Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sydney Briar Is Alive!

I finally got around to seeing Pontypool and it was absolutely amazing. Somehow it felt equal parts George A. Romero zombie flim and Alfred Hitchcock suspense/mystery. I am partial to clever takes on the zombie genre and this is possibly the most inventive I have seen. It also takes huge cues from Orson Welles War of the Worlds broadcast in that most of the movie is presented to you through outside reports and news stories, without ever seeing much of the action yourself, which creates a sense of confusion and anxiety.



The outbreak here is less of a virus, and more off an idea, as confirmed by the films director refraining from the word "zombie" and instead calling the infected "Conversationalists", which I think is pretty fitting. Minor spoilers in the italics ahead, but I just wanted to share these words from director about what exactly the Conversationalist's are because this is a big part of why, for a zombie movie, the zombies are so interesting:

"There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person."

How frustrating!

I am going to post the trailer again with the hopes that some of you out there will actually go out and try to find this, because it's really great.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Ghost And The Grace Album Number 2

Sometimes the hardest part of making a really bad ass record is the fact that nobody else gets to hear it but you for months. I wish you people could know what I know right now, because this album makes Behold! A Pale Horse look like a B-sides record. Good things coming. Some of the best moments on this record feel very informed by Desaparecidos, but maybe that's just wishful thinking. Regardless, rock and roll will reign, trumpets will be king, woodwinds with be queen, and the banjo will be trying to be Wormtongue so hard.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Weezer, Kaufman and G

Thanks to Dave for pointing this little jem out to me. Apparently Weezer have taken the Andy Kaufman act that they've been doing since Pinkerton to unbelievable new heights lately. Namely, by inviting Kenny G to come out and rip everyones balls off for there recent AOL Live sessions for Raditude. Dude, shreds.



It's shocking to me how at this point most Weezer fans still can't see the connection between this and Kaufman, who was arguably most of the most brilliant artists of our time. Sure I would love to see another Pinkerton, but at this point Rivers dedication to the joke is pretty commendable.



Exhibit B:


The Red Album

Tony Clifton (Andy Kaufman)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Favorite Songs Of 2009: A Comprehensive List

10. Metric - Stadium Love



9. St. Vincent - The Neighbors



8. Bibio - Haikuesque (When She Laughs)



7. Neko Case - People Got A Lotta Nerve



6. The Braille Tapes - Everybody Knows

Listen and download right here

5. Pheonix - 1901



4. Monsters Of Folk - Say Please



3. U2 - I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight



2. Sufjan Stevens - Introductory Fanfare For The Hooper Heroes



1. Pearl Jam - The Fixer


Friday, December 11, 2009

Nowhere Nights



My buddy Kasey Anderson just asked me to help design a show poster for his upcoming tour, and it got me thinking that for as much as I love Kasey's music I have yet to post about him on my blog, despite the fact that I have been sporadically playing on tracks for his upcoming record. There is a lot I could say about Kasey's songs, but the simplest would be that the guy is fucking good. It's the type of rootsy American rock that I wish I could write myself, but every time I try it comes out all mutated into "What Have I Done?" Thankfully he lets me play on his stuff, so I can eventually get my imagination fix of what it would be like to be in the E Street Band.

Kasey Anderson's new record, Nowhere Nights, is available right here, but you can also stream the whole thing below. Dig it.


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Bruce Springsteen and Conor Oberst playing Thunder Road

Just found this online this morning and thought it was really cool. Not the greatest video but I enjoy seeing two of my favorite artists on stage together.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

THIS IS A GOOD ASS COOKIE!

So R. Kelly's new single is called Pregnant, and the chorus literally goes: "Girl, you make me wanna getcha pregnant (knock you up, knock you up)." I'm not making this up, google it. Suffice to say that the song is fucking rad.

I love this man.

Oh and by the way... THIS IS A GOOD ASS COOKIE!

Monday, December 7, 2009

TGATG nominated for 4 What's-Up! Awards

Fantastic news! The Ghost and the Grace has been nominated for 4 awards at this years What's-Up Awards in Bellingham! Best album, best new band, best pop band and best name! Anyone can vote, just click below and show your support!

http://whatsup-magazine.com/2010-whats-up-awards-ballot/

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Paintings For Sale

My walls are getting way too covered with my paintings, so as hard as it may be, I think that it is just about time that I part ways with a few of them. I am willing to work with people on prices, and as long as you are willing to pay shipping we can probably work something out, but I am also including a ball park estimate on each. These are not prints, they are all original, one-of-a-kind pieces.

