Tuesday, April 20, 2010

R.I.P | Guru

WTF?! Should I just turn the blog into an obituary?

I have a deep love for music. All kinds. All genres (for the most part). I don't discriminate. If I sense something unique, genuine or real I tend to gravitate to it. That goes for rap music as well. A lot of it I don't like, but every so often something comes along with a deeper message embedded in the rhymes, something with substance that goes beyond bragging about meaningless material things. Guru had this gift. Back in the day I went through a phase that heavily involved Gang Starr. This track in particular I listened to many times. It seems quite fitting today.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Really promising band I've been into lately, HTRK. The heart of their sound, bassist Sean Stewart, took his own life a few weeks ago. This is sadly becoming a common thing amongst some great musicians lately. I guess we will never truly know why.

MP3: HTRK - Fascinator (via unpiano)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Snowden | Slow Soft Syrup EP

New Snowden music. Just a taste of what's to come. You can download the EP for free at www.noisetrade.com/snowden. Thanks to everyone for being so patient and showing support. Hope all the ATLiens can make it out to The Earl tomorrow night for the show.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Morning Benders

Really love this clip.

Monday, November 16, 2009

When Your 15

My girlfriend's six year old niece asked her if I could write some music to go along with some lyrics she penned. That's right, she's SIX years old, but apparently writing songs from the perspective of a 15 year old!? Needless to say, I think we have a future pop diva in the making on our hands. Click the pic to enlarge.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Musicvision | Phoenix

An interesting look at some of Phoenix's favorite records, as told by them.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hellhole Ratrace

Just became aware of Girls (the band) from San Francisco. This song has been on repeat ever since. Looking forward to their full length when it comes out in Sept. Definitely worth checking out.

MP3: Girls - "Hellhole Ratrace"

Monday, July 13, 2009

Cat Power

Saw Cat Power at The Earl here in Atlanta last night. It was like night and day from the first time I saw her perform at The Earl years ago. It was a Thanksgiving day show in 2001. She was a mess. She set up her amp on the floor in the middle of the room and sat next to it on a chair. There was one other guitar player to accompany her on some of the songs. By the end of the night she was berating him badly for the way his guitar sounded and he eventually got up and left. She stopped and started songs, mumbled into the mic and barely looked up and faced the crowd all night. Her hair was intentionally long and covering her face the entire show. The room was half full and had emptied out considerably by the time she was done torturing herself. As much as I loved the covers record she had put out around that time, it was painful to watch.

Cut to last night and it's like watching a completely different person. She's still quirky when she sings, but she has taken her craft to a whole other level. Her vocals sounded amazing and the band she has backing her now is one of the tightest group of musicians I have ever seen perform live. It was like getting a crash course in the power of restraint. It's obvious those dudes can play their instruments along with the best of them, but the bulk of the night was just them looking at each other and grooving on simple tight flourishes of sound that were the perfect back drop for her vocals. The drummer in particular was playing so simple and quiet in some moments, mostly with brushes, then out of no where would come a loud crack of the snare as the band would amp up the sound. It was really powerful to watch. The sound in The Earl was flawless too. Every sound was in its right place. There were many great moments, but I was especially blown away by a very raw stripped down rendition of Fortunate Son by CCR. Overall, I came away with the feeling that I had just witnessed a performance by an artist who will most likely be looked back on years from now and be held in the same regard as singers like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, etc. I was glad I got to witness it up close, and in such a small intimate setting as The Earl.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sand Painting Amazingness

I'm pretty much blown away by this...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No Words No More

Over at the Snowden myspace page we're streaming the Love & Rockets cover we did for the upcoming tribute album I mentioned a couple posts down. The song is called No Words No More. Jordan basically just took the lyrics and made up a whole new song. Hope ya'll like it.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Love & Rockets Tribute Album

Snowden has a track on an upcoming Love & Rockets tribute album along side Frank Black, Flaming Lips, A Place To Bury Strangers, Dandy Warhols, Film School and others. Here's a snippet from the Pitchfork post today...

