Selling a few things on eBay

Filed under: — joe @ 5:36 pm

I’m going to be listing a few things over the next few days on eBay, some gear that I just don’t need anymore. I’ll post again when I get the rest up but for now, I have this little Fostex MR-8 recorder listed. I recorded a few demos for Promised Land on it but I haven’t really used it since. It still works great though, I just fired it up yesterday and all is well.


I’m also listing my Line 6 Pod 2.0 (with floor board and gig bag). Once again, barely used and in great condition. I used it when I had a band right before I did the whole solo thing and I’ve only used it off and on since then.

Pod gear

If you’ve got any questions, drop me a line.


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Picture day or The long Advil Cold and Sinus fueled night of Joe

Filed under: — joe @ 5:32 am

I’ve got a wicked cold. Seriously, I’ve sneezed 749 times today and I’m tempted to remove my nose. Sooooooo, since I can’t sleep I figured I’d post something on here (at the wee hour of 4:30am). However, due to my heavily medicated state (thanks Advil cold and sinus!)… I’m a bit cautious to write too much. So I thought to myself, “Self, what would Chuck Norris do?” and since I can’t scissor kick someone in the head while “the eyes of the ranger are upon you” plays in the background, I moved on to Plan B… random pictures!

Here’s my lovely wife Rhonda out in Ohio this past weekend… less than three months until we meet Baby Bassett! Oh, and yesterday was our 9th anniversary so yay for us!


I saw this really cool Presbyterian church in Beaver, PA while we were there and Rhonda snapped a picture for me. Such a cool building… we didn’t get to go inside but it was still fun to see.

Presbyterian Church

Here is my media closet that I worked on… I’m kind of proud of myself.

DVD closet

Here’s the goat that tried to kill us in Ohio.


A picture from the July 4th show I played at.

july 4th show

Rhonda and I at an Orioles game last month (yes they lost, back off!)… this was taken with my patented “long arm outstretched” technique.


Here’s the duck that was about to jump/mug/murder another duck/goose/swan thing. It was pretty brutal… flippers and feathers went flying in the chaos, no duck was safe. Ok, not really… we just thought this picture was funny.


And one more picture of Rhonda from Ohio (at a nifty Ice Cream place called Ye Olde Mill)… I was trying to be all artsy and “Kierstin Casella-like” when I took this. I think it’s cool but mostly because it’s a picture of my awesome wife… my camera skills tend to prove that I should be a musician.


There you go… some pics from the life of yours truly. Time to try and get some sleep because tomorrow night is The Police concert, rock and roll!


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Have you seen Ohio rise?

Filed under: — joe @ 5:09 pm

Here I sit in a typical hotel room checking my email while Rhonda puts some things away. We’re here in Ohio for the weekend to visit her old college and see some friends. We haven’t been back here since her graduation twelve (or so) years ago and a few things have changed but it’s not too different. Yesterday we made a stop outside of Pittsburgh to visit folks there as well and then traveled the rest of the way this morning. Other than a few random thunderstorms, it’s been a great couple of summer days to drive. We love road trips and look for any reason to take one… if there’s a slim chance that we can justify it then we will. So far this one has been pretty cool since we’ve managed to take in some beautiful scenery on the way. There’s nothing better than driving by an amazing lake or the greenest hills, listening to some great music and looking over to see my lovely (6 month) pregnant, sleeping wife. There’s much for this undeserving man to be thankful for.

Keep a look out for pictures sometime this weekend and maybe a story or two when I get a chance. I think it’s about time for dinner and maybe a late movie if there’s time… talk to you soon!


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Current listening

Filed under: — joe @ 11:05 pm

These are the records that I’ve been listening to the most over the last few weeks. However, it’s by no means exhaustive since my iPod is set on shuffle most of the time. Tally ho!

In no particular order:

1) Bruce Springsteen: Live in Dublin
I loved the Seeger Sessions record but we didn’t get a chance to catch that tour. Thank The Boss for this record (and DVD)! This is a fun set of songs with a few classic Bruce tunes redone in the Seeger Sessions style and an army of musicians that sound AMAZING together. Great stuff.

2) Paul Simon: Graceland
This is one of my favorite records of all time and I decided to revisit it after the Paul Simon special on PBS last week (a Library of Congress tribute dealio). A cool folk/world music sound and a title track that is easily one of the greatest songs of all time. “And I say losing love
is like a window in your heart. Everybody sees you’re blown apart, everybody feels the wind blow”.

3) Corinne Bailey Rae: Corinne Bailey Rae
I first saw her on Saturday Night Live and was really surprised at how great she was. A breezy, soulful voice and some fantastic players… it makes for great easy listening on the road.

4) Feist: The Reminder
Casella turned me on to Feist while we were driving to a show and I really dug it. Not long after I picked up this record and I’ve been a fan since. I love her voice, there’s just something really different and interesting about her that pulls you right in. Very cool record.

5) Jeremy Casellla: Recovery
Speaking of Casella… this is his latest record and I still can’t put it away. A beautiful and moving collection of songs that accomplishes the nearly impossible… it’s actually unique.

6) M. Ward: Post-War
I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend (I think it was Geof) and I really dig it. The song Rollercoaster makes me happy.

7) The Police: Everything they’ve released
Rhonda and I are going to see them in a couple of weeks with a few friends. So I’m listening to all of their records to get ready… still one of my favorite bands.

8) Andrew Osenga: Letters to the Editor Vol 1
Osenga is a friend. He’s also nuts. And by “nuts” I mean a genius (and nuts). That’s the only way I can explain how he took story ideas from his fans, turned them into amazing songs and recorded them in a week or two. Not to mention that he also used fan submitted “webground” vocals for a song. Lastly, it’s fantastic and really shows just how great a storyteller he is. A crazy, musical mad scientist genius.

Happy listening!

PS. I’ve been updating the site lately so if anything is a little wonky, just let me know. Thanks!

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All-Star Game tonight!

Filed under: — joe @ 12:56 pm

B Rob


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