Friday, March 30, 2012

Road To I-Con: Itinerary (Subject To Change)

So, if you want to catch me, I'll be here:
10:00 PM- Harriman Hall, Room 115- Rhythm Bastard Concert

12:00 PM- Javitz 103- Dino Hunter MD Screening
1:00 PM- Harriman 115- Multilingual Filk
3:00 PM- Javitz 103- Dino Hunter MD Screening Part 2
12:00 AM- Hotel/Ronkonkoma Room- Late Night Open Filk

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Road To I-Con #2: New Song, Hell Yeah

So, Dino Hunter MD will be at I-Con too! It's been a great experience making all these songs for them, and this last one is truly the climax of the collection. I'll post it to my Soundcloud on Friday after the gig, but here's a sneak peek:

That's right, 3 GUITAR SOLOS.

It'll be a bitch to chart in Rock Band.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Road To I-Con #1: Status Quo Radio Vocal Rerecords


I'll be playing Harriman Hall Room 115 at 10:00 PM on Friday, and making an appearance at the Dino Hunter MD Screening at Javitz 103, 12 PM to 1 PM and from 3 PM to 4 PM.

So for the next couple days I'm going to try to do Vlogs of what I'm working on leading up to the event. Right now I'm rerecording some of my songs to put on:


One of those songs is recent gem, "Status Quo Radio":

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Geraldo Rivera Is An Idiot, Koltreg Angries Up My Blood.

Webcomicker and friend, Koltreg recently posted this video on his Tumblr:

I'm not good at summaries, but it's pertaining to the case of this.

In this video, Geraldo Rivera goes on Fox and Friends and urges black and latino teens to not wear hoodies because it makes them look suspicious. He then says, because Treyvon Martin (more on him later) wore a hoodie, that is just as responsible for Martin's death as George Zimmerman, an overzealous neighborhood watchman. His logic is that because the hoodie is associated with gangster imagery, in prompted a response from Zimmerman.

Geraldo Rivera, let me drop some logic of my own:

Let's assume that Martin and Zimmerman both made "bad decisions", because you assume such a thing is binary.

Let's see the consequences:
Martin- Being kind of hot on a humid Florida night, looking suspicious due to years of racial profiling.


Yes, he acknowledges that racial discrimination is still A Thing, but it's A THING THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

In other Koltreg-made-me-mad news, this post reminds me of how much I hate me job.

In Tumblr related news, I consider getting one.

In other Tumblr related news, I decide not to.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 21st, 2012 Videos Of The Week

Oh. Damn. I forgot how to do these...

Right, LIVE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Young The Giant covering "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly

Young The Giant covers “Ignition (Remix)”
This song was popular back when I was in high school, and the "freakin' weekend" rhyme gets me the every time. For such an indie band, these guys pulled off a rap song pretty well. The singer's got a nice, smooth voice and the lead guitar is perfect for that R&B feeling.

AV Undercover is defintely an experiment I want to try out myself, and it's introduced me to so many good bands. I'm definitely checking out more from Young The Giant.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem

Look. Look at James Murphy's eyes. Look how sad he is.
Hear how desperate he sounds, like he's had the best night of his life and now it totally sucks because he's coming down off that high and he's thinking "How the hell am I going to get back home?" and then he wakes up the next morning and it's Sunday and the only thought on his mind recovering from the hangover at 1 PM (when he woke up) is, "Fuck, I have work tomorrow" and ponders what the hell he's been doing with his life and how his friends have moved on and, let's face it, he doesn't have anyone left at this point as he wonders "Where are my friends tonight?"

I can feel the Bowie.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

GIG RECAP: March 3rd At The Vault

All right, I don't remember the exact set list, but even though a few people came, those few people enjoyed it.

Some personal highlights:
1. "Robotman's Lament" I've thought about removing from my live rotation. It's repetitive, 5 minutes long and kind of "out there" for the bar crowd, but being self-aware helped the audience through it.

2. "Plug In Baby", a song I've played dozens of times before in Rocksmith, didn't do too bad in transition to live performing.

3. Dedicating the song "Pass The Class" to a friend's cousin who's still in school.

4. Premiering a new song, "Cliffhanger"

5. "Radio Days Pt. 1" and "Heroes Die" have never sounded better.

6. My guitar strap came undone before at the last chorus of Axe Cop, so what did I do? Hold it up in the air for all to see and continued belting out AXE COP! THAT'S HOW YOU END A SHOW!!!

I think given some practice and leveling out all my backing tracks, I'll be ready for I-Con!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8th, 2012 Videos Of The Week


LIVE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

It's a legendary riff, and probably the best way to open a set EVER. Also a fun drinking game.

Here's how to play, kids!
1. Grab some friends
2. Grab some beer
3. Put on "Thunderstruck"
4. Take a drink every time Brian Johnson says "Thunder"
5. YAY!!

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "Dancing In The Street" by David Bowie and Mick Jagger

Declared the "gayest music video" by Family Guy, this actually two rock legends not caring and having a good time. I assume this was the "Party Rock Anthem" of the 80's. It seemed like during that era, David Bowie softened up a bit and played more "poppy/dancey" music, as opposed to the days of Ziggy Stardust.

In other words, Family Guy has no idea what it's talking about.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Aquabats Super Show!!

I liked it. It was some good fun, and it's going to get better as it moves forward.

Plenty of good jokes, like this bit with Rip Taylor as a genie, and Man-Ant was voiced by Doug Lawrence (Plankton of Spongebob Squarepants fame).

There are a couple hiccups, like points that get repeated, but again, it gets better every time I watch it. I can imagine being an 8 year old and thinking this is the most awesomest thing ever.