In the mid-80s, Love and Rockets rose from the ashes of goth overlords Bauhaus and put a stamp on their own brand of scuzzy alt rock that would go on to influence everyone from the Pixies to Stone Temple Pilots. And now some of those in debt are paying it back with a tribute album dedicated to their cult heroes, due July 28 digitally and August 18 physically via Arsenal Rock N Roll/Justice.

New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets:

01 Black Francis: "All in My Mind"
02 Puscifer: "Holiday on the Moon"
03 War Tapes: "Love Me"
04 Blaqk Audio: "No New Tale to Tell"
05 Dubfire: "I Feel Speed"
06 The Dandy Warhols: "Inside the Outside"
07 The Flaming Lips: "Kundalini Express"
08 Sweethead: "Life in Laralay"
09 Film School: "An American Dream"
10 A Place to Bury Strangers: "The Light"
11 Monster Magnet vs Adrian Young: "Mirror People"
12 The Stone Foxes: "Fever"
13 Frankenstein 3000: "No Big Deal"
14 VEX: "It Could Be Sunshine"
15 Better Than Ezra: "So Alive"
16 Chantal Claret vs Adrian Young: "Lazy"
17 Ian Moore: "Sweet F.A."
18 Snowden: "No Words No More"

Monday, April 13, 2009

Stop Your Bleeding Typography Video

Here's another really well done fan video for Stop Your Bleeding. It's kinetic typography based around the lyrics. Very clever.

Friday, April 10, 2009

So Right & So Wrong

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. The blog might seem dead from time to time, but it will always come back to life at some point. Here's a post for all the recording geeks out there (probably disregard this if you're not one). For those unaware of Tape Op, it's an excellent magazine which features interviews with a wide range of producers and engineers discussing the various projects they've worked on, different recording techniques they use, how their studios are setup, etc. Tape Op is absolutely FREE to subscribe to. Just go to their website to register and soon enough each new issue will start showing up in your mailbox. Very cool. I recommend it highly.

Anyway, the current issue has a fascinating interview with Sufjan Stevens that has sparked an interesting dialog or two online. He describes how he used dated gear and cheap mics to produce his albums, such as recording Michigan and Illinois on an old digital eight track machine, setting it to a lower bit rate setting because he didn't know what the button was for, painstakingly overdubbing drum parts by eye, etc. Basically, he does everything opposite of how a seasoned producer would approach recording, but is able to produce very big / lush sounding records. It's a really great interview if you're into that sort of thing. Hopefully I won't get in trouble for posting this, but here it is for those interested. Enjoy. (click the images)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Snowden Tour Video

I finally got around to editing down some home movie footage from our last tour into another silly little video clip. All this is from our east coast tour this past December with Twin Tigers from Athens. It's pretty random. The highlight for us was the stop we made in Jacksonville, FL at Chandler's Grandfather Ceylon's house. He had a large property with an eclectic array of stuff, and orange trees all over the place that he let us pick fruit from to load up our van with. He also showcased Foundation Hospital Train, one of the many songs he has recently penned. Did I mention he is in his 90's! For the soundtrack I sprinkled in some bits and pieces of unreleased Snowden demos that may (or may not) be on the next record. Ha. Enjoy.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Counterfeit Time Lapse Video

I just came across this video on vimeo that was posted a while back, but this is the first time it's come to my attention. Two brothers took a road trip from Chicago to Orlando and made a time lapse video out of over 9,500 pictures and set it to our song Counterfeit Rules. I have to say, this is probably cooler than any video we could have come up with on our own for this song. It's an awesome concept and I think the Snowden track complements it really well. Check it out...

Monday, January 12, 2009


Sorry things have been quiet on the blog front lately. The past few weeks of my life have been consumed by the adorable little one in the photos below. Her name is Bella and my girlfriend and I unexpectedly inherited her over the holidays. She's a handful, but she's already melted our hearts and become a big hit at the puppy park at Piedmont Park here in Atlanta (and anywhere else we take her).

