Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Idiot Pilot Friday!

Remember that Idiot Pilot show that I was talking about? The one that is this Friday? Well you better be there. We are going to be playing two songs that we haven't played in years, literally. Like 3 years. Ooooooooo. Here is the wonderful little poster that somebody made for the occasion. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Horsemen

Just as I am finishing up the recording of Behold! A Pale Horse, the first Ghost And The Grace album, I find this bad ass trailer for what looks like a bad ass movie coming out this summer. For those of you who don't know, "A Pale Horse" is a reference to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, specifically Death, and I still plan on eventually doing a concept album about each one. Anyway, this movie coming out stars Dennis Quaid and Zhang Ziyi and it is, in fact, called The Horsemen. It obviously has heavy allusions to the same things that I have been working with a lot lately, which is neato, and on top of that the trailer makes it look really awesome; very similar to Seven, but then again what serial killer movie doesn't right?



I'm presently surprised at how creepy Zhang Ziyi can be. I mean how could you be scared of this little lady?



Well apparently she's going to bring about the end of the world... maybe? I don't claim to understand this movie yet but it does look good. Also, Dennis Quaid rips. Dragonheart made me cry when I saw it in theaters. Really, though, how could you not? That dragon was the worlds biggest sweetheart.

Idiot Pilot, January 30th

There is only 5 days left until the Idiot Pilot show right here in Bellingham. Don't forget to come by and hang out, etc. etc.

Bellingham Show! What's Up Pre-Awards Show!

01/30/2009 - Bellingham, WA @ The Old Foundry (Whaam.org)

Show starts at 8:00! w/ The Russians, The Tread Abraham, Connecticut Four, DJ Postal

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tracking



Today I am tracking some banjo, accordion, and guitar for my buddy Kasey Anderson down at Bayside. These songs rip and it's a lot of fun, very "The Boss" so I am obviously stoked. Still plowing through The Ghost And The Grace right now... I decided that I might want to "weird" them up a bit, to what appears to be great results. Already thinking about the next Ghost And The Grace though actually. Three distinct directions come to mind, but I probably shouldn't mention anything yet because I am probably getting a little ahead of myself. Check out Elvis Presley's Power Of My Love for some sort of idea. One of the greatest recordings of all time.



Also, I am still giving those guitar lessons I was talking about a while ago. Comment for details, it's fun and informative.

Monday, January 19, 2009

U2 Wants You To Get On Your Boots

U2 just released the first single off of their new record "No Line On The Horizon." Predictions were pretty accurate, it actually does sound a lot like Achtung Baby and a lot like Pop, but in a lot of ways still reminds me of the song Vertigo. Like Vertigo, I am not sure how I feel about it upon first listen but I think that eventually I am going to love it. The track listing is also online and there is unfortunately no mention of the track Mercy, which is one of my all time favorite U2 bootlegs and that I have been waiting forever to get a full on studio version of.



The new song is called Get On Your Boots and you can listen to it right here.

Apparently there is going to be a video for the song released on January 29th, about which the band has announced "there may have been some marching girls involved. With their boots on."

Lost Is In 3 Days!

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

In Case You Were Wondering What I've Been Doing...

This is a bulletin I just posted from The Ghost And The Grace myspace.

"To those of you who are ahead of the curve enough to have The Ghost And The Grace as a myspace friend, here is a little update. I will probably be more precise and official about this in a couple of weeks, but for now here is what I can say. The debut, FULL LENGTH ALBUM from The Ghost And The Grace is going to be available in about two months, on iTunes for download and hopefully in a special edition package that you will be able to order from the website. There are going to be 13 songs and it will cost around 10$. It is going to feature rerecorded, remixed, remastered and in some cases rewritten versions of some of the tracks you have already heard plus at least 8 that have never "graced" your ears before.

