Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January Toast Fantasy Composition Conference!

movie clip of the warmup jam (199 megs)
movie clip from "You and I" (temp title) chorus riff (19 megs)
movie clip from "Falling" addition (10 megs)

At this past Monday's Fantasy Toast, we spent a bunch of time exploring new compositions, including a half-complete composition I've been working on, a revival (and extension) of Neon Brown's stripped-down "Falling" (by Adrian, who also improvised the changeup riff on his toy piano -- which you can hear us playing in the second clip above), and a super promising new piece by Woody.

My usual audio-recorder was out of batteries, so I captured some cool footage (with atrocious audio) on my iPhone.  I even decided to post a low-res version of most of the 10-minute warmup jam (in spite of the abrasive unbalanced audio).  The photos here are lifted out of the full-res video.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Astrol Waters at Substation!

set (46 megs)

Here's Astrol Waters's set from December 7th at the Substation in Freelard.  We had a nice big group for this one!  Lineup for the evening was B.W.H. (guitar), 5-Track (guitar), Jeremy Gonzales (sax), John Leighton Beezer (bass), Keenen Magik (voice), Patrick Lenon (drums), and Me Woods (percussion/vocalizations).  For me it was a mostly seemless blast/blur, but I haven't listened back to this recording yet...?  We opened for "Explosions Everywhere", whose first movement was very nice(!), but then I had to head out early to get some sleep before an early start.  "Face Mason" (a prog/punk duo who played before us) was also weirdly appealing.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Toast Fantasy at SP20!

First Three (and a half) Pieces (23 megs)

On November 17th, Toast Fantasy played its first show (!) at my work's 20th-Birthday party in a brand-new high-rise in downtown Bellevue.  This was certainly an unusual event for a first show.  But in spite of the distractions of a hundred current and former coworkers and their relatives and friends, it seemed the music was very well recieved!  Lots of great things happened that night -- not least of which was just successfully stringing together some songs in front of a live audience for the first time -- but I thought the opening jam and the first three tunes (Static, Your Song, Aphid Tea) were particularly energized, so I've included them here.

Toast Fantasy Show's Eve Runthrough!

Under The Tent Outro (3 megs)
Albright and Kalm (8 megs)

Here are a couple brief snippets from what was a very satisfying rehearsal on the Eve of our first show.  The first clip was the tail of the jam after "Under the Tent", and the second was our first real run-through of Five's "Albright and Kalm".

Friday, November 3, 2017

Toast Fantasy Early November Session!

Warmup (12 megs)

Here's the warmup jam from the top of a session where the Toast Fantasy catalog really started to glow and burst.  Can't wait to share the colorful cocktail this group has been mixing up!

(perhaps I'll update next week with some song-slivers and jams from later in the evening...?)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Toast Fantasy October Session!

Heard From a Moving Train (12 megs)

Here's the warmup jam from the October 19th Toast Fantasy Session.  Before we attempted to run through a bunch of songs for our first show (!!), I tried to film our warmup with a new and improved brio-train-mounted camera setup.  Both times I've tried to film, the music has come out extra restrained and smooth(not sure why...?), which I'm really digging.  I'll include a few captures from the video here, but I also posted most of the video with the Edirol audio overlayed to Facebook ... so find me there if you're interested in that.

 (Note To Self:  next time, turn on the light over by Adrian!)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Toast Fantasy September Session!

Warmup Jam (11 megs)

Here's the warmup jam from Toast Fantasy's September rehearsal, gearing up for some actual gigs!  Wait, did I mention we came up with a name for this group yet?  It's "Toast Fantasy".

This was my first rehearsal with the Hartke TX600 as a replacement for a recently deceased tube-head excavated from a Carvin combo decades ago (mostly great! ... but I think I'm gonna try to fuzz it up a little more to move a bit towards my previous tone).  And Five was playing with some sort of iPad-based FX rig.