About ten years ago, I happened across a musician named Angie Aparo and ever since I've been absolutely in love with his music.  I can say with confidence that I've never heard a better live singer and he is also an amazingly talented songwriter.

With that said, it may not have been the world's best idea to do a cover of one of his songs.  :)  But I did anyway.

Some more great music lately...I absolutely loved the KCRW in studio performance by The Tallest Man On Earth last Friday.  His real name is Kristian Mattson and he's a Swedish musician who writes really inventive folk melodies.  His voice is kind of like an early Dylan (without the annoying quality imo) and he just released a new album, The Wild Hunt.  Definitely worth checking out.

And I also have totally been digging British singer Marina and The Diamonds.  She's like a cross between a young Kate Bush, Imogen Heap, and Regina Spektor but with a style all her own.  For a taste, check out the super duper creative video for Mowgli's Road off her soon to be released in the US album, The Family Jewels.  It'a already released in Britain to big acclaim.  My other fav on the album is I Am Not A Robot, which is getting big airplay on KCRW right now (thanks Jason Bentley!)

dan krikorian "colors and chords" review

Colors and Chords is the second album from Orange County singer/songwriter Dan Krikorian and it's a nice evolution in the musical career of a young singer/songwriter expanding his skills and developing his own voice. If it's poetry you like and emotive storytelling that draws you in to songs, then this album will be right up your alley. The album starts with Lock On The Door, an upbeat, smooth song with a decidedly "nouveau country" feel - due in part to some jangly guitar riffs and loose, shuffling melodies. As an album-starter it's a nice introduction to Dan's style, which can be described as a mix between The Pat McGee Band and Vertical Horizon (if you remember them from the late 90's) and more modern singer/songwriters in the lazy, West Coast genre like Jack Johnson. The melody on Lock On The Door is definitely a grabber and it was a great choice to start the album. It shows off the nice mid-range of Dan's voice and the excellent instrumentation that carries much of this album with piano, guitar, strings, and steel all mixing well together.

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don't bring flowers

The other day I was online and Angel Taylor tweeted something about how awesome it was playing a show with Erik Hassle.  I'd never heard of the dude but went to check him out and was really impressed.  Sweden's pumping out more than pretty girls these days.  He's got a super cool voice, really interesting stylings, and the coolest hair since Flock of Seagulls.

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The other day I happened upon some videos of an older Cafe Fuqua performance and I couldn't resist putting them up. I was lucky enough to play with some super talented singers and musicians. I miss being able to play guitar for JC when he's blowing it out the box, as Randy Jackson would say.  Luckily our cover of Babyface's "When Can I See You Again" lives on as a bonus track on my album, Hotel Pescador, which you can find on the Music page of my website.

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