Friday, April 8, 2016

Honeydews

Apparently, it's been almost a year since I posted on my personal site. Rest assure, I'm still around. Here's a handful of projects I've been working on other than my usual freelancer duties.

Njaim's "honeydew" ep 7" limited edition lathe-cut record




I'm putting out a limited edition lathe-cut record. Only 10 copies of this 7" record exist. This is part of my no-goals, poorly produced, lofi/anti-folk/indie music project called Njaim. Already available to stream for free, follow the link to pre-order. Can't promise there will be any left. Free downloads activate and records start to ship on or before May 29th, 2016 (my 28th birthday).


"Amplifried" - homemade "functional folk art" guitar amps

Check out my Etsy store: Amplifried 



I've been building homemade "functional folk art" guitar amps. Sometimes I repaper crusty cigar boxes. Sometimes I use old radios. The circuits for the amps are generally taken from old electronics, such as cassette recorders/players, which are then repurposed as a guitar amp. The end result is an amp with a unique distortion sound built in.



I've had the pleasure of working with a client turned friend from across the ocean in Hawaii. He's been slowly but surely organizing a legitimate charity/therapy effort to help musicians and veterans with hearing damage. Part of this involves putting together a collection of guitar and amp pairings setup for lower volumes without the loss of interesting tones/sounds. The intention is for these to be auctioned off for fundraising purposes. Below is the demo video I sent him prior to shipping it off.



Leaf Garden Press

I'm still the editor/publisher/curator of Leaf Garden Press. I'm currently not taking new manuscript submissions, but the press isn't closed and submissions will reopen once all the books in queue have been published.

Over the past year, I've worked directly with authors to release seven free / name-your-price / sold-at-cost books, and STILL have more in the oven. Click on the book covers below to check them out.


           

        



Thanks.



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cassette tapes

Gearing up for a limited edition cassette/book/pouch release of old, sleepy-ish songs, I've been doing some extremely lo-fi cassette recordings to practice making the labels and j-cards. All of those have been sold off, but you can still listen to and download the recordings from my Bandcamp page.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Diddleybows


Despite the million things I should be working on between Leaf Garden Press, my "real job," and everything else, I've found myself making diddleybows in my not-so-spare time. 

A diddleybow is traditionally a one-string slide guitar made from spare parts, often as simple as a plank of wood and a box or glass jar with string over it. They were popular among early blues players who would otherwise not be able to afford an instrument.

Pictured above are two guitar-styled diddleybows I made using wooden dowels, boxes, and other spare parts I found lying around the yard/garage.

The red one is a single stringer made from a cigar box, uses a spare low E string from my guitar, a hose clamp as the nut, and a screw as the bridge. My intention is to put a small pickup and amplifier inside of the cigar box to see what kinda nasty noises I can make it give off, which is why I made sure to leave the lid as the back of the instrument even if it might have been prettier the other way around. The strap came off a bail of hay.

The slightly smaller, wooden one is a two stringer made from an old tea box. Rather than include sound holes, I've left the lid facing the player and it has to be opened slightly (or as much as you like) to act as the sound hole. Unexpected, it turns out that if you play the strings and then press down on the lid, it creates an interesting wahwah/vibratto/whatever effect. Because this is a two-stringer, I felt it necessary to use tuning machines and eventually settled on tuning it to the notes DG. Again, I used a hose clamp as the nut and screws as the bridge. This particular diddleybow is literally bowed, as the relatively skinny wooden dowel is pulled extremely taunt by the set of strings.

Back to doing some "real work" I guess.

Monday, June 2, 2014

cubbyholes



Received the proof copy for cubbyholes, the limited chapbook/CD combo from yours truly (based entirely on content from a project I worked on in 2010-2011). There will only be eight copies total, with no current plans to do another batch unless people beg me to, for some weird reason. All of these are claimed already and will shipped free-of-charge to those lucky few that get one. I am just waiting on the rest of the books and an insert I intend to include with them to be printed and shipped.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"What Reader's Keep" at Grab the Lapels

Hi internet. I know I don't update often, but I've not been too involved in having my own writing published for awhile now. There's no specific reason, and I expect I'll get back on the boat at some point. For now, I'm focused on putting out some awesome titles at Leaf Garden Press.

But yesterday, the fine folk (Melanie Page, a previous contributor at Leaf Garden Press) at Grab the Lapels had me take a picture of my surprisingly small bookshelf and write a few words about my favorite books for the "What Reader's Keep" series. I probably come across as a hipster douche, but what's new? Check it out and then help support Grab the Lapels advocacy of female authors in the contemporary publishing scene.

http://grabthelapels.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/what-readers-keep-3.html

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Leaf Garden Press updates

Leaf Garden Press is now accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts and is officially out of hiatus. You're invited to submit or pursue our reads (all available for free/name-your-price).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Delilah's Daughter

My extremely itsy prose piece "Delilah's Daughter" is up at First Stop Fiction. It's a cool place. Every Thursday the editor, Justis Mills, puts up a piece of fiction that stops at the first possible point.