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My Top 10 of 2014

Posted on December 22, 2014
  1. Shellac – Dude Incredible

    Standout tracks: Compliant and Riding Bikes

  2. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

    Free download here

  3. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

  4. Disguised as Birds – We Buy Gold

  5. We are Hex – Bleach Brigade

  6. Whores. / Rabbits – split 7″

  7. Godflesh – A World Lit only by Fire

  8. Braid – No Coast

  9. Foreign Lawns / Midwives – Good News for Modern Man

  10. Rust Belt Demons – Radium Girl EP

So, my friends and I started a record label.

Posted on August 21, 2014


Yep, there it is… the first official release by Triple Eye Industries. My band, Volunteer, found itself producing it’s own records… from recording and mixing, to album artwork, to pressing and selling them – only to slap Underground Communique‘s logo on at the end. It was satisfying to be associated with a decent indie label, but we wanted to have more influence.

For our second release as a band, we’re doing the exact same thing. Except this time, alongside our friend’s label, Forge Again Records, we’ll be putting our own logo right next to it. We’ve even enlisted the help of a freelance PR company. These last two experiences working with our friends has shown us that we can and should start our own label.

Now if we could only work out distribution on our own, without the help of another label, then we’d really be onto something. Here goes nothin’!

My Tron Jovi EP has been getting some airplay on WMSE.

Posted on May 22, 2014

Thanks to the killer DJs over at WMSE, my solo project, Tron Jovi, has been getting some airplay. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can check it out on bandcamp. Grab a free download while you’re at it.

Sylvan Esso is playing a block party in Milwaukee.

Posted on May 20, 2014

I’ve been pretty stoked about this band’s impending album since hearing “Hey Mami” on soundcloud after someone blogged about their SXSW appearance. With ties to Milwaukee, it’s no wonder they’re playing the Burnhearts PBR Block Party. Last year we had Braid, and The Promise Ring played the year before that. Haven’t been this stoked on a new electronic act since I first heard Prefuse 73, The Postal Service or Girl Talk. Keep the hits coming, you two.

Steve Albini makes a paper plane.

Posted on May 14, 2014

It’s not just any paper plane. It’s a paper plane design that his rocket scientist father came up with. As legend has it, the design allowed his father to fly a plane across the Rose Bowl. I apologize for the non-landscape view. He tells the full story, in this interview.

Oh yeah… I had a 7 Seconds cover band last year.

Posted on May 12, 2014

For a one-time Halloween show at Cactus Club, my pals and I got together and did a set as “Red & Black”. We played songs mainly off The Crew and Walk Together, Rock Together. It was my first time playing guitar in front of anyone (I’m a bass player.) We even went so far as to record and release a fake 7″ on Halo of Flies / Beer City Records. Halo of Flies provided the download codes (I make them for the label anyways) and Beer City provided the poly-bags.


Our drummer, Mark, went to a thrift store and picked up 40 random 45s. Kevin, the guitar player, and I spray-painted the center labels black using a simple stencil. We made some simple covers, each with a unique download code on them. We promoted the Halloween show, by telling attendees that they would receive a free “show-only” 7″ while supplies lasted. By the end of the show, they were all gone. I must admit, they looked fairly convincing. We even got Craig, a local DJ at WMSE to play one of the songs on his show. We let him in on the joke. He went so far as to play the sound of a needle hitting a slab of vinyl before cueing up the mp3.


We intentionally left out “99 Red Ballons” and instead opted for Sham 69’s “The Kids are United” as our cover song we’d play. Here’s a video from the set. To view the whole set, check out this YouTube playlist.

Super Smash Bros.

Posted on July 15, 2010

My buddy Pete and I decided to smash some old macs on our lunch hour. DESTROY.

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