[sounds] Stripped State: Laurel Canyon Recordings

From January to June 2018, my wife Cat costume designed the Amazon series adaptation of the podcast Homecoming that shot in L.A., so we decamped Brooklyn for a 1930s cottage aerie perched halfway up Laurel Canyon. I bought a knock around Seagull guitar at the perfect scaled All-In-One guitar shop in Koreatown, and recorded a couple dozen tracks in our Gould Avenue house. My Gentleman of the Canyon adventure took me to a songwriting time zero, stripped down and raw, to that place where I just sat and thought and wrote and strummed. And listened. And learned.

This Canyon Drive video:
youtu.be/9M2kgtzeT6M

These tracks are “demos,” all recorded with the intention of evolution. But for now, it feels worth letting them float the aether in their simplest, stripped state, kicking up some glorious west coast dust for me. Who knows where we’ll meet again. Hopefully, in The Canyon.


[img] chaos meets melody

chaos meets melody
September 18, 2018 at 05:05PM
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[img] “Uh, a little help here…”

“Uh, a little help here…”
September 17, 2018 at 02:24PM
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[img] “Uh, a little help here…”

“Uh, a little help here…”
September 17, 2018 at 02:23PM
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[img] Luna(r) transmission

Luna(r) transmission
September 16, 2018 at 08:47AM
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[img] “Yeah, I’m Luna. What’s it to you?”

“Yeah, I’m Luna. What’s it to you?”
September 14, 2018 at 05:31PM
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[story] The Frame Spider

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Spiders spin sandwich bread, big box stores carry stem cell EZ-Kits, and Congress wrestles with the regulation of creation. Just another day in near-future America.

Future. Food. Fiction?

Other stories from the Design Life universe:

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Rage Restaurant

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Drones For Leanne


[img] this falls on 20180818

this falls on 20180818
August 08, 2018 at 10:44PM
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[music video] This Canyon Drive

Figures that living in Laurel Canyon for six months would inspire one of my best tracks. Special place. Will return with more permanence someday.


[dispatch] laughing algorithms

August 02, 2018 at 06:16PM
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[track] The Space In Rain

Rainstorm / 20170717
Bridgehampton, NY
Close friends’ house, Cottage bedroom
improv on a 44-key upright Grieg piano, un-tuned, sticky keys
iPhone w/ a Shure MV88 lightning condenser sitting on a windowsill


[dispatch] 20180721.2115

July 21, 2018 at 09:15AM
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[img] barrels + bootlegs 20180718.1945

July 18, 2018 at 07:45PM
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[img] washed up zero

A zero washed up on the beach today. He said, “I’m looking for some one who wants to get even.”
July 17, 2018 at 11:34AM
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[img] Provoke a plover, run for cover…

“Welcome to Eyewitless News. Our top story: A pissed Piping Plover is pooping on posh people, and politicians and police are powerless. Our Penelope Pepperpane is positioned for a play-by-play. Penelope?”
“Thanks, Preston. They say, ‘Provoke a plover, run for cover.’ Well…”
July 16, 2018 at 11:41AM
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[dispatch] 20180715.2245

July 15, 2018 at 10:45PM
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[img] shark’s circle of life

July 15, 2018 at 09:58PM
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[dispatch] 20180624.0445: Rainbows End

June 24, 2018 at 04:45AM
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[dispatch] 20180623.0543: Lili ‘Lele

June 23, 2018 at 05:43AM
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[img] one of these surfers need not worry

one of these surfers need not worry about getting rag-dolled by a shore break
June 22, 2018 at 03:31PM
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[img] “California’s been good to me…”

“California’s been good to me / Hope it don’t fall into the sea / Sometimes you got to save yourself / It ain’t like anywhere else…” – Tom Petty
June 15, 2018 at 04:07PM
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