Sunday, December 12, 2010

11 Questions with Daniel Anderson

An interview that I did for What's Up! Magazine. Click the cover below!

Whats-Up-Dec-2010-COVER

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Silian Rail by Glowbug

"Silian Rail", the new record from Glowbug will be released... right now. Download the first track "Gold And Chains And Guns" for free, or the whole EP for just 3 bucks! Tell your friends!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hyro On BBC1!

Lot's of people have been asking me about the hip hop record I did with Hyro Da Hero, Mark (Past Lives/Champagne, Champagne/Blood Brothers), Cody (Blood Brothers/Jaguar Love) and Paul. (The Mars Volta/Sparta/At-The Drive In). A track finally premiered yesterday on BBC 1 Radio with Daniel Carter. Go to the site below and check it out at around 23 minutes in! Fucking awesome!

BBC Radio 1

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bellingham to Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Bellingham to Los Angeles to Las Vegas. A short film featuring The Chemical Brothers.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Glowbug EP!

3 songs, 3 bucks. A brand new band in just about 3 days! For fans of Delorean, Orbital, Animal Collective, Washed Out and My Bloody Valentine. Hear the whole thing for free and please share

<a href="http://glowbug.bandcamp.com/album/awful-scary-yes-very">Awful Scary, Yes, Very by Glowbug</a>

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Experiment time: Can I start a band, do press photos and a website, and release an EP of all original music, recorded mixed and mastered in less than a week? Let's find out!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Ghost and the Grace Previews!

Rat King Preview Featuring Johnny Whitney



Animal Parade

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Sufjan Stevens EP

Without any warning (other than the announcement of an upcoming tour which I have already purchased tickets for) Sufjan Stevens has gone and released a new digital EP. It's 8 songs, two of which are well over 10 minutes long, so you could just as easily call it an full album. I have been listening to it a lot in the short time that I've had it and I can already tell these songs are going to stick around in my iPod for a while, they are beautiful. I am espically taken by the strings at the end of the title track "All Delighted People." Check it out if you don't mind the 7 minutes and 40 seconds to get there, it's worth it.

<a href="http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/all-delighted-people-ep">All Delighted People (Original Version) by Sufjan Stevens</a>


The whole album is available at Sufjan's Bandcamp site for just $5.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

BEACH WIZARD JAM SESSION!

Today I jammed with a real life BEACH WIZARD!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hyro Lewis And The News

It's been a while since my last blog and I am very, very sorry about that. I have been very busy lately on various projects, most of which have me stationed down here in sunny Los Angeles.

Here is just a little taste of what has been keeping me busy. Featuring Paul (At The Drive-In), Mark/Cody (The Blood Brothers), Me (Idiot Pilot) and Hyro Da Hero and recorded at Ross Robinsons house, more fun to come.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Loved Ones Trailer!

A while back I posted about my trip to SXSW this year. As you may remember, I was specifically thrilled about a movie screening for an Australian horror film called The Loved Ones. Unfortunately, because it was still part of the festival circuit and the movie hadn't been picked up yet, there wasn't a trailer. Now here it is. This movie is absolutely amazing, I went with my buddy Chris who doesn't like horror all that music and even he loved it. I highly, highly recommend it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tetris Press

Tetris press! Via Carey Ross and the Cascadia Weekly!

Monday, July 5, 2010

The 4th

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Grimm Love Interview With TS Faull

A few weeks back you may remember me posting about an amazing film that I watched, called Grimm Love. I was really, really blown away by this movie, especially the delicate way the relationship of it's two main characters was handled. It's horrific without using the usual horror clichés, opting instead for genuine emotion and realism.


Twitter is truly a magical thing. Not long after I posted about how fantastic Grimm Love was I noticed this tweet from Grimm Love's writer, TS Faull:

"So - you search for tweets about your movie & end up finding cool new music. Check this out:http://theghostandthegrace.com/"

How incredibly flattering! Me and TS have been talking back and forth online, and a few days ago I asked if I could do an interview about the writing of Grimm Love. I was prompted to do this for a few reasons. First of all, as a viewer, and a follew artist, I am genuinely very interested in some of the great creative choices made in this script. Second, Grimm Love is currently involved in something called the Fangoria Fright Fest and it needs your help to see a theatrical release. Details of how you can do this are posted in the interview below, and it's well worth it because if there is one thing the world needs, it's good, thoughtful horror in theaters.

So without further ado, my interview with Grimm Love writer, TS Faull.

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Q: I remember first hearing about the Armin Meiwes murder and being fascinated by the way that everything came together between these two people. What was it about this particular story that made you decide to write a script based on it?

