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10-Sep-2014

Last year for Christmas, my wife gave me a rubber unicorn mask as one of my gifts. Well, if finally made it into a PACKRAT COMIC.

13-Aug-2014

It's "Back To School" time for an academically confused PACKRAT!

10-Jul-2014

My band THE ROYAL DIN just released a new 5-song EP today! Check out the band website and order up a copy for only $5!

9-Jul-2014

As this month's PACKRAT COMIC helps illustrate, absolute keyboarding corrupts absolutely.

15-Jun-2014

If you see similar shapes when playing chords on a piano or keyboard, as seen in this month's PACKRAT COMIC, shoot me a messages over the the Facebook Packrat page; I'd love to find out I'm not the only one! :-|

15-May-2014

People who can afford synthesizers probably don't have the blues, as this month's PACKRAT COMIC illustrates.

21-Apr-2014

I know the economy is bad, but expecting bands or any other form of (presumed professional) entertainment to provide a free service is a pretty awful trend, and I address it in this month's PACKRAT COMIC. I have always hated the concept of "providing exposure to a band" as an ample enough reason to "let" them play on your stage. Everybody needs everybody equally; it's not much of a stage without somebody performing on it, after all. Granted, lesser-experienced bands might jump at the chance to get some exposure, work for tips, etc., but this is really just busking. And the fastest way to kill a music scene is to strangle its market. If you've only got lesser-quality, unpaid people purveying their art in a given area, it ain't much of a scene. Rant over! :-)

27-Mar-2014

I know a lot of musicians, and every one of them is "working on a new project," or "thinking about getting something going," etc. Even musicians already enjoying bread-and-butter projects are like this. There's just this nagging need to keep coming up with new ideas and new concepts, and this month's PACKRAT COMIC touches on that.

13-Feb-2014

At what point will synthesizers become infinitely expensive? This is the kind of thing that troubles THE PACKRAT!

6-Feb-2014

Hey, here's a BLOG POST I wrote for Keyboard Magazine about my recent experience at the NAMM SHOW in Anaheim, CA. It's the biggest expo in the world for musical instrument manufacturers, buyers, distributors, and (of course), the artists who use them. I met a lot of cool, famous people and felt generally swanky the whole last weekend of January. Check the article out if you have a few minutes to vicariously visit the show through my virgin eyes.

12-Jan-2014

This month's PACKRAT COMIC explores why online purchases might not necessarily be a sure thing just because the seller arranges a local pickup.

15-Dec-2013

Check out this month's eye-popping PACKRAT COMIC!

5-Dec-2013

Here's an extra PACKRAT COMIC done for Kiwitechnics, which just released a super-ballistic upgrade for the Juno-106, called Kiwi-106. It transmogrifies your humble old Juno into an utter MONSTERSYNTH. The Juno-106 was my very first keyboard, bought new in 1984, and since March of this year it has been getting completely refurbished (down to the very last solder contact!). When it gets back to me in the next few weeks or so, it's going to truly be the best in its class! I can't wait to share some video demos of it!

14-Nov-2013

I still spend a lot of time lurking blogs like Matrixsynth and it's startling how much more often pictures of synths get love than audio embeds actually USING synths. Why exactly do us geeks love these things so much, but couldn't possibly seem to care less what our fellow geeks are doing with them? There's a lot of crap out there for sure... maybe it's just too much of a time gamble to wade through the noise in search of the occasional too-rare gem! Anyway, for the December PACKRAT COMIC I explored this issue a little bit... drawing to a close another fun year of Packrat comics for Keyboard Magazine!

10-Oct-2013

With so many Italian fans of not only THE PACKRAT but synths in general, I had to give them a bit of a hat tip this month. I just wish a had a bit more room in this strip so I could have actually drawn what Packs is "picturing" in the last panel! :-)

12-Sep-2013

The true psychology of THE PACKRAT might be a bit on the disturbing side.

14-Aug-2013

The latest PACKRAT COMIC is, well... extremely colorful.

14-Jul-2013

My band The Royal Din is featured in this month's PACKRAT COMIC!

10-Jun-2013

This month THE PACKRAT gets a real boost to his musical career!




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