In order to publish Secrets and Lies, we used a process called crowdfunding to presell the book in order to raise the money to print the book. But more than just the book, we offered a series of bonus incentives if people wanted to throw down a few extra bucks.
One of them was a copy of my “Best Of” album, a compilation of some of my favorite songs from the many music projects I’ve been a part of. It was half a joke, since the idea of putting out your own best of album is Read the rest of this entry
In the early part of the millennium, I was in a great band called The Sucker M.C. Jive Turkeys. We played turbo-charged new wave in matching baseball shirts and were frequently told we were the most exciting live band in Portland.
Strangely enough, what did SMCJT in was that people liked it too much. We were gigging every weekend in Portland and getting a decent following, which interfered with our keyboard player’s other band, Point Juncture Washington, which she had just started.
As we were recording an album, she quit to pursue PJWA full-time and things sort of fell apart from there. The album wasn’t finished yet, but I recorded the rest of the tracks on my own. Some of the tracks are actually me playing everything but bass and keys. The final product sounded great. It was loud and fast, but the keys and quirky songs made it stand apart from other bands that were around at the time. Read the rest of this entry