December 13th 2005 New CD "david and the christynas" I'm making them right now If you want one before our party (which will be sometime in January) You can either get it here Or..... Find me I'll have them with me July 15th 2005 Some of you might already know that the Christynas have a trio called "The Default Trio" But did you know that the trio now has a webstie? June 29th 2005 Here's the latest The Christynas and I have a two song DVD out Commemorating our one year anniversary It's a live recording with footage from our first True Love show To some of our most recent ones
date ? 2005 What have I been doing? Well the "Wendy Tapes" and "Songs From Winter" are done And so is "No Bongos Tonight" I added the Christynas to a few more songs on that CD Besides "Singer/Shadows" We did "Evie", "Trouble" and "Hopeless Romantics" And I have another surprise for you "The New Old CD" with Me, Erik, Miss, and Pat is now plus the Christynas I just couldn't help myself I had to do it
January ? 2005
Jerry Perry sent out a e-mail Asking people to send in what they thought the best and worst of last year was And all I can tell only you is what I saw and heard and liked Or what I can remember And I'm sorry but I can only talk about people I've worked with or friends of mine The most obvious bad thing that happened Was Kevin and Allyson having to close True Love But here are a bunch of good things These were outstanding moments for me Adrian Bourgeois play at Fox and Goose the first night he got his looper pedal And Christopher Fairman couldn't find any underages shows So he booked his on show at that theater across from F & G (sorry I don't know what it's called) And then sold it out Seeing Jay Shaner with his new band play their first show at Old Ironsides Hearing Johnny Gutenberg talk for a half an hour at Luna's Wednesday night Mood Swings Hearing The Miles for the first time with their new line up at Old I I didn't think I would like it as much Because I like the way Dave plays guitar But with him on keys and Ben playing guitar It really opens up Another really great moment was Mark Harrod sitting on the stage at Luna's with his wife old beat up nylon string guitar And singing a dozen brand new songs I really enjoy people trying new things or having open minds Or seeing that light bulb go off in their heads Like Bobby Jordan working on a new song and saying "I don't want to have any strumming guitar on it this time" And for me personally The very best thing that happened Was having Christina Maradik (viola) and Krystyna Ogella (cello) start playing with me
As I'm writing this I'm starting to remember more stuff But I've got to get back to work And I know you need this So that's all for now
December 26th 2004
Happy day after I have been obsessed lately Well okay for the last few months I had this really cool idea to fix a couple of older recordings It started with a song called "Incense To Excess" which is on "Songs From Winter" There was a line at the end of the first that was wrong I don't know how it got by me But it did At first I was going to edit in the correct line And I thought "Hey, why don't I just sing it over again" As soon as I thought that the dam broke Or a light came on Or a lighting bolt struck.... Why don't I put real drums on these songs and re-sing them? To make them sound a little more like I do now And why not do "The Wendy Tapes" too! Versions 2.4 I know what your thinking But I couldn't see it at the time Anyway then the proverbial can of worms overflowed Then on June 6th.... Oh wait I have to back up a bit Sometime during the week before the 6th I got a call from Kim at Old I Yes another one of those calls It was their anniversary weekend extravaganza And would I like to do something for the Songs From The Sixties night I said of course I would we hung-up Then I started to calling band mates to see who would be available You know what? The date is starting to come back to me It was Friday evening the 4th of June I come in to work Saturday and find out that nobody is available So now I'm wonder what 60's songs can I do by myself Leonard Cohen songs of course And as I thought that I was struck by another bolt of lighting It would be cool to do with strings And that night I ran into Christina Maradik Who plays the viola in The Default Trio with Krystyna Ogella who play the cello I ask her if she would like to do the show She said yeah and would check in with Krystyna to see if she could Then on Sunday the 6th she called and said we were a go So back to the 