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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thanks for the Support

Thanks to all who have made donations to my website recently. I appreciate the love and support.

Also, thanks to all of you who came out to the last batch of shows; I know it was a sacrifice in many cases, but you endured (along with us). Now, we are moving on to the next stage, in which MM will be writing and recording for a new album, sprinkled with some international shows in Asia and South America.

Colombia: tengo muchas ganas de ir a conocer su país y espero que Rock al Parque sea un experiencia chévere y con mucho exito para que podemos regresar pronto a América Latina. Deseo que un día pronto Mute Math haga una gira de toda Latinoamérica. Aquí se encuentra el enlace (o link) de la pagina de MM en el website de Rock al Parque. (http://www.rockalparque.gov.co/mutemath/index.php) o léalo abajo:

MM Spanish Bio:
"MUTEMATH es una banda de rock alternativo formado en New Orleans en el 2003 que ha sido descrita por los medios de comunicación: Alternative Prese  “como la banda #1 que hay que ver antes de morir” y una de las mejores nuevas bandas de rock que existen en la actualidad.  MUTEMATH fue nominada en el 2007 a los Premios Grammy en la categoría Mejor Video del Año por “Typical”.  Ha sido  banda acompañante en la gira de Matchboxtwenty. Su último álbum Armistice apareció en los primeros lugares del Billboard.

MUTEMATH ha participado como banda sonoras en peliculas como: Twilight, Transformers, Never Back Down, The Stepfather, The Rocker, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  Adicionalmente, los videos Spotlight y Typical  han sido incluidos en  más de  11 millones smartphone Blackberry

En el 2010, MUTEMATH ha sido  artista invitado a los Festivales de Rock más importantes de Estados Unidos y Asia: Coachella ,  Lollopalloza  y Fuji Rock Festival.

Sin lugar a dudas MUTEMATH es una banda innovadora, con una alta calidad musical y una apuesta al rock alternativo del siglo que  y será un honor tener en la edición 16 de Rock al Parque.

Paul Meany – Voz, teclados y samples
Greg Hill - Guitarra/Voz
Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas – Bajo y Percusión
Darren King – Bateria/Samples"

I will keep you posted (especially in regard to the status of the restoration of my upright bass).

Gracias amigos.

Monday, May 10, 2010

1950s Kay Upright Bass, Flood Damage Photos

Thanks to Levi for taking these pictures and going to check out the damage while we are out on the road. Without question, it was a lot harder to look at these photos than I thought it would be. I keep thinking of all my memories with this bass: from straight ahead jazz and salsa gigs in South Texas to MM recording sessions and touring. With the help of my parents, I bought this bass in 1997 from a student at UNT, and I started lessons there with various teachers, learning the basics in classical and jazz.

Then, with the help of Salvador Giardina (one of the best luthiers in the country), we modified the bass to be amplified and adjusted to my playing style. I firmly believe that with lots of time and money this bass can be restored, and that will be my aim in the near future.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Pictures from the Road: Philly to Omaha

A lot has happen since my last post: too much, actually. I feel overwhelmed by current events, from the bombing scares in Time Square and horrible oil spills in the Gulf to the ridiculous immigration laws in Arizona and devastating flooding of Nashville; also, I'm having to balance my family life while on the road. Welcome to my world.

After D.C., we found out that Charlotte was cancelled, which turned out to be a blessing for me because I got to go home early to Miami, spending one more day with my family, who I only see once on this tour of six weeks. By the way, the cancelled shows will be made up, and I'm sorry it had to happen.

We played Miami Beach, which was wonderful, and then went on to play memorable shows in Orlando, Atlanta, and Memphis (Limp Bizkit stole of the festival - yes, it's a guilty pleasure). Then, as soon as we got out of Memphis the rain started to come down hard, and as we made our way back to the east coast, the unbelievable news of Nashville (my home for three years) flooding took me by surprise. Many of our crew and other friends were affected adversely by this devastating event; not too mention, I think I've lost my 1950s upright Kay bass in the flood. Most likely, my blonde baby that was used to record "Obsolete" and other songs is in pieces now. I will soon be receiving pictures of the damage. Many of you have seen the picture of the MM van underwater. But all of this "gear and vehicle loss" seems trite in comparison with other stories I've heard. I'm confident that Nashville will recover speedily, and I will do all I can to help in the process. If you are able to help, donate to a reliable charity, such as nashvilleredcross.org.

In all this bombardment of news and trying to process it all in the meanwhile, we made our way to NJ to Bamboozle, then back to St. Louis and on to Omaha. All in between, things have been moving along well; plus, every now and then, I remember I have a camera on my phone, and I decide to take some mediocre pictures.

Chinatown: Philly

Time Square: April 21, 2010.

King Tut Exhibit in Time Square.

Hurry up and wait, and by the way, try to stay out of trouble, maybe by writing some music.

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