11/18/10

LA update

I spent the last week in Oregon.  Played a couple of shows in Portland and Eugene, and had a chance to catch up with my buddies The Dimes.  It rained almost the entire time I was there.  I'm back in LA now and happy to be here.  Things have been going quite well!  Lots of fun projects, new friends and exciting opportunities.    

I found a new space!  It's in a warehouse downtown.  I started moving in this week and I'm excited to get set up and get busy.  After spending most of the year working on projects for other people I am chomping at the bit to work on one of my own.  We'll see.

The space is shared with a great band, He's My Brother She's My Sister.  We're gonna turn it into a modest recording studio...we have a bit of work to do.  It looks like this:

10/28/10

Los Angeles


Well, through a twisty turn of events Anna and I have found ourselves living in Los Angeles. It was a choice made intentionally and in sound body and mind.

So far, so good. We are living in an apartment just a few blocks south of the Hollywood Hills. We have eaten delicious things and we've been to the beach. Everything else is just details.

Wait, no...actually, everything else is quite exciting! I proposed the move because I wanted to push myself into a new situation. I wanted to develop new skills, start new projects and meet new people. A month and a half into the process I can say that I've already made great progress in each of these departments.

I'll give you a brief rundown.

First, my friend Zac Rae offered me a job in his excellent studio, The Bank. He owns it with drummer extraordinaire Joey Waronker. It is special. Projects I have been around for include Eleni Mandell produced by Joe Chiccarelli, Ed Romanoff and Ian Axel, both produced by John Alagia, and Carina Round produced by she and Dan Burns. It has been amazing.

Also, I have had the fantastic privilege of working with Matt Hales, aka, Aqualung. We have done a bit of writing and recording, and we played a couple of duo shows this month. It has been amazing.

There is more and there will be more to come but I have suddenly grown antsy.  I'm signing off.

8/2/10

Ahem...

Check, check...is this thing on?

This blog has been collecting some serious dust.  Somehow I have fallen completely out of the habit of maintaining it.  My excuse?  I've been busy.

Changes are coming.  New, exciting things are happening.  I have been producing records for friends almost non-stop since January and they will soon be released.

I don't have much to say other than I will have something to say very soon, I think.  In the meantime, check out this live video...me, joined by Kelly Masigat at the Doug Fir.  Shot and edited by Grammar School.

Ehren Ebbage with Kelly Anne Masigat - "Bury That Feeling" from grammar school on Vimeo.

5/14/10

2010 1/2

Now that we're nearly midway through 2010 I am ready to write my first blog of the year.

I haven't been playing many of my own shows.  I didn't intend to take a break but I've had some fun projects come up which have occupied most of my time.  My old friends Stagger and Sway asked me to help make their first full length record and a new friend Nick Dothee asked me to help make an EP.  I gladly obliged.

Then, my friend Krista Polvere asked me to play guitar on her tour opening for Aqualung.  I hadn't toured in a real tour bus before and I was feeling the itch to see the country again, so I said yes.  It was both exhausting and exhilarating.  I spent three weeks in the company of some very fine, creative folks and came home with my well of motivation overflowing.  Aqualung, aka Matt Hales, turned out to be an excellent guy.  He offered bits of advice that I have been needing to hear and is an example of how someone can be both a family man and a successful musician.

I'm not exactly sure what the second half of 2010 will bring.  A new record?  Another tour?  There are some bright fuzzy shapes on the horizon...I'm excited to see what they look like close up.