A: I read about the Meiwes case on the internet when it first happened. A couple of years later, my manager called me and told me that a production company was making a movie about the case. They needed a script - and that's when I came aboard. Like Katie in the movie, I'm drawn to dark things, sometimes to an obsessive degree, and I wanted to get into the heads of these men and figure out what drove them to this act.


Q: From what I already know about those events, your script seemed to portray the way things took place quite accurately. What was the research process like for you? Also, how much of the story, as you know it, was altered for your retelling?

A: The movie is largely accurate, which is why it was banned in Germany for a few years. Armin Meiwes sued the production, claiming that we didn't have a right to make a movie inspired by his story. I did most of my research on the internet, but I also had access to court documents. I did fictionalize the story to a certain extent. My characters are named Oliver Hartwin (the cannibal) and Simon Grombeck (the volunteer). Katie is a purely fictional construct. But I feel the movie is extremely true to the case, overall.


Q: I was struck by the way you scripted the intimate moments between these two men. They have only just met, but because of the parallels between their secret desires, they interact like lovers who have known each other forever. How did you decide to craft the dialog of their relationship that way? Was it difficult to find a realistic balance of hesitation and relief at finally finding a partner?

A: This relationship was so unusual and unique, scripting their night together really required nuance. I relied on Meiwes' account of the evening, as well as emails the two exchanged, and drew dialogue from that. Some lines people consider outrageous were things they actually said to each other! There was even more dialogue between them in the script that didn't make it into the movie, but I think the movie really captures the awkwardness, intimacy, and gravity of their meeting.


Q: The film really moved me because you were able to retain (the Armin character’s) humanity despite the terrible things he did. It’s almost like the horrific part is the audience realizing that they empathize with someone who could have easily been portrayed as a villain. What did you do to keep the humanity in his character?

A: For me, Oliver (the Armin character) was never a villain. He was an extremely isolated, lonely, socially awkward man who felt he'd been abandoned in his youth. He wanted someone who would never leave him, who would stay with him forever, and he believed if he ate someone, he could achieve eternal togetherness with that person. He only wanted to eat someone who volunteered, who wanted to be with him in this way. There's even a scene - and this really happened - where a man comes over, Oliver is going to slaughter him, and then he realizes that the man is just role-playing, he doesn't really want to die. And Oliver lets him go. I never lost sight of his humanity and never viewed him as a monster.


Q: There are essentially two storylines going on throughout the movie, the one between the two characters in the past, and the one in the present with Katie, (played by Keri Russell), researching the case. How did you decide to tell the story in this way?

A: I felt that this movie needed a female presence - not to appease straight viewers, but creatively and artistically this is what I felt the story needed. I also wanted to have a character to serve as the audience's avatar - someone who's curious about this case like we are, who could lead us into the story. Katie serves that function in the movie and I think it works.

My script didn't have the narration that you hear in the movie. That was added in post-production because many of Katie's scenes were cut. I think the producers wanted to keep the focus on the men, with Katie as a sort of tour guide. I like that, I do think it works, but I was trying to achieve something more with Katie. She had a boyfriend in a longer cut, played by Nikolai Kinski (Klaus' son! I was so happy when he was cast). I viewed Katie as self-destructive. She has a dark side this case brings out in her, and she puts herself in jeopardy. Some of these scenes were cut out of the script just before filming and never shot, which is why nothing more happens with Katie and the cannibal message board. And other scenes didn't make the final cut. It's the nature of filmmaking. There is a fuller version of Katie's story in the director's cut. I haven't even seen this cut, but maybe one day - if there's enough interest - a director's cut will make its way to DVD.


Q: Grimm Love is one of the eight movies currently in the running for Fangoria Frightfest. The movie with the best vote is going to see a theatrical release. How did you get involved in this and what can people do who are interested in getting involved?

A: I'm thrilled to be part of Fangoria Fright Fest. As a kid, I read Fangoria all the time. Fangoria has partnered with Lightning Media to release eight horror films - including GRIMM LOVE - on DVD. One of those films will get a theatrical release in late July, prior to the DVD release. So - people who want to see GRIMM LOVE on the big screen can go to www.fangoriafrightfest.com and rate GRIMM's trailer highly - five skulls. The trailer with the highest rating will get a theatrical release. Voting has already started and ends July 19. Spread the word, get your friends to vote. All support is appreciated.


Q: What can you reveal about the upcoming projects you are working on? Do you plan on staying in the horror realm?

