Archive for January, 2010

Community college management classes apparently open enrollment to aquatic-Americans

Thursday, January 28th, 2010



I see that they’re putting sharks in management roles at the Parks & Rec office nowadays.

Come to my House Concert: Downpilot’s Paul Hiraga

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

I’m very excited to announce my second house concert, a follow-up to last year’s show with Kristin Hersh.

Downpilot’s Paul Hiraga will be performing at my home on Friday, February 5. Downpilot is one of Seattle’s true musical gems, and is my reward for having moved to the Seattle area (I discovered Downpilot by accident at The Tractor a few weeks after I arrived in town several years ago). I think this show will be a rare and special event – I highly encourage you to check it out.

If you don’t know Downpilot, you probably should. Paul’s music is difficult to categorize; frequently soulful, subtle and quiet, ethereal, with hints of the psychedelic. It’s a bit reminiscent, I suppose, of early R.E.M, Brendan Perry, Wilco, and a teeny bit of Velvet Underground. You can hear some Downpilot tracks:


My Sunshine [My band has been covering this song for years now!]


You can also check out the Downpilot Web site.

This is a small house concert, intimately set before our living room fireplace, and I will be limiting attendance to 30 people. As you might expect, 100 percent of the ticket sales go to Paul. Here are the details:


Paul Hiraga at Cheddarwood

When :

Friday, February 5, 2010
Performance 8:00 pm (doors 7:30)
Cost: $25


The Johnson home (aka Cheddarwood)

Purchasing tickets:

Send me an e-mail and let me know the number of tickets you’d like to purchase. PayPal is the preferred method of payment, but I’ll also take check and cash. No credit cards – I’m not Ticketmaster, folks.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

I look forward to seeing you on February 5!

I’ve Got a Tree

Friday, January 1st, 2010

A few weeks ago, I said, “Hey Marin, you know what would be funny? A version of Lonely Island’s I’m on a Boat, only ours would be about a Christmas tree. We could call it, “I’ve Got a Tree.”

As usual, I considered my contribution to the project complete; I had the brilliant, million-dollar idea, and now it was up to Marin to write and sing the song. Well, that’s exactly what she did – she gave me a piece of paper for Christmas with the lyrics to I’ve Got a Tree on it – and she sang it for me on Christmas morning. Isn’t she awesome?

So this week, we created the video for I’ve Got a Tree, which you can see here. Now that it’s on YouTube, I suppose there’s nothing left to do but wait for the money to roll in. Andy Samberg: Call me.