If you think to yourself, "Whoa, these prices are a steal!", then thanks. If you think to yourself, "Whoa, these are ridiculously overpriced." Then please keep in mind that these are my babies.

If more than one person is after one painting in particular then it could go up, or down, who knows. Here are a few that I am willing to part with:



"Park Place" 16 inches x 16 inches SOLD



"Lift" 8 inches x 24 inches SOLD



"Waiting" 16 inches x 20 inches SOLD



"Trust Me" 48 inches x 24 inches $300



"Vacant" 18 inches x 24 inches SOLD



"President's Day" 48 inches x 24 inches $300



"Self Portrait" 48 inches x 36 inches $350



"An Account Of The Melancholy Death Of Four Naughty Boys Who Were Devoured By Wild Beasts" 48 inches x 30 inches $350



"Girl" 60 inches x 72 inches $500



"The End Of The World" 60 inches x 72 inches $500



"Two" 60 inches x 72 inches $500



"The Most Difficult Household Pest" 18 inches x 24 inches SOLD



"Prey" 48 inches x 72 inches $400

If you are interested and want to throw an offer at me then just shoot me an email at IdiotPilotLessons@hotmail.com. Payment can be super easy over paypal, but like I said I cannot cover the shipping. If anyone is interested in one of the super massive paintings, then it will probably need to go by freight, which I will take care of as long as it is paid for.

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Forest Of Polarity

Four of my friends, Drew, Mark, Jonny, and Wendelin, have a band called Rooftops. I have seen them put on plenty of fantastic shows, but witnessed a particularly killer one tonight.



Rooftops is a math-rock band with post-rock tendencies, and there songs remind me very much of classical compositions in arrangement and performance. Like a violin suite transposed onto three guitars, the songs weave from section to section and use motif as a means of familiarity rather than a recurring chorus. It's refreshing, and on repeat listens the hooks will reveal themselves in really elegant ways.

Click on the art below to download their new record from iTunes, or click here if you want the real thing.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Mall VLOG

No Distance Left To Run

There is a documentary coming out about this years Blur reunion called "No Distance Left To Run." Those of you thinking "Oh, you mean that guy from Gorillaz?" need to get educated. Or you could just wait until January of next year. Looks bad ass.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Holiday Ad

Here is an ad that I made for Holiday Spirit. Feel free to post it on your pages or blogs or wherever you like. Also, here is the direct link to the page to donate and download: http://theghostandthegrace.com/post/2009/nov/26/holiday-spirit-vol-1-ghost-and-grace/

Imperial Bedrooms

My favorite author, Bret Easton Ellis, is finally in the first stages of releasing his next book, Imperial Bedrooms. It is a sequel to his first novel, Less Than Zero. Bret is also the genius behind The Rules Of Attraction, Glamorama, and American Psycho.



A few days ago, the international cover art for Imperial Bedrooms was released. Not sure if this is going to be the US version as well, but it looks pretty cool. The publisher, Random House, has also finally released a synopsis:

"Twenty-five years have passed since the events chronicled in Less Than Zero, and Clay Easton, now a successful screenwriter, has returned from a brief stint in New York City to Los Angeles, where he's helping to cast his newest movie, The Listeners. But the more things have changed, the more they stay the same, and Clay is soon drifting around in his familiar old circle. There's his vulnerable former girlfriend, Blair, and her husband, Trent, now a high-powered agent but still a bisexual philanderer; and the parties they host at their Beverly Hills mansion are filled with Hollywood types of various levels of fame and fortune and power. There's his childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict running an ultra-discreet, high-class escort service, and their old dealer Rip Millar, reconstructed and face-lifted nearly beyond recognition, who nowadays is involved in activities far more sinister than those of his notorious past.

But Clay has demons of his own, and they threaten to destroy him once he becomes involved with Rain Turner, a gorgeous, much younger actress whom he has promised a role in his movie, exploiting her as best he can until he grows emotionally attached. Before long he realizes she has mysterious connections to not only Julian and Rip but also Kelly Montrose, a producer whose gruesomely violent death is suddenly very much the talk of the town. And as Clay's life spirals out of control, he is forced to plumb the dark recesses of his character and fully come to terms with his capacity for betrayal.

