April 28, 2009


my pedal/gadget wishlist:
Digitech JamMan
Boss SL-20 Slicer
Boss TR-2 Tremolo
Roland SP-404
Line 6 DL4
Line 6 POD X3
Electro-Harmonix Voice Box Harmony Machine
EBS Octabase Triple Mode Octave Divider

so... ya know... if you're like, throwing any of these out, don't. let me have 'em instead.

April 27, 2009

eating don'ts

k, so i was thinking today...who the hell thought that hominy was a good idea? it tastes like chalk. eeeuuullch!

sonos train moving at super sonospeed

Hello all! Oh boy, have we had an exciting few weeks....finishing up some bonus tracks, writing & arranging for our future ChristmaHannuKwanza album, moving forward with album art, brainstorming about merchandise, learning three new tunes to add to the set, doing two gigs @ Home Restaurant in Silverlake, drinking lots of coffee, laughing quite a lot, sleeping very little, etc. etc. 

Somewhere in the midst of all this hullabaloo, we flew to Charleston, West Virginia for a performance at Mountain Stage w/ Neko Case. She was amazing, of course, and we also got to share the stage with some other incredible artists - Crooked Fingers, Vic Chesnutt & Greg Brown. Everyone was super nice & we had a great time celebrating & enjoying some margaritas together after the gig. The whole show was recorded & will be broadcast on your local NPR station soon.

*In case you miss when it airs, it'll soon be in the archives on www.mountainstage.org
*Also, for a great written review of the show, go...HERE!

One of the new songs that we've been working on since returning from WV is an arrangement of my own - Bon Iver's "Re: Stacks". The name of the band, which is actually just one insanely talented folk singer-songwriter named Justin Vernon, was taken from bon hiver which in French means good winter. If you haven't heard Bon Iver, you serrrrriiiouuuuussslyyy need to download his album For Emma, Forever Ago, like yesterday. His music is like nothing else I've ever heard, and the backstory is something as well. After the devastating breakups of a band, a relationship & a bout with a serious illness, Vernon left home & spent several months completely alone in a cabin in the remote northern woods of Wisconsin. He didn't go there with the intention of writing music, but rather to be alone, to rebuild, to heal himself....

"It's been painted in the reviews of the record as this magical four months of hunkering down and writing a record. In reality I headed out to the cabin because I just didn't know what to do next in my life. Once I got there though it just felt like all the blocks that I had put in my brain and heart in terms of musical expression started to loosen. They had been there for so long and the only thing that was able to loosen them up, and loosen me up, was having that much space...." - justin vernon

He arrived at the cabin with little but some guitars, a microphone and a desire to find some peace of mind, and left with complete recordings of the songs that became For Emma, Forever Ago. His music is beautiful yet tragic, haunting yet uplifting, cold and dark, yet warm and comforting, all at the same time. I first heard his story & his music at a point in my life when I really needed to hear it, and it has resonated with me since the first time I heard it. Thus I was inspired to do an arrangement of one of his songs for Sonos. 

Okayyyyy wow so I have basically just written a small essay about Bon Iver. I could probably go on forever but now I'll leave him for to you to discover on your own if you are so intrigued. If you want to check out some tracks to decide if it is your cup of tea, I'd recommend downloading Blindsided, Lump Sum and Re:Stacks. I was particularly inspired to do an arrangement of Re:Stacks for us for many reasons, but I think I'll wait to go into that until my next blog...for now, check out the original & get excited to hear our take on it at a future Sonos show :) 

If you are still reading this, I am truly shocked. Goodnight!

xox, jess

April 23, 2009


Ok. Opened a wine bottle with a key last night. Don't try it at home. Ouch. My hands. Pain.

April 21, 2009

It's been a while

But that's kind of a good thing. It means we've been busy. We recorded two new songs, arranged three others and leave in 6 hours for West Virginia to open for Neko Case. In fact, I shouldn't be up blogging right now, but here I am procrastinating even from sleep; the very little sleep I would otherwise get before waking up in 4 hours to head to LAX. My guilty conscious coerced me into writing since April had almost come and gone with but one sarcastic posting from us. (Well, me.) Record deal negotiations are still happening, and all future plans are lilting above us in an air of uncertainty. But it's exciting living in the unknown. A sense of freedom blended tastily with a tinge of eagerness. Is anyone watching 24, btw? Shit goes down in last week's episode. Tonight's episode just aired, but since I watch all my TV on Hulu.com I won't see it until we get back from the trip. No one say anything!

Good night.

April 1, 2009

Bad News

Sonos is over.

April Fools.

But seriously, I'm looking forward to our gig at HOME. Seems like it's going to be a cool venue and a lot of people will be in attendance. It's special for me because my birthday is at midnight. I'm ready for a night of music (my friend's band plays after us) and then a night out with my band and friends. Bev's birthday is midnight after our Royce Hall gig, so we'll get to celebrate the same for him a week from tonight. After that, many of our plans have changed. We're "in talks" with a major label right now, and a deal may be "in the offing" soon.