Thursday, August 16, 2018

Z @ Soundcloud


https://soundcloud.com/user-670928343

Is my new soundcloud page: "Z".....I'm producing, writing and recording everything on my own....I don't have time to get together with dudes every night looking for inspiration...I have inspiration....And this is my outlet...Unedited....I am the producer....I am the label...I am everything...And I'm not sure anyone is listening...But it doesn't matter....Music is therapy...Music is my outlet...It always has been....But when you put a pricetag on it....When it becomes your career....It often changes your relationship with music....I know all about that...But I'm at a different place in my life right now...A place, where my daughter needs my help with something to clean up so I have to wrap up this here blog post...But check out the new tunes....Even if they suck...I'm still doing it...It's about the journey, not the destination...Especially for most musicians, artists, songwriters in today's world...There is no destination....But whatever...We still have today....

("Artwork" for Z @ Soundcloud)





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

chicago & tinley park & the grateful dead: 1990

jerry garcia to a 16 year old in the midwest who was looking for an escape represented everything: adventure...great songs....a community of like minded urban modern hippies....and the dead were different than kids...this isn't your 2018 dead...this is jerry....I always gravitated to jerry more...I guess you start to like bobby more as time goes on...but I always was a jerry guy....so me and my 2 best buds who also were looking for adventure from our drab suburban milwaukee existence.....got tickets to see the dead in chicago...and we went camping...which we told our parents we were doing and the first night we camped....dude....what 16 year old kids today are going camping in the woods.??? we were living testament to jerry's dream....it makes me want to cry....so the second night we packed our things and drove to chicago...and as we entered tinley park the band played china cat into rider into fade away...the acid kicked in & the world opened up....& to see jerry right there...this was our temple...this was our religion...this was what life could be....it's hard to explain that people today...it wasn't about snapchating anything or facebook or instagram...it was about living in the moment within a community where you felt like you were understood...by people who were open to the possibilities and weren't afraid to go there...it was a different time...and that night....the rain came down but it was like it was meant to be...and we had nowhere to stay....and we drove all night through the storm back to milwaukee....back to my basement....we told my folks we got rained out camping and decided to come back early.....we were still tripping....not sure how we got home....a few months ago....I went to a q & a with the director of the documentary "long strange trip"....and I got a chance to meet amir and talk to him about the impact jerry and the dead had on me...and he understood....of course he did....he spent years trying to get permission from the band to make the film....so tell alexa to create a grateful dead station on spotify and pour yourself a glass of wine & pretend your in chicago in 1990 with me, mike & dave.....

happy tuesday,


Friday, July 20, 2018

cause for hope

a bartender at a bar I frequent because my HS buddy bartends there said this tonight ..She said this tonight about the weather..yes, the weather...when the weather was this good...she said it made her feel happy to be alive.....that’s cause for hope right there....I’m trying to spend more time and get closer to nature...my daughter didn’t want me to go out tonight...so I stayed with her until she fell asleep...and then I walked through Gowanus to get to the bar....it was a perfect night...to be close to nature,cause for hope..a run early in the morning when it’s just me and the birds down by the water and the city has yet to caffeinate....cause for concern? cause for hope....the more we focus on the good in people...the more we compliment...the more we give...the more we get...

Friday, June 01, 2018

I Was There......

I was there
when Luna made "Pup Tent" at RPM Studios
I was the "receptionist"
Bob would go to Hawaii for 6 months out of the year
I was there
I was there when http://www.sleater-kinney.com opened for Luscious Jackson at Coney Island High
On Saint Marks
I was there when MCA was skateboarding on my block on 3rd next to the home of the Hell's Angels...
I was there....
I was there when Elliott Smith performed at the Silverlake Junction in Silverlake.....and he could barely remember the words.....
R.I.P. Elliott
I was there.....
I was there when Dylan was born....
I was there when Harper was born....
I was there.....
I was there when The Pope made his first visit to Toronto....
I was riding bikes with my friend Benji Hayward....
I was there.....
I was there in 1990 at Tinley Park when Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead opened my mind up to the possibilities of the world and what music could be a provide a community....an escape from what Jerry called "Lame America".....I was there......


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

the breeders at terminal 5


the breeders just came to NYC this week....they had business to take care of.....bring back the rock....and kim has a voice like an angel....it's no wonder steve albini is obsessed with that voice..and her...on a recent marc maron podcast she was fascinating...mesmerizing...and they played new stuff...and it was great....and the kids were dancing.....and they played gigantic and I thought about frank black and what he would have thought but I got back in the moment and danced and sang along...and they played stuff off pod and last splash and it was blast and I'm listening to the new record as I write this and it's a proper follow up to pod and last splash and I'm thinking about kim....


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"Die For" Live from the Jalopy Theatre!

