Nick Luca Live - April 11 Grand Annex, San Pedro CA

Don't miss Nick Luca and The Luca Band at the fabulous Grand Annex in San Pedro. Tickets are selling quick, get yours now!

Purchase tickets here

Nick Luca plays an eclectic blend of Americana, Latin soul, funky grooves and rockin' blues all through a Southwestern lens. He has toured the world with Iron & Wine, Calexico, John Doe (X) and his own band, Luca. Nick is joined at the Annex by veteran Los Angeles musicians Joel Patterson (drums), Jimi Hawes (bass), Greg Cortez (guitar/vocals), Joe Westerlund (percussion). Sponsored by Jacaranda Entertainment

Feb 17 - Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Second night of folksy chanteuse Lacey Kay Cowden's residency at The Del Monte Speakeasy. I'll be backing Lacey on the guitar. Matt Ellis and band play the hits from album The Greatest Escape. Griffen Harris plays the drums and sings like a bird. DJ Bright Moments on hand to dance the night away.

Tuesday Feb 17 - The Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice CA - 9 PM
10:00 PM Lacey Kay Cowden
11:00 PM Matt Ellis Band

Luca Song On The Vampire Diaries

The Luca song "Waiting For Lost Time" is the promo song for the TV show The Vampire Diaries, Season 6 ep 2. You can pick up "Waiting For Lost Time" on the album "You Win Again" by Luca at iTunes or on CD from Funzalo Records. Scary! Stop by Facebook and give the artist a like: Luca

iTunes - Luca - You Win Again

Video for full song here:

Lyrics: Waiting For Lost Time

Waiting For Lost Time
 music and lyrics by Nick Luca
© 2005 Funzalo Music, Loquacious Guru, BMI All Rights Reserved

I don't mind it so slow
I don't seem to grow old
Last night, last week, last year
The faces all look the same
Years go by, it feels like a minute
Where did the time go?
Try to live your life, but you lose your mind in it

Time passes much slower here
The seasons don't exist at all
The sun still rises, the sun does set
Summer is the winter and the spring is the fall
Adults, they act like children
And play like children too

I don't mind it so slow 
I don't seem to grow old

Waiting for lost time
Waiting for lost time
Waiting for lost time
Waiting for lost time

I don't mind it so slow 
I don't seem to grow old
I don't mind it so slow 
I don't seem to grow old
Waiting for lost time
Waiting for lost time
Waiting for lost time
Waiting for lost time

Dreaming Sin Fronteras at USC

This week is Dreaming Sin Fronteras at USC in Los Angeles. The multi-media event features the band led by my good friends Shawn King (DeVotchka) and Raul Pacheco (Ozo Matli). I'll be playing keyboards for this amazing event, one of the LA Weekly top picks of the week!

Dreaming Sin Fronteras

Visions and Voices

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) tells the stories of undocumented youth through music, visual art and testimony. The multimedia event features “DREAMers” from across L.A.; musicians Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots); and art by Favianna Rodriguez.

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) will bring to Bovard Auditorium the honest and often heartbreaking stories of undocumented youth through live music, visual art and testimony. Adapted and directed by Antonio Mercado, this unique production will feature student actors from USC and Jose Julian (A Better Life) along with “DREAMers”—undocumented students who would benefit from a federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act—from across Los Angeles. With live music by Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida(Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots) along with visual designs by activist-artistFavianna Rodriguez, this multimedia event will powerfully communicate the narratives of young people whose lives are deeply and devastatingly defined by international borders and immigration laws. Audience members will have the chance to take commemorative photos in front of Rodriguez’s most circulated art piece, Migration Is Beautiful.
Additional links:
Ceci Bastida FacebookTwitter
Favianna Rodriguez FacebookTwitter

Organized by Josh Kun (Communication). Co-sponsored by USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and El Centro Chicano.

Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
University Park Campus
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, September 18, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
USC Alumni: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

Jon Rauhouse Orchestra Live in AZ

I'm excited to be playing piano with pedal steel guru Jon Rauhouse and his orchestra for a pair of swingin' shows in The Copper State.  Classic Tunes, Hawaiian Music, Country Swing, TV Show Themes and original songs to make you smile!

Oct 10 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress - 7PM - Free on the patio
Oct 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Tempe History Museum - 7PM - Free

From the Bloodshot Records website:

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Jon Rauhouse is a pedal steel/ hawaiian guitarist of the highest order. We first came across him playing with the Grievous Angels.

Since then he has released three solo records, which were all originally released on Bloodshot, and appeared on recordings by Neko Case, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jon Langford, John Doe, Jakob Dylan, Old 97s, Visqeen, Calexico, Giant Sand and many more.

He currently resides in Neko Case's band.

The album (Steel Guitar Heart Attack) is pure instrumental magic. Woozy, dreamy songs that’ll set your mind to sailing into the sunset, happy hour, or the arms of your Polynesian princess. Beguiling melodies that take us to “Idaho,” the “Hood Canal,” and the “Girls of Pajama Hill” (who hasn’t wanted to go there?) or provide the perfect wordless soundtrack when you want to wet your line or wet your whistle. Everything from country classics to the theme song from Mannix. That’s called versatility, my friends. There’s even a banjo number that shows Jon can play stuff standing up, too.

The Return Of... Coldfinger!!!

Yes indeed, it's closing in! Grab yer tix right here:

Doors are @7pm Come by and have a bite with us. Food by Kun Garden Chinese and the 3 Sister Snack Bar. See some old faces before the music starts and secure your place on the dance floor. Bring an I phone, shoot some video and join in the reunion project with us by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign! 

30 years ago a group of youngsters from Hollis N.H. met in a cold room above the garage at the flea market with one dream - to rock! 7 years later and dozens of shows that took them throughout New England into New York, Coldfinger had amassed a fiercely loyal following and a vast repertoire of classic rock hits, deep cuts and original jams. The final 6 members still make music to this day living in the various corners of the USA. They reunite for a one-off, one-time weekend of insanity! Remember when you used to say - "Are you going to Coldfingah?? I AMMM!"

Jacaranda Veranda August 23

A big thanks from myself and the band to John and Suzanne and everyone who came out to the Jacaranda Veranda concert on Aug 23. We sure had a great time and sure are happy you enjoyed the music! Click the picture to download your copy of Line Of Sight and name your price. All money paid goes straight to the artist. Hope you enjoy!

Mas Out There - Aug 9

I am thrilled to be joining these visionary artists in bringing you Mas Out There! Live music, video, dance, arts and design all co-mingle in a true collaboration. You can be normal, and you can be out there - but we invite you to be...  Mas Out There!

FREE summer concerts at California Plaza in DTLA

Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli) and Reyes Rodriguez (Tropico de Nopal)

These cultural raconteurs explore the sights, sounds, and cultural fringes of the universe.

Directions + parking:
More info:


Live Performance Culver City Wed June 18 6-9PM

Nick Luca with his new band, featuring Joel Patterson (drums), Greg Cortez (guitar) and Jimi Hawes (bass), performing live! free! all ages!

Culver City, CA - Culver Hotel Outdoor Plaza  - Wed, June 18 - 6 to 9 PM

The band is firing up the ol' engines and gettin' ready to roar out on the streets of sunny Cal-i-for-ni-a. The city known as Culver has been putting on 3rd Wednesdays events each month to delighted crowds. This Wednesday, June 18 has been named a Top Pick of the week by the LA Weekly. They write:

Culver City Neighborhood Happy Hour Just in time for more hot weather, Culver City host its third neighborhood happy hour, featuring spiked lemonade. Check in at Melrose Mac or Lundeen's Gifts and pick up a "passport," with a list of participating restaurants, bars and retail shops. You then get this stamped each time with each sample of hard lemonade (non-alcoholic options available). There's a raffle at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and live music throughout downtown Culver City.
WHAT: Culver City Neighborhood Happy Hour
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 5-9 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Culver City
COST: No entrance fee; discounts available at restaurants, bars and shops

See you there!