As bleak and stylish as the era-defining Less Than Zero, Imperial Bedrooms will be the book of the season for Bret's devoted fans and should also win him a whole new generation of readers."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

What A Special Time Of Year

Holiday Spirit Vol. 1 by The Ghost And The Grace

1. The Mall
2. The Tree Is On Fire
3. Snow Keeps Pouring Down

Happy Black Friday to you all! The holidays are a time for giving, and in that spirit we here at The Ghost And The Grace have decided to release Holiday Spirit Vol. 1 in a very special fashion.

First, you can pay whatever you would like for the 3 song EP, just click below like you would any other item in our store, and choose your price. If you would like the EP for free, then take it, if you would like to give $10 to support the music, then be our guest. Our suggested price is $3.

Secondly, we are donating a portion of all of the money that we receive to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Click on the link to find out more. If you would like to donate on your own we would highly encourage it.

DOWNLOAD AND DONATE HERE

I also want to give a big thank you to Chip Westerfield, Paul Turpin and Chris Newton. Chip Westerfield was the co-producer, Paul Turpin did mastering, and Chris Newton did the drums on The Mall.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

This is my new favorite video. I can't stop watching. Poor Ricky.



"I may have been dating Jess... I didn't love her, and you knew that... use your fucking mind."

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Altitude Trailer

So by now I have managed to check out three of the 10 upcoming films that I wanted to see below, and I wasn't disappointed by a single one. I actually think that Antichrist is not only one of the most disturbing movies that I have ever seen, but one of the best. Unfortunately, it's so extreme I would feel slightly irresponsible recommending it to anyone. I also thought that The Box and The Fourth Kind were both much better than the reviews would have one believe.

(Brief side-note: Universal was just sued by the Alaska Press Club over The Fourth Kind, for fabricating news articles about alien abduction in Nome. They payed 20 grand.)

I just caught another new trailer and this movie looks like a lot of fun. I am a sucker for monster flicks and the concept of this one is pretty damn original. It's like Cthulu, but instead of hanging out underwater this thing lives in the sky. It should also be noted that I am a sucker for all things even remotely Lovecraft.

Here is what the Bloody Disgusting synopsis says about Altitude:

Lost in a mysterious cloudbank, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends must contend with a freak mechanical failure that first sends their small plane climbing to an impossible height, and then plummeting through endless mist.

After regaining control, the survivors are confronted with a horrifying realization - the very ground beneath them has vanished and a malevolent force lurking in the clouds wants them dead.


Check out the trailer below:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Prudie Good

Just watch.



Thanks to Chris Newton for reminding me how rad this guy is. Chris has been laying down drums for The Ghost And The Grace, check out his blog here.

Holiday Spirit Vol. 1

Coming Black Friday, The Ghost And The Grace presents Holiday Spirit Vol. 1. A collection of some of the most bitter and, most importantly, 100% original Christmas songs that the world has ever heard! Only available online! More details to come!



The Ghost And The Grace - Holiday Spirit Vol. 1

1. The Mall
2. Black Ice
3. The Tree Is One Fire
4. Old Lost Toys
5. Snow Keeps Pouring Down

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ghostly Drum Sessions

Drum sessions for The Ghost And The Grace Christmas EP and upcoming full length album. Featuring Chip Westerfield, Ian Imhof, and Chris Newton.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Idiot Pilot Single Coming Soon

The new Idiot Pilot single will be available VERY SOON, directly from us for 1.23 € via Soundcloud. Interested? You should be. But if you want to see the cover art early then you are going to have to help with a little project...

Idiot Pilot has 33,980 fans on Myspace and only 1,424 fans on Facebook. Seems kind of disproportionate right? Your job is to help us get the Facebook page at least up to 5,000. You can do this by sending your friends this link:

http://www.facebook.com/idiotpilot

and tell them to click on Become A Fan! Or just do it yourself if you haven't already!

Once we reach 5,000 Facebook fans we will be releasing the cover art everywhere online, and you'll all be that much closer to hearing what we've been cooking up!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Top Ten Upcoming Horror Films

It's been a while since I posted so I wanted to make sure and put something up here that was specifically blog oriented, no just a repost of some Ghost And The Grace or Idiot Pilot news.

Obviously, being such a huge fan of horror, I adore the Halloween season and sometimes I need a little pick me up once it's gone. Thankfully there have been a whole slew of upcoming films that have caught my attention, so what I wanted to do is make a list of the top ten soon-to-be-released, or just released, horror films that I haven't had the chance to see. These ain't recommendations, obviously, just ranked by my patented anticipation meter. Here we go.

