Author: Spoon


Six Microphone Pairings – Your thoughts?

Help Spoon on his way toward his new album Listen to these microphone tests and add your opinion, please! May 3rd Mic Test (replaces the May Day test) ** Totally forgot you must DOWNLOAD the files from Sound Cloud to be able to hear the real wav files.** To download, go to my SoundCloud page HERE OR click on the SOUNDCLOUD logo in the upper right corner and it will take you to page for each file. Otherwise you just get crappy mp3s when you listen online. Blind Test for Now. I will reveal the mics in a few days. Same guitar, and the mics were set up in the same positions and same distance from the guitar. One example sounds much more like the actual guitar than the others. But for me that is not important, compared to what listeners hear and “that sounds good” or “pleasing” or “listenable without fatigue” etc., when it comes to someone listening to a 45 minute album of guitar music, etc. There was no EQ or compression etc. I just played the same piece over and over six times, as fast as I could switch microphones and adjust levels. I was surprised how different some of them sound in terms spacial effect in the virtual soundstage. I am curious to know what YOU hear, think about the six mic pairings in this test. Which one(s) do you like? Please use the comment form below, or write to me at Thanks!


Happy 2017!

Like so many, I am so glad to see 2016 go. Here’s to a much better 2017. I am looking forward to performing, recording, reviewing, with some excellent guitars in the coming year. I spent New Years Eve talking out all of my guitars, because I know they can get bored, and spent some time with each, before putting them to bed with refreshed humidifiers. Happy New Year


Letters from Daisy

My first Bushwick Book Club performance, with my new song Letters from Daisy Inspired by Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (New upload with a fixed typo in the titles) The New York City chapter of The Bushwick Book Club is a monthly performance event hosted by actress/musician Susan Hwang, taking place at various venues. Artists are invited to write a song inspired by a particular work of literature, or poetry, dance, even stand-up comedy. But primarily it is about songwriting. The March 2016 installment featured the play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which won Tennessee Williams the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It took place at Superfine, in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Letters for Daisy represents excerpts of letters written to a relative by Daisy, a household maid and one of the smallest roles in the play. Backing vocals and instrumentation by Rob Meador, Doug Pierson and Henry Tenney. Performed on a Martin OMC-28B Laurence Juber signature model with a duel-source B-Band pickup. Oddly enough, I woke up that morning with the first strains of laryngitis, so a couple of times I go to voice words that do not appear or die out, and need repeated, and my range compresses considerably as the song goes on. But not a bad debut. And now I have no voice at all.  So time for the age old apple cider vinegar, lime juice and honey. The Bushwick Book Club Susan Hwang Superfine


2 Gigs coming up! – Rains but it pours

Your humble Spoon will be appearing with the Highland Shatners on St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, March 17 Freddy’s Bar 7:30 or there abouts. 627 5th Ave near 17th St. in Brooklyn. We will be playing unplugged acoustic in the main bar near the piano. The R train to Prospect Av (which is 15th St.) at 4th Ave. and Freddy’s is between 17th and 18th St. on 5th Ave. But the 5th Ave. bus from Park Slope is leisurely and drops you off right across the street. So come get your Irish on with the Highland Shatners, even though we play Scottish music and stuff from Star Trek. Bushwick Bookclub does Tennessee Williams Monday, March 21 7 PM – not 8 as the poster states. Superfine 126 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn It is a great place to eat, so come early for dinner. I certainly shall. I have the honor to be among the songwriters who were asked to compose a work inspired by Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” for the next Bushwick Book Club show. Accompaniment by various Highland Shatners and members of Spoonville.


Life in a Blender Plays Brooklyn

Live at Barbes Brooklyn Saturday,  Jan 23, 10 pm Life in a Blender – one of the best band to arise in New York City in the 1980s and still performing for a loyal fan base, is playing the intimate back room at Barbes in Park Slope, 9th Street at 6th Avenue. Check out this video I put together for their song “Easy Eggs” and you will start to see what I mean… I won’t be in town for this one either, but if you have never seen them, you owe it to yourself to make the journey. And if you have seen them, it has probably been way too long since you had your fix of that hot pie in the crust that is lead singer Don Rauf.


Music and Dance Inspired by Vonnegut Novel

The Bushwick Book Club at CounterEvolution Thursday, January 21 I am out of town, but that does not mean you can’t find yourself at this fabulous event. CounterEvokution 37 W 17th St (second floor) New York, New York 10011 Phone     (718) 243-2399 Website Email As per the lovely and talented Susan Wang.. Nothing brings in the new year like a new song inspired by a Kurt Vonnegut novel. 2016 is the year of GALAPAGOS. Come here, come hear, come see and come sea new songs and dance inspired by the book. No Cover – BYOB The show is being held in the loving, Vonnegut-appreciating arms of Jim Malone’s exquisite venue, CounterEvolution — the best sounding furniture showroom this side of the Hudson. These fine songwriters and choreographers will be filling the room with book-inspired sound and movement: Mark Lessereaux Susan Hwang Timothy Dark Charlie Nieland Pearl Rhein Don Rauf Sweet Soubrette Henry Tenney Marlon CHerry Sophie Malleret Phoebe Novak Jessie Kilguss Nicola Yvette Andrew Jannetti/ Mara Katz David Lavin Jia Jung And tell ’em Spoon sent ya!