I grew up under tall Douglas-fir trees near the coast of Oregon, about as far west as you can get in the United States. When I was young I wanted to be a detective. I tend to talk with my hands, and I am very often solving a math problem in my head. I only dance to two-step music. I own an orange canoe that I don't use often enough. I want to start a memorization club and I am haunted by a desire to travel to South America and write poetry.  If you switch around the letters in my name, you get the anagrams Bargain Soul (which would be a good name for a discount record shop) and Albino Sugar (which would be a good name for a stripper).

 

Listening to:

Lou Reed, Tune Yards, Lee Hazelwood.

 

Reading: 

Just Kids by Patti Smith, A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver, Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.

Watching: 

Just watched Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much starring James Stuart and Doris Day, and Melancholia by Lars Von Trier.

 

Playing: 

My housemate and drummer, Matt is teaching me all the different Mambo Rhythms to play on clave.  Also, I am learning to sing/playSomething Stupid (Nancy Sinatra/Frank Sinatra duet).

 

Eating:

Lately I have been baking and eating lots of pies for the holidays.

 

Promo Info:

My new record La Grande is out now.