#10 The Wolfman

This looks a lot more fun than frightening, as to be expected, but there is something about this clean, gothic, family-horror look that has a place in my heart. Of course, it has the possibility of veering very quickly into a bloodless PG-13 bore-fest, but it's rating has yet to be given and the cast looks promising.



#9 House Of The Devil

It's really hard to tell whither or not this will be good from the trailer. What it does have going for it, though, is that Ti West did an incredible job of making it look as legitimately vintage as possible. It looks like a spot on homage to early 80s horror.



#8 Splice


Based on what I have seen so far, Splice is the only movie on my list that is scoring any cute points. In fact, it is pretty hard to believe that this little guy could get all that scary, but apparently that is what happens. I suppose they said the same thing about Gizmo in Gremlins and then look what happened. This movie is also produced by Guillermo Del Toro, the genius behind Pan's Labyrinth.



#7 Shutter Island

Scorsese does a horror film. What else do I need to say?



#6 Trick R. Treat

I have been waiting to see this movie for an incredibly long time. In fact, I think that I first heard about it two years ago when it was doing the festival rounds, before then inexplicably disappeared. One might think this was due to a poor reception, but when you look at the reviews it's gotten, that is hard to believe. 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, especially for a horror movie, is shockingly good. It also doesn't hurt that Anna Paquin makes a gorgeous Little Red Riding Hood. This is one of the few on the list that I am sure if I tried I could have seen by now, so really it's nobodies fault but my own.



#5 The Crazies

Something about this trailer just thrills me every time I see it. I have never seen the original film, which was directed by George A. Romero, of Night Of The Living Dead fame (along with countless other "...Of The Living Dead" fames), but it is regarded as a cult favorite. As you may have noted from some of my earlier reviews, I am not one of the purists out there who hate every remake of a horror classic, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were people out there complaining about how different this looks than the original. Whatever. The opening scene alone looks intense enough for me to see this.



#4 The Human Centipede


Just hearing the concept of this film disturbed me so much that I almost feel bad for posting it here. It took about a week of me suddenly and uncontrollably getting grossed out before I could finally push it to be back of my mind, so much so that for a long time my general thoughts on the movie were, "Why would anyone in their right mind want to see that?" Somehow, after about a month and a half, I have come around, if nothing more than to test my gag reflex.

Case in point, three unsuspecting tourists somehow end up at the mercy of a crazy doctor. Not just any crazy doctor, but the leading surgeon in the field of Siamese twin separation, who has decided that the world would be a much better place if he started using his craft to go in the other direction. In other words, to put people together instead of taking them apart. That, unfortunately, is not the disturbing part. All I can say is that his method of connecting the three helpless tourists is through one long gastronomical tract. Use your imagination. Yep, what you think I am saying is what I am actually saying. Sounds like a laugh riot!



#3 Macabre

Aww, the old group-of-teenager's-on-a-road-trip,-car-breaks-down-and-they-have-to-stay-with-a-nutty-family-of-psychos gag. Apparently they haven't had enough of that in Indonesia and I for one am stoked. This is based on a short film that the director's did, which was well received enough to warrant a full feature. Apparently, the plot bears a lot of similarities to Inside, which is a favorite of mine. Let's hope it's more of an homage than a full on rip-off.



#2 The Fourth Kind

Alright, confession time. Aliens scare the fuck out of me. I cannot even begin to tell you how much my childhood nightmares were plaged by the though out waking up to a skinny grey guy with a big head kicking it at the foot of my bed. This leads to countless films where the general public seems to say, "meh", and I am left with the distinct impression that that was the scariest thing I have seen in my life (Fire In The Sky anyone?) Good god, even the way they pixelate that ladies face scares me.



#1 Antichrist

Remember how Dancer In The Dark was one of the most depressing things you could possibly subject yourself to? Well Lars Von Trier is at it again with Antichrist. Apparently it's nothing less than the directors usual shocking approach, put into a horror package. Add to that that the fact that a central axis of the movie is the idea that women are inherently evil, and you've got yourself a fairly controversial little piece of work. Maybe that is why some people are saying that it is "The most shocking film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The World Is A Vampire



Fall is my favorite season; the leaves changing color, the nights growing longer, and of course, Halloween. In that spirit, I wanted to give you all a gift to enjoy as part of your spooky festivities. I decided to record a cover of Bullet With Butterfly Wings by The Smashing Pumpkins and it is available to you all, absolutely and 100% for free. Just click below to download! Thank you so much to everyone for your continued support of The Ghost And The Grace!

