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Sonos Controller on the iPhone

As a longtime fan of the Sonos (see here, here, here and here), I’ve been wondering ever since the launch of the iTunes AppStore when Sonos would release software to turn my iPhone and iPod Touch into a Sonos controller. Well, today was the day, and having just installed the software and played around with…

Everything That Happens

About a decade ago, a colleague of mine introduced me to My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, for which I was forever grateful. Although it was already nearly 20 years old at time I was turned on to it, the album was in many respects ahead of its time, and I mean that in…

Super Mario Theme Music

Came across this on Gizmodo and had to share it. I’ve never been much of a gamer, but my Excite co-founders were all into gaming and were fanatic about the Super Mario games, particularly Super Mario Kart. Add to that the fact that I’ve always been intrigued with the Theremin, ever since figuring out it…

Two Great Weeks of Music

I just looked back on my calendar for the past two weeks and realized that July 2008 has been a good one for me in the live music department. It started on July 7th with a great solo performance by Shawn Colvin at Chautauqua, followed a few days later with a Friday evening show with…

Culturegraph and Steely Dan

I’m a big fan of the site Culturegraph. Basically, readers submit pop-culture influenced gags that take graphic form — usually charts and graphs of some description. I’m also a fan because they’ve accepted a couple of my submissions (one Sting-related and one Michael McDonald related). The one that wasn’t accepted is probably only funny to…

Guitar Face!

There’s nothing like watching a musician’s face when they are deeply engaged playing their music. When Ian Rogers saw Soul Patch play a few weeks ago, he mentioned that I had a lot of good GuitarFace™ moments, which inspired me to look through the photos from that gig and previous gigs, which indeed confirmed that…

Topspin, Baby!

I’ve recently joined the board of an incredibly cool company called Topspin Media, via Foundry Group’s Series B investment in the company. This is an investment literally a decade in the making. I met Topspin’s co-founder, seed investor and Chairman Peter Gotcher about ten years ago while he was a venture partner at Redpoint, via…

The Devil Made Me Do It

I’ve played guitar for about 25 years now, and have been relatively restrained about adding new axes to my arsenal, until the last year or so, when three great new guitars found their way into my collection. Last year after we finished fund-raising, my partners gave me a Fender VG Stratocaster. And after NAMM this…

Soul Patch Live in Boulder, June 21st

It has been a couple years since my band Soul Patch last played live, and we’ve been itching to play ever since. But having children, starting a new venture fund and moving to Boulder, CO mean that the band is now spread among Boulder, LA and San Francisco. Well, we’re all coming together to play…

Soul Patch Reviewed in the LAist

My old friend Tom Lewis, who I knew back in the day when we were both denizens of the Valley during the bubble years, just posted a nice review of Sooner or Later on the LAist. My favorite line in the review: There is a jam band element to Soul Patch, with the expected chord…