Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Milkman, The Paperboy, Evening TV.

Mike and I have been doing a lot of Idiot Pilot recording lately and I couldn't be more thrilled with the results. I feel like this is the record that I have always wanted to make and interestingly enough when I played some of the demos last night my friend Jimmy said "it's weird, but these new songs actually sound much more like you, personally." It's an interesting notion and I think that he has a point.

(Where dreams become reality)

We just did the majority of the demoing on a new song yesterday and I have to say it is probably my favorite song that Idiot Pilot has ever recorded. Things that it feels like to me, in no particular order:

- The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
- Full House
- Gospel music
- The Reigns

Huey Lewis And The Foos!

When I tell people that Huey Lewis And The News is one of my favorite bands of all time, I very rarely get taken seriously. That's their problem I guess, I will just keep blasting the fuck out of Back In Time. On this coming Sept. 11th I am, god willing, going to see Huey and the gang up here in Washington, as long as I am not on tour or something of that nature. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, there are two little pieces of Huey Lewis news (get it) that I wanted to share with you guys. First of all, they have a new track in the movie Pineapple Express that was written specifically for the film. It's amazingly rad and really sounds just like classic Huey, and it even includes the line, "cause' were on it, yeah it's the chronic." Uhhhhh, sick.

Check it out right here.

Second, I discovered this video of The Foo Fighters in Osaka, Japan. Guess who joins them on stage? That's right, Mr. Huey Fucking Lewis on the harmonica. The performance that follows has been affectionately titled Huey Lewis And The Foos.

On a final note, I have been working on a little treat for all of you readers that I hope will be ready in a few weeks. Let's just say it has a little to do with The Ghost And The Grace and a lot to do with Huey Lewis.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Undead? More Like Fundead!

Zombie movies are something that I personally really enjoy. As a genre, it's conventions have stuck with me ever since the night I stayed up til' four, in middle school, watching Night Of The Living Dead on TNT. So what are these conventions? I suppose I could put it this way, a zombie movie doesn't necessarily have to contain anyone returning from the dead, and nobody has to have there brains eaten either. In my years of study I think that I have identified a few things that are paramount to the zombie genre, although it could be said that not all of these elements are absolutely needed in every case.

First of all, you need an unexplained massive pandemic of something. In the classics this mostly means that the dead all start rising from the grave and craving human flesh, in which case the problem is spread every time a zombie kills a new person. This pandemic, whatever it may be, has to incorporate an element of spreading by survivors being turned into whatever it is that they are running and hiding from. It can be as indirect as just waking up one day and having caught some rampant virus, or as obvious as a zombie pulling out your brain and thusly causing you to stumble around looking for a new one. There just has to be the fear that anyone could succumb to this massive hysteria.

Second, you need a band of survivors. My explanation for this tradition of the ensemble of heroes, as opposed to a single main character, is that zombie movies rest on a tradition of gratuitous and creative violence, of which a lot of bodies are required. There are a few scenes that almost all of these movies will incorporate in order to weed there survivor pack down by the end of the film. Most common is the scene in which someone is "turned" and it is obviously hopeless, and another character that they has a strong bond with is so emotionally distraught that they walk right into there figurative arms and find the same fate. In The Night Of The Living Dead this occurs with the man who's daughter is bit and eventually dies in the basement. Even in the most creatively and loosely approached zombie movies this occurs, like in The Happening when John Leguazamos character drives back into the heart of the infection, even though he knows logically that his wife is almost assuredly dead.

Third, most zombie films will contain a message at some point when the heroes realize that the other people who have survived may be more dangerous than the zombies themselves. This seems to be a rather bleak social commentary on the idea that when things get tough it is human nature for us to turn into figurative monsters ourselves. More often though, this commentary is not necessarily focused on the human race as a whole (our central heroes will almost always make the right choice and place the audiences faith back in humanity), but with the government. In 28 Days Later the entire second half of the film delves deeply into that concept. This idea is often brought about with the common zombie plot device in which the survivors are trying to cross a devastated landscape to a safe house, quarantine zone or other landmark. This almost always occurs after the group decides to hole up in a building for safety and soon realizes that there efforts of keeping the situation at by will not work.

