I haven't updated in almost two months. This is probably because adjusting to a completely new way of life takes a lot of time and energy, and I only like to write about life after I've had a little time to process it. I really haven't had enough time to process all the changes that have happened since I moved from Austin to Brooklyn, but it's been too long and there are some exciting things coming up. So, we'll give it a shot.
Living without a car in a fourth-floor walkup in the middle of a neighborhood dominated by Islander immigrants is about as different an experience from living next to Zilker Park as I can imagine, at least within the United States. Some things are much more convenient, others much less. But I love the subway, I love not owning a car, and I love Brooklyn. Ditmas Park, Cobble Hill, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, and even my Flatbush have tremendous character, flavor, and soul, all different from each other. Most of the people I've met have been lovely, and I'm constantly thrust into new situations where I learn more about myself and my environment. It's exactly what I need.
Getting together to play with people is tough, especially since most of my closest musician-friends are out of town much of the time. Still, booking gigs has been relatively easy compared to getting started in Austin. Progger is playing at ShapeShifter Lab, one of my favorite venues in the country, on November 25, and I'm really eager to see how it goes. A few of us will be at Spike Hill a few days before that on November 21 for a warm-up, and on both shows I'll have some help from a couple of my Snarky Puppy bros.
Then we'll be heading back to Austin to start work on our next album in January. I can't believe it's been over a year since we recorded Beatmaker. What an insane year.
Here are some live videos from our September run with the Funky Knuckles:
11/21/13: my quartet at Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY, 11:30pm
11/25/13: Progger at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00pm
1/10/14: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at One2One, Austin, TX, 9:00pm