Posts Tagged ‘Calvin Pia’

Crash Worship

September 24, 2011

Live in New Orleans, 1993


Libba and her Cotten Picking.

July 21, 2011

I’m not playing the race card… that’s actually the name of her picking style.

Oh Lord, this is good!

That’s Watts Up

July 7, 2011

Beeeg Pun… This guy Reggie Watts is fantastic.

Oasis Inspired Imagery

June 8, 2011

Driving in our van to Boston under the summer sun, Blake puts on a mix through the worst sound system known to man thanks to some Guido auto-dude in Bushwick.

Anyhow, Blake chooses to play “Columbia” by Oasis, naming it as one of his top twenty favorite tracks of all time… He also goes on to explain that it’s an especially memorable track because the imagery it conjures up is that of George Michael slowly lathering his body with sun tan lotion on a sun-bleached beach. For one reason or another, this made complete sense to me, although other imagery began to appear in my mind as well.

Instead, I envisioned Eddie Murphy Arguing in the action figure department of FAO Shwarz, toy in hand, spliced with circling aerial shots of that enormous teddy bear in the big room, circa 94’.

So, I invite you to listen to “Columbia” and insert yr own creative and genuine idea for what would be a “fitting” video. Submit yr idea in response to this post by June 14th and first place winner gets lathered with STL by Mr. B himself, along with a homemade bar of raw organic chocolate (made by drummer.)

The Suburbs

November 22, 2010

Back when I had invisalign, and Blake was actually able to drive a car, we had dinner and played a show with these dudes at Tufts U. They even played “Headlights Look Like Diamonds” based on my request. After not having grown with them since “funeral”, I checked out the new burbs vid, and, yawto too!

Note: The video was actually directed by Spikes Brother, Mike Jones

Deerhunter’s “Agoraphobia”

October 6, 2010

These guys have been catching my attention a lot lately. Both Calvin and Blake were impressed enough to recommend a listen, and specifically to watch this video.

I haven’t been mesmerized by a music video in some time now, but this one really did me in. The glitchy filters, the simple, drawn out concept. I find it suspenseful and eerie, like a David Lynch film.

I also appreciate how someone conjured up imagery to a song that, at first listen, seems entirely unrelated, and yet by the end, makes almost perfect sense.

Deerhunter is touring, just so you now.

Foes with Toes

July 22, 2010

“A picture’s worth a thousand words” says the Keebler elf, Corey Taylor etc. So what did we decide to do? Shoot a documentary of a thousand words or so, solely about our photo shoot because, well, we’re BEEEG and muy importante (I think this saying is Russian, and unfortunately, the exact translation is unknown… it means something along the lines of, “there are pygmy hippos in the water of the moon”.)

Jesse Dittmar, childhood friend, chill dude, insanely good photographer, spent a sweltering afternoon with us in our backyard in Bushwick (come visit! It sucks!), taking a couple different stylized shots we had in mind. One, a knock off an awkward family photo we pulled off the inappropriately named site, . The other, a pretty loose concept of a living room vibe in the outdoors that sort of came together as the night went on.  By the end of the shoot, the picture included a goblet, harmonium, whale cane and whale guitar, Carl Jung’s “Red Book”, a fire pit, sweet attire, and marshmallows on skewers, and the dreamy members of Akudama them(our)shelves.

So scan through. Pics and vids below. Enjoy!

Peep Jesse’s Site

Masonic Akustics

March 2, 2010

In the latter part of this past month, we were afforded the opportunity to record at 1867  studios, an incredible recording space located in Chelsea, one of the more depressed neighborhoods I’ve seen around Boston (think Bushwick, Brooklyn). I don’t mean this in a bad way; just think mucho wrinkly folk with kind smiles, awkward hobbles, free time and push carts.

Over the past three years, Chris McLaughlin, engineer and owner, has converted the nineteenth century masonic temple into a state of the art recording studio. The space itself is… well… spacious, ideal for tastefully reverb-drenched takes (think BEEEEG!)

Point in short, we’ll have an E.P. of new material to be  hittin’ the drums of yr ears sometime soon, AND, if you’ve got licks of yr own, yawta lay em down at 1867. Peep the link

Johnny Appleseed E.P. {March 2010}

March 1, 2010

Artwork by David Buivid

Johnny Appleseed E.P.

CD Purchase at Endless Recordings

The “Johnny Appleseed” E.P. was our first free E.P. of the month. Now we need a short breather, so here you have it again! We recorded it in a barn located in an isolated area of New England which featured on the cover art.


1. Dishes
2. Night Club
3. I Will Be Glad
4. Love
5. Out Again
6. Seabreeze Social

Time E.P. {February 2010}

January 31, 2010

Art by: Aaron Wemer


1) Emit
2) Wish I Never

* “Emit” music by Akudama. Lyrics by Blake Charleton. Recorded, and mixed by Calvin Pia. Mastered by Brian Quill ( Bass played by Jay Goodman.
** “Wish I Never” music by Akudama. Lyrics by Blake Charleton. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Calvin Pia. Bass played by Matthew Weber.