The third and final installment in the tour drives series features sunset shots compiled from tour footage. Set to “The Light Will Go Out” from “The J. Lopez Collective.” If you’re a fan of beautiful sunsets, you will dig this.
December 1st, 2013 · Uncategorized
September 22nd, 2013 · Uncategorized
Here’s the second Tour Drives video. Enter the storm! (Seriously, check out that lightning.)
September 22nd, 2013 · Uncategorized
So here’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. One of my favorite parts about going on tour is getting to see all of the wonderful parts of this great big country of mine. It’s really diverse, and it’s great to be able to see so much of it in such a short amount of time. It’s a beautiful country.
So, I shot a bunch of footage while driving across it. There are lots of different shots, so I’m presenting these in a 3-part series of short videos I’m calling “Tour Drives,” with each one being set to a different song from The J. Lopez Collective. Here is part one, which features footage taken during sunny days. Enjoy!
May 25th, 2013 · Uncategorized
Here’s a little something I whipped up just in time for the new season of Arrested Development.
I hope it makes your banana stand!
Extra special treat for those that stay ’til the end!
March 29th, 2013 · Uncategorized
So one thing that’s really frustrating about being your own one-man band, engineer, producer, and record label, is that things tend to take EXPONENTIALLY slower when attempting to release new music. I’ve literally written hundreds of songs over the years, but you wouldn’t know it since I tend to hoard them away and save only what I think is the absolute best to show the world. It doesn’t help that I’m also shy about this stuff, and simultaneously a perfectionist when it comes to what I love the most.
Out of all the things that I do with music, I don’t think anything is quite as satisfying as writing a new song. It’s so exciting and feels so great to create something that wasn’t there before, and put something new into the world (I’ve always said it’s the closest thing I’ll ever get to giving birth.) When I first write a new song, I usually get really excited and record a small demo of it in its earliest form. Usually the lyrics aren’t done, and the melody might even change later, but I like getting things down in that early stage when I’m most inspired (it also helps so I don’t forget it either, wouldn’t that be a shame!)
I’ve collected a lot of these types of demos over the years. Some songs get finished and appear on SCS releases, some get shelved and never see the light of day, and many of them are meant to appear on later releases. Either way, I have a bunch of these things, and I want to start sharing some. So I’m presenting a collection of 20 never before heard demos for your enjoyment from the years 2006-2010 (in chronological order.)
Some of these songs are good, some aren’t done, some have mistakes, some might not even sound like my style, but they exist and I think there might be some people out there that want to hear them. If people like them, I’ll share more. If not, I’ll just keep on stockpiling away.
February 27th, 2013 · Uncategorized
I found this while going through some old files and realized I never posted it. Please enjoy a live cover of me playing “Afternoon Tea” by The Kinks!
December 9th, 2012 · Uncategorized
I’ll be playing a set of BEACH BOYS covers in Long Beach on Friday! PLUS I’ll be playing another set of originals and holiday songs, you really ought to be there!
BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE NIGHT!
Friday, December 14th, 2012: 4th St. Vine
2142 E. 4th St, Long Beach, CA
9pm, 21+, FREE!
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September 18th, 2012 · Uncategorized
So the day is finally here and my new digital single is out now! It’s called THE THINGS SHE DO and is available now on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, and… pretty much anywhere you could possibly buy music downloads. But, you can still get it for FREE by downloading it on Bandcamp! What are you waiting for? Go get it! Tell your friends! Show your mom! Shout it from the rooftops!
This song was originally recorded by me here at Casa de Lopez, but for the first time ever… I let someone else mix one of my songs. Gasp! I got the chance to work with Dave Trumfio earlier this year, and since he has some pretty “okay” credits (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, OK Go, Built to Spill, Grandaddy, etc…) I of course jumped at the chance to work with him. He did a great job and I hope this leads to a long working relationship between Dave and I.
Some of you longtime citizens of sofa city might have heard this song before, and while yes, I DID upload this song to MySpace years ago, I was never planning on releasing it.
Let me tell you all a story…
July 9th, 2012 · Uncategorized
Sorry I haven’t updated in a while. I just came back from a two-week vacation in Europe, and then I went straight to Toronto for my showcase at NXNE. I went to something like nine different countries in the span of just a few days, and while it was really exhausting, I really did have the time of my life. I even got to spend my birthday in Paris! Not a bad way to get older, y’know? Then after all that, I got to spend a week in Toronto (one of the coolest music towns I’ve ever been to) and enjoy the city, festival, and play my music in a country I’ve never been to before, on my first international gig. Pretty amazing, though I’m mainly just glad I survived it all and I made it home alive.
I just wanted to post a quick update and let you know I’m finally back home and back to work. The picture above is from Dave Trumfio’s home studio. I spent a few hours with him the other day putting on the finishing touches on a single I’m releasing while I finish up the new record. It really does sound pretty great, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
Actually, make sure you hear it first by joining the email list! I just redesigned the join page, and my email list service has also just made this process extremely easy. All you have to do is click here and then click “Connect with Facebook,” confirm, and that’s it! I’m letting everyone on my email list download the new song for free, before it’s released, so make sure your name is on that list! You’d be a fool not to!
Anyway, more soon, it’s good to be home.
April 13th, 2012 · Uncategorized
For those of you that missed my interview the other day, never fear! It has been archived here for your listening pleasure. Listen as we discuss the new record, how I got into music, and how I’m not as sexy as Prince. Also includes me playing a few live songs, and you can even hear a preview of a new single too, amazing!
You can go directly to the mp3 by clicking here: Sofa City Sweetheart on SWLN