JACK ALBERSON, MUSIC MAKER

PROJECTS:

  • Lash 41 (1995-1997)
  • Ailment (1996-1998)
  • Heterodyne (1998-2000)
  • The Jeta Grove (2001-2003)
  • Shortwave Dahlia (2004-2010)
  • The Near Reaches (2010-2012)
  • Solo work (2012-present)
  • The Pneumatic Girls (2013-2014)
  • Blindcopy (2020)

The first song I learned to play by ear was “Suicide is Painless”

I was probably six or seven and we had an old Kimball piano in our living room. My parents had one of those great big televisions that was built into a big honkin’ wooden cabinet. M*A*S*H started broadcasting, and I started finding the notes of the melody.

That’s where it began.

I started playing in bands in college way back in 1995. Never more than one at a time, but nearly every group was pretty active. I became a bandleader, my own songs and all, in 1997.

I didn’t play live music between probably 2000 and 2005, but I was still writing and releasing things. In 2004 I started a project called Shortwave Dahlia, and I’ve been on nonstop since then.

Well, until March of this year, when everything stopped. I still haven’t really taken a break, though.