"There is absolutely nothing to transcend...only all of Creation to unite with."
– Jeffery Wolf Green
"All things are possible once enough human beings realize that everything is at stake."
The embrace of this accelerating change is the subject of my latest painting, as well as new musical and theatrical projects that have swept me up into exciting creative collaborations. Isn't that why we're here? To trade surfing tricks and astonished eye contact as we try our new lives on for size...
And now, some of my finest work ever. Thanks for reading and have a blessed holiday!
My New Collaboration With Grassroots California
The response to my first embroidered and silk-screened design collaboration with Grassroots California was overwhelming – I didn't make it to a single festival this year without seeing at least one person rocking that hat, and it was a huge honor and surprise to get so much positive feedback.
Like the first one, only 420 of these will be made. Preorder through me and you not only get the satisfaction of supporting the artist directly (thank you!) but I'll be happy to sign or personalize it for you, too. And every preorder comes with an exclusive live EP of electronic guitar music.
Preorder price is currently less than retail, but that's bound to change before I get the hats in early February. Interested parties, hit me up soon!
Every Day Is A New Year
"Once we abandon this obsessive fanaticism of absolute complete knowledge, we can continue on with our process of discovery without the headache of a deadline.”
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."
painted live at
• Rootwire Music & Arts Festival, 2012 08 18
Papadosio (electric), Dopapod, Ott, Akara, Papadosio (acoustic)
• The Parish, 2012 09 15
Kaminanda, The Human Experience, Brede
• Art Outside Festival, 2012 10 20/21
Mother Falcon, Russ Liquid, Andreilien, Stephan Jacobs, Brede, ONE4ALL, Pharo, Metranohm, Thriftworks, Henry & The Invisibles, Pyramid, Dimitri's Ascent, Pumpkin
• Texas Music Theater, 2012 11 11
Papadosio, Octopus Nebula, Holding Space
• Cirque Lunaire at La Zona Rosa, 2012 12 01
Bluetech, Phutureprimitive, Ex Stus
• Whompadelic Wednesdays at Club, 606 2012 12 12
KiloWatts, Crazy Fingers, inertG, SoundShaman
Click to view the process:
Ethereal Underground's New Studio Album
"You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path."
Acoustic and digital, real and imaginary, freestyle and remix, far out and close up, awake and dreaming... Ethereal Underground is the visionary collaboration between me and beat wizard Tristan Gulliford, aka Dreamcode.
Between the original sessions and more than a year of Dreamcode's patient sculpting, over 100 hours of studio detail work went into Strangely Familiar – resulting in an ultra juicy 33:33 of...something...not quite witch house, not quite space hop, totally luxuriously weird. Check us out on FB.
Land Without Evil
I just finished an eight-show run doing live music for this amazing production by Agent Red & Sky Candy, and filmed by PBS for their series, Arts in Context. A story of colliding cultures in an age of transformation, adapted from the novel by Matthew Pallamary...we got to perform at the historic Stateside at the Paramount Theater in Austin and yes, it totally raised the bar. Getting to work with such talented dancers, aerialists, video mapping projectionists, actors, live musicians, lighting engineers, and costume designers is just...wow. This is why I love Austin.
Check out show's teaser trailer:
Custom Painted Hats
I almost hesitate to advertise these, as I'm currently sitting on a huge stack of orders. Thanks to everyone for your patience! But if you're in the market for some special way to grace your crown, take a look at my whole gallery for ideas and drop me a line.
An Inspirational Interview With Ideamensch
Last news but maybe the most interesting: I recently sat down with Mario Schulke of Ideamensch, a website to inspire your entrepreneurial spirit. He asked me some big questions, and I answered... Here's a taste:
Do what only you can do. There are a thousand people in line behind you except for what critical node in the working body of our species? This is a place where “your deep gladness meets the world’s needs.” (Frederick Buechner) Go for that.
What is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I remind myself that my resources are of many kinds, that luck is one of them, that help comes from strange places, and that I’m doing this for love, not money. (Money is just the blood that keeps the body working. I don’t need a basement full of blood.)