Sunday, October 22, 2017

Don't Not Start Status Quo Sunday


I just posted an update to all of my Patrons about some cool stuff I got planned, and will be releasing the first Patreon song THIS WEEK!

I just confirmed with Holiday Matsuri that I will be playing a show AND hosting another very special event!

Combine this with my upcoming show at Anime Iwai AND being a part of the 3000 Brigade Show, the next couple of months are going to be VERY busy for me!

I will post my Anime Iwai schedule next week when I have a better idea of what time all the other stuff is, but the one thing I do know for sure is the 3000 Brigade show will be at 8 PM on Saturday night!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants

I know nothing about The Adventure Zone other than the fact that the McElroy brothers do it, and what I saw in this. I chose this particular video since it was actually cleaner than the "official" versions.

"Don't Let's Start", like many other songs by They Might Be Giants, doesn't scan very well on a focused listen, relying on little lyrical gut punches as opposed to a cohesive whole. When they appeared on A.V. Undercover to cover "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba, they said that Tubthumping was most like a They Might Be Giants song, because it is composed of smaller episodes, and that really helped put this song into perspective: It's just meant to be a catalog of small, dark moments that apparently mean nothing, and according to the band were made up to compliment the melody.

Just like depression!


Orlando Nerd Fest is (kinda) back! Fantoku is a two day nerd music extravaganza with lots of DJs and musical performances and awesome vendors in probably the nerdcore epicenter: The Geek Easy!

I'm looking forward to it, and AT LEAST going Saturday, since on Sunday I've got 3000 Brigade Rehersals, and it's literally the next weekend.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Had A Very Busy Two Weeks


Yes, I finally made the jump into Patreon. I was waffling on it for a while, but I'm taking that step forward. Having a Patreon would help me be able to do more inbetween shows and releases, and motivate to keep working toward whatever that next step may be.

Even if you can't become a Patron, I always appreciate all of you who give me a like on Facebook or Twitter, or come out to my con shows. That's evergreen :)


Oh yeah, THAT big thing that came out last week. Ixalan takes place on a plane with pirates, so I made the most pirate-y punk song I can think of, taking inspiration from Pirate Metal and Celtic Punk. The accoridion was a VST programmed by me, and Tsukino and Stanpai helped out on vocals. I would have liked to have more people joining in, but hopefully the awesomeness of this one is good enough.

Honestly, I feel like I've been hitting a real hot streak with my MtG songs lately. I just feel like the songs are coming out better, as I've learned more about production.


Yeah, the OTHER big thing that came out last week. Team Fortress 2 is 10 years old, and that means that Status Quo Radio is 2 years old. I put a lot of work into that album, and I'm of two minds about it: Part of me wants to do more in that setting, maybe a comic like My Chemical Romance's "Danger Days", or a movie like The Who's "Quadrophenia", while another part of me wants to move on and put together Album Number 3.

Status Quo Radio was and is a big milestone for me, and I feel bad that it didn't garner at least a little bit more attention. It was an ambitious project, and I saw it through to the end. 

Also, SO MANY THANKS to DJ Roborob for his mixing and mastering and production gewdness!

Would I do a similar thing with Overwatch? Thematically, a sequel MIGHT work. However, what made me to SQR in the first place was how different the 9 different classes in Team Fortress 2 felt and played. There's too much overlap between Overwatch's characters, and Blizzard is always adding more, so it wouldn't be as concrete. I love the game (see "Fire In The Hole"), but it might be a thing like my Magic The Gathering songs where it's constantly rolling forward.

JAM OF THE WEEK:"Rush" by Big Audio Dynamite

Oh Xenagos, this week isn't done yet?

Big Audio Dynamite was a band that Mick Jones, former guitarist of The Clash formed in the late 80's. This is one of their bigger songs, and it feels like if The Clash went even more Pop after the success of "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" ala Green Day.

I've liked the song since I was a kid, but OH MY GOD IS THIS VIDEO AWKWARD TO LOOK AT. It has all the hallmarks of a cheap 90's music video: Bad sync, shots of people outside at the beach, washed out slow mo, and MICK JONES GIVE BLOSSOM BACK HER HAT.


As part of the stream and the Patreon. Yeah, lot of stuff for this week.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Wake Me Up Before You Status Quo Quo




The 10th Anniversary For Team Fortress 2 is coming up soon, which means it will be the second anniversary for Status Quo Radio. Most likely I'm probably going to do a listening party/concert, but I'll keep you all posted on the details. 
JAM OF THE WEEK: "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day

His name is Billie Joe Armstrong you fucking ingrates.