Download: bullet_with_butterfly_wings.zip

For more The Ghost And The Grace go here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

What's Up! Benefit Show

We are pleased to announce that we are going to be playing in Bellingham on October 24th at The Nightlight Lounge, as part of a benefit for What's Up! Magazine. The show is a donation of 5 dollars and is 21 and over. Here is the info!

Saturday, October 24th,
Bellingham, Washington @ The Nightlight Lounge
21+, $5 suggested donation
with The Ghost And The Grace, Rooftops, So Adult, DJ Postal, Boris Budd with Shawnee Kilgore and Femme Uke


If you haven't already heard the amazingness that is Rooftops, then check them out here

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Death Of Georgia Pacific

Yesterday I went on an expedition with two wonderful folks, Jettie and Natalie, into the heart of what used to Bellingham's 37 acre industrial center, Georgia Pacific, which ran from 1963 until 2001. Eventually the site will be completely demolished and some sort of massive, park/marina/shopping center, who knows? But until then it will remain a magical landmark of the city. This is a short film I made about the death of this massive site. Enjoy.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sufjan Stevens Loves Too Much

Finally, after long last, Sufjan Stevens is finally preforming new material. During his current tour he has busted out at least 4 new songs, all of which are outrageously rad. A few things you will notice right off the bat, first, there is much less banjo and much more electric guitar, in fact, there is no banjo on these. Second, unlike most previous tracks, there has been the welcome addition of drum programming and other electronics, and third, these songs are loooooooong.

The standout track absolutely has the be the shamelessly poppy "There's Too Much Love", which boasts one of the strongest hooks I have heard in ages. If this song is on the next record I would not be surprised if Sufjan's popularity entered the next stratosphere. I guess they would probably have to trim off about 3 minutes first.

Check out "There's Too Much Love" below.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ghost Tones

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dillinger Espace Plan Literally Ruins Your Face

So the second Idiot Pilot record that I recorded featured two drummers, for those of you readers out there that don't already know. One was Travis Barker, who is known mostly for his work with Blink-182, and the other was Chris Pennie who, at the time, was the drummer for Dillinger Escape Plan.

I think it is fair to assume that your average person is going to be more familiar with the work of Blink-182 than Dillinger, and that is a shame because Dillinger Escape Plan is arguably the best Mathcore band of all time. But then again, something tells me pop punk is going to get into radio rotation a little faster than this:



Anyway, I wanted to dedicate today's post to a live video that I remember finding of the band a few years back. Have you ever wanted to see a singer run on peoples faces? Now you have.

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Nightmare on Elm Street Teaser!

Oh man, I'm really excited about this new A Nightmare On Elm Street trailer. It's about time!



I also decided today that with all of that The Ghost And The Grace work that I have been doing I have really been neglecting this blog. That is going to change. Stay tuned for a post a day and we will see how long I can keep this up!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How Far You Go Music Video



Check out the official music video for How Far You Go by The Ghost And The Grace, featuring cameos from 20 artists and bands. Can you name them all? The first person that does in the comments at www.theghostandthegrace.com get’s a free signed copy of Behold! A Pale Horse and one of the actual puppets from the video. If you like what you see then please repost, retweet and forward until your hearts content!

Monday, September 21, 2009

How Far You Go Music Video Coming Tomorrow!

The music video for How Far You Go is going to premier tomorrow, over at www.TheGhostAndTheGrace.com. It features very special guest appearances by twenty well known artists and bands, four of which are featured in the preview below. Make sure to tune in tomorrow and be ready for your chance to win an exclusive prize as well as a signed copy of Behold! A Pale Horse. See you then!



And if you haven't already, get the record right here!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Mad Tea Party

I love this video. Somewhere between hilarious and deeply, deeply depressing.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Featured In The Stranger

Check out this awesome article from Megan Seling in this weeks The Stranger, about the upcoming album and shows!

Idiot Co-Pilot Goes Solo as the Ghost and the Grace

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spark Plug Cover From Argentina

One thing that I absolutely love is foreign bands doing Idiot Pilot covers. Every once in a while a little gem will pop up on Youtube where a metal band from Europe will make there way through a rousing, broken English rendition of To Buy A Gun and it just warms my heart. This particular one is extra special for the female singer rocking the harmonies and the fact that for once the song they are playing is not To Buy A Gun. All the way from Argentina, check out The Crack Inside playing Spark Plug!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Button Madness!