A: I'm a huge horror fan. It's really hard to get an original horror film made right now, but yes, horror is my favorite genre and I love horror movies and thrillers and want to make those kinds of movies. Right now I'm working on a crime thriller - it's Hitchcockian but also has an Altman/PT Anderson vibe, with its focus on an ensemble cast of characters. There's a very cool director involved but I can't announce anything yet. I also have a horror script I wrote that I'd love to direct. It's structurally like PSYCHO but the characters are mostly women, so in that sense it's like THE DESCENT. It's a supernatural horror movie and I'd like to try to get that going in the next year or so.

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Huge thank you to TS for the interview! If you like your tweets about Bravo!, True Blood and horror (Yes, yes, and yes) then follow TS on twitter right here and don't forget to vote for Grimm Love in this years Fangoria Fright Fest!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sophomore Album Title


The second Ghost and the Grace album is titled Rat King. It sound's more like "Los Angeles" than it does "Behold! A Pale Horse," but really it doesn't sound like either one. It will be out this year. You can listen to previews of it here and here.

Tetris World Record Breakthrough!


As most of you know, I am going to be going down to LA in August to be a part of the Classic Tetris World Championship in August. This came about for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I am currently the world record holder for the 9th highest Tetris score ever recorded. Well, at least I used to be...

I have been training pretty hard for the competition because, although I am obviously very good at Tetris, as far as the World Championships I am definitely the underdog. There are some absolutely incredible players expected to attend. During this practice time however, I have also been attempting to break my previous world record and last night I did just that.



Barring some horrible mistake by the US Postal service (and even then, I have a backup tape), 668,515 points is soon to be the 5th highest Tetris score of all time, as played by Daniel Anderson.

Hopefully this is a wave that I can ride all the way to the tournament, which you can find out more about right here. I know that I have a lot of fans and friends in Los Angeles already, so I expect to see you all there showing your support! I want to see signs people!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Luddites Beware

I just finished The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil. It is an absolutely fantastic dissection of that rapid growth of technology, specifically the greatly overlooked fact that information technologies are advancing not at a linear rate, but an exponential one. Kurzweil is a fantastic writer, and he approaches the material with the brain of a scientist, giving pages and pages of evidence and explanation (about 300 or so), before diving headfirst into the detailed ramifications. In the interest of grabbing your attention, and because I usually write like a novelist as opposed to a scientist, I am going to start with the ramifications and work backwards.

What is the future going to look like? Well, it depends on how far ahead you want to go, obviously, but what most people don't often understand is how much if going to change in an incredibly short span of time. As the book explains in great detail, we often look at the growth of technology as a linear curve when predicting the future. In other words, when approached with the task of imagining what the world will be like a hundred years from now, one will often think of the world one hundred years before and hypothesis, based on this, what is next. In reality, however, we are at the base of a curve in exponential growth in technology, so when projecting our expectations for the next hundred years, we might be better served to imagine billions of years of progress. Based on his calculations, Ray Kurzweil believes that we will have cured death by this time, and that technology will have progressed so far that we will essentially have filled the universe with sentient matter and energy in the form of nanobots representing our collectively reverse engineered brains, in what he describes as The Singularity. But then, that's jumping ahead a little to far isn't it?

You are probably already reassuring yourself that this somewhat terrifying concept is the lazily concocted ravings of a mad scientist. Who is this guy anyway?

Ray Kurzweil is a scientist, inventor, author and futurist, among other things. Kurzweil one of five members on the United States Army Science Advisory Board, he has received 19 honorary doctorates in various fields and won more scientific recognitions than I could even list here. He invented many of the technologies that we use every day, including scanners, speech recognition software and the first synthesizers of classical instruments. Forbes magazine ranked him as the #8 entrepreneur in the United States and described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” Bill Gates describes him as "the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence." Suffice to say, the guy knows what he's talking about.

Because the book is 652 pages of, what some might consider, fairly dense material, attempting to summarize the concept of The Singularity in my little blog here is not going to be all that insightful compared to the actual book, which I highly recommend, but here goes.

The best way to start talking about The Singularity is to explain Moore's Law. Essentially, this is a way of describing the very apparent, long-term observation that the amount of computer hardware transistors we are capable of placing on a circuit is doubling approximately every year. This is a form of exponential growth which, by it's nature, will start slow, gradually curve, and then take off into the sky at an almost infinitely straight line. Note that the graph below is not actually linear, but displayed in approximate powers of 10.



But transistors are not the only thing growing at this rate, essential all computational technology is, while simultaneously retaining efficent costs. At the rate we have been going, the calculations of a computer worth 1000$ will surpass the intelligence of all the humans on earth by around 2040.