6th I had to start writing string arrangements for cello and viola The old I show was going to be on the17th I also had a show on the 19th at True Love And I'm thinking It would be a shame to just play those songs once So I called Christina back to see they could do the 19th as well She said she'd check and called back a few hours latter to say yes And then I thought It would be a shame to have them there and only play four songs We should do a whole set I can't begin to tell you how great and magical it was from the very first rehearsal So I've been obsessed with working on "Songs From Winter" and "The Wendy Tapes" And string arrangements for Christina and Krystyna "The Christynas" as I affectionately call them Isn't that enough? Well there's more Yes there's more We have been recording some new songs for the next CD No I'm not going to tell you what songs we've recorded Not yet anyway But I can tell you their on "I'll Never See Wendy Again" and "Anton's New Girlfriend" And a song from "No Bongos Tonight" called "Singer/Shadows" And in a few weeks we're going to try a couple of songs from "Songs From Winter"
June 6th 2004
Well I started to write something here But...... It's now August 18th So I'll just start over
March 14th 2004
I know I know January, February, Macrh? But I been working on it really So here's some of what I've been working on The Public Nuisance website and this one That's right I've put up a couple of video clips of the DVD's And I wanted to tell you how lame I was I forgot to take any photo's of the show at The Brick We... Erik and Garin and myself Along with Adam Varona and his crew Dave and Julie (from Squish) And Ty (from Richard March's band) had a great time Anyway the next time I play there someone Please Remind me to take my camera Okay?
January 12th 2004
So... I have finally finished editing the halloween show And it's available if you want to see it (and hear it) And... The new CD "Earth And Moon" is out (also finally) No... That's not all I've been doing But it seems like I wrote and recorded a song for Allyson It was for her birthday (Dec. 27th) I asked Kevin if you would like to sing some harmonies on it He said of course he would You'll have to ask her to play it for you sometime Oh, man I forgot to tell you about the last show at True Love But their closing right now so I'll finish tomorrow
So..My last True Love show of the year... Oh wait Here comes Allyson I think she wants to talk Be back in awhile...
November 3rd 2003
The Halloween show at Old I show went well I thought Megan did really great And of course Matt rocked We brought the Theremin to use on Holy Man But the sound man couldn't get it hook up And I didn't think to plug it in to an amp until the next day It was very crazy there Crazy in a good way I even had some friends film it Later that night we went over to True Love Coffeehouse And played the Waffle set for Allyson and the crew
October 29th 2003
Surprise! I have something new for you It's a live at Luna's DVD That's right DVD
And let's see what else Oh, yeah I'm going to do a Public Nuisance set at Old Ironsides When? Friday night, Halloween It's for the Dead Rock Star night
July 21st 2003
Okay, I'm sitting here at True Love Coffeehouse And I thought I'd tell you about the show I had here last Saturday night Well, to start with Larry Tagg played bass And Mark Harrod played drums and sang And I got out the Rick 12 string As some of you might know A "Rick" can be a little touchy So it was a struggle to keep in tune But when it was in it was great Larry's getting married next month So I picked a punch of his favorite songs And songs that I thought would have special meaning Of course we had a lot of fun
When we where done I suggested that everyone get a waffle And hang out and talk with us
I made some new friends Amy and Eva It was their first time to the True Love They split a strawberry waffle No, I didn't have any They we're done with it by the time I helped Mark load up his drums But we did talk for awhile 'til they closed
I got up late on Sunday Had dinner and watched a movie with my Mom And today I tried to figure out what I'm going to do at Luna's this coming Saturday
What does that mean?
Well....... What songs am I going to do What guitar am I going to play And what amp will I use That kind of stuff Oh, and the order of the songs I think I got it all sorted out Then I tried to work on the cover of a new cd That I haven't told you about yet But I need to re-scan the main cover art Let's see then what did I do?
