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OZone Sessions

Here’s a little something from Collin W Kinder’s OZone sessions recorded earlier this year @ Vern’s place

 

 

MonkeyBat dissolved 1.0

Here’s the last recorded MonkeyBat song.

Written by the now dissolved MonkeyBat somewhere mid 2015.

MonkeyBat consisted of:

Guitar – Scott Lewis,

Bass – Brian Todd,

Drums – Vern Lawton,

Engineered, recorded and mixed @ The Vern studios in West Seattle by me (Vern)

There are several other tunes that may be suitable for mix down depending. Its a work in progress and a labor of love not to be rushed.

Possible songs to be Mixed:

SAJ (Sweet Ass Jesus)

Phantom Limb

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Hash Table

Air play

KPTZ will be playing a yet to be released MonkeyBat song “Pockets” on The Progressive Tracks Show this week, starting tonight night (6/22/17) at 8:00 PM on Progzilla.com   After that, it’ll be played Sunday early morning (5:00 AM) on KPTZ, then Monday afternoon at 2:30 on Progzilla, and finally Monday night at 9:00 PM on KPTZ.   And, of course, the podcast will be available on next Tuesday.  All the details and links for tuning in are here if you want to share with anyone:

Mike from KPTZ was nice enough to approach me at Seaprog 2017 and had been trying to contact us since we kicked off the vary 1st Seaprog. He energized my enthusiasm enough to finish mixing Pockets and the rest of the songs for that matter. In return I slipped him the 1st unreleased copy of the mix. There are about 6 more songs to mix and a LOT of things to figure out how to fix so it will be a while till its done, but anything good takes time right?

Album #2

MonkeyBat is now officially on hiatus at least for the foreseeable future.  Since then I have begun going through the archives and am currently mixing album #2, cause well, “there’s nothing like a good #2″ :0) Rather than pay out all that angry cheese (mad cheddar) to have someone else who doesn’t know the tunes as well as I do, do it, I decided to invest in a 32 channel digital mixing system and mix it in house. I have completed mixing the 1st song “Pockets” and will continue mixing, fixing and overdubbing the rest of the songs. Its a labor of love and a tedious process so its gonna take some time and I’m in no rush.

Live@VernsPlace

Hey so somehow I launched the “Live@VernsPlace” (formerly Jazz Improv Sundays) series without even thinking about it. Just so ya know, the premise is to have local musicians come together and have a musical conversation. Then to record (both audio and video) in the best quality I can with what I have at the time, and finally to share that with anyone who is curious or interested. It is in that spirit that I offer you this.
This particular video was taken from a session at Vern’s place on Jan 27th 2017.
Featuring:
Sean Fisher – Guitar
Mark – Aaron – Bass
Vern Lawton – Drums (host)

Sunday Jazz Improv

Since I havnt been playing publicly lately, I have restarted the Sunday Jazz Improv Sessions. Here’s a Variation on a theme from Heitor Villa-Lobos who was a Brazilian composer, described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music”.

This was taken from A Sunday Jazz Improv Session on 5/8/16 at the Vern Studios featuring:
Sean Fisher: Guitar
Peter Tutak: Bass
Vernon Lawton: Drums (Host)

TFX 2016

On stage at TonyFest10

On stage at TonyFest10

The great break of 2016

After about 5 years, MonkeyBat wound down earlier this year. It was a good run and we got a decent album out of it. There is still another 3/4 of another album that may or may not be released at some point. In the mean time I decided to take some time time off to regroup.
I am still writing music etc, but sometimes its nice to take a long vacation right?

Occasional Vern Stream

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