Or I could just let Ray explain it:



There are plenty of arguments to take into account. As my younger brother put it to me about a month ago, "People get really stoked about exponential growth because they remember learning about it in math class. They see that line going off into nowhere, but what they don't realize is that exponential growth almost never continues like that in real life." This is absolutely true. A metaphor that people often use for this is the story of a group of rabbits that find a new habitat in the form of a canyon, a small population enters and begins breeding exponentially (10 rabbits, then 20, 40, 80, 160, 320, 640, 1280, 2560, and so on). Eventually, this explosion will have to slow because there is not longer enough food to support the rabbits in this habitat, and the pattern of growth will level off into what is called an S curve.

The Singularity does has an S curve, based on the energy and resources that we have available to us, and most of the book is spent calculating what that is. Amazingly however, through the development of new technology such as quantum computing, or reversible computing, Kurzweil estimates the top of that S curve to be a "virtually unlimited limit". Specifically, he estimates the "capacity of matter and energy in our solar system to support computation to be at 10 to the 70 power calculations per second."

There are many other criqutes of Kurzweil's predictions, and he fortunately includes a "Response To Critics" section at the end to go over most of these. Additionally, they are already explained pretty well in the primary text.

If this book is to be believed, the future that we are about to experience is going to me an amazing and beautiful place. It's a text that's definitely worth checking out, or you could just wait for one of the many documentaries coming out this year.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Male Heterosexuality: A Celebration

Over the past weekend the beautiful city of Bellingham was treated to an event known as Ladyfest, a art festival celebrated across the globe in honor of all that is female, and then some. Started in Olympia, Washington in 2000, the festival has showcased a lot of amazing musicians and grown into something of a phenomenon, and while the actual specifics of the festivals ethical identity change slightly from place to place, there is a really positive message for the most part.

As far as the Bellingham version of Ladyfest goes, I have some issues with a few of the specifics regarding their message, and with their approach to spreading it. I have found myself involved in discussions about the subject due to the fact that a huge amount of my friends are involved in some way or another. It's also probably due to the fact that I really like to discuss and debate issues, especially ones of policy or morality.

Anyway, one of these discussions was carried out on a facebook thread of mine, that eventually sprawled into a 38 post masterpiece. One of my long winded responses was then taken somewhat out of context and used as an intro for a film that was made for Ladyfest. This film is brilliantly titled, Male Heterosexuality: A Celebration.

I should probably point out right away that, in the format my quote is presented, it is made to sound like I believe that straight males should be celebrated at Ladyfest, which is literally the opposite of what I am actually saying. In fact the next sentence that was conveniently omitted is literally: "Now, I don’t particularly think that straight males have been getting the short end of the stick and need to have their own special day." I also went on further to say that my main issue with the ethics behind Ladyfest is that they DON'T claim to be exclusive when they should be proud of it. We are all different, and sometimes when you are trying to celebrate a certain group of people I think it's okay to wear that on your sleeve. Another thing that is slightly confusing is that a large chunk of this quote is actually me quoting them, which is only an issue because I find the word "q*eer" a little distasteful and don't actually use that in my own personal speech.

So if I was taken out of context, then why am I posting? Well, for a lot of reasons.

First of all, I don't really mind having my words put in funny places every once in a while, I am a pretty laid back person and really it's not all that bad. I know quite a few of the people that made this and their intentions obviously aren't malicious, further evidenced by the fact that they kept it anonymous (although I obviously don't mind because I am revealing myself here.) I also think there is a lot of humor in the coincidence that the particular thread this was lifted from was originally about a friend of mine being taken out of context. Second, it's just good writing on their part. The paragraph I posted is a perfect setup for the punch line and if I was the one making this I can't say I would've it any differently. In addition to that, it's just really, really well made. The dialog is super clever and it's very funny, although pretty creepy towards the end, and well crafted. Third, it's got something to do with me, so why not post it in my blog?

Finally, and not at the least of all important point, is that ultimately the message of this video, however heavy handed, is a very, very important one. You can interpret the statistics presented here in a manner of ways (the breakneck speed at which they are delivered is actually my only technical qualm with the video. I would like to be able to read them better), but the overwhelming truth is that there are some very serious issues that need to be addressed concerning women's rights and relaxed attitudes towards things like sexual assault.

Be warned, it goes from black humor to downright disturbing pretty quickly, but if you can stomach that kind of thing it's worth the watch. Click on the image below to check it out!



