Monday, December 27, 2010


This month, I had the pleasure of working with this girl, Victoria Alimonda Lovelady.  She is a lovely Brazilian singer/songwriter, and a talented one at that.  We did a quick session before she (sadly) had to leave the country.

I used the opportunity to experiment with some fun stuff.  The vocals on this song use only natural reverb, from a tile shower.  Also, I used a dynamic and condenser mic on the guitar in an experimental configuration.  It too uses only the natural sound of the room.

My opinion of the results is mixed, but I am a firm believer that experimentation is an important part of the creative process.  Let me know what you think.


Hopefully we will all hear more from this talented young woman in the months to come!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dismantling Myspace

Since myspace is less and less useful every week that passes, I will be dismantling my page and using this blog more.  Here are a few older recordings:

The first two were both recorded at a bluegrass jam in Long Beach called the "Soup Jam" (pictured above).

Rough and Rocky

I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry

This next one was recorded at Molly Malone's with Secret Moustache.  It features Gavin Salmon on drums!

How Far Does this Highway Go?

December Shows!

Two exciting shows to announce for December:

December 12th with Anna Su
Featuring Kevin Milner on pedal steel and Zach Howes on fiddle!
Sloopy's Beach Cafe
3416 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
7-10 PM

December 30th with Rachel Vaughan
Viento y Agua Coffeehouse
4007 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814

Come join us!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Making of Howling Tree

Some shots from the making of Anna Su's "Howling Tree"!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

yOya: Nothing to Die

Awww man I bought this cd from these guys a week ago and I can't stop listening to "Bone Flowers" and "Come on, Kid".  Check out the video below to see what I'm talking about:

Other stand out tracks:  "Fireworks" and "Lovers On".  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Looking Ahead with Nate Miller

Now that work is complete on Anna Su's album, I am very excited to begin working with Nate Miller on a new project.  Nate has a unique approach to music, and this approach makes for some very creative and personal results. Recently, while trying out a new mic/preamp combination on my 1917 Ivers and Pond piano, I put him on the spot by asking him to sing something. Here's what resulted:
Even in an impromptu recording, his talent is undeniable.  He is a true pleasure to work with, and I'm excited to see where this project goes.  More to come!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Anna Su: Howling Tree

As some of you may know, I have been working for a number of months producing a friend's first album.  Anna Su is a gifted songwriter and singer with a truly unique ability to bring people together around her music.  Her music has been described as "gypsy folk", but it's really just music that brings together all the things she lovestravel, love, and community.

I had the pleasure of working with Anna to bring her music to life through recordings.  We worked in a number of different locations and on different formats, from overdubbing piano parts at my house to recording live to tape at a friend's house.  The result is something we are proud of, and we sincerely hope you enjoy it.

 The album will be released 10/10/10 in physical form, but you can preview it online (and purchase it digitally) here.  One of the tracks, "Return to Me" is available as a free download for a limited time.  Please let us know what you think!

Also, there are some pictures of the recording sessions here and here.  

Thank you all for your support over the past 8 months.  We so appreciate all who encouraged us to pursue this project.  Feel free to comment here with your thoughts, or send us an e-mail.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lyrics to "Monsters"

See the monsters tall
Holding that crystal ball
Letting their hair go grey
Just like my love for you

And see the smokestacks rise
The white clouds in the skies
Colliding sheets of air
Shaped like my love for you

Those nightmare winds that blew you 'round for years
They can't touch you here
Call it fate, call it what ever you please
Just stay right here with me

I bought up all your cars
Put all their keys in jars
Then paid off all your loans
Just to show my love for you

I threw your pictures out
Left you no room for doubt
Then filled my notebooks up
With all my love for you

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Upcoming Long Beach Gig

Hello Friends,

I am pleased to announce that I will be appearing with Kris Karlsson at Viento y Agua Coffeehouse in Long Beach this coming Thursday, September 9th.  Kris and I will be performing old and new material that we are excited to share with you all.  Here are the details:

Nate Vaughan and Kris Karlsson
September 9th, 2010
Viento y Agua Coffeehouse
4007 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA
8:00 PM (Free)

We would love to see you there!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Secret Moustache Videos