You can never have too many buttons, especially when supporting your favorite bands! To celebrate the upcoming live debut of The Ghost And The Grace, any order from our online store between today (the 3rd) and next Thursday (the 10th) will recieve a free, four-peice button set of these awesome The Ghost And The Grace buttons. What better reason to get that shirt you have been eyeing? Just head on over to the store and make any order, but don't take to long because this is for one week only!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rock Freaks Review

Rock Freaks gives Behold! A Pale Horse by The Ghost And The Grace a fantastic review! Check it out here:
http://www.rockfreaks.net/index.php?page=albumreviews&id=2108

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Seriously

This shit has gone too far. Is it the end of the world yet?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It's That Time!



It's that time again! Recording officially starts on The Ghost And The Grace album number two.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Two New Radiohead Songs

Have you guys heard the two new Radiohead track that are floating around the internet?

The first is My Twisted Words. Sounds pretty good, with a "The Cure" sized intro before the vocal starts. Check it out below:



Then we have this tribute to Harry Patch, titled... well... Harry Patch. Harry was the last living British Solider to have fought in World War 1.



You can download These Are My Twisted Words for free right here at Radiohead official site, complete with artwork in a nice neat little .zip file.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dexter Season 4

I don't talk about it much, but I have to confess, I absolutely love the show Dexter. Maybe it's my preoccupation with Lost discussion that has pushed my Dexter rants to the wayside, after all there is only so much room on my blog that I can dedicate to serialized TV. But since I just finished watching season 3 and season 4 is coming up quickly in the next few months.

Oh yeah, and John Lithgow has joined the cast as Dexter's serial killing rival. So stoked.



Michael C. Hall is a fantastic actor, right up there with Christina Bale when it comes to portraying heartless serial killers, and yet somehow he has managed, over the course of 3 seasons, to give Dexter a heart without making him any less believable.

Hanging Out In The Studio With The Ghost And The Grace

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

College News Review

Check out the brand new review from CollegeNews.com of Behold! A Pale Horse by The Ghost And The Grace.

"'How Far You Go' has a backwater folk feel with its banjo-laden verses and low-pitched lyrics, but musically explodes its refrains with alternative rock while showcasing Anderson’s vocal prowess. 'Antlion' relaxes with its meandering banjo and laid-back vocals, leaving you satisfied and pacified. On 'Genetics,' the single from the album, Anderson takes the alternative genre’s best attributes and adds his own subtle folk topping."

Read the whole thing right here!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Seattle Show Flyer

Here is a second Ghost And The Grace poster that I designed! This one if your the Seattle show, check it out!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dylan's Christmas Is Coming

Today I finished up the writing fifteenth demo for the next full length Ghost And The Grace record and am debating whither or not to record a few more to choose from. While I consider my options, however, there is another project that I am going to dive into, which is The Ghost And The Grace Christmas record, or EP, or whatever. The funny thing about making Christmas records is that if you want to have it done in time for the holiday season then you need to start it really early when the sun is shining and Christmas is the last thing on your mind.

Apparently Bob Dylan has the same idea, because suddenly a bunch of people are posting around the net that the legend plans on releasing his first ever Christmas record this year. Some songs that have already been confirmed are "Must Be Santa", "I'll be Home for Christmas", "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem". The concept of this is actually pretty exciting for me, as I am always thrilled for more good Christmas music. I only hope that he goes the extra step of not just covering the classics but also adding to that ever expanding catalog of holiday tracks in existence.



Scott Marshall, an author who penned a book about Dylan, is quoted as saying "At first glance it may sound bizarre, but I don't think Dylan cares much about what his detractors might make of it". I don't get that at all, some of the best Christmas albums are folk records.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Album As An Art Gallery

A late night / early morning discussion of how the album as an emotional journey is no longer a relevant metaphor.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Show Flyer

I spent last night designing a flyer for The Ghost And The Grace Bellingham show and I am very proud of the way that it turned out. I wanted to post it up on here for you guys to check out!


(Click thumbnail for larger size)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Live Debut Weekend!

We are pleased to announce that The Ghost And The Grace debut has become a two day event! First we are playing on Sept, 11th in Seattle at El Corazon, and then we are playing on Sept 12th in Bellingham at The Old Foundry! Come and be a part of musical history!

