here we are. are we here? we are here.

Hey Everyone… happy sunday! Here’s a great post from my sister Annie. She’s passionate. I trust her. Peace!


I encourage you to all go see an amazing new documentary that i just
saw last night. It’s called Chasing Ice, and it that tracks the
movement of glaciers form 2005 to 2012.  It just won best
cinematography at the Sundance Festival.  And it is just making its
opening rounds in cities across America.

you can watch the trailer here:

Haunting, and beautiful images of this historic moment in time, when
the human-induced alteration of our atmosphere is changing our planet
right before our eyes.  My favorite quote from the documentary is when
the photographer James Balog says, ‘when my children ask me, what did
you do when you knew that climate change was happening, and that we
could stop it… I want to be able to say I did everything I could.’

If you want to do something to be part of the solution, but don’t know
where to start, I recommend signing up with a group called 350.org
(www.350.org). 350.org is Bill McKibben’s group, and I know them well,
and think they are the grassroots organization that is doing the most
important movement building around climate change. It’s still not too
late to stave off more catastrophic climate change then what we have
already committed ourselves to.

Thanks for listening :)


happy thanksgiving eve

Hello All… Happy Wednesday.  Happy almost Thanksgiving… 

Thank you MOG for letting me stream this Jazz at Massey Hall album by The Quintet. 

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, and Charlie Mingus… 


You know it’s a good jazz record when every player on it is an epic solo name in their own right.  

So… just wanted to give some thanks here in general for everything… Feeling extra grateful lately. My time off from the band in the last year has been incredible… such a blessing to be able to step away from the lifestyle that the guys and I have shared since we were 12 years old and experience life from a different perspective. I’ve never felt more appreciative of all the people all around the world who have been a part of our lives… and I’m super excited to be coming back for the next album… We’re gonna start writing together soon and then even tho I won’t be playing live on the rest of the Overexposed tours, I will be in the studio whenever we start recording for the next album… 

And in the meantime I’m continuing my studies of piano and guitar and composition and more excited and inspired by music than ever before. 

I’m also very excited to be building a website for my 1863 side project… Fun. 

Also, one thing I’ve seen lately on twitter that I wanted to clarify was some quote that was being retweeted about how I was taking time off from the band to study “spiritual” things, and… I don’t have a problem with that word… but I don’t remember saying that… I did study some massage and craniosacral bodywork stuff earlier in my break and I think I said I was going to be focusing on the “healing arts” and maybe that got interpreted as spiritual stuff… I only mention it because I don’t want anyone to think that I think there is some separate realm of life that is sacred and spiritual and that I needed to take time off from the wordly realm to be able to explore that realm… I think that if there is any such thing as a spiritual realm it is everywhere and in everything… 

So… that’s that… I LOVE you guys and I’m super stoked to be alive right now with y’all and a part of these crazy & beautiful times.


See you soon, 




—Fela Coltrane

Saturday Laughter-Noon 1863 Music with the spoken words of Fela Kuti and John Coltrane


—Ambient Shuttle Music

In Honor of the Shuttle being retired, here is some 1863 Friday Afternoon Ambient Music with dialogue from a film about the Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Love you, Bye. 

1863 (feat. Evan Vidar)

—Build A House For Men and Birds


—What I Can't Forget

There’s a funny thing that our love can bring

It can make me extra sentimental

For the little things

Like the radio and the telephone

And the warm embrace of all your memories

All my friendly hours alone

They don’t erase the times we’ve spent

And you and I will keep them till we’re dead

I’m not afraid of all the things that we have left

But I’m sad about the things I won’t forget

I’m a little sad from what I can’t forget.  

Here’s a sick piece of math rock I made with my friend Mailbox’s help (thanks Mailbox)…

E, G, A, B, C#, D, and a high E.  

7 Notes… played over and over in a  phrase that is 8 notes long means that every other time the pattern will start one note later.  Then the rhythmic pattern of four dotted quarter notes followed by two regular quarter notes every 2 bars sets the pulse for which note will be highlighted by its corresponding color in the video. Can you figure out the pattern? Can you hear the colors? 

  low E=Red

        G= Orange

        A= Yellow

        B= Green

        C#= Blue

        D= Indigo

high E= Violet

Go Full Screen on this one.