Gloom Balloon-“Brush My Teeth” Video Premiere

The third (and possibly last) Gloom Balloon album came out a while ago. Patrick Tape-Fleming made videos for all the songs, so he’s sitting on some great stuff and I’m relieving him of another great clip. Previously I premiered the video for “Alone In My Head,” which featured the singer spinning on a merry-go-round. “Brush My Teeth” does not show Patrick at all; instead it … Continue reading Gloom Balloon-“Brush My Teeth” Video Premiere

Gloom Balloon-“Alone In My Head” (Video Premiere)

Any occasion to share new music from Gloom Balloon is reason for excitement. The release of Patrick’s latest album is still a month away, but he made videos for a bunch of songs and is slowly debuting each one on different sites. He asked me which one I’d like to host, because we have a good relationship, and I chose “Alone In My Head.” I … Continue reading Gloom Balloon-“Alone In My Head” (Video Premiere)

80/35 Portraits

I’m not big on doing portraits most of the time. I’m not a great poser of people. But, 80/35 gave me a great opportunity to shoot some people that are amazingly talented and humble and collaborative. I wanted to feature as many local bands as I could, and I hope that I accomplished that. Raven Lenae (local to me in Chicago) Patrick Tape-Fleming and Chris … Continue reading 80/35 Portraits

Top 50 Albums Of 2015

   50. Jeff Bridges-Sleeping Tapes 49. Gary Clark jr-The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim 48. Ultimate Painting-Green Lanes 47. Lionel O-MLO 46. California Wives-Heavy 45. Dave Rawlings Machine-Nashville Obsolete 44. Rhiannon Giddens-Tomorrow Is My Turn 43. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds-Chasing Yesterday 42. Hiatus Kaiyote-Choose Your Weapon   41. St Lenox-10 Songs About Memory And Hope 40. In Tall Buildings-Driver 39. Big Grams-Big Grams 38. Jessica Pratt-On … Continue reading Top 50 Albums Of 2015

On a personal note…with Patrick Tape-Fleming

   For some reason I have always been drawn to and try to write songs that could tear a soul apart. Songs that take the blame for failure. Songs that reference melody and or lyrics from other songs to make the point dig in even deeper. Songs that long for a simpler time, as a child or in a dream maybe. It was not until … Continue reading On a personal note…with Patrick Tape-Fleming