There's a new track on our SoundCloud page. "Prom Night" was recorded at Sugarhill Studios in Houston for what would have been our 3rd studio release. It is not mixed or mastered. Until now, it was never released.
Google told me today that I had some old Google Video stuff that needed to be migrated to YouTube. Turns out they were all old Drop Trio videos that I hadn't seen in ages. So, here they are as shiny new YouTube videos:
It was 8 years ago, on 2/29/2004, that Drop Trio recorded its second full-length album, LEAP. It was 100% improvised in the studio, then later edited down to album length and released. It's a little on the avant-garde side, and wasn't the most popular thing we ever did, but it holds up pretty well. It was a "leap in the dark" and changed the direction of our music pretty significantly.
We've put the entire album up for your listening pleasure on SoundCloud:
Sunday, August 01, 2010
2 Final Shows In This Galaxy!
Dear Drop Trio Fans,
The time has come for Drop Trio to return to our mothership and leave this planet. To that end, we present you with our two final shows in earthly form:
The show details:
Austin: Thursday Aug 12, 2010
The Elephant Room (315 Congress)
9:30 pm - No Cover - Facebook Event
Houston: Friday Aug 13, 2010
Avant Garden (411 Westheimer)
9:30 pm - $10 cover - Facebook Event
We hope you can come out and celebrate our many years of making the earth a safe haven for spaceship jazz. Here's a little FAQ for you.
Q: Wait, why are these your final shows?
A: Well, life is complicated, and it's hard to make a living producing avant garde instrumental music. It's also hard to do it casually when the members of the band are separated by hundreds of miles. We gave it a good shot, but it wasn't in the cards.
Q: Will you ever play again?
A: Maybe, if we get the chance. But then it'll be a "reunion show", not a "show show".
Q: What are you guys doing now?
A: Patrick finished graduate school in Seattle, and now he is starting a new job at Columbia Law School. Nuje started his own business in the Woodlands teaching young'uns to hit things with sticks better. Ian finished graduate school and is living in Austin, trying to figure out how to play pedal steel guitar, and starting a new job to boot. So, yeah, we're all really busy. :)
Q: I thought you guys already broke up, like, 3 years ago.
A: Well, not officially. We were waiting to see if the universe moved us back into a more copacetic orbit, logistically. But, it did not. But really, that is OK, because nothing lasts forever. Anyway, we figured now would be a good time for some closure.
Q: I'm sad.
A: That's not a question, soldier! There's no crying in spaceship jazz!
Seriously, hope you can come say "goodbye for now", and maybe buy a copy of Leap or twelve (man, have we got a lot of those!).
Monday, July 05, 2010
It has been written in the Funk Scrolls.
The esteemed Bootsy Collins has started the Funk University (FU). Seriously. He "can't keep the funk to [himself]." Check out the online university's mission statement to get a taste of what a lifetime of interstellar funk can do for you.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
lala.com - Drop Trio in the Cloud
There are lots of ways to find Drop Trio music online and--frankly--lots of them stink. lala.com carries Drop Trio *and* their interface doesn't suck. Interestingly, $.10 gets you indefinite streaming rights to a track. $.89 get you a DRM-free MP3. Incredible savings! (Bring your kids. We have hot dogs. Those like those, right?)
Friday, September 11, 2009
Licensed through Magnatune
Rumor has it that furniture sales in Houston hit record numbers over Labor Day weekend. Check out the television commercial created by Jake Repp and Judd Meyers that aired in the Houston market over the holiday:
Saturday, September 5 I'll be playing at Fitzgerald's with HRstrut.
This is a CD release show for the band's third album "Feels Like Flight." The new album is already available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Target etc. and physical copies will be available at the show.
HRstrut is a modern rock band with thoughtful lyrics and catchy riffs. You can hear a complete tune on the music page of my website. It's been nearly a decade since the band played its last show, so don't miss this one.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Pro Music Instruction
Hey everyone, recently I opened a music school in the Woodlands, Texas called Pro Music Instruction with Rusty Cooley and Larry Asher. All of us have been teaching in the Spring/Woodlands/Conroe area for over a decade.
We are in need of a couple reliable, experienced (full time or part time) instructors. Our room rent is very affordable.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your kids want to learn to play music, the school offers lessons for all ages and abilities:
Guitar (shred, rock, classical) Drums (metal, rock, jazz, funk) Piano (beginner) Electric & upright bass (rock, jazz)
Wow, 2 months with no blog posts? Sorry about that. Been a bit of a crazy spring for all three of us. More to come soon, we promise.
Anyway, to keep your ears filled with spaceships, here's a little something to tide you over. Magnatune now offers embeddable streaming audio players so you can listen to both Big Dipper and Cezanne in their entirety. Nifty, no? You can see 'em below, and you can even embed these in your own blogs / myspace / facebook / etc. pages. Magnatune FTW!
This weekend Patrick and I ran the Houston Marathon. This was Patrick's 4th and my 1st.
If you have the means, I highly suggest doing it. The training and the satisfaction of accomplishing such a difficult goal is fairly awesome. Also, I have to say that running a marathon is a great way to see a city at a pace that lets you appreciate where you are. You pass through all sorts of neighborhoods that normally have very little in common. But on this day people of all ages, race, class, etc. line the roads in order to encourage the runners on. Many people bring sliced fruit, drinks, power bars, Kleenex, and other items needed during a long run and pass them out as you run by. Most cheer you on by name (your bib not only has a number but also your first name) and give you a high five as you pass. This was incredible to me. Complete strangers wishing everyone well. Plus, the people working the marathon (who are mostly volunteers) are the best staff ever hired to do anything. I couldn't get over how nice everyone treated each other. This really made me proud of my city. Way to go H-town.