Fourth, the ending has to be ambiguous. Every once in a while there is something of an explanation offered, to some degree, but it is almost never completely said outright why this has happened. The last shot of a zombie film is very commonly a reference to the situation continuing on an even grander scale and the fate of what heroes are left is often left hanging up in the air.

A movie that dose a really great job of twisting those conventions around is The Signal, which I watched last night. It is an excellent film and I would recommend it to anyone who loves horror or zombie films. All of the ideas of a the traditional zombie movie are touched upon, or consciously referenced, but they are presented from a very unique point of view and point of view that switches multiple times leading to a very unique experience in a familiar world. The film is also broken up into three segments that were each directed by their own different directors, and they are all well executed. The creators describe said movie segments as "visceral horror, black comedy, and a mystery-love story", in that order.

(From wikipedia: The Signal is a science fiction horror film told in three parts in which all telecommunication devices broadcast only a mysterious transmission ["the signal"], turning people insane.)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Can't See Very Well? Apparently, You're Gay.

I remember stumbling upon this video a while ago and thinking that it was very funny, but now that it has had time to sit and age, like a fine wine, I think I can go ahead and now say that this clip completely rips balls. Short, sweet and to the point, with a subtle high note of horrified embarrassment.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

How Not To Masturbate In A Theatre

So Haylee and me went and saw Stepbrothers today. It was actually better than I thought it would be but, you know, that doesn't exactly make it a spectacular film either. Anyway, we witnessed a pretty amazing event and I can't for the life of me figure it out, so maybe you guys can help.

We are watching the movie in a half empty theater and sitting directly in front of us is a young guy probably in his late teens. Both us, and this kid, are on the isle. Anyway we obviously aren't really paying all that much attention to him when suddenly this woman sneaks up and grabs the guy pretty hard on the shoulder. She is probably in her mid twenty's and dose not work at the theater, and from the angle she approached it would appear that she was sitting on the other side of the isle a few rows behind us.

"Hey!" She says, quietly but very stern. "Excuse me, that is fucking disgusting, you can do that at home."

Then she walked back to her seat. So me and Haylee look at each other like, what the hell was that? Is that what I THINK it is? Because it certainly seems like it. Eventually the movie ends and I'm really excited because I know that this guy has to get up and can finally get a look at him, but the second the credits hit the screen the kid just BOOKS its out of the theater. I don't think I have ever seen someone speed-walk out of a movie that fast.

The weirdest part is that most of that movie is really just John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell wrestling in shorts. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Friday, July 25, 2008

"1, 2, 3, 4, Monster's Walking Cross The Floor"

This is one of the most amazingly cool and, dare I say, cute things I have seen in a long time. This is from Feist's recent appearance on Seaseme Street where she preformed an updated version of the song "1,2,3,4" to further highlight the counting aspect for the kiddies, including lines like:

"Oh you're counting, counting with me, to one less than five, and one more than three."


"One, Two, Three, Four, Penguin's that went by the door"

It's pretty fucking unbelievable, actually, and very cool. I have a good friend who said that she would like this song a lot if it didn't sound so much like a kids song about counting. Well then, here you go.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Why TV Pwn's God Or, Gillian Anderson: Supernaturally Hot For Her Age

I had a weird realization the other day when I was looking for something to wear. I have a lot of clothes, you could even say that I love clothes, and I enjoy fashion, to the point that it is actually kind of hard for me to go out in just a t-shirt. I mean, where is the fun in that? The summer is a disappointing time for me because I am forced to put most of my wonderful button ups, vests, blazers, and jackets on the shelf (not to mention scarves and ties with them). It has been very hot out and so accordingly I am looking for a t-shirt, and I think to myself, I would really like to wear my Lost shirt today. I can't find my Lost shirt though, so I look for my Star Trek shirt, but that is in the wash. I think, I can't wear my Salute Your Shorts or my Pete And Pete t-shirts because I grew out of it, and my Double Dare shirt doesn't go with my pants. That's when it hits me...

I love TV.

Is it normal for a guy like myself to own five different shirts referencing television programming? I doubt it, and yet I am totally fine with this because, one, it's kind of funny in a weird way and, two, like I said, I guess I love TV.

