I'm especially excited to bring this one to you all! I've had the joy of teaming up once again with photographer Jessy Parr (assisted by Dominic Calderon) to create this latest project. As many of you know, my Nutmeg abode is in the San Diego neighborhood of Oak Park, which is directly adjacent to City Heights.
This tiny corner of the globe is where I conduct the bulk of my daily activity: enjoying music at home as a listener, collaborating with colleagues, playing (playing music, and sometimes simply...playing!) at some of my favorite venues, delving into neighborhood history, and tending to my yard on Nutmeg. I'm thrilled to present here a stylized visual representation of each of the above pursuits, brought to you via Jessy's talented eye and spirit.
We start at home, of course, on dear old Nutmeg Street. Though a globetrotter by nature, I've been here for nearly six years, and what wonderful years they've been. While my pursuits don't allow the luxury of logging in lengthy periods at home, when I am in my little Oak Park retreat, the time is most often spent with friends, family, colleagues, and self listening to music, writing, practicing drums, composing, and recording music. No TV or couch here, since time and aforementioned activities don't allow for that sort of thing, though it all seems to work out just fine.
2. Sinnshier Studio
Fortunately, I also have neighbors and friends who are kindred spirits. Sinnshier, run by my remarkably talented close friend and colleague Ryan Sinnott, is located just a hop, skip, and jump away from Nutmeg here in Oak Park. Ryan's stellar track record with the Distillers, his uncanny ability to take any band he works with beyond the next level, and his formidable studio skills make him one of the Southern California music figures on the proverbial radar. Add to that our shared love for philosophy, Star Wars, and audio recording, and the formation of the Oak Park Dream Team is, needless to say, an inevitability written in the stars. We've logged in countless happy and productive hours tracking new music here in recent months (much of it in conjunction with the coming R. Stevie Moore/Gary Wilson album), and we've only just begun. Be on the lookout in 2016, 2017, and beyond for new, diverse recording projects courtesy the Oak Park Dream Team.
3. The Tower Bar
Even as a kid, I was fascinated by the Tower Bar. Back then, I was under the impression that it was a permanently closed business, which isn't surprising given that it had seen better days, and I never saw it during typical bar hours. Little did I know that this historic gem would one day end up in the able hands of close friends of mine, Mick Rossler and Dannielle Cobb, and become what I believe is one of the cultural hubs of Southern California. The venue has hosted the King Khan and BBQ Show, Black Lips, the Spits, U.S. Bombs, Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver, the Sultans, Marky Ramone, the Picturebooks, and the Department of Descriptive Services, just to mention a fraction of notables and personal favorites. I myself have had the opportunity to bang the drums here with Weird Night, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, the 105ers, Two Wolves, and rumor has it that world-renowned and elusive Gary Wilson and his Blind Dates occasionally conduct secret meetings there.
4. The Egyptian Garage
The Tower, a remarkable example of Art Deco architecture (sometimes referred to as "Zigzag Moderne") is just one third of an historic triangle in my stomping grounds. Across the street is the recently-restored Silverado Ballroom, and the final corner of history is the aptly-named Egyptian Garage, which is San Diego's last remaining Egyptian Revival building. The enchanting structure originally housed power for a trolley system no longer in existence, and has since served a myriad of functions, all the while retaining its essential character. It's an inspiring privilege to spend so much a time in an area which boasts such remarkably fun, esoteric history, while simultaneously experiencing a dynamic rebirth.
5. Nutmeg (Home Again Home Again)
Finally, back home in the oasis that is my yard. Rather than compartmentalizing my front and back yard as areas outside my home, I prefer to experience and live in them as an extension of my home. I can say without exaggeration that there are few places on planet earth I'd rather be than in my yards, tending to them (water restrictions and all).
hanks and appreciation to Jessy Parr and her ability to so dynamically capture the soul of these locations and how I interact with them. I call depictions like this a parallel universe of sorts, but I don't intend "parallel" to suggest that it is a fanciful representations of reality, but rather an effort to make outwardly visible that which is in fact an inward, experienced truth, quietly and profoundly coexisting with the externally apparent phenomena of my everyday life.
As always, thank you all for tuning in!