Thanks for reading :)

Daniel"

I figured all you loyal blog readers were special enough too.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Reinvited

There is a scene in the trailer for the new movie, The Uninvited, where a ghostly hand reaches our from under the kitchen counter and grabs somebody. Now that is not exactly uncharted cinematic ground, but combine that with the fact that The Uninvited is about a crazy mom who may or may not be responsible for the deaths of two sisters who may or may not be crazy themselves, and it starts looking a little like the Korean film, A Tale Of Two Sisters.

Oh wait a minute, it IS a Tale Of Two Sisters.

So apparently The Uninvited is a remake of the K-Horror masterpiece, A Tale Of Two Sisters, which is coincidentally one of the best horror movies I have. The original is absolutely beautiful, with amazing cinematography and interesting pacing more akin to something like The Shining than say, The Ring (Nothing against the ring.) But regardless of how amazing A Take Of Two Sisters was, I am a little dubious about this remake.



Here is where I should probably point out that I totally understand the confusion for those of you who read my "The Last House On The Left" post a few days ago. I am very satisfied with most of the classic American horror remakes (The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) but when Hollywood goes for the Asian horror stuff the results, other than The Ring, have been colossal bummers. The original Premonition is cool, The Eye is a classic, and the original One Missed Call is even better than A Tale Of Two Sisters.

One thing that The Uninvited does have going for it, though, is the fact that Arielle Kebbel is in it, and Arielle Kebbel is pretty much the babe of the century. Yes, babe of the century.



Only time will tell, I suppose, and here's hoping, but the PG-13 rating isn't looking too good right now. I am sure that Rotten Tomatoes will have something to say about it in a few days.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Terrible Poker Face Mean Possible Two-Face?

Is it just me or does Aaron Eckhart know something that he's not saying? You be the judge.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Milk

I really love a lot of the Oscar contenders this year, which is great because up until about two weeks ago I was thinking about how few nominees I was probably going to be able to get behind. Recently, though, I saw both Gran Torino and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and enjoyed both thoroughly in two very different ways. I think that both make a damn good case for best picture but I have to err on the side of Gran Torino.

But then, just when I thought I had it all figured out, I watched Milk last night. Gus Van Sant is a great director, and for my tastes he is very hit and miss, but Milk is the director at his best. Sean Penn is amazing, James Franco is amazing, Emile Hirsch is amazing, Josh Brolin is amazing, etc. etc. etc. Penn in particular managed to accomplish the impossible though, which is to make me think that the best actor award might deserve to go to someone other than Heath Ledger.

Anyway, I know that it isn't out in most places right now but I would highly, highly recommended that people make the drive, however far, to the nearest big city and see it.



Harvey Milk passed away in 1978 so I am really to young to know to story, but in watching the movie I was reminded of a lot of things that I actually did know about him. Milk was a really truly amazing man and his story is absolutely touching.


"If a bullet should enter my brain, let the bullet destroy every closet door." - Harvey Milk

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Single Ladies (Put A Powerglove On It)

I know that I am a little late on this, so forgive me, but Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) is one of the best songs that I have heard in a long time. I never really cared much for Beyonce, give or take a few singles, but this is amazing. Percussion wise the track is really similar to what I have been trying to archive with some of the new Idiot Pilot tracks, and the production is ridiculously good. It's no wonder one of the songwriters was Christopher Stewart, the guy who wrote Rhianna's Umbrella. That dude rips.



I think that the icing on the cake has to be the fact that Beyonce rocks a Nintendo Powerglove throughout the whole video. Just ask Tobey Maguire, he loves the powerglove.

The Last House On The Left Remake

Wes Craven is a legend of horror film making, starting as early as 1972's The Last House On The Left and running all the way up until 2005's Red Eye starring Cillian Murphy. Of course, he also stopped along the way to create The Hills Have Eyes 1 and 2 (In 77 and 85 respectively), the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise and The Scream series. After what I thought was a brilliant and refreshingly disturbing remake of The Hills Have Eyes, it's no wonder that the studios are digging back into the Craven catalog for fresh reboots. Eventually we are going to be seeing a new take on Freddy Kruger with the Elm Street remakes (I am going to miss Robert Englund but fuck yes) but first we have this little piece of horror nostalgia that is The Last House On The Left remake.