But I don't necessarily think that that is a bad thing. I grew up as part of a generation of kids that was told to kill there TV, to get outside and actually do something with there lives. Well I did. I've actually done a whole fucking lot with my life so far and I am only twenty-two years old, and I still love TV. I don't sit around the house like a slob with a bag of potato chips in front of me and I certainly don't subscribe to TV guide, but I could also tell you the name and description of every X-Files episode that has ever aired in all of it's glorious nine seasons, I know Lost like the back of my hand and I can talk Star Trek with the best of the Trekkers. Most of all, I can quote SNICK shows like you wouldn't believe; All That, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, The Secret World Of Alex Mack, and I still know all the best episodes of the classic Nick Toons. This is because for a pop culture loving kid who grew up in the 90s, Nickelodeon is god, and Stick Stickly is holding mass.

(Classic Nickelodeon Intros)

Because that is what TV is, at it's best and it's worst, a window into pop culture. That is why I think that I love it so much, in the same way that I love pop art. It has shaped my ability to understand what is socially relevant, and therefore to comment on it. In other words, Television (as well as a good twelve years in the public school system) has given me a very informed perspective on humor.

So with all of those hard hours that I put in, what do I think is the best TV show ever made?

Well, Lost, but...

The X-Files is close.

When I was a little kid The X-Files scared the fuck out of me. No joke, "the fuck" out of me. The first episode that I ever really remember seeing was a season four episode called "Our Town", which tackles the age old issues of cannibalism as well as the eternal youth that is caused by said cannibalism. There is a scene where a woman is working a a chicken factory and watching all of those wonderful dead poultry go by on an assembly line when she starts to go a little nuts and thinks the deceased birds are actually severed heads. She then grabs a coworker and threatens to kill them, at which point Agent Mulder, who happens to be at the plant investigating a related issue, is forced to blast her causing her to fall backwards into a chicken grinder brimming with gray gnarly meat. It was gross and I thought I was going to throw up, but I was also terrified and I had to leave. Throughout the rest of the night I would peak back into the room and see what was happening, sick with fear but too curious about what would happen next. That episode eventually became my favorite one, and I even wrote a little piece in The Bellingham Herald about it when I was still probably in about the 5th grade.

But another thing that the X-Files did for me was made me realize what it was like to love a woman who would never love you back, and that woman was Gillian Anderson.

I think that I probably always understood as a young boy that Agent Scully was about 17 years to old for me and, well, was never going to having any idea who I was. But that didn't stop me from developing what I would consider my first celebrity crush. Not only that, but the tag team combination of Gillian in the X-Files and Jessica Rabbit, the animated lounge singer from Who Framed Roger Rabbit just several years prior, gave me a healthy preference for redheads for a while. This, of course, occurred at a time when I was still young enough to making having a preference of that nature kind of ridiculous because I was like, in elementary school.

Now, literally ten years after the first X-Files film was released, I type this and wait patiently for the midnight showing of X-Files: I Want To Believe. Unfortunately most of the reviews seem to be pretty negative (As of right now, it has a %30 rating on Rotten Tomatoes) which is making me a little scared that they are going to scrap the original idea of doing a third X-Files film as well. One thing that nearly every review has said though, whither it positive or negative, is that people who were fans of the show already will definitely like this movie.

One last note: Unlike most fans of the show, I think that Agent Doggett, the character who came in basically as a replacement for Mulder when David Decuvny left the show, is rad. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a Doggett cameo tonight.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The New Guys

Me and my friend Dave have this ongoing joke where everything in life get's related to a sitcom (Well, all of our friends really, but Dave seems to commit to it the most). If something intense is happening Dave will call it sweeps week, and most major events, changes or moves are called season finales. By now I have lost track of how may seasons there have been, though. Fortunantely for Dave and unfortuantly for all of the friends that will miss him, Dave is finally leaving the show and going on to do a spin-off series in which he moves to New York and goes to film school. With that in mind, some of us got togeather to help David film a trailer for his series finale going away party, this episode looks like real a game changer.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Recent Work, By Numbers

"Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea." - John Ciardi

It's probably obvious to most of my readers on here that I fancy myself as somewhat of an artist. After all, I am literally a musician by trade, but I also actually spend a lot of time painting which is something a lot of people might not know about. With this in mind I thought I would take a moment and post a couple of my most recent pieces for you guys to check out. I tried my best to take good pictures but a lot of the canvases are pretty large, so pardon the quality if you do, in fact, notice.