New album from Particle Wave - Grand Unifier

I had the pleasure of co-producing So Cal band Particle Wave and their third album, Grand Unifier. Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Greg Maechling came to me with a great batch of tunes and I could immediately hear not only his growth as an artist, but also the direction and sound of the band (Chase Harris – Drums, Bryce Stoddart – Guitar, Brian Arthurs – Bass). We headed off to New Monkey Studio and did the basic tracking, with some overdubs at Kingsize Soundlabs, mixed at New Monkey and mastered by JJ Golden. Now available for your listening pleasure!

Pre-order now at Bandcamp.

So far, the reviews for Grand Unifier have been fantastic!

Particle Wave is a band centered on psychedelic rock. Based in Los Angeles, the sound of the surf echo throughout an ethereal and modernistic mix of exquisitely crafted rhythms and lyrics that are enjoyable and deliver a balance of the easy and the hard elements of rock music. Their third studio album, Grand Unifier, is a euphonious and pliant music collection.

The opener which happens to be the title track is a tuneful journey through an ambient lyrical landscape. Lead vocalist Greg Maechling feels at home within the piece and that is always exceptional to notice as it gives a song more feeling and depth. "I Know" offers a kind of Wilco vibe and brings to mind visions of beach waves, and the sunshine, even though the lyrics appear to be about love and the many emotions that come from being in a relationship.

"Know It's Right" takes it up a notch and blares through the speakers into the ears of the listener. It is pure rock, sounding as a nod to the old and the new in alternative music; while "Welcome You In," is a swaying melody that is just as calming as "I Know," but appears to focus on the instrumentation and production rather than the lyrics. The final track "Wish Them Peace" is quite possibly the favorite of the reviewer as Maechling's vocals once again feel at home, and the song is a mix of the tense and excitement of rock music coupled with unhurried and undemanding side of the genre.

Particle Wave found a way to merge a myriad of rhythms, pushing the envelope of conventional alternative. The result is an album that sounds more refined and fearless, presenting a lavish and extensively elaborate picture of what music can be.

Final Grade: A

For more on the sonic sounds of Particle Wave, visit these pages:
Grand Unifier is a wave of enlightening psych-garage-surf-gaze-rock that pays homage to the band’s classic rock roots while delivering a unique blend of noises, grooves, and melodies to create a modern garage rock soundscape.
These 11 songs make me think of Pink Floyd jamming with the Beach Boys and Wilco in the SoCal surf while trying to decide if bringing in Nick Cave from the Bad Seeds would be a good idea.
This album is relaxing, bittersweet, complex yet simple, but somehow remains well balanced. It is quite the experience.

Grand Unifier is a wave of enlightening psych-garage-surf-gaze-rock that pays homage to the band’s classic rock roots while delivering a unique blend of noises, grooves, and melodies to create a modern garage rock soundscape.
These 11 songs make me think of Pink Floyd jamming with the Beach Boys and Wilco in the SoCal surf while trying to decide if bringing in Nick Cave from the Bad Seeds would be a good idea.
This album is relaxing, bittersweet, complex yet simple, but somehow remains well balanced. It is quite the experience.


California Shows With Calexico

I'm looking forward to joining up with Calexico on a set of California shows in October. It's been a while since I performed with the band and it's always a thrill to play some incredible music and hang out with good friends. Two big festivals, one in San Francisco and one in Santa Monica and two club dates including The Belly Up in Solana Beach. Get tickets here - Hope to see you there!

