Live at the Aster Cafe Sunday July 27th!

On the scenic perimeter of the East Bank of the Mississippi; where Downtown’s presence is that of a perma-ready photo-op, The Aster Cafe in old St. Anthony Main hides along the cobblestones. Home to great small plates, local craft beer, and a european atmosphere, the Aster Cafe has also become one of the premier listening rooms in the Twin Cities for singer-songwriters, jazz ensembles, and other quality artists. I am privileged to be performing an all-ages show here with my good friend Will Hutchinson…

who is a great songwriter and all-around human being. We’ll be taking the stage around 7pm, and doors open at 6pm. Tickets are only $10 in advance and $12 at the door and can be had through this advance link. This will be the last official local show I perform before my new solo-album release show later this Autumn, so I plan on making it an amazing night!

SOLO ACOUSTIC VIDEO “LOST ENOUGH” FROM “LIVE AT THE PEARL” SESSIONS

Everybody has those things they can’t see or acknowledge about themselves. A staple of my live performances but finding a recorded home thus far only on the “Live At The Pearl” collection, the song “Lost Enough” is about the dichotomy of identity and acceptance.

This video was create by myself, Ben Moren, and an exceptionally talented and willing group of artists known as Guess Ready Review. This video was filmed in the remote locale of Mallard Island. It is an oasis of wonder on Rainy Lake; the Bermuda Triangle of the North. This video along with work from Guess Ready Review will be on display at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery in NE Minneapolis through April 12th. Opening reception is Saturday March 8th. For more information on the opening party, gallery, Guess Ready Review, etc, please visit the following site:
http://www.kolmanpryorgallery.com/exhibition/guess-ready-review/

In wonderfully sunny and 40° Missoula Montana for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, where the film Beyond the Divide is set to have its first Montana sneak preview in just half an hour. It’s amazing to see all the people in the film - which I’ve been steeped in now for two years - in real life and in person. They are celebrities to me because I have spent many hours experiencing them and they have no idea who I am. That is one of the most curious things about the phenomenon of celebrity; the imbalance of the relationship. I’m so happy to have contributed a soundtrack to this lovely film and the stories of these people. More news about the film in due time!

In wonderfully sunny and 40° Missoula Montana for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, where the film Beyond the Divide is set to have its first Montana sneak preview in just half an hour. It’s amazing to see all the people in the film - which I’ve been steeped in now for two years - in real life and in person. They are celebrities to me because I have spent many hours experiencing them and they have no idea who I am. That is one of the most curious things about the phenomenon of celebrity; the imbalance of the relationship. I’m so happy to have contributed a soundtrack to this lovely film and the stories of these people. More news about the film in due time!

The Casio in the Storage Closet

Deep in the catacombs of the basement and somewhere sandwiched in-between the clanking boiler-room and the clinking laundry room, is the storage locker belonging to my apartment. It is a closet full of many things I am happy to not see on a regular basis. Whenever I open the door of said closet I am met with the recurring notion of taking it all to the dumpster. But today, there was a previously unseen gem that had caught the early February light just right and suddenly was ablaze with glorious promise. The Casio CT-638, a modern relic harkening back to 1993, leaned vertically against the wall amidst old art portfolios, camping chairs, and empty appliance boxes. It begged for redemption; to make music again. It is a feeling of great empowerment to fire up old electronics from the past. I imagine if those computer chips had a consciousness they would awaken as if no time had gone missing from the last time it had passed signal. I carried all 7 pounds of it upstairs. Even compared to the reasonably-weighted Nord Electro 2, the Casio was wafer-lite. After plugging it in and rendered incapable of stifling my laughter at the “strings” and “brass” patches, I settled into the default piano tone, and began playing along, in earnest, with the BeeGee’s “Nights On Broadway.” And did it not rule? Was this moment always in existence and merely waiting for a catalyst?

So.. in the spirit of keeping things fresh every-other monday here in Kozaland, I’m posting a real gem that I discovered on one of my hard-drives. This is a song originally written back around 2003 or 2004 and was later recorded in 2006 as a part of the “Patterns” sessions. If you know the coffee shop Anna Banana’s in NW Portland, then you will understand the inspiration for this song. Also, I was listening to early Brendan Benson at this time; sometimes you can’t beat the early stuff. Somehow, Peeling Paint didn’t end up on the album, but it’s a fun little tune. Please enjoy, share, etc - and check back on February 17th for some other enlightening vignette..

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