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Friday, October 30, 2009

Pics From Carnegie

Pics from my night at Carnegie!

Here we are on stage. From left to right, it's Meghan Asha (technology columnist), me (just some dude), Alex Rigopulos (created Guitar Hero and Rock Band), Melissa auf Der Maur (bassist for Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Grandmaster Flash (founding father of hip hop) and Pete Wentz (bassist of Fall Out Boy).


And here we are before the concert, looking like a badass posse.


The evening was capped off with a demonstration of Rock Band: Beatles. Here you can see me channeling my inner Paul, playing a plastic Hofner bass. Now I can say I've 'played Carnegie'.


The afterparty. Here I am with Melissa auf Der Maur and Jimmy Zankel (he underwrote the event, and his family built Zankel Hall, one of the three concert spaces at Carnegie).


Photos by Craig Chesek.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Carnegie Hall Sent Me Flowers!

So classy.



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Carnegie Hall, Baba Yetu Music Video, The Beatles, And Me

Well, I just had pretty much the most fun night of my entire life.

I got invited to speak on a panel at Carnegie Hall last night. The subject was video games and music--a topic that I know a little bit about. It was moderated by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, and the other panelists were Alex Rigopulos (CEO and founder of Harmonix), Grandmaster Flash (father of hip-hop), Melissa auf Der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole), and Meghan Asha (technology blogger and media personality). We had a fun, sometimes crass, and occasionally enlightening conversation about the video game industry, and the present and future of music.

I also got to debut the brand new music video of Baba Yetu to the sold-out crowd. The video is a collection of footage taken from the Civ games, and expertly cut together by director Brooke Hanson. It's terrific, and very moving--very much in the spirit of the Civilization games. I'll post it here soon.

And to cap off the panel, we did a live demonstration of Rock Band: Beatles for the audience. I played bass (and no, I did not play it left handed, like Paul did). Since I love Rock Band, and the Beatles are my favorite rock band, that made the evening complete. And besides, it's every musician's dream to play Carnegie Hall, right? Well, I finally did... granted, it was on a plastic bass with little colored buttons, but whatever.

I have to give thanks to the Carnegie organization for doing an amazing job of taking care of me, and handling every detail. It was just a first class experience from beginning to end.

I'll post pics later this week... and sometime next week, I'll also post the video!

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

No, Really... All Pre-Sale CDs Have Been Sent!

Hi everyone,

Some people are confused by the fact that Google Checkout still shows that their orders haven't been shipped.

All orders have been shipped... but in order to mark each one as shipped in Google Checkout, we would have to go in and manually click 5 or 6 different steps to send an email confirmation. Multiply that by 1100, and you have an idea as to why we'd rather not do this. :) But rest assured, unless your last name is Dabramo or Isakiev (in which case please email with your mailing address) your CDs have gone out!

Thanks again for your patience!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Home a.k.a CD Distribution Center

I used to have a clean home. Now it has become a CD distribution center.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dulce Estrella. WOW.

Two of my favorite voices, together on one tour! I had no idea that they did this.

Dulce Estrella Tour

Dulce Pontes is a fado goddess. She sings the fourth track on my album, 'Se É Pra Vir Que Venha', and she performs the hell out of it! Estrella Morente is a flamenco wonder. I first came across her in the movie Volver, when her amazing performance of the title song was lip synched by none other than Penelope Cruz.

Two of the most soulful voices in the world, from stylistically similar traditions: fado and flamenco. I would have loved to have seen this tour. I think they do reunion concerts from time to time... wish I could read Portuguese, so I could actually tell what was going on on Dulce's website.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Needs More Epic

A rather funny blog review of Calling All Dawns has popped up, from a blogger in Norway, Steinar Kristofferson.

Want More Good Music? Calling All Dawns

Some of my favorite lines:

With two previous versions of Baba Yetu to consider, each with their devotees, Christopher Tin did the sensible thing: he cheated. For the new version, he combined percussion elements from both previous incarnations while also adding something new, bypassing all those laws of propriety that say the track shouldn't be able to appeal to both camps, and then he goes one further and ACTUALLY IMPROVES THE FUCKING THING. I don't know what kind of person can listen to fucking Baba Yetu and think to himself, 'You know what this needs? More epic.'

So, buy it. Support the talented independent artist. It's an incentive for Christopher to make more music in the future of the sort that would make the manchild of Jesus Christ and Chuck Norris weep tears of joy.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Download Links Sent For Pre-Sales

Hi everyone,

All download links have been sent to all who pre-purchased the album... but we're getting random emails, blog comments, and so forth saying that people haven't gotten the links yet! I'm truly sorry about this... it's been a rather large organizational task, keeping track of all this stuff.

If you pre-ordered and haven't received your download link, send an email to and we'll try to figure it out. Thanks for the patience!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Album, New Site!

Forgive the month and a half absence everyone, but as you probably know, I was, oh, releasing my debut album. It's now out! :) Check it out, and the new website, at