Oct 4 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - San Francisco, CA

Oct 4 - Slims -  San Francisco, CA

Oct 5 - Way Over Yonder Festival  - Santa Monica Pier, CA

Oct 6 - The Belly Up Solana - Beach, CA

Live Shows With Sky Parade

LA based band, Sky Parade, has released a new album, "Broken Hearts Will Kill Us All". It's a cool, but upbeat, collection of psychedelic rock with a bit of shoegaze thrown in. The music is fun and surprisingly catchy. The album was selected as a featured release on iTunes and has been gathering critical acclaim. Lead singer/songwriter Tommy Dietrick has put together a band to play some live shows and I've joined as guitarist. We'll be hitting the West Coast for a few shows playing with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame. 

Sept 7, 2013 - Desert Stars Festival at Pappy and Harriett's in Pioneertown, CA - Free!!

Sept 12, 2013 - Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco -

Sept 13, 2013 - Blank Club in San Jose -

New Records Coming Out This Season


It's been a crazy couple of years in the studio, but all the hard work is about to pay off. September sees the release of several albums that I had the pleasure to work on in one capacity or another. Here's a quick list of what's to come, more details as the records are released. Enjoy!

Califone - Stitches

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Andrew Collberg - Mind Hits

D on Darox and The Melody Joy Bakers - Tango

Pot Luck Audio Conference 2013

Heading back to Tucson, AZ this weekend, Aug 1-4, to attend The Pot Luck Audio Conference 2013. It's a gathering of the greatest minds in pro audio, well some great minds at any rate - even if they are being destroyed by beer. Peers, legends, up and coming and well established - they will all be there. I will be playing some guitar for the main event with dear friends, Devotchka drummer, Shawn King and Calexico's Sergio Mendoza. Plus I'll be sitting in at the Royer/Mojave microphone casita with vocalist Susan Marshall.  Looking forward to seeing all the other engineers, producers, studio owners, audio equipment manufacturers and general audio geeks once again!

SXSW: KaiL Baxley, Andrew Collberg & Tucson Music

I'll be heading to SXSW this year, looking forward to the usual good times and great music in Austin - lots of both! I'll be playing guitar with up and coming singer/songwriter KaiL Baxley, whose deep southern soul is working it's way across the airwaves. Check out the video above. His new double EP comes out March 19, pre order it here: Heatstroke / The Wind and the War.

I'm also looking forward to seeing Andrew Collberg, who has a new record coming out that yours truly co-produced. Andrew will be playing with a host of Tucson bands including long time friends Giant Sand at a special Tucson Night show! Austin here we come!

Engineering at Skylab Studio

I am excited to be joining the engineering staff at Skylab Studio! Skylab is a professional project recording studio in Los Angeles. Started  in 2001 by Tommy Dietrick (Sky Parade, The Brian Jonestown Massacre), Skylab has become the go to studio for discerning LA bands, musicians and recording artists who appreciate quality sound and dedicated engineers. Skylab is currently expanding to include a brand new control room, a welcome addition to the already impressive space and gear. I've been busy learning the system and have already enjoyed making some great music with some awesome bands. For more information and booking check out Skylab Studio.

Tommy Dietricks's credits include:
Sky Parade
Robby Krieger (The Doors)
Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols)
KRS One (Hip Hop Legend)
Courtney Taylor and Zia McCabe (The Dandy Warhols)
Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/Tin Machine)
Clem Burke (Blondie)
Dizzy Reed (Guns and Roses)
Mark Gardener (Ride)
Derek Forbes (Simple Minds)
James Greer (Guided By Voices)
John “Twink” Alder (The Pretty Things)
Pete Kember (Spacemen 3)
Nick Jago (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
Ziggy Sigmund (Econoline Crush)
Jay Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel)
James Stevenson (Gene Loves Jezebel, Sisters Of Mercy)
Nate Ryan (The Black Angels)
Bob Schutz (Brazillian Jazz)
Nick Schutz (Masanga)
Robert Kyle (renown saxophone artist)
Scott Martin (Tito Puente)

Keyboards on Iron and Wine Vinyl

I played keyboards on this Iron and Wine session back in 2011 for the Morning Becomes Eclectic Radio Show on KCRW in LA. The session was taped at The Village Recording Studio and they decided to make a vinyl only album for record store day. Good stuff!