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Bellingham Show Info:
Saturday, September 12th 2009

The Ghost And The Grace
Shane Tutmarc
Pan Pan

The Old Foundry
100 E. Maple St.
Bellingham, WA
All Ages / $5
Doors @ 7:30 / Music @ 8:15

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Seattle Show Info:
Friday, September 11th 2009

The Ghost And The Grace
Shane Tutmarc
TBA

El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98109
All Ages (Bar w/ ID)
Price TBD
Doors @ 8pm / Music @ 9pm

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Review Contest

The Ghost And The Grace Review Contest



So here is how this works. I have noticed that a lot of you guys out there have your own websites, profile pages and blogs, and obviously I know that I lot of you out there also have Behold! A Pale Horse because I hand packaged every single one. What I am looking for the the most insightful review of the Behold! A Pale Horse by The Ghost And The Grace. This does not mean the most glowing review. If you give it a 1 out of 10 but you can back it up with thoughtful and relevant insight into the music, then you could win; vice versa, if you give it a rave review but don't know what you are talking about, you won't win. The person who can most thoughtfully dissect the record will win a free The Ghost And The Grace T-Shirt shipped to them anywhere in the world. All you have to do is post your review in your blog, website, profile etc. (anywhere where it actually stays up, not a bulletin or tweet) and then send a link to GhostAndGraceLive@gmail.com

You have until the afternoon of August 6th, so get to work folks!

- Daniel

If you don't have the record to review, click here to buy it!

Rehearsal Video



Here is a quick little video of The Ghost And The Grace getting ready for our first shows. Thanks a lot to Haylee for editing and shooting this.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Band

The Ghost And The Grace rehearsals have been going amazingly, and I couldn't be more thrilled with my excellent live band. They are some of the best musicians in town and equally good friends, so in honor of them I though I would do a post for you guys to check out all of their other musical endeavors and projects.

Ryan Soukkala also played Drums in the legendary Lands Farther East, as well as Idiot Pilot
Drew Fitchette rips guitar in Rooftops... HARD.
Sarah Jerns is Pan Pan. She plays trumpet and keys, sometimes at the same time.
Ian Imhof get's things done for Clickpop Records. He also slays the tambourine and sings backup vocals.
Chris Newton shreds guitar, and blogs about it right here.
Paul Latham holds down the bass, and is definitely not this guy.

If you get the time check out eveyone elses other projects. I am going to be posting a date for the worlds first Ghost And The Grace show in the next coming days. Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Miles Fisher's Take On Talking Heads And American Psycho

Apparently, somebody decided to take one of my top three favorite songs of all time, and combine it with American Psycho, one of my top three favorite movies or all time. Needless to say, I am stoked. Check out Miles Fisher's cover of "This Must Be The Place" by Talking Heads, and the accompanying music video in which he expertly parodies Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman. Musically it is actually a very, very cool take on the already phenomenal song, and even though this guy is mostly known as the Tom Cruise look alike from Superhero Movie, the acting is fantastic.



Little known fact: Before recording almost every scream vocal take on Wolves, I would sit alone and listen to the original version on this song.

This song and a few others can be downloaded for free at MilesFisher.com

Friday, July 24, 2009

43 Minutes In Heaven

The other day I sat down for an interview with Joel from Idiotfans.net, over iChat, and it ended up being a 43 minutes long! I don’t know why any of you guys out there would be interested in hearing me ramble on for 43 minutes, but if that sounds like something you are into then check it out below. We cover a lot of ground, from The Ghost And The Grace lyrics, to production techniques, and even a few questions about the next Idiot Pilot album. Big thanks to Joel for putting this together.

Interview w/ Daniel Anderson of The Ghost And The Grace from Joel Rogers on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Beyond! A New Course

Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you the heads up to check out an interview that I just did for ContactMusic.com. It was featured on the front page this morning but has since been replaced with Will Ferrel. The article is still there, though, so check it out! Thanks so much to Jordan Dowling for writing this.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sufjan Stevens Releases The BQE!

Sufjan Stevens seems to have been keeping things low key lately, it's been 4 years since his modern classic, Illinois, hit #1 on the US Heatseekers chart, with not much more than a Christmas box set being released during the years in between. Not even so much as an announcement to the subject of his next piece to the dauntingly ambitious "The 50 States Project".

But then again why do a whole state when you can just focus on one stretch of road? Sufjan is releasing a DVD film and accompanying soundtrack to The BQE, his symphonic tribute to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and it's all going to be available on on October 20th through Asthmatic Kitty Records.

