Author: Vic

Guitarist (Occasional Musician)

Two from Richard Ellis

The lovely and talented Richard Ellis just released two new albums on Curious Automata.


Songs Found Under the Couch


CD: $15.00

First up is Songs Found Under the Couch. This collection of Richard’s introspective songwriting demos is the first Curious Automata release with vocals on every track. I really dig its dark tone and Richard’s guitar and vocals really shine, despite the somewhat lo-fi quality of the original tapes. It’s definitely music that deserves repeated listening.


Play One Song


CD: $15.00

Play One Song is an in-depth instrumental exploration of Richard’s song Sixteen Roses, featuring Louis Carrillo on percussion and Kendal Crews on bass along with Richard on electric guitar. Over 72 minutes of continuous music, the trio finds darkness and light in one of Richard’s best compositions. Listen to the original demo with vocals off Songs Found Under the Couch, then check this out to hear how great musicians can bring new depth to songs.

A quick note: as executive producer I shortened Play One Song by 10 minutes so it would fit a single CD. This is the most corporate thing I have ever done. I have become a suit, mea culpa.

Sifferson, a new album by Graphite Addiction.

CD: $15.00 Amazon | iTunes Graphite Addiction returns with our 3rd studio album. It’s a set of 7 instrumentals, a pair of songs, and a spoken word piece woven together to begin the tale of Sifferson. And it all features our trademark blend of jazz harmonies, world rhythms, and melodic hooks to keep you grooving. “Graphite Addiction is a strange… Read more →

Charlie Christian Centennial

Charlie Christian, born on this day (July 29th) in 1916. Listen to Kevin Whitehead’s tribute on NPR’s Fresh Air. The excellent Charlie Christian site Solo Flight returned just in time for the centennial, after a seven year hiatus. And if you’d like a tutorial on Christian’s style, check out Garry Hansen’s Charlie Christian – Legend of the Jazz Guitar, courtesy… Read more →

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