All of this Ladyfest talk, not the least of which includes this kick ass video, has been kind of inspiring. I've decided that for the next week (June 21nd to June 28th), 100% of the money that I get from sales of the new Ghost and the Grace single is going to be donated to the Global Fund For Women, which is an awesome charity you can read about here. That means ALL of the money, not just a portion.

Click below to download the new single "Los Angeles" (which is, ironically, comparing LA to a female kidney theif. I am sorry that I didn't have a more appropriate single for this but it's the best I could do!):



If you want more information on Ladyfest to see if it fits your own partiular set of ethics, you can check out the wiki here

Red Moon Teaser!

I have recently done some work with a group called Sirocco Research Labs, of which I am a member. Everyone involved has there own projects as well as there own particular skill set, but the members often come together to make fantastic art. I'd like to think of us as the new Wu-Tang clan, and I would also like to think of myself as our RZA. However, In reality I am the U-God of the group.

The latest film project from Sirocco is a film titeld "Red Moon", which I did the score for with my friend Dimiter Yordanov. The teaser just went online, so check it out!

RED MOON teaser from Sirocco Research Labs on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Delorean: Good Car, Great Band

Originally, this blog was going to serve as nothing more than an MP3 blog, where I was going to share the various songs that I was into at any given time and post about bands. Things have obviously evolved and by now I post whatever I want, but recently a group has come along that is fantastic enough to warrant a good ol' check-these-guys-out post.



Delorean is a Spanish band that has been around for quite a while, although I had never heard of them until the release of their latest record, Subiza, in March of this year. I can't speak for the rest of their albums because I haven't heard them, but after having this one for only about a month now, I can already tell that it's close to a dance masterpiece.

Sonically, it's the opitimy of what I like to call 90s dance. Sliced up, unintelligible vocals repeating over classic House beats, rhythmic triplets in the bass line, and a great sense of unabashed poppyness are all highlights of the bands sound. It reminds me of when I first discovered the song Halycon and On and On by Orbital. I was just eight years old, and I would listen to that track over and over again thinking, "why doesn't some just make an album where ever song is like this?". Well, someone finally did.



If you like what you hear you can download Delorean's records here!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Single “Los Angeles” NOW AVAILABLE!

For just 1$ you can download for very own copy of "Los Angeles", the brand new one-off single from my band, The Ghost And The Grace! This is being made exclusively available at bandcamp.com, so head on over and check it out!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Finally! Digital Downloads!

Were you one of those people who didn't want to wait for your brand new CD to get shipped all the way across the globe? Did you even buy physical copies of your records anymore? Were you wondering when The Ghost And The Grace was going to get themselves togeather and make the record available online? Well, wait no longer. Go HERE to buy your digital copy of Behold! A Pale Horse, the debut album from The Ghost And The Grace!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Potts By The Sea



Me and Jenni Potts did a song a video. Shot by Ashleen Weston. The credits are as follows:

Vocs/Some electro sounds by Jenni Potts
Beats/Synth/Bass By Anderson
Video Editing by Potts
Filmed by Ashleen Weston

Check it out!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

RARE Sea Troll Sighting!

My friends and I spotted this lonely Sea Troll collecting glass and other treasures on the beach yesterday!

Monday, May 24, 2010

The End of Lost

If you have not seen that last episode of Lost yet then I would suggest not reading any farther. You have been warned. The following is my interoperation of the meaning of, not only the last episode, but of the shows meaning overall.

I have heard a lot of different opinions about the finale of Lost in a very short time since it aired last night. Some people are very upset about the lack of explanation's regarding issues that were made to previously appear very, very important to the series. I was aware that not every aspect of the show would be explained, and when I take a step back I am fairly impressed with how much was actually revealed, from who Jacob was to why the character's were all there, to a vague idea of what the smoke monster is. The show does a very good job of humanizing certain elements to the point where many of them can be explained simply by revealing that the character isn't anything unusual at all.

This is exemplified by the exchange between Hurley and Ben at the end of the episode. When Hurley learns that he is Jacob and Jack's replacement, he asks, "What the hell am I supposed to do?"

"You can start by helping Desmond get home."

"But how? People can't leave the island?"

"That's how Jacob ran things, maybe there's another way. A better way."

So the reason that Jacob has a thing about people leaving the island is not explained by some grand truth, it's just the way that he is. He's just a person. It's the way his mother raised him, which we also learn is literally true.

There are still many holes that my theory about the series does not explain, some that I think I could fill in with a little research and many that probably never will (what's with the food drops?) but for the most part I think that I have boiled the island down to a basic supernatural idea.

