Tuesday, October 13, 2009

boston, nearing a month

hey folks,

tour is going well. just long. on the 17th I will have been gone a month. looking forward to nyc/brooklyn tomorrow.
I'm DJing the after party at the union hall show on the 16th. fun times.

i must admit i've fallen behind on the food photo blog, but hope to do better in the future.

the record has been out a month. so far so good. someone write a review sometime so i feel like it really happened?



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

fun food foto blog!

We're on day 6 and we've only played 1 show so far, which is OK. Portland is nice but I'm ready to move on.
The van is fixed now and van's amp should be fixed soon too. then we'll be ready to go.

Seattle tomorrow!
In the meantime I've been taking a picture of everything I eat and posting it on flickr.

check it out, food foto blog!



Sunday, September 20, 2009


our van got broken into yesterday. in broad daylight in downtown portland after being parked for less than an hour.

crappy. bad thief though, got 1 out of 4 laptops, luckily not mine. he did get my acoustic guitar though. bummer. i was using that!

the good news is i have renter's insurance.

the other good news is my Daytrotter session is up.
Download four free acoustic golden gram songs at daytrotter now!

otherwise, the road is good. we're on day 4 of 51. santa cruz show added for nov. 7.


golden gram

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

obama is right, kanye is a jackass. miss you patrick swayze, road house is the best.
Spinach tooth
Spinach tooth

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

my album is out today. find it online. i made a new song and video for it too!

Golden Gram amazon emusic

Monday, September 7, 2009

port o'brien and golden gram are coming to your american town this fall. find us!
this is my favorite i've seen in a while. port o'brien tree hugging acoustics. TheyShootMusic.com

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

new site, new record soon!


working hard on the internets to get things going for next tuesday's release of Master of None.
It will be available on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, blah, blah, blah. all those places.

check out the new goldengram.net!
it's a jammer, created by Shanna Mahan of Thaumaturgy Productions

And, you can listen to it here in full.

Buy one please!

Friday, August 28, 2009

bloggy for the owl mag

hey kids,

i am back from europe and jet lagged. it was a great tour.

i blogged a lot about it for the owl mag. here

now to missouri lounge to DJ?

must. stay. awake.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Master of None out Sept. 8!

Hey ya'll,

I leave for Europe on Tuesday for 2 weeks with Port O'Brien.
That's a good time.

Also, my record will be out on Sept. 8 on Cedar Fever Records out of Austin, TX.

stay tuned for more details and fun stuff.



Thursday, July 9, 2009


well folks,

my sony ericcson finally died. i went through 3 different models, plus a razor, since 2002.
the allure was too strong. iPhone 3G S, hello.
i promise to not be on it all the time when we're hanging out. trust me, i know that routine.
you can call me on it too.

in other news, my record is at the plant now, should have products within a few weeks. official release date to be announced shortly.

oh yes, port o'brien is going well.
someone liked the show we did in sacramento at luigi's pizza. that was a fun one. but weird.

here's a review with a photo too.



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

dizz knee land by dada, lame, cool, or just dumb?

Hey folks,

over my travels with port o'brien this week, this song, "dizz knee land" by dada, keeps coming up.

check out the video, sorry it won't let me embed it.


first at Tyson's practice space, there is a dude, some kind of guard we think, who sits in the parking lot in his forest green metal flake blazer listening to "tunes". this was one he was listening to recently. no one knew who it was, so i went and asked.
"It's dada, man."
of course it is.

turns out, Cambria has it on her iPod cuz of the 90's compilation that Van got from their manager (I believe).
so, we've jammed it a bunch since in the van.
and i may even include it on a mix i'm making for playing between bands at our shows, that and montell jordan, and lil wayne, of course.
we were sort of debating whether we liked it ironically or not, and i have to say, for me, in this day and age, it doesn't matter.
if you like the song, who cares? does it make you laugh? or happy? or comfort you when you are sad? then it doesn't matter whether the song is technically "good" or not.

because, technically, as a radio pop song, this one is good. strong guitar hook, memorable chorus, simple lyrics, "funky" breaks after the chorus.

that is some serious ride cymbal in that break ("tanging the hump" in drummer parlance), this is probably the lamest musical part of the song, but it somehow works.

i haven't even gotten to the lyrics yet.
as POB bassist, Ryan, mentioned, "it's got that ironic, cynical, dark sense of humor that most 90's alt bands had after nirvana came along." that may be paraphrased.

this is further illustrated by the misspelling of Disneyland to avoid lawsuits. yeah! stick it to the man dada, you 90's post grunge band, you.

now for a lyrical analysis:

I just ran away from home
Now I'm going to dizz knee land

"ok, good start. though if i ran away, it's not the first place i would think to go, they don't have hostels or soup kitchens there."