"Trust Me"
48 inches x 24 inches

"An Account Of The Melancholy Death Of Four Naughty Boys Who Were Devoured By Wild Beasts"
48 inches x 30 inches

"President's Day"
48 inches x 24 inches

"Self Portrait"
48 inches x 36 inches

I have a lot of other paintings that I will probably post in the future but these are just the most recent things that I have done. Thanks to everybody for looking.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ask Busey

Even though I have seen this clip on The Soup more times than I can count, I just can't get over it. Two of my favorite lines ever are in this. Well, maybe not ever.

"I'm going to pull your endocrine out of your body."

But, the follow up is even better...

"Oh that's neat, it's gonna be 3D."

Check it out!

Oh yeah, by the way, me and batman win! YES!

This morning it is being reported that The Dark Knight has already pulled in $155.34 at the box office, breaking the previous record of $151.1 million by Spider-Man 3. And the weekend's not even over yet!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Extra! Extra! Not All Movies With "Meat Train" In The Title Are Pornos

Horror is my favorite genre of film, I have absolutely no doubt about that. I love the classics (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining), the really classic classics (Nosferatu, Frankenstein), the modern (Hostel, Wolf Creek), the remakes (The Hills Have Eyes, Funny Games), the foreign (Audition, A Tale Of Two Sisters), the campy (Cabin Fever), the over the top (Suicide Club), the dead serious (Hellraiser) and the undead (Night Of The Living Dead).

Horror can function in a lot of different ways, but my favorite is when it serves a function of building tension, frustration and anger, and then give you the release of revenge at the end; at which point the main character does everything that you have been wanting them to do the whole time and just kicks ass all over the place. Lately a lot of movies have been turning that formula on it's head with amazing results, most nobility Funny Games.

Anyway, there was a humorously titled horror film scedualed to be released by Lionsgate that I was very excited about. It's called Midnight Meat Train and, pardon the expression, has recently been totally shafted.

The movie is an adaption of a Clive Barker short story with the same name, about a photographer who learns something terrifying about the underground work of the New York City subways. Suprisingly, it actually ends up being a much more of a paranormal story than the trailer would have you believe. I love almost everything that Clive Barker does, espically the first Hellraiser, and, knowing what I know about the original story of Midnight Meat Train, couldn't wait for this to come out. So what happened? Well, according to Clive...

"I have to believe that some of this, if not all of it, is rooted in an age-old problem," he ventures, "something that happens when you have a change of management: The work that was put into development by the previous folks is not treated or finished respectfully." Midnight Meat Train and other horror projects had previously enjoyed the support of Peter Block, former president of the company. "I've seen these politics before, and I'll probably see them again. I know for a fact that we're not the only ones that are having this problem," Barker says. "I can think of as many as nine movies which aren't being well treated right now."

The movie itself has been pushed back multiple times (I had trouble actually finding the actual release date online, but it looks like August 1st), and once it does finally come out is rumored to be limited to only 100 screens. This is all despite the fact that the trailer and screening of the film tested overwhelmingly well for audiences.

Anyway, Clive Barker has a page up on his website now with more information and what he would like you to do to help. At this point who knows how much of a difference it could make, though.

Oh yeah, and based on the positive responses on the Supergirl picture from my previous post a few days ago, I have decided that I am going to try and do everything in my power to include a picture of a babe wearing something related to my topic in about just about every post that I can fit it into. Keeping that in mind, and without further ado, Ms. Kruger.)

Keep in mind this is probably the tamest picture of a girl I could find for a post about something called Midnight Meat Train.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Batman Loves Kicking Ass, Orthopedic Surgeon Loves Roses

Well, my prediction about The Dark Knight having the biggest opening weekend ever is looking even more likely as the day rolls on. Apparently, the film already broke a record last night for midnight showing gross, at $18.5 million, a record previously held by Star Wars: Episode III which generated $16.9 million at it's midnight showings. This colossal number for The Dark Knight is also not including 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM shows, which were apparently very common.

(The Dark Knight vs. Spiderman 3, my hypothesis)

So how was it? Well, it is, without any doubt, the best Batman movie I have ever seen, as well as the best superhero movie I have ever seen, it's up there with Raiders Of The Lost Ark as far as best action movie I have ever seen, but in a totally different way, obviously. Maybe I will be able to tell you more when I see it again.