For lack of a better name, I will call this the Haunted Island Theory

I don't really believe in ghosts, but as a kid I was utterly fascinated by the idea of spirits and hauntings, particularly the various ways that spirits were said to manifest themselves. Some accounts are of seemingly sentient beings who would interact with there experiencer, tell them a story or seem practically human and then vanish without a trace. Others, more commonly, would describe a a spirit that would repeat a particular task over and over again, like walking down a staircase... or cutting down a tree?



While some run in's with the deceased can be explained by the black smoke, Michael pretty clearly explains to Hurley that he and the other whispers are souls that are stuck on the island. Which also help's to explain why Michael is not in the church with the rest of the Losties in the final shots of the series. This also echos a long held legend that ghost's are souls left to roam the earth until they close there unfinished business.

There have also been other types of spirits and manifestations of the dead. The black smoke itself matches the description of many apparitions and, as seen in the episode, the Man In Black's body is obviously no longer living. The black smoke would frequently show people images that appeared to have been from there lives before passing "judgement" on them. Below is a scene of this occurring with Eko.



But when you consider what we have learned about the nature of the show, these visions could actually be what the character perceives as an entire journey into a flash sideways reality. Much like the expression, you're life flashing before your eyes.

One thing that "ghost" lore is fairly consistent with, however, is that hauntings all most always occur in the presence of high electromagnetic activity.

As stated on the website ghosthuntingsecrets.com.

"You asked, 'What evidence is available to prove that a ghost causes or even raises an EMF field?' It has been proven that when a ghost is sighted there is normally a high EMF reading (significant from base/background readings). Whether the EMF is *caused* by the ghost—or whether something else causes the EMF is a subject of debate. "

If we assume that, in the world of Lost, this statement is true, then the island should be teeming with Haunting activity. This starts with the obvious ghostly encounters that we have been discussing, but also would suggest that the location as a whole would have a very thin layer between it and the afterlife which, as we learn in the finale, more like a parallel universe.

In season 2, when the hatch explodes, Desmond is briefly transported through time and space because of a massive release of electromagnetic activity. He does it again in season 6 when he is transported to the flash-sideways timeline (the afterlife) and comes back. As the characters frequently say, Desmond has the "unique ability to withstand high amounts of electromagnetic energy." This could be viewed as the ability to have a near death experience without actually crossing over to the other side. In a similar fashion, we see Ben do the same thing after turning the frozen donkey wheel under the island, which releases yet another large amount of electromagnetic energy and transports him through time and space to a desert in the near future.

If you take the word "Haunted" and define it as a place where this universe, and a parallel one where the deceased may or may not still be existing, then that pretty well sums up the island. Similarly, if you define "Afterlife" as another space and time (parallel universe), similar to this one, where all of your loved ones will be waited when you die, then that pretty much sums up the events of season 6. Even though you are traveling through these different permutations of life together, your loved ones, and your "constant" stays the same.

In the final episode, "The End", Jack asks his father "I don't understand, you died."

"Yes I did."

"Then how are you here right now?"

"How are you here?"

To which Jack suddenly realizes, "I died too."

Of course, this entire conversation takes place in front of a stained glass window adorned with a symbols from six large religions: (from lostpedia.org) the star and crescent of Islam, the Star of David (Judaism), the Aum (widely used as a symbol of Hinduism, but also present in Buddhism and Jainism), the Christian cross, the Dharmacakra (Buddhism) and the Yin/Yang (Taoism). Very subtle.

The point is, is that this idea of the afterlife isn't necessarily magic, to quote Jack's dad "It's all very real", just as real as the life before it and apparently the life that comes after it.

The pieces of this theory can be extrapolated to explain a few of the loose ends of the series, but can't even come close to all of them. Karl pointed out the other day that Walt's power to attracted animals and the others interest in him is also closely related to electromagnetism. Bird's could be thrown out of their flight and barrel into windows, like he caused them to do, if he was somehow exuding large amounts of electromagnetic energy. Possibly, exposure to heavy electromagnetism is what caused difficulties giving birth on the island.

All and all, the conclusion to the series was not at all logically satisfying, but emotionally it was wonderful. It was so great seeing everyone back together, and the poetry of making the final moments of the show the exact opposite of what they were in the pilot was really cool. I also love the *wink wink* moment where it looks like Jack is going to literally "die alone" but then Vincent comes and lays down next to him.