In Snowden news, there's another new song Jordan just finished (really good one) and now we're about to start shopping some demos around. The whole album is basically written and now we're just looking for the right option in regards to releasing it. I know it's taking a long time to come out, but we didn't want to rush this one. The sound has evolved quite a bit with this batch of songs and I think people will dig it. Thanks to everyone for havining patience. New music from Snowden will definitely drop this year!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Photos From The Tour

So we made it back from our recent tour unscathed, except for a few parking tickets and one whopping speeding ticket that was completely bogus and only given to us because we had out of state plates. Don't believe me? Read about this little trap that we fell into and make sure you never drive this stretch of FL unless you have FL plates. Jordan is the most cautious driver of the whole band and he was following all the visible speed limit signs. This blatant abuse of authority is probably going to jack up his insurance rates, not to mention the ridiculous amount of money the ticket ended up being. A real bummer.

There were also positive moments in FL though. In Jacksonville we got to meet Chandler's 90 year old grandfather Ceylon! He gave us a grand tour of his estate and let us pick an assortment of fresh fruit right off the trees in his backyard. He also let us preview some of his own unique musical endeavors. I have a whole segment of video footage from our visit with Ceylon that will definitely be part of the next little tour video I'm putting together. Jordan's mom Isabel took us out for a wonderful lunch on the water somewhere near Tampa, and the folks at the Bottletree in Birmingham really know how to take care of bands. Many thanks to them. It was also great touring around and hanging out with Twin Tigers. They're a crazy crew but definitely a lot of fun. Once I have time to go through all the video footage I took I'll post another one of my little tour vids. It should be a good one. Bye for now.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Licorice EP

Although these tracks are a few years old now, I think they are still worth posting for the holidays. It's a Snowden twist on some classic Christmas songs of the past and one acoustic original. Feel free to post these all over the web and spread the gloomy cheer.


1. White Christmas
2. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
3. Christmas Time Is Here
4. China Light

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Screening T's For The Road

We're technically already on the road now, but I took these pics last week of us being all "diy" and screening our own shirts to sell on the tour. The show Saturday night at The Earl was really great and it was cool to see so many familiar faces out. Thanks so much to everyone that came out. We're in DC tonight and NYC the next couple nights after that. Check the dates and come out if you wanna hear some of our new jams.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Snowden @ The Earl Saturday Night

This is most likely our final local show of the year and we plan on unleashing a lot of new material. If you're in town for the holidays and have nothing to do Saturday night come out to The Earl and hopefully we can make it worth your while. The openers should be good too. Abby Go Go sound great from what I've heard online. I'm looking forward to checking them out live. It should be a fun night all around. Hope ya'll can make it out.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

SwitchBurn Snowden Live Vids

This is pretty cool. A while back I made a post about some live videos the folks at SwitchBurn had put together from a show we played in Austin a while back. They have been kind enough to post five more videos from that show, including three new songs that we've been playing live recently. These all turned out really great and I can't say thanks enough to Shawn and the whole crew involved with SwitchBurn for making these available. Definitely check out their site when you have some time. Here are the links to the new Snowden vids:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Saturday in ATL

We played a show this past Saturday at the Atlanta Downhill Challenge soap box derby thing. Unfortunately, there was a bad accident during one of the races. More details here. Apparently the guy is going to fully recover. That's good to hear. A paypal donation page has been setup here. I didn't take many pics. Here are some good ones on flickr though. The show itself was a bit weird. We were last to play, way after the racing had ended, and we followed a band that dressed up as mummies and played funk songs. They also showed up in a full tour bus with a trailer in tow. Go figure.

Mini Hummer! He actually fit inside that thing. Coolest one all day in my book.

Jordan gets down to the mummy funk.

BMI interviews us in the mens restroom after the show.

photo via BMI

Chandler drives off into the night.

The Bookhouse Pub.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Snowden Holiday Tour

Tis the season for us to tour around and stuff. We'll be doing a short east coast run in December with our Athens buds Twin Tigers. We'll be trying out some new material and visiting some cities we've never played before, so spread the word to your whole posse. Here are the dates...

Nov 29 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (w/ Abby Go Go | Carnivores)
Dec 1 - Raleigh, NC @ Duke University
Dec 2 - Washington, DC @ DC9
Dec 3 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Dec 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw
Dec 6 - Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Laundro Lounge
Dec 8 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Dec 9 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Dec 10 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
Dec 11 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
Dec 13 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree

(all dates w/ Twin Tigers except the first two)