In other news, this really happened...

Doctor Tattoos Patient

I know a girl who absolutely LOVES temporary tattoos, and I can't help but think that this is what would happen if she ever became a doctor.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

There Goes My Hero...

Well, it all comes down to this. I have multiple tickets to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight this evening and I am already stoked out of my balls. Yes, my balls. I have a prediction, and i feel like this blog is the best place to post it (especially if I am correct), that The Dark Knight is going to have the biggest opening weekend of all time. Currently the record belongs to Spider Man 3 with $151,116,516 in the summer of 2007 and I am going to say right now that I think The Dark Knight is going to walk all over that. Not only that but the movie itself is going to be amazing.

I was golfing with some folks the other day, because that is what I do, golf, and we were talking about how we wouldn't be surprised if the villain that is going to appear in the third Batman movie is revealed at the end of this one, much like the Joker was at the end of Batman Begins. Any predictions on what you guys think it might be? If anything? Penguin seems to be the first one that people think of, but I don't think they would follow the order of the original Batman films like that. Personally I might be interested in Poison Ivy showing up, but thats a little bit due to the fact that my favorite Batman villain, Scarecrow, already showed up in Batman Begins. Thoughts?

Speaking of Superheros...

Remember that Superman Movie that came out not to long ago? A little know fact is that I was asked to actually try and come out with a recording for the soundtrack, or a commercial, or something, I don't really know exactly. Either way, I was asked to make a modernized, rock version of the John Williams Superman score, which a truly incredible piece of music but because of all the key changes it's a really tough thing to cover. I only ended up demoing the track because my version was never used, but I thought that, in honor of today being a superhero day, I would finally let this little number out into the world. Enjoy!

Superman Theme (2006) by Daniel Anderson

And hey, everyone reading this go out and try to see The Dark Knight this weekend, I want my predictions to be as accurate as possible!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Drums, Keys and Popmart

"It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb." - George Rodriguez graffiti photograph

Apparently, Zach de la Rocha agrees, because it is from this quote that the vocalist lifted the name for his newest musical endeavor, One Day As A Lion.

I actually know very little about this band other than the one song that I have heard, but upon the first few listens it is actually very good. Apparently, the band has only two members, Zach from Rage Against The Machine, and Jon Theodore who was formerly the drummer for The Mars Volta. What I find most interesting about this collaboration is that De La Rocha is listed as taking both vocal AND keyboard duties which means, based on the track that is available now, that he is, melodically speaking, writing all of the bands music. Who knew the guy had such creative chord changes in him?

Check out "Wild International" by One Day As A Lion on their Myspace page, right here.

Speaking of Rage Against The Machine, here is a little yet bizzare fact for you guys. In 1997 while supporting the record Evil Empire, Rage spent several dates supporting U2 on their infamous Popmart tour. Now I know that the Popmart tour, know for it's giant McDonald's-esque arch towering over the stage and a massive floating lemon, was a satire of consumerism, something that Rage Against The Machine would ovbiously be all about. Despite that, it is an amazingly weird billing, albeit one that I would fucking kill to see.

Oh yeah, and one more thing, Prefix Magazine, which gave my record Wolves a pretty ignorant 2 out of 10 review, had this to say:

"De la Rocha drops a lot of political raps over a crunchy guitar line, making the song sound like it could have come off Battle of Los Angeles."

Uh oh, people over there need to start actually listening to the things that they review, because there ain't no guitar on that song buddy. Oops.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Killer Flying Umbrellas

I had made a promise to myself that I wasn't going to post any more funny videos from youtube for a while but this one was just far, far too good. The way the umbrella hits this lady and then just swallows her up is so incredible. I can't stop laughing right now.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Ghost And The Grace EP Covers

Most people reading this are probably already familar with my band Idiot Pilot, but there is another musical project that I have been recently working on of which you may not yet be aware of.

The Ghost And The Grace is a expirimental folk/pop band, of which I am the only member. I am currently in the process of recording four EP's that I plan on releasing for free (hopefully) online at our offical website, all wrapped up in a clean and easy zip file and complete with beauitful cover art. The art for the EP's just went online yesterday and was done by Karl Peterson, click the sample below to head on over and see the rest.