I just crashed my car again
Now I'm going to dizz knee land

"oh yeah? how are you getting to disneyland then? the bus? no wonder you ran away from home, you just crashed your car for the second time. my parents would be pissed."

I just robbed a grocery store
Now I'm going to dizz knee land

"so you're a criminal now? i guess you're going to need some money to get in. admission there is not cheap, neither is car repair..."

I just flipped off President George
I'm going to dizz knee land

"in person or just on the TV? either way, who calls him president George? hmmh... this may be the most memorable line in the song though. i guess that's political content.
it's not like it even rhymes. which is another important aspect of this song to note, it doesn't have to rhyme, and these are still the lyrics they came up with."

I just tossed a fifth of gin
Now I'm going to dizz knee land

"I'm pretty sure they don't let drunk people into disneyland."

I just got cuffed again

"What did i just say? so far you've run away from home, crashed your car, robbed a grocery store, and gotten wasted while trying to get into the most family oriented amusement park there is. did you think you weren't going to get arrested?" also of note, when he says he tossed a fifth of gin, you can hear a bottle clanking in the background. genius. a master stroke of overstatement. think that was the producer's idea?

Shot my gun into the night
I'm going to dizz knee land

"ok, this is just getting worse. was it new years at least?"

I just saw a good man die

"well duh. those bullets have to land somewhere"


"hey what? uh oh, the bridge is coming."

Kicked my ass out of school
Rolled me out into the street
Hitched a ride on a monkey's back
Headed west into the black

"this must literally be the dada part of the song. you rode a monkey?"

I'm going to dizz knee land
(guitar solo fade out)

So, there you go. at the end of the day, i like listening to this song. what does that say about me? let me know.

in other news,

it looks like the second golden gram record, entitled "master of none", will be out in the US in mid-august, right before i head to europe with port o'brien.

if you're in california, come see us play this week:

Jun 24 2009 8:00P
Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA

Jun 25 2009 8:00P
The Independent w/ Papercuts San Francisco, CA

Jun 26 2009 8:00P
The Echo w/ Papercuts Los Angeles, CA

Jun 27 2009 8:00P
Downtown Brew w/ Papercuts San Luis Obispo, CA

thanks yous!



Saturday, June 6, 2009

Brain FRY5 Tonight!

hey ya'll,

I'm DJing this rad party. see hear. Tonight!

this saturday at the 'bot

The New Booty Bounce Reasearch Laboratory is Proud Present an evening of stunning proportions............................
an exploration into the new underground of sound and sight featuring the best in avant garde electronic music and lights from around the globe, one night only warehouse party.




Saturday, May 30, 2009

port o'brien SFMOMA


we played our first 2 shows together last night for the member's only opening of the Georgia O'keefe Ansel Adams show.
It went surprisingly well for playing in a museum lobby. The sound is getting bigger and better. Port O'brien 3.0!
Stay tuned....

Thursday, May 28, 2009

port o'briens

hey folks,

i've spent this week practicing with port o'brien for some tours this june and august.
it's been really great to be back rehearsing with talented musicians.
and even greater that they are actually interested in my opinions on arrangements.
we're making some great progress.
this new record they are working on is pushing their sound in some nice new directions and we're looking to do the same in the live shows.
look out for some jammy times.

and the golden gram record out in august!



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

cinco de mayo!

well, i had a sweet cinco de mayo birthday celebration at missouri lounge with DJ roger mas spinning.
then we took it back to lobot and rocked out even more with some late night wii and jamz in the music room.
tonight is the SF rumble. I run sound and hang out there. it's fun and free....


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

i make a blog. hello!


welcome to the blog of golden gram. i will write here frequently and put up new cool things that i have made or like. i may or may not capitalize anything. we'll just have to see.
right now, i have finished the first episode of a tv show i made with a friend of mine at where i live. lobot gallery.
that is something to see.
it is called numero uno show. episode 1.

more cool things soon.
please enjoy it.