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31 July 2014

Cleaning House

“Messy stuff irritates me. I don’t like messiness. If you leave something around my house, I’ll tell you to move it back, clean it up, throw it in the trash – don’t matter, just get rid of it. I need stuff neat, organized. And once I start cleaning stuff, I don’t stop until it’s done. Otherwise I’m irritated all day.”

Russell Westbrook


Cleaning out my CD rack, I found this.  I think it was in the Village Voice.  It was Otto Vector’s second show in New York.  2008.

Today’s goal, start dismantling my office.

Step 1:  Wipe the iMac clean.  Selling it.

Step 2:  Box up CDs.

I’ve been in the band scene since I was in highschool and I’ve acquired a lot of local bands CDs.

The collection has dwindled significantly over the years, but there are still certain ones I hold on to.

I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane using a few local CDs for narration.

“Let’s see what happens!”


This wasn’t the 1st I was on.  And I do have the others.  Somewhere.

But, yeah.  Here it is.  Circa 2001.  Ideosonics.

Okay, now what does this have to do with anything?


This has an interesting story.

Ideosonics played with these chicks around the 2001 ish area at The Main Event in Toledo.

Who can forget the hot summer nights of Frankies or Main Event Toledo.  It wasn’t a bad scene.

The word had gotten out that Bliss 66′s manager was going to be at Main Event checking out the band that was playing after us.  Stungun.  Pictured above.

At the time, Bliss 66 was a big deal in the area.  They were working with Glen Ballard and were on a movie soundtrack.

I grew into the music industry without a single family member connection.

Majority of my family is either auto or steel.

Learning there would be a connection at a show, I was going to find him and give him a CD.

I found him because everyone else in a band that was there that night was also soliciting CD’s to him.  So, I solicited too.

I’m sure it went in the garbage, but hey whatever I tried.

Many years later, after Otto Vector had started, I was in Dearborn Music checking out CDs.  Lo, and behold!

I find an early Bliss 66 EP.  With their managers name, phone number, and management company on the back.


I called this number and it was still in service.  I got his answering machine.  I think he still uses the same message to this day.

I left him an insane blabbering voicemail about how I wanted to meet him and show him our songs.

He called me back.  Months later.

I met him, since he has been a very great influence helping me work my way into the music industry.


These guys.  The Juan Valdez Love Machine.  Later, Love Machine Blue.

We met these guys at a battle of the bands at The 7th house in Pontiac.  Long time ago.

Their music really blew my mind.  So intricate.  Quirky.  Funky.

3/5th’s of these weirdos ended up being Otto Vector and are unfortunately life long friends.


One of Otto’s earliest shows was played with Novada.

Jeff Hayze kidnapped me one night and brought me to that crazy barn studio somewhere out in Saline, Mi.

It was kind of weird.  I thought maybe he was going to kill me or rape me or something.  I didn’t know this dude, and he just brought me out to this studio in a barn.  In the middle of no where.  For no real reason.

No killing or raping occurred.


Aaron Jones gets a special shout out because he has been such an awesome friend and fantastic photographer.  His rap sheet with us is a mile long.  He also is a jammin guitar player.  Both speed metal and classical.


Both the Sugar People and Pilot Inspector are here because I like to see what friends I’ve jammed with in the past are doing.  Although these are a few years old, two of my really good friends are/were in these bands.  It’s nice to see them in quality projects.


I love these guys because they showed me a whole new dynamic of a band.

They also showed me the importance of having a good song.  Not just fancy studio work.

The Half Light Fella’s are legit and I hope to still jam with them again in the future.


Of course I’ve got my own CDs in my collection.  There’s only about 90 of these in existance.

Produced by another industry friend that has helped a lot over the years.


I don’t know the name of this cat, but what I do know is that starting September 1 that will be my view in my tiny apartment in New York.

Swap the cat for one of my own.

Renee and I signed a lease on a place in East Village.
The lease starts a month later than we wanted, but it gives us more time to prepare and figure out the logistics of moving 600 miles away.

It’s kind of like I’m moving into the dorms again.

Except way more expensive and there’s no meal plan.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Walt Disney






1 Response

  1. Mia Caughey

    very happy you guys found a place! Can’t wait to come visit in NYC- I have no idea what to expect. I’m told it’s bigger than I could ever imagine. I think of James and the giant peach whenever I think of NY :)

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