Last fall I wrote and directed a film called “No Way Jose.” In the the film I play Jose, a washed up indie rocker who leads a band called The Borges-- recently relegated to playing children’s birthday parties. I assembled a group of pals to play the band — some of whom I’ve played and recorded with in “real life”, some of whom I hadn’t. Determined to stick to the dogma of being “a real band” we recorded the songs we’d need for playback live — trying in the course of day to sound as if we’d been playing together for 20 years. If we sounded sluggish, I figured, that would work too. Nearly finished with editing the film I needed to do some sweetening, back up vox, and overdubs. That’s what we did today at The Ship in Eagle Rock, owned and operated by long time collaborator Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart. Aaron’s in the film, as is my other longtime collaborator, trumpet player, singer/songwriter, producer Andrew Lynch. He recorded my last album. Also featured is Johnny Gutenberger of Two Sheds. He’s on bass in the film. Missing from these shots is Clark Stiles of The Good Listeners who played drums for The Borges. We didn’t need him today. But we missed him dearly. Oh, and I’m missing from the photos.