Back in April of this year, Anna Su, Rachel Vaughan and I got together to record videos of some of the songs we had written in recent months.  Will Gramling even dropped by to play some pump organ.  You can check out the complete set by following this link.  In the mean time, here is a video for your viewing pleasure:

Old Fashioned Remedy from Secret Moustache on Vimeo.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Recent Photos / Making Records

Over the past few months, I have been helping Anna Su produce an EP.  While working on the recordings, we have had many of our friends stop by to help us out.  Among them, Kris KarlssonGeorge Krikes, and Rachel Vaughan.  Here are a few photos from recent weeks...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Neighborhood in Black and White

Recently, I acquired a Canonet 17...a nice little consumer camera from the 1970's with a great lens on the front.  Upon receiving it, I slapped a dark yellow filter on it (for outdoor contrast) and shot a roll in my neighborhood.  Kinda makes my neighborhood look more exciting than it actually is!

Oh yeah then I shot my roommate:

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fun with Double Exposures

The other day Rach and I went out to shoot a roll of film.  We double exposed the roll by first shooting various colored things: a red shirt, Rach's dress, the inside of a plastic yellow cup, the textured grey seat of my car...  Then we walked around Third St. and shot the roll again.  Here's what resulted:

These were all shot Fujicolor 200... the cheapest stuff money can buy, and perfect for experimentation.  It also lends the shots a pleasing graininess.  Unfortunately (or decide), we didn't quite get the frame alignment right, so many of the photos came out with mixed framing.  Here are some interesting ones:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Additional Gig!

Hey Friends,
I am pleased to announce the following additional gig:

Tuesday June 22, 2010
Anna Su feat. Secret Moustache
Molly Malone's
575 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles

Rachel Vaughan will be joining the fun.  Come!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June means Rachel Vaughan

June means summer, and summer means the return of Rachel Vaughan. I am very excited to announce the following gigs:

Saturday, June 19 with Rachel Vaughan
Viento y Agua Coffeehouse
4007 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA

Saturday, June 26 with Secret Moustache
Genghis Cohen
740 N Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, June 28 with Victoria Clemmons
Molly Malone's
545 S Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA

If you can make any of the above dates, please do. Each will be a unique night of love and music.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Long Beach Area Gig

Hello friends,
I will be performing Friday, May 21 at It's a Grind coffee house in Long Beach from 8-10 PM. I will be performing solo and singing original songs, along with a few favorites from other writers. Here are the details:

Friday, May 21
It's a Grind, Bixby Knolls
4245 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
8-10 PM

Thank you all so much for your support.

Nate Vaughan

Lyrics to "Empire Builder"

you rolled into the room like a thundercloud on the plains
it was all shock and awe, I had it written all over my face
held my paper cup high to collect the pouring rain
second chances come seldom, my mother used to say

you're an empire builder, with two little hands made of steel
and your figure's like smoke drifting up from your chimney heels
when your fingers lock mine, I get turned up in your wheels
fell asleep in Madrid, never made it to Seville

make no moat for the castle you build across from mine
lay your stones and your mortar, but don't make them walls too high
hide what you have, but leave something for me to find
if lovers are given, then someone read my mind

there I was, made of money, in a three part circus act
and they would boil me and pluck me, and I would grow it all back
we'd spend it all on the weather, buying clouds and thunderclaps
don't chase second chances, but grab them if you can

and the hats are all blowing, and the leaves are all changing shapes
and your hair is a-dancing, making art out of your face
and Jupiter is spinning Saturn's rings into lace
come over tomorrow, we'll watch them from my place

December, 2009

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thank You Long Beach

So I usually blog to tell about new shows. This one is to tell about a show that already happened!

I played earlier tonight at It's a Grind Coffee House in Long Beach and had a really great experience. The locals at the coffee shop were incredibly attentive and appreciative. Many of them put down their readings to listen, and asked me about myself and my music between songs.

So if you are one of those Long Beach coffee scene locals, THANK YOU. You treated me with such kindness and respect tonight.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Upcoming Shows

Uhh time I dusted off the old blog.

New shows:
February 26 with Still Watters Run Deep
Molly Malone's Irish Pub (575 S Fairfax)
I'll be singing one or two of my own at this one

March 3 with Celeigh Chapman
The Mint (6010 W Pico)
Just playing guitar...