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S.Ex no. 15

Building on Sound Experiment no. 14, I put together this track, along with some wigglies inspired on our trip to Puerto Rico. I’ve been quite literally doodling this on the iPad for weeks.

As mentioned in S.Ex no. 14, I used the Excess V.2 by Old Blood Noise Endeavors. The audio also features a nocturnal frog, an ice cream truck I heard on a beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

This song is part of The Old San Juan album.

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Last show with Coastguard… canceled

After a year+ of loyal service, I’m retiring from Coastguard.

When Jerome approached me about starting a band, I wanted to play bass. I picked up a Squier bassVI and parts to mod it. I put together a pretty boffo pedal board, which I like to call my “surf board.” We learned half a dozen songs, and I even had a few of my own originals ready. Things were great!

The difficulty we faced was finding a reliable, solid drummer. I played drums at one drummer-less practice so that the guitarists could play with a beat, and I ended up staying behind the tubs.

Playing in this band allowed me to dust off some skills I haven’t used in years. It’s also cemented my interest in instrumental music, and more specifically, guitar based instrumental music. Yet, I don’t love the routine of gigging as the drummer as much as I did in my twenties, and I don’t love how the very loud volume makes my ears feel. So, I decided to quit while I’m ahead.

Our last show was to be this Friday in DC, but someone got Covid and it’s not safe for us to play. As such, the bang with which I intended to go out has already happened.

“That’s #ShowBiz!” as my dad used to say!

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Coastguard at the Crown

We played in Baltimore as a band for the first time tonight, and we had a good time. The sound was good, the audience was great, and our harbor coast has been guarded.

SETLIST:

60 Seconds to Nothing
Bunions
Mr. Moto
Bang Bang (My Baby Left Me)
Sukiyaki
The Mysterious Smell of Provolone
Seanie B-Goode
Jeronimo
Rio
Man of Mystery
Santa Barbara
Telstar

Here’s a clip from one of our songs. Video by Chloë.

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The Old San Juan (album release)

Album Cover showing the bottom half of an elderly man sitting in a cafe

All of the material on the first track of this release was recorded on an iPhone between 4/22/2022 and 4/30/2022 in Puerto Rico, with the exception of a guitar loop that was recorded in Baltimore on 4/22/2022. I brought the loop to work on with my iPad, and included it in this audio postcard as it felt like part of the trip to me.

The source material includes:

  • various vendors selling beer and food
  • a walk through Ponce
  • a distressed stray dog
  • street performers
  • the Atlantic Ocean at Castillo San Cristóbal
  • invisible frogs
  • a fellow traveler who snored continuously during a trip to the rain forest

Also included on this release is sound experiment no. 15.

Not a very thick album, but it conveys memory and feelings of the trip.

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Coastguard at Public Option, DC

We just played at the Public Option in DC with the Flying Faders.

We repeated the set from our last show, which was:

60 Seconds to Nothing
Mr. Moto
Penetration
Sukiyaki
The Mysterious Smell of Provolone
Seanie B-Goode
Jeronimo
Rio
Man of Mystery
Santa Barbara
Telstar


3D photo by Skizz
3D photo by Skizz