Yikes, it’s September! 
Since I last posted anything original, I’ve celebrated a birthday, had a bash, went to see the always amazing and entertaining Michael Franti, went camping, made new friends and picked up loads of freelance work. I’ve been so busy it’s been wonderful. 
Here are a few things I’ve written in the past few weeks:
For Poor Taste: 
An ode to sweet summer corn, how to pickle green beans, and how to fail at making saltwater taffy. 

For the Eugene Weekly: 
A run down of the music lineups for the annual Eugene Celebration and a preview for the Mavis Staples show coming to Eugene with Bonnie Raitt. 

For the Register Guard: 
A feature on Ginger Kesey, the graphic designer behind original artwork for Kesey Enterprises and the McDonald Theater, Cuthbert Amphitheater and Eugene Celebration. 

And, I think that’s all for now. There’s a ton of stuff in the works, possibly a new job opportunity and an upcoming Minnesota vacation. I think I’ll like September. 
What about you? 

Yikes, it’s September! 

Since I last posted anything original, I’ve celebrated a birthday, had a bash, went to see the always amazing and entertaining Michael Franti, went camping, made new friends and picked up loads of freelance work. I’ve been so busy it’s been wonderful. 

Here are a few things I’ve written in the past few weeks:

For Poor Taste: 

An ode to sweet summer corn, how to pickle green beans, and how to fail at making saltwater taffy

For the Eugene Weekly: 

A run down of the music lineups for the annual Eugene Celebration and a preview for the Mavis Staples show coming to Eugene with Bonnie Raitt. 

For the Register Guard: 

A feature on Ginger Kesey, the graphic designer behind original artwork for Kesey Enterprises and the McDonald Theater, Cuthbert Amphitheater and Eugene Celebration. 

And, I think that’s all for now. There’s a ton of stuff in the works, possibly a new job opportunity and an upcoming Minnesota vacation. I think I’ll like September. 

What about you? 

I first saw Piano Truck parked outside a restaurant last summer. I asked everyone I knew who it was and where I could find them again. Then, this spring when the Saturday Market started up again, I saw buskers galore - not just bums with guitars, but bona fide street performers. It reminded me of walking the streets of Seattle or New Orleans (albeit on a much smaller scale). 

I did a little research, talked with three very talented men, and put this piece together for the Eugene Weekly. 

At the top of my summer reading list as a result? Passing the Hat by Patricia J. Campbell. Two out of three buskers recommend. 

Aaaaaand we’re back! 

With another update - last week I put together a preview for the Seattle-based band Hey Marseilles for the Weekly. Unfortunately, it didn’t run in the print edition, but it is still online. 

They played in Eugene last week and I am sad to say I missed the show due to work. I’m going to Seattle this weekend, but they won’t be there either. Man, I can’t win!

But - you should read the piece, if only to learn about the band. They are pretty terrific. 

Apparently I’m doing my monthly check-in here… Frankly, I don’t know how you people do it! Between Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr and Hulu and Netflix and real life? No wonder I only have 27 followers! 
I’ve been writing a lot, making some connections, making some decisions…. I know all 27 of you have been worried and craving updates. I have none. BUT - I do have some great links to pieces I’ve written in the past month. 
For example, the photo above is of two cold soups I made for my PT column. Get those badass recipes here
Want to know how to optimally organize the produce in your fridge and on your counter for extended freshness? Read about that shit here. 
Wondering what four chefs in Eugene think about spring produce and want to learn four amazing recipes? Oh yeah.. I’ve got that for you right here.
Maybe you feel like learning about mushrooms. I could give you a general tutorial here, or speak more specifically about morels here. Your choice.  
Perhaps you feel like learning about an instrumental band called Basin + Range. I’ve got that covered here. 
Last but not least, you may be curious about matcha or cool foreign snacks. Did that too. Here and here
That doesn’t even cover the Wanda Jackson preview that didn’t run due to double booking, or the four pieces I’ve turned in to various pubs that have yet to run. Whew.  
Now. Will someone important see this and please offer me a job? I’m tired of waiting tables. 

Apparently I’m doing my monthly check-in here… Frankly, I don’t know how you people do it! Between Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr and Hulu and Netflix and real life? No wonder I only have 27 followers! 