Watered the plants Checked my e-mail Payed a bill Then came over here Talked with Amanda for a little while And then wrote this Okay, so I going to go now See you later
July 9th 2003
From the traffic on my message board I didn't think anybody was out there But a couple of people said that I shouldn't be so.. Pessimistic about it I said "Who me?" I guess I take it for granted that I see everyone of you all the time
So anyway here I am I think you've all heard the White Strips story They are covering a song I wrote when I was in the Public Nuisance "Small Face
Let's see other news I've just finished another CD It's called "The Past"
I've been working on a video Live At Luna's And I've got to go now..
January 3rd 2002
I don't think this is news But... I was writing to my friend Kim Telling her about my new years eve And thought I should put it up here also
December 31st 2001
Let's see it started about 6:00 p.m. Well actually it started about 4:30 loading up the car I wanted to get there early You know beat the rush So this is how it went First: Unload the car And you know I don't know how I got all that stuff in there Well you'll see what I mean in a bit I had talked to Kev a couple of days earlier About bringing some more lights We both thought it would be a good idea So that was the first thing I was going to set up But for some reason when I there (By the way this is all happening at the True Love Coffeehouse) I decided to set up my keyboard rig first Which consisted of a Leslie combo speaker cabinet A OB-3 organ module, a studio logic keyboard controller and a mini moog And a bunch of assorted cables Oh, I forgot to tell you that Dave Brockman was there And he was helping me unload the car We started talking about motion simulator speakers and different kinds keyboards I think this is way I set the keyboard stuff up first Anyway I set up stage right If you're looking at the stage that's on your left hand side So I finally get it going and Dave couldn't wait to play with the mini And then out of nowhere a woman (her name was Annie) Walked up and asked if she could play it too I said okay But she was disappointed to find it would only play one note at a time And so lost interest very quickly Allyson had asked Dave to help with some of the party decorations Actually I think Dave volunteered Annie had said she was bored So I suggested she help Dave with the ribbons he was hanging And I stared in on hanging the extra lighting and running the necessary cables Earlier in the day Kev and Al had hung some red foil ribbon kind of stuff on the wall behind the stage So I choose this really bright red light for out in front
It looked really cool Just about the time I finished with the other lights Kev showed up I couldn't wait to show him the lights We then started talking about the stage set up And both agreed I should be the other side Stage left or your right So then I unplugged and untangled all the cables And moved to the other side
Man, I can't believe I haven't even got to the show part of the evening yet Or told what bands where playing That I can do right know The Knockoffs, Popgun and the return of Go National Okay, where was I I just finished moving my keyboard stuff (right?) And it's about 8:30 By now members of the different bands were arriving And also people to see the show I'm actually a little stressed out So I order a coffee and some crackers And tried to relax
Here we go
Oh, I forgot to tell you that while I was doing all that stuff They had taken all the tables a chair out Well actually they left some of the chairs And put them up against the walls Kev asked me if I would like to handle the lights (yes, I would) He welcomes everyone And then introduces The Knockoffs The room is full of people all standing up of course I have to tell you this because by the time it gets to the solo Danny the lead guitarist comes running out of the crowd All he's got his wireless guitar, black underwear (boxers) And pieces of electrical tape xing out his nipples There were so many people We could barely see them on the stage And then here comes Danny You never know what's going to happen at a Knockoff show Bobby, Little Tom, Big Tom and Danny I hope you get a chance to see them for yourself
Up next Popgun
