I have lately been building a vocal booth in my home studio and I’m taking recording engineering lessons from a Grammy award winning engineer to get past some roadblocks. After reading a slew of threads on gearslutz.com and then testing a bunch of microphones myself I’ve decided that I want a Neumann U87 mic and… Read More »
People typically say they are invoking an ethical principle when they judge acts that cause harm more harshly than willful inaction that allows that same harm to occur. That difference is even codified in criminal law. A new study based on brain scans, however, shows that people make that moral distinction automatically. Researchers found that… Read More »
Invitation: If you are in Sacramento tonight (black Friday, 2011) come down to Luna’s cafe. Amy and I will be playing some songs at a benefit around 7 pm. -Xeno
Update: Song removed for repairs. Still some things about the mix I’m not liking. Stay tuned for mix #12. New mix of my song “Everything Works Out Fine” on the left in the Box.Net Widget. Free MP3 to download if you like it. I’m starting to get closer to the sound and mix I… Read More »
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This song resulted years ago when I tried to capture all of the best Apollo Moon Conspiracy tidbits in one epic space rock adventure. (First wrote the article, then boiled it down to the song.) I had the day off from work today, so I created a new orchestrated version: MP3: Download: Kiss you on… Read More »
Now available: Xenophilia (the band) on CD Baby. This merry band of name droppers existed for over 10 years and released only one album, thus making it a rare collector’s item sought after by relatives of the band members. Hear song samples of all 11 tracks. It only took me eight years to get this… Read More »
Free songs on this site are works in progress. I may delete them at any time, so download it if you like it. The number of downloads helps me discover which of my songs people like best. Downloading = voting. Free song download: Get Off My Head (mix #2) mp3. Get Off My Head I… Read More »
I figure most of you 3,000 to 9,000 people per day visiting this blog to check out the strange news have never heard my band Xenophilia (some of our oldest songs on myspace.) Although I’ve played a few other places solo since then, this photo was from my last gig with Xenophilia. I figure once… Read More »
New free Xeno song: Night with an Empty Bucket This song is what happened as I was testing various instruments in Cubase 5 which I just purchased. It is odd for me to write a song with no guitar. Inspired by hearing about people who travel to foreign countries to help people less fortunate, and… Read More »
Free CD Offer I’m giving away one of my last boxes of Xenophilia CDs this week. To get your free CD: email me your mailing address. Features two guys from the band CAKE on one song, plus a strange song about Crop Circles. There are a few songs on this CD that I really like,… Read More »
I’ve been singing for many years, and I enjoy it, but I usually don’t like to hear my voice. Too nasally and my pitches are off at times. The “nase” is genetic, but I’m just now working on hitting my pitches correctly in terms of absolute pitch. This weekend I recorded me singing a bunch… Read More »
It was interesting to see a show with a full band but with no bass player. It still sounded great. Jason’s jokes about what happened to his bass player rocked. Jason at one point told the audience that he usually puts up a picture of his friend Barack Obama and said that audience reactions were… Read More »
Jason Mraz is playing a sold out show at Freeborn Hall in Davis, CA tomorrow and I’ll be there. Here is an old picture I took of Jason Mraz playing my 12 string Takamine guitar. Xenophilia opened for Jason one Thursday in 2001 @ The Parkside in San Francisco and a few other times. At… Read More »
My band Xenophilia played several shows with Jason in Sacramento and San Francisco right before he hit the big time so it is always fun for me to check in on what he is up to. I get to see Jason play at UC Davis on Nov 3rd (sold out show), the day before we… Read More »
This pic is from the dinner / info meeting we attended last night Local bands at sacramento kings games, originally uploaded by xeno735. Left: Amy Anne of Xenophilia. Quiz: Can you name the local artist with Amy Anne? Inside scoop: The Arco Arena, to attract new people to sporting events, and to generate new opportunities… Read More »
Ten years ago, I met Amy Anne at an open mic night at the Fox and Goose. I played funny a Dan Bern song “I am the Messiah.” We hit it off after some chatting she auditioned in the parking lot, singing a Fiona Apple song for me. I loved her voice and I asked… Read More »
You have new Picture Mail!, originally uploaded by xeno735.
Swabbie’s At Metro Marina 5871 Garden Hwy Sacramento, CA 95837 (916) 920-8088 We played about 5 PM to 6 PM, followed by the Alanis Crow Project. This was our first gig with Kendall on bass. Great place, right on the river.
Albert, Amy, and I were working on some a new CD before he went off to find work in another part of the world. Thanks to the magic of MySpace, I found that he has posted some of our work under the name Satellite Dish Gazebo. The ones I wrote are: Mister Nobody, Salvador Dali,… Read More »
Wow. We played a show last Saturday night at Marylin’s in Sacramento with a band called the Alanis Crow Project (I forgot to post it here) and we had some scouts out to see us. One supposedly made an offer to sign us to a record label. Xenophilia is very good luck for bands we… Read More »
Rehearsal at Amy’s for show march 21Originally uploaded by xeno735 Our next show is March 21 @ Luna’s Cafe in Sacramento, CA. Come on down if you are in the area. Luna’s has food and beverages and a nice cozy atmosphere. Free Song Here (Day Dream Believer by Xenophilia – MP3) This is a first… Read More »
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Tonight Amy Anne and I auditioned for a new Burlesque show that is opening up in Old Sacramento at a club called the SpeakEasy Lounge. Here are some pics of the dance floor, the DJ, some people who auditioned with us tonight and myself and Amy. Click to enlarge: We’ve actually done something like this… Read More »
Compare the noses of Osama. One has a shorter fatter nose. The original Osama (Tim Osman) has a hecka long skinny nose. The real Osama supposedly entered Pakistan the day after 9/11 and died later from Kidney failure. The theory is: Bush knows his business partner and 9/11 patsy expired which is why years ago… Read More »
9/7/06 Update: My latest version of Paul Simon’s “I am a Rock”. Did you ever watch that show where a guy with a funny accent paints a picture? Well, if you downloaded my previous sketches, you can think of this as watching me paint a song. Gets a little better each time… I hope. All… Read More »
see later post. this was updated.
Secret Inside Info: Xenophilia (Xeno, AmyAnne of the AmyAnne band, and Hence formerly of the Jackie Greene band) will perform a short five song reunion set this coming Saturday night, Sept 9th at Luna’s Cafe in downtown Sacramento. (Directions) Sat 9/9: JOHN FARIAS C.D. RELEASE, WILLIAM MYLAR, AMY ANNE (Secretly with Xenophilia). 9 PM. $6
I wonder how long this Wikipedia Entry will stay up? I did a search and found that Xenophilia had some description of Japanese cartoon tentacle pornography. Man, that’s so gross. SO, I updated it and now you people can learn a few new things, things never before told even on this web site … ooh,… Read More »
Ricky Dickerson is a Sacramento area man who was savagely beaten by a group of men when attempting to help a woman in a park. I’m playing a benefit to help Ricky’s family this Friday. (Note: Event is SOLD OUT, but you can donate. Info: here (pdf) ) Date: Friday, July 21 Time: 6:00 PM… Read More »
A fan in the UK used our song (the person probably found the mp3 on this site) and made a video which has had lots of views on YouTube so far. Fun. I wrote this song for/with Amy Anne a few years ago in Old Ironsides in Sacramento, CA. The tune and chords are mine… Read More »
NoLongerNude (~2 MB, MP3) (right click, save as..) Here’s a new somewhat autobiographical song to get me in trouble with all of my Catholic friends. I figure at this point they know what I think anyway so they won’t be too shocked.