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Angel's Rest EP Release

Hey all,

Tonight I’m dropping my new project, Angel’s Rest EP as well as a music video for the title song. This is a project that has been on an external hard drive since 2015 — i was unable to open the project files because my macbook had been stolen. After finally buying a new mac that could run Logic Pro X and realizing I had access to the Logic files and could properly mix the EP, I decided that I would release it and use the show tonight to perform it live, front-to-back. In the process of mixing the tracks down, I really reconnected with this music, which is pretty personal and offers a snapshot of where I was in 2015 — reaching 1 year sober, having parted ways with my old lifestyle and my old music crew, and kind of getting back in touch with myself.

I talk more in depth about the EP in an interview I did on XRAY.fm the other day with DJ Klyph on his show Welcome to the Neighborhood. Check out from around the 45 minute mark to about an hour and 15 minutes into the show — Klyph plays a handful of songs coming from both Angel’s Rest and Makeshift Radio, my last release, and the interview is interspersed in the breaks between songs. Klyph is an awesome guy who does so much for Portland’s hip hop scene. He throws a quarterly hip hop showcase called Mic Check, and I’ll be on the one in June. And if you didn’t know, XRAY.fm is a community driven radio station that does so much for Portland’s music scene. You can support them by going to the XRAY fundraiser on April 6th that Mic Check is hosting in partnership with A Beat Happening, which is a monthly hip hop producer meetup that’s thriving, and I’ve met a lot of cool people through it.

Anyway, I hope you can come through to the show tonight at No Fun Bar on Hawthorne (next to Devil’s Dill). Opening up are some chill beat sets from Jalowo and Free Tillman. Jalowo had me on his Sunday Chill producer hangout/showcase a while back, so I wanted to get him in the mix. This is my first time playing with Free Tillman and I’m stoked! His album Absolute Zero is dope, and he’ll be on the aforementioned XRAY fundraiser.

Hope to see you at the show! its at 1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214. $5, 21 and up. Music starts at 9pm, I go on around 10:30-11pm.

See you there!

What "into the black" Means to me.

“out of the blue, into the black.”  those words always make me tear up a bit, because that’s exactly how we all come in and go out.  we didn’t ask to be put on this earth, we have no idea how to deal with these challenges.  and you spend your whole life trying to figure it out just enough to be okay, until one day you’re gone and you have no idea if it meant anything at all, or what the next stage is.  and it just repeats over and over and seems to go nowhere, never changing.  each new generation, each empire, each society experiences the same process, the same rites of passage, the same grappling with their existence.  we don’t ponder the meaning of our lives just because we’re trippers or because we have time to sit around and do so, we do it because we’re trying to get away from our pain.  We struggle with things on the inside because it’s in our nature as individuals to cling to things that are impermanent and resist change, even when we want it.  We struggle with things on the outside because it’s in the nature of humans to organize into social stratification and for a few to be elite and greedy and for many to suffer, and for systems to be broken.   But it’s also in our nature to not give up on love and on building something for the future, even when we know we’re surrounded by a system that will always provide ultimate adversity to positive change, even though we’re afraid we’ll never be able to let certain things go.

This tension is what rock and roll is all about.  that may sound contrived, but i really do think it’s those of us who are sensitive and smart enough to see this shit happening, and young and rebellious enough to shout and dance about it, who are the spirit of rock and roll, which is after all just another name for something that’s always been there.