Call me crazy, but I actually think that this trailer makes it look pretty good. It appears to stay very true to the original, which is apparently due in part to the fact that Wes Craven is the producer and was heavily involved with the script. The truly bizarre thing here is that this trailer not only gives away pretty much all of the major events of the film, in order, but the twist ending too! I guess the only thing stranger is the piano cover of Sweet Child Of Mine they decided to use for the soundtrack, although to be fair, I actually kind of like it now. (Sweet child of mine? Get it?) Anyway, if you haven't seen the original or don't know anything about it, be warned that you are in for a two minute synopsis so something that is worth checking out on your own time. I think that it still remains absolutely one of the best, if not THE best, revenge movies of all time.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me, Eventually

Apparently the new U2 record, No Line On The Horizon, is coming out on March 3rd, my birthday. What a great little present. They did a small feature in the latest Rolling Stone and there is a lot of talk about how the new record is a return to the band's Achtung Baby and Pop sound which is awesome. Unlike most people, I think that this is the scope of time that I appreciate the most from the bands songwriting. Well, maybe not the most, but it's good, really good.



Apparently there is also a song called "Moment of Surrender" that was improvised and recorded in a single take. Whoa, nice one The Edge.

As a side note, in a comment below someone accidentally slipped, hitting there keyboard and typing, by mistake, that U2 wasn't outrageously sick. At least that is what I hope happened. In case that it's not, I just wanted to post a little something to put all of this to rest...


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Expiriment Proves, Without Question, That Joshua Bell Needs A Delay Pedal And Big Sunglasses

Interesting but true story. Two years ago, The Washington Post set up a very thoughtful little experiment in which they ask violist Joshua Bell to preform in a DC Subway. For those of you not familiar, Joshua Bell is regarded as one of the greatest classical musicians in the world. The violin that he plays was made in 1713 and worth 3.5 million dollars, I shit you not. Bell was asked to play for forty-five or so minutes in the subway as a busker, during which time he preformed six pieces for the revolving audience of 1,097 various passers by. Of them, only 7 stopped, for even a moment, and his total profit for the day was $32.17. Not three days earlier, Joshua Bell played to the sold out Boston's Symphony Hall where seats went for approximately a hundred dollars a ticket. The organizer of the event called it an "experiment in context, perception and priorities - as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?" Apparently not, because nobody fucking cared.



I think that this actually says more about the average persons value of art, which is fine, I mean, who am I to say that a great little slice of Bach is more important than getting to work on time? But when you combine experiments like this with plummeting album sales, rampant piracy, and the collapse of the major music industry sales it raises a few eyebrows. Personally, though, until someone puts U2 down there and nobody gives a shit, I'm not worried.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Speaking of The Prime Directive...

Were any of you aware that Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello is a Trekkie?



And who could forget this startling turn as Crewman Mitchel?



Fun stuff. Anyone intersted in some more weird Star Trek cameos that you probably didn't know about?
























And yes, all of these are real. Last but not least, though, as himself...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Nerdcore

Happy Newyear everyone!

Goodbye 2008, hello 2009. Something tells me that this year is going to rip. Maybe it has something to do with the great time that I had with Haylee, Little Steph, Jimmy, Dave, Karl, DeeDee, Mike Wilson and more last night, or maybe it's the late Christmas gift that I got from my little brother and his girlfriend this morning.

Apparently someone out there had the genius idea of doing a series of calendars called "Nerdcore", of naked babes posing with nerdy and humorous themes. This calendar that I was given this year was, obviously, the 2009 edition of which the theme is Sci-Fi. Sweet!



Previous years have featured superhero and video game oriented photo shoots, apparently, and I think that that is as far back as the tradition goes.



If you are friends with someone who falls into any of these categories, you should think about getting them a calander here.

- They spend most of their time at a comic book shop
- They play D&D
- They know the prime directive
- If you know the prime directive

Depending on who is reading this, between 2 to 3 of these could apply to me, so I think it was a pretty rad present.

Thanks kids!