Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry XMAS Everyone!

matthew papich and i wrote a couple of xmas inspired songs a couple of weeks ago, please enjoy!

get it here!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

my friend utako's christmas party!

angel and our friends from france came along to go to utako's xmas party and it was really great. Low key atmosphere, friendly people and delicious foods with a good amount of alcohol are great elements for a good time.

Mr. takeyama a college friend of utako streamed my set live while i was playing on ustream. i have never heard of it until angel showed me and it blew my mind! you can stream video live on the internet! its crazy.

here are some archives of the show

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

bmore musically informed top 20

whoa! bmore musically informed put my album in their top 20 albums of 2009 from baltimore! yeaaaaa! :D

thanks dudes!

check out the the rest of the list here,

Monday, December 14, 2009

Delicate Steve

oh man oh man, ponytail just played a show at floristree with video hippos, ecstatic sunshine and double dagger and it was so much fun! We all took turns playing short sets in two rounds with wonderful videos in intermission. The amazing thing was that the whole thing started around 4pm! The whole show was done by 7pm :o

At the show a man by the name of steve marion from new jersey came up to me and handed me a cd-r of his music and i put it on and its fantastic! We've chatted before briefly before a ponytail show in new york. His project is called Delicate Steve and it looks like he's going to be releasing his album tommorow! its called wondervisions, check it out! he should be uploading his songs very soon.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Jordan Bernier's Skate Videos

my friend Jordan Bernier who loves skating and is an incredible print maker and have been making skate videos! I got really excited that he used a couple of my songs in his videos. I love his style of skating too, so casual B)

Tyler and Jordan Skate a Bench from Jordan Bernier on Vimeo.

Jake Sam Jordan Steve Skate from Jordan Bernier on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Infinite Love


so i've been playing some music by myself and i've been calling it 'infinite love' because of a little shamanic trip i had on my birthday. but i'm in the process of recording it right now, and i put an excerpt of it on my myspace page. its not the whole thing but it was fun panning stuff to get a wide stereo feel. Live its all coming from one speaker but its really strange how frequencies can bounce around in a room and have a wide stereo effect, anyways i digress.

you can listen to it here!

record review by brainwashed!

oh man! brainwashed reviewd my record 'seasons' I was so flattered! I was so impressed with the writing too! yay!

here is the article

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chinese Show

Today I'm playing a show at Open Space with three bands from China! I'm psyched! I'm really curious what its going to be like! yaaaaaaa!

Car sick Cars

Xiao he



short video of me playing at jimmy joe roche's mirkwood show in baltimore, yay

Thursday, October 15, 2009

gaarden records compilation "Peeling"

yeeees! its crazy im making two posts in one day! today i got some news from tony lambright who has a record label called gaarden records. he's putting together a compilation called peeling and i contributed a song called breezy comfort. i can't wait to see it! its going to be coming out soon to a limited 100 copies.

you can get it soon at the gaarden records website,

k bye!

okay this is it!

i apologize for this long interval of time, mostly to angel for she has been telling me to update my blog and i haven't at all! gah! so i'm gonna be updating more often from now on. i think i'm starting to understand that blogs don't have to be so serious it can be a casual update of hellos and how are ya's. but i do have some update that is very delayed and due!

ponytail is writing some new songs, i released a solo record called "seasons" through wildfire wildfire and im totally psyched!!

I'm playing a couple of shows in baltimore this month, tomorrow (10/16th, jason urick's record release show) at the hexagon and on the 24th at soft fest!

ok! more updates sooon!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Matthew Papich!

This second post is about my good friend Matt Papich. I met him at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Matt is a very jovial, intense and intelligent character. When Yutaka left to go an exchange program in France I started playing music with Matt. The way he strummed and played the guitar was as if he was constantly in fast forward. He definitely woke my sleeping rapid strumming spirit. It was interesting to see the differences between Onsen and Ecstatic Sunshine. Onsen being relatively relaxed and Ecstatic Sunshine being very energetic which is quite different for a guitar duo. Just like the way he strummed he listened to music intensely. I could see his fast strumming transforming into rapid research taking him further in to the new age. Matt sent me some absolutely amazing work recently for his upcoming album. The sounds that he emulates De-constructed imagined spaces, and sublime beauty. He was also part of the deathset for a while and works on an awesome record label called wildfire wildfire. He's also releasing a split 7" with Lucky Dragons, its really good!

wave_chop_early_version - Ecstatic Sunshine

This is an early version of wave chop that Matt and I were working on before we recorded Freckle Wars. We really tried to go at it strumming as fast as we can!

Felt Flag - Ecstatic Sunshine

Felt flag was part of the Living EP and the sound was shifting to a more expansive sound working with the actual room, delay and reverb.

Herrons - Ecstatic Sunshine

Herons was a track from the album WAY which was the one song I was not a part of. Listen to how he has shifted his song structure from a horizontal structure to a more vertical structure. Using sound as a jet pack to fly higher in to space.

Dunk - Ecstatic Sunshine

This is from his latest work that'll be released soon, which is going to be called Yesterday's Work. I was blown away when he sent me his rough mixes and he told me it was okay for me to have one track on this post. It sounds like he is back on the ground searching intently for something more specific, micro and beautiful. I'm really excited about his new musical direction.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Yutaka Houlette!

Yutaka Houlette is my first post and first person I would like to share to anyone and everyone who sees this. He's a really close friend and a real inspiration to me. We went to school together most of elementary, middle, high and college. He has an incredible sensibility for poetry and sublime wit. His music and art pieces reflected his personality and ideas so well. We played music together and we started a guitar duo in college around 2002 and that is pretty much how I learned how to play guitar and write songs. We would gruel and gruel to get to a place we would both commonly agreed to. It was a wonderful experience. We called our duo "Onsen" which means hot spring in Japanese. It was kind of an idea of tourists from countries from all over the world sharing a bath mixing their sweat in to a literal melting pot. We wanted our music to sound like that. I want to share some of his beautiful music and some things we did as onsen. Right now Yutaka is getting a masters degree in teaching art to middle - high school kids. I think he's going to be an amazing teacher.
Yutaka was also the drummer for Tall Grass for a little bit. I'll talk about tall grass in a post in the future!

This is a song he sent me pretty recently its really beautiful. I can hear the moisture.

biking in the rain - yutaka
here are a couple of Onsen songs we wrote together

08enkai - onsen

08sauna mizuburo - onsen

This is a jam yutaka and I did last year in June. there is a telephone ringing during the jam, just to let you know, its not your phone!

june jam - Yutaka and dustin