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/danzweben3

Every year the "art" parents get together at my kids school and put on a performance, a benefit for the school and a chance for us to connect and socialize and let loose.....It's a great night....This year I was fortunate to be accompanied by Josh Fagin and Darren Gordon which was awesome.  It's good to get back out in front of an audience and play these songs that are apart of my life and share them with new friends and old ones as well.  Next year, it looks like I'll be co-chairing the event :)



PS. Minnie Driver commented on my Instagram page :)

#itwasagoodweek #thelittlethings #goodwillhunting


Monday, March 19, 2018

7 Reasons Why I'm Grateful

1. My family.  My daughters.  My wife.
2. A hot shower listening to The Stone Roses at 7 on Alexa.
2. New friends.  Through my daughter I've become friends with a former rock star turned rock journalist.  Yesterday, we took our daughters ice skating in Prospect Park but first took the long journey/walk through the park by the river.....Sometimes....Well...All the time....It's all about the journey.  And we made it to the ice skating rink.  And the DJ played 5 classics in a row.  And my friend was happy.  Which made me happy.  Because, sometimes...a sunny day with new friends is all you need...And you need to find people to identify with in this life....You need to find people with common interest....Because you can't deny the things you find interesting....You can't pretend to be something you're not...And the sun was out. And it was amazing to spend one on one time with my daughter......What a good call my friend made....It really brightened up our day....
3.  Spring
4. Brooklyn
5. Mexico (One day we'll get back to Akumal.  Shout out to Fabian. )
6. The Stooges/Iggy Pop
7.  Mondays



  

Monday, March 12, 2018

The List (Pilot)

https://vimeo.com/255480918/efdd70dfb6

In 2018 I started the Brooklyn based production company The Gowanus Brothers with my friend director Nectarios Leonidas. The first pilot we created is called 'The List" with Nick Palance.  I met Nick at a party in the East Village through musician friends and from the moment we met, we clicked.  We started developing this show idea a few months back and we shot it on my new iPhone 10.  And if there's anything I learned from reading Mark Manson's new book, it's that I learned at least one thing.  We all have nothing to lose so you might as well just go for broke.  I'm not afraid of rejection.   Accepting rejection is hard.  But it is the only way you are going to get anywhere in life.  Our time here is not infinite.  What we make matter in our life consumes us and we tend to worry about things that don't really matter.  Like financial gain.  And cars.  And material things.  And a superficial lifestyle.  This show will get into that.  The List is a way for one to hold themselves accountable.  In doing this show we hope to put some positive influence into the world.  A way for us to connect on things that matter.  And "The List" will not lie to you.  It will be true because it will force you to decide what matters.  I'm in the process now of pitching the show to TV and brands that are searching for positive/transformative/entertaining content.  But in order to do that.  In this day and age.  I'm putting it out there.  In the universe.  For the world to digest.  Because it's something I'm proud of.  And Nick is a guy I think you should all know.  One day hopefully.  Have a great Monday.

Dan

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Silent Shuffle's "Happens" Demo at Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/silent-shuffle/happens-demo


(Cover art by Dylan Zweben)


it's a demo....that's what we used to make to try to get record deals with record labels like Atlantic and big names....names that were bigger than the bands......and like Zappa said....As soon as "The Man" took over the music business....As soon as "The Man" decided he knew what people wanted and his taste was more important to marinate than realizing that hin another time...in another town...in this town but another time....missing you around....all that we can do....is keep on pushing through....everything happens for a reason......it's true.......I'm listening to the song while I write this blog watching the news thinking about how to not care about the little things at least that's what this self help book is telling me....and to not give a care about the little things and to focus on the important things in life and not pretend that everything is good and everything is perfect because it is not and to wear my flaws on my sleeve and I try to do that but it is too real for people to stop and hug in the middle of the sidewalk we should all be hugging and cuddling and holding on to life for our dear lives....











Friday, February 23, 2018

D.C.


We got on the road Tuesday morning and were checked into our hotel by lunch in D.C. Our concierge suggested http://lincolnrestaurant-dc.com  (an Obama favorite, I highly recommend the Po Boy) which was right by our hotel in City Center:

http://www.westinwashingtondccitycenter.com

(Really friendly staff BTW that went out of their way to get to know the guests and the beds were super comfy and the whole experience was right on).

We ate at this awesome Ramen place (there seems to be a lot of Ramen in this town) but it's super late and my wife is sleeping and she'll remember so I'll update this post at a later date or not but our waitress was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt which was cool and it was a warm night and I remember it was near a block that could have been in Brooklyn and it may have been Georgetown....I'll get back to you on that....



National Air & Space Museum (see pic above) was awesome with all the old planes and rockets and The Wright Brothers and for the kids I would highly recommend the planetarium.....It's out of this world.....



That night the weather was warm and are spirits were high.  We were about to have one of the best meals of our lives.  And wasn't just about the food experience.  It was the vibe.   The place was new and it was built in an old firehouse and it was family owned and they were so proud of what they were involved in and the passionate about the food and the space (they gave us a personally tour).  It's called Spark, and it's built in an old firehouse and the food is out of this world and vibe is right and the drinks are perfect and everything is out of this world.  I know I said that but when I'm passionate about something I want to tell the world and this place has it....The vibe...The people...The food....The space.... Our Waiter that night and I vibed so much were collaborating on music now....Yes, it was that kind of experience.  That kind of vibe.  And we were in an old firehouse.  And that made it special too.  And it's the little things like that night and those people and that restaurant and my daughters and my wife and our life is what gives me hope.