The following is a video I made to prepare a presentation at a Middle Eastern Studies Association conference in 2016. It was based on research I had been conducting up to that point.
One band that I have consistently listened to since I found out about them (probably in 1999 or 2000) is Garmarna. If you haven't heard of them, that's understandable. They are a Swedish band that does (or rather did, since they've kind of been off the grid for about a decade now) traditional Swedish folk… Continue reading Garmarna
This is a question I've always had, since I was a child. I have always thought that if a new song I've written is not sufficiently new or different from a song that's already been written, I shouldn't write it or record it. It doesn't mean my songs aren't derivative sometimes, but it keeps me… Continue reading How many songs can there be?
I mentioned before that I was interviewed for a documentary about Feel Good Music Coalition, the label that features my music. I got to speak about my own experiences, my friendship with Simeon Lawrence (Young Sim), and my general thoughts about the media. Not a ton of my interview made the final cut, but I… Continue reading Feel Good Music Coalition Documentary
When I first saw this video, I thought, man, this thing belongs on MySpace, created by some 14-year-old poor kid and NOT by a well-respected international musician like Dug Pinnick. Then I listened to the lyrics and realized that that's exactly what Dug was trying to say with the song. Well played, Dug. Well played.
Back around 1998 or so, I remember going to a small-town coffee house and listening to small-town teenagers play popular alternative songs on acoustic guitars. It was my favorite thing to do, actually, because I'd get a chance to perform my own music, but that meant sitting through lots of other musicians (and let me… Continue reading The Era of Musical Lockjaw
Yeah, it's not Budokan, but here's Dug Pinnick and Amy Lee singing "Superstition" at some fine establishment.