Thee Oh Sees demolish at Phono Del Sol

I was lucky enough to be the artist relations guy all day at The Bay Bridged’s big summer festival, Pono Del Sol. The highlight of the day, besides all the bands being totally chill and easy to work with (a first in my experience), was when Thee Oh Sees invited the whole crowd up onto the stage for their closer, “Dead Energy.” Bouncing around on stage with these guys prompted me to pick up a copy of their latest record, Floating Coffin, which not only made me an unequivocal fan of the band after all these years, but is easily one of the top contenders for Album of the Year, in my opinion. And it all started right here:

The Oh Sees – “Dead Energy” – live at Phono del Sol 2013 from The Bay Bridged on Vimeo.

FreemadeSF is alive!

I’m stoked to finally announce the launch of FreemadeSF, the publishing company I’m starting with my good buddy Mark Pantoja. Our first release will be Mark’s book of short stories, Other Possibilities, coming out early next year (most likely February). Check out FreemadeSF.com for updates.

We put together an audio book version of “Buck,” one of the stories from Other Possibilities, and commissioned a series of original illustrations by my pal Bryan Reyna. It will be available as a podcast and as a YouTube video, which will include the illustrations. (If you want audio only, go here).

Vangelis

Via io9:

The measured electronic music of Vangelis evokes C-beams glittering in the dark near Tannhäuser Gate, but the famed composer was just as enjoyable when he was improvising. Here are approximately seven minutes of the musician wigging out on Spanish television in 1982. I wish Sagan was there to wax galactic over this jam. Those of you who ate dimethyltryptamine sandwiches for lunch will truly enjoy this.