Monday, May 27, 2013 - Close encounters with the Mothership
Drop Trio ~ reunion. After nearly 3 years we finally got together to see if we could still make some music together.

Prom Night on YouTube

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - Prom Night
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.

Thursday, May 03, 2012 - Old Video Footage
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:



Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Happy LEAP day
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:

Drop Trio - Leap (


Monday, September 05, 2011 -

Ever wonder how you can make a keyboard (or bass) sound like a screaming cat? You know, like in Antepenultimate Countdown (and most other Drop Trio tunes).

Digitech has you covered. Patrick had a Whammy II that fell apart from floating around in his gig bag. Ian has the more sturdy Whammy pedal. But there's a more versatile newcomer, the Whammy DT.

No, DT doesn't stand for Drop Trio.


Friday, August 20, 2010 - The True Mothership Instrument
I fear we departed too soon and left behind a most important piece of equipment:

I Can Clearly See You're Nuts.

As reported by Boing Boing.

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.

Sunday, July 04, 2010 - Drop Trio Memorabilia - ATX poster
Check out this eBay listing for a concert poster from the ATX festival in 2006. That festival was a lot of fun.

I remember watching Tea Leaf Green and thinking, "These guys are great. I'm a bass player. I still need to get me a stylish hat."

Sunday, June 27, 2010 - Drop Trio in the Wild
Dan "Dude in a Coma" G. reports on Yelp that he found a Drop Trio CD at Sig's Lagoon in midtown Houston. We love hearing about where our music shows up -- especially places that aren't Ukranian link farms.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - - Drop Trio in the Cloud
There are lots of ways to find Drop Trio music online and--frankly--lots of them stink. 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?)

Drop Trio on

Friday, September 18, 2009 - Black Joe Varley
Monday, September 21 Ian will be on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He'll be playing with Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears. I think that we can all agree that the world will be a better place when late night tv is exposed to one of Ian's signature keytar solos. Tune in and see if world peace can finally be a reality.

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, August 29, 2009 - Feels Like HRstrut
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.

Friday, April 17, 2009 - May 1 @ AvantGarden
Hey kids - we've got a show coming up on May 1st at AvantGarden in Houston. Check it:

We'll be playing with Austin-based jazzers Condiment Sandwich. Woot!

Saturday, February 28, 2009 - Thanks Fort Worth
Thanks to all our old friends that came to The Fairmount and new friends that we met there. Gravity Feed grooves and Shuttle makes some big, fat, awesome noise.


Sunday, February 22, 2009 - Ft. Forth Show, Friday 2/27
Denizens of the greater Dallas / Ft. Worth area with an interest in spaceship jazz: join us at The Fairmount on Friday, Feb. 27. Shuttle and Gravity Feed will play as well. Hope to see you there!


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 [email protected].

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)


Sunday, January 18, 2009 - Drop Trio on Facebook
Although Facebook has its shortcomings, you can now keep up with Drop Trio and listen to our music via our Facebook group.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - Houston Show in Early '09
Happy New Year!

We have an upcoming show at our favorite Houston venue:

Friday, January 30
Avant Garden (411 Westheimer)

More details to come.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - Escalator Music
Recently, we spent the day at Sugarhill Studios tracking songs for a new album. We're hopeful for a 2008 release.


Sunday, June 01, 2008 - Streaming DT
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!

Big Dipper by Drop Trio

Cezanne by Drop Trio

Ok, that's all for now. But more will follow, we promise.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - I prefer "trekker."
Undoubtedly, one of the most watched actors in the Drop Trio household gave some us some Twitter love. I, for one of three, would dearly love to play some poker with young Mr. Wheaton.

That is, of course, if YOU bank roll me.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - Houston Show Saturday
We'll be playing a show this coming Saturday evening (2/23) at The Tasting Room, a cool little wine bar in the Uptown Galleria area. We play at 9pm. Come on by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - Canceled Shows
The Elephant Room (Austin) 1-23-08
Luna (San Antonio) 1-24-08

These shows have been canceled due to a family emergency.


Cezanne (Houston) 1-25-08
Revolution (Bryan) 1-26-08

Are still scheduled.

We apologize,
Drop Trio

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Run
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.

Ian (always being the team player) stayed behind and had a marathon of his own.

...You can't make me take off my shirt!

Saturday, January 05, 2008 - Dancing Robots
Holy rad - check out this video of dancing japanese robots, set to Drop Trio music:

(Thanks to Roy in Albuquerque for the tip!)

Happy new year. Many more robots to come in 2008!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - Merry Holidays
Hope you are all having an appropriately jolly midwinter holiday season.

Quick reminder about some shows we've got coming up in January:

Hope to see you Texas folks there!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Thummer
Ian was featured in an article about a new instrument called the Thummer - read more here. Neither confirming nor denying that you might see it in action during the winter Texas tour ...

Spaceship jazz from Texas.

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