Karl is an incredible graphic designer and a great friend, and he is also the man behind the online portion of nearly all of my recent musical endevors. He programmed and designed both The Ghost And The Grace website and the current Idiot Pilot website.

Check out Karl's blog right here.

(Karl Peterson, in foreground, watching my back while I light off some bottle rockets)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cooler Than A Staff Of Ice Storm (+3 To Fire Elementals)

Maybe it's the video I just posted of the Halo kid, or maybe it's the fact that I have been making Dungeons And Dragons characters lately (I am probably going to start a running a campaign soon, YES!), but I am suddenly on a huge nerd kick. I just spent the last few hours surfing around youtube and, my god, just when I thought that I was a total nerd these guys go and show me up. Make a fortitude saving throw immediately or die from uncontrollable laughter.

Let me just say that if this was D&D that kid (full grown man?) would have to be a pretty high level magic user to cast lighting bolt like that. And the guy that cast's SLEEP! THAT OGRE'S NOT GONNA SLEEP MAN! HE'S GOT TO MANY HIT DIE! Seriously though, these guys are rad.

Okay, next up we have this fucking DRAGON BATTLE! I can not imagine how long it must have taken to build that thing, but I don't see how hard it would be to just run up and stab it in the front. OH WAIT! MY BAD, IT SHOOTS WATER AT YOU! I am pretty down with the guys near the end that climb up on it's back and get all Starship Troopers. (Anyone? Anyone?)

This tree doesn't even stand a chance. Can anybody say, EXPERIENCE POINTS!? If I didn't know the context of this video it would be absolutely terrifying.

I love this stuff so much.

Dave Loves Halo!

So, one of my best friends in the whole wide world, David Drori, has a blog right here. I only point this out so you guys will have a reference when I show you this sweet video of Dave as a kid. He fucking LOVED Halo.

Okay, that's not actually Dave, but it's still amazing. The energy sword demo at 2:45 is the greatest thing ever.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Jedi Party Mix!

Alright! What a beautiful day here in Bellingham, Washington. Apparently this is the type of day that is supposed to make you want to go outside and run around; go swimming, take a bike ride, maybe fly a kite, but for some reason when its hot and sunny like this I tend to just get really, really sleepy.

Anyway, whither you are getting ready for a nap or heading out to the park, a little musical accompaniment is always nice, so I decided to post three very different songs that I have been digging on a lot lately.

The B-52's - Roam

I love The B-52's so much and I have been thinking lately that they really don't seem to get enough credit. I mean, people certainly think of them as an important and talented band, and Love Shake is an undeniable classic, but they have SO many amazing songs in there catalog going very, very far back. This particular track is off of the record Cosmic Thing which also features the aforementioned Love Shack, maybe that is why this little gem seems to be overlooked?

Sigur Rós - Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur

The new Sigur Rós album is pretty great, but I am still just starting to dive into it. The most notable pallet change with this particular song is the tempo, which is nice and upbeat. This song totally reminds me of the end of Return Of The Jedi when everyone goes and parties in the Ewok village because the Empire has finally fallen and then the ghost's of Yoda, Obi-Wan and Darth Vader just get totally fucking wasted.


Coldplay - Yes

At first I didn't really like the new Coldplay record because the arrangements were all over the place, but the more I listen to it the more I think that it is simply amazing. The strings on this particular song are gorgeous.

If you like any of these songs go an pick up the whole records at your local record store or just buy them off of iTunes. Until next time!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This Ceiling Dosen't Have Enough Holes

As a musician I spend a lot of my time out on the road. More specifically, sleeping in a big white van as it hurtles at terrifying speeds down various lonely interstates. Touring is a tough thing to do, but especially for myself because I am a at heart I am a homebody. That's not to say that tour isn't full of it's crazy times and memorable moments, quite the contrary, which is probably the product of being stuck in a van for hours at a time and then let loose in a brand new city every time you stop.

Anyway, I wanted to take this time to share with you one of those particularly awesome moments that just happened to be captured on tape by the wonderful and talented Stefanie Warmouth. This takes place in Modesto California, where we were playing at a particularly strange venue. At some point Mike decided to climb up onto his amp and punch a hole through the ceiling. Also of note is that fact that on that particular night we had some of the crowd come up on stage and be our backup dancers, of which they did a very, very good job. Let's watch!

