November 15, 2012

Making Noise: Dominic takes time from The Lucid to refocus

His solo album, 'ShaShaSha,' features all handmade artwork and packaging.

By Aimsel Ponti
News Assistant

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“ShaShaSha” contains seven original songs and a cover of The Beatles’ “If I Needed Someone.”

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"Elephant," Tame Impala

"Rubric," Philip Glass

"Old Brown Shoe," The Beatles

"My Friend," Dr. Dog

"She's a Mystery to Me," Roy Orbison

"Are You Experienced?", The Jimi Hendrix Experience

"Otherside," Delta Spirit

"Cosmic Dancer," T-Rex

"Fisherman's Blues," The Waterboys

"Mr. Soul" ("MTV Unplugged" version), Neil Young

TURN YOUR RADIO DIAL to 102.9 WBLM every Friday at 8:30 a.m. to hear Aimsel Ponti wax poetic about her top live music picks for the week with the Captain and Celeste.

What's your favorite song on it, and why?

"801 Thrice" is always fresh, because it was the first tune I started and the last I finished. Because it took a year and a half to record, when I hear it, it sounds like someone else did it, and I can get lost in the giant audio collage.

Who do you consider to be some of your most significant influences?

I have to limit the amount of music from other bands I listen too sometimes, because I have the tendency to really love something and then go down that path myself. It's easy to lose sight of my own tastes that way. The real influences lately are not so much musical, but people around me, close friends, my wife, my dog, Alan Watts and visual artists. Working alone on this record helped me realize that. 

How did you get involved with "Playing for Change," and what inspired the writing of "Be in Love?"

I was approached by Jeff Shaw of the Maine Academy of Modern Music and Tom Kasprzak to see if they could use the song with their "Playing for Change" fundraiser this year, and of course, I said yes. The video is amazing, and there were so many people who made it happen, I'm lucky to be involved. I wrote that tune around 2006, and I honestly don't remember where I was or how I wrote it. I'm sure it had a lot to do with the political climate, being in two wars, being broke, but being surrounded by people who loved me.

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