There is a trailer for the film that was just posted online and it is absolutely beautiful. Musically, this seems very akin to Aaron Copeland who, as most of you readers already know, is my all time favorite composer. Enjoy!

THE BQE- A Film By Sufjan Stevens from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Is the Myspace ship sinking?

I don't know. But apparently everyone is heading to Facebook. In that case, would you care to become a fan of The Ghost And The Grace over there?



Just click on BECOME A FAN!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ghost And The Grace Live Band NEEDED!



Still looking to fill a few slots for The Ghost And The Grace live band. If you would like to be a committed member of this very active band and live in the Bellingham area, shoot me an email at GhostAndGraceLive@gmail.com. We are still looking for:

Banjo/Mandolin/Acoustic Guitar player


We need someone to switch between a few of the acoustic instruments for each song, we already have the banjo and mando for you to use and if you are a good guitar player then they are not to hard to get a grasp on with a little practice. Mostly you would be rocking the banjo.

Horn Player


We already have the most bad ass trumpet player in the world, but she is also the most bad ass key player in the world and it is just not possible to do both at the same time, all of the time.

Strings


I am open to anything from cello to violin, if you want to come rock out, let me know!

Hopefully I will hear from some of you guys soon!

- Daniel

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dave Chappelle Mysteriously Appears In Portland

Apparently, Dave Chappelle showed up in Portland last night for an impromptu comedy show on the street in Pioneer Square. Armed with a just tiny amplifier and a mic, he showed up at around 12:50 to a crowd of nearly 4,000 people who all heard about the show through Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. So rad. Here is the video.

Dave Chappelle at Pioneer Square

Monday, July 13, 2009

Eli Roth's 'Bear Witness'

This is excruciatingly old but I finally just stumbled around onto it. By now most of you have probably gathered that Eli Roth is my favorite director, despite my semi-disappointment with Hostel 2 (although, I think that it is pretty hard to live up to the first one.) Anyway, Roth has some amazing quotes in this and it is definitely worth the watch. Just check out this little gem:

"I have a terrible Tim Allen movie that I want to make called 'Bear Witness'. About a bear that witnesses a mob hit and Tim Allen is the lawyer and the bear's got to stay at his apartment."

Artist on Artist: Josh Brolin & Eli Roth

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Behold! A Pale Horse Out Now!

Today marks the official release of the debut album from The Ghost And The Grace, Behold! A Pale Horse! Check them out below, and if you haven’t already, head over to the store and pick yourself up a copy of the record! Shipping immediately!

Click here to buy





Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Piranha 3-D

In 1975, Steven Spielberg's Jaws took the world by storm, bringing blockbuster credibility to the horror genre and opening the floodgates for years of knockoffs about over-sized or insatiable creatures of the deep. From my personal favorite, Orca: The Killer Whale! to the comedy/horror romp, Piranha.



Piranha is currently being remade by on of my favorite new directors, Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and the unfortunate Mirrors), and it sounds like it is going to be amazing. Unlike his other films which are notable for their ruthlessly dark tone, Piranha is going to be more of a popcorn film in the vein of "The Frighteners, Braindead, (and) Gremlins." It probably doesn't hurt that it is in 3D either.

I am pretty stoked on the thought Alexandre has put into the upcoming films campy, pop culture cameos. First there is Ashlynn Brooke, who the faint-of-heart and the under 18 probably should not Google, and who I only really mention just so I can boost up the severely lacking "picture of babe" quotient in this blog. Second, apparently Christopher Loyd has been cast as a kooky old guy, which is probably already worth the ticket price right there. But most impressive is, frankly, one of the most bad ass, full circle crossovers I have ever heard of.

In an homage to Jaws, the film that started it all, Richard Dreyfuss will briefly reprise his role as everyone's favorite marine biologist, Matt Hooper. Yes, I'm serious, that Matt Hooper. The one who's gonna need a bigger boat.

Alexander had this to say about the cameo in a recent interview with ShockTillYouDrop.com:

Shock: How much screen time is Richard Dreyfuss going to have in this?

Aja: You'll see. It's very funny because it's an unofficial, indirect sequel or spin-off [of his Jaws character]. So, it's funny.

Shock: Did it take much convincing to get him on board?

Aja: When you write a character and you think about an idea... When the idea for Richard Dreyfuss to play this part came to us, we couldn't imagine anyone else. The studio really supported us in that decision to get him. From the glasses, to the outfit, to everything you'll see.



I officially cannot fucking wait.