While the Knockoffs were doing their set I asked Warren (that's Warren from Warren Bishop and The Holy Men) If he would do the lights for Popgun and Go Nash (he said yes) Did I tell you I was going to play with Popgun? Just tambourine and shakers And acoustic guitar on one song "Penny" As a special treat they had decided to play all the song from there new CD Yes, they are recording it with me But back to the show As I said earlier there were a lot of people there But up in front you could barely tell where the crowd ended and the stage began It was really cool Well actually it was extremely warm With the extra lights and all the rockin' bodies It was very hot and stuff Just the way a good rock show should be, right? There was a woman standing right beside me who had never seen or heard Popgun before She said she had to step out for a few minutes to get some air Yes that's how packed it was In fact it was so crowded and loud and wild and crazy I had to send messages to Warren (Who by know had also taken over PA duty) When Kevin Harrod's keyboard need to be louder Or to turn my guitar up when I was going to play Whoever was standing at my shoulder would carry the message (I think it was Matt) All of a sudden the woman who stepped out was back She kept screaming that Popgun was her new favorite band
And now the long awaited return of Go National
Okay, I had forgot one thing To mic. the Leslie cabinet But I had prepared for it So I ran out to my car (Well stumbled through the crowd is more like it) To get a stand, cable and mic. By the time I get back Go Nash is just about ready Did I mention there was a back line set up? That's when the drums and amps stay on stage And everyone uses the same equipment So set changes go very quickly Bobby , Kev and Allyson are tuning up Dave's checking the snare And I'm on the floor trying to plug in a microphone Okay so we're finally ready to go It's about three minutes to midnight And is it possible that there are even more people The plane is for Kev and Al to the count down thing and we will start
Five , four, three, two, one, Happy New Year
And then one, two, three, four, bam, right into the first song "Motorcycle" Everything was going great But then about three quarters of the way though the set Kev broke a string No problem he had his Tele there for back up A quick tune up and we're off again And then two songs latter Dave say he smells something burning And of course it's Kev's amp The one that everybody else used that night So he say's F*** it and I'll just sing Which he does for the next song And then Al say's to use her amp So she gets a tambourine and Kev plugs in for the last two songs The crowd didn't seem to mind any of this They were having a blast It seemed like everyone in the first two rows knew the lyrics to all the songs And were all singing along It was very cool And there's more
The first waffle set of 2002
That's right I had the privilege of doing the first waffle set of the new year I asked Garin and Erik if they would join me (they said yes) Mark sees that we are going to play and asks if I would like him to sing Hum, let me think about about that for maybe like a half second So we get set up and everyone is still whooping and hollering I'm trying to get Warren's attention And then.. You know how they play music between bands Well by some strange coincidence "I'm Into You" starts playing So Mark and I lip-sinc Yes, that's right The whole song Finally we get in touch with Warren And start to play Like most of the waffle sets It an all request night And friends from the audience are encouraged to join us Dave Brockman figured out how to turn my organ rig on after a few songs That was a big surprise Then Laticha came up and sang with Mark on "Heather Robinson" And then Kevin Harrod got up and sang with us And for the life of me I can't remember what song right now Oh, what a minute It was "Tambourine Girl" How could I forget Then someone asked for "A Minor Medley" Mark and Becky took this opportunity to say there good-byes There are a few more requests And then Steve Amaral asked "Cara" Then he wanted another request "My Own Personal Goddess" I gave him a hard time for wanting two in a row You know Give someone else a turn Then he said it was Annie who wanted to hear it I said right So asked Annie come up on stage to confirm her request Allyson just happens to be walking by So she sneaks up and starts singing with us
I know there is so much I'm leaving out But these are the highlights that I remember at the moment Oh yeah there is one more thing I woke up the next day with a cold
July 24th 2001
Did I tell you that all of my CDs are available at the True Love Coffeehouse? That's right even the new one "No Bongos Tonight"
April 30th 2001 Ever since the Smammie's night I've wanted to tell you what that evening was like But between working, playing and writing new songs oh and being sick I haven't had a chance And then a few weeks ago I was talking with my friend Heather Robinson And she told me about this review in the State Hornet So I'm just going to let Ryan tell you all about it
10th Anniversary Sammies
Reviewed by Ryan Endean State Hornet April 04, 2001
Sacramento's biggest and brightest musical stars all gathered together last Wednesday to honor each other at the 10th annual Sacramento Area Music Awards at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento.