New Monkey Studio on The Voice

NBC's The Voice stopped by New Monkey Studio recently and filmed a segment featuring singer Dia Frampton, I was tapped to engineer for the song portion. Our usually quiet back alley and parking lot was transformed into a movie set as the trucks rolled in and the crew went busily to work. They decided to light the studio and used a giant mirror in the back alley to reflect the sun right into the studio back door, down the hallway and into the control room. It lit up the rooms bright as day! Probably a common filming trick, but pretty cool for us musicians. As you can see the footage came out great, especially the wall of amps, the Neumann U48 and the Trident A-Range mixing board. Thanks to The Voice and Dia for stopping by! is cool! is an awesome new radio-style website that I have been really enjoying lately. Creator Jeff Yesuda wanted to make a music recommendation site, but instead of recommendations coming from algorithms (like Pandora), he felt humans could do a better job and so created Their tagline is "People Powered Radio". It's really simple, you can click on various stations to listen and you can even make your own station(s) by uploading songs form your library. The rights have been cleared and this is totally legit, check out their FAQ. Nice thing is you can discover new music by streaming personalized playlists and if you like the DJ you can follow them or give them "props" (similar to Facebook "likes"). The stations also allow DJs and listeners to comment on songs. Great way to discover new music!

One of my stations, Lightronica World, is featured this week - thanks!

D. on Darox and The Melody Joy Bakers

This week at New Monkey Studio I had the pleasure of recording D. on Darox and The Melody Joy Bakers. This rag tag ensemble plays a cornucopia of old-timey sounding musics: jazz, blues, latin, Americana and various popular song forms. Leader D.on has a strong gravelly voice that can whoop into a holler or come down low and slow. The Melody Joy Bakers play various instruments including accordion, guitars, drums, upright bass, piano, banjo, trumpet, theremin, washboard, and xylophone.

It's nice to record a band that has lots of material that they have been performing live for years, but make no mistake the sound is loose and all about the feeling. They came into the studio, set up all together in the room and we cut every song live, then spent the next day picking the best tunes and mixing. Two days for a whole record, folks - that's the way it's done! In the meantime they'll be gigging around, trying to raise more money to master the album and make CDs and/or records to sell to their loyal fans. Probably have it released in the next few months, so keep an eye out for this one!

John Doe Show Aug 11

I'll be playing keyboards and guitar with John Doe (of X) and his fabulous band this Saturday. It's been a while since I rocked with John and I'm really looking forward to playing some great music. This free show is at Pershing Square in Downtown LA - always a fun event and a great place to enjoy some Rock and Roll under the glow of the city lights.

John Doe
Saturday August 11
8PM - 11PM
Pershing Square, Downtown LA
w/ Gram Rabbit

J Street Documentary Soundtrack

"J Street" follows an upstart, progressive American-Jewish lobby group as they take on the  entrenched pro-Israel establishment and advocate for the Obama Administration to take a more active role in the peace process.

I've already started composing the soundtrack to this fascinating new documentary from film makers Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai. Visit the website and learn more about the film:

Andrew Collberg Album Kickstarter

You can help super talented Andrew Collberg and I make a new record!

Daytrotter at New Monkey Studio

Every now and again Sean Moeller stops in to New Monkey Studio (Van Nuys, CA) to track a few bands for his website Daytrotter. Since we last saw him in 2009, his site has grown into a compendium of up and coming bands and timeless classic artists playing live in the studio with no overdubs. He then writes his own unique impressions of each band and has a drawing made, all posted on the website. Many people are saying that Daytrotter is their source for new music and with Sean's dedication he really is on track to have an incredible archive of an amazing period of music, right now. Some highlights this week include Nerf Herder, Everest, The Neighbourhood, Jjamz, Julia Holter, Everest and John C. Reilly.

Iron and Wine / Artist's Den on Hulu

If you missed the TV broadcast you can still check out Iron and Wine online. Yep, that's me on the keyboards, hope you enjoy!