Another one from the archives. From my album MERCY. by Steven Alvarado

The song is DOWN and it's certainly epic rock! The guitar solo played by my old friend Jim Lacey-Baker has got to be one of the best rock solos ever recorded. It spans the length of the song and he did it in one take. During the take in the studio Jim started screaming to stop tape because he felt he made a mistake, but I kept the tape rolling because I was absolutely blown away by what he was playing. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was one of those magic moments in the studio. If you listen close with headphones you can hear him scream right near the beginning of the solo at the first verse. 

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From The Archives! by Steven Alvarado

An old one from the archives. One of my favorites. BENEATH MY SKIN from my album MERCY.

We were literally out of time in the studio and they began to break down the session. (Unplug cables, put mics away, etc). I begged the studio manager saying I just have one more and I can do it in one take. He kept putting gear away and we rolled tape anyway. My screaming vocals at the end of the song were certainly a result of the angst I was feeling trying to get the song on tape. Click the link to enjoy or go to the "Albums" link and listen to the entire album for free!





Too Many in Need by Steven Alvarado

Took a walk in my neighborhood
Two in the morning
By the Skytrain Station

The streets were full of junkies and homeless
And they all wanted something

And what am I supposed to do?
There are too many of you

I too am human, I could easily be you


Junkie Song lyrics © NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP

It's not you, it's me... by Steven Alvarado

Sometimes I'm really good at keeping up to date with my website but often I go off into my world and find it hard to post. Especially if I'm not touring or I'm not in the studio. But I'm going to do my best to update more often. As for now, I'll have some news to post soon.

I've also had a lot on my mind... Mostly about the state of the world and the future. I love reading technology articles and right now I'm reading how technology is advancing so fast that soon everyone will be unemployed. The only natural result of that is everything will be free. I think that's a good thing. 


And The Winner Is... by Steven Alvarado

So I didn't win NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, but a super cool artist from Oakland called Fantastic Negrito did.  His music is cool and he talks about how his deal with a record company basically killed his creative life.  Now he's out on his own.  Sounds familiar.  Check out his interview on NPR here and then scroll down a little further to watch his winning video.  The dude is fucking cool!