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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

11.28.07: Bass lessons continued and MM in studio

Continuation of bass lessons and an update on Mute Math in the studio:

Now that our headlining tour is over, I'll be able to focus some more energy on continuing my bass lesson videos. I re-posted some older videos to get us back in the swing of things, and I will be posting new videos very soon.

In regard to Mute Math, we are currently in the studio working on new material for the next album. I'm excited about the new stuff; it's a little too earlier to give an exact explanation of the direction, but I will keep you updated. Moreover, I will post some videos of our sessions (given that it doesn't give too much away).


Bass Lesson: The Pedal Board

Here is a more recent explanation of my pedal board and how I use it with Mute Math.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dakota Update

Needless to say, this has been a difficult time. I still haven't found Dakota, and I don't think I will. Losing her has been like losing my best friend and a family member.
Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts. Maybe a miracle will happen . . .

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

11.6.07-11.11.07: Memphis, Austin, Tulsa, Dallas, & Houston

11.06.07: Memphis, TN: New Daisy Theatre: It feels like a long time ago that I was in Memphis. A lot has already happened to me since this show, both good and bad, but I'll get to that later. The most memorable thing about this November day in Memphis was hanging out with the always inspirational Adam LaClave at three of Memphis' hot spots: 1) Gus's Famous Fried Chicken (I kicked my vegetarian habits aside this time to have a taste of the dirty south), 2) Sun Studios (legends, gear, love, music) and finally, 3) Shangri-La Records (acquisitions of Aretha Franklin's "Aretha Now," B.B. King "Indianola Mississippi Seeds," The Who's "Who's Next," Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue.") Long live rock n' roll!


11.08.07: Austin, TX: La Zona Rosa: This was my favorite time in Austin in a good while (mainly because I get sick last time, and we played one of the best record stores in the country Waterloo Records). Moreover, it was time well spent with friends, amigos, y más amigos. Below, I'm pictured with good RGV/Austin friends Jaime Garcia (L-check out his band Musenglish) and Jerry Quintanilla (R).

11.09.07: Tulsa, Cain's: What can I say? It's kind of a blur. I remember three things: Best Buy, MexiCali Border Cafe, and mucha gente!

11.10.07: Dallas, HOB: The last House of Blues venue of the tour, and definitely, my least favorite, not much vibe for a HOB; however, the dressing rooms were very nice and accommodating for my family, some of which flew from Mexico just to see the show. ¡Gracias tía Irma y prima Martha por visitarmeLink! Espero que Mute Math vaya a México pronto, así que podamos ver toda la raza.

11.11.07: Houston, Warehouse Live: Last show of the 52 cities, and man, was I feeling it! I was so tired that last day of tour. I wanted to throw in the towel. As the show time approached, I realized I was getting sick. So, after the show, all I wanted to do was take medicine to go to bed. Then, once I woke up, everything would be great, right?

Well, since I got home late Monday afternoon, I've been looking for my lost dog Dakota. I arrived to a silent home, dark and lonely. Five minutes after getting home, two of my dogs show up on my front porch (Thank God!), but no Dakota. I immediately go looking, along with Paul, and then, I take my other dog out to see if she'd lead me to the other. No Dakota. All day yesterday I was out looking, but nothing. Mind you, I'm sick. It has been a nightmare since I've been home, and I'm really out of gas.


Saturday, November 03, 2007

11.2.07-11.4.07: Orlando thru Birmingham

Orlando House of Blues (11.2.07) was Mute Math's largest headlining show to-date (approx. 2000). We've played to bigger crowds (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, etc.), but those crowds weren't only there to see us. This is my favorite HOB venue so far, and we've played at almost every single one now. Best part of the day was running with my dog in the field in front of the Circus de Soleil building, next to the water.

Atlanta 11.3.07 was probably the biggest venue we've ever played. The Tabernacle is truly a gorgeous building; by far, this was the highlight show of the tour. I don't think we'll top this on the remainder of the tour. No offense to past or future shows! Check out what we did the day of the ATL show:

Birmingham 11.4.07 was a sold-out night at Workplay's big room, and the most notable thing of the day was that I was able to spend it with my cousin Felipe, who has just recently moved from Mexico to Alabama. He's enjoying himself in the South. We hadn't seen each other in about 4 years.


Friday, November 02, 2007

11.1.07: Ft. Lauderdale: Revolution

Family was the best part of this show. I had my beautiful wife, my funny father-in-law, my sweet brother-in-law, my excited cousin, my chill uncle, and my lovely dog all with me at this show. I couldn't ask for anything more. No trick or treating for me this Halloween; instead, it was a nice family dinner of Dominican food: tostones, arroz con pollo, repollo, etc.

As far as the show was concerned, we had a wonderful time with all the people. This venue was much nicer than the Culture Room, with definitely a lot more room and viewer-friendly layout.


10.30.07: Charleston, SC: Music Farm

We hadn't been to Charleston in quite some time, perhaps a year and half, when Mute Math was finishing up the encore portion of the album release tour with The Working Title (TWT), who I was able to hang out with (both past and present members). Of all the bands we've toured with, TWT has probably been the most fun. We'd play football (TWT vs MM) every chance we got, and MM would always win. (It helped that none of MM smoked, I guess; let's face it guys, it made us a bit stronger, faster, better.) Anyway, Joel Hamilton from TWT played a quick acoustic set before Eisley, and it was wonderful to hear his melodic voice. Check out his music.

The Charleston show went well despite Paul sporting a 103 degree fever. I was truly amazed that he was able to pull off the concert so well. He is one of the most ambitious, driven persons I've ever known in my life. It's both inspiring and exhausting to watch him work and work along side him.

In order to break up the routine of the tour, I decided to change things up by bringing out my little best friend, Dakota. This was her first time on the bus, which was good even though it took her a while to get acclimated to all the new sights and smells; this second Music Farm (the first was memorable since we only played to about twenty people about two years ago) will be very special to me because it was her first MM show.


Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).