I am sure I will have more thoughts later, but after having one day to let it all sink in, this is where I am at. The ambiguity of the ending reminded me of twin peaks in a lot of ways, with enough lining up to make me believe that producers had planned it the whole time, and enough mystery to let people make up there own answers.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Vampire" The Ghost And The Grace Album Two Promo

Happy Record Store Day! Consider this an IOU.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tetris Update!

I have done several posts about my long quest towards one day having the worlds highest Tetris score. I finally recorded and sent off a tape to Twin Galaxies a few months back, and the scores have finally been updated. It's a bittersweet victory for me because what used to be the 5th highest score ever recorded is now the 8th highest due to a few new contenders, but at least I am in the top ten.

WE DID IT! Check out this link to see the official scoreboard.

Please take a moment to enjoy the song below.

Monday, April 5, 2010

SXSW Round Up

In the latest issue of Bellingham's What's Up! Magazine, I wrote an edition of their "Tales From The Road" column regarding Idiot Pilot's trip to SXSW. If you live in the area you can pick up a copy of the magazine just about anywhere, but for those of you who can't, I've included the full text from the article for your reading pleasure.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Go Do!

Check out the video for the new single by Jónsi from Sigur Rós! It's like Takk meets Dance Dance Revolution!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jet Black Review Contest!

Hey everybody! Thanks for all of the great feedback we have been getting on The Tail of a Jet Black Swan single, we really appreciate all the support and generosity from those of you who have decided to pay for your download, and from everyone who has shared the song with their friends.

In honor of the release we are going to be having a little contest. The idea is simple, on your blog, website, Facebook, or whatever publishing tool you prefer, do a review and analysis of The Tail of a Jet Black Swan. It can be either positive or negative, but the winning review will be determined by how insightful and perceptive your analysis of the song is. You have until April 7th, once the winner is determined they will be notified and will receive a signed copy of the very, very, very rare and difficult to find Cruel World Enterprise EP by Michael and myself.

To enter, post your review and send a link, along with your contact information to: JetBlackSong@hotmail.com

The winner will be notifed on April 7th. Good luck!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Remix Open Call

Being down here at South By Southwest, I have gotten to see a lot of interesting and new things and although I would love to dive into that right now I am currently sitting in the hotel room exhausted beyond belief and I don't know if I am up for it. Besides, I need to save my energy for a screening of a Bill Hicks documentary that looks amazing, and Past Lives are playing tonight, which is probably going to be the last showcase of the trip.

All this music has got me feeling creative however, and I realized that it has been a long while since I have done any remixes for anyone. Let this be an open invitation then, to any fellow musicians who read my blog, I am going to be taking open submissions for one or two remixes. Now before anyone goes and starts getting there feelings hurt if I don't respond to there message, I am probably going to be getting a lot of them and it doesn't necessarily mean that your song isn't the best one that I hear, it might just not be the most re-mixable. Shoot me an MP3 or an email at:

IdiotRemix@hotmail.com

and hopefully we can work something out. I am going to drastically lower my rate for this so even if you are without a label it could be within your price range, and it could be a great addition to any single.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Idiot Pilot Single Download!

Check out Idiot Pilot’s brand new single The Tail of a Jet Black Swan!

Monday, February 22, 2010

In The Future, Nurses Use Bunny Rabbit Chainsaws

Years ago, my then girlfriend was very interested in collecting designer toys. Essentially what these are are very limited edition figures or sculptures, often made of vinyl, that are sold as collectibles and works of art. Designer toy stores are usually limited to the larger metropolitan cities, which makes touring a prefect way to collect them. I believe we were in Manhattan at Kid Robot when Stef found this little lady pictured left. Her name is Kaori The Nurse. At the time we didn't know much about it, other than she looked really cool (which is kind of all that you have to know when it comes to buying these things), but Stef bought her.

Flash-forward to last week, where I ask my friend Little Steph (not to be confused with the aforementioned regular sized Stef) if she had any graphic novels that I could borrow. She gave me something called "Pure Trance", which was a pretty bizarre and thoroughly entertaining read. The most exciting discovery though was the comics main character, Kaori The Nurse. Finally, all of my questions have been answered. Why is she holding a bunny rabbit chainsaw? What's with the little pink haired kid? And most of all, what is Pure Trance?

The graphic novel, written by Junko Mizuno, is a violent, stylized and overtly sexualized version of shōjo manga, which is a particular style of comics marketed too, and written for, teenage girls in Japan. While drawing influence from this world, "Pure Trance" is definitely not for kids, taking a subversive and very adult approach to futuristic subject matter. What results is a psychedelic tale of torture, drug abuse, eating disorders, pop idolization, and a weird skull that can see the future when you feed it. It's great.