The annual award show highlights the Sacramento music scene and its musicians and raises money for local charities. This year the proceeds from the show went to the Wind Youth Center and Joe's Style Shop. Hosted by local music moguls Eric Bianchi and Laura Ingle, the show was a mix of awards, performances, and hijinxs typical of a gathering of musicians. The show started off with a bang, literally, with a performance by Sacramento Taiko Dan, a highly energetic Asian drum troupe.
The big winners of the evening included country rock group Forever Goldrush for Outstanding Country Band, the lead singer, Damon Wycoff, took home the Critic's Choice Award for male vocalist. The group also played an amazing three-song set during the show, wowing the crowd. The Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Group award went to The C.U.F., who won the award for the second year in a row. Taking home the award for Outstanding Rock Band was Sacramentos big boys Oleander. The group accepted their award via satellite from a hotel room somewhere in Ohio. The group also presented the award for Critics Choice New Band, which went to the Freight Train Riders of America. The Outstanding Pop Band award went to The Skirts, an all-female pop group. The Skirts also presented the award for Outstanding R&B/Funk Band, which went to Funkengruven. Probably the most anticipated band of the evening, Luxt, a heavy metal band that closely mirrored their performance to Korn, won the Outstanding Metal award and played during the concert.
The Outstanding Folk Band award seemed to hold a lot of controversy behind it. As the nominations for the award were being read, the crowd chanted for David Houston, one of the nominees. Houston lost to second-time winner Xenophilia and the crowd did not seem content with the decision and continued to chant Houston's name.
The award show also included the SAMMIES Hall of Fame awards, which went to long-time winners Tattooed Love Dogs, Los Elegantes and Mick Martin & The Blues Rockers. The award for longest speech of the evening went to Critic's Choice Guitarist winner G.B. of Magnolia Thunderfinger. His speech was so long that hosts Laura Ingle and Eric Bianchi dubbed him the Julia Roberts of the 2001 SAMMIES.
Though the show did have its high points, it also had some serious low points. Easily the lamest point in the evening came when long-time Sacramento band Tesla announced the award for Band of the Decade to......themselves. In a video shot the previous week, Tesla and host Laura Ingle, opened the envelope and presented the award to themselves. The crowd was far from amused.
The hosts, Bianchi and Ingle, left much to be desired. The pair has hosted the show for many years, however, this year they seemed to have left their humor at home. Bianchi and Ingle slowed the show down to almost a halt every time they had the microphone. The show would have been much better hosted by real representatives f the Sacramento music scene.
Bobby Jordan of The Knockoffs and Red Star Memorial and Skid Jones of Magnolia Thunderfinger would be prime candidates for next year's hosting position. In the two minutes that Jordan and Jones were on stage to present the award for Critic's Choice for Bassist, they were funnier and wittier than Bianchi and Ingle could ever hope to be. The most redeeming moment of the evening came at the very end of the show, after most of the audience and the musicians had already gone home.
After the last award was presented, punk rocker icons 7 Seconds, the winners of the Outstanding Punk Band award, played an amazing set to the die-hard crowd that stuck around till the end.
The set by 7 Seconds was a perfect finish to the awards show as it was a perfect example of how music should be. 7 Seconds invited fellow punk band The Knockoffs on stage to engage in some serious rock and roll hijinxs. At one point, Knockoffs singer Danny Secretion was down to his underwear sliding around on the water-soaked stage.
Regardless of the lack of hosting and some unwanted upsets in the awards, the show was a success and did a fine job of acknowledging and embracing the huge Sacramento music scene and all of its hard-working musicians.
November 1st 1999
I can't believe it's been so long Since I've posted anything up here I mean it's Halloween already or was I guess there is a lot of new stuff to tell you But you probably already know Like MP3.com David Houston Or the Darkboard There are plans for an exclusive MP3 CD That should be ready very soon By the way the IPO concert was great And that's all I can think of right now I'm on my way to the Open Mic
Some time in June
I'm never sure what to do with this page I don't know if this is news or not But.... I have been invited to play at IPO That's International Pop Overthrow Check out their website And yes I have started on the next CD