Monday, June 29, 2009

Ghost Cat

A short video tribute to an old friend of mine...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Let's Write A Song #3

Sorry, at about 3:38, I say we are going to focus on the bridge next. We are actually trying to now figure out the chords for a chorus.

The Box Trailer

The trailer for Richard Kelly's (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales) The Box just showed up online. I have been interested in this since I heard about the plot a few months back, and the trailer looks pretty good despite their bizarre choice of throwing in the "Saw" music at the end. Apparently Arcade Fire is doing the score, which should be cool. Why not just use one of those tracks?

Click here to watch.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PureVolume Exclusive: My Shell Is Broken

I just finished setting up a Purevolume account for The Ghost And The Grace, and it would be great to have some of you guys head over there and add yourselves as fans. Just to sweeten the deal, I have uploaded the song “My Shell Is Broken” from Behold! A Pale Horse, in it’s entirety for you guys to check out. The only place you can hear it is at! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tim Burton's Alice Photos

I'm very interested in the direction of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. The first few pictures that I saw of it months ago made me think that it wasn't going to be even close to creepy enough, but judging by this shot of Johnny Depp I have been sorely mistaken. Take a look for yourselves and let me know what you think. I, for one, am stoked.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Trent Reznor Digg Interview

Please take the time to check out this amazing interview with Trent Reznor. It's part of an interview series on where the questions that are asked are determined by votes from Digg users. Apparently the folks on Digg are incredibly competent and thoughtful, because the questions are amazing and mostly pertain to marketing music in this new age, which is something that we talk about a lot on here. Check it out, you won't be disappointed. Thanks so much to Dave for showing me this.

Trent Reznor Digg Interview

So after watching that, if you are still thinking that you want to support The Ghost And The Grace by haven't pre-ordered the record, click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Free Genetics Single

Download the free single for Genetics at The Ghost And The Grace website!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Death Metal Muppets

Lately Me, Dave, Nick, Karl and Little Steph have been getting our kicks by staying up very late watching terrible music video from the 90s. Somehow, during one of these nostalgia binges, we found this little gem of a video, which is neither terrible, nor from the 90s. Regardless, it's one of the most amazing things I have seen in a long, long time.

Monsters Of Folk

I am rarely excited about musical "super groups", simply because they are rarely better than the sum of their parts. In fact, most of the time they are much, much worse. I am hoping that curse gets lifted, however, with the release of Monsters Of Folk, a new band comprised of Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward. The record is self-titled, and being released on September 22, 2009.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Genetics Music Video

If you like what you hear then please go to the store and order a copy of the record for yourself.

Thanks so much to Haylee for directing.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Want To Be In A Band?

A while ago when someone asked me if The Ghost And The Grace was going to ever play live I said that I would love to, but probably not, simply because the size of the band needed would just be too great. Since then I have given this a lot of thought, and as it seems like every day this project grows even more legs (I suppose it is like a centipede now), it is only fitting that I have now decided to dive into putting together a live operation.

Want to be a part of this? If you live in the Bellingham area and can play any of the following instruments shoot me an email at

Trumpet, Clarinet, Oboe, Banjo, Violin, Piano/Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin. I am also going to need about three dedicated BG vocalist/tambourine/claps people.

There are actually quite a few people who I have already been talking to about filling some of these roles, so if I don't get back to you don't get to down on yourself. Might as well try though, right?

Funhouse Remake

I am super excited to finally see that Eli Roth is talking about doing some directing again. Apparently he is in talks to helm a remake of Tobe Hooper's horror classic, "Funhouse".

Roth could slay a remake of this. Of course, he was also supposedly going to direct an adaption of Stephen King's Cell, a kung-fu movie with The RZA, and a flim made entirely of fake trailers called trailer trash. In other words, take the news with a grain of salt.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Darmok And Jalad At Tanagra

When you are a musician by trade, one of the streams of income that you receive is through publishing and mechanical royalties. These occur in the form of a few cents here or there when your song is played on the radio or streamed online, or if it is in a movie or a commercial, and eventually add up into something substantial if you are lucky enough. The way that these are collected is through a publishing collection company, like BMI or ASCAP. Idiot Pilot happens to be registered through ASCAP, which is why when you look through the credits of an Idiot Pilot record you will see something that says "©2007 Idiot Pilot Music ASCAP", which is the case of Wolves. Some artists have more interesting publishing identities though, like Sunny Day Real Estates "One Day I Stopped Breathing" or Broken Social Scenes "Arts & Crafts Productions Inc."

Now that I am releasing The Ghost And The Grace album, I decided to start a new publishing identity for myself. I searched high and low for a name and finally decided.

There is an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Picard is transported against his will down to a unexplored planet, along with a Tamarian captain. The Tamarian dialect has yet to be deciphered, as they seem to speak in random or nonsensical phrases. The Tamarian captain and Picard are eventually able to communicate with each other once Picard realizes that the dialect is based on metaphor to folklore and history. An example would be if you told someone you loved them by saying to them "Romeo and Juilet in the garden," or that you were hungry by saying "Big bad wolf, blowing down house." Because of their new found understanding, the two captains are able to band together to defeat an alien monster that inhabits the planet and are eventually transported back to their respective ships. A phrase frequently used throughout the episode is "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra", which is a reference to the Tamarian story about warriors who learn to work together in order to overcome an otherwise unsurvivable enemy.

Does this seem like a random thing to just throw into a blog post about publishing royalties? Sure, but no longer. As of last week, all of my future solo musical endeavors shall be legally published under "Darmok And Jalad At Tanagra ASCAP."

Monday, June 8, 2009

Newer Moon

Boy do I love Sam Rockwell. Definitely one of my favorite actors out there today, combine that with a beautiful trailer and a thriller/horror/sci-fi storyline and I am officially stoked for Moon. It's coming to New York and LA on next Friday, so if any of you readers are in the area then check it out and tell me how it is.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

The End

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Buy Behold! A Pale Horse Right NOW!

The day has finally arrived! Head on over to the store and preorder yourself a copy of Behold! A Pale Horse, the debut album from The Ghost And The Grace, shipping June 29th! And for an exclusive time, get a special T-Shirt / CD combo deal! Yes, we are shipping to Europe! Yes, we are stoked! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I am also going to be adding songs to the player and the myspace every two days. Specially, the final CD versions of last years demos! For today, swing by and check out "The Angry Youth March!", and don't forget to preorder Behold! A Pale Horse RIGHT NOW!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Good News / Bad News

The Past And Future Of Hard Rock

Pearl Jam played on the first night of Conan O'Brien's The Tonight Show. This song is amazing. Reminds me so much of Vs. which is by far my favorite Pearl Jam record and probably one of my top five albums of all time. I bought that record when I was in 5th grade and rocked it almost every single day. Really great to see that the guys have still got this kind of power so many years later, especially Eddie Veddar. If any of you guys reading this aren't that familiar with "the Jam" but you like this, then I highly recommended going out and grabbing a copy of Vs.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Back To The Future 4

If only it were true...