(Hopefully) it's October 1st when this gets out, but I've been seeing a lot of "WHUP! WE BETTER WAKE THAT GREEN DAY GUY UP"
Wake me up when september ends. Wake me up when september ends.. GREEN DAY GUY Y U NO HAVE ALARM CLOCK?. i've never seen an alarm clock that works by date, i've seen time and day of the week but not date

I also say "And Also With You" on May The Fourth Be With You.

The song still gives me goosebumps every time. It was originally written about the death of Billie Joe Armstrong's father, as he died when BJA was only 10. Every time I hear it, I can't help but think of my own Dad, who got into Green Day around the time of 21st Century Breakdown and we went to both Madison Square Garden shows on that first tour. We also went both the Broadway showing of American Idiot, and the touring production when it came down here to Fort Lauderdale. So yeah, Green Day occupies a special place.

Despite all that, there's still  some problems. The music video sucks. The track doesn't fit in with the story of "American Idiot", although tonally it makes sense where it's placed on the album. The endless-
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OK, this one is kinda neat.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Is Back With A Regular Feature


Yes! It's back!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Mexico" by Alestorm

I was cranking this all night during my Ixilan Prerelease.

Alestorm is a band I first heard about through the Rock Band Network. The songs they put out there seemed more like thrash metal with violins and accordions, with songs like "Back Through Time" and "Shipwrecked", then the Pirate Rock of "Mexico".

Not a fan of the wraparound of the music video that this all taking place in a video game. The chiptune rendintion of the melody is nice, but it could have been left out and not much would have changed.

I'm just here for the song: A really silly party song about drinking in Mexico.


Yo ho, Ixilan,
Down to the plane where Jace was Drawn
Vampires and Merfolk spawn
Ixilan, Ixilan

Yo ho Ixilan,
Down to the plane where Jace was Drawn
Dinosaurs for you to ride on,
Let's go to Ixilan

OK, I went 1-2 at the prerelease, so while I didn't do super well, but I can say that the Tribal theme is strong enough to matter, but not strong enough that you should focus on building a deck of that, especially in limited. Dinosaurs seemed to be the tribe that worked best, with fliers in white and big stompy dudes in green. Enrage was a big mechanic, and discouraged a lot of chump blocking.

So, yeah, Green Dinos gave me the most trouble. I'm curious to see if there are any other combos that work well, but yeah, I'm walking the dinosaur this time around.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Made It Through Irma

Yes, we're doing all right over here. Thankfully, the storm moved on to Florida's west coast as it developed. We didn't lose power Sunday, but we did briefly overnight. I've got friends that have been without for quite a while but are getting it back now. There seems to be other storms coming my way, but I'm not sure about those yet but at least they won't be a Category 5.

Anyway, on to business:


Rhythm Bastard Logo Button main photo

Put one on your clothes, bookbag or anywhere! Preferably somewhere visible so someone will ask "Oh, who's Rhythm Bastard?" and you'll be all like "Oh, Rhythm Bastard? He's this really awesome guy who can take Magic The Gathering or whatever and make a sick ass punk jam out of it" and then your friend will be like "Oh shit, he sounds hot" and you'll be like "Oh yeah, he's totally shredded. I hear he has an 8 pack"
If you've seen me at a recent show, you've seen these. However due to a gross oversight I haven't put them on Bandcamp yet, so here they are!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Walk The Dinosaur" by Was (Not Was)

What ever assumption you have of Was (Not Was) is dead wrong. Yeah, they do funk music, but as far as subject matter goes, the go from the typical R&B that was pop in the day ("Spy in the House of Love") to more pointed commentary ("Out Come The Freaks") to sad stories ("There's A Street Named After My Dad") to whatever the fuck "I'm In Jail" was.

"Walk The Dinosaur" looks and sounds like a gay old time, to quote the Flintstones. "They're wearing caveman outfits and the set looks like the old times! Eyyy!. It was featured on the soundtrack to The Flintstones and The Super Mario Bros. movie and one of the Ice Ages!

It's about nuclear war.

...Yeah. The front men aren't the actual songwriters, the guitarist and bassist are and they have pretty commited ideals.

Anyway, I'm talking about this because the Magic The Gathering Ixilan Prerelease is this weekend!
Kinjalli's Sunwing - Ixalan Spoiler

Yay! Magic!

I am working on the new song.


THIS FRIDAY, I'm gonna kick some ass on The Metronomicon!


I found a bunch of footage and I'm looking to make another cosplay video! They got away from me after a while, and they didn't feel as fresh.

I'm also updating a lot of stuff with my Twitch stream and have put together a Discord, but that's more of an "I Don't Know What I'd Need To Start" kind of thing. Leave suggestions in the comments!