Below is an interview with Junko Mizuno, although they don't talk specifically about Pure Trance. There are a lot of examples of her work. A warning, there is a lot of nudity in the video below, as well as in the book itself. If that's something that bothers you than avert those eyes. If not, you can order Pure Trance here.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Past Lives

I have been listening to the upcoming Past Lives album a lot lately. It's a really interesting venture for half of The Blood Brothers to embark on, not that The Blood Brother's weren't already an interesting band to begin with, but the tone of this recorded is a somewhat unexpected turn. Where their previous work took hardcore into some distant, unknown future where experimentalism ran free, Past Lives is consistently referencing post-hardcore's roots. There are hints of Gang Of Four, Fugazi, and even The Pixies across the board, all of which are well executed enough to feel exciting, like the original bands, instead of derivative. Past Live's is obviously a fitting name.



Vocalist Jordan Billie does a really great job on this album, as well. While the instruments and chord changes around him remain refreshingly simple, Jordan sings notes that augment the voicing very well and turn the chords completely on their heads. It's not quite dissonant, be close enough to stay pleasantly unsettling.

You can hear the whole record online at the Past Lives website, and go here to order a copy.

SXSW And Brand New Website

It is my great pleasure to announce that Idiot Pilot will be playing South By Southwest this year in Austin, TX. It's going to be a great week, between Maps & Atlases, Broken Social Scene, Les Savy Fav, Washed Out and The Crystal Method I expect some fun shows, and there is also a band called And So I Watch You From Afar playing who I have been listening to a lot lately that I can't wait to check out.



Also, check out the new relaunch of our website over here!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Ghost And The Grace Sophomore Album Promo



Check out this video featuring song clips from The Ghost And The Grace's upcoming sophomore album, to be released this year.

Monday, February 15, 2010

5th Highest Tetris Score Ever Recorded

A while ago I made a post about how I had been attempting the world record of Tetris on the NES. In my previous attempts, until today, I had reached a peak of the 7th highest score ever recorded, but earlier I somehow managed to grab the 5th highest. Here is a video clip from the game.



The score I ended with is 570,426. I am officially submitting this attempt to Twin Galaxies, which is the video game division of Guinness World Records.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Swords And Awards

This weekend is an exciting one for me. First, the first Idiot Pilot show in a very long time is happening here in Bellingham, and then the What's Up Awards, where I am presenting and am also nominated for 5 awards. Anybody who is around town should come and hang out. The awards are being given out on Saturday at The Wild Buffalo. I need me some of these!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Leno Vs. Kimmel



Late night TV has always been dear to my heart, ever since I was getting horrible grades throughout high school from watching Letterman and O'Brien every night and then falling asleep in class. Needless to say, I have been following the whole Tonight Show situation very closely. It's weird to see all of the late night shows referencing each other because for years it seems like they had gone so far out of there way not to, and it's even more unusual to see how many of the Leno and NBC jabs are not the usual softballs getting thrown around, but full-on, pissed off attacks.

I just stumbled across this interview, from just a few days ago, between Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno. It's almost jaw dropping how little Kimmel holds back, and it gives me a huge respect for Jimmy. My favorite line, hands down is when Jay innocently asks him the best practical joke he's ever pulled, to which Kimmel responds "I told a guy that five years from now, 'I'm gonna give you my show,' and then when the five years came, I gave it to him and then I took it back almost instantly."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

John Malkovich Is The Vulture



Apparently, John Malkovich has just confirmed that he is going to be playing The Vulture in Spider Man 4, during an interview with an Italian sports show. I really didn't care for the last Spider Man movie, in fact, I would probably describe it as a complete mess, but the idea of this is pretty cool to me. Not really sure which direction they are going to go to make The Vulture an interesting villain seeing as his only real powers are A) flying and B) being pretty strong for and old dude. I really like Malkovich, however. I hope he uses his accent from Rounders. If you haven't seen this movie and plan on doing so (which I recommend that you do), don't watch anything after 0:50.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Free “Behold! A Pale Horse” Ringtones

As a gift for all of your continued support in this project, we have decided to present to you a huge set of The Ghost And The Grace ringtones, absolutely and 100% for free. Featured in the folder below you will find a ringtone for each and every of the fourteen songs on the album “Behold! A Pale Horse” (which you can order here) Unfortunately, this will only work for people who have iPhones. If that means you, then simply download this folder and open the files inside, they will automatically appear in the ringtones section of your iTunes. Sync up your phone and “Presto!”, brand new The Ghost And The Grace ringtones to show off to your friends! Thanks again everyone! We love you!

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