I’ve been writing a lot, making some connections, making some decisions…. I know all 27 of you have been worried and craving updates. I have none. BUT - I do have some great links to pieces I’ve written in the past month. 

For example, the photo above is of two cold soups I made for my PT column. Get those badass recipes here

Want to know how to optimally organize the produce in your fridge and on your counter for extended freshness? Read about that shit here

Wondering what four chefs in Eugene think about spring produce and want to learn four amazing recipes? Oh yeah.. I’ve got that for you right here.

Maybe you feel like learning about mushrooms. I could give you a general tutorial here, or speak more specifically about morels here. Your choice.  

Perhaps you feel like learning about an instrumental band called Basin + Range. I’ve got that covered here

Last but not least, you may be curious about matcha or cool foreign snacks. Did that too. Here and here

That doesn’t even cover the Wanda Jackson preview that didn’t run due to double booking, or the four pieces I’ve turned in to various pubs that have yet to run. Whew.  

Now. Will someone important see this and please offer me a job? I’m tired of waiting tables. 

I totally have girl crush on Zoe Jakes - the amazing belly dancer for Beats Antique. I had the chance to see them again the last time they were in Eugene, and am still thinking about what a wonderful show it was. 
Need that final push to convince you to buy tickets? Need a reminder of how amazing they are? Read my recent review, up at Ticket Files. 
Oh - and let me know if you think David Sartori looks just a little like John Boy. 

I totally have girl crush on Zoe Jakes - the amazing belly dancer for Beats Antique. I had the chance to see them again the last time they were in Eugene, and am still thinking about what a wonderful show it was. 

Need that final push to convince you to buy tickets? Need a reminder of how amazing they are? Read my recent review, up at Ticket Files

Oh - and let me know if you think David Sartori looks just a little like John Boy. 

Last week I got the chance to interview Aaron Holstein - or as he’s better known to fans - VibeSquaD. 

Unlike other electronic musicians I’ve spoken with, Aaron began his music career first as a piano player then as a guitarist, majoring in music in college. I’m not saying that there aren’t other electronic producers that have done this - just none I’ve talked with. 

I loved how he described himself as a “recovering guitar player” and how his love for music (even after almost 2,000 shows and at the age of 40) was strong and emotional. 

He plays the big Eug tonight….. I’m pretty excited. 

Last week my mom came to town for two and a half fun-filled Eugene-ified days. We got totally Pre’d out. We ran Pre’s Trail, saw Pre’s Rock, viewed Hayward Field, and even watched a little Without Limits. Suffice it to say, I need a Pre break.. but we did have a wonderful time and I was so glad she came!
Just before she flew in however, I had the chance to see Seattle band The Head and the Heart along with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Lemolo. The show overall was delightful (especially Lemolo and Thao). Check out my review up at Ticket Files - and cross your fingers that Lemolo comes back through town soon.

Last week my mom came to town for two and a half fun-filled Eugene-ified days. We got totally Pre’d out. We ran Pre’s Trail, saw Pre’s Rock, viewed Hayward Field, and even watched a little Without Limits. Suffice it to say, I need a Pre break.. but we did have a wonderful time and I was so glad she came!

Just before she flew in however, I had the chance to see Seattle band The Head and the Heart along with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Lemolo. The show overall was delightful (especially Lemolo and Thao). Check out my review up at Ticket Files - and cross your fingers that Lemolo comes back through town soon.

I put together another piece for the local daily - this time on the Seattle-based band The Head and the Heart. I’ll be reviewing their show for Ticket Files, but this was an opportunity for me to give a preview on the upcoming show. I spoke with Tyler Williams, who was totally adorable over the phone. 

While their lyrics aren’t necessarily the most poignant (Pitchfork totally called them out on it and rated them below what I think the album was worth, meh) they are super fun. 

One thing had me thinking, though - it was all the casual references to the Bible throughout their album… it reminded me of Bishop Allen and made me wonder why? guess I should have asked Tyler…. 

A late night You Tube session starting with Lou Reed passing through Nico finally landed on this St. Vincent video shot at First Ave’s 7th St. Entry and uploaded in 2007. It lead me to wonder where the hell I was for this show…. And to think I spent 2007 with a writing internship at First Ave. Where is my time machine???