Also, I forgot to mention but I fixed the links to all of the MP3 downloads. Thanks for the heads up about having trouble with that.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Underwater, Outer Space

I tend to see myself as a fairly scientific person, but I have to admit I am a sucker for most things involving Cryptozoology. It's not necessarily that I believe in them, because frankly, I don't. My skepticism is particularly strong when it comes to the big ones, (Bigfoot, Moth Man, The Loch Ness Monster) but despite this I somehow I find myself reading about them constantly. It's been that way ever since I was a kid. The thing that really gets me going though is any news about the "cryptids" that are more than likely, or have since been proven, real. The Giant Squid comes to min at first but there are plenty more such as the Okapi, which is a mammal resembling a mix of between a zebra and a giraffe that was once thought to be nothing more than a mythical creature. That was hundreds of years ago, but perspective is everything and it's not completely out of this world to think that a hundred years from now there are probably going to be animals in the zoo that we presently think of as unbelievable, it's just probably not going to be something like Bigfoot.

Well, this morning I stumbled upon something that it probably IS going to look like. I am not sure if this video is fake because as of right now there is very little information that I can find on it. Apparently it is from the Shell Oil Company at one of there underwater stations in the Gulf of Mexico. More specifically, the Perdido development which "will be the deepest installed direct vertical access spar in the world" according to Shell's venture manager, "The well will be the world's deepest subsea completion in about 9,627 ft (2,934 m) of water."

This video was shot at 7828 feet under the ocean. According to a BBC news article that I found, this creature is something that scientists have been spotting for a while (at least since 2001), but has yet to be classified or captured. They have identified it as a type of squid, but I think I have a much more realistic hypothesis about what it might be:

Saturday, July 5, 2008

If only...

Too little, too late

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

3 MC's & 1 Kid A (...Well, almost)

I always wanted to try my hand at doing mash-ups, due mostly to the fact that I was sick of hearing about really great artist combinations and then getting sorely disappointed by the results. Who knows, maybe you guys will feel the same way when you hear this, but there's nothing wrong with giving it a try right?

Now for the world premiere, a How Long To Sing This Song exclusive, it's The Beastie Boys meet Radiohead. All the samples in this recording come exclusively from one of these two aforementioned artists.

It Takes Time To Videotape - The Beastie Boys Vs. Radiohead

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"If I do not recieve a phonecall back from you by 3:00..."

This guy is so fucking rad. No video here, just an amazing amazing collection of phone messages that are, yes, very real. Trust me when I say that it only gets better as it goes along.

I'm not really sure why I like this so much, but I think that it might have something to do with the fact that this guy really reminds me of Tom Cruise.

Yes? No? By the way, I fucking love Tom Cruise so no offense to him, but I think if me and Tom were to ever hangout, something like this would be bound to happen.

To All The Beauticians In My Life Or How R. Kelly And Me Wrote A Song Togeather

R. Kelly is one of my favorite artists ever. EVER. I also think that he is one of the most underrated performers that there is, at least when it comes to being taken seriously. Anyway, beginning in 1993 with the record "12 Play", R. Kelly has been working on something called his "12 Play Series", which so far as included:

12 Play in 1993 (Twelve Play Two, dot com) in 2000
TP-3 Reloaded in 2005

And now, this summer, Kels is working towards the release of "12 Play: Four Quarter".

Needless to say, I am stoked out of my balls right now. Unfortunately the first single off of this groundbreaking affair is not really all that great, aside from the fucking rad lyrics.

I mean, the song's alright I guess. It's just a little underwhelming for R. What's especially unfortunate though, is that the world is in need of a good club anthem for all of those great hairdressers of the world. On a personal note, somehow I always end up making friends with girls who are currently in beauty school, or have since graduated. It's the damnedest thing, but it only further raises my concern that there isn't yet a great beautician love song by R. Kelly.

Anyway, last night I set about to try and correct this, in honor of all of my hairdresser friends, so I found an acapella version of Hair Braider and I did a remix. It's only a nights worth of work, but I think that my version is humorously more emotional, if that makes any sense at all.

So, without further ado, I present to you: Hair Braider (Daniel Anderson Mix)

Just click and download! Let me know what you think.