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On Wendy And The Endless Summer Of 1974

April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of The Beach Boys’ Wendy. I was introduced to it 40 years ago this spring by a school friend named Wendy, who was the older sister of a school mate of mine, Rick Burdett. I was invited over one June afternoon after school by Rick to play […]

The Dark Is Rising ( Mercury Rev Cover ) (Cassette Demo 2002)

Here is a lo-fi cassette demo I recorded in 2002, a cover of Mercury Rev‘s song, The Dark Is Rising. I’m feeling nostalgic for cassette tape motor hum. Composed by: Jonathan Donahue, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak and Jeff Mercel

Wonderful ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks Cover ) 10.17.12

Purchase music on iTunes by The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and Van Dyke Parks. I have been playing the original arrangement of this song since 1996. The Beach Boys officially released this SMiLE-era sessions gem in 1993, over two decades after it was originally recorded. Until that point, the only officially released version was a quieter […]

Rage And Melody: Bob Mould Après le Deluge

Bob Mould, along with his seminal hardcore band Hüsker Dü, carved a sonic path in the 1980s that would define the alternative rock style of the 1990s. Bands like The Pixies and Nirvana were shaped by the melodic but raging distorted power-pop Mould and his bandmates pioneered. In 2011, the guitar-wielding musical alchemist, at 50, […]

Shadows Down On Snow ( Willy Ashworth Dropjaw Cover ) 10.18.11

My first job after graduating college in 1987 was at Nelvana, which at the time was Canada’s largest animation house. I met friends there that are friends to this day. Most of the employees there were multi-faceted artists. Some were animators, others were posers. There were layout artists, background artists, character designers, graphic designers, directors, […]

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