Music: Guitar Solo Series #3

Those who know me know that I am a Steely Dan fanatic. Here’s my rendition of Eliot Randall’s amazing intro guitar solo to “Reeling in the Years.”

Music: Guitar Solo Series #2

Here’s my second installment in the series of Ryan’s favorite guitar solos. “Sexy MF” by Prince, with a kick-ass funky-jazzy solo by Levi Seacer, Jr.

Music: Guitar Solo Series #1

I’d always been a ProTools user for my recording projects, but when I set up my new home studio a couple of years ago, I decided to switch to Apple’s Logic Pro X. To teach myself to use Logic Pro and also Final Cut Pro for video editing, I decided to record a series of…

Music: Stuck in the Middle with You

I haven’t posted in years, so I thought I’d add some new content. I recorded this in my basement studio during the early months of COVID lockdown in 2020. ryanmcintyre · Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel

Five Peace Band: Chick Corea & John McLaughlin

Last week I attended the annual NVCA conference, held this year in Boston. Boston obliged with some lovely springtime weather and, most importantly, Boston provided a once-in-my-lifetime musical event, in the form of the second-to-last show in the world tour of Chick Corea and John McLaughlin‘s Five Peace Band. My partner (and Soul Patch band-mate)…

From the Archives: Rattlesnake

As many of my readers know, I’ve got a small record label, in partnership with my band-mates from Soul Patch. The genesis of Toothless Monkey Music (the name is another story entirely) starts when I set up my first “real” recording studio in a sound-proofed, detached two-car garage at my former home in Portola Valley,…

I Need One of These

I’ve written in the past about our Human Computer Interaction (HCI) investment theme at Foundry Group and have mentioned our portfolio companies that fit into that theme: EmSense, Oblong and Smith & Tinker. Well, pictured above is a delightful faux-advertisement I discovered via Thomas Dolby’s blog. I had the pleasure of meeting Thomas years ago…

Paul’s Boutique is Twenty

Today, the Beastie Boys released the 20th anniversary remastered edition of one of their classic albums, Paul’s Boutique. And they released it direct-to-fan on their own website, using technology created by Foundry Group portfolio company Topspin Media. Even better, in addition to making high quality mp3s available for download, the Beastie Boys are offering several…

Topspin’s Seeking a VP Engineering

Foundry Group portfolio company Topspin Media is looking for a VP Engineering. If you’ve got great engineering management chops, a passion for music and an interest in building enterprise-grade web apps to enable music artists to run and build their business online, take a look at the job description posted today on Topspin’s blog. The…