2009 Los Angeles, CALargo January 14, 2009 Los Angeles, CA
    Devin Hoff

    Devin Hoff

     

    Scott AmendolaScott Amendola   

    Devin

    Devin Hoff

    Devin Hoff

    Devin Hoff

    Nels Cline

    Nels Cline

    Nels

    Nels

    Scott

    Scott

    Scott and Devin

    Scott and Devin

    Devin

    Devin

    Guest appearance - Jon Brion

    Guest appearance - Jon Brion