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1970s: Born in Jersey. Raised in a McSuburbia in the Mojave desert. Exposed by older, super-hero sister to Bowie, the Clash and yellowed issues of Cream magazine.

1980s: A disturbed sleep under the influence of the Cure, Husker Du, and Echo & the Bunnymen.

1990s: Broken and reformed at 21. Developed anachronistic Smiths obsession. Awoke from teenage dream to find self leaving the gates of an ivy laced college in New York City with no memory. Learn to play guitar and sing later than most. Played in clubs and wrote songs but mostly hid from the 90's NY Scene in long term temp jobs.

2000: Somehow picked up by Epic Records with Replacements/Jam influenced power-pop band, Rivington. Record with producer Ted Niceley (Fugazi, Shudder to Think). Major label fracas. Band dissolves but leaves Happy on a Sliding Scale in its wake.

2001: Solo. Befriend guitar wunderkind Oscar Rodriguez. Begin study with jazz composer, Bruce Arnold (past students include Lou Barlow) and avant classical composer, Edgar Grana (past students include Kip Winger). Some karmic surplus from a past life (or dumb luck, still can't explain it) lands marriage to a lovely, lovely girl.

2003: Find tapes called "Escape Velocity" in a shoebox in a closet with some old photographs and release them as an album under the name Paul Schneider. Begin to receive responses from radio outlets and music writers who call the record a cross between Elvis Costello, Elliot Smith & Gram Parsons. Pitchfork & CMJ chime in. Tour the US & UK and a bit of Deutschland in between boughts of unemployment. Strangely receive a call from Gene Simmons about buying a song from the record for his solo album. Unfortunately, terms with the God of Thunder cannot be reached.



2005: Write and record a score to a movie called "Forever Debts" about a full-grown man who mortgages his life to the child's dream of rock n' roll. [ed. note: "Forever Debts" was recorded at the now defunct Jarvis Studio's in NYC and was mixed in part by super-producer Mike Musmanno (Lilys, Icarus Line, Earl Greyhound). Also present were guitar wiz Oscar Rodriguez and Sam Kassirer, keyboardist extraordinaire on loan from Josh Ritter's band. Dave Snyder and Liam Hurley provided power, skill, and taste on the drums. The album explores themes of debt, marriage and loss of self worth over a musical bed inspired by Chavez, Eno, and 20/20. Artwork for the album was designed by Sean McCabe whose brilliant covers have graced recent releases by Spoon, Interpol, Mates of State, and Asobi Seksu.]

2006: Fatherhood. Put away adult things and became a child.
Begin working fulltime as an audio engineer at WNYC Radio on the music show Soundcheck and in the WNYC News Department. Recording highlights include Kimbra, Grizzly Bear, Best Coast, Jherek Bischoff, Alice RussellAlice Russell, Steve Martin, Marc Ribot, Robert Glasper, Thao & the Get Down, Christian ScottChristian Scott, Christian McBride, Silversun Pickups, Menomena, The National, Escort, Nada Surf, Kronos Quartet, Tegan & Sara, Shara Worden, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, Randy Weston, War Paint, Billy Bragg, Joshua Bell, The New Pornographers, Regina Spektor, Monty Alexander, Noveller, and Alela Diane.

2009-present: Amassing huge backlog of unrecorded songs. Also spending most weekends out with The Dexter Lake Club Band.
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